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There are eight games on tonight’s slate, with the Devils, Sabres, Hurricanes, Penguins, Canadiens and Blues skating in the second half of back-to-back games.
OTT @ TBL – 7:00pm EST
NJD @ BOS – 7:00pm EST
BUF @ TOR – 7:00pm EST
CAR @ FLA – 7:00pm EST
PIT @ MTL – 7:00pm EST
DET @ ARI – 8:00pm EST
DAL @ STL – 8:00pm EST
MIN @ CGY – 10:00pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Last night’s main line did not cash. It was a rough night overall, and for the second night in a row I had multiple shots taken away (for no apparent reason). Everyone in the Jets’ top six was involved offensively except, of course, for Patrik Laine. He had some good looks but couldn’t get any help from his linemates early on, until they picked up their play later in the game without including him in the action. Jack Eichel came through with a goal, but he and Sam Reinhart did not factor into most of Buffalo’s scoring. Eichel finished the 4-3 overtime win with 23.2 fantasy points, while Reinhart came away with 14.4 FP. Max Domi and Montreal’s second line did not show up against the Rangers, with Joel Armia of the third line recording a hat trick. Domi at least recorded five shots for 8 FP, but it was a disappointing performance nonetheless. On the other side of the matchup, Jimmy Vesey and the Rangers’ top line got shut down. Rasmus Dahlin came very close to scoring in the third period, but Pittsburgh defenseman Marcus Pettersson closed his glove over the puck in the crease, ending the play. That should have resulted in an automatic penalty shot, but of course nothing was called. Dahlin did not have a strong game, though; he hesitated multiple times, choosing to make a high-risk pass instead of shooting on multiple occasions. He had been playing well but definitely did not look sharp last night. I had Burns out of my lineups all day but eventually gave in to the chalk; unfortunately, he wasn’t at all worth his price tag, tallying just one assist and four shots for 14.4 FP. Marc-Andre Fleury had an outstanding game, recording his league-leading seventh shutout of the season with 34 saves for 47.2 FP. Unfortunately, his ownership was through the roof, though that was to be expected.
Top Play — Aleksander Barkov ($7,800)
Aleksander Barkov continues to produce and has a favorable matchup once again tonight at home against the Hurricanes, who are in the second half of a back-to-back. Barkov skates on Florida’s top line and top power-play unit and has points in seven straight games, scoring eight goals and 14 points in that stretch. He has earned at least eight fantasy points in 13 out of his last 14 games, averaging 21 fantasy points per game in that stretch. He scored a goal and an assist for 27.4 fantasy points when these teams played Feb. 21.
Value Play — Brad Richardson ($3,700)
If you need a punt at center, Brad Richardson is coming off a four-goal game and could see some ownership for that reason. With Derek Stepan set to miss 4-6 weeks, Richardson will see even more ice time, and he’s clearly gelling with linemates Vinnie Hinostroza and Richard Panik.
Value Play —Also consider Jordan Staal ($4,300), who has points in three straight games since returning to the lineup.
Also consider: Sidney Crosby ($9,000), Jack Eichel ($8,200), Patrice Bergeron ($8,000), John Tavares ($7,900), Ryan O’Reilly ($6,600), Max Domi ($6,300), David Krejci ($5,700), Mikael Backlund ($5,600), Christian Dvorak ($3,100)
Top Play — Nikita Kucherov ($9,300)
Nikita Kucherov and the Lightning will look to bounce back from an ugly loss to the Bruins as they host the Senators tonight in Tampa Bay. The Senators fired head coach Guy Boucher yesterday just days after the trade deadline saw the team trade away three of its top stars. There is still talent on this roster, but home-ice advantage should be kind to Tampa Bay, who is massively favored (-450 last time I checked). Kucherov has 23 points in his last 10 games and 104 for the season. He is averaging 20.2 fantasy points per game and skates on the Lightning’s second line and top power-play unit. Interestingly, he has zero points in two games against Ottawa this season, but those games were both in November; he should be a safe cash play tonight, especially given how he’s played lately.
Value Play — Ryan Donato ($3,800)
Ryan Donato is in the midst of a four-game point streak and has fit in well with his new team. He skates on the Wild’s third line and second power-play unit and has recorded one goal and six points in his last four games, earning 20.2, 15.2, 14.4 and 21.3 fantasy points, respectively. There are other strong value options tonight, many of which are listed below.
Also consider: Brad Marchand ($8,400), Zach Parise ($6,900), Elias Lindholm ($6,700), Mike Hoffman ($6,600), Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,500), Nino Niederreiter ($6,100), Jake DeBrusk ($6,000), Alex Galchenyuk ($5,800), Justin Williams ($5,700), Sam Reinhart ($5,600), Patric Hornqvist ($4,900), Brady Tkachuk ($4,600), Marcus Johansson ($4,600), Andreas Johnsson ($4,400), Danton Heinen ($4,300), J.T. Miller ($4,200), Vinnie Hinostroza ($4,200), Zach Aston-Reese ($3,700), Filip Zadina ($3,000)
Top Play — Justin Schultz ($4,600)
Though there are several elite options available on tonight’s slate, Justin Schultz makes for a strong start given his price tag. Both the Penguins and Canadiens are skating in the second half of back-to-back sets, and Schultz offers exposure to Pittsburgh’s best players since he quarterbacks the team’s top power-play unit. Schultz picked up two assists last night against Buffalo and has points in three straight games, scoring a goal and four points in that span. His peripheral stat coverage has been minimal but consistent, as he’s averaging 4.7 shots/blocks per game over his last three games.
UPDATE: Value Play — At $3,700, Mikhail Sergachev is a solid value option tonight, especially to get more Tampa Bay exposure in your lineup.
There are a lot of solid value options on tonight’s slate, many of which are listed below; join us in the FTA+ discord to chat to find out my other top plays.
Also consider: Torey Krug ($6,500), Morgan Rielly ($6,300), Victor Hedman ($6,000), Keith Yandle ($5,700), Shea Weber ($5,300), Dougie Hamilton ($5,100), Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($4,900), Rasmus Dahlin ($4,600), Charlie McAvoy ($4,400), Mike Green ($4,400), Alex Goligoski ($4,100), Brandon Montour ($4,000), Jakob Chychrun ($3,800), Mikhail Sergachev ($3,700), Filip Hronek ($3,700), Brandon Carlo ($3,600), Mike Matheson ($3,600), Brad Hunt ($3,500)
Darcy Kuemper ($7,800) has a favorable matchup against a Red Wings roster missing several key players, including Anthony Mantha and Thomas Vanek (not to mention Gustav Nyquist, who was traded at the deadline). Kuemper and the Coyotes are on a roll; while losing Derek Stepan is a major blow, getting Brad Richardson and Christian Dvorak back in the lineup should help. Kuemper has won six games in a row, earning 33.6, 19.2, 35.2, 28, 32 and 37.6 fantasy points, respectively. He and the Coyotes are favored in tonight’s matchup.
There are several elite options worth considering tonight, including several who should come away victorious, though Kuemper provides a solid points/$ option. Goalies will be discussed in chat throughout the day.
Also consider: Andrei Vasilevskiy ($9,700), Tuukka Rask ($8,800)
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Featured image credit: Dirk Shadd-Tampa Bay Times