The Sharks are the only team skating in the second half of a back-to-back on tonight’s manageable five-game DFS NHL slate. Matt Duchene and Thomas Chabot are expected to return to Ottawa’s lineup, and Elias Pettersson (DTD) could play tonight against the Oilers.
COL @ OTT – 7:00pm EST
BOS @ PHI – 7:30pm EST
BUF @ CGY – 9:30pm EST
SJS @ ARI – 10:00pm EST
EDM @ VAN – 10:00pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: There were a few disappointing performances last night, though most picks had strong games, and the main cash lineup posted in chat was able to cash (Derek’s DK line had a strong night as well). Pierre-Luc DuBois scored a goal and an assist and added five shots and two blocks, finishing the night with 31.7 fantasy points, while linemate Cam Atkinson chipped in a goal and an assist on four shots for 26.4 FP. Goaltender Joonas Korpisalo came away with a 4-1 win, earning 31.2 FP. Blake Coleman scored the lone goal for New Jersey, extending his hot streak with another strong game. There was a bit of a chalk trap last night with Sebastian Aho; Henrik Lundqvist has very strong career numbers against Carolina, but I knew Aho would have very high cash ownership. I bit the bullet, and my fears regarding Lundqvist came true. Aho had a bad night, though his 66+ percent ownership softened the blow. Another disappointing play was Filip Forsberg; the Predators scored seven goals, but Forsberg managed just one assist and 11.2 FP while his linemates did most of the damage, accounting for five points between the two of them. At least defenseman Mattias Ekholm had another strong game, earning 20.8 FP with two assists, two shots and one block. Also, value center Colton Sissons picked up an assist and 9.6 FP, which was decent production for his price tag. Bryan Little managed a short-handed assist and one shot for 11.7 FP in Winnipeg’s 4-1 win over the Knights. Little extended his point streak to six games with the assist, though it was Kyle Connor who had the massive game, scoring two goals and an assist and coming away with 40.4 FP. Value defenseman Jake Muzzin tallied three shots and two blocks for 8 FP, while Mikhail Sergachev scored a goal and earned 20 FP, which was excellent value for his $3,800 price tag. Jake Guentzel could have been a late-night hammer but was held off the scoresheet in a weak Penguins effort against the Sharks. If you went with Artemi Panarin over Guentzel, you would have been rewarded with an extra 25.3 FP with the full CBJ 1 stack.
Matt Duchene ($7,000) is an expensive option but is an interesting play on tonight’s slate as he returns to Ottawa’s lineup just in time to host his former team. Duchene scored two goals when these teams met in Colorado earlier this season, and the Avs’ goaltending has been suspect in recent games. While Duchene missed several games due to the birth of his child, he had goals in three straight games and points in four straight prior to his hiatus, and he will be very motivated against his former team. He skated on the Senators’ second line and first power-play unit yesterday in practice; Duchene is averaging 15.8 fantasy points per game this season.
A more popular option will be Sean Monahan ($7,800), who has goals in back-to-back games as part of Calgary’s high-flying top line. Monahan is averaging 17.3 fantasy points per game this season and has points in seven out of his last eight games, recording four goals and 14 points in that span. However, second-line center Mikael Backlund ($5,600) has points in three straight games and is a cheaper option, especially if you’re looking to avoid the chalky top line for Calgary.
Tomas Hertl ($6,300) made me pay for taking him out of my original lineup last night, scoring a hat trick against the Penguins and coming away with 42.4 fantasy points. Hertl extended his point streak to five games, during which time he has scored five goals and eight points. He skates on the Sharks’ third line and first power-play unit.
David Krejci ($5,300) is another mid-range option entering tonight’s game with points in three straight. Krejci skates on Boston’s second line and second power-play unit and has goals in three straight games.
Connor McDavid ($9,100) and Leon Draisaitl ($6,800) could be popular plays as well, especially if they continue to skate on the same line. However, both players made minimal offensive contributions when these teams met in Vancouver (they each had two points in the game that took place in Edmonton, though).
