There was plenty of scoring on last night’s slate and we were deeply involved in one of our best lineups of the season!
Our three-man Stars stack did some serious damage as Tyler Seguin led the way with two goals on eight shots on goal, Alexander Radulov notched three helpers, two shots and a block while John Klingberg tallied a pair of assists and three shots on goal. For good measure, goaltender Ben Bishop notched the win despite allowing four goals on 34 shots on goal. The Stars certainly delivered on this occasion.
Our three-man Canucks stack also did some damage with Elias Pettersson notching a hat trick to go along with six shots on goal. Brock Boeser chipped in two assists and seven shots on goal while Alexander Edler tallied a trio of assists to go along with three shots and a block. What an effort from this three-man stack as well.
We received some nice value from one of our two super-value plays as Zack Kassian tallied an assist while skating on the Oilers’ top line with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Kassian also fired five shots on goal and skated almost 20 minutes in this one, so keep an eye on him moving forward if he can stick on that top line.
Finally, Justin Abdelkader was our only player who did not record a point, although he wasn’t a complete dud with two shots on goal.
What a successful lineup and hopefully you were able to get involved last night!
Let’s move onto tonight’s seven-game Thursday night slate!
C – Claude Giroux (PHI) – $6,600 vs. CAR
The Flyers play host to the Carolina Hurricanes tonight on home ice in Philadelphia, and given the Hurricanes’ inability to receive any sort of goaltending I am looking for the home side to do some damage tonight, beginning here with Giroux. The now six-time All-Star is enjoying another quality season after finishing second in league scoring last season as he’s tallied 13 goals and and 44 points in 39 games this season to go along with 121 shots on goal. He has just five goals in 17 home games this season, however he also has 16 helpers in those 17 home games for 21 points on home ice this season. Carolina has received just an .895 Sv% from their goaltenders on the road this season and will start Petr Mrazek and his .901 Sv% for the season in this one. The Hurricanes have allowed exactly three goals against per game on the road this season, but I am looking for that number to increase after this one is over.
C – Steven Stamkos (TB) – $7,600 vs. LA
The Lightning will battle the lowly Kings out in Los Angeles tonight, and I am liking a trio of Lightning skaters in this one against a Kings team that is tied for 23rd with 3.05 goals against per game at home this season. Stamkos has really turned on the jets lately for this lethal Lightning squad as he now has 22 goals and 43 points in 4o games this season to go along with 117 shots on goal. He’s been held off the scoresheet in back-to-back games, but Stamkos scored a whopping 14 goals in 14 December games. He also added seven assists for 21 points in December. Only the Toronto Maple Leafs have scored more than Tampa Bay’s 3.79 goals per game on the road this season, so it stands to reason that Tampa can produce sufficient offense in this one tonight.
W – Jakub Voracek (PHI) – $5,400 vs. CAR
This stack isn’t going to be an even strength stack as Claude Giroux is listed as a center on this slate despite lining up on the wing alongside Sean Couturier. Therefore, I am going to roll with a top power play unit stack with the Flyers tonight, and that includes Voracek who should skate on the top unit with Giroux. The 29-year-old has had a nice year with 10 goals and 30 points in 39 games to go along with 99 shots on goal. He hasn’t skated on the top power play unit this whole season which would explain his five power play points on the year after tallying 35 man advantage points a season ago, but skating with Giroux on the power play always presents opportunities for production. I’m looking for Voracek to take advantage of that spot tonight against the Hurricanes.
W – Ondrej Palat (TB) – $4,000 vs. LA
We are getting Palat at an excellent price tonight considering his spot in the Tampa Bay lineup. The 27-year-old Czech has only four goals and 14 points in 24 games, but Palat is projected to skate on the top line as well as the top power play unit for this matchup against the Kings tonight. Therefore, he will be skating with Steven Stamkos in all offensive situations this evening for head coach Jon Cooper. The Lightning will look to continue their torrid pace from December into January as they averaged five goals per game across 14 December contests. They were held to just two goals in Anaheim on New Year’s Eve, however that was just the second time in December they scored three goals or less. Palat clearly presents significant value upside with his spot in the lineup and I will look to take full advantage of that against what has been a weak Kings back end tonight.
