Last night’s three game NHL slate left a lot to be desired from a daily fantasy hockey perspective, but the action heats up on the ice tonight, as 22 teams lace up their skates. The Connor McDavid Bowl in Buffalo could be rather entertaining to watch, but I’ll be focusing my attention on targeting players from the other 10 games tonight. Here are my top options for your cash games this evening:
Braden Holtby – Washington Capitals – $8,300 – Holtby is my top option in net tonight for several reasons; 1) He sports a 17-9-4 record with a 2.04 GAA and .927 SV% (with 5 shutouts) at the Verizon Center this season, 2) Owns a rock solid 2.04 GAA an d.929 SV% in 24 starts since the All-Star break, and 3) He’s dominated New Jersey this season, posting a 3-1-0 record with a 1.01 GAA and .964 SV% (with one shutout) in four starts against the Devils.
Others to Consider: Marc-Andre Fleury, Jaroslav Halak, Roberto Luongo, Eddie Lack
Nicklas Backstrom – Washington Capitals – $5,500 – Backstrom has been fairly quite lately by his standards, but has still managed to pick up eight assists in ten games this month and sits just two points out of the NHL scoring race. Tonight he’ll take on a New Jersey team who he has torched for three goals and a pair of assists in their four previous meetings this season. His $5,500 price-tag is about as cheap as you’re ever going to find it, so enjoy that cheap exposure to Mr. Ovechkin.
Brandon Pirri – Florida Panthers – $5,400 – Simply put, Brandon Pirri is on fire. He’s scored goals in five of the last six games and has now lit the lamp 14 times in just 20 games since the All-Star break. He’s averaging over three shots on goal per game this season and sees plenty of run with the team’s #2 power-play unit. He found the back of the net in his only previous meeting with Toronto and, considering the fact that Toronto has allowed 42 goals during their current 1-8-1 skid, there’s little reason to believe he’s going to be slowed down tonight.
Jussi Jokinen – Florida Panthers – $3,700 – If you’re looking for a value option at center tonight, then Pirri’s teammate Jussi Jokinen may be your guy. He’s posted points in back-to-back games and has now racked up a goal and added eight assists over his last 12 games. He’s had plenty of success against this abysmal Toronto Maple Leafs team this season, scoring a goal and adding three assists in their four previous meetings. He’s seeing a healthy dose of playing time on the Panther’s second power-play unit which should bode well for him against this Toronto team that owns the league’s 25th ranked penalty kill since the All-Star break.
Others to Consider: Henrik Zetterberg, Sidney Crosby, Henrik Sedin, Mark Arcobello, Ryan Getzlaf
Daniel Sedin – Vancouver Canucks – $8,000 – His price has certainly skyrocketed, but I’m still going to have a tough time fading Daniel Sedin tonight. He’ll square off against an Avalanche team that lost in Edmonton last night to extend their losing streak to three games and who has allowed the fourth most shots on goal against per game in the NHL this season. Sedin’s consistency is a rare commodity and he’s now scored two goals and added 10 assists in 12 games this season. He’s torched the Av’s for a goal and two assists on ten shots in their previous two meetings and I’d be half-stunned if he was kept off the score-sheet tonight.
Justin Abdelkader – Detroit Red Wings – $4,600 – With eight goals and three assists over his last 12 games, Abdelkader’s $4,600 asking price is just too appealing. The pesky winger has posted back-to-back two point games and is thriving alongside Henrik Zetterberg on the wings top scoring line as well as their league best #1 power-play unit. The San Jose Sharks have dropped four of their last five games and coughed up 18 goals during that stretch, making Abdelkader an excellent value option
Others to Consider: Alexander Ovechkin, Jonathan Huberdeau, Shane Doan, Chris Kunitz, Teemu Pulkkinen, Radim Vrbata, Max Pacioretty, Bobby Ryan
Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Arizona Coyotes – $6,200 – Not often is a defensemen likely the best offensive player on the ice for either team, but that may just be the case tonight in Buffalo. OEL leads the Coyotes in nearly every significant offensive category this season (goals (20), points (38), shots on goal (240), and is a mortal lock for 25+ minutes of ice-time tonight. He sees the lion’s share of the minutes on the point of the team’s power-play and should find plenty of scoring opportunities tonight against the Sabres absolutely abysmal penalty kill. Ekman-Larsson has picked up three goals and added two assists over the last four games and it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see him put up a multi-point game tonight.
Alexander Edler – Vancouver Canucks – $5,300 – Edler has recorded points in three straight games and now owns two goals and three assists over his last five contests. He lives on the point of the Canucks very dangerous #1 power-play unit and has logged at least 21 minutes of ice-time in every single game this month. He’s already dished out two assists against the Avalanche this season and, considering their poor play and likely tired legs, he’s one of my favorite mid-priced options on the blue-line tonight.
Others to Consider: Erik Karlsson, Kris Letang, P.K. Subban, John Carlson, Marek Zidlicky, Torey Krug, Victor Hedman, Aaron Ekblad
Best of luck tonight!
JMBWngFn (@JBritt2 on Twitter)