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.
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