After an exciting ten game slate on Thursday night, things stay reasonably busy tonight as twelve teams hit the ice. There are some interesting matchups and big mismatches on the board, so with that said, here are my top cash game options for tonight’s slate.
Jonathan Quick – Los Angeles Kings -$7,100 – While I think Mike Condon will probably be a somewhat popular play against the Buffalo Sabres, I’d prefer to roll with Jonathan Quick for $100 less. Quick was a beast at the Staples Center last season, posting a 23-8-6 record to go along with a sparkling 1.95 GAA with five shutouts in 37 home starts. He’s been terrific in each of his last two starts (both wins) and can be nearly unbeatable when he’s on his game.
Others to Consider: Mike Condon $7,200
Jeff Carter – Los Angeles Kings – $5,600 – When the Kings are at the Staples Center, Jeff Carter needs to be on your radar. The Kings center racked up 17 goals and 24 assists in 41 home games last season and he’s off to a nice start to the 2015-16 season, as he’s posted two goals and four assists through the first six games.
Connor McDavid – Edmonton Oilers – $5,400 – McDavid had a quiet few games to start his career, but the Phenom has finally come to life in a big way. The 18 year-old has scored four goals and dished out a pair of helpers in his last four games and it’s highly unlikely he’ll be this cheap for long. This should be an up-tempo hockey game against the Washington Capitals that plays right into his strengths.
Others to Consider: Anze Kopitar $5,700, John Tavares $8,200, Tomas Plekanec $6,000, Sean Monahan $5,800, Ryan Strome $4,600, Henrik Zetterberg $6,900, Dylan Larkin $4,000
Max Pacioretty – Montreal Canadians – $7,600 – It’s a toss-up for me between Ovechkin and Pacioretty for my top play on the wing tonight, but the $1,600 price difference made it a pretty easy decision. Pacioretty’s matchup against the Buffalo Sabres is clearly an advantageous one and he’s off to a blistering start with five goals and two assists in the ‘Habs first seven games. It would be surprising to see him held off of the score sheet tonight.
Nikolaj Ehlers – Winnipeg Jets – $4,400 – With some of the expensive options on the board looking pretty desirable, finding some value tonight will likely be the key to success. While we’re starting to see his price gradually increase, Ehlers still looks like a bargain at just $4.4K. The former first round pick has picked up points in four of his last five games and looks like a dangerous offensive weapon alongside Mark Scheifele (another first round pick) on Winnipeg’s second forward line and #2 power-play unit. With Tampa Bay far less imposing on the road and likely more focused on slowing down the Ladd/Little/Wheeler line, Ehlers should skate into plenty of scoring chances.
Others to Consider: Alex Ovechkin $9,200, Johnny Gaudreau $5,900, Tyler Toffoli $5,300, Justin Abdelkader $4,800, Brendan Gallagher $5,300
P.K. Subban – Montreal Canadians – $5,900 – Subban is one of the most aggressive offensive defensemen in the league and I’m going to do my best to squeeze him into my lineup tonight. He’s already picked up five assists on the young season and racked up a career high 15 goals and 45 assists during the 2014-15 campaign. Subban quarterbacks the top power-play unit for the Canadians and he posted 21 PP points last season, which should bode well for him tonight against a Sabres team that owned the league’s worst penalty kill last year.
Nick Leddy – New York Islanders – $3,300 – Nick Leddy may be pointless through the first six games this season, but that cold streak has really created some value here. The 24 year-old posted a career high 10 goals and 27 assists in his first season with the Islanders last year and should continue to see 20+ minutes of playing time per game. He’s logging a healthy dose of playing time on the point of the Islander’s very dangerous #2 power-play and frees up some much needed cash.
Others to Consider: John Carlson $6,300, Drew Doughty $5,300, Andrei Markov $4,500, Torey Krug $5,200, Mike Green $4,900, Mark Giordano $5,600