We seem to be back to alternating between small slates and massive slates as tonight presents a 12-gamer in DFS NHL. Even though there are a ton of options on the slate, today’s article will only focus on select players. It’s impossible to get to everyone, but feel free to ask questions about any particular team/line/player in chat. It’s possible the final cash line could contain players not featured in today’s post, though the “Also Consider” portion of every player section should provide additional options at different price points.
TOR @ NJD – 7:00pm EST
DAL @ PHI – 7:00pm EST
NYI @ NYR – 7:00pm EST
WSH @ BOS – 7:00pm EST
NSH @ CBJ – 7:00pm EST
CAR @ TBL – 7:30pm EST
MTL @ STL – 8:00pm EST
WPG @ MIN – 8:00pm EST
FLA @ EDM – 9:00pm EST
ARI @ VAN – 10:00pm EST
SJS @ VGK – 10:00pm EST
OTT @ LAK – 10:30pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Calgary’s top line had a disappointing game overall, especially since they hit the post and missed an easy empty-net opportunity in the third period. The trio combined for just three points at the end of the day, though all three were very chalky in FanDuel cash contests (especially Sean Monahan, who had a miserable game but had an ownership rate ranging from 60-70 percent). Fortunately, Mark Giordano had a massive night, tallying three assists and coming away with 32.5 fantasy points. Colorado’s top line had a much better game, combining for five points and 88 FP. Gabriel Landeskog had the biggest game of the bunch, registering two assists and two blocks as well as an impressive 12 shots on goal for 38.4 FP. Jean-Gabriel Pageau was unable to find the scoresheet but managed a reasonable 6.4 FP with four shots, which was a decent return on his $4,100 price tag. Nashville’s top line had a huge game, however, which meant Viktor Arvidsson’s 26.4 FP were helpful in the main line cashing. He scored a goal and recorded seven shots and two blocks, while linemate Filip Forsberg scored two goals and walked away with 35.7 FP. Craig Smith did not have a strong night, though both Colton Sissons and Kevin Fiala found the scoresheet for the Predators (as did Calle Jarnkrok). Once again, defenseman Mattias Ekholm came through, collecting two assists and three blocks for 20.8 FP. John Gibson ended up giving up a third-period goal and losing 2-1 in overtime, finishing the night with 14.4 FP. He was the chalk goalie of the night, however; both David Rittich and Pekka Rinne won their games. Value winger Daniel Sprong was a popular play but managed just three shots, while Ondrej Kase recorded four shots and a block for 8 FP. Patrick Kane, Erik Johnson and Erik Gustafsson all found the scoresheet as well, while Rickard Rakell and Cam Fowler did not.
Obviously the typical elite centers are in play tonight, including Connor McDavid ($8,900), who has seen a price drop, as well as Auston Matthews ($8,400) and John Tavares ($8,200). Below are some alternative options, including a few that should have lower ownership.
Even with 24 teams in action and all of those elite centers (and more) on tonight’s slate, Tyler Seguin ($7,800) could still see some legitimate ownership given his recent production and matchup. He and the Stars head to Philly to take on a Flyers team that has lost eight games in a row. Seguin has been on fire of late ever since taking public criticism from the Stars’ CEO, and the positive regression everyone waited all year for is finally here. Seguin has six goals and 10 points during his current six-game point streak; he has earned 37.3, 14.9, 32.5, 40.5, 22.9 and 11.7 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively.
Brayden Point ($7,900) skates with Nikita Kucherov on Tampa Bay’s second line and first power-play unit. He is coming off a three-point performance in which he earned 38.4 fantasy points, and he and the Lightning are at home against the Hurricanes. While Curtis McElhinney has been stingy this season, he gave up three goals against the Islanders the other night, so slowing down Tampa’s offense on the road will be a tall ask. Point is averaging 18.2 fantasy points per game this season.
Anze Kopitar ($6,300) could be an interesting low-owned play going up against the visiting Senators, who played last night in Anaheim. Kopitar has goals in back-to-back games and points in seven out of his last eight games.
