There are 14 games on tonight’s slate, making it the largest slate of the second half of the season. With 28 teams in action, there are tons of options to consider at various price points for each position. Today’s post highlights some of those options for cash lineups, though recommendations may change throughout the day depending on goalie confirmations, line combinations and other news. Make sure to check in with us on chat for our top plays at each position as well as cash lineups for both FanDuel and DraftKings.
NYI @ NJD – 7:00pm EST
CAR @ BUF – 7:00pm EST
COL @ WSH – 7:00pm EST
LAK @ PHI – 7:00pm EST
PIT @ FLA – 7:00pm EST
ANA @ OTT – 7:30pm EST
WPG @ MTL – 7:30pm EST
VGK @ DET – 7:30pm EST
STL @ TBL – 7:30pm EST
DAL @ NSH – 8:00pm EST
EDM @ MIN – 8:00pm EST
VAN @ CHI – 8:30pm EST
CBJ @ ARI – 9:00pm EST
SJS @ CGY – 9:00pm EST
TUESDAY NIGHT’S RESULTS: Tuesday night’s lineup cashed, though it barely finished above the cash line (the alternate did not cash). Connor McDavid and Patrick Kane found the scoresheet multiple times but still underperformed given their price tags. This was especially true of McDavid, who tallied two assists and 17 fantasy points. Kane scored a goal and an assist on four shots for 26.4 FP, though it would have been nice for him to be more involved offensively since Chicago scored six goals. That being said, a dud from a stud can be difficult to come back from, so it was helpful that they were at least productive. There were a few mid-range and value plays that made up for it, however, including Jesperi Kotkaniemi, who scored a goal and came away with 15.2 FP. Also, Ilya Kovalchuk grabbed a goal and the same 15.2 FP in his return to New Jersey. Marcus Johansson and Jack Roslovic combined for just 6.4 FP, which was not particularly helpful, though at least both were inexpensive. The same was true of Oscar Klefbom, who managed just 3.2 FP in his return to the lineup. I mentioned in chat that I thought he might just get a few shots/blocks, but he ended up being worth playing given his projected ownership and price tag. Two other players who were chosen because of projected ownership were Brent Burns and Carey Price. Burns came through with a clutch shorthanded assist in overtime, finishing the night with 19.6 FP, while Price came away with a win against the ailing Anaheim Ducks, earning 27.2 FP on the night.
There were several updates made to the post and to recommendations discussed in chat because of late news. For example, Max Domi was no longer a strong play once it was announced that Tomas Tatar would not play, and Boone Jenner became a favorable value option at center once it was confirmed that he would return to Columbus’ lineup (he picked up two assists in the game). Similarly, Frank Vatrano was downgraded as a recommendation, though he still came away with a power-play assist. Nathan MacKinnon also became a stronger play when Sergei Bobrovsky was named the starter for the Blue Jackets, though he managed just an assist and 11.2 FP.
Other players highlighted in the post or in chat include Leon Draisaitl (34.6 FP), Ryan O’Reilly (15.2 FP), Brayden Schenn (11.2 FP), Anze Kopitar (27.7 FP), Artemi Panarin (12.8 FP), Alex Ovechkin (14.4 FP), Evander Kane (9.6 FP), Timo Meier (6.4 FP), Oliver Bjorkstrand (18.4 FP), Darnell Nurse (19.7 FP), Jacob Trouba (14.4 FP), Shea Weber (19.2 FP), Jeff Petry (3.2 FP) and Shea Theodore (11.2 FP).
Sebastian Aho ($7,200) saw his five-game point streak snapped the other night against the Penguins, but he and the Hurricanes have a favorable matchup on the road against Linus Ullmark and the Sabres, who gave up four goals the other night against the Wild. Aho skates on the Canes’ first line and first power-play unit, has nine points in his last six games and is averaging 16.7 fantasy points per game this season. He scored two goals against Buffalo when these teams met in Raleigh in early January.
On the other side of that matchup, Jack Eichel ($7,700) seems to be heating up again, scoring three points on 11 shots in his last two games and recording a point in five out of his last six games. He skates on Buffalo’s new-look top line and also centers the top power-play unit. Eichel is averaging 18 fantasy points per game this season.
Someone who didn’t see his point streak snapped the other night is Ryan O’Reilly ($7,000), who extended his point streak to eight games with a goal against the Panthers the other night. He now has four goals and 11 points in his last eight games, earning 15.2, 29.6, 12.8, 20.5, 27.2, 20, 11.2 and 21.2 fantasy points, respectively. O’Reilly skates with Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn on the team’s top line, and he centers the team’s top power-play unit as well. He’ll have a tough matchup in Tampa Bay but has been a consistent producer and seems to be safe in cash games regardless of matchup; O’Reilly sees 20-plus minutes of ice time in all situations.
