There are five games on tap tonight in the NHL in the second-to-last slate before the All-Star Game break. Edmonton’s Ryan Spooner, Ty Rattie and Caleb Jones are no longer on the team, and Erik Karlsson will remain out of the Sharks lineup. The Capitals look to bounce back after losing five straight games; Washington held a players-only meeting following the team’s brutal 8-5 loss to the Blackhawks over the weekend, so it will be interesting to see which version of the Capitals will take the ice tonight in D.C. Tonight is also the first time Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland, Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin will face their former teams after all four were involved in a blockbuster deal over the summer. Derek Ryan is in the same boat after leaving via free agency over the summer.
SJS @ WSH – 7:00pm EST
ARI @ OTT – 7:30pm EST
NYI @ CHI – 8:30pm EST
DET @ EDM – 9:00pm EST
CAR @ CGY – 9:00pm EST
YESTERDAY’S RESULTS: Yesterday’s All-Day slate was a strange one, and I had mixed results. The main line posted in chat did not cash, though the slight tweak I used (playing Calle Jarnkrok over Colton Sissons) helped me cash, though it was close. The primary reason the main line didn’t cash is because an assist was taken away from Sissons, which proved to be very costly. Jarnkrok managed two assists, two shots and two blocks for 22.4 fantasy points, and his second assist came on Ryan Ellis‘ empty-net goal. Ellis finished the game with 18.4 FP, just like teammate and fellow blueliner Roman Josi, who came at a much higher price. Brent Burns also had a strong game, recording an assist, six shots and three blocks for 22.4 FP. Someone who was at least partially responsible for Florida running up the score was Evander Kane, who had a miserable all-around game. Not only was he a significant disappointment from a DFS perspective, but all he did was take penalties, which led to power-play goals for Florida. It also meant that he spent time in the box rather than on the ice. His 40 percent ownership made it somewhat less harmful, but it was still a key contributor to the so-so results. Another piece of that equation was Nathan MacKinnon, who doubled Kane’s production (a.k.a. he was terrible, too). Colorado’s top players (including Tyson Barrie) were completely shut down by Nashville, as Pekka Rinne just has a thing for playing in Denver (he’s been terrible in most of his recent starts). As such, MacKinnon joined Kane in being an eyesore on the roster, though MacKinnon’s 60+ percent ownership made him a necessary play for a safe cash lineup. The same was true of Brandon Pirri, who once again had ownership in the 70’s. Pirri had several prime scoring chances against the Wild but somehow missed maybe the easiest opportunity for a goal he will ever have (see below). Alex Tuch, however, came through with the narrative with a power-play goal against his former team, finishing the game with 15.7 FP. Vincent Trocheck also found twine, recording a power-play goal, two shots and a block for 17.3 FP. Goaltender Jordan Binnington had a tough afternoon in Los Angeles; he seemed like an easy pick given expected ownership and his price tag, but the Kings got secondary scoring and were able to overcome multiple deficits in the win. Binnington was left with just 4 FP, though he was the chalk goalie of the slate. As for additional players highlighted in the article, Frank Vatrano had a MASSIVE game with a goal and three assists as well as five shots and a block for 46.1 FP. Ryan O’Reilly also found the scoresheet, scoring a power-play goal on five shots for 20 FP. Carl Gunnarsson put up one shot and two blocks for 4.8 FP, thus ending his fluke point streak at five games.
ELITE: Connor McDavid ($9,100)
Connor McDavid has a favorable matchup against a visiting Red Wings team. He tallied two assists in his most recent game after a rare night without any points. He is averaging 20.5 fantasy points per game this season and generally finds his way onto the scoresheet. However, McDavid hasn’t been quite as explosive as normal in his last few, which means it might be worth turning to another elite choice (Sean Monahan, for example).
