There are nine games on tonight’s slate, which features six teams skating in the second half of back-to-back sets: Montreal, Ottawa, Florida, Columbus, Pittsburgh and Calgary. Today is the final day before the start of the NHL bye weeks; you can find a complete list of them here (if you’re interested); just keep in mind that teams will have five days off on either side of the NHL All-Star break (Jan. 24-27).
Note: Ryan Johansen (NSH) has been suspended for two games.
PHI @ MTL – 7:00pm EST
NYR @ BOS – 7:00pm EST
OTT @ STL – 7:00pm EST
SJS @ TBL – 7:00pm EST
WPG @ DAL – 7:00pm EST
FLA @ NSH – 8:00pm EST
CBJ @ MIN – 9:00pm EST
PIT @ VGK – 10:00pm EST
CGY @ EDM – 10:00pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Last night’s lineup cashed easily. Sebastian Aho was a disappointment, though he was a safe bet considering he was likely to be very chalky. He ended up with just 6.4 fantasy points, but everyone else in the lineup had a better night. That includes Vincent Trocheck, who was an easy play considering his minimum price tag; Trocheck managed an assist and 14.4 fantasy points in his first game in two months, while linemate Nick Bjugstad (who did not make the main cash lineup but was recommended in chat) tallied an assist and 16 FP. The Flames took home a 6-4 win, and all three skaters found the scoresheet despite the fact that much of Calgary’s offense came from the third line. Johnny Gaudreau tallied an assist and four shots for 14.4 FP, Matthew Tkachuk managed an assist and an impressive seven shots on goal for 19.2 FP and Mark Giordano scored a shorthanded goal and came away with 23.6 FP. Goaltender Mike Smith completed a rare four-man cash stack with a win and 20.8 FP. The other Tkachuk (Brady) tallied an assist and earned 11.2 FP, while Cam Atkinson recorded six shots for 9.6 FP. Atkinson was unable to extend his point streak against a stingy Carey Price, though his ownership was well above 40 percent and he still managed a decent output. The other defenseman in the lineup was Alex Edler, who scored a goal and recorded one shot and one block for 15.2 FP. However, if you went with Cody Ceci for the same price (as suggested in yesterday’s post), you would have been rewarded with a huge performance since Ceci tallied two assists, one shot and seven blocks for 28.8 FP. The alternate lineup provided in chat didn’t have as strong a night as the main, though it cashed by more than 20 FP.
Connor McDavid ($9,100): McDavid generally loves playing against the Flames, and Calgary has been leaky in recent contests, which sets the table nicely for the Oilers’ captain. He enters tonight’s game with goals in four games in a row and points in six straight (six goals, nine points), and he has points in 11 out of his last 12 games, scoring 10 goals and 21 points in that stretch. McDavid is averaging 20.8 fantasy points per game this season.
David Krejci ($5,500): Krejci has points in five straight games, collecting three goals and seven points and an average of 17.8 fantasy points per game in that span. He skates on Boston’s second line and second power-play unit and has been a reliable mid-range play in recent games.
Vincent Trocheck ($3,000): Enjoy this price tag while it lasts. Trocheck was a pleasant surprise yesterday afternoon and is still a min. price option since he wasn’t expected back until after the All-Star break. He skates on Florida’s second line and second power-play unit and tallied an assist, three shots and a block for 14.4 fantasy points last night. However, Aleksander Barkov sustained a hand injury in last night’s game, so it’s possible Trocheck could move up to the top line and top power-play unit tonight against the Predators.
Also consider: Patrice Bergeron ($8,200), Brayden Point ($8,000), Sean Monahan ($7,800), Mark Scheifele ($7,700), Claude Giroux ($7,400), Mika Zibanejad ($6,700), Sean Couturier ($6,500), Ryan O’Reilly ($6,300), Pierre-Luc DuBois ($6,000), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($5,800), Bryan Little ($5,300), Zack Smith ($3,700), Matt Hendricks ($3,100)–if he remains on MIN 3
Note: Today’s recommended wingers may change throughout the day depending on line combinations/goalie confirmations. For now, here are a few options at different price points to consider.
Johnny Gaudreau ($8,900): Johnny Hockey doesn’t have overly impressive numbers against the Oilers, and he managed just one assist and four shots for 14.4 fantasy points last night against Detroit. Though he found the scoresheet, it wasn’t much from someone who costs nearly $9,000. However, Gaudreau is one of the hottest players in the NHL, which counts for a lot, especially since there’s so much value on tonight’s slate. In fact, Gaudreau has points in 10 straight games and in 13 out of his last 14, collecting 13 goals and 27 points in that stretch. He’s averaging 19.7 fantasy points per game.
David Perron ($5,500): Perron is working with a 13-game point streak during which he has scored six goals and 16 points. He skates on St. Louis’ second line and first power-play unit and will face a Senators team that played last night.
