The NHL left the DFS world hanging on Monday by only offering up a one game schedule, but the action heats up tonight with 20 teams hitting the ice.
Kari Lehtonen – Dallas Stars – Lehtonen was lit up in his last start, but I expect a nice bounce-back performance from him tonight against the Canucks. He thrived against Vancouver last season, grabbing a win in all three starts and posting a 1.00 GAA and .971 save percentage during the process. He posted an 18-8-6 record at home last season and Vancouver’s 2.17 goals per game last season on the road ranked them #29th in the NHL. With an asking price of just $7,000 tonight, he’s one of my top options for cash games.
Others: Pekka Rinne, Corey Crawford (Antti Raanta), Reto Berra, Carey Price, Tuukka Rask
John Tavares – New York Islanders – Tavares looks to be back to 100% health, and it’s shown in his results as he’s already racked up a pair of goals and seven assists over the first five games this season. The Islander’s averaged four goals per game against the Maple Leafs last year and Tavares picked up three assists in the two games he played against them. He’s logged nearly 25 minutes of ice-time per game during their last two games and is the offensive catalyst behind the resurgence of this team.
Tyler Seguin – Dallas Stars – Seguin showed off his playmaking ability in the Stars last game by racking up four assists against the Philadelphia Flyers and has now tallied four goals and four assists over the last three games. He’ll welcome a Vancouver team to the American Airlines Center who he brutalized last season to the tune of three goals, five assists and a +6 in their five meetings. He’s not cheap ($8,600) but Vancouver doesn’t have the speed to keep up with him and another multi-point night is a strong possibility.
Others: Steven Stamkos, David Krejci, Jonathon Toews, Matt Duchene
Value: Mike Ribiero, Travis Zajac, David Desharnais, Mark Scheifele, Andrew Shaw
Patrick Sharp – Chicago Blackhawks – Sharp was held off the score sheet for the first time this season in the Hawks last game, but should find plenty of success tonight against a Flyers team that’s allowing 4.2 goals per game this season. Sharp racked up 17 goals and 24 assists in 41 games at the United Center last year and also tallied a goal and three assists in two meetings against the Flyers. He has the luxury of skating next to Jonathon Toews and Marion Hossa on Chicago’s top scoring line and his average of 5:21 seconds of power-play time per game so far this season ranks him #5 in the NHL.
Ryan O’Reilly – Colorado Avalanche – The Avs have gotten off to a slow start this season, but with the Florida Panthers coming to Denver tonight, I expect them to get things turned around. After a 28 goal and 36 assist breakout season last year, O’Reilly was able to cash in during the offseason and has now raised his expected expectations. He’s logging heavy minutes of ice-time on both the Av’s top scoring line as well as their dangerous #1 power-play unit. He led this Colorado team with 22 power-play points last season and gets a crack at least seasons worst penalty kill (just 76%). O’Reilly scored a pair of goals and added an assist in two meetings with Florida last season and his $5,000 asking price makes him a very attractive option in one of your Wing spots tonight.
Others: Dustin Byfuglien, Phil Kessel, Kyle Okposo, James Neal
Value: Damien Brunner, Tomas Tatar, Reilly Smith, Cory Conacher, Brian Bickell, Alex Tanguay
Anton Stralman – Tampa Bay Lightning – The Injury to Victor Hedman opens the door for Stralman to show that he can be a fantasy asset. He logged over 23 minutes of ice-time last night and, more importantly, slid onto the point of the teams leathal #1 power-play unit. He’s racked up four assists in the first six games this season and can be rostered for roughly half ($3,500) of the price of Hedman.
Damon Severson – New Jersey Devils – At just 20 years old, Severson already looks to have established him as a top four defenseman for the Devils. He’s logged over 20 minutes of ice-time in each of the last two games and is seeing a healthy dose of time (3:10 average/game) on the point of the teams #1 power-play unit. He’s already lit the lamp three times this season and his 18 shots on goal over the first five games rank him second on the team. With an asking price if just $2,900, he’ll be a hard player for me to pass up on tonight.
Others: P.K. Subban, Alex Goligoski, Shea Weber, Erik Johnson
Value: Stuart Percy, Danny DeKeyser, Nick Holden, Seth Jones
Best of luck tonight!