We have a heavier-than-normal nine-game slate going this evening, so let’s not hesitate and jump right into some profits to get our week started on the right note.
C – Nazem Kadri (TOR) – $5,800 vs. BUF
The Maple Leafs have rattled off 13 straight wins on home ice, and I am liking their odds of improving that figure to 14 tonight against the Sabres. Toronto has been lightning the lamp with the best of em’ as of late, scoring an average of 4.57 goals per game over their last seven. Kadri’s line alongside Mitch Marner has been doing plenty of damage as Kadri has six goals over his last nine games. He has 29 goals on 192 shots, so there is a solid floor to be had here as well.
C – Vincent Trocheck (FLA) – $7,300 vs. NYI
Speaking of high floors, Trocheck has himself a dandy matchup tonight to reach and exceed his. He rips plenty of shots on goal as he’s taken 253 shots in 73 games, with 30 of those finding the back of the net. He’s coming off a three-point effort and a pair of goals in his most recent game against the Coyotes on Saturday. Trocheck has added 39 helpers as well and should be able to notch multiple points tonight against an Islanders club that is horrific defensively, ranking last in overall and home defense.
W – Mitch Marner (TOR) – $6,100 vs. BUF
Marner has been the Leafs’ most dangerous player as of late, carrying the club in the absence of Auston Matthews. He enters play tonight with 20 goals and 64 points on the season and has amassed 11 points over his last 10 contests. Marner is essentially the power play quarterback on the top unit for a red-hot Maple Leafs man advantage. The Sabres are also a brutal defense and struggle on the penalty kill as well, so a multi-point effort should not be a surprise this evening.
W – Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA) – $6,400 vs. NYI
Huberdeau and Trocheck form one of the highest upside duos on this this slate. They skate together at both 5v5 and on the Panthers’ top power play unit. That man advantage is actually better on the road than it is at home, ranking sixth at 21.9% away from home. Huberdeau is having a huge season, notching 23 goals and 42 helpers on 177 shots on goal. Plenty of upside to be had with this play.
W – Frank Vatrano (FLA) – $4,100 vs. NYI
Vatrano’s price is a little high considering his overall production this season. That said, he does skate on the second line with Trocheck and Huberdeau, which gives him a great deal of upside in this matchup against a brutal defense. He is capable of a big game as he scored a goal and an assist on eight shots just three games ago, showing the type of upside he can bring in the right situation. He appears to be in a nice spot again tonight.
D – Morgan Rielly (TOR) – $5,700 vs. BUF
Rielly has emerged as a premier point-getter on the blueline this season, something we should see more of in this matchup tonight. He’s on fire entering play tonight. Notching 11 assists over his last eight contests. He’s also bringing a nice floor into play tonight as he has taken 172 shots and blocked 79 across 69 games this season. He forms a three-man PP1 stack with Kadri and Marner so let’s look for a big night from the trio this evening.
D – Brady Skjei (NYR) – $3,400 vs. WAS
The Capitals are quietly one of the worst defenses on the road this season, so we will roll with a low-owned Rangers mini-stack as a result. Skjei is logging big-time minutes on the Rangers’ blueline these days while skating as the lone defenseman on their top power play unit. He provides solid peripheral stats in the form of 138 shots and 109 blocks on the season while also putting up 21 points in 75 games. For the price, I don’t mind Skjei at all tonight considering Washington’s 26th-ranked road defense.
G – Martin Jones (SJ) – $8,100 vs. CHI
Jones has been stellar in the Sharks’ crease for a while now, so we will roll with him tonight at a nice price against the lowly Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago’s offense now ranks 19th overall and at home while the Sharks check in with the league’s seventh-ranked overall defense and the league’s 10th-ranked road defense. Jones has yielded just one goal in back-to-back games and sports a .925 Sv% for the month of March. The Sharks are red-hot at both ends of the ice right now, so will look for more of the same tonight.
UTIL – Jimmy Vesey (NYR) – $3,100 vs. WAS
Considering their prices, I believe Skjei and Vesey sport some real nice value upside tonight at home against the Capitals. Vesey tends to produce in bunches, and scored two goals and added an assist on Saturday against Buffalo. He should skate with Skjei on the Rangers’ top power play unit tonight where he scored one of those two goals on Saturday. He’s quietly up to 17 goals on the season, so let’s roll with this duo at real low ownership tonight.