Today is the last day of hockey before the All-Star break. There are six games on tap in the NHL, with the Capitals, Coyotes and Hurricanes skating in the second half of back-to-backs. The Capitals have now lost six games in a row after suffering a 7-6 overtime loss last night against the Sharks; they will be eager to find the win column before the break, though it should be a heated game against the Maple Leafs. Tonight’s revenge game is the Coyotes @ Canadiens matchup as it pits Max Domi and Alex Galchenyuk against their former teams. Oliver Ekman-Larsson will not be in the lineup for Arizona.
WSH @ TOR – 7:30pm EST
ARI @ MTL – 7:30pm EST
MIN @ COL – 9:30pm EST
STL @ ANA – 10:00pm EST
NSH @ VGK – 10:00pm EST
CAR @ VAN – 10:30pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Last night’s main line posted in chat did not cash thanks primarily to the minimal contributions from Johnny Gaudreau and Mark Giordano. Neither player came close to hitting value, and while both had decent ownership (33-36 and 58-61, respectively), it ate up a ton of salary and kept the line from finishing in the green. Gaudreau earning 1.6 fantasy points was an abysmal performance, which was particularly disappointing since I had Alex Ovechkin in my lines for most of the day. Both Dylan Larkin and Mathew Barzal scored goals, but value plays Brady Tkachuk, Cal Clutterbuck and Scott Mayfield earned just 1.6, 0 and 4.8 FP, respectively. David Rittich pulled off a 3-2 overtime win, finishing the game with an impressive 30.4 FP (much higher than his usual return). Ryan Nugent-Hopkins didn’t find the scoresheet despite skating with Connor McDavid, though he at least recorded five shots for 8 FP. It was the San Jose – Washington game that brought in the high scores (7-6 games tend to do that). The Sharks were much more affordable on DraftKings, though adding at least Timo Meier rather than just talking about how much I liked that line would have been helpful. Also, both Elias Lindholm and Dougie Hamilton earned points against their former teams; Lindholm picked up an assist and 14.4 FP, while Hamilton scored a goal and earned 20 FP. Four players in the lineup earned a combined 81.2 FP, but the rest couldn’t even come up with 20 FP to cash, which was a very disappointing turn of events. Calgary’s power-play unit has been red-hot for weeks, but spending $15,400 on two players and getting a total of 3.2 FP is tough to bounce back from. Nine times out of 10 those players get at least 16 FP between the two of them, if not a lot more. The lineup only came a few points short of cashing in the end; even if one player had recorded a few more shots or a secondary assist, it would have squeaked by. Unfortunately, that’s not how it played out. Hopefully tonight’s results will be more favorable as we head into the ASG break.
Nathan MacKinnon ($8,600): MacKinnon has had a few off games of late, including his most recent game in which he managed just 3.2 fantasy points. However, he’s been hot all year and often plays well against Minnesota when these teams square off in Colorado. In fact, he scored a goal on eight shots on opening night against the Wild, and he managed four goals and nine points in four games against the Wild last season, eight of which came on home ice. He is averaging 21.5 fantasy points per game this season.
Auston Matthews ($8,000): Auston Matthews and John Tavares often present problems in DFS since either one can go off on any night. However, Matthews will be skating with Mitch Marner tonight, and he’s back on the top power-play unit. That makes him an interesting play, especially since he has two goals and six points in six career games against the Capitals. Washington is struggling to keep pucks out of their net, which could set the stage for a big Matthews night, even if Marner hasn’t managed much against the Caps since 2016-17.
Ryan O’Reilly ($6,900): Depending on how you look at the Ducks, O’Reilly either has a fantastic matchup or is somewhat of a trap play. He has been red-hot in recent games and has been a reliable mid-range option, though his price has gone up by several hundred dollars. Even so, ROR has points in five straight games, scoring two goals and seven points in that time. He is averaging 15 fantasy points per game and is getting plenty of ice time on the Blues’ top line and top power-play unit. Anaheim has been a trainwreck over their last 15 games, but if John Gibson decides the win the game by himself, it might be tricky for ROR to find the scoresheet.
Elias Pettersson ($6,200)/Bo Horvat ($5,700): Both Vancouver centers offer excellent value tonight on FanDuel. Pettersson makes the Canucks a much more dynamic offense, and he and Horvat are both capable of putting up strong numbers. Pettersson scored a goal and an assist for 26.4 fantasy points in his return to the lineup, and he will be skating on the second line and top power-play unit. Pettersson is averaging 16.1 fantasy points per game, and he tallied an assist against the Hurricanes earlier this season. Horvat is one of the most consistent floor plays in DFS NHL. He has earned at least eight fantasy points in 19 out of his last 20 games, and he’s averaged just over 16 over his last five games. Horvat skates on the Canucks’ top line and top power-play unit and is averaging 14 fantasy points per game this season.
Max Domi ($5,800): Perhaps one of the most interesting plays on the slate, however, is Max Domi, who will be hosting his former team for the first time since getting traded over the summer. He didn’t have an impressive performance when he played in Arizona earlier this season, but Domi is finally starting to heat up once again, with points in four straight (two goals, five points). He skates on Montreal’s second line and second power-play unit and will have a favorable matchup against Calvin Pickard and the Coyotes, who are playing their second game in two nights.
