With the end of the regular season just 15 days away, the NHL takes a moment to gather its breathe for the stretch run by only offering up three games this evening. With that said, there are still some very important points for teams to grab tonight and several favorable match-ups to exploit in your daily fantasy hockey contests. Here are my top plays for tonight’s three game slate;
Kari Lehtonen – Dallas Stars ($8,500) – While admittedly both Crawford and Dubnyk are probably “safer” cash game options, I’m taking a long look at Lehtonen in net tonight. His overall numbers this season certainly won’t blow you away, but he’s really turning things around lately. He sports an impressive 8-1-0 record with a 2.07 GAA and .924 SV% thus far in March and is now 14-4-3 in 22 starts since the All-Star break. The Stars have rattled off four straight victories and have owned the Edmonton Oilers in recent memory. Lehtonen should see a fair amount of work, but is still one of the strongest bets for a victory tonight, making him an excellent GPP option and a perfectly fine cash game play.
Others to Consider: Corey Crawford ($9,100), Devan Dubnyk ($8,700)
Tyler Seguin – Dallas Stars ($8,900) – He’s one of the most expensive players on the board, but fading him could be the end of your night thanks to tonight’s short slate. Seguin brings a four game point streak into tonight’s game in Edmonton and should have no trouble keeping things rolling against the Oilers’ extremely leaky defense. No team in the NHL has coughed up more goals against than Edmonton this season, and Seguin has feasted on them; scoring four goals and adding an assist in their two previous meetings. With the Oilers sporting an atrocious 77.1% penalty kill, I’d be surprised if Seguin didn’t post a multi-point game here tonight.
Andrew Shaw – Chicago Blackhawks($3,800) – If you’re rolling with Seguin, then you’re going to need to find some value somewhere; that’s where Shaw fits in. The pesky Hawks center is fearless, and his hard work has been rewarded with three goals over the last two games. He sees a healthy dose of playing time on Chicago’s #1 power-play unit, which should bode well for this against the Blue Jacket’s 25th ranked penalty kill. His $3,800 asking price is extremely reasonable, and he’s one of the best value options on the board tonight.
Others to Consider: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($7,600), Jonathan Toews ($7,100), Jason Spezza ($5,700), Sean Monahan ($6,500), Mikael Granlund ($3,900), Cody Eakin ($3,800)
Jordan Eberle – Edmonton Oilers ($8,100) – He’s no longer a bargain, but on this short slate it’s just impossible to ignore his recent production. Eberle lit the lamp on Wednesday and has now racked up six goals and added nine assists over his last nine games. Edmonton loves to get up-and-down the ice, so tonight’s match-up against a Dallas Stars team that rates out as the fastest paced team in the league (117.9 CP60) is about as good as you can ask for. Eberle now owns 9 goals and 21 assists in 27 games since the Al-Star break and has already tallied a pair of assists against the Stars in their two previous meetings. The Stars are allowing 3.25 goals against per game on the season, making Eberle a rock solid cash game options (with a nice GPP upside, as well).
Tomas Vanek – Minnesota Wild ($5,500) – While he may never return to his days as a 40 goal scorer, Vanek is still proving to have plenty to offer in the offensive zone. He’s somewhat quietly racked up six goals and four assists over the last nine games. Vanek has picked up an assist in both prior meetings against the Calgary Flames this season, and his strong play has now earned a spot on the wing of Minnesota’s #1 power-play unit. There’s no doubting his offensive talent (and, for the sake of DFS hockey, we don’t really care about his defense), so he’s a nice option at a $5,500 price-point.
Others to Consider: Jamie Benn ($9,000), Zach Parise ($8,700), Marian Hossa ($7,400), Jiri Hudler ($6,400), Jason Pominville ($5,400), Teuvo Teravainen ($2,600)
John Klingberg – Dallas Stars ($3,900) – Klingberg should be a tough fade tonight in your cash games. The young Swede has stormed into the NHL and racked up 10 goals and 27 assists in just 57 games as a rookie. He’s taken the reigns of the point spot on the #1 Dallas power-play, unit and that should be reason enough to target him against this joke of an Edmonton penalty kill. Klingberg has already tallied a goal and added two assists in the two previous meetings against the Oilers and still sports a bargain price-tag of just $3,900.
Ryan Suter – Minnesota Wild ($5,200) – If you’re a believer in minutes = fantasy production, then you should be all over Suter tonight. Suter is second in the league (behind Drew Doughty) in average ice-time at over 29 minutes per game this season, and he see’s huge minutes (3:55 per game) of playing time on the point of the Minnesota power-play. He’s been far more productive on home-ice this season, tallying two goals and 20 assists in 33 games at the Xcel Energy Center and has come alive lately, dishing out four assists over the last five games.
Others to Consider: Kris Russell ($6,000), Duncan Keith ($5,100), Brent Seabrook ($4,200), Kevin Connauton ($3,200)
Best of luck tonight!
JMBWngFn (@JBritt2 on Twitter)