W – Anders Lee (NYI) – $5,300 vs. CHI
The Islanders present an excellent matchup tonight on home ice against the visiting Blackhawks. Chicago took the loss in the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day against the Bruins, continuing their season-long road woes. Entering tonight’s contest, the Blackhawks rank 28th with 3.86 goals against per game on the road this season while their 73.1% clip on the penalty kill away from home checks in at 29th. Clearly, this presents a nice opportunity for Lee as he will enter play with 14 goals and 27 points across 38 games this season, albeit a little off pace from his 40-goal campaign a season ago. Lee potted two goals over his final four games to 2018, and the opportunity for a productive start to January is right in front of him in this matchup tonight.
D – Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI) – $5,100 vs. CAR
Any Flyers power play stack has to include Gostisbehere – one of the top power play blueliners in the NHL. He isn’t enjoying the same season that saw him tally 13 goals and 65 points in 78 games last year, however he still has five goals and 16 points in 39 games this season to go along with 97 shots on goal. Seven of those 16 points have come on the power play. The Ghost has been a superior producer on home ice this season with nine points in 17 home games compared to just seven points across 22 road contests. I am looking for the Flyers to have a big game on home ice tonight after a not-so-successful road trip that saw them lose four of their final five games to that trip. Here’s to some home cookin’ tonight in the City of Brotherly Love.
D – Victor Hedman (TB) – $5,700 vs. LA
The second three-man stack of this lineup is complete with the addition of Hedman as he takes on the Kings tonight in L.A.. Hedman has been right in the middle of the action as of late for the Lightning as he will carry a four-game point streak into this one with five assists over his last four games while he notched at least one point in 10 of 14 December games. For the season, the towering blueliner has notched four goals, 20 assists, 84 shots on goal and 50 blocked shots across 33 games. He is indeed a cross-category contributor and one that faces a favorable matchup tonight. Not only is this a three-man stack at even strength, but also on the top power play unit as well. Considering Tampa Bay ranks second with a 32.8% clip on the man advantage away from home, we should be in good hands with this group tonight.
G – Roberto Luongo (FLA) – $7,300 vs. BUF
This isn’t a practise I do often, but I switched out a goaltender to fill my lineup in with the players I want, and Luongo was just about my only option in goal afterwards. While he hasn’t been good on the road this season, the Buffalo Sabres haven’t been good at all lately with three straight losses and just four goals over that span. Besides, Luongo has historically been very good against the Sabres with a 1.96 GAA and .934 Sv% against them across 31 games played, 20 of which resulted in wins. Considering the Sabres have allowed 10 goals over their last three games, it stands to reason that Luongo could get some nice goal support tonight as well. That’s the hope as I’m looking for a Panthers upset, which would have Luongo delivering some nice value to this lineup tonight.
UTIL – Josh Ho-Sang (NYI) – $2,800 vs. CHI
Here is one of my favorite plays of the entire slate. Ho-Sang is projected to skate on the Islanders’ top line tonight as well as the top power play unit, which means he will be skating with Anders Lee in all offensive situations this evening for Barry Trotz. Those spots in the lineup combined with the super-favorable home matchup with the Blackhawks has me thinking that Ho-Sang can deliver some fantastic value at this price tonight. He carries just one goal and two points in eight games with him into action tonight, but he should see an increase in his 14:17 of average ice time given the favorable spots in the lineup. I would be surprised to see the Blackhawks shut down the Islanders tonight, and when the Islanders do produce it’s quite possible that this line is going to be in on the damage. I would recommend Ho-Sang as my top value option of this slate.