Tomas Hertl ($5,600) did not have a huge game the other night against Edmonton, though he has been productive as a member of one of the hottest lines in the league. He, Evander Kane and Joonas Donskoi have been on a tear, and while playing in Vegas will be a difficult challenge, Hertl is an affordable option that could very well be worth the risk (especially if you’re looking to stack that line).
The Coyotes exploded for five goals against the Rangers the other day but have had several days off between matchups. Jacob Markstrom and the Canucks have been able to limit opposing offenses. But without Elias Pettersson in the lineup, Vancouver will be hard-pressed to slow down a well-rested Alex Galchenyuk ($5,500), who recorded three points against the Rangers and who has four goals and 10 points in his last eight games.
Also consider: Mark Scheifele ($7,600), Evgeny Kuznetsov ($7,100), Ryan Johansen ($6,000), Nico Hischier ($5,600), Brock Nelson ($5,500), Bryan Little ($4,700), Cody Eakin ($4,300), Nick Bonino ($4,100), Jean-Gabriel Pageau ($4,100)
Nikita Kucherov ($9,300) continued his hot streak with a goal and an assist the other night against Columbus. His price tag makes it difficult to roster him on FanDuel, especially since ownership could be quite spread out on tonight’s slate. However, he’s been worth the money, recording 14 goals and 53 points in his last 20 games. Kucherov is averaging 20.5 fantasy points per game this season and could still very well be one of the chalkiest plays on the slate.
Evander Kane ($6,800) is playing like a man on a mission. He’ll run into a Vegas team that has won seven games in a row, but he and the rest of SJS 3 have been spectacular in recent games. Kane has five goals and 10 points during his current six-game point streak; he has earned 43.2, 17.6, 29.3, 15.2, 24 and 13.2 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively. Joonas Donskoi ($4,900) has also been great in recent games; Donskoi has three goals in his last two games and seven goals in his last six.
Alexander Radulov ($6,700) has been racking up the points. He has three goals and 10 points in his last six games, including eight points during his current four-game point streak. Radulov skates on Dallas’ first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 17.2 fantasy points per game this season.
Tom Wilson ($5,000) is starting to heat up once again. He has goals in back-to-back games, and the Capitals love taking on the Bruins. T.J. Oshie ($5,300) and Jakub Vrana ($4,500) are also worth considering. Even though it won’t be Tuukka Rask in net, the Capitals generally have the Bruins’ number, and these wingers are more affordable than Alex Ovechkin ($8,600), even if he is due for a breakout game.
Once again, Brandon Pirri ($3,500) is a cash lock for me. With Reilly Smith on injured reserve, Pirri should continue to skate on Vegas’ second line with Paul Stastny and Alex Tuch, and he is seeing power-play time as well. Pirri’s numbers are hard to believe, but he has goals in three straight games and a total of seven goals and 10 points in just eight games this season. He is averaging 18.7 fantasy points per game.
I also continue to like Conor Garland ($3,400), who has three goals in his last two games as well as five goals and seven points in his last eight games. Garland skated on Arizona’s third line and first power-play unit on Sunday, though the lines could be different for tonight’s matchup, which is something to keep an eye on after today’s morning skate.
Colton Sissons ($3,600) continues to be a strong value option. He centers Nashville’s second line; while he has been taken off the power play, Sissons has scored goals in back-to-back games and has three points, three shots and two blocks in that stretch. He makes for an excellent value play on DraftKings, where he is actually a center. Calle Jarnkrok ($3,600) skates on Nashville’s third line and has an assist in four straight contests.
If you’ve been following along with the irony in chat, expect Joel Armia ($3,000) and especially Jack Roslovic ($3,100) to get on the scoresheet tonight. Both remain strong plays (especially Armia), though Pirri is my top value play on the slate.
