We have an interesting six-game slate set up for this Wednesday as the NHL trade deadline is just around the corner and each night brings the possibility of more player movement. From an injury perspective, there are lots to keep an eye on, too. The Oilers will be without two of their best players tonight as both Conner McDavid and Oscar Klefbom are out for tonight’s game vs. Boston. The Rangers Tommy DeAngelo is listed as questionable for tonight’s game at Chicago, as is goalie Igor Shesterkin. These are two big names to keep an eye on as their absences could open an opportunity up for other players. You’ll want to keep an eye on Rangers news up till lock.
GOALIES TO CONSIDER
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Top Line Stacks
Rangers at BlackhawksMika Zibanejad ($7,600) – Chris Kreider ($6,100) – Pavel Buchnevich ($4,800)
The matchup between the Rangers and the Blackhawks seems destined to create some fantasy fireworks tonight, as these two teams sit last and second-last in terms of shots allowed per game. This should be great news for the New York top-line tonight as the trio come in having scored eight goals between them in their last four games. Centre Mika Zibanejad is still playing heavy minutes for the Rangers and been super consistent from a fantasy perspective, with 13 points scored now in his last 10 games. The real upside could come from his wingers, though, as both Kreider and Buchnevich have taken their turns posting big games of late. Kreider has now posted multiple points in two of his last four games, while Buchnevich has been the most aggressive shot-taker of the three, landing the DK SOG bonus twice now over his last three starts. This line is aggressive, sees tons of ice together and should be in a great spot to post some big fantasy numbers considering how many scoring opportunities their opponent gives up each night.
Superstar to TargetNathan MacKinnon ($8,500), COL vs. NYI – The Avalanche are coming into tonight’s game off of two straight home losses, the most recent of which was a close 4-3 loss to the Lightning. Despite the losses, Nathan MacKinnon has shown signs of busting out of his slump recently, as he recorded his first goal in four games in the game against Tampa. MacKinnon’s scoring has slowed down a touch in the second half of the year, but he’s shown up more in the peripheral stats of late, recording 19 SOG now in his last three games. MacKinnon also possesses great home splits for fantasy purposes as he’s averaged a stellar 21.2 DKFP in home games this year vs. just 15.5 on the road. The Islanders have not played well of late and come in as losers of three straight and have allowed an average of 37.5 SOG over their last two games. This feels like a get right spot for Colorado and MacKinnon, who seems destined for a big breakout game soon.
Value on OffenseBrandon Saad ($4,600), CHI vs. NYR – As mentioned above, the Rangers and Blackhawks tonight is a great game to target given the number of shots on goal each team cedes on a nightly basis. Saad has been playing on a line with Patrick Kane ($8,100) of late and has also been moved up to the top power-play unit. While he can be a boom-or-bust prospect given his lack of play-making ability, Saad comes in with six goals now over his last 10 games and firmly entrenched in a major offensive role. With the Rangers dealing with injuries in net and featuring just an average penalty-kill, he makes for a nice value and a good stacking target if you’re paying up for Kane tonight.
Corey Perry ($3,500), DAL vs. ARZ – Perry has seen an uptick in usage of late for the Stars and comes into tonight having played over 15 minutes in five straight games. The Stars may be without Alexander Radulov (questionable) tonight which may mean even more minutes for Perry and possibly some power-play exposure, as well. The Coyotes aren’t the greatest matchup but Perry’s sub-$4K salary provides great roster flexibility and he can even be seen as a contrarian stacking target with Tyler Seguin ($7,000), whom he’s been playing beside at even strength.
Stud GoaliesTuukka Rask ($7,800), BOS at EDM – Rask will be taking on an Edmonton team who will be without their best offensive player in Conner McDavid and also missing their power-play QB in Oscar Klefbom. The Boston goalie has now won six of his last seven starts and recorded a save percentage of .935 or better in that same span of games, as well. Considering the Bruins are solid -190 favorites here, using Rask as your anchor tonight would seem to make a ton of sense, as the Oilers will actually be down up to six starters tonight, and are in a bit of a letdown spot coming in off a long road trip and OT win in their last game.
Igor Shesterkin ($7,300), NYR at CHI – The Rangers goalie position will be one to watch tonight for those wanting a value play in net. Shesterkin (ankle) is questionable to start tonight but he has been brilliant when healthy, posting four straight wins and hitting the DK-save bonus now in his last two starts. If he can’t go, either Henrik Lundqvist ($7,200) or Alexandar Georgiev ($7,000) make for decent targets too, although they haven’t flashed the same consistency or upside. The Blackhawks attempt over 31 SOG per game but are only 19th in the league in goals per game, making them a good matchup for whoever ends up starting for New York here.
Value on DefenseDevon Toews ($3,700), NYI at COL – Toews makes for an interesting contrarian target on defense tonight as his price has slipped under $4K, despite him still seeing regular power-play exposure with the first-unit. The Islanders’ offense has run dry of late, which has really hurt Toews’ fantasy upside, as the team as a whole has only generated one goal now over their last three games. That kind of slump won’t last forever, though, and the team’s power-play has a shot to bounce back tonight against the Avalanche, who are missing some key players upfront and also feature the 12th-worst penalty-kill in the league. Toews is a risky proposition, but at under $4K, he could be a key value play on tonight’s slate if the power-play bounces back tonight.
Power-Play DefensemenQuinn Hughes ($5,300), VAN vs. MIN – With this slate devoid of a ton of elite power-play defenseman, Hughes is likely to be a popular target. He’s averaging just under four minutes of power-play time per game and will be facing off against the Wild, who feature the third-worst penalty-kill in the league. Hughes may be a popular play, but he’s been an extremely consistent producer of late, and comes in with 11 points in his last 10 games and averaging 10.4 DKFP over that same stretch. He’s an obvious cash game target at defense on this smaller slate.
Adam Fox ($4,500), NYR at CHI – The Rangers are dealing with some injuries on the backend as power-play regular Tommy DeAngelo ($4,800) is questionable to suit up for tonight’s game. His absence on Sunday meant good things for Adam Fox’s usage though, as the rookie defenseman saw increased power-play usage and was on the ice for nearly six minutes of power-play time. While his overall fantasy production has slowed a bit over his last 10 games, his increase in opportunity here—assuming DeAngelo sits out again—makes him a solid value play at under $5K, and a great stacking target with some the Rangers’ elite forwards—who again all have a terrific matchup against the Hawks.
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