A short week of NHL action, thanks to the All-Star break, gets started tonight with a solid slate of six games with some top teams and players on the ice this evening. Let’s take a look at some of top and bargain buys for tonight’s games.
Mike Condon ($7,400) – Condon helped the Canadiens keep the Maple Leafs in check on Saturday and was pivotal in the Habs snapping their five-game losing streak with a shootout win on Saturday night. Condon has had a tough task this season having to fill-in for the reigning MVP of the league Carey Price and while he has had this struggled Condon has been solid in his last 10 starts despite the Canadiens struggles to put W’s in the win column. In those 10 games he’s 4-5-1 but he has a 2.29GAA and a .915 which are solid numbers. The Habs face the Blue Jackets tonight and Condon will get the nod after the solid outing over the weekend, making him a very solid option vs Columbus.
Henrik Lundqvist ($8,000) – Lundqvist was fantastic this weekend allowing three goals against in his two games despite going 1-1-0. On Friday he shut down the Hurricanes allowing a lone goal against and followed that up with a tough 3-0 loss on Sunday afternoon allowing two goals on 32 shots and snapped Hank’s personal three-game win streak. The game was early enough on Sunday that Lundqvist could get the start tonight against Buffalo, a team he has dominated in his career. He has 16 wins, a 2.19 GAA and .924 against the Sabres in his career. Should the Rangers roll with Antti Raanta ($6,700) tonight you might want to look elsewhere with this shaky play in his last few appearances for NY, but if Lundqvist gets the nod he’s my top goalie of the night.
Others to Consider: Petr Mrazek ($7,600), Jaroslav Halak ($7,500), Antti Niemi ($7,000) or Kari Lehtonen ($7,100), Louis Domingue ($6,700), Tuukka Rask ($7,900)
P.K. Subban ($6,300) – Subban was kept off the scoresheet on Saturday in the Canadiens win vs the Leafs snapping his six-game point streak. He had begun to turn his offense around with two goals and four assists in those six games after he and the Canadiens had hit a huge slide since losing Carey Price. Despite being held in check offensively Subban still managed 4.0 fantasy points thanks to three SOG and five blocked shots. He’s averaging 4.0 FPPG over his last 10 games with two goals, six assists, 17 blocked shots and 27 SOG. Subban is a great play tonight at Columbus with 18 of his 33 points this year coming on the road and in nine career games vs the Blue Jackets he has eight points.
Shayne Gostisbehere ($5,000) – Gostisbehere continues to prove that he should have been playing with the big club since the beginning of the season and he clearly makes the Flyers offense better when he is in the lineup. He was held scoreless his first two games back from his knee injury but put 11 SOG in those games and has now put up points in back-to-back games with a goal against the Leafs and two assists Thursday night against the Penguins last week. He added six shots and 5.0 fantasy points in each game. He doesn’t provide much as far as blocked shots, only one in his last 10 games, but he provides the offense and is not afraid to shoot the puck for the Flyers with 62 shots in 27 games.
Seth Jones ($4,500) – It took a few games for Jones to settle in with Columbus and then he exploded for five points in his last five games. Jones added five assists in four games, including a multi-point game against Washington, to go along with nine blocks and 12 SOG. Jones has put up 20.5 fantasy points in DK over those last five games, good for 4.1 FPPG and comes in at a good mid-level value on the blueline tonight at $4,500. Columbus has an intriguing matchup against the Canadiens tonight who just snapped a five-game losing streak on Saturday night.
Nick Leddy ($4,300) – I spoke about Leddy last week and he had a great game for the Islanders against Ottawa on Friday night with a PPG and two shots. He now has points in three straight games (2G, 1A) and is back with defensive partner Travis Hamonic, who returned with a goal and assist on Friday night after a long injury absence. Leddy has added eight SOG on his three-game streak and now has eight points in his last 10 games commanding the Isles blueline at even strength and the power-play without the help of Johnny Boychuk and Hamonic. The Islanders have a tough test against Detroit on Monday but the Isles have won eight of their last 10 games against the Red Wings.
Others to Consider: Mark Giordano ($6,600), John Klingberg ($6,000), Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($6,200), Jared Spurgeon ($4,900), Mike Green ($4,700), Marco Scandella ($4,000), Travis Hamonic ($4,000), Danny DeKeyser ($3,400), Brendan Smith ($2,800)
John Tavares ($7,700) – Hockey fans and DFS players all hope that Friday’s performance by Tavares is what he needs to turn his game around and kick his offense into gear. After finishing second in the scoring race last year with 86 points, Tavares has only 33 points in 43 games. Still Tavares has points in three of his last four games with a goal and three assists. He has not had the puck luck shooting with only 16 goals on the season despite averaging over three SOG per game this year and putting 40 SOG over his last 10 games. He has historically been great against the Red Wings with 12 points in nine games vs Detroit and the last time these teams faced off JT managed a three-assist outing.
Claude Giroux ($6,800) – Giroux has been one of the best scorers and playmakers in the league for years and has turned things around after his slow start to the season. The Flyers face the Bruins tonight and Giroux had a three-assist game vs Boston just two weeks ago in Philly when the Bruins came to town. They face off in the City of Brotherly Love again tonight and since that game Giroux has points in three of his four games with two games, two assists, four blocked shots and 16 SOG. He’s got nine points in his last 10 games overall and the Flyers top line with Voracek and Simmonds has been clicking well since they were put together and have been one of the more dynamic scoring lines over the last few weeks in the league.
Patrice Bergeron ($7,500) – Bergeron continues to lead the Bruins offense and has been fantastic lately. The Bruins pivot is riding a four-game point streak for the B’s and is quickly forming a great chemistry with Ryan Spooner and Brad Marchand as his current linemates. Bergeron had goals in back-to-back games against the Maple Leafs and Canadiens and followed that up with assists against the Canucks and most recently the Blue Jackets. He has been great all-around with four blocks and 18 SOG on his current streak and on the season is averaging almost four SOG per game as well as being one of the league leaders in PPP. The Bruins will have a tough matchup with Philly on Monday and starter Michal Neuvirth, but with the level of play from their top-six lately I like this contest for Bergeron.
Shane Doan ($4,500) – No one tell Doan he’s too old to be productive with the Coyotes captain riding a three-game point streak and has found the scoresheet in five of his last seven games overall. Doan is seeing a decent amount of ice time this season with over 17 minutes per night and has seen an increase as of late with almost 20 minutes on average per night. He looked great against the Kings on Saturday night with a goal and assist and has a good matchup against the Wild tonight to extend his streak with Minnesota juggling their net between Dubnyk and Keumper as of late.
Kerby Rychel ($3,000) – Rychel has struggled to stay in the Columbus lineup this season and was re-called from the AHL earlier this month after being sent down in early December. He has been very strong in making his case to not be demoted again with six points in his seven games back up here. He has points in four of the seven games and has multi-point outings lately against Boston and Washington. The former 2013 first-round pick of the Blue Jackets has settled in on the Columbus third-line for the moment and has played well with Captain Nick Foligno. At $3,000 he is one of the best value picks for tonight, so take a chance on Rychel and spend big elsewhere in your lineup.
Others to Consider: Jamie Benn ($8,600), Tyler Seguin ($8,500), David Krejci ($5,900), Dylan Larkin ($5,300), Derek Stepan ($5,100), David Pastrnak ($4,000), Sam Bennett ($4,100), Brendan Gallagher ($6,200), Kyle Okposo ($5,600), Loui Eriksson ($5,500), Wayne Simmonds ($5,500), Tomas Tatar ($4,800), Max Domi ($4,700), Chris Kreider ($4,300)
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