Also consider: Sebastian Aho ($7,200), Paul Stastny ($6,000), Derek Stepan ($5,400), Nick Bonino ($4,800), Lucas Wallmark ($3,700), Victor Rask ($3,300)
Alex Ovechkin ($8,200): Ovi will play in tonight’s game but will miss Washington’s first game after the All-Star break as his one-game suspension. He is coming off a hat-trick performance in which he earned 57.3 fantasy points, and he and the Caps are desperate to prevent a seven-game losing streak headed into the break. The Capitals have managed 11 goals in their last two games, both losses, so the offense is clicking. Ovechkin managed a hat trick in Toronto last season, and he is one point away from Sergei Fedorov as the leading Russian-born scorer in NHL history. Expect him to be chalky and motivated tonight against the Leafs.
Viktor Arvidsson ($7,800): Arvidsson has seven goals and eight points in his last seven games and is averaging 16.3 fantasy points per game this season. He and the Predators could be in a tight contest against the Golden Knights, though both teams have been surrendering plenty of goals of late. He will go up against Marc-Andre Fleury, who is capable of shutting things down, though Arvidsson’s shot volume alone makes him an intriguing option. He may not be worth the money/risk on tonight’s slate, but he has been rolling and will have center Ryan Johansen back in the lineup.
Mikko Rantanen ($7,700): Rantanen and the rest of Colorado’s top line will be eager to bounce back from a disappointing performance against the Predators just a few days ago. While the Wild have been playing much better of late, including goaltender Devan Dubnyk, the Avs often have their number when these teams meet in Colorado. Rantanen scored a goal and an assist on home ice against the Wild at the start of the season, and he produced six points in two home games against the Wild last season, recording six shots in each contest.
Jonathan Marchessault ($7,500): Marchessault is finally starting to heat up again, notching four points in his last two games and recording 27 shots in his last five. His shot volume makes him a somewhat safe play despite the price tag, especially if you’re looking for a Vegas stack. Though tonight’s game could be a low-scoring affair or a shootout, both teams are more than capable of trading chances, and Marchessault has been heavily involved over the last few games.
Brock Boeser ($6,300): Continuing with the Vancouver theme, Boeser is a strong option on tonight’s slate and could see some legitimate ownership considering the value Vancouver offers. He skates on the team’s second line and first power-play unit, offering exposure to both of the Canucks’ top centers. He has four points in his last two games and points in three out of his last four games; Boeser is averaging 14.3 fantasy points per game this season.
Alex Galchenyuk ($5,400): Galchenyuk’s production has taken a hit in recent games, and tonight’s matchup against Carey Price and the Habs will be a tough one. However, he’s facing his former team in Montreal for the first time since getting swapped for Max Domi over the summer, which could entice him to step up his game. He likely won’t crack my final cash lineup but could be an interesting option in GPP’s, especially if you’re going against the favored Canadiens.
Brandon Pirri ($4,100): Pirri has gone two straight games without a point for the first time in his stint with Vegas. However, he’s been very much involved in the offense and had multiple prime scoring opportunities the other night against the Wild, including a wide-open net that he somehow missed. He could continue to see heavy ownership in FanDuel cash contests because of his top-six role and price tag, which makes him a strong play.
Josh Leivo ($3,400): Leivo has been moved to Vancouver’s top line to skate with Bo Horvat and the recently reinstated Nikolay Goldobin. He was skating with Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser, which made him a more enticing option, though he’s still cheap enough to be a solid value option on tonight’s slate.
Also consider: Mitch Marner ($8,400), Zach Parise ($7,200), Max Pacioretty ($6,600), Tomas Tatar ($6,000), Alex Tuch ($5,900), T.J. Oshie ($5,900), Kasperi Kapanen ($4,400), Artturi Lehkonen ($4,000), Vinnie Hinostroza ($3,700), Joel Armia ($3,500), Troy Terry ($3,000)
Roman Josi ($6,600): Josi has points in back-to-back games and in five out of his last seven games. He skates on Nashville’s first power-play unit and is averaging 14.5 fantasy points per game this season. He has earned 18.4, 19.2, 9.6, 8, 24.4, 14.4, 13.3, 11.2, 14.4, 16, 8, 16, 9.6, 8 and 20.8 fantasy points in his last 15 games, respectively, offering a consistent floor with upside.
Alex Edler ($4,300): Edler is still way too cheap on FanDuel and will therefore continue to have strong ownership in cash contests. He skates on Vancouver’s top power-play unit and often hits value through peripheral stat coverage alone. He is averaging 13.3 fantasy points per game this season.
Jakob Chychrun ($3,800): Chychrun should see increased ice time with Oliver Ekman-Larsson out of the lineup for the Coyotes. He skates on the team’s first power-play unit and should collect some shots and blocks with potential for an assist.
Colin Miller ($3,700): Miller has two assists in back-to-back games since re-joining Vegas’ lineup. He skates on the team’s top power-play unit and is shooting the puck every time he touches it in the offensive zone. He has earned 22.9 and 19.2 fantasy points in his last two games, respectively.
Also consider: John Carlson ($6,700), Jeff Petry ($5,100), Shea Weber ($5,000), Dougie Hamilton ($4,800), Jaccob Slavin ($4,600), Vince Dunn ($4,000), Alex Goligoski ($3,800), Travis Dermott ($3,800), Kevin Connauton ($3,500), Brad Hunt ($3,500)
Carey Price ($8,600): Price has a favorable matchup on home ice against a Coyotes team skating in the second half of a back-to-back. He has won three games in a row, earning 35.2, 36.8 and 42.4 fantasy points, respectively. Price is averaging 18.2 fantasy points per game but has been much better in recent games despite holding a 3-3-0 record in his last six starts.
Note: Goalies will be reevaluated later today in chat once confirmations have been announced.
Also consider: Frederik Andersen ($8,800), Jacob Markstrom ($8,300), John Gibson ($7,600), Jordan Binnington ($7,200)
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