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Lines And Totals
- New York Islanders are -185 to defeat Ottawa
- New York Rangers are -130 to defeat Boston
- New York Islanders vs. Ottawa Senators – 5.5 goals
- New York Rangers vs. Boston Bruins – 5 goals
Henrik Lundqvist – NYR vs BOS – $8,600: With all eyes in the hockey world tonight set squarely on the boroughs of New York, Lundqvist is my starter of the night. Sometimes you have to base your pick on the better chance of winning, and with Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask under the weather at the moment and uncertain to play, Lundqvist is the best option on the night out of the two games on the ice. Lundqvist ended a four-game slide of his own when he held the Panthers in check on Monday night in the Rangers 4-2 win against Florida. He’s split his prior two starts against the Bruins this season, winning one and losing one, but historically he has dominated the B’s with a 22-12-2 mark against Boston with a 1.95 GAA.
Top Line of the Night
OTTAWA SENATORS (@ NEW YORK ISLANDERS)
On such a limited night of action and especially with teams that have offenses as inconsistent as these four tonight have been as of late, the smart play is to roll the players who are hottest at the moment going in and that is the duo of Hoffman and Zibanejad. Hoffman and Zibanejad come into tonight’s matchup against NY both riding equal five-game point streaks. Zibanejad has goals in four of his five games and is up to 18 on the season. Hoffman has done the majority of his damage through assists and has put up back-to-back multi-assists game in his last two outings against the Habs and Caps. Chiasson was put on this line recently to give it a boost of physicality after spending most of the season in the Senators bottom-six. He is capable of chipping in points occasionally and had a two-game goal streak snapped last night against the Capitals, and is a solid value play while playing in such a prime position in the Senators top-six. The trio has combined for three points against the Islanders this season and with the way NY has played lately, it’s hard to not pick against them at least fantasy wise.
Erik Karlsson – OTT @ NYI – $8,300: Karlsson has dropped off slightly on his pace from earlier this season with six points in his last 10 and snapped a two-game scorless drought with an assist last night in Washington. However, he has dominated the Islanders this season to the tune of two goals and three assists in five games, while adding two blocks and nine shots.
Kevin Klein – NYR vs BOS – $3,900: Klein has been the cog for the Rangers offense as of late with seven points in NY’s last seven games. Two of those games have been multi-point outings, including this past Monday night against the Panthers when he posted two assists and added two blocks, as well. His production has been two goals and five assists but he does his most damage defensively with blocked shots. He’s averaged 3.2 FPPG over his last 10 games, and that has been helped out greatly by the 21 blocked shots he’s posted over that time. 11 of those blocks have come over his last five games, to go along with nine SOG. Klein is producing right now and as was said above, on such a limited night roll the hot hand.
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John Tavares, C– NYI vs OTT – $7,500: This might be a stretch, but on such a limited night, Tavares is one of the best options against a team he has performed well against. The Islanders are in a tough spot right now, losing five of their last six games, and Tavares has been a prime culprit of their offensive anemic play with only one point in his last four games. The one point came on an assist against the Predators. However, I like his matchup tonight for the Islanders. They are playing a team who is coming off a loss last night in Washington, missing their second-best defenseman in Dion Phaneuf and potentially playing against Senators backup goalie Andrew Hammond and his 2.70 GAA. Historically against the Senators, Tavares has performed solidly with 11 points in 21 games, including two points in two games this season.
David Pastrnak, RW – BOS @ NYR – $4,100: Pastrnak has struggled his last two games, being held scoreless by the Kings and Ducks. But before that, he was riding a three-game point streak and had points in four of five games. He is still playing in a prime position on the Bruins second line with David Krejci and Loui Eriksson, and the trio, with the Bruins in the middle of a tight playoff race, will be leaned on with the Bruins top line to perform in a tough matchup tonight against the Rangers. Pastrnak has continued to shoot the puck, averaging well over two shots on goal per game over his last 10 while putting up four goals.
“On such a limited evening hitting it big on a player like Glass could help turn the tide of your contests”
Tanner Glass, LA – NYR vs BOS – $2,600: Glass, who is predominantly a fourth-liner for the Rangers but has been moved around their middle six this season is an interesting value play thanks to his salary. $100 over the minimum amount, he has two points in his last four games, after only posting seven all season. He has seen more time on ice in his last four games than his average this season, and on top of the goal and assist he has also posted five SOG.
Tuukka Rask, G – BOS @NYR – $8,400 Rask was feeling ill on Tuesday, but he will travel with the team to NY tonight. It is not confirmed if he will play tonight against the Rangers or not, and the Bruins recalled Jeremy Smith from the AHL to serve as the backup if Rask can’t go. Monitor this situation leading up to game time before making your picks for goal if Rask is on your list.
Dion Phaneuf, D – OTT @ NYI – $4,400 Phaneuf suffered a lower-body injury in the Senators game last night against the Capitals after logging over 16 minutes of ice time. It’s a blow to the Senators defense, especially against an offense like the Islanders are capable of being. Look elsewhere on an already limited night for defense if you were considering the moderately-priced Phaneuf for your lineups.