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There are just three games on tonight’s slate, which locks at 8:00pm EST. The Wednesday Night Rivalry game pits the Predators against the Blackhawks, while the Ducks will host the Senators and the Flames will take on the Avalanche, who played last night. Matt Duchene (OTT) will not play tonight.
NSH @ CHI – 8:00pm EST
COL @ CGY – 9:30pm EST
OTT @ ANA – 10:00pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: One of the two main lineups posted in chat cashed easily, while the other ended up cashing in some contests but not all of them. There have been so many slates in recent weeks where the top players/lines have failed to live up to expectations, especially for their price tags; last night was not one of them, and admittedly I got caught balking in several instances. However, on the whole, a lot of picks came through on last night’s busy 11-game slate, though there were a few disappointments. For one thing, Dylan Larkin was a dud, pure and simple. His 42 percent ownership made it less of an issue, but it was a frustrating result and a pure waste. Tomas Hertl picked up an assist but somehow failed to get involved in the magic his linemates were creating. I have been touting SJS 3 for several days now, and while the line exploded last night, Hertl only got one helper. Evander Kane and Joonas Donskoi had huge nights, though, as did both Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson. Max Pacioretty, Brandon Pirri and Alex Tuch found the scoresheet but didn’t quite take advantage of their favorable matchup, and all four recommended goalies (Marc-Andre Fleury, Matt Murray, Tuukka Rask, Pheonix Copley) came away victorious. Tomas Tatar extended his streak in revenge games, Tom Wilson scored for the Capitals, Kyle Connor converted on the power play, Alexander Radulov had two assists and, of course, (as predicted), Joel Armia had a good game. Nikita Kucherov got back in the swing of things with a goal and an assist and 26.4 fantasy points, and Josh Morrissey managed 13.3 FP. However, it seems that Jacob Trouba has taken over on the top power-play unit, which was something most of the sites (i.e., LeftWingLock, DailyFaceoff, etc.) didn’t catch (Morrissey still had a 46% ownership rate, though). Burns and Karlsson proved to be worth every penny of their $7,600 price tags, earning 28.5 and 34.1 FP, respectively. Burns scored a goal and an assist on four shots, while Karlsson tallied three assists, five shots and one block. Though he didn’t make the final cut, Marcus Pettersson had another strong game, notching two assists. Jack Roslovic had every opportunity to get on the board but put up a goose egg despite seeing top-six minutes and power-play time; he’ll likely follow the Armia trend and will have a great game next time around.
TOP PLAY — Sean Monahan ($8,000): Monahan has been on a roll of late, as has Calgary’s entire top line. He has two goals and 11 points during his current five-game point streak, and he’s managed 14 points in his last seven games. Monahan skates on Calgary’s top line and top power-play unit and is averaging 17.5 fantasy points per game. He has 27 points in 20 home games this season, and he’s scored a goal and three points in two games against the Avs; this includes a goal and an assist when these teams met in Calgary in November.
It’s never a bad idea to put your faith in Nathan MacKinnon ($9,000), regardless of how much the Avalanche have struggled. MacKinnon is not in as good a spot as Monahan, but he should have his fair share of ownership in cash contests tonight. He is averaging 22.6 fantasy points per game this season and has four goals and nine points during his current seven-game point streak.
Also consider: Jonathan Toews ($6,800), Ryan Getzlaf ($6,600), Mikael Backlund ($5,300), Adam Henrique ($4,500), Jean-Gabriel Pageau ($4,100), Nick Bonino ($3,900)
TOP PLAY — Johnny Gaudreau ($8,900): Johnny Hockey has been on a scoring spree and has a favorable matchup tonight at home against a struggling Avalanche team that played last night in Winnipeg. Gaudreau skates on Calgary’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 19.6 fantasy points per game. He has goals in five straight games and in eight out of his last nine games. Gaudreau has collected 11 goals and 19 points in his last nine games as well as 18 goals and 37 points over the last 20 games. He has 33 points in 20 home games this season but has recorded just one point in both games against Colorado this season. That being said, Colorado’s goaltending has been awful of late, and Gaudreau has been making it look easy. Elias Lindholm ($7,200) and Matthew Tkachuk ($6,900) are also top options on tonight’s slate; Lindholm completes the CGY 1 stack (with Gaudreau and Sean Monahan), while Tkachuk offers exposure to Calgary’s second line but also skates on the top power-play unit.
If you elect to go the Colorado route, you can’t go wrong with Mikko Rantanen ($7,900) and Gabriel Landeskog ($6,700), though I generally prefer Landeskog between the two.
Patrick Kane ($8,500) has points in three games in a row and in 10 out of his last 11, scoring nine goals and 19 points in that time.
