Last night’s lineup was not a productive one. Our three-man Oilers stack produced three assists, but that’s a fairly disappointing number considering they scored seven goals. Our Penguins stack produced a pair of assists as well, but Craig Anderson was lit up the Senators crease which took us right out of any chance of cashing in GPPs. Let’s turn up the heat on tonight’s four-game slate.
C – Evgeni Malkin (PIT) – $7,700 vs. MON
Somehow the Penguins couldn’t generate hardly any offense in last night’s 4-1 loss to the lowly Islanders, but they certainly should be able to get something going tonight. The Montreal Canadiens enter tonight’s contest in Pittsburgh sporting the league’s worst road defense at 3.56 goals against per game while the Penguins owns the league’s third best home offense at 3.60 goals per game. Malkin has 40 goals and 89 points on the season and has been held pointless in just three of his last 16 games, including last night.
C – Christian Dvorak (ARI) – $4,300 vs. BUF
The Coyotes’ second line should see low ownership tonight in Buffalo but there is certainly upside to be had here. Arizona sports a poor road offense that ranks 30th in the NHL, which will keep their ownership in check, but they actually have the league’s fifth best road power play at a nice 22% clip. Dvorak centers the second line as well as the second power play unit, spots that have helped him notch 15 goals and 35 points for the season. He’s scored four of those goals over the last eight games and has three points over his last four so he’s a nice look at lower ownership tonight.
W – Patric Hornqvist (PIT) – $7,000 vs. MON
DraftKings is going to make you pay up big-time for the Penguins tonight but I have no problem doing so considering Hornqvist’s floor and high ceiling. The gritty winger has scored 22 goals this season, 12 on the Penguins’ top-ranked power play, while taking 214 shots on goal in just 61 games. He’s averaging more than five shots per game over his last 11 while he should be able to do some power play damage against the Habs and their league-worst road penalty kill.
W – Max Domi (ARI) – $3,700 vs. BUF
Considering their opponent I am finding the prices on the Coyotes’ second line and second power play unit extremely attractive tonight. Domi is coming off a huge game against the Flames that saw him score a pair of goals while adding an assist to go along with three shots on goal. The three-point effort gave him five points over his last four games and he’s now up to 35 points in 72 contests. He is still shooting way under his career shooting percentage, so a scoring binge isn’t out the question down the stretch for the skilled winger.
W – Brandon Perlini (ARI) – $3,500 vs. BUF
We have completed a three-man 5v5 stack as well as a second unit power play stack here with Perlini. He’s quietly has a real nice campaign for the Yotes considering he’s scored 16 goals on one of the league’s worst offenses. He hasn’t scored in more than a month, which is something that should keep his ownership to tiny levels tonight. However, considering his opponent and spot on the second line and second power play unit, there is lots of value to be had here.
D – Kris Letang (PIT) – $5,900 vs. MON
Letang is the top blueliner on the slate in my opinion considering he quarterbacks the top power play unit in the NHL and is up against the NHL’s worst road penalty kill tonight. Letang notched four shots on goal in last night’s loss which gave him an even 200 shots for the season to go along with his 44 points in 70 games. He sees a ton of ice time on the Pens’ blueline and is at his best at home, so Letang is an easy call to complete a three-man Penguins stack.
D – Torey Krug (BOS) – $5,500 vs. STL
The Blues are not a poor defense in the least, but the Bruins continue to score so rostering their top defenseman seems like a reasonable idea on a four-game slate. Krug has had a quality year, notching 13 goals and 39 helpers to go along with 173 shots across 67 contests. He’s notched four assists over his last two games and has blasted 15 shots on goal over his last three. He is the first part of a mini-stack tonight in St. Louis.
G – Casey DeSmith (PIT) – $8,000 vs. MON
The Montreal Canadiens don’t just sport the league’s worst road defense, but they also sport the league’s worst road offense with just 2.17 goals per game away from the Bell Centre. DeSmith has seen his ups and downs, but brings an overall solid 2.59 GAA and .914 Sv% into play tonight. Furthermore, he sports a 1.95 GAA and a .929 Sv% in four home starts and five home appearances. He should get the goal support required for the win while a shutout is always a possibility against the Habs.
UTIL – Ryan Donato (BOS) – $4,100 vs. STL
Here is the second half of the Bruins mini-stack tonight in St. Louis. Donato had a monster NHL debut Monday against the Blue Jackets, scoring one goal, adding two assists and taking six shots on goal. He will skate on the Bruins’ second line tonight and their top power play unit as well thank to some injuries up front. That top power play unit is the sixth best in the league and that is where Donato and Krug could do their damage this evening.