After a quiet three-game slate last night, we are back to tackle tonight’s large 12-game NHL slate. We will go for more of an optimal cash/GPP mixed lineup tonight and duck some high ownership in the process.
C – Joe Paveslki (SJ) – $6,400 vs. ARI
While Pavelski and the Sharks should see some ownership tonight against the visiting Coyotes, I don’t expect it to be too high considering the 12-game slate. His 14 goals on the season are a little light from what we’re used to seeing from Pavelski, but he is hot right now with four goals over his last three contests to go along with a couple assists as well. The Sharks should see Coyotes’ backup Scott Wedgewood tonight who owns a poor 3.52 GAA and an .889 Sv% for the season.
C – Brayden Point (TB) – $5,800 vs. BUF
Point and the Lighting will definitely see some ownership tonight but their spot is so favorable that I couldn’t avoid rostering them here. Point is having an All-Star campaign with 20 goals and 47 points while also tallying three power goals and two short handed goals to boot. He has been skating with league-leading scorer Nikita Kucherov for the last couple games and he centers a productive second power play unit as well.
W – Timo Meier (SJ) – $4,600 vs. ARI
Meier is a little-known commodity out west, but the youngster is having a real nice season for the Sharks. Meier has tallied 14 goals on the campaign including three goals over his last five games. He’s also added a pair of assists over that stretch to give him five points over his last five games. He lines up with Pavelski on the Sharks’ second line at 5v5 and gives us exposure to their second power play group as well against the NHL’s 29th-ranked defense tonight.
W – Nikita Kucherov (TB) – $7,400 vs. BUF
Yes Kucherov will be a highly owned player tonight but there is a real good chance he improves on his league-leading 71 points tonight in Buffalo. Not only do the Sabres sport the league’s 27th-ranked defense, but they will also be going with backup Chad Johnson in goal tonight who has been brutal this season. Johnson sports a 3.57 GAA and an .886 Sv% on the season, but also a 4.74 GAA and an .859 Sv% in eight appearances at home. Kucherov is the deadliest player on this slate.
W – Nino Niederreiter (MIN) – $4,500 vs. NYR
Niederreiter can be a real sneaky play tonight as a GPP-type look. The Minnesota Wild are a good offensive team on home ice where they will be tonight as they take on the league’s 27th-ranked road defense in the form of the New York Rangers. Niederreiter has a solid 14 goals in 36 games this year while he’s also scored six of those 14 on the power play. That power play is a big factor in our Wild mini-stack so stay tuned for the conclusion below.
D – Brent Burns (SJ) – $7,300 vs. ARI
Like Kucherov, Burns could very likely be the highest owned player on tonight’s slate. He has 48 points on the season which is second best behind only John Klingberg of the Stars while his 237 shots on goal paces all NHL players. He’s red-hot at the moment with six points over his last five games as well. There isn’t much more to say here other than lock and load the NHL’s most dangerous defenseman into your lineup tonight.
D – Gustav Olofsson (MIN) – $3,000 vs. NYR
Yup, here is the second half of the Wild mini-stack tonight. Olofsson will see minuscule ownership tonight as the Wild take on the Rangers. He’s got just five assists in 31 games, however he has an assist in each of his last three games while he takes over the ice time vacated by the injured Jonas Brodin. His ice time has jumped from about 13 minutes per game to more than 20 in two of his last three games which includes time on that second power play unit alongside Niederreiter.
G – Jonathan Quick (LA) – $7,600 vs. CAR
The way Quick has played lately and combined with the fact the Kings are one of the best defensive teams in the NHL I couldn’t avoid him at this price. Quick has yielded just two goals over his last 90 minutes of action as he takes on a mediocre offense tonight in Carolina. The Kings yield 2.42 goals per game, good for second best in the league, while the Hurricanes score 2.64 goals per game, good for 25th overall. Let’s go with the underpriced Quick tonight in a solid matchup.
UTIL – Benoit Pouliot (BUF) – $2,800 vs. TB
If you are looking for a value play that will see tiny ownership Pouliot is a solid play. With Jack Eichel sidelined, the Sabres have been forced to shuffle their lines and it appears Pouliot could end up on the top line with Ryan O’Reilly and Sam Reinhart. Pouliot has 11 goals on the season, but has also scored a goal in each of his last two games. The Sabres will also see Lightning backup Louis Domingue in goal as they are playing on back-to-back nights after last night’s loss in Toronto.