The dust has settled on the NHL after a lackluster trading deadline, that saw less action and fewer deals than many were expecting to go through. Still, players changed addresses and there are a few of them that will be suiting up for their new teams tonight and will be playable in DraftKings contests in some of the nine NHL games on the docket. Let’s take a look at some of the top and bargain buys for today’s slate of action:
Roberto Luongo ($8,200): Luongo is my top goaltender of the evening on today’s Cheat Sheet because the trade of Andrew Ladd and losing Brian Little for the season has dealt a blow to the Winnipeg Jets offense over the last few days and that bodes well for this fantasy matchup for Panthers netminder. Bobby Lou has been solid as of late for the Panthers, who swung some deals at the deadline to better the team offensively for the stretch run. He has gone 2-1-1 in his last four games and has allowed only seven goals against in those four outings. In the Panthers last game on Sunday Luongo had to come in and relieve Al Montoya after Montoya suffered an upper-body injury, and forced Luongo into action on a scheduled night off. He allowed one goal while taking the loss to the Wild. The Panthers face the Jets tonight in Winnipeg and in their only matchup this season Luongo bested the Jets stopping 29 of 30 shots and picking up the win.
Jake Allen ($7,400) – Allen has been good since his return from injury almost two weeks ago and despite losing three of his four outings, he has only allowed more than two goals against in one of them. He snapped his three-game losing streak on Sunday against the Hurricanes stopping 32 of 34 shots to pick up his 19th win of the season. On the year he sits just outside the top-10 in the league in both GAA (2.25) and SV% (.921). He has been a top goalie all season for the Blues and should get the offensive support tonight against a weak defensive team in Ottawa.
Cam Talbot ($7,000) – Talbot was fantastic against the Islanders on Sunday night, picking up the win for the Oilers stopping 36 of 37 shots and snapping the team’s seven-game losing streak. His numbers are on the rise lately with three consecutive solid outings. In his last three games he has a 1-1-1 record, and has allowed a total of five goals against in those games. The three games have come against good offenses in the Kings, Ducks and Islanders. Talbot is a lower-end option for tonight but has a solid matchup against the Sabres and their 29th-ranked scoring offense.
Others to Consider: Braden Holtby ($8,700), Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,000), Pekka Rinne ($7,900), Cory Schneider ($7,900), Jaroslav Halak/Thomas Greiss ($7,700), Devan Dubnyk ($7,400), Robin Lehner ($7,200)
Ryan Suter ($6,200): Suter is one of the top defensemen available on the evening and has a fantastic matchup against the Avs. With 41 points in 63 games on the season Suter is on pace to set a career-high in points this season. He has points in two straight games after a multi-assist game against the Caps and then followed that up with an assist against the Panthers on Sunday. He also added three SOG and four BS in those games. Suter faces the Avalanche for the fourth time this year tonight and in his previous three outings he has posted an assist, three blocks and five SOG.
Alex Pietrangelo ($5,700) – Pietrangelo has begun to show flashes of the offensive game we know he possesses lately and has six points in his last seven games. The bulk of his production has come in his last four games, with points in three of the four, and is coming off one of his better games of the year with a goal and an assist while posting four SOG and five blocks against the Hurricanes on Sunday. Perhaps this offensive run of form will spur him to more production down the stretch while continuing to see top minutes in the Blues defensive rotation.
Brooks Orpik ($4,400): Orpik has had a nice run of offense since coming off the IR on Feb 16 and has points in four of his seven contests despite playing in a largely third-pair role. In those games he has two goals and four assists while adding seven shots and 20 blocked shots. With John Carlson on IR for the foreseeable future expect Orpik to see an increased offensive role in the Caps top-four defensive rotation and to give solid all-around numbers in the blocks and shots categories.
T.J. Brodie ($5,000) – Brodie is producing the offense from the blueline lately for the Flames with the offensive inconsistencies in production of Mark Giordano and Dougie Hamilton. Brodie has 11 assists over his last 10 games and after posting a three-assist game against the Senators on Saturday he followed that up with an assist last night against the Flyers. He is not one to put up gaudy scoring numbers, four goals on 61 SOG this year, with only nine shots in his last 10 games but he is putting up the assists and is averaging over one block per game this season. He has been a very good blueline option over his last 10 games, averaging 3.4 FPPG over that stretch, and faces the Bruins tonight who he had two assists, a block and two shots against in his previous matchup earlier this season.
