We have another big slate with 22 teams in action in the Main slate, which locks at 7:00pm EST. The Islanders, Golden Knights, Panthers, Red Wings, Senators, Penguins, Maple Leafs, Stars, Predators, Blackhawks, Wild and Lightning are all skating in the second half of back-to-back games, while the Ducks, Kings, Blues, Canucks, Avalanche, Coyotes and Sharks are all playing in their first game since the All-Star break/bye week.
ANA @ WPG – 7:00pm EST
VGK @ FLA – 7:00pm EST
LAK @ NYI – 7:00pm EST
STL @ CBJ – 7:00pm EST
PIT @ TOR – 7:00pm EST
DET @ OTT – 7:00pm EST
DAL @ NSH – 8:00pm EST
CHI @ MIN – 8:00pm EST
TBL @ NYR – 8:00pm EST
VAN @ COL – 10:00pm EST
ARI @ SJS – 10:30pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Last night’s Main lineup cashed easily. Both Sebastian Aho and Dylan Larkin scored goals, finishing the night with 21.6 and 20.5 fantasy points, respectively. But it was Patrick Kane, the featured player in yesterday’s post, who had the monster night, scoring two goals and two assists on four shots for 46.4 FP against the struggling Carter Hutton. On the other side of the matchup, Rasmus Dahlin and value winger Evan Rodrigues were held to just 3.2 FP apiece, though Rasmus Ristolainen picked up an assist, three shots and a block for 14.4 FP. Frank Vatrano also had a quiet night (as did Vincent Trocheck, who was in the alternate lineup), as Juuse Saros bounced back with a strong performance in Sunrise, holding Florida to just one goal. Alex Tuch was also held off the board but managed five shots for 8 FP, though Nino Niederreiter came through with a goal, five shots and a block for 21.6 FP. In net, Ben Bishop had lower ownership than expected (many went with Hutton for some reason). Fortunately, Bishop came up with a win, making 21 saves and picking up 24.8 FP.
NOTE: Recommendations may change throughout the day depending on goalie confirmations and injury updates.
Steven Stamkos ($8,700) scored a hat trick on six shots when these teams met in Tampa Bay in early December. Though tonight’s matchup is in Madison Square Garden (where the Rangers play much better defensively), the Lightning will look to bounce back after being held to just two goals in their last two games. Stamkos has been one of the more consistent producers for a talented Lightning offense, and the Lightning’s power play has operated at 100 percent against the Rangers this season. Many will turn to Auston Matthews ($7,900), especially since he has goals in back-to-back games, but Toronto can be a difficult team to predict for cash contests, so I’ll likely fade them for the second night in a row.
Obviously, Nathan MacKinnon ($8,300) is always a top play, especially on home ice, but his injury status is up in the air. He had three points when these teams played in a wild shootout earlier this season, but unless his status is cleared up well before lock, he may be too risky for me to use in a regular cash line.
NYR 1 remains one of my favorite cash lines, which means Mika Zibanejad ($7,100) is very much in play tonight once again as the Rangers host the Lightning. Zibanejad scored a hat trick the other night against the Devils and he has eight goals and 13 points in his last seven games. He skates on the Rangers’ top line and top power-play unit, and while it was second-line center Kevin Hayes ($5,500) who picked up two points in the December meeting between these two teams, it’s hard to argue with the Rangers’ top line’s recent success. That being said, Hayes is a cheaper alternative, especially given his role on the team’s top power-play unit.
There are several other similarly-priced options of particular interest on tonight’s slate, including Matt Duchene ($7,100), Dylan Larkin ($6,900) and Ryan O’Reilly ($6,800). Duchene has a favorable matchup against (presumably) Jonathan Bernier, and Larkin will be on the other side of what could be a high-scoring contest. O’Reilly enters tonight’s game with points in six straight games but unfortunately won’t be able to feast on Sergei Bobrovsky as Joonas Korpisalo will start for Columbus.
In addition, Eric Staal ($6,400) has points in three straight and gets a favorable matchup at home against the Blackhawks, while Tomas Hertl ($6,400) is always a threat for a big night. He scored a hat trick in his most recent game but was held off the scoresheet when these teams played in Arizona a few weeks ago. Elias Pettersson ($6,300) remains a strong cash play, especially at that price, though Bo Horvat ($5,700) is always a safe floor play; he has points in three straight and has earned at least eight fantasy points in 10 straight games. That being said, Pettersson had a five-point performance against the Avalanche earlier this season, and while tonight’s game will be in Colorado, that’s tough to overlook.
