It wasn’t a great lineup all around yesterday as only Dustin Byfuglien and Pavel Zacha provided any meaningful production. We will throw that one in the trash and move onto tonight’s three-game slate.
C – Nazem Kadri (TOR) – $4,900 vs. NSH
There aren’t many players in ideal spots on this slate, so we will try and go with guys who are hot at the moment while we will also have mini-stacks throughout. Kadri enters play tonight fitting the hot mold as he has eight points over his last six games after going 21 games while recording just a pair of points. Kadri skates as the Leafs’ second line center behind Auston Matthews while he is also a part of one of the two Maple Leafs’ power play units.
C – David Krejci (BOS) – $5,000 vs. NYR
In an attempt to keep ownership down, we will duck Patrice Bergeron and go with David Krejci down the middle for the Bruins. Krejci has three points over his last three games after scoring last night in Detroit. The veteran pivot has quietly tallied 27 points in 33 games this season for the surging Bruins who have jumped all the way to third place with 3.22 goals per game on the road this season. Look for Krejci to keep producing tonight in Broadway.
W – Mitch Marner (TOR) – $5,400 vs. NSH
After taking some scrutiny for his goal production in the first half of the season, Marner has ramped up the goal scoring as of late. He’s tallied five goals over his last eight games and now has 10 goals and 27 helpers on the season. Marner is a lethal offensive threat on the Maple Leafs’ man advantage while he flanks Kadri on that power play as well as on the Maple Leafs’ second line. It appears the duo has found some real nice chemistry as they prepare for a tough matchup against the Preds.
W – Ryan Spooner (BOS) – $4,700 vs. NYR
The Spooner/Krejci duo get us some real nice exposure to the Bruins’ top six tonight. Spooner lines up to the right of Krejci at 5v5, however Spooner has a spot on the Bruins’ top power play unit which gives us exposure to the productive (and higher owned) Marchand/Bergeron/Pastrnak trio. After a slow start to the season, Spooner has 21 points over his last 25 games including five points over his last five games. Stay hot, Ryan.
W – Leon Draisaitl (EDM) – $6,300 vs. LA
Speaking of hot, Draisaitl carries some steam with him into Los Angeles tonight. Over his last ten games, Connor McDavid’s right winger has tallied 13 points. A matchup in LA is tough, however it could drive down Draisaitl’s ownership as a result. Jonathan Quick has yielded five goals in each of his last two starts and the Oilers are 5-1-1 while averaging almost four goals per game over their last six, so perhaps we can catch the Kings while they’re rarely vulnerable tonight.
D – Oscar Klefbom (EDM) – $5,300 vs. LA
Our third mini-stack of this lineup is complete with the addition of Klefbom. He isn’t having his best season in terms of point production, but Klefbom provides nice peripheral stats with 142 shots on goal to go along with 103 blocked shots as well. That’s a decent floor to have on top of quarterbacking the first power play unit alongside a red-hot Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.
D – Jake Muzzin (LA) – $5,500 vs. EDM
On the other hand, the Oilers have been a poor defensive team for most of the season so some Kings’ exposure isn’t a bad idea tonight as well. Muzzin is quietly putting together a fantastic season with 32 points, 106 shots and 92 blocks for the campaign. Those 32 points rank 13th among NHL defenseman while Muzzin pairs with Drew Doughty on the Kings’ top power play unit, a group that ranks eighth with a 24% clip on the man advantage at home.
G – Frederik Andersen (TOR) – $7,600 vs. NSH
The Preds are coming in hot, but Andersen has been one of the NHL’s best goaltender this season. After a shaky October, Andersen has put together save percentages of .938, .924 and .928 over November, December and January. While he’s allowed three goals in back-to-back starts, there is little doubt he will be up to the challenge tonight against one of the NHL’s best teams. He could provide plenty of value at this price as the Leafs rank 28th with 34.6 shots against per game.
UTIL – Tyler Toffoli (LA) – $5,100 vs. EDM
Our fourth and final mini-stack is complete here with Toffoli pairing up with Muzzin. They should skate together a lot tonight as they line up on the Kings’ top power play unit while Toffoli has been moved up to the top line after spending most of the season on the second line. He’s certainly a goal scorer with 18 goals on 159 shots, but hasn’t scored since January 6th which should keep his ownership in check as a result.