Others to Consider: Erik Karlsson ($8,100), Kris Letang ($7,000), Roman Josi ($6,900), Dustin Byfuglien ($6,700), John Klingberg ($6,400), Rasmus Ristolainen ($5,800), Matt Niskanen ($4,900), Nick Leddy ($4,600), Olli Maatta ($3,900), Ryan Pulock ($2,600)
Alex Ovechkin ($9,100)- Ovie may have been held in check and off the scoresheet against the Blackhawks over the weekend but it hasn’t happened often lately. The league goal-scorer in the league right now, Ovechkin has 10 goals in his last 10 games and has added four assists and an incredible 64 SOG to boot. Overall he has points in eight of those 10 games and the Chicago game on Sunday snapped a five-game points streak that saw him have four multi-point outings. Ovie leads the NHL in goals at the moment with 40 tallies and his last goal against the Wild put him in some elite company as one of only 10 players in NHL history to surpass the 40-goal mark for an eighth season in their career. He will look to get back on the scoring train tonight against the Penguins. The Pens are coming off a 6-0 win over the Coyotes last night and despite being held scoreless in two games vs Pittsburgh this season, for his career Ovechkin has 46 points in 41 career contests. He’s pricey but rarely is he not worth finding a way to get him on your rosters.
Nathan MacKinnon ($6,700) – Even though he has been quiet as of late, and for most of the second half of the season, MacKinnon is enjoying a strong bounce-back season after his subpar sophomore year last year. He has 47 points in 64 games and hit the 20-goal barrier for the second time in his three seasons with his goal against the Red Wings in the Stadium Series game on Saturday. It was only his second goal in his last 12 games, and he has just not been getting the bounces despite having 44 shots in his last 10 games and sitting eighth in the league in that category. He does have points in two straight games with a goal, two assists and 11 shots and faces the Wild tonight who he has two assists and 12 shots against in three games this year.
Aleksander Barkov ($6,300) – Barkov is enjoying a strong breakout season for the Panthers and has been a big reason why they are leading the Atlantic Division at the moment. He’s currently fourth in scoring on the Panthers with 39 points and has been picking up the slack with the loss of Huberdeau to injury. Barkov has eight points (6G, 2A) in his seven February games and in his first three games back from an injury of his own he has points in all three. He had a multi-goal game against the Coyotes, then followed that up with a goal against Columbus and an assist against the Wild. Barkov has also put 11 SOG in those three outings. He should get some more fire power on his other wing tonight opposite Jaromir Jagr if the one of the newly acquired Teddy Purcell or Jiri Hudler are bumped up into Huberdeau’s spot on the top line, and has a fantastic matchup tonight against the struggling Jets.
Filip Forsberg ($6,300) – This is the offensive outburst that the hockey world has been hoping for from Forsberg since his draft year and the only question now is can he keep it up. He tied Alex Ovechkin and Andrew Marchand for the NHL lead for goals in the month of February with 12 and that was helped greatly with two hat-tricks in his last three games of the month. Overall he has 11 goals and two assists over his last 10 games of the month with three coming on the PP and putting up an impressive shot total of 39. He is on pace to come up short of his 63-point season last year but he is on fire right now and is a key cog for the Predators offense in their run to the playoffs. Expect him to see lots of opportunity to produce going forward and he has a favorable matchup against the defensively porous Stars on Tuesday night.
Lee Stempniak ($4,200): The Bruins acquired Stempniak right before the deadline on Monday and he is in the DK system on the Bruins roster so he will accrue fantasy points tonight. It remains to be seen where he slots in the lineup for Boston but it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he plays in their top-six forward rotation, especially after leading the Devils with 41 points in 63 games in their top-six this year. Should he be among their top lines he would be a great value play, especially on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Andrew Marchand. Monitor this situation to see where the Bruins deploy him in their lineup going into tonight’s contest with Calgary, a team in two games against this season Stemp has a goal and two assists.
Erik Haula ($3,400) – Another deep value pick tonight is the Wild’s young center Haula. Haula has come on strong and been an offensive savior for the Wild in the month of February, doubling his season total to 22 points with 11 points in the month. He has nine points in his last eight games, albeit all nine points came from four multi-point games. He has been very good for the Wild and at $3,400 he is a very intriguing value pick for DFS players to take a look at tonight in an important divisional matchup against the Avs bottom-10 scoring defense.
Others to Consider: Tyler Seguin ($8,600), Jamie Benn ($8,200), Sidney Crosby ($7,800), John Tavares ($8,000), Johnny Gaudreau ($7,300), Evgeni Malkin ($7,200), Zach Parise ($7,100), Patrice Bergeron ($7,100), Connor McDavid ($6,900), Evgeny Kuznetsov ($6,700), Patric Hornqvist ($6,500), Sean Monahan ($5,900), Mike Hoffman ($5,700), Mikkel Boedker ($4,800), Charlie Coyle ($4,400), Craig Smith ($4,300), Teddy Purcell ($4,100), Casey Cizikas ($3,300)
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