It’s a small three-game slate for the Monday after the Super Bowl. Despite the small slate, there are a couple key injuries to keep an eye on here with the biggest being the status of Alex Barkov, who is day-to-day with a lower body injury. Florida takes on Toronto tonight and missing Barkov would hurt their chances of a road win significantly. The Red Wings are also expected to get Andreas Athanasiou back tonight as they take on Philly, while Dallas’ Roope Hintz is also questionable tonight in their match-up against the Rangers.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Barkov has been ruled out for tonight’s game vs. the Maple Leafs.
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Top Line Stacks
Flyers vs. Red WingsClaude Giroux ($5,900) – James van Riemsdyk ($4,700) – Travis Konecny ($5,300)
The Flyers take on the flailing Red Wings tonight who have been a huge tonic for teams first lines to find some offense. This Flyers trio haven’t been huge producers of late, but they’re still seeing plenty of ice time together both at even strength and on the power play, where they’ve split time with the other Philly top-six line. Detroit ranks as the worst penalty kill in the league and it’s quite possible the Flyers may view this game as an excellent opportunity to get their captain, Giroux, going as he heads into this game without a goal now in over 10 games. The positives here are that even as Giroux has struggled, both his wingers have still been fairly productive with van Riemsdyk landing five points in his past four games and Konecny landing five goals over his past 10 starts as well. The trio seems overdue for a breakout and with Detroit on the schedule their cheap salaries make them a nice stack for tonight’s small slate.
Superstar to TargetTyler Seguin ($6,500), DAL at NYR – Seguin has been a tough nut to crack over the past month or so. The Dallas center has remained aggressive and has now hit the DraftKings SOG bonus in three of his past five games, but simply can’t buy a goal as he’s gone goalless in 10 straight. The Rangers make for a solid slumpbuster tonight, though, as they cede the second-most SOG per game of any team in the league and also have the ninth-worst penalty kill as well. Seguin remains relatively easy to roster at well under $7K in salary and using him as one of your main anchors here should allow you to pay up at another position for a second elite play. Much like Philly, the Stars’ top line seems overdue for an explosion with Seguin being the most obvious beneficiary if and when that happens.
Value on OffenseFrank Vatrano ($4,300), FLA at TOR – Vatrano got hot for Florida right before the All-Star break and comes into this matchup with Toronto having scored nine points and fives goals over his past six games. While the entire Panthers offense was sluggish in their first game back from the All-Star break, the Leafs present a good match-up for Florida’s special teams as they currently feature the seventh-worst penalty kill in the league and also allow the eighth-most SOG per game. Vatrano has been getting consistent power play time of late and may even get a bump in that regard if Alex Barkov misses this game. He’s decent value again tonight at just over $4K.
Alex Kerfoot ($3,800), TOR vs. FLA – Kerfoot has been playing on the Leafs’ second-line lately due to injuries and was also featured on the penalty kill for Toronto in their last outing. The increased role against Florida could mean he ends up being a solid value target, as the Panthers may be without one of their best all-around forwards in Alex Barkov and already feature the eighth-worst penalty kill in the league. Kerfoot’s come on a bit of late with three points in his past four games and could feature more tonight in what should be a shootout between two strong offenses/power plays.
Stud GoaliesFrederik Andersen ($8,200), TOR vs. FLA – Anderson has played well in two starts after the All-Star break, posting save percentages of .912 or better in two wins. Florida makes for a nice boom-or-bust type of opponent, as they do have an effective power play and fire a lot of shots on net— seventh-most per game in the league — but got shutout in their first game back from the break. They also may be without their best player tonight in the aforementioned Barkov. Anderson feels like a worthy pay up candidate on a slate where all the underdog goalies feel like high-risk starts at best.
Ben Bishop ($7,700), DAL at NYR – Bishop is coming off a solid start where he stopped 29 or 31 SOG in a road win against New Jersey. While beating the Devils is nothing to write home about it was a good bounce back for Bishop after losing his first start back from the All-Star break. The Rangers are a dangerous opponent as they have a lot of skill up front, but at the same time Dallas does enter this game as solid -140 favorites and Bishop will likely be quite a bit less owned than whoever starts for Philly against the sad sack Red Wings. Bishop’s a nice pivot in GPPs tonight on a slate where most will be flocking to the potential mismatch between the Flyers and Red Wings.
Value on DefenseTravis Sanheim ($3,600), PHI vs. DET – Sanheim has started to see more consistent power play time of late for the Flyers as injuries have forced Philly to change up some of its rotation on defense. For his part, Sanheim has been a pretty steady fantasy producer lately and has now averaged over 21 mins of ice time and over two SOG per game over his past 10 starts. With the Red Wings on tap tonight, the Flyers’ value targets all have increased upside. Sanheim has shown the ability to produce big nights, landing 15.0 or more DKFP twice now over his past 10 starts. Given the matchup, looking for multiple ways to get exposure to Philly’s offense is a good idea tonight and Sanheim provides you with a cheap option to do just that on defense.
Power Play DefensemenTyson Barrie ($5,700), TOR vs. FLA – As noted above, both the Panthers and Maple Leafs feature weaker penalty kills and both teams feature top-10 power plays, meaning that focusing in on both teams PP1/PP2 units is likely a good idea. Since the coaching change in Toronto, Barrie has been a much more consistent fantasy producer and has taken over as the main point man for Toronto on special teams — even more so with Morgan Rielly now on the DL. Barrie’s now averaged 10.8 DKFP over his past 10 games, 1.7 more than his season average, and is in a definitive “upside” spot tonight against the Panthers.
Keith Yandle ($4,400), FLA at TOR – Yandle doesn’t carry the same kind of fantasy “floor” that Barrie does, as he only averages 18-20 mins per night. The fact he sees so many power play minutes though — three mins and 50 seconds per game — does give him distinct upside in a matchup with a team like Toronto, which is both terrible on the penalty kill (see above) and at blocking shots (they allow the eighth most SOG per game). Despite his lower minutes, Yandle’s still managed to rack up seven points and average 2.5 SOG in his past 10 games and could theoretically get more opportunity for SOG tonight if Barkov were to miss the game. He’s a solid value here at under $4.5K.
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