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There are just four games on tonight’s slate, though FanDuel’s All Day Slate features a game between the Red Wings and Panthers, which might be worth exploiting given how wide-open that game could be. The Red Wings, Bruins, Penguins, Knights and Kings are all skating in the second half of back-to-back sets. Of those teams, only the Bruins and Knights picked up wins on last night’s slate.
DET @ FLA – 5:00pm EST
WPG @ WSH – 7:00pm EST
BOS @ PIT – 7:30pm EST
VGK @ CGY – 9:30pm EST
LAK @ ANA – 10:00pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Last night’s FanDuel lines both cashed, though the DraftKings line was a bubble lineup at best, falling short in several cash contests. A huge reason for that was that the value players didn’t even put up decent floors; had one or two picked up a few shots or blocks, the line would have cashed in most contests. Zack Kassian managed just two shots and was not part of either of the Oilers’ two goals, while Dominik Simon earned just 1.5 DraftKings fantasy points since the Penguins got one goal on the night (from the second line). For some reason Pittsburgh took Jared McCann off the top line, which clearly didn’t work in a 4-1 loss. Also, Ron Hainsey had put together five straight games with solid floor numbers but produced just 1.5 DK FP last night; Mikhail Sergachev managed an assist and zero shots in an underwhelming performance by the Lightning. Fortunately, Nikita Kucherov met expectations with a two-goal night, adding six shots on goal for a total of 33.6 FanDuel and 9 DraftKings fantasy points.
Unfortunately, both Boston and Dallas had very quiet nights despite their favorable matchups; this was especially surprising from Dallas considering how leaky the Chicago defense has been of late, but the Stars were held to just one goal in a low-scoring affair (that coincidentally had a projected goal total of seven). Alexander Radulov scored the goal, which was helpful since he was the FanDuel lock of the night; he came away with three shots and four blocks as well, good for a total of 23.2 FD FP. Tyler Seguin earned the only assist on the play, chipping in six shots and a block for 19.2 FD FP and 5.5 DK FP. Jamie Benn had a decent night for his $5,500 price tag with four shots and three blocks for 3.5 DK FP. Patrice Bergeron also failed to have a huge performance despite his previous numbers against Ottawa this season; he earned 16.5 FD FP and 4.5 DK FP with a power-play assist and five shots. Sean Couturier scored a goal for 13.6 FD FP.
There were several recommended combinations for the two value wingers on FanDuel, though the one that coincided with playing Couturier had the best night. That’s because Michael Grabner and Blake Coleman combined for three goals and 43.3 FD FP. Simon managed just 4.8 FD FP, while Lee Stempniak put up a goose egg in his first game of the season despite playing on a line with David Krejci (who scored last night). Further, both defensemen had off nights completely out of line with their recent stats, which was especially true of Shea Theodore. Theodore managed just 4.8 FD FP despite averaging nearly 19 FD FP per game in the six games before last night’s contest. Alex Edler at least hit value with three shots and two blocks for 8 FD FP, but it was a far cry from the 29-30 FD FP he put up in his last few games. In net, Louis Domingue picked up a win but didn’t have great numbers given the shot volume; even so, the safety of the win was worth it, and his contribution of 21.6 FD FP (and 5.4 DK FP) was a solid return given his price tag. The other two players recommended in yesterday’s post were Brad Marchand and Leon Drasaitl; Marchand scored a power-play goal and added three shots for 17.3 FD FP and 4.5 DK FP, while Draisaitl recorded two assists and six shots for 25.6 FD FP and 7 DK FP.
Adam Henrique (FD: $4,600; DK: $4,200)
Adam Henrique is one of the best value plays on tonight’s slate, and he’s been very productive. Henrique has goals in three straight games, scoring four goals and adding nine shots and three blocks in that span. He skates on the Ducks’ second line and first power-play unit and has a favorable matchup tonight against a struggling Kings team.
All Day FanDuel Play — Aleksander Barkov ($8,000)
If you’re playing the five-game slate, the Panthers’ top line has to be strongly considered in all formats; that starts with center Aleksander Barkov. This line has been breaking slates. It doesn’t happen every night, so there’s definitely risk in stacking them in cash; that being said, the reward could be incredibly beneficial, and Barkov has been very reliable over the last several weeks. He skates on the top line and top power-play unit and is averaging 16.1 fantasy points per game.
Also consider: Sidney Crosby ($9,500), Patrice Bergeron ($8,300), Sean Monahan ($7,100), David Krejci ($6,000), Kevin Hayes ($5,600), Lars Eller ($4,300)
Troy Terry (FD: $4,200; DK: $2,900)
Troy Terry extended his point streak to three games the other night with a goal and two assists, giving him a total of two goals and seven points in that stretch. He skates on Anaheim’s second line and first power-play unit and provides tremendous value on both sites. Linemate Nick Ritchie (FD: $3,400; DK: $3,500) could be worthwhile as well.
Also consider: Alex Ovechkin ($9,100), Brad Marchand ($8,900), Blake Wheeler ($8,500), Jake Guentzel ($7,700), Johnny Gaudreau ($7,400), Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,900)–ALL DAY, Evgenii Dadonov ($5,200), Matthew Tkachuk ($5,200)
Mark Giordano (FD: $6,600; DK: $6,200)
The Flames’ season is starting to get out of hand. Though the team is almost guaranteed a playoff berth, the current losing streak is getting extensive, so Calgary will look to slow things down with a matchup against Vegas tonight. Calgary has scored seven goals in each of the last two meetings between these two teams in Alberta, and Mark Giordano has the ability to be a huge part of that. His peripheral stat coverage makes him a solid floor play as well.
Goalies will be discussed in chat closer to lock once additional starters have been confirmed. That being said, John Gibson (FD: $7,400; DK: $7,700) could be worth a look given how well he and his teammates have played in the last few games.
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