We have another relatively quiet night in DFS NHL with just four games on tonight’s slate. However, the slate offers plenty of solid cash options as well as several juicy matchups. This is especially true since all four road teams on tonight’s slate will be skating in the first half of back-to-back games, so there could be a few backup goalies starting on the road.
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ANA @ TOR – 7:00pm EST
LAK @ NYR – 7:00pm EST
VAN @ PHI – 7:00pm EST
ARI @ DAL – 8:30pm EST
YESTERDAY’S RESULTS: Well, other than Braden Holtby, the Capitals played incredibly poorly yesterday against the Bruins. Fortunately, the line was still able to cash thanks to strong performances by Holtby, Sebastian Aho and Justin Williams as well as the double-stack revenge narrative play with Dougie Hamilton and Noah Hanifin. Holtby made 38 saves and allowed just one goal but got zero help from the rest of his team, which was unable to even test Tuukka Rask at the other end of the rink. Though he didn’t pick up the win, Holtby did pick up 26.4 fantasy points, which ended up being more than the clear chalk goalie of the slate in Carey Price (16.8 FP). That being said, Price and the other recommended goalie, David Rittich, both came away victorious. Rittich gave up three goals, however, including goals to both Aho and Hanifin. Aho finished the game with a goal and an assist as well as three shots for 24.8 FP; linemates Justin Williams and Nino Niederreiter didn’t have great games, though Williams did record seven shots and a block for 12.8 FP. Hanifin found twine in his return to Carolina, finishing the game with 15.2 FP at very low ownership, making him by far the best value play in the line. Keeping with the revenge narrative, Hamilton also potted a goal against his former team for the second time in the last few weeks; he came away with 24.8 FP and was worth every penny of his reasonable $4,600 price tag, especially since he had low ownership as well. Interestingly, all five players who were supposedly part of the revenge narrative in yesterday’s game were able to record at least a point, which included recommended winger Elias Lindholm as well as Micheal Ferland and Derek Ryan. Connor McDavid had a strong game, as did Max Domi, earning 15.7 FP and 26.4 FP, respectively. As mentioned earlier, the Capitals didn’t do much of anything today (John Carlson earned 8 FP, which was sadly more than Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie). However, the rest of the line did more than enough to cash.
Recommended play: Mika Zibanejad ($7,100)
It’s difficult to overlook the recent success of Mika Zibanejad, who has points in seven out of his last eight games, which includes four multi-point efforts. Zibanejad skates on the Rangers’ first line and first power-play unit and has picked up eight goals and 15 points in his last eight games, averaging 25.2 fantasy points per game in that stretch. With six points and seven shots in just his last two games, Zibanejad is an appealing play, especially against a struggling Kings team that is now thinner on the back end after shipping Jake Muzzin to the Maple Leafs.
That being said, Auston Matthews ($8,100) will have high ownership on tonight’s slate with the Anaheim Ducks in town. The Ducks notably gave up nine goals to the Jets just a few nights ago as part of a stretch in which the team has lost 15 out of 17 games. With John Tavares likely to hard-match against the Ducks’ top line, Matthews should have a favorable matchup at even strength against a team in free-fall. He has goals in three straight and has recorded a total of four points and 12 shots in his last three games. He is back on the top power-play unit and will look to add to his 46-point campaign during which he has averaged 19.1 fantasy points per game.
There are several other mid-range and more affordable options at the center position on tonight’s slate, including the Rangers’ second-line center, Kevin Hayes ($5,500). Hayes has points in back-to-back games and also skates on the team’s top power-play unit, offering exposure to everyone in the Rangers’ top six. Though New York is not exactly an offensive powerhouse, Hayes is quite affordable and hits value in most games. Vancouver’s centers are also worth considering; Bo Horvat ($5,700) is about as safe a floor play as you will find, and Elias Pettersson ($6,300) continues to impress in his rookie campaign.
