It’s a busy day on the frozen pond tonight, as twenty teams hit the ice. On paper, there are several heavy mismatches to exploit and the night is capped off by a potential Stanley Cup Finals preview out in the Staples Center. It’s a busy time of year for Daily Fantasy Sports, so let’s get straight to the picks.

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard – Detroit Red Wings – The Red Wings enter tonight’s game having won six of their last seven games and will welcome a Florida team to “The Joe” who’s averaging just 2.09 goals per game this season. Howard was fantastic against them in both starts last season and owns an 8-2-2 record on home ice this season. While there may be several other quality options in net tonight, Howard’s $6,900 price-tag makes him my favorite cash game option on DraftKings.

Karri Ramo – Calgary Flames – Ramo may be better served as a GPP pick, but don’t sleep on him as he’s been extremely impressive this season. Through ten starts he owns a 6-2-1 record and sports a 2.28 GAA and .919 SV%. He’s won each of his last four starts and enters tonight’s game having not allowed a goal in nearly 130 minutes of playing time. He shut the Coyotes out when they met on Saturday in Phoenix and looks poised for another strong start as the scene shifts to Alberta tonight.

Others: Jaroslav Halak, Marc-Andre Fleury, Ben Bishop

Centers

Pavel Datsyuk – Detroit Red Wings – After missing over a week due to a nagging groin injury, Datsyuk has returned to the lineup in style, picking up four goals in his first three games since returning. He torched Florida last season, scoring one goal and adding three assists in their three meetings. He’s playing big minutes as the center of Detroit’s top forward line and is a dangerous weapon on their #1 power-play unit as well. At just $5,100, he’ll be a hard player for me to fade this evening.

Logan Couture – San Jose Sharks – San Jose finally snapped their four game losing streak on Saturday, defeating Anaheim 6-4 thanks to a pair of goals from Logan Couture. Couture has now tallied six goals and added three assists in nine games at the Shark Tank this season and has posted three goals and two assists over the last five games.  His ten power-play points thus far ranks him second on the team and he should have an abundance of chances tonight against a Philly team who owns the league’s worst penalty kill (73.7%)

Others: Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, Henrik Zetterberg, Tyler Johnson, Jason Spezza, Tyler Bozak, John Tavares, Evgeni Malkin

Value: Mike Ribeiro, Nick Spalding, Henrik Sedin, Valtteri Filppula, Marcus Granlund, Anze Kopitar

Forwards

Jiri Hudler – Calgary Flames – Hudler continued his scorching play against this Arizona team on Saturday, lighting the lamp and adding a pair of assists in Calgary’s 3-0 victory. He’s now scored at least one goal in four straight games and has amassed eight goals and five assists over the last eleven games. He’s logged well over 20 minutes of ice-time in three straight games and is teaming up with the very talented Johnny Gaudreau to create a very dangerous second scoring line. While is price is on the rise, he still looks to be underpriced at $5,700.

Ryan Callahan – Tampa Bay Lightning – As Ryan Callahan goes, so do the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa owns a 13-7 record when Callahan has dressed and he’s posted eleven goals and added ten assists in those 13 wins, but has been held off the scoresheet entirely in each of the seven losses. The Lightning will head to Buffalo to take on a Buffalo team who, despite some recent success, is still the worst team in the NHL by Fenwick/Corsi standards. Callahan posted eight goals and eight assists in 13 games during the month of November and offers relatively inexpensive exposure to Steven Stamkos. The Lightning own the best record in the NHL for a reason and should be able to over-match the Sabres tonight.

Others: Phil Kessel, Patric Hornqvist, Patrick Marleau, Chris Kunitz, James Neal, Gustav Nyquist, Kyle Okposo

Value: Blake Comeau, Tom Wilson, Justin Abdelkader, Ondrej Palat, Ty McGinn, David Pastrnak, David Jones, Josh Bailey

Defenseman

Victor Hedman – Tampa Bay Lightning – After missing over a month with a broken finger, the Tampa Bay Lightning were very happy to welcome Victor Hedman back over the weekend. He logged over 24 minutes of ice-time last night and quickly got back into his groove by collecting three assists. Granted it’s a small sample size but with three goals and seven assists in seven games this season a healthy Hedman looks poised to surpass last season’s breakout totals of 13 goals and 42 assists. He won’t come cheap tonight, but the matchup is terrific and he’s my top option on the blue-line.

Cody Franson – Toronto Maple Leafs – Franson just wrapped up the best month of his young hockey career as he posted three goals and nine assists in 13 games during November. He’s logging well over 20 minutes of ice-time per game thus far this season and sees a healthy dose of playing time on the point of the Maple Leaf’s second power-play unit. Tonight he’ll take on a Dallas team who enter the game having allowed the most goals per game in the NHL (3.50) and who are killing off just 78.6% of their penalties. Franson lit the lamp on the power-play in Toronto’s last game and, while he may not be the flashiest player on the ice, the results speak for themselves.

Others: Shea Weber, Erik Karlsson, Mark Giordano, Roman Josi, Niklas Kronwall, Olli Maatta

Value: Paul Martin, Nick Leddy, Seth Jones, John Klingberg

 

Best of luck tonight!

JMBWngFn (@JBritt2 on Twitter)