Happy Monday all! Another solid weekend of NHL action is behind us and we get the opportunity to take on a six-game Monday slate right out of the gates this week. There isn’t a better way to start your week than to grab some profits right away so let’s see what tonight’s lineup looks like!
C – Sidney Crosby (PIT) – $9,300 vs. COL
The most expensive player on tonight’s slate will be a popular one, but Crosby also has one of, if not the best matchup on tap against the visiting Avalanche. While Colorado has played well at home this season, they have been a train wreck on the road to the tune of 3.71 goals against per game, good for 29th in the league. Crosby has been simply excellent as of late, racking up a whopping 19 points over his last 12 games. He is coming off a game where he fired seven shots on goal so look for the hot hand to stay hot tonight on home ice.
C – Mathew Barzal (NYI) – $5,400 vs. WAS
Barzal is enjoying an excellent rookie season and his high-scoring Islanders are back home where they have dominated this season. The Islanders have scoring an enormous 4.64 goals per game at home this season, easily the best figure in all of hockey. Barzal has 28 points in 29 games on the season and has meshed well with Jordan Eberle on the team’s second line. As a large bonus, he also has a spot on the Islanders’ top power play group, a unit that clicks at 23.7% on home ice, the sixth best mark in the league.
W – Conor Sheary (PIT) – $5,600 vs. PIT
Sheary is back to flanking Sidney Crosby on the Penguins’ top line, a spot that should be very productive considering how hot Crosby has been of late. Sheary hasn’t had the same fortune as his center lately, but he does have nine tallies on the season on 62 shots, including two power plays goals as well. He skated over 16 minutes in Saturday’s loss to Toronto but clearly has a much more advantageous matchup tonight against the Avalanche.
W – Jordan Eberle (NYI) – $5,500 vs. WAS
Here is a guy who has been finding the back of the net with regularity as of late. Over his last eight games Eberle has notched five goals while adding two assists as well. He is now up to 12 goals on the season after a slow start while he has taken 65 shots on goal and tallied a couple of those 12 goals with the man advantage. With Barzal a playmaker by trade Eberle has a nice matchup tonight to stay hot in the goals department, especially given the Capitals yield 3.85 goals per game on the road, the most in the NHL.
W – Rick Nash (NYR) – $6,100 vs. DAL
This wing spot was the last spot filled in this lineup, and I know I’ve used Nash a lot this season, but some Rangers exposure was required tonight given their matchup and Nash brings a nice floor with him to the table. Nash recorded two assists on Saturday when we used him and should be back in goal column very soon. He continues to shoot the puck plenty with 91 shots on goal and is coming off a five-shot effort on Saturday. The Rangers take on the Stars tonight who will start backup Kari Lehtonen while the Stars yield 3.38 goals per game on the road, good for 21st.
W – Kyle Connor (WPG) – $4,500 vs. VAN
The Jets are another high scoring home team in action tonight and I have built a low-cost mini-stack into this lineup beginning here with Connor. Connor has been put in a great spot by head coach Paul Maurice in the form of first line duties as well as first unit power play duties with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler. Connor has responded with ten goals and 18 points in 24 games and has four goals and six points over his last six. Vancouver is a solid defensive team, but the Jets score 4.31 goals per game at home, second most next to the Islanders.
D – Nick Leddy (NYI) – $5,800 vs. WAS
Given the Islanders boast the league’s best home offense and the Capitals are the NHL’s worst road defense, I see Leddy as the top defenseman on the slate tonight. This becomes especially true when we note he is the lone defenseman on a quality Islanders top power play unit as well. Besides, Leddy is quietly having an excellent offensive season with 24 points in 29 games, two power play goals and 75 shots on goal as well.
D – Tyler Myers (WPG) – $4,700 vs. VAN
Dustin Byfuglien is out for a few weeks and expect Tyler Myers to get first crack at his spot on the Jets’ top power play unit. That immediately increases Myers’ value quite a bit, but let’s also not forget he’s having a solid offensive season himself. Myers has five goals this season, three of which have come on the power play, nine assists, 46 shots and 35 blocked shots as well. Those power play goals have come on the second unit so it should be exciting to see what he can do when he skates with Scheifele, Wheeler, Laine and Connor on the top grouping.
G – Connor Hellebuyck (WPG) – $7,700 vs. VAN
Simply put, Hellebuyck stands out to me as easily the best goalie option on the slate. He hasn’t been at his best lately, but he takes on a reeling offense tonight on home ice. The Canucks have scored just three goals over their last two games since Bo Horvat went down with injury, and they are already the NHL’s 26th ranked offense. Also, the Jets have outscored opponents by an average of 1.62 goals per game at home this season, the best mark in the NHL. Let’s ride Hellebuyck and his high-octane offense to victory tonight.