There are only four games on tonight’s slate. Today’s lineup features Jiri Hudler of the Dallas Stars, who is slated to play on Dallas’ top line with Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza.
Hudler could strike on Stars’ top line
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Florida @ New Jersey – 7:00pm EST
Washington @ Montreal – 7:30pm EST
Calgary @ Winnipeg – 8:00pm EST
Dallas @ Los Angeles – 10:30pm EST
FLA: Roberto Luongo (confirmed) vs. NJD: Cory Schneider (confirmed)
WSH: Braden Holtby (confirmed) vs. MTL: Carey Price (confirmed)
CGY: Chad Johnson (confirmed) vs. WPG: Connor Hellebuyck (confirmed)
DAL: Kari Lehtonen (LIKELY) vs. LAK: Peter Budaj (LIKELY)
1/9 NHL Lineup
Jeff Carter ($7,600)
Jeff Carter has six points in his past three games and 12 points in his past eight games. He has 22 goals this season and is averaging 15.1 fantasy points per game. Carter plays on the Kings’ second line and first power-play unit.
Mikael Backlund ($6,100)
Mikael Backlund saw his six-game point streak snapped in his most recent game but has been stellar offensively in his last 12 games. In fact, he has eight goals and 15 points in his past 12 games, including a three-point effort against Winnipeg on Dec. 10. He plays on the Flames’ second line and second power-play unit. Both of his linemates, Matthew Tkachuk ($5,300) and Michael Frolik ($4,900), are good options in tonight’s contests.
My Next Pick
Phillip Danault ($4,400)/Michacel McCarron ($3,000): It’s unclear exactly which player will be centering Montreal’s top line. Philipp Danault has been playing with Max Pacioretty and Alexander Radulov on the team’s top line, but according to LeftWingLock’s line combinations from today’s morning skate, it’s possible McCarron will move up to that spot. Danault has three points in his past two games and five points in his past five games; McCarron is coming off a game in which he scored a goal and earned 15.2 fantasy points. Either player would be a great value option today, especially with such a small slate. Though it’s more likely that Danault will keep his position on that top line, it’s something to monitor in case coach Michel Therrien really has changed up the lines. Either way, if you can get a top-line forward for $3,000-$4,500, it’s basically a freebie.
Also Consider: Tyler Seguin ($8,700), Mark Scheifele ($7,600), Vincent Trocheck ($6,300), Bryan Little ($5,800)
Max Pacioretty ($7,500)
Max Pacioretty has been on fire lately. He has four goals in his past three games and has averaged 24.4 fantasy points per game over his last five contests. He’ll have a tough test tonight against Braden Holtby and the Capitals, but he and Alexander Radulov (also in today’s lineup) have been two of the hottest fantasy options in recent games. Patches is averaging 14.6 fantasy points per game this season; he skates on Montreal’s top line and top power-play unit.
Alexander Radulov ($6,200)
Alexander Radulov has points in six straight games, including four goals and eight points. He has averaged just under 20 fantasy points per game over his past six contests. Radulov has 31 points in 38 games this season; he plays on Montreal’s top line and top power-play unit.
Nikolaj Ehlers ($6,600)
Nikolaj Ehlers has goals in four straight games, scoring five goals and six points in his past four contests. He has seven goals and ten points in his past seven games and scored a goal against Calgary when these teams met on Dec. 10. Ehlers has averaged 19.6 fantasy points per game over his last nine contests and 21.1 fantasy points over his past four contests. He has registered more than 30 fantasy points three times in his last nine games and has earned more than 15 fantasy points in six out of his last nine games. Ehlers plays on Winnipeg’s top line with Mark Scheifele; since Patrik Laine is out with a concussion, the line won’t be quite as lethal as it has been. That being said, Ehlers should continue to produce. Drew Stafford ($3,800) skated in Laine’s spot during today’s morning skate. Ehlers plays on Winnipeg’s first power-play unit.
Jiri Hudler ($4,100)
Jiri Hudler has had a terrible season. Statistically, he has two points in 15 games. However, he skated on Dallas’ top line with Jason Spezza and Tyler Seguin during today’s morning skate, which improves his fantasy value and his chances to produce exponentially. Both Seguin and Spezza have been rock solid, and while Hudler is very much a risky play, he’s still a decent value option that could come up with a strong fantasy performance.
My Next Pick
Matthew Tkachuk ($5,300): Matthew Tkachuk has points in nine straight games, including one goal and nine assists. He has been as steady as they come, even if he doesn’t always have a huge fantasy night. Tkachuk skates on Calgary’s second line and second power-play unit with Mikael Backlund, who is in today’s lineup, and Michael Frolik ($4,900), who is also worth consideration.
Also Consider: Blake Wheeler ($7,100), Jason Spezza ($6,600), Jaromir Jagr ($5,800), Justin Williams ($5,700), Tanner Pearson ($5,400), Michael Frolik ($4,900), Drew Stafford ($3,800)
Jacob Trouba ($4,900)
Jacob Trouba has seven points in his past six games, including one goal and six assists. He scored a goal against Calgary on Dec. 10 and finished the game with 18.4 fantasy points. Trouba skates on Winnipeg’s top power-play unit.
Nathan Beaulieu ($3,800)
Nathan Beaulieu has points in three straight games, picking up a goal and five points in that stretch. He has averaged 23.7 fantasy points per game in his past three games. Beaulieu plays on Montreal’s first power-play unit and offers tremendous value for a very reasonable price.
My Next Pick
John Klingberg ($5,600): Klingberg has had an up-and-down season but has put together two consecutive strong fantasy performances, scoring a goal and an assist in each of his past two contests and averaging 24.5 fantasy points in those two games. He tallied an assist and finished with 17.6 fantasy points against the Kings on Dec. 23.
Also Consider: Mark Giordano ($6,400), John Carlson ($6,300), Jeff Petry ($5,500)
Chad Johnson ($8,000)
Chad Johnson has seen his starter’s role turn back into a backup role as Brian Elliott has been red-hot in recent games. However, Johnson has strong numbers this season despite a few rough games against top competitors. He has averaged 20.8 fantasy points per game this season. Significantly, he is coming off a strong win against the Canucks in which he made 28 saves on 29 shots en route to a 30.4-point fantasy performance. Also, he beat the Winnipeg Jets on Dec. 10, finishing the game with 24.8 fantasy points.
My Next Pick
Peter Budaj ($8,500): Peter Budaj has exceeded all expectations the Kings could have had for him as he has stepped in for Jonathan Quick. He has 18 wins on the season, including wins in his past three games. The Stars defeated the Kings on Dec. 23, but Jeff Zatkoff manned the crease in the losing effort. Budaj doesn’t always finish with huge fantasy numbers since the Kings often limit opponents to low shot totals. However, he has won three in a row and the Kings are favorites tonight against Dallas.
Also Consider: Cory Schneider ($8,700)
- C1: Jeff Carter ($7,600)
- C2: Mikael Backlund ($6,100)
- W1: Max Pacioretty ($7,500)
- W2: Alexander Radulov ($6,200)
- W3: Nikolaj Ehlers ($6,600)
- W4: Jiri Hudler ($4,100)
- D1: Jacob Trouba ($4,900)
- D2: Nathan Beaulieu ($3,800)
- G1: Chad Johnson ($8,000)
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