It’s a quiet, three-game night in the NHL on Wednesday. Boston and Vancouver as sizeable home-ice favorites, whereas Calgary is receiving chalk in Los Angeles. Chicago is the only team playing a back-to-back set. It’s a shallow player pool to select from, and admittedly, these recommendations lean heavily to the favorites.
TOP OPTIONS TO CONSIDER
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Top Line Stacks
Flames at KingsJohnny Gaudreau ($6,800) – Sean Monahan ($5,400) – Elias Lindholm ($5,600)
Calgary has reunited Monahan, Gaudreau and Lindholm at even strength and the trio has clicked for a goal and six assists through the past two games. They recorded 5.86 goals per 60 minutes over the past two seasons, and Los Angeles isn’t a scary matchup with 3.18 goals against per hour and a 28th-ranked 74.8 penalty-kill percentage.
Bruins vs. CanadiensBrad Marchand ($7,600) – Patrice Bergeron ($8,000) – David Pastrnak ($8,500)
Those looking to spend up can turn to Boston’s No. 1 line. Bergeron, Marchand and Pastrnak have combined for an elite 6.83 goals per hour while driving possession with a 59.0 Corsi For percentage over the past three years. Just note the hefty salaries, and Carey Price enters with an active .947 save percentage and 1.71 GAA through his past 11 starts.
Superstars to Build AroundElias Pettersson, VAN vs. CHI ($7,200) – With Chicago in the noted tough schedule spot and allowing the second-most expected goals per hour in the league, Pettersson stands out as a lineup building block. He’s recorded 13 points — four goals — through his past 14 outings and has 16 multi-point showings for the campaign, after all.
Value on OffenseTyler Toffoli, LA vs. CGY ($4,900) – The high-volume shooter has two goals and a 4.3 shooting percentage through his past 11 contests. Toffoli is skating in a top offensive role and has statistical correction ahead in the goal column, so he’s a worthwhile target, especially in a contrarian lineup.
Jake Virtanen, VAN vs. CHI ($4,300) – Monday’s goal snapped a five-game point drought for Virtanen, as the 2014 first-round pick is cementing a top-six role. He’s in the midst of a breakout campaign with 16 tallies and 16 helpers through 57 games, which includes 17 points through the past 25 contests. Chicago shouldn’t prove to be a daunting opponent Wednesday, either.
Kirby Dach, CHI at VAN ($3,100) – The rookie has been skating with Patrick Kane ($7,900) at even strength of late and has collected a goal, five assists and 15 shots while averaging 16:42 of ice time (3:25 with the man advantage) through the past seven games. He checks out as an upside source of cap relief.
Stud GoaliesJacob Markstrom, VAN vs. CHI ($8,000) – Chicago has lost four consecutive games, including a road contest in Edmonton on Tuesday, so this should prove to be a soft matchup for Markstrom and the Canucks. Vancouver owns an active 15-6-1 record dating back to mid-December, and Markstrom is coming off a 36-save win that improved him to 11-6-2 with a .923 save percentage and 2.57 GAA on home ice this year.
David Rittich, CGY at LA ($7,70) – The Kings have scored just 1.58 goals per game at 5-on-5 this season, so Rittich and the Flames should be able to shut down the Los Angeles offense Wednesday. The 27-year-old netminder has also won consecutive games with a .937 save percentage.
Value on DefenseErik Gustafsson, CHI at VAN ($3,900) – After a breakout 2018-19 campaign, Gustafsson struggled to start this year. He appears to be finding his game, though. The 27-year-old defenseman has returned to the No. 1 power-play unit of late and recorded a respectable seven points, 12 shots and eight blocks through his past eight outings.
Rasmus Andersson, CGY at LA ($3,500) – Projected to quarterback the top power-play unit Wednesday, Andersson is a cost-effective addition to a Calgary stack. He recorded an assist with the man advantage on Monday to climb to two points and eight shots through his past three outings.
Power-Play DefensemanTorey Krug, BOS vs. MON ($5,900) – Pacing all regular NHL defensemen in points per 60 minutes over the past three years, Krug’s a go-to target Wednesday. He’s in solid current form with three goals, five assists, 22 shots and seven blocks through the past eight games, and there’s nothing scary about Montreal’s 79.5 penalty-kill percentage, either.
Quinn Hughes, VAN vs. CHI ($5,300) – Another high-end scorer from the blue line, Hughes ranks seventh in points per 60 minutes (2.18) among regular defensemen this season, and he’s racked up four tallies and eight helpers over the past 10 games. As noted, the matchup is also cushy.
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