Tonight’s slate features 12 games and 24 of 31 teams in action. Los Angeles, Vancouver, Anaheim and Arizona played last night as well, while Boston will play tomorrow night (though Tuukka Rask has already been confirmed as tonight’s starter). Today’s post highlights options at various price points at each position for FanDuel cash contests.
NOTE: Recommendations are subject to change, and players highlighted in today’s post may or may not make my final cash lineup(s); join us in chat for the latest top plays.
STL @ FLA – 7:00pm EST
MIN @ BUF – 7:00pm EST
LAK @ NJD – 7:00pm EST
VAN @ WSH – 7:00pm EST
NYI @ BOS – 7:00pm EST
CAR @ PIT – 7:00pm EST
VGK @ TBL – 7:30pm EST
ANA @ MTL – 7:30pm EST
ARI @ NSH – 8:00pm EST
SJS @ WPG – 8:00pm EST
CHI @ EDM – 9:00pm EST
CBJ @ COL – 9:00pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Last night’s lineup cashed easily. Though Auston Matthews pulled an Auston Matthews by contributing nothing to his team’s 6-1 win, Mika Zibanejad had another strong night, scoring a goal and an assist and adding four shots and a block for 28 fantasy points. He was my top play at center last night, though Matthews seemed like a safe play in cash given his projected ownership on the small slate. He did end up having the highest ownership among centers but recorded just three shots on goal. That being said, three of the four wingers found the scoresheet, starting with Mats Zuccarello, who tallied an assist and four shots for 14.4 FP. Brock Boeser had a strong game against the Flyers, capitalizing on a turnover to score Vancouver’s only goal of the game and adding seven shots for 23.2 FP. Also, both Travis Konecny and Ilya Kovalchuk picked up assists; Konecny tallied an assist on Sean Couturier’s power-play goal and came away with 13.3 FP at high ownership, while Kovalchuk picked up two assists and 19.2 FP with very low ownership. Though the Coyotes scored four goals against the Stars, Conor Garland didn’t have a part in any of them; he recorded just one shot and one block for 3.2 FP (Oskar Lindblom did the same). On the back end, Morgan Rielly had very high ownership but, like Matthews, only earned 4.8 FP. Alex Edler recorded four shots for 6.4 FP before sustaining a frightening injury in the third period. I also recommended Jake Muzzin in chat and as a pivot for the cash lineup; Muzzin had a monster game, scoring a goal and two assists and coming away with 34.9 FP at just five percent ownership. Both recommended cash goalies came away with wins, though they did so in different ways. Frederik Andersen was on the winning side of a 6-1 game against the Ducks, making 24 saves and earning 27.2 FP. Though Ben Bishop also came away victorious, he gave up four goals in the process, including two in the third period. That being said, he faced a ton of shots, which was the main reason I played him over Andersen; in total he made 38 saves, and he finished the night with 26.4 FP.
Elite play: Connor McDavid ($8,800)
Connor McDavid is not necessarily a slam-dunk play on tonight’s slate despite the favorable matchup and home-ice advantage, and he’s not a lock for me tonight in cash games. That being said, he’s one of the more consistent performers in the NHL, which makes him a relatively safe play every time he suits up. He skates on Edmonton’s first line and first power-play unit and has points in 14 out of his last 17 games, scoring 12 goals and 27 points in that span. I may actually prefer Leon Draisaitl ($7,300) on tonight’s slate, though FanDuel still has him listed as a winger.
UPDATE: With Sergei Bobrovsky confirmed as Columbus’ starter, it’s very difficult to ignore the value Nathan MacKinnon ($8,200) offers on tonight’s slate. Bobrovsky has been dreadful for the Blue Jackets, and while MacKinnon and his linemates haven’t been up to par for quite some time, tonight could easily be a massive game for the trio.
Other options: Sidney Crosby ($9,000), Steven Stamkos ($8,500), Nathan MacKinnon ($8,200), Mark Scheifele ($7,700), Jonathan Toews ($7,400), Sebastian Aho ($7,300)
Mid-range play: Max Domi ($6,000)**
**Tomas Tatar will NOT play tonight, making Domi a riskier play for Montreal.
Max Domi and the Montreal Canadiens have an extremely favorable matchup on home ice tonight against the visiting Ducks, who are skating in the second half of a back-to-back in the midst of a disastrous stretch in which the team has lost 16 out of its last 18 games. Domi has points in six out of his last seven games, scoring three goals and eight points in that stretch. He hasn’t been putting up huge numbers but has been productive, especially for his price tag. Domi skates on Montreal’s second line and second power-play unit.
