There are just three games on tonight’s slate, including yet another matchup between the Lightning and Devils. Two top teams will go head to head as the Predators host the Sabres, and the Oilers and Stars will clash for the second time in three games.
TBL @ NJD – 7:00pm EST
BUF @ NSH – 8:00pm EST
EDM @ DAL – 8:30pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: All four highlighted centers found the scoresheet last night. Nathan MacKinnon led the way with a goal and an assist as well as six shots and two blocks for 33.3 fantasy points, and Sean Monahan also had a big night, scoring a goal and an assist on five shots for 28.5 FP. Joe Pavelski game through with a goal and an assist as well as four shots and two blocks for 30.1 FP, and his eight percent ownership made that contribution even more significant. Logan Couture tallied an assist as well as two shots and three blocks for 16 FP. Johnny Gaudreau came through as expected with two assists and five shots for 24.5 FP, and linemate Elias Lindholm had another strong game with a solid shot volume, recording a goal and an assist on five shots for 28.5 FP. Both Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog picked up points as well, finishing Colorado’s 2-0 win with 18.1 FP and 23.7 FP, respectively. Andrei Svechnikov and Artturi Lehkonen did not add much, though Svechnikov had a very high ownership in cash contests. The defensemen highlighted in yesterday’s post did not fare well, though the two suggested in chat at least ended up with solid ownership, which limited the harmful effects of their off nights. Shea Weber managed just three shots and a block for 6.4 FP, and Samuel Girard grabbed two shots and two blocks for the same 6.4 FP. In net, two of the three goalies discussed in yesterday’s post picked up shutouts, and the third ended up not playing at all, therefore awarding his many fantasy owners with a big fat goose egg. Curtis McElhinney was confirmed on multiple sites but didn’t end up getting the nod for Carolina. Both Jonathan Quick and Semyon Varlamov picked up 2-0 shutouts, earning 47.2 and 39.2 FP, respectively. Fortunately, most of the highlighted players had strong enough games to compensate for McElhinney’s 0 FP, as did his high ownership. However, it serves as a reminder to always check that your goalie is starting shortly before his game locks.
Here are some plays to consider for tonight’s slate:
Top Play: Brayden Point ($7,900)
Brayden Point skates on Tampa Bay’s second line and first power-play unit and has been red-hot of late, notching points in five straight games and in eight out of his last nine games. He has recorded 10 goals and 15 points in his last nine games, earning 20.5, 9.6, 23.2, 35.7, 29.6, 3.2, 19.2, 30.9 and 43.9 fantasy points, respectively. Point is averaging 18 fantasy points per game and has three goals and five points in two games against the Devils this season.
Also consider: Connor McDavid ($9,200), Jack Eichel ($7,700), Ryan Johansen ($6,000)
Value Play: Cedric Paquette ($3,600)
Cedric Paquette skates on the Lightning’s fourth line and does not see time on either power-play unit but is worth at least mentioning considering he has goals in back-to-back games and in three out of his last four. Brian Boyle skates on the Devils’ top power-play unit, making him a more sensible pick for the same price, but Paquette has flown under the radar much more so than Boyle, and he could be an interesting value option in cash or GPP contests given his recent production. Just know that if you’re using him in cash there’s a significant possibility he’ll come up with a weak nor nonexistent fantasy contribution. Even so, he scored a goal and earned 15.2 fantasy points when the Lightning hosted the Devils Nov. 25, so you never know what could happen. He’ll go up against part of a Devils goaltending duo that has been leaking goals in recent games, setting up an interesting matchup for Tampa Bay.
Also consider: Brian Boyle ($3,600)
Top Play: Nikita Kucherov ($8,900)
Nikita Kucherov is finally starting to look like his dominant self as the Russian superstar has points in nine straight games, collecting four goals and 20 points in that span. He skates on Tampa Bay’s second line and first power-play unit and is averaging 18 fantasy points per game. Kucherov tallied two assists, four shots and one block for 24.5 fantasy points when these teams met a little over a week ago, and he has a total of two goals and five points in two games against New Jersey this season.
Also consider: Taylor Hall ($8,000), Jamie Benn ($7,600), Jeff Skinner ($7,200), Alexander Radulov ($6,600), Sam Reinhart ($5,700)
Value Play: Jesper Bratt ($3,700)
Jesper Bratt skates on New Jersey’s top line with Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier, offering exposure to some of New Jersey’s best offensive talent at a very affordable price tag of just $3,700. Bratt has two goals and nine points in 11 games this season, including two goals and four points in his last four games. He plays on the Devils’ second power-play unit and scored a goal on four shots for 18.4 fantasy points when these teams met Nov. 25. Bratt has registered 3, 3, 3, 4 and 3 shots on goal in his last five games, respectively, and he is averaging 11 fantasy points per game this season.
Also consider: Kevin Fiala ($4,700), Alex Killorn ($4,400), Blake Coleman ($4,100), Eeli Tolvanen ($3,900), Marcus Johansson ($3,700), Alex Chiasson ($3,600), Mathieu Joseph ($3,500)
Top Play: Oscar Klefbom ($4,900)
Oscar Klefbom has points in four straight games, picking up two goals and six points along with 17 shots and 15 blocks in that span. He skates on Edmonton’s top power-play unit and scored a goal while registering six shots and four blocks for 28 fantasy points when these teams met last week. Klefbom is averaging 12.6 fantasy points per game but has really come alive in recent games; plus, his peripheral stat coverage has been excellent, making him a solid floor play with significant upside. He also offers exposure to Edmonton’s top players with his role on the first power-play unit.
Also consider: Roman Josi ($6,500), Rasmus Ristolainen ($4,900), Mikhail Sergachev ($3,900), Dan Girardi ($3,700), Gavin Bayreuther ($3,600), Zach Bogosian ($3,500)
Top Play: Mikko Koskinen ($8,200)
Mikko Koskinen has played extremely well for the Oilers this season, going 8-3 and averaging 22.5 fantasy points per game. He handed the Stars a 1-0 overtime loss with a 28-save shutout just a few nights ago, earning 42.5 fantasy points in the process, and he’s coming off another impressive performance with a 2-1 win over the Golden Knights, snapping Vegas’ five-game winning streak. Koskinen has won three games in a row and is 4-0-1 in his last five starts, earning 32.8, 28, 42.4, 10.4 and 17.5 fantasy points, respectively.
NOTE: Goalie recommendations may change later today once additional confirmations are announced.
Also consider: Louis Domingue ($8,500)
Join me in the FTA+ NHL discord chat to further discuss tonight’s slate and lineups.
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