There are nine games on tonight’s busy DFS NHL slate, with the Lightning, Blue Jackets and Coyotes playing in the second half of back-to-back games.
NOTE: Today’s recommendations are subject to change. All updated recommendations will be discussed in chat, where we can go over core plays, top value options as well as general cash and gpp recommendations.
NYR @ CAR – 7:00pm EST
TBL @ PHI – 7:00pm EST
PIT @ NJD – 7:00pm EST
BUF @ FLA – 7:00pm EST
CBJ @ MTL – 7:30pm EST
TOR @ STL – 8:00pm EST
ANA @ MIN – 8:00pm EST
NSH @ DAL – 8:30pm EST
ARI @ EDM – 9:00pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Last night’s main line cashed. We got huge performances out of the core players in Patrick Kane, Nikita Kucherov and Brady Tkachuk, and some other players chipped in solid outputs as well. The Senators-Blackhawks game was wild, as both teams combined for 15 goals. The only guy who didn’t get overly involved was Erik Gustafsson, but everyone else in that game came through. Kane scored a goal and two power-play assists on six shots for 38.6 fantasy points. Other players I had in that game in the main FanDuel line were Matt Duchene, Tkachuk and Thomas Chabot, though the FTA optos were very Chicago-heavy, which led to massive scores in the 230-range. Duchene tallied two assists, three shots and a block for 19.7 FP, and Tkachuk tallied two assists and five shots for 24 FP; Chabot scored two third-period goals, finishing the night with 28.8 FP. Nikita Kucherov had a massive five-point night, coming away with two goals and three assists on five shots for 57 FP. Though Kane, Kucherov and Chabot had high ownership, Kucherov’s was the lowest of the three, which made him a great play on last night’s high-scoring slate. Brandon Pirri, Alex Tuch and Nate Schmidt proved to be ineffective value plays, as Vegas didn’t have a strong game. Paul Stastny had five shots for eight FP, and Malcolm Subban actually played fairly well but didn’t get much help from his teammates. Though he suffered a 3-0 loss, he still made 35 saves and came away with 16 FP. Considering how some of the other goalies performed on the slate (and the unreasonable price tag of Andrei Vasilevskiy, who was my top recommended goalie of the night), Subban’s contribution was pretty good, all things considered. Adrian Kempe put up a rare goose egg as the Capitals outplayed the Kings for most of the game.
Aleksander Barkov ($6,900) is coming off a hat trick and therefore could see some ownership tonight, though it’s a large slate, which means ownership should be fairly spread out. That being said, Barkov has had success against the Sabres this season, scoring at least a point in all three matchups and racking up a total of three goals and five points in their three previous meetings. Barkov skates on the Panthers’ first line and first power-play unit. Just keep in mind that t’s possible that his four-point game against Montreal (good for 55.7 fantasy points) was an outlier rather than a sign of things to come.
But there are other options worth considering, many of which will be discussed in chat. The elite options include the Penguins centers (whom I will not be playing in cash) as well as Brayden Point ($7,800), Sebastian Aho ($7,500), Mika Zibanejad ($7,400), etc., and then there are some less expensive plays, including Ryan O’Reilly ($6,700).
Another one of those less expensive plays is Travis Zajac ($4,000), who is extremely affordable given that he skates on the Devils’ second line and first power-play unit. Zajac has scored at least a goal in all three meetings against the Penguins this year, managing three goals and seven points in those games. He currently has points in two out of his last three games, though considering how well the Devils have played against Pittsburgh this year and last, he could very well be worth the punt at such an appealing price point.
Also consider: Connor McDavid ($8,500), Steven Stamkos ($8,600), Tyler Seguin ($7,700), Jack Eichel ($7,700), Sean Couturier ($7,200), Lucas Wallmark ($3,600)
It’s tough to ignore his production at this point, which is why Nikita Kucherov ($9,100) remains a top play on tonight’s slate. He and the Lightning will be in the second half of a back-to-back, and Tampa will have to take on a Flyers netminder that has played well. That being said, Kucherov is playing like a man on a mission, and it appears as though he cannot be stopped. He scored two goals and five points last night in Columbus, picking up 40-plus fantasy points for the fourth time in his last five games. Kucherov should get plenty of ice time tonight in Philadelphia, and it would be shocking if he didn’t reach the 100-point threshold tonight.
