It’s a big night on the ice tonight as twenty-two teams hit the ice. There are plenty of great options tonight, but I’ll be highlighting my top options at each position for the use in my cash games.
Ben Bishop – Tampa Bay Lightning – Be scared away by Buffalo’s improved play recently if you choose to, but Bishop is still the clear #1 option in net tonight in my opinion. Not only is he an enormous favorite by Vegas standards for a “W”, but he’s also extremely reasonably priced ($7,900). Bishop sports an extremely impressive 15-3-2 record this season to go along with a solid 2.30 GAA and .917 SV%. Dating back to the beginning of last season, he owns a ridiculous 30-6-6 record on home ice and he won all three starts against the Sabres last season.
Others: Karri Ramo, Jonathan Quick, Thomas Greiss, Roberto Luongo
Steven Stamkos – Tampa Bay Lightning – I’m really hoping that Buffalo’s recent success and victory over the Lightning last week scare people away from using Tampa players tonight. The Lightning are an entirely different animal when they’re at home and should be out for revenge tonight. Stamkos won’t come cheap ($8,500) but is my favorite option on the board. He’s already racked up 15 goals and 14 assists in 26 games this season and now owns 262 points in just 223 home games. Buffalo may not be quite as bad as we originally thought, but they certainly can’t routinely hang with the Lightning.
Pavel Datsyuk – Detroit Red Wings – At just $5,700, Datsyuk is simply too cheap to ignore tonight. The Wings will welcome a Dallas Stars team to Joe Louis Arena who have allowed five goals in three straight games and who are allowing a league worst 3.56 goals against per game this season. “The Magician” has lived up to his nickname since returning to the lineup last week, posting five goals and adding an assist in just four games. He logged over 21 minutes of ice-time on Tuesday night, so any lingering concerns regarding his nagging groin injury can likely be put to bed at this point.
Others: Henrik Zetterberg, Sidney Crosby, Niklas Backstrom, Tyler Bozak, Jeff Carter,
Value: Nick Spaling, Josh Jooris, Jussi Jokinen, Stephen Weiss, Valteri Filppula, Elias Lindholm
Phil Kessel – Toronto Maple Leafs – Kessel finally broke his goal scoring drought by finding the back of the net against Washington in his last game and he’s proven to be one of the streakier players in the NHL over the last few seasons. He logs big minutes alongside Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk on the Maple Leafs top scoring line while also being their most dangerous weapon on the #1 power-play unit. Kessel posted a pair of goals and added two assists in three games against the New Jersey Devils last season and I expect him to take advantage of their abysmal 75.3% penalty kill thus far this season.
Jiri Hudler – Calgary Flames – When a player is this hot, you should just simply ride that hot streak out. Hudler brings a five game scoring streak into tonight’s game against Colorado that has seen him tally five goals and five assists in that span. The Avalanche are allowing 3.16 goals against per game this season and Hudler feasted on them last season, scoring one goal and adding four assists in three games. His price is on the rise, but at just $6,100 he’s still a nice value.
Others: Ryan Callahan, Patric Hornqvist, Alex Ovechkin, Jeff Skinner, Gustav Nyquist, Johnny Gaudreau, James van Riemsdyk
Value: Jayson Megna, Jonathan Huberdeau, Brenden Morrow, Tanner Pearson, Tye McGinn
Christian Ehrhoff – Pittsburgh Penguins – This Kris Letang injury thrusts Ehrhoff up the rankings as one of the value options on the blue-line this evening. Ehrhoff was handed the reigns as Letang’s replacement as the point man on the Penguins very lethal #1 power-play unit in their last game and logged over 24 minutes of ice-time. He was a top tier offensive defenseman for Canucks prior to wasting away in Buffalo for the last three seasons and it certainly wouldn’t be surprising to see him return to that level given the opportunity. At just $4,000, he’s a rock solid cash game option against his old team.
Justin Faulk – Carolina Hurricanes – Faulk doesn’t seem to get the fantasy attention he deserves, but he’s been terrific lately and just wrapped up a month of November that saw him post three goals and ten assists in 15 games. He leads all Carolina defensemen in both power-play points and averages nearly three minutes of playing time on the man-advantage per game this season. He grabbed a pair of assists against the Capitals when they met earlier this season and considering that Washington owns one of the worst penalty kills in the NHL, he’s a terrific cash game option.
Others: Victor Hedman, Nicklas Kronwall, Mark Giordano, John Carlson, Brent Burns, T.J. Brodie
Value: Olli Maata, Brian Campbell, Anton Stralman, Paul Martin, Nick Leddy, Jake Gardiner
Best of luck tonight!
JMBWngFn (@JBritt2 on Twitter)