There are nine games on tonight’s slate, though none of the teams are skating in the second half of a back-to-back. Several star players are listed as day-to-day, so make sure to check in with us in the FTA+ discord chat for the latest news, updates and recommendations.
PIT @ NYR – 7:00pm EST
BUF @ NJD – 7:00pm EST
FLA @ TOR – 7:00pm EST
BOS @ TBL – 7:30pm EST
VGK @ STL – 8:00pm EST
NSH @ MIN – 8:00pm EST
DAL @ WPG – 8:00pm EST
LAK @ CGY – 9:00pm EST
DET @ SJS – 10:30pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Nathan MacKinnon tallied a power-play assist and four shots for 14.9 FanDuel and 4 DraftKings fantasy points, though Erik Gustafsson’s goal streak came to an end in a low-scoring 2-1 overtime win for the Blackhawks. Fortunately, the other players in the core and highlighted in yesterday’s post had stronger nights. Josh Anderson had a big night, scoring two goals and an assist on three shots for 36.8 FD and 9.5 DK FP. Andrei Svechnikov scored the game-winning goal in overtime, lifting Carolina to a 2-1 victory. Jordan Staal assisted on the play, finishing the game with an assist, four shots and a block for 16 FD and 4.5 DK FP. Svechnikov came away with just 13.6 FD and 3.5 DK FP, but it was still a solid return for a value play. Brendan Gallagher tallied an assist on Montreal’s only goal of the night, earning just 12.8 FD and 3.5 DK FP, though it was still a decent return. Patrick Kane recorded seven shots for 11.2 FD and 3.5 DK FP, while Jonathan Toews registered six shots and three blocks for 14.4 FD and 4.5 DK FP. Colin Wilson was held off the scoresheet and managed just three blocks for 4.8 FD and 1.5 DK FP. In net, Curtis McElhinney made 28 saves and earned 30.4 FD and 7.6 DK FP, while Carey Price gave up two goals on 40 shots for 22.4 FD and 5.6 DK FP. Philipp Grubauer did not secure a win for his team but still made 40 saves for 24 FD and 6 DK FP.
Patrice Bergeron ($8,300) has a tough matchup but continues to be one of the more reliable pivots in NHL DFS. He skates on Boston’s top line and top power-play unit and has a goal in a game against Tampa Bay this season. Bergeron has five goals and eight points during his current four-game point streak, and he’s averaging 19.2 fantasy points per game this season.
Aleksander Barkov ($8,200) is coming off his quietest game in quite a while, though he has a favorable matchup against an up-tempo Maple Leafs team that is no stranger to giving up goals. Barkov still has 19 points in his last nine games, and he’s averaging 16.5 fantasy points per game this season. He has three goals in three games against the Leafs this season.
Auston Matthews ($8,600) had a disappointing game the other night against the Rangers but draws a more favorable matchup against Sam Montembeault, who gave up six goals against the Bruins the other night. Matthews skates on Toronto’s second line and first power-play unit and is averaging 18.5 fantasy points per game this season. John Tavares ($8,300) is also in play.
Tyler Seguin ($8,200) has points in three straight games, scoring two goals and six points and registering 22 shots and one block in that span, good for an average of 31.1 fantasy points per game. He skates on Dallas’ top line and top power-play unit, and though he’ll have a tough matchup on the road in Winnipeg, his shot volume is elite, and he presents a lot of upside in addition to his steady floor.
Andreas Athanasiou ($5,400) has three multi-point efforts in his last four games, scoring four goals and six points in that stretch. He skates on Detroit’s second line and should have low ownership tonight considering most will concentrate on the San Jose side of this game. However, Detroit is coming off a very impressive performance against the Golden Knights and should put up a similar effort against a weaker team in the Sharks.
This is more of a GPP play, but Derek Ryan ($4,500) continues to produce. He has points in three straight games and in five out of his last six games, recording two goals and eight points in that time. He has earned 11.2, 19.2, 11.2, 3.2, 14.4 and 38.4 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively.
