Last night’s exciting ten game slate may be behind us, but things aren’t too slow on the ice tonight as 12 teams lace up their skates this evening. With many of the game’s biggest, and highest priced, players in action tonight, finding value is going to be the key to a successful daily fantasy hockey experience.
Eddie Lack – Vancouver Canucks – While there is no guarantee that Lack will be between the pipes for the Canucks tonight in Carolina, the chances seem pretty good after Ryan Miller posted a 30 save shutout in Philadelphia last night. With tons of offensive firepower to choose from tonight, I’m not interested in spending big money for my goalie and, as the cheapest goalie on the board, Lack is an excellent option. The Hurricanes enter tonight’s game as just one of two NHL teams who have yet to score 100+ goals this season and Lack cruised to easy victories (one shutout) against them in their two meetings last season.
Others: Frederik Anderson, Corey Crawford, Henrik Lundqvist
Sidney Crosby – Pittsburgh Penguins – He’s the most expensive skater on the board, so you better have good reasons to take him. Here are those reasons; He owns one goal and eight assists in five games so far this month, 2) While he may be 9th in the scoring race this season, his 1.21 points per game is first in the league, and 3) His destruction of the New York Islanders throughout his career is legendary; in 48 career games against the Islanders, Crosby has amassed a ridiculous 25 goals and 60 assists. Sometimes you simply get what you pay for, so fade him tonight at your own risk.
Colin Wilson – Nashville Predators – Wilson was a one-man wrecking crew in his last game, scoring a pair of goals and adding two assists against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. After a very slow start to the season, he’s now lit up opposing goalies for eight goals, nine assists and a +13 over his last 11 games. While opposing coaches have put emphasis on slowing down Nashville’s top line (Ribeiro and Forsberg), it’s been the Wilson/Fisher/Neal line doing most of the damage recently. Wilson sees time on the wing of the 2nd power-play unit and is very reasonably priced at just $5,100.
Others: Evgeni Malkin, John Tavares, Ryan Getzlaf, Niklas Backstrom, Mike Fisher, Ryan Kesler, Jonathon Toews
Value: Marcus Johansson, Henrik Sedin, Derick Brassard, Jordan Staal, Mike Ribeiro
David Perron – Pittsburgh Penguins – Until a pricing correction is made, Perron is nearly a plug-and-play option in your cash games. In four games since joining a line with Sidney Crosby, the former first round pick has picked up three goals, added one assist and fired 20 SOG. His offensive talents have never been in question and he somehow “quietly” scored 28 goals last season in Edmonton. In Pittsburgh he becomes a potential point-per-game type of a player making his $5,000 price-tag is simply too cheap. He should flourish on this line in general and in this potentially very back-and-forth style game against the Islanders.
Patrick Maroon – Anaheim Ducks – Taking Maroon is more about getting exposure to Getzlaf/Perry than it is about Maroon’s skill set, but he’s just $3,400 and rolls with Anaheim’s big dogs both at even strength and on the team’s top power-play unit. The New Jersey Devils enter tonight’s game having won just 6 of their 22 meetings against teams over .500 this season and have allowed 3.00 goals per game on the road. While I’m not quite as high on the Ducks tonight as many others likely will be, I don’t expect New Jersey to have an answer for the size and strength of the Maroon/Getzlaf/Perry line, making Maroon one of the “safest” punt plays on the board.
Others: Alexander Ovechkin, Corey Perry, Rick Nash, Radim Vrbata, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp
Value: Matt Calvert, Linden Vey, Beau Bennett, Josh Bailey, Andre Burakovsky, Brian Bickell
Seth Jones – Nashville Predators – I usually don’t mind paying up for a stud defenseman, but I’m going cheap on the blue-line tonight. Jones is still a work in progress, but he’s starting to see an expanded role for the Predators and has logged north of 20 minutes of ice-time in each of the last three games. His strong play has earned him a spot on the point of the Predator’s #2 power-play unit, where he’s scored a goal and grabbed a pair of assists over the last five games and one glaring weakness of the Washington Capitals has been their subpar penalty kill. He’s a bargain at just $3,200
Dan Hamhuis – Vancouver Canucks – After missing nearly two months with a groin injury, the Canucks will be thrilled to get Dan Hamhuis back in the lineup tonight in Carolina. While conditioning and “ring rust” are certainly concerns, the $3,000 asking price just seems way too low for a defenseman with 273 career points. Hamhuis has averaged well over 20 minutes of ice-time per game in each of his eleven NHL seasons and has averaged 2.36 fantasy points per game over his five year career in Vancouver.
Others: Kris Letang, Dustin Byfuglien, Tobias Enstrom, Duncan Keith, Sami Vatanen, Mike Green, Cam Fowler
Best of luck tonight!
JMBWngFn (@JBritt2 on Twitter)