It’s a four-game fantasy hockey slate tonight with a couple of potential mismatches on the board as the Flames take on the Panthers at home, while the Jets are also home to take on the Red Wings. Pittsburgh travels to Anaheim tonight while the Sabres go to Carolina and will have Jack Eichel ($7,200) back in the lineup.
Top Line Stacks
Mark Scheifele ($7,300) – Blake Wheeler ($7,300) – Kyle Connor ($5,500)
WPG vs. DET
The Jets take on the Red Wings in a big mismatch across the board. The Jets hold all the advantages here. The Red Wings sit fourth in goals allowed while the Jets have scored the eighth-most goals and have the second-most efficient power play in the league as well. Connor has moved up to the top line recently with Scheifele and Wheeler, making this a more affordable trio. The young winger is averaging 20 minutes of ice over his past 10 games and is seeing time on the first power play, too, giving this trio tons of correlation. Detroit’s defense is decimated with injuries, and both of its goalies feature GAAs of well over 3.00 in road games this year. This line has big potential tonight and costs less than a few of the other big combos out there. There’s no reason to look past Winnipeg tonight in an A+ matchup at home.
Superstar to Build Around
Johnny Gaudreau, CGY vs. FLA, $8,000 — Gaudreau is almost a need-to-roster player tonight, especially on a short slate. The Flames’ winger enters this game with 66 points in 45 games this year, but more importantly, he has 21 in his past 10 games. He’s been nearly impossible to stop and gets a prime, home-ice matchup to boot as the Flames take on the Panthers in Calgary. Florida’s penalty kill has improved of late, but it still has yielded the sixth-most goals against in the league thus far and has given up at least four goals against in each of its past four games. Calgary’s top line is one of the most productive in the league and has accounted for more than 62 percent of the Flames’ production this season. You can try and stuff in all three Flames big guns, but getting exposure to Gaudreau seems like a vital first step in any lineup tonight.
Value on Offense
Dominik Simon, PIT at ANH, $3,600 — Simon has played almost exclusively alongside Evgeni Malkin ($6,900) at even strength of late for Pittsburgh, which has helped his upside for fantasy purposes. Simon enters this game having scored four points in his past four games now and is in a solid spot for some production again given the Penguins enter as -140 road favorites tonight in Anaheim. His power play exposure has been off and on all season, but his recent offensive production could set him up for more special teams work here.
Tyler Bertuzzi, DET at WPG, $3,600 — Bertuzzi has moved up to the first line for the Red Wings and has played alongside Gustav Nyquist ($5,100) and Dylan Larkin ($6,500) the past few games. The 23-year-old is a complete hit-or-miss prospect for fantasy purposes, but he will be facing a depleted Jets blue line tonight as they deal with injuries to Dustin Byfuglien and possibly Tyler Myers (questionable). Bertuzzi’s time on the power play also helps his upside as the Jets have crept down to 15th in the league recently in overall penalty kill effectiveness. At under $4K, he’s a solid forward value tonight.
Lauren Brossoit, WPG vs. DET, $7,900 — Brossoit is set to get the start for the Jets tonight in a game where they are heavy favorites against the cellar-dwelling Red Wings. Winnipeg is -240 favorites as of writing, the largest on the slate, and Brossoit has been arguably the Jets’ best goalie this year with a save percentage of just under .940 entering tonight. He’s also 3-0-1 at home this year with better home fantasy splits, too. He’s the rare backup you can trust more than the starter at a reduced price tonight.
Curtis McElhinney, CAR vs. BUF, $7,000 — The Sabres come in just 3-6 over their past nine games and with their best player, Jack Eichel ($7,200), banged-up but playing in this game. McElhinney has an impossible-to-spell last name but he still makes the list tonight due to his price which makes him quite the attractive option given the weakened state the Sabres are in. The journeyman has a sparkling .922 save percentage on the year, has won three straight and has a 6-2-1 home record, which all point to him being a good value option tonight in goal.
Value on Defense
T.J. Brodie, CGY vs. FLA, $3,700 — Brodie maintains a significant role for the Flames, playing on their top pairing most nights with Mark Giordano ($6,300) and also chews up plenty of second-line power-play minutes as well. A decent point-producer this year with 18 points in 45 games already, he’s averaging well over 22 minutes of ice over his past 10 games. The Panthers have allowed the sixth-most goals against in the league thus far. Brodie’s a solid value tonight on a Flames offense that is primed for a big game.
Filip Hronek, DET at WPG, $3,500 — The Red Wings have incurred injuries to a couple of their best defensemen, thrusting Hronek into a larger role. The rookie has seen his ice time creep up to 20 minutes per game over his past 10 starts and has also seen his power play time increase, too, as he played the most minutes with the man advantage of any Detroit defenseman in it most recent game. The Jets have been a decent opponent for opposing offenses, allowing at least three goals in five of their past six games, making Hronek a solid target tonight, despite the Wings being big underdogs in this game.
Kris Letang, PIT at ANH, $6,300 — Letang has taken off of late, with 11 points in his past 10 games. Overall, the heavily relied on point man is up to 16 power play points for the Penguins. The matchup with the Ducks is a middling one, but on a short slate, it’s more than OK to pay up for Letang’s ridiculous usage, especially considering the roll the Penguins’ offense has been on, having scored at least three goals in each of their past eight games.
Josh Morrissey, WPG vs. DET, $5,500 — Morrisey has taken over main point duties on the power play for the Jets with the injury to Byfuglien and comes into tonight’s game having played more than 24 minutes in each of his past three starts. He also has recorded three points in his past three games and has recorded three or more shots in three of his past four games. This is a player clearly on the uptrend who’s quarterbacking the league’s second-best power-play unit against a weaker opponent tonight. His salary might have risen, but he can be trusted tonight in this prime matchup.
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