This Friday’s slate presents us with a five-gamer with three early starts and two later west coast games. There are some big names to watch on the injury-news front as Hampus Lindholm, Pavle Buchnevich and Andre Burakovsky are all questionable to play tonight. The biggest games of the night include the red-hot Rangers, who are playing on a back-to-back, facing off against rival Philly, while Colorado travels to Carolina for a tough matchup with the Hurricanes.
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Penguins at DucksEvgeni Malkin ($7,200) – Bryan Rust ($6,200) – Patric Hornqvist ($5,500)
The Penguins are coming into tonight’s game off an embarrassing loss to the depleted Kings two nights ago. Despite the poor outing, Pittsburgh has added solid depth to its lineup at the deadline and it’s meant a reunion of their big scoring line in the top six. These players represent three-fifths of the Penguins PP1 and look set to continue playing together as a unit for the time being. Despite the loss against LA, where the team only scored one goal, these three have also combined for 10 points over their last four games. Patrick Hornqvist has been particularly good of late, as he comes in averaging 13.2 DKFP in his last 10 games, two points above his season average. The Ducks have nothing to play for and feature the sixth-worst GAA in the league. This is a fantastic matchup for a line that has produced big games together in the past and looks set to play big minutes together against a weak opponent. They’re a great stacking target in GPPs.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Stone will not play in tonight’s game vs the Sabres.
Value on OffenseAlex Galchenyuk ($3,100), MIN at CLB – Galchenyuk looks like he’s finally starting to break out of his season-long funk. The former first-round draft pick was a huge bust on the Canadiens but looks to be settling into a tertiary role for Minnesota and heads into tonight’s game with the Blue Jackets having landed four assists over his last five games. The biggest indicator though that Galchenyuk may be a bargain at just $3K may be the fact his ice time has remained steady in the 15 minutes range over his last four-to-five games with Minnesota. He’ll be taking on a Blue Jackets team that has allowed an average of four goals against over their last seven games.
Sonny Milano ($3,200), ANH vs. PIT – Milano’s fantasy prospects got a huge boost at the trade deadline as his move to Anaheim has seen him move into a top-six role for the Ducks. The 23-year-old made an immediate impact in his first game for the Ducks as he scored two goals, including an OT winner against the Oilers. While those kinds of nights won’t be the norm his $3,200 price tag makes him a solid DFS target going forward, as he should see solid ice time in a top-six role on a nightly basis. It’s worth noting that both of Pittsburgh’s goalies have struggled at times on the road this year so this may not be as bad a matchup as it seems.
Stud GoaliesPavel Francouz ($7,700), COL at CAR – Francouz has been solid in net ever since taking over No. 1 duties for the Avalanche after the injury to Philip Grubauer. He enters tonight’s game against the Hurricanes on a four-game winning streak and also features some of the best road splits of any goalie in hockey, as he’s now accumulated a 9-2 record in away games with a sparkling .951 save percentage. This game is essentially a pick’em on the money line, and Francouz’s form and road splits make him look like a solid GPP play here at well under $8K.
Carter Hart ($8,200), PHI vs. NYR – Despite the Rangers being one of the hottest teams in the league at the moment, it’s worth noting that the Flyers are actually playing extremely good hockey right now too, and enter this game as -165 favorites. Hart is part of the reason for Philly’s resurgence as the netminder has now won six of his last seven games and has been an absolute beast at home this year, posting an incredible 17-2-2 home record with a .942 save percentage. He’s a solid pay up target here on a slate with few cheap options to consider.
Value on DefenseChristian Djoos ($2,500), ANH vs. PIT – Djoos was a trade acquisition made by Anaheim at the deadline but, despite his newness to the team, he’s been given a serious role right of the gate with the Ducks and saw time on the PP1 in his first game. That kind of exposure is impossible to find at this price and while he only played 16 mins in his first game those minutes should theoretically should only increase as the Ducks are in clear evaluation mode from here to the end of the season. Djoos still carries some risk but considering the fact he’ll almost certainly be used in man-advantage situations his upside here for a goal or assist makes him a worthy, bare-minimum price target for those looking to make stars and scrubs style builds tonight.
Power-Play DefensemenShea Theodore ($6,400), VGK vs. BUF – Theodore has been one of the most consistent producers at his position over the last month or so. The Vegas PP1 quarterback has averaged 3.8 SOG and 13.9 DKFP now over his last 10 games. Despite his price being at all-time highs for tonight’s slate, Theodore still looks semi-underpriced as the Knights get a matchup with the Sabres here who have the worst penalty-kill in the league. Theodore and the Golden Knights offense are in a great spot tonight and paying up for him here is a solid way to go about attacking that game.
Jared Spurgeon ($5,700), MIN at CLB – Spurgeon has been a boom or bust target for daily fantasy players over the past 10-games as the Minnesota defenseman has now exceeded the 25-point mark on DraftKings twice over that period, but he also has four games in that same span with less than 5.0 DKFP. There’s every reason to believe that Spurgeon could show up here with a big night though as the Blue Jackets have struggled defensively over their past five games, allowing an average of 4.33 goals per game in that span. Spurgeon’s a solid stacking target in GPPs for those wanting exposure to an emerging Minnesota offense.
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