It’s a nine-game slate to start the week with a mix of inter-conference games and some Eastern and Western Conference match-ups. The Golden Knights visit Dallas in a showdown of two of the West’s more solid teams, while the Sabres visit Tampa Bay in the East. This slate doesn’t have a ton of games with high projected goal totals, as only the Wild at Rangers and Sabres at Lightning have totals over 6.0 (as of the time of writing). Getting a little contrarian may be worthwhile as a result tonight.
Top Line Stacks
MIN at NYR
Eric Staal ($5,000) – Mats Zuccarello ($4,000) – Jason Zucker ($4,300)
The Wild have a terrific match-up against the Rangers, who come in sporting some pretty terrible defensive numbers. New York has allowed the second-most shots against thus far and also sport the third-worst GAA average and fifth-worst penalty kill in the league. The young team is coming off an emotional win Saturday, where they made a huge comeback to capture a 6-5 victory against Montreal, but could be emotionally spent for tonight. The Wild have scored three or more goals in nine of their past 10 games and this line has produced a tidy 11 points between them in their past three games. Staal, Zucker and former Ranger Zuccerello skate together at even strength and on the power play and have produced more goals than any other trio for the Wild. They’re a great value stack on what could be a low scoring slate.
PIT vs. CAL
Evgeni Malkin ($7,500) – Jake Guentzel ($7,500) – Bryan Rust ($6,800)
The Penguins take on the Flames tonight, who have allowed three or more goals in five of their past six games and sit just 18th in GAA on the season (after being second in the league in this stat in 2018-19). Both Flames goalies have struggled on the road this year with likely starter David Rittich ($7,000) sporting a 3.13 GAA in road games. This is all good news for the Penguins, whose top line has become a serious fantasy force over the past couple of weeks, with the newly formed top line of Malkin-Guentzel-Rust producing 19 points over their past four games. On a slate thin with big lines to begin with, paying up for the proven production here makes a lot of sense as there’s good value and injury situations to take advantage of in other places.
Superstar to Target
Jack Eichel ($7,300), BUF at TBL– Despite recording seven points and four goals in his past four games, Eichel comes into tonight’s game with the Lightning at a pretty depressed price point. The Sabres’ stud is priced under $7,500 for only the third time in his past 10 games, yet has a solid matchup on paper against the Lightning. Tampa Bay still sits as a bottom-15 team in both GAA and penalty-kill percentage and have also allowed the fourth-most shots against per game in the league this year. Eichel’s stats meanwhile make him a clear bargain here, as he’s averaging well over a point per game and is 12th in the league in SOG per game, at 3.6. Despite averaging more DKFP per game than players like Tyler Seguin ($7,500), Evgeni Malkin ($7,500) and Max Pacioretty ($7,800), Eichel remains the cheaper than all of them and looks like solid value in the upper tier tonight.
Value on Offense
Anthony Cirelli ($3,900), TBL vs. BUF – Cirelli has moved into a second line center role for the Lightning and it has really paid off for his production. Skating alongside Alex Killorn ($4,200), the 22-year-old has now scored goals in four straight games and has averaged over 17 mins of ice time over that span as well. With Steven Stamkos ($7,900) still day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, it’s likely the Lightning will remain reliant on Cirelli to play big minutes for the foreseeable future. They have a solid match-up against Buffalo who’s coming in on the second-leg of a back-to-back.
Rob Thomas ($3,100), STL at NAS – The Blues are playing a lot of young forwards at the moment and Thomas has seen some increased ice time of late with Vladimir Tarasenko out. The 20-year-old has racked up four assists in his past three games and has been seeing consistent power play minutes as well, albeit mainly with the second unit. Still, the matchup tonight suggests that the Blues’ tertiary forwards may be good value options as the Predators enter with the worst penalty kill percentage in the league and the ninth-worst GAA. Thomas is a solid cheap flyer for GPP lineups if you need extreme value at forward.
Alex Stalock ($7,300), MIN at NYR – Both the Wild and the Rangers have been terrible defensively at points this year, but the Wild have looked stronger in recent weeks, recording four wins in their past seven games. Stalock is getting some run for the Wild and has looked good in spots, recording wins in three of his past five starts while boasting a .917 save percentage over his past three games. The Rangers are coming in off an emotional win against the Canadians on Saturday and could be in a let-down spot in what is essentially a pick’em game on the puckline at the moment. Stalock’s a nice GPP target for Monday.
Jordan Binnington ($7,600), STL at NAS – The Blues enter tonight’s game with the Predators as small underdogs, yet in a potentially great spot for a big game from their starting goalie. Binnington has been solid this year, posting save percentages of over .900 in all but one of his past nine starts. The Blues are actually coming off a 4-2 home loss to the Predators, with Binnington taking the loss, but not before he stopped 39 of 42 shots faced and posted a very decent 19.8 DKFP on the night. Averaging just under 17 DKFP per game this year and facing one of the highest shot-volume teams in the league, the upside here tonight looks great for a young goalie who comes in well under $8K in price.
Value on Defense
Ryan Suter ($3,800), MIN at NYR – Suter may not quite be the workhorse he was a couple of years ago, but he’s still playing pretty big minutes for the Wild, averaging 25 per game. He comes in on a bit of a hot streak too, as the Wild have now scored at least three goals in nine of their past 10 games and are in a great spot tonight against the Rangers, who allow the second-most shots against per game and have the fifth-worst power-play in the league. Suter’s recorded five assists in his last three games and is still averaging over three mins of power play time per game, giving him some pretty solid upside tonight at under $4K in price.
Alex Pietrangelo ($6,100), STL at NAS – The matchup tonight means it could be a great time to deploy Pietrangelo in your lineups. The Blues’ blue-liner isn’t quite on the level of the most high-end studs on defense but he’s still a solid all-around contributor who has hit 10 or more DKFP in five of his past 10 games and is averaging 2.7 SOG per game. The Blues take on the Predators tonight who have been woeful defensively this year, ranking dead last in penalty kill percentage and sport the ninth-worst GAA in the league. Averaging 2:45 of power play time per game, this is a great spot for the veteran to get on the scoresheet and deliver a big night for fantasy purposes.
Miro Heiskanen ($5,300), DAL vs. VGK – At this point I’m not sure if I’ll ever write another daily NHL preview without Heiskanen in it. The Stars defenseman has been on a massive tear since getting promoted up to main power play duties and is now averaging 2.6 SOG per game and 1.6 blocked shots per game. Unafraid to shoot the puck, the 20-year-old is handling big minutes having only played less than 25 minutes in a game just three times in his past 10 starts. Averaging nearly two minutes of power play time per night and having hit four or more SOG in four of his past seven games, he’s a steal at just $5,300.
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