Nashville’s second line is an affordable one to stack on tonight’s small slate; Craig Smith ($5,800) is riding a six-game point streak (four goals, seven points), while Kevin Fiala ($4,900) has three points in his last two games. Rounding out the second line is Colton Sissons ($3,600), who picked up a goal and an assist the other night in Toronto, finishing the game with 24.8 fantasy points. Calle Jarnkrok ($3,600) is another value option from Nashville’s middle-six; he has assists in three straight games but has been dropped down to third-line duties. Jarnkrok did see some shifts with the first line the other night, but he didn’t get any time on the man advantage. Sissons also was bumped from the power play as well.
With the return of Filip Forsberg ($6,800), the Predators’ top line was reunited the other night. That means Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson ($7,000) are in play as well; they should have lower ownership than the second line, especially given how expensive CGY 1 and COL 1 are on tonight’s slate.
Ryan Dzingel ($6,100) has six points in his last four games; however, without Matt Duchene by his side, he is way overpriced for tonight’s slate unless you’re looking for very low ownership.
Rickard Rakell ($6,500) finally appears ready to return to Anaheim’s lineup. He skated on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf at yesterday’s practice, and he should slot in on the top power-play unit as well. It’s great timing for the Ducks, who have lost eight games in a row. Ironically, Ottawa has lost eight straight as well, so this should be an interesting one.
With the new lines in Anaheim, Daniel Sprong ($3,500) becomes an attractive option for the exposure to Getzlaf and Rakell on the top line. Sprong also skated on the second power-play unit in yesterday’s practice.
For the first time in a while, it looks as though Ondrej Kase ($4,600) may be off the man advantage. He will skate on the second line and is always a threat for a strong game, but Sprong is the more attractive cash play given his price tag and the exposure he offers to Anaheim’s top players.
For those of you who love the revenge narrative, though Ryan Hartman ($3,600) has been moved to the fourth line, he took some shifts with the third line the other night in Toronto and should be plenty motivated as he faces off against his former team. He hasn’t been able to register a point against Chicago this season but does have 10 shots in two games.
Mark Giordano ($6,300) should have solid ownership tonight as Calgary’s top power-play unit is sure to be a top target in cash contests and GPP’s alike. Giordano is averaging 16.1 fantasy points per game and has points in four out of his last five games, recording four assists, 13 shots and 11 blocks in that span. He plays roughly 25 minutes a night.
Tyson Barrie ($5,800) is starting to become a reliable contributor once again. He has points in five straight games, tallying one goal and eight points as well as 20 shots and three blocks in that stretch. Barrie skates on Colorado’s top power-play unit.
Erik Gustafsson ($4,900) skates on the Blackhawks’ first power-play unit and has points in six straight games (eight assists). He has earned 20.8, 10.1, 10.1, 16, 11.7, 21.3, 3.2, 9.6, 18.9, 25.3, 8, 21.6 and 17.6 fantasy points in his last 13 games, respectively.
Mattias Ekholm ($4,700) is another defenseman who has been providing a solid floor for a while. He skates on Nashville’s first power-play unit and has scored a goal and an assist in back-to-back games. Ekholm has two goals and five points during his current three-game point streak as well as two goals and eight points in his last six games, registering 16 shots and eight blocks in that time. Ekholm is most likely a lock for me tonight, though that may change depending on other developments. Plus, it can be difficult to choose the right Nashville defenseman since four of them are capable of putting up solid fantasy numbers; that being said, Ekholm has been at the top of my list for a while now, even if P.K. Subban ($5,800) and Roman Josi ($6,400) are more popular plays.
Erik Johnson ($4,300) has quietly turned back into a reliable floor defenseman after a stretch of fantasy-irrelevant performances. Johnson has earned 16, 12.8, 8, 6.4, 8, 8, 11.2, 8, 8, 8 and 11.2 fantasy points in his last 11 games, respectively. He skates on Colorado’s second power-play unit.
One defenseman flying under the radar is Christian Wolanin ($3,600), who has points in three straight games (one goal, two assists). He has earned 8, 14.4 and 16.8 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively. Update: Wolanin might not play tonight.
Cam Fowler ($4,100) will play in his second game since returning from injury after missing nearly two months of action. He will skate on the Ducks’ top power-play unit.
David Rittich ($7,800) is 6-0 on home ice this season and is favored for the win tonight against the visiting Avalanche, who will be skating in the second half of a back-to-back. He has gone 3-0-1 in his last four starts and should get plenty of goal support from the Flames’ high-flying offense. Rittich is averaging just 19 fantasy points per game this season but should be a chalky play.
Another option to consider is John Gibson ($7,900), though Anaheim has lost eight games in a row. Gibson is coming off a rough performance against the Oilers but will get a boost with the return of Rickard Rakell to the lineup.
Pekka Rinne ($8,100) should see plenty of ownership as well, though the Blackhawks have looked like a different team in recent weeks. Rinne is coming off a 4-0 shutout but looked very shaky leading up to that contest.
NOTE: Goalie recommendations will be discussed in chat closer to lock once confirmations have been revealed.
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