There are seven games on tonight’s slate, the most notable of which is the Maple Leafs vs. Lightning game. However, there are plenty of players in strong spots tonight, so ownership could be more spread out than one might think. Today’s post attempts to highlight some of the less obvious plays.
STL @ BOS – 7:00pm EST
NJD @ NYI – 7:00pm EST
CHI @ NYR – 7:00pm EST
TOR @ TBL – 7:30pm EST
ANA @ MIN – 8:00pm EST
WPG @ NSH – 8:00pm EST
LAK @ DAL – 8:30pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: All three lines posted in chat were able to cash, though I played a slightly different line since I wanted to play Matt Duchene over Nathan MacKinnon. The Duchene narrative came through as he scored two goals and an assist, finishing the night with 35.2 fantasy points in Ottawa’s 5-2 win over the Avalanche. MacKinnon was one of the chalkiest plays on the slate, but he also came through with 28.5 FP (though it cost $1,600 more). Mac was still a strong play, however, as he was involved in both of Colorado’s goals. The same cannot be said for Gabriel Landeskog, who earned just 6.4 FP with three shots and a block. Landeskog had been lighting it up but had a down night despite having an ownership rate of nearly 50 percent, though Mikko Rantanen tallied two assists for 19.7 FP. Johnny Gaudreau scored a goal and an assist for 27.4 FP, and Matthew Tkachuk scored for the fourth straight game in Calgary’s 4-3 overtime loss. I couldn’t end up fitting Michael Frolik in the lineup, but he was held to just three shots and 4.8 FP. Value wingers Brady Tkachuk and Conor Garland both hit value; Tkachuk scored a goal and earned 13.6 FP, while Garland recorded four shots and two blocks for 9.6 FP. David Krejci tallied an assist and 9.6 FP, while David Pastrnak came through with his token goal against the Flyers, finishing the game with 22.1 FP. Bo Horvat recorded three shots and four blocks for 11.2 FP, though Tomas Hertl was held to just three shots for 4.8 FP. However, Evander Kane found twine once again. On the back end, Mark Giordano had an underwhelming night but still managed a power-play assist, two shots and a block for 13.3 FP, while Justin Braun tallied an assist and a block for 9.6 FP, which was great value for his $3,500 price tag. Alex Edler had an ownership rate of over 70 percent in one of my cash contests, but he managed just 6.4 FP with four blocks. Thomas Chabot picked up an assist, five shots and a block for 17.6 FP in his return to the lineup. In net, David Rittich played pretty poorly and actually finished slightly in the red after giving up four goals on 23 shots; however, his 60 percent ownership rate softened the blow, as did his $8,000 price tag.
I’m going back to New York’s top line, but this time it’s in cash. Chicago has been giving up plenty of goals, and the Rangers have one line at the moment with Kevin Hayes set to miss at least two more games. Mika Zibanejad ($6,600) has points in three straight games and in four out of his last five, scoring three goals and seven points in that time. He won’t have high ownership since there are a ton of elite options on the board, but I like NYR 1’s chances tonight.
Mathew Barzal ($6,900) and Brock Nelson ($5,400) have favorable matchups against the Devils, who are giving up a ton of offense away from home. Ryan Johansen ($6,300) offers affordable exposure to Nashville’s top wingers, and he has scored at a point-per-game pace against Winnipeg in the last two seasons. Both David Krejci ($5,300) and Bryan Little ($5,200) continue to put up points and make for solid mid-range plays. For value, Nick Bonino ($4,500) and Colton Sissons ($4,100) have been very productive in recent games, especially for the price. If you’re looking for a true value punt on FanDuel, Boo Nieves ($3,100) has assists in three straight games and in four out of his last five games.