Also consider: Logan Couture ($7,500), Tomas Hertl ($6,500), Mikael Backlund ($6,100), Anthony Cirelli ($4,400), Oskar Sundqvist ($3,900), Jason Dickinson ($3,500)
Matthew Tkachuk ($6,900) should have plenty of ownership tonight considering the Flames have a very favorable matchup against the Kings. Tkachuk has been stellar on home ice with 54 points in 37 home games this season. He has two assists in two games against the Kings and has 15 points in his last 10 games. He skates on Calgary’s second line and first power-play unit and is averaging 14.5 fantasy points per game this season.
Jonathan Huberdeau ($7,500) has been fantastic in recent games, collecting 17 points in his last nine games. He skates on Florida’s top line and top power-play unit and is averaging 15.6 fantasy points per game this season. Though he and the Panthers are on the road in Toronto tonight, the Maple Leafs are no strangers to giving up goals, so Huberdeau could be in a great spot tonight despite his hefty price tag.
Alexander Radulov ($6,600) will not be skating with Jamie Benn or Tyler Seguin at even strength tonight, though it’s possible those line combinations won’t last. Winnipeg is starting to heat up at the right time, but Radulov often presents a consistent floor, and he’ll avoid the tough matchup against WPG 3 in tonight’s game. He has points in three out of his last four games and is averaging 16.2 fantasy points per game this season.
David Perron ($6,000) finally saw his 17-game point streak come to an end the other night against the Lightning, though there’s no reason he won’t start a new one up tonight, especially as he faces his former team. Perron has been a very reliable cash play for quite a while, and his matchup is favorable tonight against Malcolm Subban and a Golden Knights team that could be without Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and that is already without Max Pacioretty. Perron skates on St. Louis’ second line and first power-play unit.
Another revenge narrative on tonight’s slate revolves around Gustav Nyquist ($5,400), since he’ll face off against his former team for the first time since getting traded at the deadline. Nyquist has been moved to the Sharks’ top line and is skating on the top power-play unit as well, putting him in a strong spot against an inconsistent Red Wings team. He has points in two out of his last three games, though he hasn’t presented a whole lot of upside in recent contests.
There are plenty of value options worth considering, but one that continues to fly under the radar is Patrick Maroon ($3,600), who quietly has points in five straight games with four goals and an assist. He skates on the Blues’ third line and second power-play unit and has earned 8.5, 15.2, 13.6, 20 and 23.2 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively.
One of my favorite value plays on tonight’s slate, however, is Taro Hirose ($3,000), who has points in all three games he’s played in this season, tallying an assist in each and averaging 10.7 fantasy points per game. He’ll move up to the second line to skate with Andreas Athanasiou tonight, putting him in an even better spot to succeed.
Also consider: Nikita Kucherov ($9,300), Brad Marchand ($8,500), Johnny Gaudreau ($8,200), David Pastrnak ($7,800), Reilly Smith ($6,400), Mike Hoffman ($6,300), Kyle Connor ($6,300), Brayden Schenn ($5,900), Timo Meier ($5,700), Evgenii Dadonov ($5,700), William Nylander ($4,900), Anthony Mantha ($5,700), Andreas Johnsson ($4,600), Roope Hintz ($4,200), Miles Wood ($3,800), Ryan Donato ($3,800), Andrew Mangiapane ($3,600), Garnet Hathaway ($3,400), Alex Nylander ($3,300), Karson Kuhlman ($3,100)
Mark Giordano ($7,200) is the most expensive defenseman on tonight’s slate, but he’s really starting to heat up at the right time for the Flames. He skates on the team’s top power-play unit and has points in seven straight games, collecting two goals and 10 points in that stretch. He is averaging 16.5 fantasy points per game this season.
UPDATE: Vlasic is no longer on the second power-play unit.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($4,400) continues to be a strong value play on the back end. He has points in back-to-back games and in six out of his last seven games, recording one goal and nine points in that stretch. He has earned 19.2, 9.6, 8, 16, 11.2, 34.4 and 16 fantasy points in his last seven games, respectively.
Also consider: Morgan Rielly ($6,400), Jacob Trouba ($5,500), Rasmus Dahlin ($4,400), Justin Schultz ($4,400), Mike Matheson ($3,900), MacKenzie Weegar ($3,800), Sean Walker ($3,500)
Goalie options will be discussed in chat closer to lock once additional starters have been confirmed.
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