Tonight’s slate presents 10 matchups featuring five teams skating in the second half of back-to-back sets: New Jersey, St. Louis, Montreal, Minnesota and Washington. There are a few games that could turn into shootouts as well as several games with significant playoff implications. Plus, Anaheim will attempt to win its first game after losing 11 straight. All of this combined with the fact that there are over 360 available skaters from which to choose makes tonight’s slate particularly intriguing. Today’s post aims to highlight some players that could fly under the radar.
NJD @ CBJ – 7:00pm EST
CAR @ NYR – 7:00pm EST
STL @ NYI – 7:00pm EST
ANA @ DET – 7:30pm EST
FLA @ MTL – 7:30pm EST
VGK @ WPG – 8:00pm EST
LAK @ MIN – 8:00pm EST
WSH @ NSH – 8:00pm EST
TBL @ DAL – 8:30pm EST
PIT @ SJS – 10:00pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: (Note: This post was published before the end of last night’s BUF @ EDM game). Last night was a mixed bag. John Tavares was the chalky play in FanDuel cash contests but put up a massive goose egg. Surprisingly, Alex Ovechkin had high ownership as well, though he at least came through with a goal and 17.3 fantasy points even though the Caps were held to just one goal in a 4-1 loss. On the other side of the matchup, David Perron extended his point streak to 11 games with a goal, though Oskar Sundqvist was held off the scoresheet. Fortunately, Blake Coleman had a massive performance, scoring two goals and an assist for 41.6 FP, which was the best performance in the lineup. Chicago managed five goals, though Alex DeBrincat and Erik Gustafsson saw their point streaks come to a disappointing end as Patrick Kane stole the show with a four-point performance. Rasmus Dahlin recorded an assist and had 14.4 FP at the time of publish, and Erik Johnson had another solid value performance with 11.2 FP. In net, Pheonix Copley (who was the popular choice on FanDuel given his $7,800 price tag) gave up four goals but at least finished the night with 10.4 FP.
TOP PLAY: Pierre-Luc DuBois ($6,100)
There may be better plays than Pierre-Luc DuBois on tonight’s slate, but he hasn’t been highlighted in quite some time, and Columbus’ top line is in a good spot at home against the Devils, who will be skating in the second half of a back-to-back. Plus, CBJ 1 should have solid ownership in cash contests tonight. DuBois has assists in three straight games but could be due for a breakout game, especially since Columbus scored seven goals a few nights ago. He plays on the team’s top power-play unit.
That being said, there are other mid-range centers in great spots tonight, including Sebastian Aho, who has five goals in his last two games, as well as Tomas Hertl, who has points in four straight games. Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson have played very well in recent contests, though St. Louis’ Jordan Binnington is 3-0 so far in his young career. Dylan Larkin and the Red Wings will host the Ducks, who have lost 11 straight games.
Also consider: Evgeni Malkin ($8,400), Mark Scheifele ($7,600), Mathew Barzal ($6,900), Dylan Larkin ($6,900), Sebastian Aho ($6,600), Ryan Johansen ($6,100), Tomas Hertl ($6,000), Paul Stastny ($5,900), Nico Hischier ($5,800), Brock Nelson ($5,700)
VALUE PLAY: Colton Sissons ($4,000)
Colton Sissons skates on Nashville’s second line but does not see time on the power play. However, he has points in four straight games, scoring three goals and five points in that span. He has earned 15.2, 8, 15.2 and 24.8 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively.
Interestingly, Bryan Little has points in five straight games, scoring four goals and seven points in that stretch. He skates on Winnipeg’s second line and second power-play unit.
Also consider: Nick Bonino ($4,300), Henrik Borgstrom ($3,600)
TOP PLAYS: Jake Guentzel ($7,700), Filip Forsberg ($7,300)
Jake Guentzel has scored five goals in his last two games and has points in six straight games, recording seven goals and 10 points in that stretch. He skates on Pittsburgh’s first line and has joined the top power-play unit in Patric Hornqvist’s absence, which has contributed to his recent success.
Filip Forsberg has four goals in four games since returning to the Predators’ lineup and is coming off a two-goal game in which he earned 30.8 fantasy points. He is averaging 15.8 fantasy points per game this season but is especially appealing tonight considering the matchup. That’s because Forsberg tends to play well against his former team ever since being involved in one of the worst trades in recent memory. He skates on the Predators’ top line and top power-play unit.
Also of note: Artemi Panarin has four goals in his last three games and Justin Williams has goals in five straight games. Plus, David Perron extended his point streak to 11 games with a goal last night in Washington.
Also consider: Blake Wheeler ($8,100), Artemi Panarin ($7,700), Cam Atkinson ($7,200), Viktor Arvidsson ($6,800), Evander Kane ($6,700), Teuvo Teravainen ($5,900), Alex Tuch ($5,800), Kyle Connor ($5,400), Justin Williams ($5,300)
VALUE PLAY: Micheal Ferland ($4,600)
Micheal Ferland is back on Carolina’s top line with Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen, and he has certainly benefited from the line change. He has one goal and five points in his last two games, earning 20.2 and 31.2 fantasy points, respectively. Ferland also skates on Carolina’s top power-play unit.
As mentioned the other night, Brandon Tanev quietly has points in five straight games, scoring two goals and five points in that stretch.
Also consider: Joonas Donskoi ($4,800)–DTD, Jason Zucker ($4,600), Blake Coleman ($4,400), Frank Vatrano ($4,100), Daniel Sprong ($4,100), Brandon Tanev ($4,000), Brandon Pirri ($3,800)
TOP PLAY: Mattias Ekholm ($5,100)
Mattias Ekholm had a poor outing in his last game, earning just 3.2 fantasy points, though he managed three goals and six points in his previous five games. He has earned 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 10 games, respectively. Ekholm skates on Nashville’s second power-play unit.
Also consider: Brent Burns ($7,600), Erik Karlsson ($7,400), Roman Josi ($6,400), Zach Werenski ($5,500), Jeff Petry ($5,100)
VALUE PLAY: Jake Muzzin ($4,400)
Jake Muzzin has three assists in his last two games and has points in three out of his last four games. He has earned 25.6, 19.1, 11.2 and 11.2 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively. Muzzin skates on Los Angeles’ second power-play unit.
Also consider: Josh Morrissey ($4,600), Ryan Pulock ($4,400), Mikhail Sergachev ($3,900), Marcus Pettersson ($3,700), Devon Toews ($3,700)
Without any goalie confirmations available at the time of publish, goalies will have to be addressed later today closer to lock. Be sure to check in with us in chat for recommendations.
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