A relatively quiet night of hockey action tonight to start the week with only four games on the docket this evening limiting the size of the DraftKings player pool. Still there are some favorable fantasy matchups with the Kings, Flames and Panthers headlining the action. Let’s take a look at some of the top and bargain buys for tonight’s slate of games:
Jonathan Quick – LA @ NSH – $8,400 – 7-2-1 in his last 10 games for the Kings, Quick is setting himself and LA up for a solid run heading into the playoffs in a few weeks. Quick is having a fantastic season for LA sitting second in the league behind Braden Holtby in wins with 37 and is fourth in GAA league-wide with a 2.14 mark. He is only two wins away from tying his career-high for a season with 39 and could very well crack the 40-win mark for the first time in his career. He is riding a personal three-game winning streak and is 5-0-1 in his last six overall and hasn’t lost in regulation in almost three weeks. On his three-game winning streak Quick has yielded only four goals against, shutting out the Blackhawks and beating both the Rangers and Bruins. Tonight will be Quick’s third start this season against the Predators and in his first two outings against them this season he’s won both games allowing only four goals against.
Jonathan Bernier – TOR vs. CGY – $7,200 – Bernier has not been a real fantasy stud to put in your lineups this season, when he has not been injured, but he has put forth some studly performances as of late for the Maple Leafs. Despite taking the loss in his last time out against the Panthers on Thursday night, allowing two goals against on 30 shots faced, Bernier has been locked in for the Leafs. He’s 2-1-0 in his last three games against playoffs contenders shutting out the Red Wings and holding the Lightning to a single goal. While the Leafs and Flames tonight are both well out of playoff contention and are in draft lottery mode Bernier is a solid play tonight with his recent return to the form that he has flashed in the past. He is also one of the least-expensive goalies on the market tonight with such a limited player pool.
Others to Consider: Roberto Luongo ($8,200), Thomas Greiss ($7,900), Joni Ortio ($7,000).
Dougie Hamilton – CGY @ TOR – $5,200 – Hamilton has not had the breakout season that many were expecting he was going to do following his trade to Calgary in the offseason. He should pass his career-high of 42 points that he set last season, which he did in 72 games, having 37 in the same amount of games this year. He is coming off one of his better games of the year last night against the Canadiens with three assists, three shots and a block. It was his second three-assist game in his last four games and he has 10 points in his last 10 games overall. He faces a familiar foe from his Bruins days tonight when the Flames take on the Maple Leafs.
Radko Gudas – PHI @NYI – $4,200 – A surprising fantasy play as of late is the Flyers Gudas. After only five points in his first 54 games of the season, Gudas has exploded lately for the Flyers with seven points in his last 10 games upping his total to 12. This is only the second season of his career that he has hit double-digit points but his offensive outburst has made him valuable lately, and moreover his outlier category coverage should make him appealing to DFS fantasy players. He is well on his way to breaking his single-season mark for blocked shots with 127 on the year and has already broken his career-high in shots for a season with 118, his previous best was 114. He has goals in two straight games and in his last 10 games he has seven points, 17 blocks and 27 shots overall. Roll him while he’s hot against a struggling Islanders squad.
“[Klein] had three assists spread out over the other five games recently along with 10 shots and nine blocks”
Kevin Klein – NYR vs. FLA – $3,800 – Klein has been one of the most consistent Rangers players over the last two weeks. He has five points in his last six games for the Blueshirts and helped to power them to three out of a possible six points on the Rangers recent West Coast trip. He had a two-goal game against the Ducks on six shots and had three assists spread out over the other five games recently along with 10 shots and nine blocks. The Rangers have been struggling lately, especially getting offense from the blueline, but Klein is a solid play tonight to keep his offense going.
Others to Consider: Mark Giordano ($7,500), Shea Weber ($6,300), Shayne Gostisbehere($6,100), Jake Muzzin ($5,500), Martin Marincin ($2,800).
Johnny Gaudreau, LW – CGY @ TOR – $7,000 – Quite the impressive sophomore season it has been for Johnny Hockey. After his 64-point rookie year last year the expectation was high on Gaudreau to have a breakout year and really establish himself as a top winger, and done that he has. 71 points in 71 games so far, new career-highs in goals and assists and counting. He should hit the 30-goal mark giving him a 30/40 season, and he has eight points (3G, 5A) in his last six games overall. He’s seventh in points in the league and is tied for eighth in assists with 44 on the year. He has a very favorable matchup against the Leafs tonight and despite the limited sample-size, he has three points in two career matchups vs Toronto.
Anze Kopitar, C – LA @ NSH – $6,600 – One of the hottest scorers in the league at the moment Kopitar, like his goalie Jonathan Quick, is rounding into his form heading into the playoffs. Kopitar has 13 points (6G, 7A) in his last 10 games and has failed to find the scoresheet in only one of those games. He is currently riding a five-game point streak that has produced seven of those points against top, playoff contending teams from both conferences. Kopitar is one of the best all-around centers in the game at the moment and he would be a top choice for your lineups tonight at a relatively bargain price for his level of production.
Nick Bjugstad, C – FLA @ NYR – $4,800 – Bjugstad has found the right time to get hot for the Panthers and is facing the Rangers at the right time, with NY heavily struggling on defense as of late. Bjugstad has struggled for consistency this season and has battled some injuries along the way but has put up 29 points in 57 games, just over a half-point per game. He has caught fire as of late however, with a five-game point streak and points in six of his last seven games overall. He has three goals, three assists and 11 shots on goal on his current five-game run and is coming off a goal and assist game against the Red Wings over the weekend. He is catching the Rangers at the right time defensively with the Rangers allowing at least three goals against in six of their nine games to date in March.
“Despite only having 26 points on the season [Raffl] has put nine of those on the board in his last 10 games”
Michael Raffl, LW – Michael Raffl – $3,700 – Not many expected the Flyers to be contending for the playoffs this season but that is exactly what they are doing and they are getting help from their depth scoring, and Raffl has been a big part of that contribution as of late. Despite only having 26 points on the season Raffl has put nine of those on the board in his last 10 games and has been getting plenty of opportunities courtesy of playing on the surprisingly solid Flyers second line alongside Sean Couturier and Sam Gagner. He was held off the scoresheet against the Penguins over the weekend which snapped a three-game point streak, but the Flyers are humming right now and face the Islanders, who Raffl has two points against in three games this season, who are in a nose-dive at the moment losing five of their last six games.
Others to Consider: John Tavares ($7,600), Claude Giroux ($7,100), Filip Forsberg ($6,700), Sean Monahan ($6,000), Mats Zuccarello ($5,900), Jonathan Huberdeau ($5,400), Ryan Johansen ($5,100), Milan Lucic ($4,800), Michael Frolik ($4,300), William Nylander ($3,900), Sam Bennett ($3,700).
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