There are eight games on tonight’s slate. The Blue Jackets, Coyotes and Sharks are all skating in the second half of back-to-back’s. Jack Eichel and Dylan Larkin will not play tonight. Additional news updates will be posted in chat.
NOTE: Today’s picks are subject to change depending on goalie confirmations, line changes, news updates, etc. Make sure to join us in chat for the latest recommendations.
BOS @ CBJ – 7:00pm EST
DAL @ BUF – 7:00pm EST
WSH @ PIT – 7:00pm EST
DET @ MTL – 7:30pm EST
ARI @ STL – 8:00pm EST
SJS @ WPG – 8:00pm EST
NJD @ CGY – 9:00pm EST
NSH @ ANA – 10:00pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: I just want to apologize for the technical difficulties leading up to lock last night. Fortunately, the FanDuel line ended up cashing, so it was good to bounce back from the ugly performance on Sunday night. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl combined for two goals and five points, and the four-man Oilers stack ended up working out even though Oscar Klefbom left the game in the first period. I should have stayed with Kris Russell, who was highlighted in my post, though he had a relatively quiet night as well. My reasoning behind going with Klefbom was that he was on the Oilers’ top power-play unit; however, the Oilers’ power play was awful last night, and Klefbom sustained an injury after playing just under six minutes. Travis Sanheim and Michael Grabner also had off games, earning 4.8 and 0 fantasy points, respectively, but everyone else had a solid night. McDavid came away with 28.5 FP with a power-play goal and an assist as well as five shots, while Draisaitl recorded a goal and two assists along with three shots for 33.3 FP. The two teamed up for the overtime game-winning goal, which was a 32.5 FP swing with Draisaitl and McDavid getting 20.5 FP and Koskinen getting the 12 points for the win. Koskinen finished the game with 28 saves and 26.4 FP (Brian Elliott picked up a win and 20 FP). Brady Tkachuk did not score on Elliott but had yet another strong game against the Flyers, recording five shots for 8 FP. Sean Couturier put on a great performance as well, though it could have been even better as he came within inches of scoring on two separate occasions (he hit the post on the first attempt and got robbed by Craig Anderson at the end of the third on the second). However, he still picked up two assists as well as eight shots and a block for 22.4 FP. Lastly, Timo Meier tallied an assist and four shots for 14.4 FP in San Jose’s 3-0 win against the Wild.
As for other players highlighted in the post, Nathan MacKinnon and the Avalanche were unable to beat Petr Mrazek, who was outstanding in Carolina’s 3-0 win. MacKinnon still registered seven shots for 11.2 FP, though. Christian Dvorak extended his point streak to three games with an assist and 9.6 FP in a blowout 7-1 loss to Chicago. Morgan Rielly managed just 6.4 FP in a 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay.
Ryan O’Reilly ($6,700) will be without Vladimir Tarasenko but still makes for a solid play tonight as he and the Blues host the Coyotes, who are coming off an ugly 7-1 loss to the Blackhawks last night. It’s unlikely Darcy Kuemper will be in net for Arizona, which is a big advantage for St. Louis. O’Reilly skates on the team’s top line and top power-play unit and is averaging 14.6 fantasy points per game this season.
Tomas Hertl ($6,400) extended his point streak to five games with a goal last night against Minnesota. He centers the Sharks’ second line and also plays on the top power-play unit. Hertl has three goals and six points in his last five games, earning 18.4, 17.6, 16.8, 20 and 16 fantasy points, respectively. Plus, Connor Hellebuyck has given up at least three goals in five straight home appearances, which bodes well for San Jose’s chances of finding twine tonight.
David Krejci ($6,200) has goals in four straight games, collecting four goals and five points in his last four games for 15.7, 13.6, 20 and 26.4 fantasy points, respectively. He skates on Boston’s second line and first power-play unit.
Value Play — Christian Dvorak ($3,400) now has points in three straight games, scoring two goals and four points in that stretch. He skates on Arizona’s second line and first power-play unit.
Also consider: Patrice Bergeron ($8,400), Tyler Seguin ($7,700), Nicklas Backstrom ($6,800), Max Domi ($5,800), Kevin Hayes ($5,600), Mikael Backlund ($5,500), Blake Coleman ($4,100), Nick Bonino ($3,800), Casey Mittelstadt ($3,800)
Alexander Radulov ($6,500) has goals in back-to-back games and points in six out of his last seven games, scoring six goals and nine points in that time. He skates on Dallas’ first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 16 fantasy points per game this season.
Value Play — Danton Heinen ($4,300) has points in three straight games, tallying four assists, seven shots and two blocks in that time. He skates on Boston’s top line and top power-play unit.
Also consider: Alex Ovechkin ($9,000), Brad Marchand ($8,800), Blake Wheeler ($8,500), Jake Guentzel ($7,700), Brendan Gallagher ($7,300), T.J. Oshie ($6,600), Jake DeBrusk ($6,200)–DTD, Tomas Tatar ($6,200), Timo Meier ($5,700), Matthew Tkachuk ($5,600), Tom Wilson ($5,100), Andrew Shaw ($5,100), Jared McCann ($4,900), Craig Smith ($4,600), Brett Connolly ($3,800), Robert Thomas ($3,700), Roope Hintz ($3,600)
Shea Weber ($5,600) has been inconsistent but is quite cheap on FanDuel for tonight’s contests. He has points in two out of his last three games, scoring two goals and four points on 11 shots in that span. He was held off the scoresheet when these teams met in Detroit in late February, though he still managed a solid floor performance considering he came away with two shots and five blocks for 11.2 fantasy points. He has earned at least eight fantasy points in eight out of his last 10 games, though there’s a chance he’ll have another big performance tonight.
Mark Giordano ($6,700) is another option on the back end tonight as he and the Flames host the Devils. Even when Calgary hasn’t been scoring, Giordano has been taking and blocking shots at a consistent rate. He has points in five out of his last seven games, during which time he has registered 18 shots and 15 blocks. Giordano skates on Calgary’s top power-play unit and is averaging 16.2 fantasy points per game this season.
Also consider: Roman Josi ($7,100), Alex Pietrangelo ($6,200), Jacob Trouba ($5,300), Justin Schultz ($4,700), Brandon Montour ($4,500), Travis Hamonic ($4,400), Tyler Myers ($3,900), Jakob Chychrun ($3,900), Brandon Carlo ($3,800), Rasmus Andersson ($3,800), Michael Kempny ($3,600), Tim Heed ($3,500)
Goalies will be discussed in chat closer to lock once additional starters have been confirmed. However, there are a few strong plays worth considering, including Carey Price ($8,700), who will take on a Red Wings team without Dylan Larkin. The Canadiens picked up an 8-1 win against Detroit when these teams played in late February, and Montreal is in need of a win tonight given the current playoff standings. Another options is Ben Bishop ($9,200), who has played very well and who will face a Jack Eichel-less Sabres squad. David Rittich ($8,000) is also in play as the Flames are favored over the Devils; while New Jersey has gotten solid goaltending in recent games, MacKenzie Blackwood has lost three straight games.
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