It’s a five-game slate for Friday with four Eastern conference matchups on the slate. Boston travels to Toronto in a premier matchup. The Bruins have a ton of injuries at the moment, so make sure you check the lines and injury reports before rostering their players. Also in action are the Penguins, who will be without Sidney Crosby. They’re taking on the Canadians in Montreal. The only Western Conference team in action are the Blues, who travel to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets.
Top Line Stacks
MTL at WAS
Phillip Danault ($4,900) – Brendan Gallagher ($7,100) – Tomas Tatar ($5,400)
The Canadians come into this game seventh in goals scored on the season. Their top line has been strong and enters this game 11th overall in terms of goals scored by a specific line. The Canadians may enter this game as (+150) underdogs, but they have scored three or more goals in six of their last eight games. Brendan Gallagher comes into this game 14th overall in shots on goal, while linemate Tomas Tatar looks like tremendous value given he’s averaging just under three SOG per game and scoring at just under a point-per-game pace. Washington is league average in terms of goals allowed and the discount here on a strong first line is a good one to take advantage of tonight.
STL at CLB
Brayden Schenn ($5,700) – Robert Thomas ($3,200) – Jaden Schwartz ($5,200)
The Blues travel to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets, who sport the 11th-worst penalty kill in the league and allow the eighth-most goals against per game in the league. For that reason, the Blues top-line forwards are still worth targeting here, despite being down Vladimir Tarasenko. Robert Thomas has replaced Tarasenko on the top line for now and he’s averaged well over 16 mins of ice time over his last three games, and he is also seeing consistent minutes on the second-team power play. His main value lies in the fact he’ll be skating with Schenn and Schwartz, though, who both average over two SOG per game, have seven points between them over their last four starts, making themn solid value targets given the matchup and their sub-$6K price tags.
Superstar to Target
Evgeni Malkin ($6,800), PIT at NJD– With Sidney Crosby banged up, you can expect the Penguins to do what they’ve done in the past when in this situation and rely heavily on Evgeni Malkin. Despite a slow start to the year which involved a stint on IR, Malkin has come on of late, scoring six times in his last four games, while seeing over 18 mins in his last two starts. We can expect the ice time to continue to rise as Crosby stays out, and he’s got a fantastic matchup to take advantage of here as the Penguins take on the Devils tonight, who sport the worst GAA in the league and the fifth-worst penalty kill. At under $7K, the Penguins forward looks like a potential must-target here for cash games.
Value on Offense
Danton Heinen ($3,800), BOS at TOR– Heinen has taken on an advanced role for Boston given all the injuries the team is currently suffering through, making him a nice value target at under $4K. He’s averaged over 18 minutes of ice in his last two games and has been taking a regular spot on the Bruins vaunted power-play. His role on the second line alongside David Krejci ($4,800) also offers some stacking appeal against the Leafs who sport the ninth-worst GAA in the entire league.
Nick Bjugstad ($3,700), PIT at NJD – Without Sidney Crosby in the lineup the Penguins have been forced to turn more to Bjugstad of late, who himself is just returning from injury. Despite some rust, Bjugstad is playing a vital role for Pittsburgh at the moment, anchoring its second line and even taking regular shifts on their first-line power play. While he’s not the highest volume shooter, it’s interesting to note he has landed four or more shots twice now in his first nine games back. In a great matchup against the Devils, there’s no reason to think he can’t bust out here for a decent game.
Carter Hart ($8,000), PHI at OTT– Hart comes into this game on a tear, having stopped 116 of the last 122 shots he’s faced. The Flyers had won four straight games before an OT loss to the Capitals, in which Hart stopped 35 of 36 shots. Tonight offers a great bounce-back spot though as the Flyers are decent (-140) road favorites against the Senators, who have the ninth-worst goals per game average in the league. Hart looks like a solid pay-up candidate here for cash game purposes and, given his level of play of late, should offer an extremely high floor against the weak offense of the Senators.
Carey Price ($7,400), MTL at WAS– Price has played well over the last couple of games, posting wins in each of his last two starts, with save percentages above .930 in both games. The 2015 Hart trophy winner can be hard to beat when he’s in this kind of form and even in a tough matchup against the Capitals, he looks like a nice fantasy target tonight at under $7.5K. The Canadians allow the 10th-most shots against in the league, while the Capitals average over 31 a game themselves. This has the potential for a big night in GPPs for Price as he should have a great shot at reaching the DK save bonus and would be a potential GPP-winning play if the Canadians get the win, as well.
Value on Defense
Matt Grzelcyk ($3,700), BOS at TOR– The Bruins will be without power-play specialist Torey Krug for this game, opening up big power-play minutes for Grzelcyk. The 25-year-old played over 23 minutes in his last game and played over 90% of the Bruins man-advantage minutes in their last game. If you’re paying down for Grzelcyk here, you’re not only getting the point-man for the league’s third-best power-play at under 4k in price, but you’re also getting him in a fantastic match-up against the Leafs who sport the ninth-worst penalty-kill in the league. If Krug remains out there’s little doubt that Grzelcyk’s price will come up soon, so taking advantage of this lower price-point makes a ton of sense tonight.
Morgan Rielly ($5,900), TOR vs. BOS– This will be only the second time in the last 10-games that Rielly’s price has fallen below $6K and it’s definitely something you can take advantage of on this small five-game slate. Reilly is second on the Leafs in power-play minutes per game, trailing only Auston Matthews ($7,800) in that regard, and sits seventh in the league among defensemen in terms of SOG. Toronto is facing the Bruins tonight who have a ton of injuries throughout their lineup and make for a much better opponent than usual given their lack of manpower. Despite not scoring in eight straight games, Rielly has met or exceeded the DK SOG bonus in three of his last four starts, and he could be in line here for a big night against the ailing Bruins.
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