Though Kucherov seems like an easy choice, I also like Vladimir Tarasenko ($8,500), who has been on a hot streak of his own lately. Tarasenko enters tonight’s game with goals in three straight games, five consecutive multi-point games and points in 12 straight, during which time he has potted 11 goals and 22 points. He is red-hot, as are the Blues; while they have a difficult matchup against Frederik Andersen and the Maple Leafs, Tarasenko has been a great high-risk, high-reward play of late, and that could continue tonight.
My favorite value winger on the slate is Jesper Bratt ($3,800), who continues to produce. Bratt is now skating on the Devils’ top line and top power-play unit and has points in three straight, scoring one goal and four points on 13 shots. His shot volume has been through the roof lately, which is always a positive sign, especially for a value play. Bratt has earned at least 12.8 fantasy points per game in seven out of his last eight games, and the Devils have had their way with Pittsburgh so far this year.
Also consider: Leon Draisaitl ($8,000), Artemi Panarin ($7,700), Jeff Skinner ($7,400), Zach Parise ($6,700), Brendan Gallagher ($6,700), Mats Zuccarello ($6,600), Teuvo Teravainen ($6,500), Chris Kreider ($6,300), Kyle Palmieri ($6,300), Nino Niederreiter ($6,300), Mikael Granlund ($6,200), Jonathan Huberdeau ($5,800), Justin Williams ($5,700), Alex Galchenyuk ($5,700), Sam Reinhart ($5,400), Ondrej Palat ($5,000), Yanni Gourde ($4,700), Marcus Johansson ($4,400), Frank Vatrano ($4,300), Robert Thomas ($3,800), Jason Pominville ($3,700), Miles Wood ($3,600), Zack Kassian ($3,600), Pontus Aberg ($3,500), Conor Garland ($3,400)
Two players near the top of my list tonight are Alex Pietrangelo ($5,900) and Ryan Suter ($5,300), though Jared Spurgeon ($5,800) is in the mix as well. The Blues have been tearing through the NHL, and Pietrangelo has points in three out of his last five games, scoring a total of three goals and six points in that time. Pietrangelo has the potential for a big night despite the tough matchup, which is why he could make for a strong play.
But both Minnesota defensemen are capable, and the Wild have a much more favorable matchup tonight against the Ducks. Suter skates on the top power-play unit, while Spurgeon helps run the second. Suter has earned 9.6, 21.3, 11.2, 9.6, 14.9, 11.2, 20.8 and 8.5 fantasy points in his last eight games, respectively. Spurgeon, on the other hand, has points in two out of his last three games (one goal, four points), though he is coming off an ineffective game in which he managed just 1.6 fantasy points.
Once again as a value play I like Andy Greene ($3,700), who is coming off a two-point game against the Sabres. There are additional options listed below.
Also consider: Roman Josi ($6,600), Shea Weber ($5,600), Shayne Gostisbehere ($5,400), Keith Yandle ($5,300), Dougie Hamilton ($4,700), Ryan Ellis ($4,700), Ivan Provorov ($4,700), Colton Parayko ($4,600), Rasmus Dahlin ($4,300), Justin Schultz ($4,300), Damon Severson ($4,300), Ryan McDonagh ($4,200), Jordan Oesterle ($4,200), Vince Dunn ($4,200), Mikhail Sergachev ($3,700), Erik Cernak ($3,600), Jakob Chychrun ($3,600), Andrej Sekera ($3,500)
Goalies will be discussed in chat once additional confirmations have been made. However, if Keith Kinkaid ($7,100) is starting, he is my GPP goalie of the night.
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