Also consider: Blake Wheeler ($7,800), Artemi Panarin ($7,700), Claude Giroux ($7,200), Cam Atkinson ($7,200), Filip Forsberg ($7,100), Viktor Arvidsson ($7,000), Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,600), Mike Hoffman ($6,400), Anders Lee ($6,400), Max Pacioretty ($6,200), Alex Tuch ($5,800), Craig Smith ($5,800), Kyle Connor ($4,900), Alex Chiasson ($4,300), Andreas Johnsson ($3,600), Oscar Lindblom ($3,300)
Erik Karlsson ($7,800) and Brent Burns ($7,600) are finally producing elite fantasy numbers. Karlsson has been the better of the two in the last few games, though Burns was on quite a tear before that. Both will have a tough matchup against Marc-Andre Fleury in Vegas, but it will be easier said than done for the Knights to shut them down. Karlsson has recorded back-to-back three-assist games, earning 34.1 and 35.7 fantasy points, respectively. He has one goal and 25 points during his current 14-game point streak. Burns had an off night in Los Angeles but has four goals and 14 points in his last seven games, averaging 28.8 fantasy points per game in that stretch. The only issue is that this game is pretty significant for both teams in a tight playoff race, which means it’s difficult to predict how this game will go down. That’s a lot of money to spend on an unpredictable game, but both could be worth the risk.
Mattias Ekholm ($4,700) continues to produce despite skating on a team with three other fantastic fantasy defensemen. Ekholm managed two assists and 20.8 fantasy points last night in Chicago, giving him points in four straight games and in six out of his last seven. He has earned 20.8, 26.9, 24.8, 17.6, 8, 20.8, 13.3 and 14.4 fantasy points in his last eight games, respectively. Ekholm skates on Nashville’s second power-play unit.
If you really want a cheap value option, consider Devon Toews ($3,500), who has points in three straight games. Thanks to two goals and an assist as well as 11 shots and two blocks, Toews has earned 16.8, 12.8 and 23.2 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively. He is skating on the Islanders’ second power-play unit.
Also consider: Seth Jones ($6,000), Jacob Trouba ($5,100), Jeff Petry ($5,000), Dougie Hamilton ($4,900), Alex Edler ($4,600), Aaron Ekblad ($4,500), Darnell Nurse ($4,400), Jake Muzzin ($4,200), Michal Kempny ($4,100), Jaccob Slavin ($3,900), Jakob Chychrun ($3,600), Caleb Jones ($3,500)
He’s risky in FanDuel cash given his price tag and the fact that he will have very low ownership, but Braden Holtby ($8,700) has dominated the Bruins throughout his career. He went 1-2-0 against Boston in 2013-14; since then, he has not lost a single regular-season game to the Bruins. That includes 11 matchups over the last five seasons.
Another option is Jonathan Quick ($8,500), who will take on a Senators team that played last night, picking up its first win in nine games with a 2-1 overtime victory against the Ducks. Quick has won five of his last seven games, losing only to Tampa Bay and Vegas. The Senators will be without Matt Duchene once again, so this is a game Quick could theoretically win.
Robin Lehner ($8,300) could certainly have some ownership going up against the struggling Rangers, who have not won a game in 2019. The Rangers handed the Islanders a 5-0 loss back in November, though the Isles were victorious the week before in the Brooklyn meeting. Tonight’s game is at Madison Square Garden, but it’s hard to say if home-ice advantage will be enough for Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers to beat a goalie who has won seven games in a row.
If you’re a believer that the Flyers will be unable to overcome their current losing streak, Anton Khudobin ($7,800) could be a nice and affordable option. He is coming off back-to-back stellar performances, giving up just one goal on a combined 86 shots. The Flyers are in a tailspin/nosedive and have lost eight straight games. They’ve had good luck against Dallas in Philadelphia over the last several years, though most of those matchups came against Antti Niemi.
It’s likely that Toronto’s Michael Hutchinson ($7,700) will be the chalk cash play as he and the Maple Leafs take on the Devils in New Jersey. Also, Andrei Vasilevskiy ($9,400) will be targeted given how heavily Tampa Bay is favored, but his price tag is difficult to justify with 23 other teams on the slate.
Without many confirmed goalies at the time of publish, goalies will be reevaluated and discussed in chat later today closer to lock.
Also consider: Marc-Andre Fleury ($9,200), Devan Dubnyk ($8,800), Juuse Saros ($8,000)
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