With ten games on the slate tonight, it’s a typically busy Tuesday night in the NHL. Amazingly we’re already one-third of the way through the regular season and now have a better picture of what each team is capable of. Here are my top cash game picks for tonight’s games.
Jonathan Quick/Martin Jones – Los Angeles Kings – When the defending Stanley Cup Champions are taking one of the league’s worst teams, it’s wise to look towards their goalie in Daily Fantasy hockey. Despite their improved play recently, the Sabres are still only averaging 1.74 goals per game and Quick posted a 29 save shutout against them earlier this season. Quick and Jones are both fairly priced, are both playing well lately and offer you a terrific chance at the important “W” tonight.
Others: Scott Darling, Antti Niemi, Ben Bishop
Tyler Seguin – Dallas Stars – Sure he’s the most expensive center on the board, but here’s why you should consider paying up for him, 1) He’s tied with Sidney Crosby for the NHL points lead, 2) He’s been a beast at the American Airlines Center thus far this season, posting 13 goals and adding 10 assists in just 15 home games, and 3) He absolutely terrorized this Winnipeg team last season, scoring six goals and grabbing four helpers in their five meetings.
Jonathan Toews – Chicago Blackhawks – The Blackhawks enter tonight’s game riding a six game winning streak, meanwhile the New Jersey Devils have dropped eight of their last eleven games. Without an overly dangerous forward line on New Jersey to contend with, the Blackhawks Captain should find himself able to focus more on his offensive game this evening. Toews centers the Hawks top power-play unit where he’s already amassed eight power-play points this season making him a terrific cash game play against the Devil’s putrid 75.2% penalty kill. Chicago scored five goals against the Devils in each of their two meetings last season, and Toews’ $5,700 asking price makes him one of my top options tonight.
Others: Steven Stamkos, Joe Pavelski, Claude Giroux, Anze Kopitar, Joe Thornton, Jeff Carter, Valttteri Filppula
Patrick Marleau – San Jose Sharks – Marleau brings a five game point streak into tonight’s game and finds himself in a very nice spot to extend it with the Edmonton Oilers coming to town. Edmonton ended an eleven game losing streak in their last outing, but still own the league’s second worst goal differential (-31). Marleau’s five game point streak has seen him tally one goal and add six assists and he’s now averaging a point-per-game at the Shark Tank this season. He snagged an assist in the only meeting against the Oilers this season but torched them to the tune of four goals and two assists in five meetings last season.
Joffrey Lupul – Toronto Maple Leafs – After missing nearly a month with a broken hand, Lupul has returned to the lineup with a vengeance. In five games since his return, he’s tallied four goals, added three assists and is a +6. All ten of his points this season have come at the Air Canada Center and he looks to be a bit underpriced at just $5,700 tonight.
Others: Zach Parise, Alexander Ovechkin, Patrick Kane, Jamie Benn, Jakub Voracek, Kris Versteeg, Ryan Callahan
Brent Burns – San Jose Sharks – There are very few defensemen in the NHL who have as much offensive freedom as Burns does, and it shows with his seven goals and fifteen assists through 29 games thus far. He’ll take on this defensively challenged Oilers team who he feasted on last season for two goals, three assists and 21 SOG in just four meetings. While he’s not cheap, he’s also no longer priced in the top tier of defensemen, so give him a look tonight.
Jake Muzzin – Los Angeles Kings – Muzzin has been rather quiet the last few games, but it’s not due to a lack of opportunity. He’s consistently logging over 20 minutes of ice-time per game and sees a large dose of those minutes on the point of the Kings power-play. He was terrific during the month of November, scoring a goal and adding ten assists in 13 games. He’s a nice value tonight at $4,300 as I expect Los Angeles to cruise to an easy road victory.
Others: Drew Doughty, Shea Weber, Ryan Suter (if he’s back), Duncan Keith, Victor Hedman, James Wisniewski
Best of luck tonight!
JMBWngFn (@JBritt2 on Twitter)