Auston Matthews

It’s a 10-game slate for the final Thursday in February. The playoffs are closing in and there are several big games around the league with big implications in the standings including Flames at Predators and Maple Leafs at Panthers. Injury-wise the biggest names to keep an eye on tonight are and Mark Giordano (day-to-day, hamstring). It’s also worth noting that defenseman Jake Muzzin is out for multiple weeks for the Leafs and Steven Stamkos has been ruled out for tonight against the Blackhawks. Other big games include Islanders at Blues and Stars at Bruins.

TOP OPTIONS TO CONSIDER


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Top Line Stacks

Flames at Predators

Sean Monahan ($5,900) – Johnny Gaudreau ($6,600) – Elias Lindholm ($5,800)

The Calgary offense has been rolling of late as the Flames enter tonight’s game with the Predators having scored an average of 4.6 goals over their last eight games. Despite that, their first line remains quite affordable with the above trio all coming in under $7K. Gaudreau has been quietly heating up of late, and he comes in averaging 4.0 shots on goal (SOG) over his last 10 games while garnering 11 points over that same span. Monahan has also been heating up recently and has now scored four points over his last two games. The Predators are hanging on in the playoff race but enter this game with flimsy defensive stats and the worst penalty-kill in the league. These three tend to dominate the power-play time for Calgary and definitely have a matchup in which multi-point games are possible for all three. They’re a great upside stack tonight.


Superstar to Target

Auston Matthews ($8,000), TOR at FLA Matthews and the Leafs rebounded nicely in their last game with a big win against the Lightning. While the team’s record has been up and down of late, Matthews has remained a rock of production, and comes into this game with 43 goals now and averaging 4.3 SOG over his last 10 starts. The good news for us tonight is that since he hasn’t recorded a multi-point game in five starts now, his sentiment may be a touch low and his ownership on this large slate could be slightly depressed. This is only the second time in 10 games that his salary has been $8K or less, so you’re getting a great price to use him as your anchor. The Panthers come in allowing the eighth-most SOG per night making this a great matchup for Matthews to break out of his quiet spell.


Value on Offense

Jordan Weal ($2,700), MTL vs. NYR With the Canadiens trading away Ilya Kovalchuk at the deadline, it’s opened up regular playing time for Weal, who has taken advantage of his opportunities of late. Weal’s scored four points over his last four games, since Feb. 15, and produced three SOG and a goal in over 16 minutes of ice time the last time the Canadians played. At this rock bottom price, his usage and recent production make him a steal, especially going up against a Rangers club that allows the second-most SOG per game.

Mikael Granlund ($4,300), NAS vs. CAL As mentioned above, the Calgary offense has been rolling of late but, defensively, it has also been a bit of liability. The Flames have allowed 3.4 goals per game over their last eight starts, a figure well above their season average. The Predators forwards have been a bad group to target for DFS this year but Granlund has been one of their most consistent producers over the past month and looks like solid value at under $4.5K. Coming in averaging 10.3 DKFP over his last 10 starts, he’s a nice value target in a game that has solid shootout potential.


Stud Goalies

Alex Georgiev ($7,300), NYR at MTL With the Rangers dealing with issues in net, Georgiev has gotten another opportunity to gain some starts for New York. The 25-year-old has been good in spots this year and is coming in off a win and 42-save performance in his last outing. The Rangers are small road underdogs tonight in Montreal, but their goalies are almost always decent GPP targets given how many shots they allow as a team (second-most per game in the league). Georgiev makes for a great tournament play here for a Rangers team that has now won eight of their last nine games.

Thatcher Demko ($7,600), VAN at OTT Demko has taken over as the main man in net for the Canucks with a recent injury to Jacob Markstrom. In his first start Demko stopped 37 of 40 SOG for a road win against Montreal and is in a great spot here to pick up the win bonus tonight as well. The Senators are coming off a complete fire sale at the trade deadline and Vancouver comes into tonight as -160 favorites on the money line. Despite his status as a backup for most of the season, Demko makes for a great target here as he’s a heavy favorite yet priced reasonably compared to other elite goalies on this slate.


Value on Defense

Mike Reilly ($3,500), OTT vs. VAN Reilly has been a minute’s hog for the Senators since the trade deadline, as the former Canadien has now averaged over 23 minutes a game over his last three starts. With the team lacking for scoring options upfront, he’s even started to see extra power-play time and injuries have forced him into a heavier role. Averaging just under three SOG per game, he’s also now hit the blocked shot bonus on DK in consecutive games and should continue to be a major part of the rotation for Ottawa as they play out the stretch. As long as his salary remains this low, Reilly should be a great fantasy target given his increased usage, which is seemingly allowing him to produce more in all areas at the moment.


Power-Play Defensemen

Tyson Barrie ($4,900), TOR at FLA Barrie and the Leafs bounced back nicely off their embarrassing loss to Carolina on the weekend, with Barrie producing two power-play assists and 12.4 DKFP in their win against the Lightning. Barrie enters this game with four points now in his last two games yet his price here has actually dropped to its lowest point in his last 10 starts, making it a great buying opportunity against the Panthers, who feature the 10th-worst penalty-kill in the league. Barrie’s price makes him a great stacking target in a game that has a rare 7.0 puck total on the O/U, as of writing.

Damon Severson ($4,700), NJD at SJS The Devils moved out Sami Vatanen at the trade deadline, making Severson their lead horse on the power-play for the moment. Severson has actually been quite good for a while now as he comes into this game averaging 9.8 DKFP per game over his last 10 starts, a figure that is two full points over his seasonal average. Now skating upwards of 25 minutes a night, and showing upward trends in blocked shot and SOG, the under $5K price tag makes him look like a solid value and good stacking target with one of the Devils cheap power-play forwards.


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