With the NBA All-Star break officially underway and with just two games on the CBB hardwood tonight, the NHL takes center stage for the DFS world. It’s not as busy of a night on the ice as it was last night, but with five games to choose from there are still plenty of favorable matchups to exploit.
Corey Crawford – Chicago Blackhawks – If you’re playing cash games, than it’s probably wise to open up your wallet and pay for Corey Crawford tonight. The New Jersey Devils enter tonight’s game having lost two straight games and averaging just 19.3 shots on goal per game over their last 10 games. Scott Darling was between the pipes for the Hawks when these teams squared off earlier this season and he was able to turn away 22 of the 24 shots he faced on his way to a “W”. Only Carolina and Buffalo have scored fewer goals this season than the New Jersey Devils and I expect Crawford to bounce back from a poor start in his last outing and cruise to an easy victory here.
Others: Antti Niemi, Kari Lehtonen
Tyler Seguin – Dallas Stars – After battling through some type of flu-bug in Boston on Tuesday, all reports are that Seguin is back to 100% for tonight’s home game against the Florida Panthers. Seguin won’t come cheap, but he trails only Patrick Kane in points and Alex Ovechkin in shots on goal thus far this season. Seguin has racked up 17 goals and 15 assists in 28 games at the American Airlines Center and posted a goal and an assist against this Florida team during their two meetings last season. His 18 multi-point games is tied for the NHL lead, making him a terrific option for both cash games and GPP’s.
Joe Thornton – San Jose Sharks – Thornton may be nearing the end of his Hall-of-Fame worthy playing career, but he’s still showing no signs of slowing down offensively. Jaromir Jagr is the only active NHL player with more career points than Super Joe and Thornton keeps adding to it as he has tallied 3 goals and added 10 assists in his last 11 games. Thornton is a staple on the Sharks 7th ranked power-play where he should have plenty of scoring chances tonight against the ‘Yotes atrocious 78.3% penalty kill. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed the third most goals per game in the league this season and only Buffalo has been worse at 5×5 so, with San Jose battling for a playoff spot in the Western Conference, their Captain looks like an absolute bargain tonight at just $4,700.
Others: Claude Giroux, Ryan Johansen, Jonathan Toews, Joe Pavelski, Jason Spezza
Value: Brayden Schenn, Brandon Dubinsky, Brad Richards, Henrik Sedin, David Krejci, Andrew Shaw
Marian Hossa – Chicago Blackhawks – It’s hard to find a player wielding a hotter stick right now than Marian Hossa, as the Blackhawks winger has scored a pair of goals in each of the last three games. Coach Quennville usually utilizes his (and his linemate, Jonathan Toews) defensive prowess to slow down his opponents top scoring line, but with New Jersey lacking a true scoring line, they can shift more of their attention to the offensive end of the ice. Hossa tallied an assist when these teams squared off earlier this season and scored a goal and added two assists against them in their two meetings last season.
Nick Foligno – Columbus Blue Jackets – When these two teams face off against each other, goals usually follow. Columbus has won five of the last six meetings between these two teams while scoring 22 goals in the process. Foligno brings a three game point streak into tonight’s game that has seen him score three goals and add a pair of assists. He has also torched the Flyers for two goals and two assists in their three previous meetings this season. Foligno’s 22 power-play points this season leads the Blue Jackets (and is tied for 5th in the NHL) and he should feast on the Flyers 28th ranked penalty kill.
Others: Jacub Voracek, Patrick Kane, Jamie Benn, Scott Hartnell, Patrick Marleau. Daniel Sedin
Value: Reilly Smith, Patrick Eaves, Shane Doan, David Pastrnak, Linden Vey
Duncan Keith – Chicago Blackhawks – Keith has had a disappoint season thus far by his standards but finally broke out of a mini point-less streak with an assist against the Canucks on Wednesday night. He lit the lamp against New Jersey in their only previous meeting this season and lit them up for four assists in two games last season. He’s still a cornerstone on the point of the team’s top power-play unit and has the luxury of taking on the Devil’s ugly 78.4% penalty kill. This is a guy sitting in a favorable matchup and whose 62 points last year were second among all defensemen in the NHL; enjoy the very reasonable $4,900 asking price.
John Klingberg – Dallas Stars – Klingberg has seemingly come out of nowhere to become one of the NHL’s highest scoring defenseman this season. He enters tonight’s game riding a four game point streak (1 goal and 4 assists) and has firmly taken over the role of point-man on Dallas’ very dangerous #1 power-play unit. Few players in the NHL can match Klingberg’s 6 goals and 13 assists over the last 13 games and yet you can still slot him into one of your “D” spots for just $4,400. He should be a tough fade for your cash games.
Others: Mark Streit, Jack Johnson, Brent Burns, Alex Edler, Brent Seabrook
Value: Matt Tennyson, David Rundblad, David Savard, Jason Demers
Best of luck tonight!
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