We have a heavy 11-game slate on our hands tonight so let’s get right into it and see if we can do some damage!
C – Blake Wheeler (WPG) – $7,400 vs. ARI
There isn’t a team on the slate that has a better matchup than the Jets do tonight on home ice against the Arizona Coyotes. Not only are the Coyotes the 30th-ranked road defense, the Jets are easily the NHL’s top home offense with a whopping 3.79 goals per game. They also sport the NHL’s second best home power play at an even 31%. Wheeler is having a big season with 58 point in 53 games and continues to be the Jets’ top center at 5v5 and on the power play.
C – Pavel Zacha (NJ) – $3,600 vs. OTT
With the Jets being expensive and likely high owned, let’s roster a lower owned, cheaper stack tonight beginning here with Zacha. The Devils clearly have a real nice matchup tonight against a struggling Senators team that checks in with the league’s 29th-ranked defense. They also sport the league’s 30th-ranked home defense and 30th-ranked home power play as well. Zacha has just three goals and 14 points this season, but will center the second line and top power play unit tonight at low ownership.
W – Patrik Laine (WPG) – $7,300 vs. ARI
Of any player on the slate, I like Laine the most tonight. Laine enters play with 24 goals on the season, six of which have come over his last ten games. He is a streak scorer, so I don’t mind rostering the young sniper while he’s hot. Laine also shares the league lead with 13 power play goals on the season and has taken 156 shots on the campaign. No reason to avoid the Laine/Wheeler duo in this matchup tonight.
W – Miles Wood (NJ) – $4,000 vs. OTT
Wood has the upside to be a real sneaky player on this slate tonight. A lot of Devils’ ownership will flock to Hischier and Hall, but I would argue Wood and Zacha have more value at their prices than that duo. Wood has scored 14 goals this season and he skates with Zacha on the second line as well as the top power play unit. He’s also taken 109 shots and can use his speed to work a weak Senators’ defensive group tonight.
W – Cam Atkinson (CLS) – $5,500 vs. WAS
At first glance the low-scoring Blue Jackets aren’t a good look tonight, but they came out of an offensive slump with three goals in a loss on Saturday, one of which came off the stack of Atkinson. Furthermore, the Capitals are the NHL’s 29th-ranked road defense. It’s been a rough season for Atkinson, but with that goal he has four points over his last four games with 20 shots in that span. He could fly under the radar in a nice matchup as well.
D – Dustin Byfuglien (WPG) – $5,900 vs. ARI
Byfuglien is an easy choice to finish off this three-man Jets stack. His season has been shortened by injuries, but the big blueliner still has more than half a point per game with 21 points across 41 games for the season. He operates in all situations for head coach Paul Maurice, including a spot on the top power play unit, a group that obviously includes Laine and Wheeler. Look for a big night for this trio.
D – Will Butcher (NJ) – $3,600 vs. OTT
Butcher isn’t getting the recognition he deserves for the season is he enjoying as a rookie. His 27 assists are the second most by a rookie this season behind only Mathew Barzal of the Islanders while his 16 power play points are second behind only Brock Boeser of the Canucks. If you haven’t been watching, Barzal and Boeser are going head-to-head for rookie of the year with little mention about Butcher. He skates on the top power play unit with Zacha and Wood so let’s go ahead and roster that stack tonight.
G – Connor Hellebuyck (WPG) – $8,500 vs. ARI
The easiest decision for this lineup tonight is in goal where Hellebuyck is my clear-cut top option. He enters play tonight with a sparkling 18-1-2 record to go along with a 2.00 GAA and a .933 Sv% on home ice this season. Arizona enters play tonight as the 30th-ranked road offense while the Jets are the NHL’s third best defensive club at home. Combined with the fact he should receive plenty of goal support, Hellebuyck is a lock and load option tonight.
UTIL – Dennis Malgin (FLA) – $4,000 vs. VAN
The Panthers are another team in a nice spot tonight on home ice against the Canucks. Florida is the NHL’s 9th-ranked home offense while Malgin continues to skate on the second line beside the Panthers’ top two scorers in Jonathan Huberdeau and Vincent Trocheck. That spot has helped him notch three goals over his last four games while he also receives second unit power play minutes against the NHL’s 26th-ranked road penalty kill tonight.