We had a massive performance from our main stack last night and a win from or goaltenders, but our other picks failed to do damage so it would have been tough to cash, especially with the ownership level of our stack.
The trio of Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Tyson Barrie turned it on late and ended up combining for two goals, eight assists, 14 shots on goal and two blocks. It was a huge risk to fade this trio and they certainly showed the type of ceiling they can bring to the table.
Our Red Wings mini-stack unfortunately did not register a point in what was a 2-1 Jets win.
Our Sharks mini-stack notched just one assist off the stick of Kevin Labanc while Marc-Edouard Vlasic was held off the scoresheet.
We included Andrei Svechnikov as a one-off player with some value upside, but unfortunately he produced zeros across the board.
Lastly, our goaltender Philipp Grubauer notched a win, however he also made just 21 saves in doing so.
It was nice to hit a big stack, but we will look for some more consistency throughout the lineup on tonight’s seven-game main slate!
C – Evgeni Malkin (PIT) – $7,300 vs. VAN
The Penguins’ offense is white-hot at the moment after scoring a whopping 15 goals over their last two games, and they get another favorable matchup tonight against a weak Canucks defense in Vancouver. With the back-to-back offensive explosions, the Penguins now lead the league with 4.38 goals per game and have scored a whopping 5.25 goals per game in four on the road this season. Malkin appears to be in fine form in the early going as he’s tallied three goals and 12 assists for 15 points across eight games this season. The Russian superstar interestingly factored into just three of the Penguins’ 15 goals over the last two, however he also has 12 points over his last six games to boot. Being the hottest offense in the league, I’ll lock in three members of this high-octane offense tonight.
C – Alex Galchenyuk (ARI) – $5,100 vs. TB
The Penguins are going to see a good chunk of ownership on this slate, so I will look for some lower-owned players throughout this lineup so we can use this lineup as an optimal cash/GPP lineup. Galchenyuk and the Coyotes take on the Lightning who have been a solid defense this year, however Arizona gets a break in that they will face former Coyote Louis Domingue in goal rather than the stout Andrei Vasilevskiy. Arizona’s offense has also been good lately, scoring 3.75 goals per game over their last four with four goals in three of those four games. Galchenyuk has just two games under his belt this season due to injury but has recorded one assist in that span. The former Montreal Canadien is the team’s top center at even strength while he also sees first unit power play minutes as well. He opens up a Coyotes mini-stack tonight.
W – Phil Kessel (PIT) – $6,900 vs. VAN
With Malkin comes Kessel as the duo skates together at both even strength as well as on the top power play unit. Kessel has two goals and two assists over his last two games which has given him six goals and 12 points across eight games on the young season. Kessel fired five shots on goal in the Penguins’ 9-1 win over the Flames earlier in the week which I’m hoping will open up a shooting spree as he has been a little light in the shot department by his standards so far this season. Nonetheless, he’s alongside Malkin on the Penguins’ second line at even strength while he is a member of that lethal top power play unit which gives him oodles of upside tonight in Vancouver.
W – Clayton Keller (ARI) – $5,400 vs. TB
Keller is the player of choice on this Coyotes team and I think he and Galchenyuk can produce some offense tonight against Domingue and the Lightning. He’s off to a fine start this season with four goals and two assists in nine games, however he has also scored four goals and notched one assist over his last four games. He skates with Galchenyuk at both 5v5 and on the Coyotes’ top power play unit while they should be a lower-owned duo with some sneaky upside against a backup goaltender. I’m looking for last year’s Calder Trophy finalist to stay hot in this matchup tonight.
W – Ryan Donato (BOS) – $3,100 vs. MON
Donato has unfortunately been moved down to the Bruins’ fourth line with just one goal on the season, however is currently a member of the top power play unit which is good enough for me to lock in a low-cost, high-upside stack tonight against the Canadiens in Boston. Donato has some nice scoring ability as he displayed last season in his late-season cameo with the club. He potted five goals and added four assist in just two games while firing 24 shots on goal, including two goals and two assists while skating on the top power play unit. At this price, I’ll take him all day skating with that Bruins superstar talent on the man advantage and look for him to contribute at low ownership.
D – Kris Letang (PIT) – $6,500 vs. VAN
We have completed our first stack of the lineup here with the addition of Letang. The stud blueliner has gotten in on the action this season with four goals and 11 points in eight games while he has five points over his last three games. Letang is logging a ton of ice time on that Canucks blueline in the form of 26:07 per game, which bodes well for his production against a team that is rather thin on the back end. There is a high floor and an extremely high ceiling with this group tonight so let’s lock in this white-hot Penguins offense in a favorable road matchup.
D – Matt Grzelcyk (BOS) – $4,000 vs. MON
We have completed a mini-stack here with Grzelcyk and Donato who are two low-cost players with big upside thanks to teaming up on that deadly top power play group. The Bruins are tied for just 14th with a 20% clip on that man advantage so perhaps they’re not firing on all cylinders, however a weak point for this surprising Canadiens team has been the penalty kill where Montreal ranks 22nd with a poor 74.2% success rate. Grzelcyk has tallied five points in 10 games this season, three of which have come on that power play. His price is increased a little bit thanks to that role as the only blueliner on this power play group, but I still think there is plenty of value to be had with this duo tonight on home ice.
G – Matt Murray (PIT) – $8,000 vs. VAN
After a poor start to the season followed by a concussion, Murray has been excellent in two of this last three games in allowing just one goal combined to the Leafs and Flames. He did have a five-goal game against the Oilers in the middle, however he still won that game thanks to his offensive support, which is an attractive feature about him. Murray has rattled off three straight wins as a result and has won four of his five starts on the young season. He’s worked his save percentage back up to .910 after two horrendous starts to the season. The Canucks might get a couple of their best players back in Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson tonight, but I think Murray can keep up the recent good work and notch another win tonight as the Penguins are -190 favorites on the road.
UTIL – Casey Mittelstadt (BUF) – $3,500 vs. CLS
We have a low-cost, low-owned one-off play to complete the lineup tonight as the rookie Mittelstadt and the Sabres take on the Blue Jackets in Columbus. The former top prospect has just two assists in 10 games, however Mittelstadt has been moved up to the top power play unit alongside Jack Eichel and co., a spot that should help him break out of a scoring slump in this matchup tonight. The Blue Jackets have been poor defensively this season as their 3.78 goals against per game ranks 27th in the league while their 71.4% rate on the penalty kill also ranks 27th. Buffalo is 21.1% on the power play so far this season while some production from the very low-owned Mittelstadt would give this lineup a huge boost tonight.