A limited night to start the weekend with only three games on the NHL docket for tonight. Still, there are some top teams and players on the ice with the Lightning, Caps and Blues headlining the upper-echelon. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the top and bargain buys for tonight’s games.
Brian Elliott – STL @ VAN – $8,400 – Elliott has come back from injury on fire at the moment with back-to-back shutouts. Elliott has been fantastic in his time this season as a starter when he has received the chance to start sitting at the top of the league among qualifying goalies in both GAA and SV%. He hasn’t lost in regulation since a February 4 loss to the Sharks and his only other loss since the beginning of February came in a shootout loss to the Jets. Elliott gets the nod tonight against the Canucks after blanking them with a shutout just this past Saturday, making him my top goalie of the night.
Braden Holtby – WAS @ NJ – $8,400 – With the Capitals having clinched the Metro division and the #1 seed in the East with their win over the Senators on Tuesday night, they head into the final stretch run of the season trying to keep their intensity level high. Holtby was in net for that contest, so tonight it could be Philipp Grubauer ($7,400) in net for the Caps, especially with a matchup tomorrow night against the Blues on the horizon. Whichever Capitals goalie gets the nod tonight, they will have a favorable matchup against the Devils, who have been struggling as of late as a whole and who are coming off a hard-fought shutout victory last night in another divisional matchup against the Penguins. Roll whichever Caps goalie gets the nod, especially if it’s Holtby, who is 3-0-0 against the Devils this season.
Others to Consider: Ben Bishop ($8,200), Thomas Griess ($7,900)
Victor Hedman – TB vs NYI – $6,000 – Hedman has quietly put up his second-best scoring season in his young career, despite taking a slight step back from his 55 point season last year. His 41 points are in the top-20 among blueliners in the league this season, and his 35 assists are 10th among them the year. He has assists in three straight games for the Lightning and is coming off a fantastic outing against the Red Wings on Tuesday night, when he posted two assists, one SOG and two blocks. On this mini streak he has going, Hedman has four helpers, five shots and eight blocks, good for 14.5 DraftKings fantasy points. He faces an Islanders squad coming off their best game in weeks, meaning it could be a very good night for the Lightning with NY’s inconsistencies as of late.
“de Haan has put up 10.5 fantasy points in his last two games”
Calvin de Haan – NYI @ TB – $4,100 – de Haan has not had a great season offensively, only 10 points, but all-around he has been very solid for the Islanders. Over his last seven games he has averaged almost 3.0 FPPG thanks to his shots on goal and blocked shots. de Haan has put up 10.5 fantasy points in his last two games with an assist in each game against the Senators and Flyers with 3 shots and 10 blocks. He is averaging almost 3 blocks per game this season, and with him having found offense in his last few games and at a very affordable price, de Haan is an interesting pick tonight.
Damon Severson – NJ vs WAS – $2,800 – Four points in his last four games for Severson, who followed up his solid rookie season last year by setting a new career-high in assists and points this season. At $2,800 and with his production over the last week, Severson is on here purely as a top value-pick on a limited night of action for those who don’t want to spend big on some of the high-priced blueline talent.
Others to Consider: Kevin Shattenkirk($6,800), Matt Niskanen ($5,300), Nick Leddy ($4,600), Karl Alzner ($4,000), Anton Stralman ($4,800)
Steven Stamkos, C – TB vs NYI – $7,400 – Stammer has been hot lately despite his down season overall. The Lightning star center has broken the 30-goal, 60-point barrier yet again, and his recent run of eight points in his last five games have greatly helped that cause. Stamkos has five goals and three assists in those five games with three multi-point games to boot. He has averaged three shots a game in that span and gets a matchup against a suspect Islanders team who have struggled mightily as of late. In his lone game against NY this season, with tonight and another game next week still to come against them, he had two assists and five SOG. You can expect a high-tempo game tonight that could potentially turn into a high-scoring affair.
Nicklas Backstrom, C – WAS @ NJ – $6,300 – Backstrom snapped a three-game pointless streak with a goal and an assist on Tuesday against the Senators. The game was one of Backstrom’s best all-around games in his last 10, and the goal was his first in five games and only his second in those last 10. His assist on Tuesday came on the Capitals power play, a goal by Ovechkin, upping his power play assist total on the season to an impressive 26. The Capitals have a very favorable matchup tonight against the Devils, and Backstrom for his career is 6 goals – 19 assists – 25 points in 33 games against NJ.
“[Palmieri] has been one of the more underrated wingers in the league this season”
Kyle Palmieri, RW – NJ vs WAS – $5,100 – Palmieri has been the offense for the Devils as of late and has been one of the more underrated wingers in the league this season. The Devils have had their struggles, but Palmieri has gotten his numbers and is on the cusp of his first 30-goal season and has already broken 50 points for the first time. His 29 goal – 23 assist – 52 point season are all career-highs by far in each category. He is currently riding a four-game point streak and had his second two-goal game in that span netting a pair last night against the Penguins, also having two against the Blue Jackets last weekend. Boucher is a point-per-game player this season against the Capitals with three points in as many games and is a top option on the wing tonight with his production against Washington this season and his recent run of offense overall.
Robby Fabbri, C – STL vs VAN – $4,000 – Much like Palmieri, Fabbri has had a very quiet and underrated season this year for the Blues, and his solid 36-point output has been overshadowed by some of the other impressive rookie campaigns out there. He has 10 points in his last 10 games and should hit the 20 goal/20 assist mark this season with 17 goals and 19 assists on the year. He has points in eight of those 10 games, and he has put up 3 goals, 7 assists and 21 SOG. Fabbri added an assist last week against the Canucks, who he faces tonight, and at $4,000, his price tag is fantastic for his recent level of production.
Others to Consider: Alex Ovechkin ($8,700), John Tavares ($7,500), Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,300), Evgeny Kuznetsov ($6,700), Daniel Sedin ($6,000), Ondrej Palat ($5,000), Jannik Hansen ($4,100), Brock Nelson ($4,000), Devante Smith-Pelly ($3,800), Jason Chimera ($3,600), Reid Boucher ($3,600).
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