Last night’s FanDuel NHL Picks performed well, and would have been even better if we could have gotten some production from the Carter/Toffoli duo. The Jets stack did some considerable damage and Curtis McElhinney got us a win in goal, but low scores from the two Kings were killers. Drew Doughty managed an assist to try and buoy the stack, but the low production from the Kings stack in general likely took you right out of the money. We will look for some improvement in a GPP-aimed lineup on tonight’s nine-game slate.
C – Sean Couturier (PHI) – $6,800 vs. NYI
After scoring between 11 and 15 goals in each season over the last four years, Couturier has exploded for 31 goals this season. He has a real good chance of improving upon that mark tonight against the NHL’s worst overall defense as well as the worst home defense. The Islanders yield 3.77 goals per game on home ice, by far the worst mark in the NHL. Couturier’s Flyers go from 18th in home offense to sixth in road offense while their road power play checks in at fifth. This is a real nice matchup for the budding superstar tonight.
C – Derek Stepan (ARI) – $5,900 vs. CGY
The Coyotes have been very good as of late. They have won five of their last eight games and have been producing at both ends of the ice. They are averaging just shy of four goals per game over those eight contests, with a lot of that production coming from Stepan’s line. He tallied two assists in Saturday’s blowout win over the Blues, the third time in the last six games he has notched a two-assist night. The Coyotes take on a struggling Flames team that ranks 26th in home defense at 3.18 goals against per game.
W – Claude Giroux (PHI) – $7,900 vs. NYI
Talk about a bounceback campaign. After struggling to the tune of 14 goals and 58 points a season ago, Giroux has erupted for 29 goals and 95 points with three games to go this season. He has been lethal on the power play as well as his 34 points on the man advantage sits in a second place tie league-wide. Giroux has been on fire lately too, notching three goals and nine assists over his last seven games. He’s been a high floor player all season long and expect that to continue tonight in Brooklyn.
W – Clayton Keller (ARI) – $6,300 vs. CGY
It’s amazing the season Keller is having considering how bad the Coyotes have been up until recently. He’s notched 23 goals and 40 assists this season to go along with 201 shots on goal. He recently had a 10-game point streak snapped, but got right back on the scoresheet in Saturday’s win over the Blues. He’s managed 19 points over his last 17 games and has scored three goals and five assists over his last six. Look for another big night from the youngster in Calgary.
W – Richard Panik (ARI) – $3,900 vs. CGY
I’m a little surprised to see Panik’s price under the $4K mark still considering his spot in the lineup and recently production. Panik, Keller and Stepan form a three-man 5v5 and PP1 stack for the Coyotes while he’s scored five goals over his last eight games. He’s also notched nine points over his last nine games. Surprisingly, the Coyotes sport the NHL’s fourth-ranked road power play at 23.4% as they get set to take on the league’s 23rd-ranked home penalty kill at just 79.4%.
W – Alex Galchenyuk (MON) – $5,700 vs. WPG
The Habs are certainly a GPP play almost every night, but I believe they have sneaky upside tonight against the visiting Jets. The Jets will be playing their second game in as many nights tonight after yielding five goals in a 6-5 win last night in Ottawa. Therefore, Montreal will likely face backup Eric Comrie tonight who owns an .872 Sv% in three NHL starts this year. Enter Galchenyuk who has posted a respectable 18 goals and 31 assists this season, with eight of those goals coming on the Habs power play that has snuck into 10th place on home ice at a nice 24.2% clip.
D – Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI) – $6,100 vs. NYI
The power play machine Gostisbehere should be able to run wild tonight against the Islanders. He’s enjoying a big season for the Flyers as he’s notched 13 goals, seven power play goals, and 47 assists for 60 points in 75 games this year. He’s a high floor player thanks to his 212 shots on goal and 111 blocks on the campaign as well. The Islanders a brutal penalty killing team, so his elite power play skills should pay dividends again tonight.
D – Jeff Petry (MON) – $4,400 vs. WPG
With Shea Weber sidelined it’s been Petry who has taken over the lion’s share of his minutes as the Canadiens’ top defenseman. Of course, that means he is a member of the top power play unit, where he will form a mini-stack with Galchenyuk. Petry has been produce and contributes in all categories thanks to his 11 goals, 28 assists, 167 shots and 135 blocks. He’s also chipped in five power play goals so look for Petry to continue producing his high floor tonight.
G – Antti Raanta (ARI) – $7,700 vs. CGY
Raanta is somewhat of a risky play, but he’s been one of the NHL’s best goaltenders as of late and faces a team struggling mightily at the moment. Raanta sports an elite 2.27 GAA and a .929 Sv% for the season, numbers that are Vezina-worthy if he were to play for a playoff team. He was unbelievable in March, posting a .952 Sv% and yielding more than two goals in just one of eight starts. The Flames rank 28th in home offense, so roll with Raanta at an excellent price tonight.