Ryan O’Reilly ($6,800) and Brayden Schenn ($5,500) are also interesting plays tonight even though they will go up against James Reimer, who has played very well in his last two starts. Both skate on the team’s top line with Vladimir Tarasenko; O’Reilly plays on the top power-play unit, while Schenn skates on the second. O’Reilly has been on a hot streak of late, scoring three goals and 10 points during his current seven-game point streak. He is averaging 15.3 fantasy points per game this season. Schenn hasn’t been nearly as productive but is coming off a three-assist game and offers $1,300 in salary relief.
Anze Kopitar ($6,500) has goals in three straight games and points in four straight, scoring three goals and six points in that span. He skates on the Kings’ first line and first power-play unit. On the other side of that matchup, Nico Hischier ($5,400) has three goals and four points in his last two games.
NOTE: Depending on goalie confirmations, some of these recommendations may change throughout the day.
Other options: Aleksander Barkov ($6,400), Elias Pettersson ($6,300), Pierre-Luc DuBois $6,200), Paul Stastny ($6,100), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($5,900), Vincent Trocheck ($5,700), David Krejci ($5,400), Bryan Little ($5,300)
Value play: Jesperi Kotkaniemi ($4,600)*
Jesperi Kotkaniemi has goals in back-to-back games and has a very favorable matchup tonight against the Ducks. He skates on Montreal’s third line and first power-play unit.
*With Boone Jenner possibly returning to Columbus’ lineup, he makes for a strong value option on tonight’s slate. He’ll center the team’s third line between Anthony Duclair and Josh Anderson, and he’ll also skate on the second power-play unit. This could be a very high-scoring game with both teams lacking goaltending, so Jenner moves up the ranks as far as value centers are concerned.
For a wild play, consider Adrian Kempe ($3,400) of the Los Angeles Kings, who is skating with Ilya Kovalchuk.
Other options: Travis Zajac ($4,300), Adrian Kempe ($3,400)
Elite play: Patrick Kane ($9,200)
Patrick Kane has points in 18 out of his last 19 games and has a very favorable matchup against an Edmonton team that has given up 24 goals in its last five games. Kane is averaging 21.2 fantasy points per game this season but has averaged 29.6 fantasy points per game during his current 11-game point streak. Kane skates on Chicago’s top line and top power-play unit and has been getting well over 20 minutes of ice time per game. That being said, he has just one assist in two games against the Oilers this season, and he has averaged just one point per game against Edmonton over the last several seasons. Plus, his $9,200 price tag on FanDuel is a bit extreme even though he has been a game-changer for a while now. If you still like Chicago’s matchup, you could consider Alex DeBrincat ($6,700) instead, who skates on the team’s second line but still offers exposure to Kane on the top power-play unit. DeBrincat has points in five straight and in nine out of his last 10, scoring a total of eight goals and 14 points in that stretch.
Another alternative to Kane is Columbus’ Artemi Panarin ($8,000), who has points in four straight and in eight out of his last nine games. Like Kane, Panarin will face a team that has been bleeding goals of late as the Blue Jackets travel to Denver to take on the Avs. Plus, Panarin’s scoring pace has seen a noticeable uptick as the trade deadline approaches. Though he has been taken off the team’s top line and will skate on the second line with Alexander Wennberg and Oliver Bjorkstrand, Panarin has found ways to get points almost every night, and he remains on the team’s top power-play unit.
But don’t sleep on Alex Ovechkin ($8,500), who scored two goals and two assists in a game against Vancouver earlier this season. The Capitals are in a downward spiral but will look to bounce back after a very weak effort against the Bruins over the weekend. Vancouver is skating in the second half of a back-to-back, will be without its best defenseman in Alex Edler and will have Jacob Markstrom in the crease for the second straight night.
Evander Kane ($7,300) is also worth considering for tonight’s slate, especially as he heads back to Winnipeg. Kane scored a goal and an assist and recorded a whopping 10 shots on goal when these teams played in San Jose earlier this year, and he has 15 shots in just his last two games as well as eight points in his last six.
But Timo Meier ($5,500) could be an even better play given the savings he offers. Meier has points in four straight games, collecting one goal and six points in that stretch. He skates on San Jose’s first line and second power-play unit and is averaging 15.2 fantasy points per game.
Like last night, Ilya Kovalchuk ($5,000) is one of my favorite under-the-radar plays on the slate. He now has one goal and three points as well as 10 shots in his last two games. With Jeff Carter questionable for tonight’s game, however, it’s possible the Kings will change their lines, which could affect Kovalchuk’s value. Tonight will be his first game against the Devils since he retired with 12 years remaining on his contract, leaving his former team in a nightmare situation.
Other options: Viktor Arvidsson ($7,600), Mikko Rantanen ($7,500), Leon Draisaitl ($7,300), Gabriel Landeskog ($7,000), Kyle Connor ($6,300), Brock Boeser ($6,300), Nino Niederreiter ($5,600), Jonathan Drouin ($5,400)
Value play: Frank Vatrano ($4,500)*
*UPDATE: Vatrano is actually skating on the Panthers’ third line now, making him much less of a slam-dunk play on tonight’s slate. He’s still underpriced and has still been productive, but his value takes a hit with the line change. We’ll discuss strong value plays on both sites in chat.
