We have a six-game Monday slate on our hands tonight, so let’s dive right in and see if we can make ourselves some money and get this week started on the right note!
C – Mark Scheifele (WPG) – $7,100 vs. OTT
Despite being locked into their second place spot in the Central Division, the Winnipeg Jets should be in fine form tonight as they visit the lowly Ottawa Senators. Of course, the Jets are a higher scoring team on home ice, but they should be able to get some production together tonight as they take on a Sens team that ranks 30th in home defense and 30th in home penalty killing. Enter Scheifele who has bagged 23 goals and added 35 assists for 58 points across 57 games this season. Despite injury, he’s remained extremely productive as the Jets’ top line center and top power play center.
C – Tyler Bozak (TOR) – $4,500 vs. BUF
If you’ve been watching Leafs’ games recently, you can see that Tyler Bozak can’t buy a goal right now. That said, he should see fairly low ownership tonight against the lowly Sabres, so I don’t mind rolling with him given his opportunity. He still remains the team’s center on the top power play unit, a group that ranks third in the league at 23.7%. Besides, Bozak has still notched 42 points in 78 games and makes for a real nice lower owned play in a favorable home matchup tonight.
W – Blake Wheeler (WPG) – $7,000 vs. OTT
Of course, with Scheifele comes Wheeler. The duo skate together on the Jets’ top line as well as that lethal top power play unit that checks in in a fourth-place tie league-wide at 23.4% for the season. Wheeler is a huge part of that man advantage as he ranks first with 33 power play assists this season, and also first in overall assists with 67 of those on the campaign. He has also cracked the 20-goal barrier and has taken 236 shots on goal this season.
W – James van Riemsdyk (TOR) – $6,600 vs. BUF
Few players in the NHL have been as hot as JVR. He’s tallied 36 goals for the season, 10 of which have come over his last 10 games. Of course, this 36 tallies give him a very high ceiling while he’s also taken 238 shots on goal, giving him a solid floor as well. He lines up with Bozak at 5v5 as well on that lethal Maple Leafs’ top power play unit. That should bode well against the Sabres and their 21st-ranked road defense and 26th-ranked road penalty kill tonight.
W – Connor Brown (TOR) – $3,300 vs. BUF
We have completed our first three-man stack of this lineup here with the addition of Brown. I beliebe Brown brings real nice value upside tonight as he skates with the Bozak/JVR duo at 5v5 while he also sees time on the second power play unit, giving us exposure to both groups. He hasn’t been scoring a lot lately, but he does have 14 goals on the season and number 15 isn’t too far away given his optimal spot in the Leafs’ lineup.
D – Dustin Byfuglien (WPG) – $6,100 vs. OTT
Byfuglien is having a real nice season for the Jets as he completes our second three-man stack of the night. This is a 5v5 stack as well as a top unit power play stack tonight in Ottawa. After going 29 games without a goal to begin the year, Byfuglien has seven goals and 35 assists in 66 games this season. He’s also taken 184 shots on goal and blocked 95 as well, giving us contributions in every category across the board with Big Buff. Very high ceiling on this three-man Jets stack this evening.
D – Ryan Murphy (MIN) – $3,000 vs. EDM
Murphy should see tiny ownership tonight as he is the first part of a Wild mini-stack tonight at home against the Oilers. With injuries to important blueliners in Jared Spurgeon and Ryan Suter, Murphy has apparently been moved up to the Wild’s top power play unit, giving him excellent value at this price and projected ownership. Murphy put up a real nice 28 points in 48 AHL games this year, and although he has just one goal and four points in 17 NHL games, he has never been given this opportunity on what is usually a very deep Wild blueline.
G – Jonathan Quick (LA) – $8,100 vs. COL
The Avalanche are sliding and things won’t get easier tonight against Quick and the Kings. Colorado isn’t a great road offense with just 2.74 goals per game away from home. The Kings, however, are a stout defense as their 2.44 goals against per game is the best mark in the league. For his part, Quick sports a .923 Sv% for the season and a 2.37 GAA as well. He should also get some goal support tonight as the Avalanche rank 27th in road defense and will likely be starting third-string goaltender Andrew Hammond on the tail end of back-to-back games tonight.
UTIL – Mikko Koivu (MIN) – $4,300 vs. EDM
Here is the second half of the Wild mini-stack in the form of Mikko Koivu. Koivu will center the Wild’s top line tonight as well as the top power play unit, where he forms that mini-stack with Murphy. The Wild have clicked at a solid 21.3% clip at home and they 10th in home scoring as well, so this isn’t a bad look tonight as we look for Koivu to tack onto his 41 points for the season.