Today’s post is for the Main Slate, which features six games. Options for the Early Slate will be discussed in chat, though there are a few recommendations for each position listed below.
SJS @ EDM – 7:00pm EST
TOR @ MTL – 7:00pm EST
PIT @ TBL – 7:00pm EST
FLA @ WSH – 7:00pm EST
CBJ @ VGK – 10:00pm EST
CGY @ VAN – 10:00pm EST
THURSDAY NIGHT’S RESULTS: Both lineups posted in chat were able to cash. Sebastian Aho had surprisingly low ownership, even for a 14-game slate, but picked up two assists, four shots and a block for 24.5 fantasy points. On the other side of that matchup, Jeff Skinner had a big game against his former team, scoring two goals on six shots for 33.6 FP; he also had very low ownership even though that game ended up being a 6-5 affair. Jack Eichel managed an assist, three shots and three blocks for 17.6 FP, and value winger Jason Pominville, who was recommended in chat, scored a goal on three shots for 16.8 FP. The value wingers that ended up in the main FanDuel lineups were Joel Armia (in a revenge game) and Brady Tkachuk. Armia didn’t find the scoresheet but hit value with 8 FP, and Tkachuk scored a goal and earned 21.6 FP, which was excellent production for his $3,600 price tag. Frank Vatrano had a disappointing night with just 3.2 FP, but that was made worse by the fact that the same was true of Patrick Kane, who didn’t put up nearly enough fantasy points to warrant his $9,200 price tag. That being said, he was by far the chalkiest player on the slate, which softened the blow of his contribution of just 14.9 FP via a power-play assist and four shots. Both members of Columbus’ top line were ineffective options, though the one Blue Jacket actually highlighted in the post, Boone Jenner, had another strong game, scoring a goal and an assist for 23.2 FP. Other centers highlighted in the post that had strong nights include Jonathan Toews, Matt Duchene and Jesperi Kotkaniemi, while Ryan O’Reilly, Mikael Backlund and Max Domi had bad nights. Victor Rask managed just two shots for 3.2 FP, but his $3,300 price tag made him somewhat of a free play anyway. On the other side of that game, however, Leon Draisaitl kept up his strong play with a goal and 18.9 FP. Despite posting 8 FP, Elias Lindholm saw his point streak come to an end as the Flames inexplicably went 1-for-7 on the man advantage. Nick Bjugstad was also unable to capitalize on opportunities in his return to Florida.
Fortunately, both elite defensemen used in the lineups had strong nights, especially Brent Burns, who continues to be a dominant force on the back end. He had surprisingly low ownership but came away with 36.9 FP thanks to a short-handed goal, two assists, three shots and one block. Mark Giordano tallied an assist as well as five shots and three blocks for 20.8 FP. Value defenseman Ben Hutton hit value with three shots and two blocks for 8 FP, while Jared Spurgeon earned 8 FP and Thomas Chabot came away with 16 FP (later awarded 24 FP).
In net, Anthony Stolarz made 37 saves but was unable to come away with a win thanks in large part to poor coaching by the Flyers; he still earned 21.6 FP, though, which was a solid return for his $7,000 price tag. Other goalies recommended in the post and in chat were Anders Nilsson, who recorded a 45-save shutout for 56 FP, as well as Andrei Vasilevskiy (26.4 FP), Thomas Greiss (32 FP) and Juuse Saros (25.6 FP).
Connor McDavid ($8,800) has three goals and six points in three games against San Jose this season, with five of those points coming in two games on home ice (like tonight’s matchup). McDavid hasn’t been a great points/$ option of late, earning under 20 fantasy points in eight out of his last 10 games, though he’s always a safe play and could have solid cash ownership on tonight’s slate. He enters tonight’s tilt against the Sharks with points in six straight games and in 12 out of his last 13 games, so he’s a reliable option even if his point totals haven’t been overly impressive. McDavid was reunited with Leon Draisaitl the other night against Minnesota, and since the Oilers came away with a 4-1 win, it’s likely Ken Hitchcock will elect to keep his star players together at even strength. McDavid is averaging 20.4 fantasy points per game this season.
Jesperi Kotkaneimi ($5,100) makes for a solid value play as he has earned 18.9, 15.2, 18.4 and 15.2 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively, scoring a goal in each contest. He skates on the Canadiens’ third line and first power-play unit.
