The NHL Cheat Sheet is your quick-hit daily look into odds, fantasy studs, value picks, and more to help you navigate your DFS Hockey lineups. With only two games on tap for fantasy players today, the player pool is very limited. Let’s take a look at what’s in store.
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Highest Vegas Totals
– Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens – 5
– Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks – 5.5
Mike Condon ($7,500): Playing behind Carey Price seems like it would be a pretty cushy assignment, let him put up Vezina numbers and go in once in a while and play good enough. I don’t think anyone expected this level of play from Condon, who has filled in admirably for Price since he went down. Condon is third in the league with a 1.57 GAA and fourth with a .940 SV%. The Penguins have won nine of their last 11games, but are still struggling to find the net consistently and are currently ranked 26th in the league in scoring. Roll the Habs netminder tonight against Crosby and Co.
Top Line of the Night
Taylor Hall ($6,700) – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($4,900) – Leon Draisaitl ($3,200)
This line has been on fire since being put together when Draisaitl was put into the lineup five games ago. They were briefly separated thanks to the much needed return of Jordan Eberle to the Oilers lineup. However, coach Todd McLellan has moved Eberle down the order until he gets his speed back up, and so this line looks to be back again in their Wednesday matchup with the Ducks. The only change here is that Draisaitl will take the center role while RNH shifts to the wing. They will have a good chance to produce against an up-and-down Ducks team and Frederik Andersen, who blew a two-goal lead Monday and lost to Arizona in OT.
Top Upside and Value at Defense
P.K. Subban ($6,100): Subban is the best fantasy defenseman playing on Wednesday night, and with a dearth of elite-level, superstar scoring putting him in your lineup at that price is great. He and defensive-mate Andrei Markov have almost identical stat lines this year, and Markov comes in $1,000 less, but Subban is the one who can be the game-changer from the blueline for the Habs tonight.
Oscar Klefbom ($3,800): There are not too many value options for production from the blueline tonight, but Klefbom has been a sneaky-good fantasy contributor as of late. Over his last three games, the young Oilers rearguard has managed two points (1G, 1A), eight blocked shots and eight SOG. He’s a great value-buy tonight and has points in back-to-back games, so take a flier on the Swede.
Superstar to Build Lineups Around
Max Pacioretty ($7,900): I’ve written about Pacioretty in the past, and he is one of the most consistent scorers in the whole of the league with back-to-back 30+ goal seasons and well onto his way to a third. He is tied with a plethora of other teammates for second on the Canadiens in scoring this season with 14 points, but leads the team in goals with eight. He has 14 points in 16 career games against the Penguins and is my top player of the night to build your lineup around.
Best Value Plays
Dale Weise ($3,700): Playing a primarily third-line role on the Canadiens, Weise and linemates David Desharnais and Tomas Fleischmann have all chipped-in double-digit contributions. Weise had a four-game point streak, that saw him put up six points (5G, 1A), snapped on Saturday against Boston but he has put up nine points and 26 SOG in his last 10 games and is a strong value to put in your lineup on Wednesday night.
David Perron ($4,300): Despite his slow start, Perron is a very talented and capable player and has begun to show late as of late. The whole of the Penguins team has underachieved to this point in the season, and Perron has only four points in 14 outings, but has three points in his last four and has put 14 shots on goal in that span. They will have a tough outing ahead with Montreal on Tuesday night, but Perron, playing with Evgeni Malking and Phil Kessel, will have a prime chance to show some more production.
There are no significant injuries that will affect your lineups tonight.
Be sure to check out my NHL Line Stacks and Pete Jensen’s NHL Targets later today before finalizing your lineups. As always for any questions or comments this hockey season you can find me on twitter at @JHarding_Hockey.