After a successful night of daily fantasy hockey last night, I can’t wait for the puck to drop once again this evening. While there may only be five games on the ice tonight, there are plenty of matchups that are going to be very hard to pass up on. Here are my top cash game plays;
Ben Bishop – Tampa Bay Lightning – It feels too easy picking on the Buffalo Sabres sometimes, but the Lightning are sitting as -380 ML favorite in Vegas and we’ve all learned how important securing a win from your goaltender is in daily fantasy hockey. Bishop owns a 13-3-1 record to go along with a 2.06 GAA and .923 SV% in 17 starts at the Amalie Arena and shutout this Buffalo team the only other time he’s faced them this season. He likely won’t see a ton of action which limits his GPP upside slightly but, considering his price ($7,800), he’s an easy choice as the top cash game option for me.
Others: Jaroslav Halak, Jonas Hiller, Antii Raanta
Jonathan Toews – Chicago Blackhawks – You’ll want some exposure to the Blackhawks tonight against a poor defensive Edmonton team, and it’s the Toews/Hossa/Saad line that offers tons of value tonight. I would love to get Kane/Sharp into my lineup as they’ve been on a tear, but they’re salaries have really spiked. They’re Captain hasn’t been lighting the world on fire, but he’s extremely consistent and looks to be a tremendous value at just $5,900. He lit the lamp twice against the Oilers in their only previous meeting this season and has tallied two goals and nine assists over his last eleven games.
Tyler Johnson – Tampa Bay Lightning – While Steven Stamkos will likely be a very popular play tonight (and for good reason), I’ll be turning my attention to Tampa’s second line of Kucherov/Johnson/Palat. The matchup doesn’t get any better for the Lightning as they’ll welcome a tired Buffalo Sabres team that looks to have mutated back into the dumpster fire that they were to begin the season. Johnson enters tonight’s game on fire, scoring a pair of goals in each of the last two games and racking up eight points over the last four games. Only Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux have teamed up for points on the same goal more often than Johnson and his linemate Nikita Kucherov have this season (27 goals where each player has a point). Johnson has picked up five assists in the previous three meetings against Buffalo this season and, despite the hefty price-tag, is an excellent option this evening.
Others: Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Nazem Kadri, Andrew Shaw
Nikita Kucherov – Tampa Bay Lightning – You probably got the point from the write-up on Tyler Johnson, but here are a few reasons to plug Kucherov in your lineup as well. All four of the goals Tyler Johnson has scored in the last two games have been assisted by Kucherov and he’s tallied four goal, seven assists and is a +9 over his last seven games. In the three meetings against Buffalo this season, he’s netted a pair of goals and also added two assists. Unlike his linemate, his asking price of $5,800 seems very reasonable and he’ll find his way into nearly all of my lineups this evening.
Nick Foligno – Columbus Blue Jackets – Foligno has put his playmaking skills on display lately, racking up five assists over the last two games. With 17 goals and 21 assists in 37 games, he’s clearly in the midst of a career best season and yet his asking price today is still very reasonable. He’s routinely logging 20 minutes of ice-time per game and now ranks 3rd in the NHL with 19 power-play points. He’ll face a Toronto team that just fired their coach, has dropped three straight games and surrenderd 11 goals in their last two games.
Others: Kyle Okposo, Phil Kessel, Johnny Gaudreau, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Alex Killorn, Marian Hossa
Mark Giordano – Calgary Flames – A four game point streak has brought his salary down to its lowest point in recent memory, and I’m expecting a strong performance from the NHL’s second highest scoring defensemen tonight. He’s a near lock for 25+ minutes of ice-time tonight versus the Florida Panthers and he lit them up for a goal and a pair of assists in their only previous meeting this season. The Panthers escaped with an emotional win in Vancouver last night, which makes them ripe for a “let down” game tonight.
Nick Leddy – New York Islanders – In a battle of two teams with dreadful penalty kills, I’ll be looking on the blue-line for some value in this game. At just $3,300 Leddy looks to be that value. Leddy enters the game with six goals and 12 assists on the season and offers very cheap exposure to Tavares/Okposo both at even strength and on the New York Islander’s very capable #1 power-play unit. The New Jersey Devils were completely dominated by the Boston Bruins tonight and frankly have very little reason not to throw their hat into the Connor McDavid sweepstakes at this point.
Others: Victor Hedman, Duncan Keith, T. J. Brodie, Brent Seabrook, Cody Franson, James Wisniewski, Marek Zidlicky
Best of luck tonight!
JMBWngFn (@JBritt2 on Twitter)