There are six games on tonight’s slate, which comes just hours after the NHL’s Trade Deadline.
NOTE: Today’s recommendations are subject to change, especially with today’s trade deadline. Make sure to check in with us in chat for the latest plays and updates.
BUF @ TOR – 7:00pm EST
MTL @ NJD – 7:00pm EST
LAK @ TBL – 7:30pm EST
EDM @ NSH – 8:00pm EST
FLA @ COL – 9:00pm EST
ANA @ VAN – 10:00pm EST
There are several strong elite options on tonight’s slate, including Steven Stamkos ($8,600), Auston Matthews ($8,200), Nathan Mackinnon ($8,000), John Tavares ($7,800) and Brayden Point ($7,700). Of those, I like MacKinnon and Tavares most, all things considered, though all five are strong plays. Matthews could have higher ownership than Tavares once again, though Tavares should get plenty of ice time since he’ll be hard-matching against the Jack Eichel line.
If you’re looking for a somewhat cheaper play considering the prices of some of the elite wingers on tonight’s slate, you could turn to a riskier play in Aleksander Barkov ($7,400). The reason Barkov is risky is because of how well the Avalanche have played in recent games. That being said, Barkov has been red-hot, putting together four straight multi-point games with at least a goal and an assist in each. He has collected six goals and 11 points in his last four games, though all of them were on home ice. He could still find his way onto the scoresheet, especially on the power play, but he’s not an automatic cash play as he has been in recent games.
Max Domi ($5,900) has points in four straight games, scoring three goals and five points on 14 shots in that stretch. He skates on Montreal’s second line and first power-play unit and should have a favorable matchup tonight against the Devils. Though New Jersey has been better at home this season, the Canadiens are in need of a win as they continue to fight for a playoff spot in a tight Eastern Conference race.
For value, Carl Soderberg ($4,700) has chipped in the occasional goal here and there throughout the season but has exploded for three goals and seven points in his last three games, earning 24, 35.6 and 39.2 fantasy points, respectively. He skates on Colorado’s second line and second power-play unit.
Also consider: Steven Stamkos ($8,600), Auston Matthews ($8,200), Brayden Point ($7,700), Vincent Trocheck ($5,300), Travis Zajac ($4,400), Kyle Turris ($4,400)
Nikita Kucherov ($9,300) has been one of the most productive forwards in hockey over the last few weeks, and that should continue tonight with the Kings in town. Kucherov skates on Tampa Bay’s second line and first power-play unit and leads the NHL in scoring with 100 points on the season. He has recorded 19 of those points in just his last seven games, averaging 33.8 fantasy points per game during that stretch. Though an off night from Kucherov is particularly costly given his price tag, his ownership should continue to be high in FanDuel cash contests, and his upside is virtually unparalleled.
The Colorado Avalanche might as well be a different team entirely given how they have turned things around over the last few games. After going through an incredibly rough stretch in which nothing seemed to go right, the Avs have now won four straight games and have outscored their opponents 20-4 in that stretch. Gabriel Landeskog ($7,000) has been a huge part of that as Colorado is now icing multiple scoring lines, which is definitely not something that could be said for this team earlier this season. Landeskog skates on the team’s second line and first power-play unit and has goals in three straight games and points in four straight, scoring three goals and six points while tallying 15 shots and three blocks. He is averaging 17.3 fantasy points per game this season.
Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,300) is somewhat of a risky option given just how well the Avalanche have played of late, but Huberdeau has been very productive and is worth a look. Huberdeau has four goals and eight points during his current four-game point streak, earning an average of 27.6 fantasy points per game in that span. He skates on Florida’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 14.6 fantasy points per game this season. His shot volume has also been very consistent; he’s registered 36 shots in his last eight games, good for an average of 4.5 shots per game.