Frank Vatrano remains incredibly underpriced on FanDuel and remains a solid value play. He skates on Florida’s first line and second power-play unit and has goals in four out of his last five games and points in seven out of his last nine games, scoring six goals and 10 points in that span. Vatrano has earned 20-plus fantasy points in four out of his last five games, so the upside is definitely there.
Another value option on tonight’s slate is New Jersey’s Marcus Johansson ($3,900), who skates on the team’s top line and top power-play unit. Mojo has points in four straight games, collecting two goals and five points for an average of 14.4 fantasy points per game in that stretch.
Another option is Jack Roslovic ($3,700), who could have much higher ownership than usual given his four-point outburst the other night against the Ducks. While another hat-trick performance is likely not in the cards tonight, Roslovic’s production has improved significantly in recent games; he now has goals in three out of his last four games and seven points in his last six games. He skates on Winnipeg’s second line and second power-play unit.
UPDATE: With Bryan Little listed as a GTD, Roslovic’s value is in question tonight as well.
Oliver Bjorkstrand ($3,700) will skate with Artemi Panarin on Columbus’ second line tonight in Colorado. He has goals in back-to-back games and has recorded nine shots in that time.
Other options: Justin Williams ($4,900), Blake Coleman ($4,500), Nick Bjugstad ($4,500), Micheal Ferland ($4,500), Alex Chiasson ($4,400), Conor Sheary ($4,100), Conor Garland ($3,700), Miles Wood ($3,700), Brandon Pirri ($3,600), Drake Caggiula ($3,600), Ty Rattie ($3,500), Josh Leivo ($3,400), Mason Appleton ($3,200)
Elite play: Brent Burns ($7,500)
Brent Burns was held to five shots and one block when these teams played in San Jose in late December. However, he has taken his play to a new level in recent games, especially with Erik Karlsson out of the lineup. Burns is coming off a performance in which he scored the game-winning goal in overtime and added an assist, eight shots and a block for 34.9 fantasy points. It was his third straight game with 22-plus fantasy points, and though he has a tough matchup against the Jets, he’s more than capable of putting up big numbers once again. Even though the Jets are one of the top teams in the West, they’ve given up their fair share of goals, and Burns has been heavily involved in the Sharks’ offense.
A few mid-range options worth noting include Darnell Nurse ($5,400) and Jacob Trouba ($5,400). Nurse skates on Edmonton’s top power-play unit and is coming off a strong game in which he tallied two assists, three shots and three blocks for 26.1 fantasy points. Chicago gives up plenty of fantasy points to opposing defensemen, and tonight’s game could be a high-scoring affair, making Nurse a reasonable option.
The Jets insist on keeping everyone on the edge of their seat with the suspense surrounding which defenseman will man the top power-play unit. Either way, Trouba has been productive in recent games, tallying four assists in his last two games and five assists in his last four, earning 25, 24.5, 14.4 and 16.5 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively.
Both Shea Weber ($5,100) and Jeff Petry ($5,000) are also in play tonight given the Canadiens’ favorable matchup against the Ducks.
Other options: Kris Letang ($6,800), John Carlson ($6,700), Roman Josi ($6,600), Victor Hedman ($6,500), Seth Jones ($5,700), Ryan Ellis ($5,000), Rasmus Ristolainen ($5,000)
Value play: Shea Theodore ($4,200)
For whatever reason, Shea Theodore plays some of his best hockey against the Lightning. So while Vegas has been struggling of late, losing four straight games, Theodore remains an interesting (albeit risky) play on tonight’s slate. He skates on the Knights’ second power-play unit and has six points in three games against the Lightning over the last two seasons.
UPDATE: Oscar Klefbom ($3,500) will return to the Oilers lineup tonight and is still min. price on FanDuel, making him a great value option. Though Darnell Nurse will man the top power-play unit, Klefbom will skate with the second unit and on the top pairing with Adam Larsson.
Other options: Erik Gustafsson ($4,800), Josh Morrissey ($4,500), Erik Johnson ($4,400), Damon Severson ($4,300), Carl Gunnarsson ($3,800), Michal Kempny ($3,700), Brad Hunt ($3,500), Alec Martinez ($3,500), Kevin Connauton ($3,500)
Elite play: Carey Price ($8,700)
Carey Price is coming off a shaky performance in which he gave up three goals on 24 shots before getting bailed out by his teammates in overtime. However, he has won five games in a row, and Montreal is one of the biggest favorites on tonight’s slate with the Anaheim Ducks in town. Price should be the chalk goalie in cash games, making him a pretty safe play tonight on FanDuel.
Additional options will be discussed in chat.
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