Other options: Tyler Seguin ($7,800), Claude Giroux ($7,200), Anze Kopitar ($6,500), Sean Couturier ($6,300), Nazem Kadri ($4,900)
Recommended play: Mats Zuccarello ($5,800)
Mats Zuccarello ($5,800) and Chris Kreider ($6,600) skate with Mika Zibanejad on the Rangers’ top line, a line that has been very productive of late. Zuccarello has points in seven straight games, scoring five goals and 13 points in that stretch. He has produced four multi-point games, recording 10 points in just four contests. Zuccarello also skates on the team’s top power-play unit; he has earned 20, 29.3, 22.9, 23.2, 28.2, 33.6 and 13.6 fantasy points in his last seven games, respectively. Kreider hasn’t been quite as productive, racking up points in five out of his last seven games, but he often provides a solid shot volume and is more than capable of finding twine. He leads the Rangers in Corsi For percentage on the season with a 51.7, which has improved to 63.75 since the All-Star break/bye week.
Oskar Lindblom ($3,900) is having a very underrated season for the Philadelphia Flyers, but his strong play is finally translating to the scoresheet, making him a solid value option in tonight’s game against Vancouver. Lindblom skates on the Flyers’ second line and has seen time on both power-play units; in fact, Lindblom is a huge reason why the Flyers’ power play has woken from the dead over the last two games. Lindblom leads the team in Corsi For percentage since Jan. 1 (56.99), and he has points in three straight games and in five out of his last six, scoring three goals and six points in that stretch. DraftKings NOTE: Lindblom is extremely affordable on both sites, as he’s just $3,500 on DraftKings. I’ve been playing him on DK for weeks, and while his price tag is up from $2,800, he’s still very affordable and a good deal on both sites.
Conor Garland ($3,700) is no longer skating with Alex Galchenyuk at even strength, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t still a solid value option. He scored his 10th goal of the season the other night, and he remains on the team’s top power-play unit. Garland has goals in back-to-back games and has averaged 15.5 fantasy points per game over his last 11 games. DraftKings NOTE: Garland is not as strong a value play on DraftKings at $4,500.
Other options: Mitch Marner ($8,400), Jake Voracek ($6,700), Brock Boeser ($6,300), Travis Konecny ($4,900), Ilya Kovalchuk ($4,700), Patrick Marleau ($4,400), Kasperi Kapanen ($4,400), Daniel Sprong ($4,100), Josh Leivo ($3,400)
Recommended play: Morgan Rielly ($5,800)
Morgan Rielly ($5,800) hasn’t been featured in these posts for quite some time, but his red-hot start to the season faded, and he recently went 11 games with just four points. That being said, Rielly skates on Toronto’s first power-play unit, is averaging 15.5 fantasy points per game this season and has points in three straight, recording four assists and nine shots in his last three games for 14.4, 12.8 and 19.7 fantasy points, respectively. Those point totals are nothing to write home about, and Rielly hasn’t been worth his price tag on most nights over the last few months. That being said, his upside is huge, and with the limited options on the back end on tonight’s slate, he could be a strong cash play given projected ownership, especially given the Maple Leafs’ matchup. Jake Gardiner ($4,300) skates on the team’s second power-play unit, which might have a strong night if tonight’s contest is anything like the Winnipeg game against the Ducks the other night; plus, he’s coming off a two-assist game. However, Rielly’s upside is significantly greater.
Value play: Alex Edler ($4,300)
Alex Edler will continue to have high ownership in cash contests if he remains underpriced on FanDuel. Though he managed just 6.4 fantasy points the other night, Edler often hits value through peripheral stat coverage alone, and his role on the Canucks’ top power-play unit gives him an edge in finding the scoresheet as well. He has gone three games without a point but is averaging 13.1 fantasy points per game this season and has recorded eight shots and 11 blocks in his last three games. He has averaged nearly 5.1 blocks/shots per game all season, which makes him a strong floor play with upside. DraftKings NOTE: I wouldn’t necessarily recommend Edler on DraftKings, where he is $5,900. You can find better value on defense and spend up elsewhere in your lineup.
Other options: John Klingberg ($5,900), Esa Lindell ($4,000), Travis Sanheim ($4,000), Travis Dermott ($3,800), Cam Fowler ($3,800), Troy Stecher ($3,700), Neal Pionk ($3,500), Alec Martinez ($3,500), Roman Polak ($3,500)
Recommended play: TBD
Most starters have yet to be confirmed, which makes it difficult to make recommendations for goalies on tonight’s slate, especially with four teams skating in the first half of back-to-back sets. The two heavy favorites on the slate are Toronto and Dallas, so it’s likely many cash players will go with Frederik Andersen and Ben Bishop, but the goalie position will have to be reevaluated in chat closer to lock. Considering how he’s played lately, Bishop may have an edge, but this will be examined further in chat.
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