We had a nice little lineup going on last night’s 12-game slate. Unfortunately, the Hurricanes stack didn’t produce much, but the rest of the lineup did. Dennis Malgin scored a goal at very low ownership while Keith Yandle tallied a goal and two helpers. Vincent Trocheck and Taylor Hall added assists and Connor Brown provided value with an assist of his own. Pekka Rinne turned aside 19 shots and earned a shutout over the Kings, so it was a productive lineup overall. Let’s move on to tonight’s four-game slate!
C – Evgeni Malkin (PIT) – $7,400 vs. WAS
The Penguins and Capitals renew hostilities tonight in Pittsburgh and I am looking for a lot of goals to be scored. Malkin has scored a lot of goals himself lately with five tallies over his last two contests. He is up to 26 goals for the season, just one goal shy of a second place tie in the league. He and his Penguins will take on the NHL’s 27th-ranked road defense tonight while they own the NHL’s sixth best home offense as well as the best power play in the NHL.
C – Henrik Zetterberg (DET) – $4,900 vs. CAR
The Red Wings shouldn’t see too much ownership tonight in Carolina so let’s fire up a stack. The Hurricanes are playing their second game in as many nights tonight which means the struggling Scott Darling should get the nod in goal. Darling owns a 3.02 GAA and an .892 Sv% for the season while the Hurricanes have the NHL’s 26th-ranked penalty kill. Therefore it’s a solid matchup for the veteran Zetterberg who has 32 points on 109 shots in 49 games this season.
W – Patric Hornqvist (PIT) – $6,400 vs. WAS
Hornqvist has just one assist over the last two games despite his centerman Malkin scoring five times. Nonetheless, Hornqvist should be right in the middle of the action tonight next to Malkin while being the net front presence on the Penguins’ top power play unit. He brings a solid floor with him in the form of 153 shots on goal and a very high ceiling as well given the players he gets to skate with in all situations.
W – Anthony Mantha (DET) – $4,900 vs. CAR
A future 40-goal scorer, Mantha is also in a nice spot tonight in Carolina. While Zetterberg is the playmaker on this line with 26 assists, Mantha is the goal scorer with 16 goals on the season. He also had 14 helpers and 110 shots on goal while flanking Zetterberg at 5v5 and on the Red Wings’ top power play unit. Detroit could be an overlooked club, but Mantha is one of the top goal scorers on the entire slate.
W – T.J. Oshie (WAS) – $5,800 vs. PIT
Don’t forget about the Capitals in this matchup. After a goalless drought that went all the way back to December 22nd, Oshie bagged the eventual game-winner in Wednesday’s win over the Flyers. Now, some positive regression and a possible hot streak should be on the horizon for the talented goal scorer as Oshie plays with Nicklas Backstrom at 5v5 and on the lethal Capitals power play. Look for Oshie to get right back on the scoresheet tonight.
D – Kris Letang (PIT) – $5,500 vs. WAS
Letang completes our three-man Penguins stack this evening. He has tallied 29 points for the season while taking 148 shots on goal, a solid floor to be sure. Of course, he is the anchor of that lethal top power play unit where he has scored two of his three goals on the season. Looking for a big night tonight from the Penguins’ big guns.
D – Nicklas Kronwall (DET) – $3,000 vs. CAR
We have another three-man stack complete here with Kronwall. The veteran blueliner has just two goals, 12 points and averages under one shot per game this season, but he remains the lone defenseman on the Red Wings’ top power play unit alongside Zetterberg and Mantha. Given Scott Darling should start in goal and the Canes’ weak penalty kill, I like Kronwall tonight at what should be very low ownership.
G – Sergei Bobrovsky (CLS) – $8,200 vs. SJ
The Sharks’ offense has slowed down and Bobrovsky is a stout goaltender on home ice, a nice recipe for success tonight. At home, Bobrovsky sports a 2.06 GAA and a .934 Sv% for the season. The Sharks have tallied just three goals over their last two games and rank 20th in road offense for the season compared to the Blue Jackets’ seventh-ranked home defense. Let’s roll with the reigning Vezina Trophy winner on a short slate.
UTIL – Andre Burakovsky (WAS) – $3,600 vs. PIT
A value play, Burakovsky is in another nice spot for production tonight against the Penguins. He is playing on the second line along with T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom and also skates on the team’s second power play unit where he scored his first goal since December 19th on Wednesday night. With his spot on the depth chart providing him opportunities, I like the upside he brings to the table tonight at a low price.