Matt Duchene ($6,800) has a much more favorable matchup, however, hosting the struggling Ducks on home ice despite skating in the second half of a back-to-back. He scored a goal last night against the Maple Leafs and will look to do the same tonight against a Ducks team that has lost 17 out of its last 19 games. Duchene centers the team’s top line and top power-play unit and is averaging 15.8 fantasy points per game this season.
Jonathan Toews ($7,500) has been spectacular in recent games, scoring five goals and 11 points during his current five-game point streak. He and Patrick Kane have been on fire, which could continue tonight on home ice against a Canucks team that will be playing its third game in four nights and that will be without its top defenseman in Alex Edler. Toews skates on the Blackhawks’ top line and top power-play unit and is averaging 14.6 fantasy points per game. That being said, he has averaged nearly 30 fantasy points per game during his current streak.
With Tomas Tatar likely drawing back into the lineup, Max Domi ($5,800) is definitely worth considering on tonight’s slate. Assuming the Domi line matches up against the Bryan Little line, Domi could be in a great spot considering the recent possession stats for WPG 2 (see below). Domi had points in six out of seven games before Tatar missed the game the other night, and while Winnipeg is a tough matchup, Montreal should definitely have its chances.
While Sean Monahan ($7,500) is the flashy Flames center who picked up five assists the last time these teams played in San Jose, Mikael Backlund ($5,700) should fly under the radar on tonight’s busy slate but presents appealing upside on home ice. The Sharks have picked up overtime wins in back-to-back games but were blown out by the Flames when these teams last met in Calgary in a wild 8-5 matchup. Backlund scored two goals in that game, and he should get a matchup that sees both sides trade chances. Backlund has been able to hit value in four straight and in eight out of his last nine games, and his price tag allows you to spend up elsewhere.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi ($4,800) is another player that gives you valuable salary relief but enters tonight’s matchup with goals in three straight games, earning 15.2, 18.4 and 15.2 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively. He skates on the Canadiens’ third line but centers the team’s top power-play unit. Though he and the Habs have a tough matchup against the visiting Jets, Kotkaniemi’s price tag and recent performance make him a worthwhile value play on tonight’s large slate. Plus, he and linemate Joel Armia lead the league (min. 30 minutes of TOI) in Corsi For percentage since Jan. 20 with values of 72.09 and 69.62, respectively.
Another value play worth considering is Columbus’ Boone Jenner ($4,500), who picked up two assists in his return to the lineup the other night. He is centering the team’s second line in another favorable matchup against an Arizona team that could be starting Calvin Pickard in net. The main downside with Jenner is that he doesn’t see regular time on the power play, but with Arizona boasting one of the top PK’s in the league and focusing most of its attention on slowing down the Blue Jackets’ top line, Jenner could have his opportunities to at least hit value through peripheral stat coverage.
With Mikko Koivu out for the season, Victor Rask ($3,300) will get promoted to second-line duties and will skate with Zach Parise and Charlie Coyle, making him a solid value option, especially going up against an Oilers team that has given up 15 goals in its last three games. Rask hasn’t had tremendous success with the Wild, but an increased role in a favorable matchup for a great price is worth exploring.
Also consider: Connor McDavid ($8,900)*, Tyler Seguin ($8,100), Sean Monahan ($7,500)**, Dylan Larkin ($7,000)–GTD, Anze Kopitar ($6,600), Sean Couturier ($6,500), Pierre-Luc DuBois ($6,400), Derek Stepan ($5,600), Radek Faksa ($4,400), Evan Rodrigues ($3,500)
*5P in 2GP against MIN
**5A in last home game against SJS
Patrick Kane ($9,200) now has points in 12 straight games and in 19 out of his last 20 games, collecting a total of 17 goals and 41 points in that stretch. He skates on Chicago’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 21.3 fantasy points per game this season. Kane has 13 points in his last five games and six points in his last two home games; though his price tag is quite demanding, he continues to pile up the points.
Leon Draisaitl ($7,500) is running red-hot as well and offers considerable salary relief. Despite lines from yesterday’s practice, Drasaitl will not skate with Connor McDavid tonight, but he has been scoring up a storm without McDavid at even strength anyway. Though there’s certainly a chance Devan Dubnyk will be up for the challenge against his former team, he was pulled after giving up three goals on six shots the last time these teams played. Draisaitl has been hotter than McDavid in recent games, finding twine four times in his last two games and seven times in his last five games, recording a total of seven goals and nine points as well as 19 shots on goal in that span. He is averaging 17.2 fantasy points per game this season but has seen that number top 27 over his last five games.
