We have a five-game Monday night slate to tackle this evening so let’s grab some profits and get the week started on the right note!
C – Riley Nash (BOS) – $5,500 vs. CLS
With David Backes suffering a leg laceration on Saturday night in Tampa Bay, Nash should move back up to the first line center spot for tonight’s contest against the Blue Jackets. Nash is enjoying a career year this season for the Bruins, scoring 14 goals and adding 25 assists on 106 shots across 69 games. He scored his first power play goal of the season in Saturday’s win and he should get first unit reps again tonight against a Blue Jackets team that ranks 30th with a 71.1% penalty killing mark on the road.
C – Kyle Turris (NSH) – $5,200 vs. BUF
One of the league’s most consistent offenses in terms of home/road splits are the Predators who take on the lowly Sabres tonight in Buffalo. Nashville’s 3.20 goals per game ranks seventh in the league while their three goals per game on the road sits in a sixth-place tie. Turris should be able to take advantage of a weak and thin Sabres’ blueline as he has 11 points over his last 13 games after slumping to start the New Year. Buffalo’s defense ranks 29th overall and 27th at home, so look for some offense from Turris and the Preds tonight.
W – Brad Marchand (BOS) – $7,100 vs. CLS
Brad Marchand is probably the top player on tonight’s slate. He is having another off-the-charts campaign with 73 points in 56 contests. His 1.30 points per game clip is the fourth highest in the league and he has once again reached the 30-goal plateau this season. The Blue Jackets are going to go with Joonas Korpisalo in goal tonight, the owner of a 4.21 GAA and an .872 Sv% across six starts on the road for the season. Marchand should be in for another fruitful night tonight.
W – David Pastrnak (BOS) – $6,800 vs. CLS
Of course we are going to roster Pastrnak alongside Marchand. They are on the league’s most dynamic duos as Pastrnak has scored 28 goals himself to go along with 41 helpers on 198 shots across 70 games. Pastrnak is white-hot entering tonight’s contest with five goals and six assists over his last seven games. He has also averaged 4.22 shots per game over his last eight, so don’t hesitate to roster the young forward this evening.
W – Kevin Fiala (NSH) – $5,200 vs. BUF
Fiala and Turris form a real nice mini-stack tonight in Buffalo. He’s quietly having a real nice season for the Preds, having scored 23 goals and notching 22 assists on 167 shots across 69 gamers this season. Fiala has scored twice and added an assist on 11 shots across his last three games. He and Turris will skate together at 5v5 as well as on the Predators’ second power play unit, so we have a lot of upside with this duo.
D – Matt Grzelcyk (BOS) – $3,600 vs. CLS
Torey Krug is the ideal defenseman in a four-man Bruins stack, but given salary constraints we are going to roll with Grzelcyk here. With Charlie McAvoy and Zdeno Chara both out for tonight’s game, Grzelcyk should see an increased role against the Blue Jackets this evening. He is a member of the second power play unit and has a decent three points over his last five games. He should be one of the lower owned defenseman on this slate, but he brings nice value upside considering the Bruins’ potent offense and the Blue Jackets’ weak road penalty kill.
D – Aaron Ekblad (FLA) – $5,300 vs. MON
Ekblad is going to be a member of a Panthers mini-stack tonight against the Canadiens and their 24th-ranked defense. Ekblad brings quality floor into play tonight, having scored 14 goals and 17 assists while also piling up 168 shots on goal and 107 blocks as well. He is a member of the Panthers’ second power play unit where he’s scored four of his 14 goals for the season. He’s a real nice play against a poor Canadiens’ back end.
G – Devan Dubnyk (MIN) – $7,700 vs. LA
The Kings aren’t the weakest offense on the slate, but given his work at home this season Dubnyk makes for a solid play tonight, especially at this attractive price. The Wild are the league’s top home defense with just 2.24 goals against per game and a big reason why is Dubnyk. He sports a stellar 19-4-5 home record to go along with a 2.24 GAA and a .927 Sv% at home for the season. Certainly impressive numbers and ones that warrant a Dubnyk play tonight at a very nice price.
UTIL – Denis Malgin (FLA) – $3,300 vs. MON
Malgin looks like a real nice value play tonight in a favorable road matchup in Montreal. He and Ekblad will form a mini-stack on the Panthers’ second power play unit tonight and one that should see fairly low ownership. Malgin is a very capable offensive player with 10 goals on the season in limited minutes across 42 games which would be almost 20 goals across a full 82-game schedule. He is set to skate on a very productive Panthers’ second line alongside Vincent Trocheck and Jonathan Huberdeau which should give him some looks at the offensive end of the ice tonight.