Last night’s FanDuel lineup was a step in the wrong direction. After a couple of nice lineups, last night’s lineup was full of disappointment. The John Tavares line was held in check against the visiting Rangers while Antti Raanta did not dress for the Coyotes. Jakub Voracek scored a goal and Shayne Gostisbehere notched two helpers, so our Flyers did well. As did Dylan Larkin who notched a goal and an assist. That said, at the end of the day, we will look for notable improvement on tonight’s four-game slate!
C – Evgeni Malkin (PIT) – $8,900 vs. OTT
The Pittsburgh Penguins are now the league’s second best offense on home ice with over 3.60 goals per game, so a four-man Penguins stack makes perfect sense tonight against the visiting Senators. It will begin here with Malkin who has lit up the league once again this season to the tune of 42 goals and 55 assists on 235 shots on goal. For his standards, he’s been quiet lately, going goalless with five assists over his last five games, but my money is on that trend getting bucked tonight.
C – Matt Duchene (OTT) – $6,200 vs. PIT
While a lot of ownership in this game is going to go to Pittsburgh, I’m still going to grab some Sens’ exposure, especially with Duchene as he has provided the bulk of the Senators’ offense for quite some time now. Duchene notched another goal on Wednesday in Buffalo, giving him three goals over his last two games and 27 for the season. The Sens are a poor road offense but the Pens have yielded at least four goals in five of their last nine, so perhaps we can get some production from the Sens’ best player tonight.
W – Patric Hornqvist (PIT) – $6,400 vs. OTT
This guy has been an absolute beast as of late. Hornqvist scored another goal in last night’s overtime win in Columbus, his fourth in as many games and his 10th goal over his last 13 games. He is now up to 28 goals on the season, 15 of which have come on the power play which put him in a third place tie league-wide in that category, Despite missing 12 games with injuries, Hornqvist has still managed 245 shots for the season and should be right in the middle of it again tonight against the Sens.
W – Phil Kessel (PIT) – $7,600 vs. OTT
Kessel has his goal-scoring mojo back after tallying a pair of goals, including one on the power play and the overtime winner, in last night’s game against the Blue Jackets. Kessel now has 33 tallies on the season to go along with his 57 assists while his 41 power play points is the top mark in the NHL. Kessel had scored just once over his previous five games prior to last night, so I’m of the belief we are catching him while he’s hot. He’s also better at home with 1.35 points per game in Pittsburgh compared to 0.88 points per game on the road.
W – Colin White (OTT) – $3,200 vs. PIT
Bobby Ryan is likely to be sidelined for tonight’s contest after getting injured early in Wednesday’s win over the Sabres. Therefore, it looks like White has taken Ryan’s spot on the Sens’ top line alongside Duchene. It’s also quite possible that White could move up to the team’s top power play unit as well, but if not, he will see second unit minutes instead. Regardless, playing with Duchene gives White a huge boost in value upside in tonight’s matchup in Pittsburgh.
W – Yanni Gourde (TB) – $5,400 vs. BUF
The Tampa Bay Lightning will rightfully see lots of ownership tonight against the visiting Sabres, but we will duck a huge chunk of that ownership by going with Gourde and a Lightning defender not named Victor Hedman tonight. Gourde exploded this season for 24 goals in his first full season in the NHL on 133 shots. While he hasn’t scored in a month, Gourde has still managed seven assists over his last eight contests. He will see smaller ownership than many of the Lightning forwards, but in an equally good spot.
D – Justin Schultz (PIT) – $4,700 vs. OTT
The first choice on the Pens’ blueline is Kris Letang, but I am going to spend down to Schultz in order to fill out a quality lineup. Besides, if you watch the Penguins play, you will know that Schultz still sees time on the Pens’ top power play unit, despite Letang being listed there. That’s enough for me to roster him on the league’s top home power play at 27.1%. Even if he doesn’t see power play time, it’s still a favorable matchup for the offensive defenseman on home ice against the lowly Sens.
D – Mikhail Sergachev (TB) – $4,100 vs. BUF
Here is the tail end of our Lightning mini-stack tonight against the visiting Sabres. This is a PP2 mini-stack for the Bolts, but considering they own the league’s third best power play, I have no problem sliding down to the second unit for smaller ownership. Sergachev has had an excellent rookie campaign for the Lightning, scoring nine goals, three power play goals and adding 30 helpers, 13 of which have come on the power play. Look for this duo to produce at lower ownership tonight.
G – Ryan Miller (ANH) – $8,400 vs. DAL
The Ducks have clinched a playoff spot already, but there is still something to play for as they can catch the Los Angeles Kings for third spot in the Pacific Division. Miller has been outstanding for the Ducks this season, especially at home. At the Honda Center, Miller has posted an elite 1.80 GAA and a .941 Sv% in five starts and nine appearances. I am expect a win for the Ducks on home ice tonight regardless, so there’s no issue with rostering Miller on this short slate.