Also consider: Mark Scheifele ($7,800), Mathew Barzal ($6,600), Vincent Trocheck ($5,800), Bryan Little ($5,300)*, Brock Nelson ($5,200), Nazem Kadri ($4,900), Victor Rask ($3,300)
*2P when these teams met in WPG Jan. 13
It’s difficult not to strongly consider Patrick Kane ($8,900) at this point, especially since he’ll likely face backup goalie Alex Stalock, who gave up three goals on eight shots in his last game (against Anaheim nonetheless). He was recently signed to a three-year extension, so it’s possible he’ll look to bounce back and prove his worth, but Kane has been unstoppable of late. He put up four points last night for the third time in five games, and he has nine goals and 25 points during his current 10-game point streak. Kane has points in 17 out of his last 18 games and is averaging 21.3 fantasy points with 31 goals and 75 points in 51 games this season. He has been getting well over 20 minutes of ice time a night, and though Minnesota can be stingy defensively, he’s a tough fade even with that price tag.
But there are other elite options that have been very productive of late, including Columbus’ Artemi Panarin ($8,000), Nashville’s Viktor Arvidsson ($7,800) and San Jose’s Evander Kane ($7,300). Given the price tags and matchups, Kane seems like the best option of the three, especially since Cam Atkinson’s status is up in the air. Kane has five goals and eight points in his last five games and has earned a point in each of the last three games against the Coyotes, earning 15.2, 11.2 and 18.4 fantasy points, respectively. He’s not a must-start on the slate, especially since the Coyotes have played fairly well against San Jose, but he’s definitely an affordable elite option.
Sticking with the NYR 1 theme, both Chris Kreider ($6,600) and especially Mats Zuccarello ($5,900) are worth considering on tonight’s large slate. The line has been on fire in recent games, and the Rangers will have the luxury of facing backup netminder Louis Domingue, who gave up three goals the last time these teams squared off. The Rangers’ top line was held to zero points when these teams played in Tampa Bay, but it’s likely the home matchup will give them more room with which to work.
There are too many strong options to go through, but one mid-range play that’s easy to accommodate on FanDuel is Timo Meier ($5,300) given his price tag and recent production. He was skating on the top line with Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski as well as on the second power-play unit before the All-Star break, recording points in three straight games with one goal and five points as well as eight shots in that span. He is averaging 15.3 fantasy points per game this season. He’s been held off the scoresheet in each of the last two games against Arizona despite recording a combined 11 shots in those two games, but he did chip in two assists, four shots and a block for 24 fantasy points against the ‘Yotes back in December.
One under-the-radar play is Reilly Smith ($5,300), who will be eager to play well against his former team. He and Jonathan Marchessault ($7,600) combined for five points when they were in Florida last season, though Vegas’ top line has not been consistent at all this year, making it more of a GPP option. Brandon Pirri ($4,100) is not a great option on the third line, and his production has disappeared ever since he was taken off the second line, but he will also be eager to play well against his former team. The Knights have a ton of ties to the Panthers, so they should be particularly hungry tonight.
On the other side of that matchup, Frank Vatrano ($4,400) remains a solid cash play even though he did nothing last night. He has seen a $200 drop in price and offers exposure to everyone in Florida’s top six since he skates on the first line and second power-play unit.
Brady Tkachuk ($4,000) and Conor Garland ($3,700) have both been relatively consistent value options, and both have favorable matchups tonight against the Red Wings and Sharks, respectively.
Josh Leivo ($3,400) is an even more affordable play who offers exposure to Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser, who combined for NINE points in one game against Colorado this season.
Additional options at all price points are listed below.