Elias Lindholm ($7,100) is an affordable way to get exposure to Calgary’s top line, and he’s been the most consistent producer on that line in recent games. In fact, Lindholm has points in 10 straight games entering tonight’s matchup against the Sharks, and while he doesn’t possess a fraction of the upside Johnny Gaudreau ($8,300) offers, he’s been more reliable over the last few games. Gaudreau, on the other hand, has just one point in his last three games, though he managed to secure points in 11 out of 12 games prior to Calgary’s recent road trip. He’s still averaging 18.8 fantasy points per game this season and is always a threat for at least two points, so don’t write him off too quickly.
Frank Vatrano ($4,800) is back on the Panthers’ top line, making him a solid value play on tonight’s large slate. He picked up a power-play assist the other night and now has points in back-to-back games and in five out of his last six games. Vatrano was held off the scoresheet when these teams played in Pittsburgh in early January, though he recorded five shots and a block for 9.6 fantasy points.
On the other side of that matchup, however, is Nick Bjugstad ($4,400), who will return to Florida for the first time since getting traded to the Penguins. Bjugstad has been moved to Pittsburgh’s top line to skate with Sidney Crosby, so he’s definitely worth considering, especially since he centers the team’s second power-play unit as well.
A very affordable play is Brady Tkachuk ($3,600), who skates on Ottawa’s second line and second power-play unit. He has a favorable matchup against the visiting Ducks.
Additional value plays, including Joel Armia, will be discussed in chat.
Also consider: Alex Ovechkin ($8,500), Artemi Panarin ($7,900), Joe Pavelski ($7,500)*, Cam Atkinson ($7,200), Jeff Skinner ($7,000)**, Jake Voracek ($6,900), Zach Parise ($6,800), Brendan Gallagher ($6,500), T.J. Oshie ($6,200), Tomas Tatar ($6,200), Jonathan Drouin ($5,900), Nino Niederreiter ($5,800), Matthew Tkachuk ($5,800), Bobby Ryan ($5,600), Timo Meier ($5,400), Ilya Kovalchuk ($5,200), Oliver Bjorkstrand ($4,000)***, Joel Armia ($3,800), Mattias Janmark ($3,600), Brian Boyle ($3,500)****, Anthony Duclair ($3,200), Michael Dal Colle ($3,100)
*Goals in three straight (seven points in last 3GP)
**Revenge play (1G, 18.9 FP @ CAR 1/11)
***Goals in three straight
****Making NSH debut on second line and PP1
Brent Burns ($7,700) continues to see his price go up but continues to produce. He scored a goal and an assist on eight shots for 37 fantasy points the last time he was in Calgary, and he enters tonight’s game with points in four straight games. Burns is averaging 17.9 fantasy points per game this season and has earned 19.6, 34.4, 33.6 and 22.4 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively.
Mark Giordano ($5,900) has seen a significant price drop, so tonight might be a good time to take advantage of that with a potentially high-scoring matchup against the Sharks. Giordano, like many of Calgary’s top players, hasn’t been productive over the last few games, but he was on a hot streak leading up to the All-Star break and is more than capable of hitting 20 fantasy points. He skates on Calgary’s first power-play unit and is averaging 17 fantasy points per game this season.
Jared Spurgeon ($5,600) has points in back-to-back games and in four out of his last five games, tallying three goals and five points as well as eight shots and 13 blocks in that span. He skates on Minnesota’s second power-play unit and should be under-owned on tonight’s massive slate.
Thomas Chabot ($4,800), on the other hand, could have high ownership considering his price tag and matchup against the Ducks. Chabot scored a goal last night and is averaging 15.6 fantasy points per game this season. He skates on Ottawa’s top power-play unit.
Ben Hutton ($3,600) is a value option worth considering since he has taken over for Alex Edler on Vancouver’s top power-play unit. He picked up 16 fantasy points with an assist, two shots and three blocks. However, expect Oscar Klefbom ($3,800) to have some ownership once again tonight.
Also consider: Roman Josi ($6,700), Seth Jones ($5,800), Dustin Byfuglien ($5,500), Darnell Nurse ($5,400), Shea Weber ($5,300), Erik Gustafsson ($5,000), Erik Johnson ($4,500), Rasmus Dahlin ($4,400), Travis Sanheim ($4,200), Andy Greene ($3,700), Alec Martinez ($3,500)
UPDATE: Lehner is not starting tonight, so we will discuss alternative options in chat.
Robin Lehner ($8,600) has a favorable matchup on the road against the Devils, who will have Cory Schneider in net for the first time since mid-December. Schneider has been abysmal this season, earning a season-high 10.4 fantasy points on the road in Carolina in November. Lehner, on the other hand, continues to play extremely well despite going 1-1-1 in his last three starts. The Islanders are heavy favorites on tonight’s slate.
Note: The cash goalie recommendation may change once additional confirmations have been made.
Also consider: Andrei Vasilevskiy ($9,200), Anders Nilsson ($7,700), Anthony Stolarz ($7,000)
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