Hopefully you were able to following last night’s FanDuel NHL Picks! It ended up being one of the best lineups of the season as the contributions came up and down the lineup. Auston Matthews and William Nylander combined for two goals and an assist, Patrick Marleau scored a pair, Jonathan Huberdeau scored a goal, Shayne Gostisbehere tallied an assist and Martin Jones picked up a 32-save victory. After a very nice night let’s move on to tonight’s large 11-game slate!
C – Connor McDavid (EDM) – $9,000 vs. CHI
Normally it’s real tough to stack against the Blackhawks due to Corey Crawford’s Vezina-like season, but with Crawford on IR it’s open season on the Hawks. Anton Forsberg yielded five goals to the low-scoring Canucks last night so an Edmonton stack makes perfect sense regardless of who is in goal tonight for Chicago. McDavid is an easy choice for cash and optimal lineups tonight as he enters play with 45 points in 34 games to go along with 102 shots on goal.
C – Auston Matthews (TOR) – $7,600 vs. COL
Matthews is hot and few players rack up the goals like this guy does when he’s going. He has scored goals in both games since returning from a concussion as he and William Nylander continue to regain the chemistry that had them as one of the top duos in all of hockey last season. He takes on an Avalanche team that is much better defensively at home, but the Maple Leafs have scored ten goals over their two games with Matthews back in the lineup, so their offense is lethal once again.
W – Milan Lucic (EDM) – $6,300 vs. CHI
You could go with rookie Jesse Puljujarvi in this spot as he plays with McDavid at 5v5 as well, but Lucic gets the power play time with McDavid so I am going to spend up here. Lucic has been producing extremely consistently as of late. Over his last 24 games, he has racked up 20 points after a slow start. In that span he has not went two games without a point. Let’s lock in the top two offensive players for the Oilers at the moment.
W – William Nylander (TOR) – $5,600 vs. COL
It’s fantastic that we can nab Nylander at what I believe is a discount again tonight. He is hot at the moment as he has tallied three goals and three assists over his last four games and looks like his confident self now that Matthews is back in action. While I’d like to see him have more than two power play goals this season, Nylander and Matthews are just about as dangerous at even strength as they are on the power play. I believe we have locked in the top duos on the slate tonight.
W – Gabriel Landeskog (COL) – $6,300 vs. TOR
While I expect offense from the Maple Leafs tonight, it’s quite possible the Avalanche keep pace. Colorado ranks seventh with 3.44 goals per game at home and their 26% clip on the man advantage at home checks in at fifth. The Avalanche also dodge Frederik Andersen tonight and backup Curtis McElhinney is injured, so it’s former Avs netminder Calvin Pickard going tonight for the Leafs. Landeskog enters play with 14 goals and 27 points on 81 shots across 32 games this season.
W – Devin Shore (DAL) – $3,600 vs. STL
We needed to include a value play in order to fit some of the top players on the slate into this lineup, and Shore is a nice option. He has just three goals on the season, but also has 13 helpers. Obviously, the best part about Shore is his spot on the top line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. It’s somewhat surprising to see him with just three goals despite his optimal spot on the top line and top power play unit for most of the season, but I will still roll the dice at an extremely attractive price on Shore tonight.
D – Andrej Sekera (EDM) – $3,600 vs. CHI
We are fortunate tonight to get a couple of high-upside defenseman, on the cheap, to complete a stack or mini-stack. It begins here with Sekera who will play just his fourth game since returning from an ACL injury sustained last season. While he is finding his stride, Sekera has the benefit of quarterbacking the top Oilers’ power play unit, a group that obviously includes the aforementioned McDavid and Lucic. Sekera holds plenty of value upside heading into tonight’s action.
D – Erik Johnson (COL) – $4,400 vs. TOR
With Tyson Barrie out with hand surgery, it’s Erik Johnson who will be relied upon to provide some offense from the blueline for the Avs. This, of course, means that Johnson will take over first unit power play duties from Barrie. He enters play tonight with four goals and 13 points on the season, but also provides some real nice counting stats with 98 shots on goals and 71 blocked shots as well. The Maple Leafs are playing on back-to-back nights and gave up four goals to the lowly Coyotes last night, so the Avalanche could be a sneaky option tonight.
G – Cory Schneider (NJ) – $8,400 vs. BUF
As we did last night with Andrei Vasilevskiy, we will aim for safety as opposed to a riskier GPP play tonight as Schneider and the Devils host the Sabres. Buffalo sports the NHL’s worst offense at just 2.16 goals per game and have won just four of 20 road games this season. Schneider is 11-4-2 at home this season with a 2.43 GAA and a .922 Sv%. The Devils are the top team in the Metropolitan Division and should certainly have this game tonight against the basement-dwelling Sabres.