A limited night of NHL action gets this week started tonight with four-game slate with some top teams and players on the ice this evening. Let’s take a look at some of the best superstar and bargain buys for tonight’s game:
Cory Schneider ($8,300) – Schneider is one of the top goalies in the league at the moment and he’s been fantastic lately for the Devils. In his last four starts he’s allowed just seven goals against and sits well inside the top-10 in the league in wins, GAA and SV%. The Devils face the Rangers away tonight at MSG tonight and this season on the road Schneider has been superb posting a 1.93 GAA and .937 SV%. And just last week Schneider back-stopped the Devils to a 3-2 win over the Rangers coming out of the All-Star break..
Ben Bishop ($7,700) – Bishop continues to back-stop the Lightning with career numbers this season and has been fantastic as of late. In his last eight games the Tampa netminder is 6-2-0 and has allowed more than two goals against only twice. He’s won both of his games coming out of the All-Star break shutting down the Red Wings and nipping the Penguins after allowing three goals. The Lightning take on the Senators on Monday night and so far this season Bishop is 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA and .946SV% in two matchups against Ottawa. He’ll save you $600 in a more favorable contest than Schneider but both are my top two goalies of the night.
Others to Consider: Henrik Lundqvist ($8,100), Petr Mrazek ($7,800), Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,000)
Kris Letang ($6,600) – After being held in check without a point on Friday night against the Lightning, Letang erupted against the Panthers with two goals, one assist and seven SOG for an 11.5 fantasty point evening. The three point game was his fifth multi-point game in his last nine games and he’s posted five goals and 13 points in that time span. In his last 10 games, DK includes the All-Star game stats for those who played, the Penguins high-scoring defenseman is averaging 5.8 FPPG and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.
Keith Yandle ($4,700) – Yandle is beginning to look like his old self lately for the Rangers and has points in three of his last four games and five of his last seven overall. He’s got a goal and two assists in his last four games while adding 10 SOG. He had one of his better games lately on Saturday against the Flyers with a goal on four shots. The Rangers won that game in a shootout and Yandle shouldered a major load playing almost 28 minutes in the contest. The Rangers have a tough matchup tonight with the Devils but last week against NJ, Yandle managed an assist and two SOG.
Mike Green ($4,900) – Green is a far-cry from the offensive force that he used to be with the Capitals but he still can bring the offense from time to time and has done that lately for Detroit. Green has a power-play goal in each of his last two games for the Wings bringing his season total up to four and 21 points. He has five SOG in his last two games to go along with the two markers. At $4,900 he’s a tough sell but with the production on the Wings potent power-play, especially on this limited night, he could be worth a look.
Others to Consider: Erik Karlsson ($7,600), Victor Hedman ($6,000), Aaron Ekblad ($4,900), Hampus Lindholm ($4,200), Trevor Daley ($3,800)
Sidney Crosby ($7,900) – The kid just keeps on rolling for the Penguins and is the hottest scorer in the league at the moment. Up to 49 points in 50 games now, Crosby is riding a 10-game point streak during which he has put up an incredible 18 points. He has 10 goals, eight assists and 39 SOG in this impressive streak and now has goals in six straight games. After just nine points in the first month and a half of the season, Crosby has 40 points since Nov. 19 and is now in the top-10 in the league in overall scoring.
Dylan Larkin ($5,600) – Lost in the John Scott hype at the All-Star game was Larkin who won the fastest skater and added three assists in the game itself. Since then he has been on a tear with points in two of his three games since the break. The teenage phenom for the Red Wings leads the team with 37 points in 51 games and is tied for the league lead in +/- with Evgeny Kuznetsov at an impressive +25. He has posted back-to-back multi-point games with two goals against the Panthers on Thursday and a goal and an assist against the Islander on Saturday. He’s proving to be everything as advertised for Detroit and is firmly entrenched in their top-six, so roll the kid against the Panthers tonight.
J.T. Miller ($4,500) – Miller has come on big for the Rangers lately and has been an surprisingly unlikely source of offense for the Blue Shirts. He was kept off the scoresheet on Saturday against the Flyers but before that had points in five of six games. He has nine points in his last 10 games with eight goals in that span. He’s managed three multi-point in this run of offense and all but one of the goals have come at even strength. With Rick Nash still nursing an injury, Miller has settled in well on the NY second line with Derick Brassard and is now up to third on the team in goals with 16 behind Brassard and Mats Zuccarello.
Jaromir Jagr ($5,800) – The ageless wonder keeps chugging along and proving age is just a number. After a solid All-star weekend Jagr came out of the break running with four points in his first two games. He had an assist against the Caps and followed that up with a three-point game against the Wings on Thursday night. The he was held scoreless against his former team the Penguins on Saturday but managed to put six SOG in the contest. He’s been very good against the Wings this season with three points, three SOG and a 4.3 FPPG average against Detroit in two contests against them this year.
Ondrej Palat ($4,400) – Palat has come out of the break strong for the Lightning after going in slumping badly. He has points in both games so far out of the All-Star game and posted a multi-goal game against the Penguins on Friday night. He’s playing on the Tampa Bay top line with Stamkos and Namestnikov giving him great value, especially at his affordable price, as long as he’s on a line with Stammer and inside the Lightning top-six forward rotation. The Lightning face the Senators tonight who have dropped five of their last seven games and sit last in the league in goals against per game, allowing 3.1 per contest.
Others to Consider: Steven Stamkos ($7,000), Nikita Kucherov ($6,600), Ryan Getzlaf ($5,600), Tyler Johnson ($5,200), Adam Henrique ($4,600), Mike Hoffman ($5,900), Mats Zuccarello ($5,900), Chris Kunitz ($4,500), Tomas Tatar ($5,000), David Perron ($4,300), Rickard Rakell ($4,500)
Make sure to check out my Cheat Sheet and NHL Line Stacks posts today and as always for any DFS Hockey questions or comments this season, find me on Twitter at: @JHarding_Hockey