There is also plenty of value on tonight’s slate, including Toronto’s Andreas Johnsson ($4,100), who should have high ownership once again tonight. Johnsson is skating on the Maple Leafs’ second line with Auston Matthews, and he’s also on the team’s top power-play unit. Getting exposure to that level of talent at this price point is a great deal. Plus, Johnsson has been productive in his own right. He has goals in back-to-back games and points in four out of his last five games. He has recorded 13 shots on goal in his last two games (he registered 10 the other day against the Capitals).
There are several other value options I like on tonight’s slate, including Jesper Bratt ($4,100), Andrew Shaw ($4,300), Miles Wood ($3,700), Alexander Kerfoot ($3,500) and Sam Gagner ($3,000), though some players could be affected by what happens leading up to today’s trade deadline.
Also consider: Leon Draisaitl ($8,100), Viktor Arvidsson ($7,600), Jeff Skinner ($7,400), Brendan Gallagher ($6,600), Tomas Tatar ($6,500), William Nylander ($4,600), J.T. Compher ($4,300), Andrew Shaw ($4,300), Jesper Bratt ($4,100), Zach Hyman ($4,000), Miles Wood ($3,700), Alexander Kerfoot ($3,500), Sven Andrighetto ($3,100), Sam Gagner ($3,000)
Roman Josi ($6,800) is coming off an extremely disappointing performance, but the Predators will host a McDavid-less Oilers squad tonight and will be eager to bounce back from a rough 5-0 loss to the Avalanche. Josi had been one of the most consistent defenders in DFS NHL prior to the other night’s dud. In fact, he had earned a combined 71.1 fantasy points in the two games before Saturday’s shutout loss. Though he may not get anywhere near that level of production tonight, he is almost always a safe floor play with upside, and the Oilers will be on the road without McDavid, which helps Josi’s case even more. Josi has five goals and 13 points as well as 30 shots and 16 blocks in his last 10 games. He skates on Nashville’s top power-play unit.
Rasmus Dahlin ($4,200) has goals in back-to-back games and has been pretty productive in his rookie campaign. He stands out because of his price tag; plus, Toronto has been giving up goals, so he could be in a good spot. He skates on Buffalo’s top power-play unit and has been seeing 21-23 minutes of ice time on a consistent basis, making him an interesting value option on tonight’s slate. HOWEVER, the Sabres acquired Brandon Montour ($4,200) from the Anaheim Ducks last night, so if Montour plays, that could affect the lineup/ice time allocation.
That being said, I continue to like New Jersey’s Andy Greene ($3,700) despite the fact that he has been over-achieving of late. Greene is generally a safe floor play because of his consistent peripheral stat coverage, though he has seen a rare uptick in production. He has points in back-to-back games and four points in his last four games. He does not see any power-play time but is very cheap and should come through with some shots and blocks at the very least.
Also consider: Morgan Rielly ($6,100), Tyson Barrie ($5,200), Keith Yandle ($5,200), Jeff Petry ($4,000), Mikhail Sergachev ($3,800), Mike Reilly ($3,600), Michael Del Zotto ($3,500)
Andrei Vasilevskiy ($9,600) has been exceptional of late, winning six straight games and going 7-0-2 in his last nine appearances. He has given up a combined total of 12 goals in his last nine games and has given up just two combined goals over his last four starts. The Lightning are the best team in the league but have taken their game to a new level over the last few weeks. They will take on a Kings team that suffered a 6-1 loss to the Panthers over the weekend, so this is a favorable spot for Tampa Bay. Though Vasilevskiy is quite pricey, he’s a safe player to recommend at this point, especially before goalies have been confirmed. Tampa could complete a trade today, though, which could affect things.
NOTE: As always, there may be updates to today’s recommendations in chat throughout the day.
Also consider: Carey Price ($9,000), Frederik Andersen ($8,800), Pekka Rinne ($8,600), Semyon Varlamov ($7,600)
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NOTE: I will not be around prior to lock this evening but will post and pin my lineup. Please check in with Derek in chat for any important lineup updates or late news. Best of luck to everyone tonight!
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