We have a five-game slate set for tonight, one that features some big match-ups in the Western conference. The Oilers are set to host the Golden Knights in a matchup of the top two teams in the Pacific Division. Meanwhile, the Jets will be hosting the Coyotes, two teams currently involved in a five-team dogfight for the last three playoff positions. Injury-wise, there’s not a ton to keep an eye on. Avs defenseman Cale Makar looks likely to miss another game while Mark Stone of the Golden Knights remains day-to-day, but also looks highly questionable to play.
Top Line Stacks
EDM vs. VGK
Connor McDavid ($8,000) – Zack Kassian ($3,100) – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($6,700)
In case you missed their previous game, the Oilers mixed up their top two lines, moving the productive Nugent-Hopkins up with McDavid, where the two connected for a goal. With added firepower on his wing, McDavid looks poised to go on a bit of a tear in this next stretch and the Golden Knights aren’t the worst opponent to test that theory against tonight. Vegas comes into this game featuring the sixth-worst penalty kill in the NHL and will be going up against the league’s best power play in the Oilers, a unit that features both of the Oilers’ aforementioned studs. The wild card here is Kassian, who enters this game with assists in his past two starts and should see ample time at regular strength beside these two offensive dynamos. He’s produced well in a top-line role this season and already has 33 points in just 57 games. The matchup here dictates this line has solid upside and are available at a palatable price given Kassian’s inclusion.
Superstar to Target
Taylor Hall ($6,500), ARZ at WPG – Hall is coming off a strong game, where he tallied eight SOG, a goal and an assist against the Flames. The Coyotes are in a dogfight right now for the playoffs and facing the Jets should mean good things for their main offensive catalyst. Winnipeg has the eighth-worst penalty kill in the league and also allows the eighth-most shots against per game as well. Despite the outburst in his previous game, Hall’s salary remains at just $6.5K. This makes him easy to fit into lineups and a solid stacking target with winger Clayton Keller ($4,700), who was bumped up onto Hall’s line recently and assisted on his goal in their previous game. The former Devil is a good core target for DFS tonight as his upside in a matchup like this is up there with the most elite players on this slate.
Value on Offense
Tyson Jost ($3,000), COL at LAK – Jost has been working on the Avalanche’s PP1 and his increased role has meant good things for his fantasy production. The center has now played over 17 minutes in each of his past four games and is now averaging a decent 8.1 DKFP over his past 10 games, which is 3.0 points higher than his season average. The boost in role comes at a good time for Jost here as well, as the Kings are still one of the worst penalty killing teams in the league, featuring the sixth-worst unit in that regard. Jost is a steal at this price given his current special teams role alongside Nathan MacKinnon ($8,500).
Nicolas Roy ($2,500), VGK at EDM – Roy is another player who has been bumped up into a major offensive role of late, mainly due to the injury to Mark Stone ($7,000; questionable). Roy’s been playing alongside Max Pacioretty ($7,800) and has now played over 16 minutes in each of his past two games. Considering he’s available at the absolute min-price here, his production of late has been more than reasonable as he’s hit over 10.0 DKFP in two of his past five games. On a short slate, Roy makes for a good punt play for those looking to stack expensive studs, or pricy first-lines tonight.
Braden Holtby ($7,800), WAS at BUF – The Capitals’ goaltenders have had their issues over the past month or so, but Holtby looks like he may be turning a corner of late. The former Vezina winner has now recorded wins in four of his past five starts and also posted save percentages of .925 or better in two of his past three games. The Capitals are solid -170 road favorites, as of writing, and Holtby’s actually posted better stats when on the road this season, as he’s averaging 1.6 more DKFP per appearance in away games. At under $8K and going up against the very underwhelming Sabres offense, he sets up as a solid target for all formats here.
Darcy Kuemper ($7,300), ARZ at WPG – Kuemper has played well since coming back from injury, posting save percentages of .912 or better in his past three games. He’s also been a solid road start in DFS as he comes into this game with a sterling 10-3-1 road record, and a .932 save percentage in 14 away appearances this season. As mentioned above, the Coyotes need this game badly and while they set up as small +105 underdogs here, it feels like a spot that Kuemper could easily shine in, regardless of whether his team gets the win. At well under $7.5K in price, he’s a solid value for those looking for upside in GPPs tonight.
Value on Defense
Keith Yandle ($4,100), FLA at STL – With only five games on the slate, Yandle feels like he deserves a look here at just over $4K in price. The Panthers defenseman admittedly has a below average matchup as the Blues allow the fourth-fewest SOG per game, but it’s also worth noting that they haven’t been great on special teams at times either and currently feature the 14th-worst penalty kill in the league. This is good news for Yandle, who eats up a ton of power play time every night and has landed 21 of his 45 points this year with the man advantage. While we shouldn’t expect a shootout, Yandle’s price here is at its lowest point in over 10 games, making him a solid value on a slate without a ton of other great value options in his range to consider.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($4,800), ARZ at WPG – Larsson has continued to excel for fantasy purposes as the injury to Jakub Chychrun has meant a bigger role for the Swede. Coming into tonight, Larsson is now averaging 14.35 DKFP over his past four starts and gets a great matchup here against a Jets squad which struggles to kill penalties. While Arizona’s power play can be hot or cold, Larsson’s increasing role makes him a great stacking target with either the aforementioned Hall ($6,500) or another of the Coyotes top six forwards, as his ice time and clear role as the PP1 quarterback now makes him great DFS value at this price.
Colton Parayko ($5,100), STL vs. FLA – Parayko has come on strong of late for the Blues. The blueliner has now played over 23 mins in three of his past four games and should continue to see big minutes for the foreseeable future given the recent injury to Justin Faulk. Despite a slow start to the season offensively, he’s collected eight points in his past 10 games and has averaged 12.5 DKFP over that same span. Now seeing a bigger role on special teams as well, the matchup here against the Panthers — who are a below-average team in most defensive categories — makes this a solid upside spot for an emerging and talented offensive defenseman.
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