If you’re looking for true value, consider Calgary’s Derek Ryan ($3,400), who has points in three straight games and who sees time on the Flames’ second power-play unit despite the fact that he skates on the fourth line at even strength. Ryan only gets 10-13 minutes of ice time per game, but if he keeps up his mild run of production, he could be an affordable and worthwhile punt on tonight’s slate.
EARLY PLAYS: Dylan Larkin ($7,100), Sean Couturier ($6,600), Adrian Kempe ($4,200)
Also consider: Steven Stamkos ($8,200), John Tavares ($8,100), Auston Matthews ($7,900), Evgeny Kuznetsov ($7,300), Elias Pettersson ($6,500), Tomas Hertl ($6,200), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($6,100), William Karlsson ($6,000), Phillip Danault ($5,800), Paul Stastny ($5,700), Boone Jenner ($4,700)
Leon Draisaitl ($7,600) has been reunited with Connor McDavid on the Oilers’ top line, and the two continue to skate together on the team’s top power-play unit as well. Draisaitl has been on fire of late, scoring five goals in his last three games as well as eight goals and 10 points in his last six games. He is averaging 17.2 fantasy points per game this season but has earned 18.9, 34.6, 30.9, 6.4, 26.4 and 37.3 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively. Draisaitl has two goals and five points in three games against the Sharks this season, though he has managed a total of just seven shots in those three contests.
Evander Kane ($7,400) had another massive performance the other night against the Flames, scoring two goals and three points on eight shots for 45.3 fantasy points. Though Kane has had some off nights, he still provides a solid floor via consistent peripheral stat coverage, and his ceiling is quite high given his ability to put up multiple goals when he’s hot. Kane has 11 points in his last eight games and is averaging 15 fantasy points per game; he has two goals and four points in three games against Edmonton this season.
Jonathan Drouin ($6,300) is coming off a massive performance in which he earned nearly 55 fantasy points thanks to two goals and four points on nine shots. He skates on Montreal’s first line and first power-play unit, though he split his time on the power play the other night. That being said, Drouin has been red-hot in recent games, scoring three goals and nine points in just his last three games. Tonight’s matchup against Toronto could be tricky, but Drouin and the other Habs wingers have legitimate potential.
Update: Andrew Shaw ($4,500) will be back in the lineup tonight; he’ll skate on the second line with Max Domi and Tomas Tatar.
EARLY PLAYS: Jake Voracek ($7,200), Jason Pominville ($3,600), Danton Heinen ($3,400)
Also consider: Alex Ovechkin ($8,700), Brock Boeser ($6,800), Brendan Gallagher ($6,600), Alex Tuch ($5,100), Josh Anderson ($4,800), Jakub Vrana ($4,500), Frank Vatrano ($4,500), Zach Hyman ($4,400), Oliver Bjorkstrand ($4,000), Andreas Johnsson ($4,000), Josh Leivo ($3,600)
Brent Burns ($7,800) is incredibly expensive but has one of the most consistent floors while simultaneously offering one of the highest ceilings on the slate. He now has points in five straight games, recording two goals, nine points, 26 shots and 13 blocks in that stretch. Burns skates on San Jose’s top power-play unit and is averaging 18.3 fantasy points per game this season. He has earned at least a point in all three games against Edmonton this season, collecting two points in back-to-back games against the Oilers to earn 28.5 and 22.4 fantasy points, respectively.
EARLY PLAYS: Thomas Chabot ($5,100), Ryan Suter ($4,800), Ryan Pulock ($4,200)
Also consider: John Carlson ($6,500), Mark Giordano ($6,000), Shea Weber ($5,500), Darnell Nurse ($5,500), T.J. Brodie ($4,800), Jake Muzzin ($4,800), Aaron Ekblad ($4,400), Ben Hutton ($3,800), Colin Miller ($3,600)
Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,700) and the Golden Knights return to Vegas after a rocky four-game road trip. After a rough start, the Knights were able to win back-to-back games to close out the trip, though both contests were close. However, tonight’s matchup against Columbus is a favorable one for Vegas, especially if Sergei Bobrovsky is in net for the Blue Jackets. Though Columbus is coming off a strong win against Arizona, the team’s top line was held in check, and Bobrovsky is very beatable. Fleury leads the league in wins and has a good shot at picking another one up tonight.
That being said, confirmations and other news updates may alter today’s recommendation, so be sure to check in with us in chat throughout the day.
EARLY PLAYS: Carter Hart ($8,700), Anders Nilsson ($7,800)
Also consider: Andrei Vasilevskiy ($9,300), Carey Price ($9,000)
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