We have a five-game fantasy hockey slate tonight with some interesting conference matchups, including the Devils at the Capitals and the Blues at the Avalanche. The Sabres also will be back in action after their 10-game win streak ended last night. They’ll take on the Panthers in the second half of a back-to-back set.
Top Line Stacks
Flames vs. Kings
Sean Monahan ($6,700) – Johnny Gaudreau ($7,000) – Elias Lindholm ($6,500)
The Flames have a steady top line that plays together both at even strength and on the power play. The fact Lindholm, Gaudreau and Monahan are together for almost the entire game make them attractive targets from that perspective alone, but they have a fantastic matchup against the Kings tonight, too, who have the fourth-worst penalty kill in the league. This line has not disappointed so far this season, with Gaudreau and Monahan both on ppg pace, and they’re in a great spot tonight to post a big game for fantasy purposes.
Superstar to Build Around
Jack Eichel, BUF at FLA, $7,300 — Eichel has scored 11 points over his past 10 games, but only one of those points is a goal. He sits at just five goals on the season heading into tonight and with a shooting percentage (4.9 percent) well below his career average (9.3 percent). Eichel seems due for some “puck luck” in that regard soon, as he’s scored more than 20 goals three times in a season before this year and gets a great opponent tonight against the Panthers to start building those totals.
Florida has allowed the sixth-most goals against this year and has the seventh-worst penalty kill in the league. This sets up for a big game for Eichel, who will be looking to push Buffalo back into the win column after its win streak was snapped last night.
Value on Offense
Brayden Schenn, STL at WAS, $4,500 — Schenn returned from an injury absence a few games ago and has played well since getting back into the lineup. He heads the second line for St. Louis, but his real value comes from the fact he’s part of the Blues’ first power play unit. Colorado’s been a tough matchup this year, but with four points in his past four games and ice time that hovers in the 16-20-minute range most nights, Schenn is clear value.
Braden Holtby, WAS vs. NJ, $7,900 — Holtby comes into tonight’s game on a four-game win streak where he’s averaged a save percentage of well over .970. The matchup with the Devils is also a decent one. New Jersey has scored the sixth-fewest goals in the league so far but still ranks inside the top 10 in terms of shots on net. The Capitals are the third-largest favorites on the night, so the stage is set for another big Holtby win.
Curtis McElhinney, CAR vs. ANH, $7,700 — McElhinney has been on fire of late and comes into the game with Anaheim riding a four-game win streak where he’s averaging well over a .950 save percentage. The Hurricanes are big favorites here, and with the Ducks having scored the third-fewest goals in the league, McElhinney looks to be in a good spot for a shutout or dominant win. He’s a solid cash-game option, although he might not see as many shots against as some of the other starters tonight.
Value on Defense
Rasmus Dahlin, BUF at FLA, $4,100 — Dahlin has been sharing time on the power play for Buffalo, and his offensive upside has started to shine through in this new role. He comes into this game with seven points recorded over his past seven games and with five power play points on the season. Florida is a great matchup to target the Sabres’ offensive players, as the Panthers are bottom 10 in both penalty kill and goals against on the year.
Noah Hanifin, CAL vs. LA, $3,700 — Hanifin is starting to show some offensive spark in Calgary. The 21-year-old has recorded six points in his past six games and has a secure spot as part of Calgary’s second power play unit. At well under $4K, this seems like a great place to target him for fantasy. The Kings have been terrible all season and come into tonight’s game sporting the third-worst penalty kill in the league. He’s a solid punt option on defense with legitimate upside.
Power Play Defensemen
Keith Yandle, FLA vs. BUF, $5,400 — The Panthers might be horrible at keeping the puck out of their own net, but they still sport a productive power play that comes into tonight ranked seventh in the league. Yandle is in the midst of a productive season, averaging nearly a point-per-game thus far and logging a ton of time on the first power play unit for the Panthers. The matchup might not be ideal, but for such a productive player, it seems to OK to look past that and focus on the relatively affordable price tag and the fact the Panthers are capable of a big night on the power play against anyone.
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