There are six games on tonight’s schedule. Today’s lineup has multiple stacks and features Scott Hartnell of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who has nine points in nine games against the Flyers since being traded to Columbus.
Hartnell coming off two-point effort
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Tampa Bay @ Pittsburgh – 5:00pm EST
Boston @ Carolina – 5:00pm EST
Philadelphia @ Columbus – 6:00pm EST
Nashville @ Chicago – 7:00pm EST
Edmonton @ Ottawa – 7:00pm EST
Minnesota @ Anaheim – 8:00pm EST
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1/8 NHL Lineup
Sidney Crosby ($9,400)
Sidney Crosby and the Penguins have had plenty of time off and will take the ice tonight for the first time since New Year’s Eve. The Pittsburgh captain failed to find the scoresheet in the last game of 2016 but managed five shots on goal and eight fantasy points. Before that, he was on a six-game point streak with goals in five straight contests. He is first in the league in goals with 26 and tied for third in points (42). Crosby plays on Pittsburgh’s top line and top power-play unit. He scored two goals and finished with 29.3 fantasy points when these teams met on Dec. 10.
Mikko Koivu ($5,700)
Mikko Koivu has points in four straight games, including three goals and four assists. He has five goals and 13 points in his past 10 games. Koivu plays on Minnesota’s second line and second power-play unit.
My Next Pick
Eric Staal ($6,600): Eric Staal continues to play consistent hockey. He has two goals and four points in his past two games and has six goals and 14 points in his past 10 games. Staal plays on Minnesota’s top line and top power-play unit.
Also Consider: Evgeni Malkin ($8,800), Alexander Wennberg ($6,600), Victor Rask ($5,700), Mike Fisher ($4,900)
Phil Kessel ($7,400)
Phil Kessel has 38 points in 38 games this season. He skates on Pittsburgh’s second line and first power-play unit and has points in his past four games and in five out of his past six games going back to the end of 2016. Kessel has two goals and seven points in his past six games but always has a very high ceiling, especially playing on a line with Evgeni Malkin and playing on the Penguins’ dangerous top man-advantage unit. He has averaged 14.2 fantasy points per game this season. Having him in the lineup along with Crosby gives you exposure to both of Pittsburgh’s high-powered top two lines.
Nick Foligno ($6,700)
Nick Foligno has had a great season, scoring 34 points in 36 games and averaging 14 fantasy points per game. He tallied an assist in last night’s loss to the Rangers and has points in eight out of his past ten games. Specifically, he has three goals and 12 points in his past 10 games. Foligno plays on Columbus’ first line and first power-play unit. He had two goals and four points in three games against the Flyers last season.
Scott Hartnell ($4,900)
Scott Hartnell has a respectable 24 points in 38 games this season. However, he has had very strong numbers against the Flyers since being traded to the Blue Jackets, including one goal and five points in four games against Philly last season and one goal and four points in five games against the Flyers the year before; that’s a total of nine points in nine games. A point-per-game pace is solid value for a winger at only $4,900. Hartnell is coming off a game in which he scored a goal and an assist and finished with 21.6 fantasy points.
Kevin Fiala ($3,900)
Kevin Fiala is skating on Nashville’s top line with Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg; he also plays on the Predators’ first power-play unit. Fiala registered eight shots on goal against Chicago on Dec. 29, finishing the game with 14.4 fantasy points. He’s a great value option in tonight’s contests, especially given how solid Johansen and Forsberg have been in recent games.
My Next Pick
David Backes ($5,600): David Backes scored in his return to the Bruins’ lineup last night, finishing the game with 16.8 fantasy points. He scored a goal and earned 16.8 fantasy points against the Hurricanes earlier this season and registered seven shots on goal when these teams met on Dec. 23.
Also Consider: Nikita Kucherov ($7,900), Artemi Panarin ($7,800), Cam Atkinson ($7,200), Jake Voracek ($7,100), Filip Forsberg ($6,900), Jeff Skinner ($6,700), Leon Draisaitl ($6,600), Jonathan Drouin ($6,300), Ondrej Palat ($5,600), Conor Sheary ($5,300), Sam Gagner ($5,100), Sebastian Aho ($5,100)
Jaccob Slavin ($4,400)
Jaccob Slavin will have a reduced role now that Justin Faulk has returned to the Carolina lineup, but he has provided excellent value and is still a solid mid-range value option. He plays on Carolina’s second power-play unit and has three points in his past five games.
Michal Kempny ($3,500)
Michal Kempny continues to be a value play of choice in this lineup. Though his three-game point streak was snapped against Carolina the other night, he still managed 6.4 fantasy points and has potential to have another solid outing tonight against Nashville.
My Next Pick
Duncan Keith ($6,500): Duncan Keith has points in three straight games and in nine out of his past 11 games, including one goal and nine assists. He plays on Chicago’s top power-play unit.
Also Consider: Erik Karlsson ($7,400), Kris Letang ($7,100), Victor Hedman ($7,000), Torey Krug ($6,100), Justin Schultz ($6,000), Justin Faulk ($5,800), Zach Werenski ($5,500), Radko Gudas ($4,300), Trevor Daley ($4,200), Jonas Brodin ($3,900), Ian Cole ($3,800)
Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,700)
It’s unclear if Marc-Andre Fleury will definitely get the start today, but since Matt Murray is still listed as day-to-day, it’s looking fairly likely. Fleury won his past four games before the end of 2016, averaging 26 fantasy points per game in those four starts. The Penguins take on the Lightning in the team’s first action of the new year. Tampa Bay played yesterday, losing 4-2 to Philadelphia; it’s unclear if Andrei Vasilevskiy will start back-to-back or if third-string goalie Kristers Gudlevskis will get the call for Tampa. Either way, the Penguins are more than well-rested and should have a strong performance tonight.
My Next Pick
Sergei Bobrovsky ($9,500): As evidenced by the rest of this lineup, I believe the Blue Jackets will beat the Philadelphia Flyers tonight. Columbus has now lost two games in a row after winning 16 straight, and the Flyers might be the perfect opponent to get back in the win column. Bobrovsky is 5-1 in his career against Philadelphia, and Steve Mason has struggled mightily in recent games; he is 3-3-3 in nine career starts against the Jackets. Mason will face increased pressure in Columbus, which should improve the Blue Jackets’ chances of getting on the board early and often. Bob should have a strong game.
Also Consider: Devan Dubnyk ($9,500), Cam Ward ($8,400)
- C1: Sidney Crosby ($9,400)
- C2: Mikko Koivu ($5,700)
- W1: Phil Kessel ($7,400)
- W2: Nick Foligno ($6,700)
- W3: Scott Hartnell ($4,900)
- W4: Kevin Fiala ($3,900)
- D1: Jaccob Slavin ($4,400)
- D2: Michal Kempny ($3,500)
- G1: Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,700)
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