Yesterday’s four game slate left a bit to be desired (and dinged my bankroll a bit) so tonight’s ten game schedule is a site for sore eyes. Somebody is going to go to bed with an extra 10K in their pocket thanks to tonight’s $60K Breakaway, so hope in there and let it be you!
Roberto Luongo – Luongo had a rough outing on Tuesday night, but he’s been the major reason for Florida’s recent push into the playoff race. Over the last month he’s posted a 7-3-1 record with a very solid 2.21 GAA and .924 SV%. He’s also played very well all year at the BB&T Center this season, going 8-3-3 with a 2.18 GAA and .922 SV% in his 14 home starts. The Avalanche limp into South Florida tonight having dropped two straight games and sport just 2.05 goals per game on the road this season. There may be safer cash game options on the board tonight, but Luongo’s upside makes him my favorite GPP play.
Others: Ben Bishop, Niklas Backstrom, Antti Niemi, Joni Ortio (Minimum Price)
Logan Couture – San Jose Sharks – He won’t come cheap tonight ($8,100) but I expect him to be worth the investment tonight against a worn out Toronto Maple Leafs team. The Leafs have been shutout in back-to-back games (last night) and are in the midst of a brutal four game road trip that takes them on a tour of some of the Western Conference’s toughest teams. Couture has racked up a pair of goals and added seven assists over his last seven games and forms a formidable duo alongside Joe Pavelski at even strength. He’s also already posted 4 goals and 10 assists as a focal point on the team’s lethal #1 power-play.
Jori Lehtera – St. Louis Blues – With two very strong scoring lines, I’d imagine it’s tough for an opposing coach to scheme against the St. Louis Blues, but considering the fact that the Steen/Oshie/Backes line has tallied a combined 30 points over the last five games, I’m sure they’ll have the majority of Mike Babcock’s attention tonight. This should open the door for the S.T.L. line to avoid squaring off against the pesky Pavel Datsyuk more often than not. Lehtera has picked up a goal and three assists over the last four games and is still a huge bargain tonight at just $4,000.
Others: Steven Stamkos, David Backes, Patrice Bergeron, Joe Thornton, Mathieu Perreault, Tyler Seguin, Henrik Sedin, Claude Giroux
Zach Parise – Minnesota Wild – Admittedly, Minnesota has been terrible lately….. but the Buffalo Sabres have been worse. Parise has been awfully quiet lately, but this is a guy who has consistently put up big offensive numbers throughout his ten year career. This is a great matchup for Minnesota on paper as they own the league’s sixth best CF% (Corsi For %) and Buffalo is far and away ranked dead last in that category. What does that mean? Minnesota should have no trouble controlling the puck which will lead to an abundance of scoring chances, power-play opportunities and, in theory, plenty of goals. His recent slump has dropped his asking price all the way down to just $6,100, so enjoy the discount.
Nikita Kucherov – Tampa Bay Lightning – With the Edmonton Oilers coming to town, the Tampa Bay Lightning players are going to be popular picks tonight. With Tyler Johnson out of the lineup for Tuesday’s game, Kucherov jumped onto the wing of the teams #1 scoring line and logged nearly 19 minutes of ice-time alongside Steven Stamkos. With Johnson once again doubtful for tonight’s game, expect to see more of the same for Kucherov. The talented Russian has broken out in a big way this season, amassing 17 goals and 25 assists over the first 45 games. Edmonton enters tonight’s game owning the least number of points in the NHL and are allowing 3.55 goals per game on the road this season. At $5,100, he should be a staple in all of your cash games and warrants plenty of GPP attention even considering his likely high ownership percentage.
Others: Vladimir Tarasenko, Jakub Voracek, Jason Pominville, Radim Vrbata, Daniel Sedin, Ryan Callahan, Jiri Hudler
Mark Giordano – Calgary Flames – Calgary has dominated the Coyotes thus far this season, winning all three games handedly. Whenever they Flames have a nice matchup, Giordano jumps up my “draft board” and becomes a terrific target for DFS hockey. He’s averaging over 27 minutes of ice-time per game this month and sees plenty of run on the point of the Flames’ #1 power-play unit where he’s already racked up ten power-play points on the season. The Coyotes own the league’s second worst penalty kill (74.5%) and Giordano has had success against them already this season (one goal and two assists in the three meetings).
Anton Stralman – Tampa Bay Lightning – The Oilers play laughable defense, so I want some exposure to Tampa. Victor Hedman looks set to miss tonight’s game with a lower body injury, which means huge minutes for Anton Stralman. When Hedman missed nearly a month early in the season, it was Stralman who picked up the slack. He’ll shift onto the point of the top power-play unit and is routinely logging well over 20 minutes of ice-time per game. With an asking price of just $3,100, he’s one of the best values on the board.
Others: Dustin Byfuglien, Kevin Shattenkirk, Alexander Edler, Ryan Suter, Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Ekblad, Dennis Wideman
Best of luck tonight!
JMBWngFn (@JBritt2 on Twitter)