Brandon Pirri ($4,000): Though he’s skating on Vegas’ top line (which hasn’t been as successful as its second), Pirri remains an effective and productive value play. He has points in 10 out of 11 games this season, including points in each of his last six games. Pirri has recorded eight goals and 13 points as well as 40 shots in 11 games for an average of 18.8 fantasy points per game.
Peter Cehlarik ($3,600): Finally, FanDuel has added Cehlarik to its player pool. Cehlarik is skating on Boston’s second line and second power-play unit and has points in back-to-back games, scoring two goals and an assist for an average of 20 fantasy points per game.
Also consider: Nikita Kucherov ($9,200), Brad Marchand ($8,300), David Pastrnak ($8,100), Blake Wheeler ($8,000), Jake Guentzel ($7,600), Cam Atkinson ($7,400), Viktor Arvidsson ($7,300), Zach Parise ($7,000)*, Leon Draisaitl ($6,900), Matthew Tkachuk ($6,900), Evander Kane ($6,800), Chris Kreider ($6,500), Brendan Gallagher ($6,200), Tomas Tatar ($6,000), Kyle Connor ($5,800), Mats Zuccarello ($5,800), Alex Tuch ($5,700), Nick Bjugstad ($4,300), Colton Sissons ($4,000), Brady Tkachuk ($4,000), J.T. Miller ($3,900)–if he moves up to TBL 2, Joel Armia ($3,400), Pontus Aberg ($3,200)
*Recorded 11 shots the other night against ANA
Mark Giordano ($6,600): Giordano had another strong game last night, extending his point streak to six games with a short-handed goal, three shots and three blocks for 23.6 fantasy points. Tonight’s game against Edmonton could go any number of ways, but Gio has been a steady contributor for weeks now. He anchors the Flames’ top power-play unit and should see at least 25 minutes of ice time in tonight’s battle of Alberta. He is averaging 17.1 fantasy points per game.
Victor Hedman ($6,300): Hedman hasn’t been consistent this season but has recently shown some signs of being the elite fantasy defenseman he’s supposed to be. He hasn’t been worth his price tag for much of the season despite the fact that Tampa has been lighting the lamp seemingly at will. However, he’s coming off a monster performance in which he scored a goal and an assist on eight shots for 34.9 fantasy points. He also scored a goal when these teams met in San Jose earlier this month, finishing that game with 20 fantasy points. Hedman could still come up empty, which makes him a risky play, though he could have higher ownership than usual because of his output the other night.
Thomas Chabot ($5,500): Chabot is picking up right where he left off before he got injured. He now has one assist, 10 shots and five blocks in two games since returning to Ottawa’s lineup, earning 14.4 and 17.6 fantasy points, respectively. Chabot skates on Ottawa’s top power-play unit and should continue to provide a steady floor with upside. I generally go for Mattias Ekholm ($5,500) at the same price tag, but he’s had back-to-back games without a solid return and is therefore not a safe cash bet.
Darnell Nurse ($5,400): Nurse was more appealing when he was underpriced (obviously) but remains a strong floor play given his recent production. He skates on Edmonton’s top power-play unit and has earned 8, 13.3, 8, 36, 14.9 and 11.2 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively. Though tonight’s game could feel more like a playoff game than usual since these teams are bitter rivals, Calgary’s goaltending has been anything but solid in recent games, which could make Nurse worth the price tag, especially since it’s unlikely he’ll leave you with nothing.
Brenden Dillon ($3,600)/Justin Braun ($3,500): There are a bunch of strong value plays on tonight’s slate, but San Jose’s blue line has been particularly effective of late. Dillon has assists in three straight games and in four out of his last five games, earning 9.6, 17.6, 12.8, 3.2 and 11.2 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively, while Braun has assists in three straight, earning 9.6, 9.6 and 12.8 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively. Neither sees any power-play time with Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson around, but both could hit value and provide excellent salary relief at the same time.
Also consider: Brent Burns ($7,600), Erik Karlsson ($7,200), Mattias Ekholm ($5,500), Keith Yandle ($5,500), Zach Werenski ($5,400), Shea Weber ($4,900), Ryan Suter ($4,500), Cody Ceci ($4,200), Mikhail Sergachev ($4,100), Marcus Pettersson ($3,700), David Savard ($3,600), Tony DeAngelo ($3,500)
Tuukka Rask ($9,000): The Bruins are favored at home against the visiting Rangers, and Rask has been playing very well of late. He has gone 6-0-1 in his last seven games, giving up between 0-2 goals in six of those seven games.
Connor Hellebuyck ($8,600): Hellebuyck is coming off a very strong performance against the Nashville Predators, and he and the Jets will take on a Stars team that is really struggling to score. The Stars’ effort the other night against the worst team in the league was shockingly lacking, and Winnipeg is one of the top teams in the West. It’s unclear if Hellebuyck or Laurent Brossoit will start, but the Jets are favored and defeated the Stars in Winnipeg two weeks ago. Winnipeg has won six of its last seven games.
As usual, goalies will be reevaluated/discussed in chat closer to lock.
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