It’s a typically busy Tuesday night on the ice tonight in the NHL. We have seven games on the docket tonight, with several of them having major playoff implications. With plenty of options to choose from, here are my top plays of the night for my cash games.
Andrei Vasilevskiy ($7,300) – Tampa Bay Lightning – While there are plenty of other goalie options that look appealing tonight, Vasilevskiy looks to be the best value at just $7,300. With Ben Bishop holding down the fort last night in Montreal, it’s highly likely that Vasilevskiy gets the nod tonight in Toronto. The former first round pick has raised eyebrows in Tampa Bay this season, posting a 7-4-1 record with a very solid 2.30 GAA and .920 SV%, and even at just 20 years of age, he’s proved he belongs at the NHL level. Tonight, he’ll take on a Toronto team that has won only 6 of their last 38 games and are averaging just 1.80 goals per game over their last 15 games. Tampa Bay is sitting just one point behind the Canadiens for the top seed in the Atlantic Division and should be highly motivated to leave Toronto with two points. Give Vasilevskiy a look, and use that $1K+ in savings to upgrade your scoring.
Others to Consider: Sergei Bobrovsky ($9,300), Tuukka Rask ($8,700), Braden Holtby ($8,300)
Steven Stamkos ($8,900) – Tampa Bay Lightning – He’s not cheap, but there’s plenty of value on the board to allow you to easily fit Stamkos into your lineups tonight. Stamkos has already lit the Maple Leafs up for two goals and three assists in their three previous meetings this season, and it’s not like Toronto has done anything lately to shore up their defense. The Maple Leafs have allowed at least two goals to the opposition in 22 straight games and are allowing 3.58 goals against per game over their last 45 games. I’m expecting Tampa to cruise to an easy victory here, and I’d be surprised to see Stamkos kept off the score-sheet.
Derick Brassard ($4,500) – New York Rangers – If you’re looking for some value tonight, then Derick Brassard may just be your guy. Brassard has the luxury of centering Rick Nash on the team’s top forward unit and is stationed on the point of their #1 power-play unit, where he leads the New York Rangers in power-play points this season. Tonight, he’ll take on a Winnipeg team that is not only the second most penalized team in the NHL this season, but who also own just a 77.3% penalty kill since the All-Star break. The former first round pick lit the lamp on Sunday in Washington and has now reached a career high in points (55) on the season. It’s hard to complain about that $4,500 asking price.
Others to Consider: Ryan Johansen ($8,000), Mark Scheifele ($4,800), Henrik Zetterberg ($5,700), Nicklas Backstrom ($5,100), Mike Ribeiro ($4,400)
Cam Atkinson ($7,200) – Columbus Blue Jackets – His price-tag has shot up recently, but Atkinson has been on an absolute roll; he followed up a hat trick against the Blackhawks on Friday night with a goal and an assist against the Blues in St. Louis on Saturday. Over the last ten games, he’s racked up seven goals and five assists. He has a nice match-up on tap tonight against the New Jersey Devils, who will simply have no answer for his speed and creativity. His strong play has earned him some run on the team’s second power-play unit, and there’s not much of a reason to believe the Devils will be the team to slow him down.
Justin Abdelkader ($5,100) – Detroit Red Wings – Abdelkader has been the hottest Detroit player lately; tallying 10 goals (and a pair of assists) in 14 games this month. Make sure to monitor his status (as he may have a hearing regarding his hit on Jason Garrison), but assuming he avoids suspension, he’ll continue to join a formidable top line alongside Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist. He’s an absolute pesk on the team’s top power-play unit, and his fearlessness down low has resulted in a large proportion of his goals this season. For a guy with 10 goals already this month, he sure looks reasonably priced tonight in a very important game for the Detroit Red Wings.
Others to Consider: Alex Ovechkin ($9,300), Rick Nash ($8,700), Andrew Ladd ($6,200), Ondrej Palat ($5,100), Nikita Kucherov ($4,500), Adam Lowry ($3,000), Nick Foligno ($5,200)
Torey Krug ($4,900) – Boston Bruins – With Dougie Hamilton out of commission for the next few weeks, Krug is set to see all the run he can handle for Boston. Krug is aggressive offensively, which has resulted in assists in each of the last three games. After breaking out for 14 goals and 26 assists last season, Krug really struggled out of the gates this season; scoring just three goals and four assists over Boston’s first 22 games. However, he’s turned things on since then and has now picked up 9 goals and 21 assists in the 50 games since. Krug is locked into huge minutes on the point of the Boston power-play, and he should find plenty of scoring chances tonight against the Panthers subpar 22nd ranked penalty kill.
Anton Stralman ($3,400) – Tampa Bay Lightning – While I’m not trying to pick on the Toronto Maple Leafs necessarily, I just can’t ignore Stralman’s asking price ($3,400). While Victor Hedman has had the reigns of the team’s top power-play unit when healthy this season, it was Stralman running the show for a large portion of last night’s victory in Montreal. The Jason Garrison injury is going to force Stralman (and Hedman) into an even bigger role on the blue-line, and Stralman has proven to be quite effective in the offensive end this season. Stralman scored a goal and added an assist last night and has lit the lamp three times over the last six games. He’s one of the best value options on defense this evening.
Others to Consider: Erik Karlsson ($8,800), Marek Zidlicky ($3,600), Victor Hedman ($5,400), Dustin Byfuglien ($6,300), Roman Josi ($7,400), Alex Edler ($5,100), Mike Green ($4,700)
Best of luck tonight!
JMBWngFn (@JBritt2 on Twitter)