Also consider: Sean Monahan ($8,100), Matt Duchene ($7,000), Dylan Larkin ($6,900), Mathew Barzal ($6,600), Ryan Nugent Hopkins ($5,800), Mikael Backlund ($5,600), Brock Nelson ($5,400)
VALUE: Zack Smith ($3,700)
Zack Smith has recorded an assist in five straight games. While he doesn’t present much upside, he has been consistent in recent games even if he doesn’t have a prominent role on the team.
Also consider: Derek Ryan ($3,400)
ELITE: Johnny Gaudreau ($8,800)
Johnny Gaudreau continues to rack up points and solid fantasy return. He skates on Calgary’s top line and top power-play unit and is averaging 19.6 fantasy points per game. Gaudreau has earned at least a point in 11 straight games, collecting 10 goals and 22 points in that stretch. Linemate Elias Lindholm ($7,200) will be particularly motivated tonight as he faces his former team for the first time since getting traded over the summer. Many may turn to Patrick Kane or Alex Ovechkin on tonight’s slate; both options could have big nights, though Gaudreau has been more reliable of late.
Also consider: Patrick Kane ($9,000), Alex Ovechkin ($8,400), Evander Kane ($7,200), Elias Lindholm ($7,200), Leon Draisaitl ($7,000), Matthew Tkachuk ($6,900), Anders Lee ($6,600), Timo Meier ($5,300)
VALUE: Brady Tkachuk ($4,000)
Brady Tkachuk has provided solid value in recent games. He skates on Ottawa’s top line and second power-play unit and has earned 9.6, 11.2, 13.6, 11.2 and 11.7 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively. Cal Clutterbuck ($3,000) is a good min. priced option; he has three goals in his last two games. The same is true of Drake Caggiula ($3,000), who skated with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in Chicago’s most recent game. However, I like all five value options listed below.
Also consider: Nino Niederreiter ($4,700), Thomas Vanek ($4,500), Conor Garland ($3,900), Cal Clutterbuck ($3,000), Drake Caggiula ($3,000)
ELITE: Mark Giordano ($6,600)
Mark Giordano has been one of the more productive fantasy defensemen in recent games. He skates on Calgary’s top power-play unit and is averaging 17.5 fantasy points per game. He is coming off a huge performance in which he scored a goal and two assists for 40.2 fantasy points, and he has points in seven straight games, scoring five goals and 13 points in that span.
Also consider: Brent Burns ($7,500), John Carlson ($6,500), Thomas Chabot ($5,500), Darnell Nurse ($5,400)
VALUE: Brenden Dillon ($3,900)
Brenden Dillon doesn’t offer much upside but has provided a very reliable fantasy floor in recent games. He has earned 8, 8, 9.6, 17.6 and 12.8 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively.
Also consider: Dougie Hamilton ($4,900), Jaccob Slavin ($4,400), Cody Ceci ($4,200), Noah Hanifin ($4,100), Jordan Oesterle ($4,000), Scott Mayfield ($3,700)
ELITE: Robin Lehner ($8,700)
Robin Lehner has been outstanding in recent games, winning 11 out of his last 12 games. The Islanders are on a roll, and he has been a huge part of it. He is averaging 20.6 fantasy points per game this season and picked up 19.2 fantasy points in a win against Chicago earlier this month. Chicago’s offense has been more productive in recent games, making this a trickier matchup than it may appear. However, Lehner has been great and could very well be a strong pick if he gets the nod tonight.
VALUE: David Rittich ($8,200)
David Rittich has gone 6-0-1 in his last seven games and is coming off a solid performance in Edmonton in which he earned 21.6 fantasy points. He hasn’t been overly consistent but has the advantage of great goal support from Calgary’s high-powered offense. The Hurricanes scored seven goals in their most recent game but have struggled to score throughout the season despite putting up a lot of shots, so the floor is there for Rittich if he’s able to step up.
Also consider: Craig Anderson ($7,500)–GPP
Keep in mind that goalie recommendations (as well as suggestions at each position) may change throughout the day depending on confirmations, news, line combinations, etc.
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