Happy New Year to everyone! Let’s make 2018 a profitable year as we dive head first into tonight’s jam-packed 12-game slate!
C – Sidney Crosby (PIT) – $7,000 vs. PHI
Sidney Crosby and his Penguins aren’t having their best season, but they are a lethal power play group that is going up against a very poor penalty kill. The Flyers rank 30th in home penalty killing while the Penguins are tied with Tampa Bay for the NHL’s best road power play at 25.8%. Therefore, some power play goals could be in the cards tonight for Crosby and co. Crosby has recorded 18 of his 35 points with the power play, a group that gets a boost tonight with the return of Kris Letang.
C – Paul Stastny (STL) – $4,500 vs. NJ
The Blues haven’t been scoring at the same clip lately as they were at the beginning of the season, but tonight they have a nice home matchup against backup goalie Keith Kinkaid and the Devils. Kinkaid enters play with a 3.49 GAA and an .893 Sv% for the season, so let’s use a lower owned Blues stack tonight. He hasn’t recorded a point in four straight, but Stastny has 25 points on the season and has taken 90 shots to boot. He centers the Blues’ top power play unit as well.
W – Patric Hornqvist (PIT) – $6,100 vs. PHI
Hornqvist is simply a beast on the power play. Of his 12 tallies on the season, seven have come with the Penguins up a man. He is also a shot on goal machine as he has tallied 122 shots for the season, a number that figures to increase against a Flyers team that is suspect defensively on home ice. He will skate with Crosby at both 5v5 and on that power play, so let’s lock in the rough and tough Hornqvist tonight.
W – Tage Thompson (STL) – $3,000 vs. NJ
It’s nice that tonight’s value play fits nicely into a stack. Thompson flanks Stastny at even strength as he has recorded his first two NHL goals over the last five games. With Thompson we also get exposure to both of the Blues’ power play units as he skates on the second unit while Stastny skates on the first. He will go down a very low owned player on a large slate like tonight so a big night for this line could mean big things for this lineup.
W – Kyle Connor (WPG) – $5,600 vs. COL
A one-off play, Connor is a real nice spot tonight against the Avalanche. Connor gets a great opportunity night in and night out in the form of playing with the Jets’ top two offensive players in Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine. He does so at 5v5 and on the power play and is red-hot entering play tonight as a result. He has a four-game point streak going with six points and 12 shots in that span. The Jets score more at home, but Connor makes for a real nice standalone option tonight.
D – Kris Letang (PIT) – $6,200 vs. PHI
Considering we are attacking the Flyers penalty kill here, Letang is an obvious choice. He makes his return from a three-game absence tonight and will quarterback the Penguins’ top power play unit where he has tallied 14 of his 25 points this season. Both of his goals have come on the power play while he has taken a whopping 111 shots in 37 games this season. A very easy call tonight.
D – Alex Pietrangelo (STL) – $6,500 vs. NJ
The Blues’ three-man stack is complete here with Pietrangelo. He’s put up plenty of points this season, 28 to be exact, and has a point in four of his last five games with five points during that stretch. He is also a shot on goal machine with 103 of them for the season, adding to a theme for this lineup. He brings a solid floor and a high ceiling with him into play tonight.
G – Ben Bishop (DAL) – $7,300 vs. CLS
We are getting some real nice value here with Bishop. This play has more to do with Bishop’s recent play and his play at home this season than it does with Columbus’ offense. Bishop has won four of his last five starts, most recently shutting out the Sharks in a 6-0 win on Sunday. With that effort Bishop improved to 13-3-1 at home with a 1.95 GAA and a .933 Sv%. Elite numbers to be sure and I expect them to continue for one of the NHL’s top home teams tonight.
UTIL – Ryan Spooner (BOS) – $3,800 vs. NYI
For as much scoring as they do, the Islanders are a very poor defensive team. They rank last along with the Arizona Coyotes by yielding 3.54 goals per game and their home penalty kill checks in at 24th. Spooner is coming off a two-goal, six-shot effort on Saturday against the Senators, easily his best outing of what has been an iffy season for him. He has a spot on the Bruins second line and second power play unit, spots that should provide him with some opportunities to keep the goals coming tonight.