We had a decent lineup last night, but unfortunately we picked the wrong line for the Florida Panthers. We picked the correct line for the Maple Leafs while we go low-owned production from Jimmy Vesey and a win from goalie Martin Jones on the road. A decent lineup, but we will look to get better on another nine-game slate.
C – Sidney Crosby (PIT) – $7,500 vs. DET
As has been the case a lot lately, I believe the Pittsburgh Penguins have the top matchup on the slate tonight against the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit has been awful lately at both ends, but yielded four goals last night to the lowly Montreal Canadiens on the road, the eighth time over their last 10 games that they have surrendered at least four goals. Crosby enters tonight’s contest red-hot, having notched three goals and three assists over his last three games, and I’m looking for that scoring touch to continue in this very favorable matchup.
C – Travis Zajac (NJ) – $3,400 vs. CAR
I am loving Zajac at this price tonight in a home matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes. He has just 11 goals and 11 helpers on the season, but the Hurricanes will be playing their second game in as many nights tonight which means Scott Darling should get the nod in goal for Carolina. Darling has been likely the worst goaltender in the NHL this season, posting an .885 Sv% for the season, but an even more disastrous .852 mark in March and a .825 mark over his last three starts. Zajac will center the third line tonight, but also the top power play unit that ranks 10th on home ice at 24.1%.
W – Patric Hornqvist (PIT) – $7,200 vs. DET
The goals keep coming for Patric Hornqvist. After spending a lot of time skating to the right of Evgeni Malkin, it looks like Hornqvist will flank Crosby tonight at 5v5 and on that lethal top power play unit. He’s scored six goals over his last eight games and has averaged almost six shots per game in that span. The Penguins sport the league’s top overall power play and top road power play and will take on a Red Wings’ club that has killed penalties at a brutal 74% clip over their last eight games.
W – Kyle Palmieri (NJ) – $5,500 vs. CAR
Palmieri has dealt with injuries this season, but that hasn’t stopped him from being the goal scorer he has shown to be in recent years. Despite playing in just 56 games, Palmieri has cracked the 20-goal plateau again with 21 goals on the campaign. He has also fired 167 shots on goal. He’s been productive lately with four goals on 26 shots over his last eight games and has scored nine of his 21 goals on the power play that will take on the league’s 25th-ranked penalty kill tonight.
W – Miles Wood (NJ) – $2,900 vs. CAR
Considering his price and opponent, Wood sports some of, if not the most value upside on this slate. It’s very interesting to see a player who has scored 17 goals this season listed at a price under $3K, but we will take full advantage. Wood has used his speed this season to be a productive offensive player, and with Patrick Maroon set to miss tonight game, it will be Wood who takes over his top power play minutes tonight. He will complete a three-man PP1 stack in this lineup while he should skate with Palmieri on the second line.
D – Kris Letang (PIT) – $5,800 vs. DET
Another three-man stack and PP1 stack is complete here with the addition of Letang. He brings a nice floor to this lineup as he has posted 45 points on a very healthy 207 shots across 73 games on the season. I am used to seeing Letang over $6K on DraftKings, so it’s nice to get him at what I believe is a discount. As mentioned, the Red Wings are terrible defensively, terrible on the penalty kill and are playing their second game in as many nights, giving this stack a real high ceiling tonight.
D – John Klingberg (DAL) – $5,700 vs. PHI
The Dallas stars have dropped eight games in a row to push themselves well out of a playoff position, but I like their matchup at home against the Flyers tonight. The Flyers are going with Petr Mrazek in goal tonight, however he has been lit up to the tune of an .863 Sv% in the month of March. Enter Klingberg who has notched 61 points on the season to rank second among all NHL defensemen. He should be in for some more production against one of the slate’s worst netminders tonight.
G – John Gibson (ANH) – $8,300 vs. VAN
As far as safety goes on this nine-game slate I think John Gibson is the best bet in goal. He is having a fantastic season as he brings a .926 Sv% into play this evening. He gets a favorable road matchup against a Canucks team that has averaged a brutal 1.7 goals per game over their last 10 while they rank 27th in overall offense and 24th in home offense. He should also get the goal support required for the win in what I believe is a safe matchup for the young netminder.
UTIL – Brett Ritchie (DAL) – $3,300 vs. PHI
Ritchie may skate in a bottom-six role at 5v4 play, but he appears to have a spot on the team’s top power play unit alongside the Stars’ big guns tonight as well as John Klingberg. I like this mini-stack tonight as Ritchie should see low ownership on this big slate. He has scored just six goals and added seven assists this season, but with the top unit power play minutes Ritchie brings plenty of value upside to the table against a goaltender that has been getting torched on a regular basis.