Also consider: Nathan MacKinnon ($8,600), Patrice Bergeron ($8,400), Elias Pettersson ($6,500)–DTD, Bo Horvat ($5,400), Joe Thornton ($5,000), Chris Tierney ($4,800), Nolan Patrick ($4,200)
Johnny Gaudreau ($8,800) will continue to have high ownership in cash contests, and for good reason. While I’ve had success stacking Calgary’s second line in recent games, Calgary’s top line is one of the best offensive lines in the NHL. Gaudreau has points in eight straight games and in 11 out of his last 12 games, collecting 12 goals and 24 points in that stretch; he is averaging 19.6 fantasy points per game this season. But the second line has value as well, which makes Matthew Tkachuk ($6,900) and Michael Frolik ($4,500) solid choices. Tkachuk has four goals in his last three games as part of a larger five-game point streak; he has recorded at least a point in seven out of his last eight games, scoring seven goals and 12 points in that stretch. Frolik has been very successful since re-joining the second line. He has points in three straight games, recording two goals and six points in that stretch. Frolik has earned 17.6, 29.6 and 18.4 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively.
Another one of the league’s best lines is Colorado’s top line, which features captain Gabriel Landeskog ($7,400). Mikko Rantanen ($7,700) is generally the more popular option, but Landeskog offers a slight discount and has been even more productive in recent games. He has points in six out of his last eight games, scoring four goals and nine points in that span. Landeskog has provided a relatively safe floor for most of the year and has been shooting the puck a lot; in fact, he recorded seven shots in his most recent game as well as 12 shots against Calgary. He is averaging 18.3 fantasy points per game this season.
Conor Garland ($3,900) continues to be one of my favorite value plays. He and the Coyotes were blown out the other night but will look to rebound tonight against the visiting Sharks, who will be in the second half of a back-to-back. Garland skates on Arizona’s third line and first power-play unit and has six goals in his last five games.
It’s also worth mentioning that David Pastrnak ($8,300) generally has success in Philadelphia, though he’s been very hit-or-miss in recent games, making him a risky cash play for the price. On the other side of that matchup, James van Riemsdyk ($6,100) has goals in three straight games and is coming off a hat-trick performance in which he earned 41.3 fantasy points. He has recorded three consecutive multi-point efforts, scoring a total of five goals and seven points in his last three games. Also, Evander Kane ($6,700) has points in eight out of his last nine games; his three assists last night give him five goals and 14 points in that time.
Also consider: Brad Marchand ($8,200), Mikko Rantanen ($7,700), Mark Stone ($7,100), Brock Boeser ($6,400), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($5,800), Alex Galchenyuk ($5,700), Joonas Donskoi ($4,800), Brady Tkachuk ($3,800), Zack Kassian ($3,700), Scott Laughton ($3,400), Marcus Sorensen ($3,300)
Mark Giordano ($6,900) continues to be a lock in cash contests. Despite his price increase, he remains one of the best offensive threats on the slate, and he’s been worth every penny in recent games. In fact, Giordano has three goals and eight points during his current four-game point streak, earning 40, 15.2, 32.5 and 19.2 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively. Giordano skates on Calgary’s top power-play unit and is averaging 17 fantasy points per game.
Also consider: Brent Burns ($7,800), Erik Karlsson ($7,600), Darnell Nurse ($5,600), Thomas Chabot ($5,500)–DTD, Rasmus Dahlin ($4,700), Erik Johnson ($4,500), Alex Edler ($4,200), Jordan Oesterle ($4,100), Jacob Chychrun ($3,800), Ben Hutton ($3,800), Troy Stecher ($3,700), Brenden Dillon ($3,600), Justin Braun ($3,500)
David Rittich ($8,000) has won five games in a row, earning 19.2, 25.6, 25.6, 29.6, and 14.4 fantasy points, respectively. Clearly, those aren’t overly impressive numbers, but he and the Flames have been winning, which makes him a solid option, especially for the price. Calgary is favored tonight against the visiting Sabres who are coming off a game in which they gave up seven goals. Rittich is averaging 19.3 fantasy points per game. It’s possible Mike Smith will get the nod after playing so well the other night against Arizona, but goalies will be reevaluated in chat closer to lock once confirmations have been revealed.
Also consider: Jaroslav Halak ($7,800)
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