Also consider: Nikita Kucherov ($9,000), Blake Wheeler ($7,800), Jake Guentzel ($7,700), Mikko Rantanen ($7,600), Gabriel Landeskog ($7,400), Cam Atkinson ($7,300)–DTD, Zach Parise ($7,000), Anders Lee ($6,600), Ryan Dzingel ($6,400), Kyle Connor ($6,300), Brock Boeser ($6,300), Alex Tuch ($5,900), Bobby Ryan ($5,600), Thomas Vanek ($4,400), Andreas Athanasiou ($4,400), Patrick Marleau ($4,400), Josh Anderson ($4,400), Richard Panik ($4,200), J.T. Miller ($3,900), Oliver Bjorkstrand ($3,500), Jack Roslovic ($3,300), MacKenzie MacEachern ($3,100), Mason Appleton ($3,100)
Brent Burns ($7,500) has not earned a point in three games against the Coyotes this season, which makes him a risky play considering his exorbitant price tag. However, Burns is often capable of putting up 15+ fantasy points in peripheral stat coverage alone. Erik Karlsson ($7,200) may be out of commission tonight, which would give Burns even more ice time. Burns has the ability to make or break a slate and is more than capable of producing just as much or more than the most expensive forwards on the slate.
If you don’t to pay all the way up for Burns, there are several other strong elite cash plays on the back end, which are listed below in the “Also consider” section.
Thomas Chabot ($5,300), like Matt Duchene, has a favorable matchup with the Red Wings in town. Jonathan Bernier has given up three or five goals in four straight games, so Ottawa’s power-play unit should be in a good spot to produce. That makes Chabot a strong mid-range option, especially since he’s proven to be a reliable contributor from the back end. He’s gone four games without a point, but being on home ice in a good spot could very well do the trick. Chabot is averaging 15.6 fantasy points per game and scored a goal and an assist on four shots for 26.9 fantasy points when these teams met in Detroit in mid-December.
Jacob Trouba ($5,300) may or may not be the guy on the top power-play unit tonight, which continues to be an issue for the Jets. However, assuming he is, he will look to continue his strong play as the Jets host the ailing Anaheim Ducks. Trouba has points in two out of his last three games and has earned 24.5, 14.4, 16.5 fantasy points in those games, respectively. He tallied an assist, one shot and one block when Anaheim was in town last, and his role on the top power-play unit gives him an edge over the more affordable Josh Morrissey ($4,500).
Alex Edler ($4,300) is still way too cheap on FanDuel given his consistent play. While he may not find the scoresheet every night, he’s very reliable via peripheral stat coverage, and tonight’s game against Colorado could be a fast-paced, high-scoring contest like it was earlier this season. Edler skates on the Canucks’ top power-play unit and is averaging 13.3 fantasy points per game this season. He is averaging more than five shots/blocks per game, so hitting value is a regular occurrence.
For true value, however, I like Brad Hunt ($3,500) tonight once again. He is skating on the Wild’s top power-play unit and scored a goal last night, finishing the game with 15.7 fantasy points. Chicago gives up plenty of fantasy points to opposing defensemen, so Hunt has an edge there as well.
Additionally, Alec Martinez ($3,500) could see an increased role on the Kings’ blue line with the departure of Jake Muzzin. Though he’ll have a challenging matchup against the red-hot Islanders, he could hit value through peripheral stat coverage alone, and there’s little risk considering the min. price tag. At the same time, he won’t get time on the power play, so Hunt has more upside if you’re going with a $3,500 rearguard.
Also consider: Kris Letang ($6,800), Roman Josi ($6,600), Victor Hedman ($6,500), Jared Spurgeon ($5,300), Ryan Suter ($4,700), Ryan McDonagh ($4,600), Josh Morrissey ($4,500), Shea Theodore ($4,200), Vince Dunn ($4,000), Jakkob Chychrun ($3,800), Alex Goligoski ($3,800), Mike Matheson ($3,800), Devon Toews ($3,600)
Robin Lehner ($8,600) and the New York Islanders will look to extend their remarkable run. Lehner has won 11 out of his last 13 starts and has earned at least 20 fantasy points in 11 out of his last 13 games, earning 11.2 and 19.2 in the other two. He has a favorable matchup against the visiting Kings, who have yet to play since the bye week and who will be thinner on the back end without Jake Muzzin. Los Angeles has one of the least productive offenses in the league, so it’s possible Lehner won’t get a ton of shot volume to boost his fantasy numbers, but the Isles are heavy favorites for the win, and Lehner has been one of the strongest fantasy netminders for weeks.
As usual, goalies will be reevaluated in chat once additional confirmations have been released.
Also consider: Connor Hellebuyck ($8,600), Matt Murray ($8,500), Jacob Markstrom ($8,300), Jordan Binnington ($7,200)
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