With 24 teams lacing up their skates and hitting the ice this evening, it’s a great day to be a hockey fan…. And an even better one for daily fantasy hockey players. There are tons of nice matchups to exploit and here are my top options for tonight’s busy slate.
Cory Schneider – New Jersey Devils – $6,800 – The Buffalo Sabres may be improved from last season, but they’re still a terrific team to matchup against for opposing goalies. Schneider has posted a 2-1-1 record to go along with a sparkling 1.71 GAA and .937 SV% thus far this season and absolutely dominated Buffalo last year; posting a 2-0 record and a 0.96 GAA against them in their two meetings. Buffalo was embarrassed last night and have scored just six goals in their last four games. Enjoy the discount Schneider offers and load up elsewhere.
Others to Consider: Martin Jones $7,000, Carey Price $8,400, Brian Elliott $7,300, Henrik Lundqvist $7,900
Tyler Seguin – Dallas Stars – $8,400 – He’s the most expensive skater on the board, but I’m still going to do my best to get Seguin in all of my cash game lineups. He already owns four goals and six assists in just seven games this season, and the Panthers simply had no answer for him when they squared off last week as he potted a pair goals and dished out two assists in Dallas’ 4-2 victory. He teams up with Jamie Benn and Patrick Sharp to create one of the most lethal lines in the NHL, and is a nice high-floor option for your cash games.
Kyle Turris – Ottawa Senators – $6,000 – It took Kyle Turris a little while to live up to expectations as the 3rd overall pick in the 2007 draft, but at just 26 years old, he looks ready for NHL stardom. Turris has already scored four goals and added four assists during the first seven games of the season and really seemed to turn things on down the stretch last season as he posted 15 goals and 20 assists in 36 games after the all-star break. With a nice matchup on tap tonight against the Coyotes, he should have no trouble keeping things rolling.
Others to Consider: Sidney Crosby $7,900, Jonathan Toews $6,300, Claude Giroux $6,800, Henrik Zetterberg $6,900, Henrik Sedin $4,600, Ryan Johansen $5,900, Dylan Larkin $4,000
Vladimir Tarasenko – St. Louis Blues – $7,600 – Tarasenko has emerged as the face of this St. Louis franchise, and after posting a career high 37 goals last season, he looks poised to take yet another step forward this year. He tallied 20 goals and 20 assists 38 home games last season and picked up a goal and an assist in two meetings against this Islanders team last New York Islanders last year. One of the Islander’s major weaknesses last season was their 26th ranked penalty kill and there are few players in the NHL more dangerous on the power-play than Mr. Tarasenko.
Mike Cammalleri – New Jersey Devils – $5,000 – Cammalleri is the leader of this Devils offensive attack and, after leading the team in scoring last season, he’s off to a hot start once again this year. He tallied three assists in his last game and now owns two goals and six assists through the first seven games. Cammalleri scored a goal and added an assist in two meetings against the Sabres last season. Cammalleri is a dangerous weapon on the wing of the Devil’s top power-play unit which bodes well for him against a Buffalo team that owned the league’s worst penalty kill last season.
Others to Consider: Mark Stone $5,600, Max Pacioretty $7,600, Rick Nash $6,900, James Neal $6,100, Daniel Sedin $6,400, Gabriel Landeskog $6,800, Joe Pavelski $6,800
John Klingberg – Dallas Stars – $4,700 – Klingberg exploded onto the scene last season and racked up 11 goals and 29 assists in 65 games in his rookie season. Klingberg has picked up points in three straight games and now owns a goal and five assists through the first seven games of the 2014-15 season. He’s firmly grabbed the reigns as the quarterback of the team’s #1 power-play unit and looks like a bargain against the Panthers subpar penalty kill.
Andrei Markov – Montreal Canadiens – $4,500 – After exploding for a goal and four assists against the Sabres last season, this $4,500 asking price just looks too good to be true. Markov has scored a goal and added eight assists through the first eight games this season and picked up an assists against this Maple Leafs team when they met in the season opener. Markov logs big minutes on the point of the Canadiens top power-play unit and should skate into plenty of scoring chances against a Maple Leafs team that posted an ugly 80.5% penalty kill last season.
Others to Consider: Erik Karlsson $6,700, P.K. Subban $5,900, Keith Yandle $5,100, Trevor Daley $3,500, Damon Severson $3,100
Best of luck tonight!
JMBWngFn (@JBritt2 on Twitter)