After last night’s slow four game schedule, the action on the ice picks up tonight, as 16 teams lace-up their skates. Some of the game’s biggest super-stars are available tonight, so finding some quality value options will likely be the key to a profitable evening.
Eddie Lack – Vancouver Canucks – At just $7,000 and with a matchup against the terrible Arizona Coyotes, Lack is one of the best cash game options on the board tonight. The Coyotes losing streak reached ten games on Tuesday night, and they’ve only managed to score 14 goals during that stretch. It’s just simply hard to think that they’re not officially in intentional tank mode at this point. As for Lack, he’s been solid in replacement of the injured Ryan Miller, posting a 5-2-0 record with a 2.53 GAA and .919 SV% in seven starts since the All-Star break. This is a game Vancouver simply can’t afford to lose, and securing those three points for a victory is vital.
Other Options: Tuukka Rask, Ben Bishop, Brian Elliot
Steven Stamkos – Tampa Bay Lightning – He’s expensive, but he’s rolling right now. It will be hard for me to fade against this Toronto Maple Leafs team which owns just an 8-20-5 record on the road this season. Stamkos has torched the Maple Leafs for a pair of goals and an assist in their two prior meetings this season and has scored six goals over the last six games.
Henrik Sedin – Vancouver Canucks – Sorry Arizona, I’ll try to stop picking on you after this. Sedin lit the lamp twice on Tuesday night and now owns an eight game scoring streak that has seen him amass six goals and seven assists. He dished out a pair of assists the last time these two teams squared off and his $5,000 asking price is quite the bargain. No team in the NHL is allowing more goals per game this season than the Coyotes (yes, even Buffalo is better), so be sure to give him a look.
Other Options: Nicklas Backstrom, Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Johnson, Nick Bjugstad, Mike Ribeiro
Brad Marchand – Boston Bruins – It’s time to “put up or shut up” for the Bruins, as they’ve been sputtering down the stretch and are barely hanging on to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Marchand/Bergeron line is the heart and soul of this team and I’m expecting them to put this team on their back as we head towards playoff time. Marchand is very reasonably priced tonight ($4,900) and is starting to pick things up offensively; scoring three goals and adding three assists over the last seven games. He posted a two point night his last time out and scored a goal against the Flames when these two teams squared off last month.
Tyler Toffoli – Los Angeles Kings – After falling into a four game point-less streak, Toffoli has picked up assists in each of the last two games. He’s thrived as a member of the “That 70’s Line” all season, but has really been exceptional at the Staples Center, where he owns 12 goals and 14 assist in 28 home games. He dished out a pair of assists against the Canadiens when these teams met back in December and comes with a very reasonable $4,600 asking price.
Other Options: Daniel Sedin, Alex Ovechkin, Vladimir Tarasenko, Ryan Callahan, Brad Boyes, Radim Vrbata
Shea Weber – Nashville Predators – While his asking price is certainly high, the matchup is terrific. With the hardest slapshot in the NHL, Weber is one of the game’s elite weapons on the power-play, and tonight he’ll get a crack at the New York Islanders abysmal 75.1% penalty kill. Weber is a mortal lock to log 25+ minutes tonight and leads the Predators in average power-play ice-time per game. He’s been quiet lately, but he can rack up fantasy points in a myriad of different ways.
John Klingberg – Dallas Stars – With the Florida Panthers forced to turn to Dan Ellis in net tonight, I’m intrigued by Dallas’ upside here. Despite racking up 10 goals and 24 assists through the first 50 games of his career and routinely logging 22+ minutes of ice-time per game, his asking price just doesn’t seem to move off of the $4K plateau. Klingberg quarterbacks the #1 power-play unit for Dallas and has recorded assists in back-to-back games. With the Florida Panthers owning the league’s 24th ranked penalty kill (79.6%), Klingberg should find himself with plenty of scoring chances tonight.
Other Options: Dougie Hamilton, Mike Green, Alex Pietrangelo, Victor Hedman, Aaron Ekblad, Roman Josi, Yanick Weber, Drew Doughty
Best of luck tonight!
JMBWngFn (@JBritt2 on Twitter)