We have just a two-game NHL slate on our hands tonight. With that, we will aim our lineup towards GPPs and do our best to mostly avoid the chalk. Let’s get to it!
C – Nazem Kadri (TOR) – $5,500 vs. OTT
Kadri is riding a horrific stretch where he has recorded just one point over his last 15 games, so perhaps he falls lower owned than Tyler Bozak at center tonight for the Maple Leafs as a result. Kadri is a superb offensive player, however, that is just snakebitten at the moment. He receives solid ice time numbers, he is an advanced metrics darling and plays on one of the two Maple Leafs’ lethal power play units. Let’s get Kadri for his breakout game tonight.
C – Nick Schmaltz (CHI) – $5,400 vs. MIN
Schmaltz and Patrick Kane aren’t going to go low owned tonight, so this isn’t strictly a GPP play, but with the way these guys are going it’s hard not to use them. For his part, Schmaltz has tallied five goals and seven points over his last four games and skates with Kane at both 5v5 and on the power play. The Hawks scored eight goals last night and get the NHL’s 29th-ranked road defense tonight, so we feel good about this play.
W – Patrick Marleau (TOR) – $5,000 vs. OTT
We are getting Marleau here at a real nice price considering production and opponent. He has tallied 15 goals on 114 shots so far in his first season as a Maple Leaf while the Leafs host a Sens team that gives up 3.21 goals per game on the road and took an 8-2 thrashing last night at home against the Blackhawks. Marleau skates with Kadri at 5v5 and with Auston Matthews on the power play, giving us exposure to both of the Maple Leafs’ power play units tonight.
W – Leo Komarov (TOR) – $3,300 vs. OTT
Komarov could prove to be a big-time bargain tonight if Kadri can indeed get off his schnide. A grinder by trade, Komarov boasts some decent puck handling and offensive abilities as well. While he has just ten points on the season, Komarov receives plenty of ice time and is a favorite of head coach Mike Babcock. Here’s to a breakout performance from the Kadri/Marleau/Komarov trio.
W – Patrick Kane (CHI) – $7,400 vs. MIN
After a five-point night in Ottawa last night Kane will definitely see some significant ownership tonight, but the veteran superstar is a must. He is up to 45 points across 42 games for the campaign while taking 148 shots on goal to boot. The Blackhawks are a high-scoring team at home, ranked seventh at 3.53 goals per game, and Wild starter Devan Dubnyk owns an .896 Sv% on road. Let’s not overthink this one.
D – Morgan Rielly (TOR) – $5,400 vs. OTT
I bet you didn’t know that Morgan Rielly’s 30 points are as many as Drew Doughty, Alex Pietrangelo and Brent Burns! It has been a coming out season for Rielly who some forget is still just 23 years of age. Rielly is the lone defenseman on one of the two Maple Leafs’ power play units, a group that ranks sixth in the NHL at 21.4%. Considering the Senators rank 30th with a 74% penalty kill, significant exposure to the Maple Leafs’ power play isn’t a bad idea.
D – Jordan Oesterle (CHI) – $4,500 vs. MIN
The biggest offensive surprise on the Blackhawks’ blueline this season as easily been Oesterle. He has tallied ten points across 17 games and has already overtaken Duncan Keith as the lone rearguard on the top power play unit. The Wild have the 25th-ranked road penalty kill this season along with Schmaltz and Kane, Oesterle has a real solid opportunity tonight on the man advantage.
G – Anton Forsberg (CHI) – $7,300 vs. MIN
Forsberg is anything but a sure thing in goal tonight considering his 3.00 GAA and .910 Sv%, but he owns a 1.50 GAA and a .955 Sv% at home this season, albeit in only four appearances and three starts. He isn’t the confirmed starter, but Forsberg should get the goal support tonight if he does get the nod. The Wild score only 2.64 goals per game on the road this season and the Blackhawks give up just 2.42 at home. Lots of value to be had with Forsberg tonight.
UTIL – Mark Stone (OTT) – $5,900 vs. TOR
Ottawa’s struggles on offense have absolutely nothing to do with Mark Stone. Stone recorded his third consecutive multi-point game in last night’s loss at home and he has now recorded eight points over his last three games. He has 42 points in 41 games for the season and has 24 points across 16 career games against the Maple Leafs. Stone is the best bet to get on the board for the Sens tonight on the road where they score just 2.26 goals per game, good for 30th.