As is typical for Thursday nights, the NHL delivers another solid eleven game schedule. There are plenty of matchups to exploit tonight, so let’s get right to the picks.
Jonathon Quick – Los Angeles Kings – With a home matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes on tap tonight, Quick is the safest goalie option on the board and is a great choice for your cash games. Quick has been dominant at the Staples Center this season, posting an 8-1-1 record in ten home starts while posting an impressive 1.42 GAA and .954 SV%. He’s won each of his last two starts and should be highly motivated to avenge a loss to the Hurricanes earlier this month.
Petr Mrazek – Detroit Red Wings – If you can’t afford to roster one of the top goalies on the board, then take a look at Mrazek tonight as he makes his season debut for the Detroit Red Wings. The 22 year old has performed very well at every level within the Detroit Organization and led the Grand Rapids Griffins to the Calder Cup Championship last season. In limited action at the NHL level, he’s posted a 1.80 GAA and .926 SV% and now will head to Winnipeg to take on a Jets team that owns the league’s worst shooting percentage this season (6.29%). He’s a bargain at just $6,200.
Others: Antii Niemi, Corey Crawford, Kari Lehtonen, Frederik Anderson
Steven Stamkos – Tampa Bay Lightning – Stamkos had his six game point streak snapped in Tampa’s last game but has still racked up four goals and six assists in nine games thus far in November. He scored three goals and added an assist in two games against the Maple Leafs last season and has now posted 13 goals and 13 assists in 21 career games against Toronto. Toronto has dropped three straight games and have been lit up for 15 goals over their last two games; Fade Stamkos at your own risk.
Joe Thornton – San Jose Sharks – Thornton brings a seven game point streak into tonight’s battle against the Florida Panthers and comes with a very reasonable $5,300 asking price. Thornton lit the lamp when these teams met last week and had success against them last season as well. He racked up 42 points in 41 home games last season and should have success centering the top power-play unit against Florida’s ugly 76.9% penalty kill.
Others: Joe Pavelski, Tyler Seguin, Jonathan Toews, Ryan Getzlaf, Jeff Carter, Jason Spezza, Anze Kopitar
Value: Cody Eakin, Paul Stastny, Andrew Shaw, Riley Sheahan, Trevor Lewis
Corey Perry – Anaheim Ducks – Corey Perry hasn’t looked like his usual self since returning to the lineup after dealing with the mumps, but he’s a nice option tonight regardless. The Ducks will take on a potentially tired Vancouver team who Perry absolutely brutalized to the tune of five goals and five assists in their five meetings last season. The fact that he was able to log over 19 minutes of ice-time in their last game is a sign that he’s back to full health, so enjoy the temporary price decrease.
Patrick Kane – Chicago Blackhawks – While the Calgary Flames have been playing fairly decent hockey thus far this season, I’m simply not buying it. Kane exploded for a goal and two assists in his last outing and tallied four goals and added an assist in his three meetings with Calgary last season. He scored 21 of his 29 goals last season on the road and I expect another nice game from him this evening.
Others: Jamie Benn, Jakub Voracek, Phil Kessel, Vladimir Tarasenko, Ryan Callahan, Marion Gaborik, Alexander Ovechkin
Value: Ales Hemsky, Tomas Jurco, Tommy Wingels, Emerson Etem
Sami Vatanen – Anaheim Ducks – After a solid rookie campaign last season, Vatanen looks to be emerging as one of the game’s most promising young defenseman. He’s posted four goals and added five assists in ten home games thus far this season and he lit the lamp against the Canucks when they met last week. He’s logging over 21 minutes of ice-time per game and leads the Ducks in average power-play ice-time per game where he’s already racked up 12 power-play points this season.
Anton Stralman – Tampa Bay Lightning – At just $3,300, Stralman makes for a nice value option in what should be an up-tempo game in Toronto. He’s been held off the scoresheet in each of the last six games but it hasn’t been due to a lack of opportunities as he’s logging huge minutes of ice-time and quarterbacks the teams #1 power-play unit. With Victor Hedman still out of the lineup for the Lightning, Jon Cooper will continue to count on Stralman to be his workhorse defenseman.
Others: Erik Karlsson, Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith, Brent Burns, Tyson Barrie
Value: Hampus Lindholm, Trevor Daley, Jake Gardiner, Sergei Gonchar, Cody Franson
Best of luck tonight!
JMBWngFn (@JBritt2 on Twitter)