Also consider: Brayden Point ($8,000), Mark Scheifele ($7,800), Tyler Seguin ($7,500), Ryan O’Reilly ($6,300), Eric Staal ($6,000), Adam Henrique ($4,500), Valtteri Filppula ($3,900)
Patrick Kane ($8,700) is coming off a four-point performance in which he recorded nine shots and earned 54.9 fantasy points. Kane has points in six straight and in 13 out of his last 14 games, collecting 12 goals and 27 points in that stretch. He skates on Chicago’s second line and first power-play unit and is averaging 20.2 fantasy points per game. Henrik Lundqvist is capable of limiting Chicago’s offense, but it would be very surprising for him to be able to keep Kane off the scoresheet.
Another player coming off a red-hot performance is Viktor Arvidsson ($7,200), who netted a hat trick against Washington the other night. Arvidsson skates on Nashville’s first line and first power-play unit, is averaging 16.5 fantasy points per game and has five points in his last four games. Linemate Filip Forsberg ($7,400) is equally capable of putting up big numbers, though Arvidsson should have higher ownership in cash contests after his hat trick.
Along with Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider ($6,400) and especially Mats Zuccarello ($5,700) are also in play tonight. Kreider has points in back-to-back games with a goal and two assists, earning 26.1 and 18.4 fantasy points, respectively. However, Zuccarello has been even more productive, netting three goals and six points in his last three games for 28.2, 33.6 and 13.6 fantasy points, respectively. Both wingers skate on the top line and top power-play unit.
Another play worth considering is Kyle Connor ($5,900), who is coming off a three-point game against Vegas. He skates on Winnipeg’s top line and top power-play unit and has points in five out of his last six games.
David Perron ($5,400) has points in 12 straight games, scoring six goals and 15 points in that stretch. He skates on St. Louis’ second line and first power-play unit. Another player who has been hot in recent games is Blake Coleman ($4,600), though he’ll have a challenging matchup against the red-hot Islanders. Coleman has five goals and seven points during his current five-game point streak. If you’re looking for a random punt, Cal Clutterbuck ($3,000) has put up decent fantasy numbers in three out of his last four games, earning 9.6, 24.8, 0 and 9.6 fantasy points, respectively.
Also consider: Blake Wheeler ($8,200), David Pastrnak ($8,100), Rickard Rakell ($6,600), Alex DeBrincat ($6,500), Anders Lee ($6,500), Alexander Radulov ($6,300), Jordan Eberle ($5,600), Ondrej Palat ($5,200), Jason Zucker ($4,600), Kasperi Kapanen ($4,600), Daniel Sprong ($4,100), Andreas Johnsson ($4,100), Mathieu Perreault ($3,400), Rocco Grimaldi ($3,200), Troy Terry ($3,000)
Mattias Ekholm ($5,700) continues to be one of my favorite plays even if his ownership has been rather low. Ekholm skates on Nashville’s second power-play unit and generally provides a solid floor with upside. He has earned 20.8, 3.2, 34.4, 20.8, 26.9, 24.8, 17.6, 8, 20.8, 13.3 and 14.4 fantasy points in his last 11 games, respectively.
Mikhail Sergachev ($4,100) is one player that could fly under the radar. He has points in four out of his last five games and has earned 20, 8, 11.2, 22.4 and 15.2 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively. Sergachev plays on Tampa Bay’s second power-play unit. There are plenty of value plays on tonight’s slate, however, many of which are listed below.
Also consider: Erik Gustafsson ($5,100), Jacob Trouba ($4,900), Kevin Shattenkirk ($4,600), Ryan Suter ($4,500), Jake Muzzin ($4,500), Josh Morrissey ($4,300), Matt Grzelcyk ($3,900), Tyler Myers ($3,800), Devon Toews ($3,800), Scott Mayfield ($3,700), Tony DeAngelo ($3,500), Alec Martinez ($3,500)
Robin Lehner ($8,500) has won nine out of his last 10 games and has a favorable matchup at home against the visiting Devils. Lehner is averaging 20 fantasy points per game and has earned 32, 11.2, 21.6, 23.2, 19.2, 39.2, 48.8, 20, 23.2 and 36.8 fantasy points in his last 10 games, respectively.
As usual, goalies will be addressed in chat later today once confirmations have been announced.
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