After a quiet three-game Monday slate we are back tonight to take on a very large 12-game slate! We will look to fade the top ownership on the slate and come up with a solid optimal line in the process!
C – Joe Pavelski (SJ) – $7,300 vs. ARI
Pavelski should see some ownership tonight in a favorable matchup against the visiting Coyotes, but with 12 games on the slate including some of the league’s top offenses I don’t expect too much ownership on him tonight. He’s got just 14 goals on the season, a low number by his standards, but he also has four goals over his last three games. The Sharks will likely see Coyotes’ backup Scott Wedgewood tonight who has been lit up to the tune of a 3.52 GAA and an .889 Sv% for the season.
C – Ryan Kesler (ANH) – $5,600 vs. DET
I like Kesler and the Ducks’ second line as a GPP-type look on tonight’s slate. He isn’t an offensive force, but I could see him and the Ducks combining for some offense tonight. He’s got just six goals and eight points in 20 games, but the Red Wings have given up 11 goals over their last two games and Jimmy Howard sports an .868 Sv% over his last six outings. Kesler’s lack of production will keep his ownership down in a nice spot tonight.
W – Timo Meier (SJ) – $4,700 vs. ARI
Meier is a player who will fly under the radar tonight, but one that is also in a nice spot. He lines up with Paveslki on the Sharks’ second line while he has quietly tallied 14 goals on the season. Furthermore, he has three goals and two assists for five points over his last five games. Meier lines up on the second power play unit as well, giving us exposure to both units on a Sharks’ power play that surprisingly ranks second with a 23.6% clip for the season.
W – Jakob Silfverberg (ANH) – $5,100 vs. DET
I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t want to use Silfverberg considering he has just one goal over the last month, but that’s exactly the sort of thing that drags down ownership. He is a quality offensive player with 12 goals and 14 helpers on the season after posting 23 goals and 49 points last season. He logs plenty of ice time with 18:19 per game 132 shots this season after posting 200+ shots in each of the past two seasons.
W – James Neal (VGK) – $7,200 vs. CHI
The Blackhawks are in a dismal rut right now and cannot get any goaltending to save their lives, so the high-scoring Golden Knights should be in for some offense tonight. Vegas ranks second overall with 3.36 goals per game, a number that creeps up to 3.48 on home ice. For his part, Neal has tallied 24 goals on the season and has scored in two of the last three games. He’s also taken 13 shots across his last four and takes on Jeff Glass who sports a 3.45 GAA and an .892 Sv% in five road starts and six road appearances this season.
W – David Perron (VGK) – $6,500 vs. CHI
Perron and Neal are a very high-upside mini-stack on this slate. Like many of his teammates, Perron is having a fabulous season with 13 goals and 49 points in 49 games. Even more impressive is the fact that just one of his 13 goals and 12 of his 49 points have come on the power play. He’s been an even strength stud where he skates with Neal on the Golden Knights’ second line while also skating with the 24-goal-scorer on the second power play unit as well.
D – Brent Burns (SJ) – $7,500 vs. ARI
Yes Burns will see a good chunk of ownership tonight, but I don’t mind using him in this three-man stack. Obviously, Burns comes with plenty of upside as he has tallied nine goals and 48 points on a whopping 237 shots, the latter of which ranks first in the NHL. The Coyotes defense checks in at 29th league-wide and considering the ice-cold Scott Wedgewood should be in goal this is a very nice stack to run with tonight.
D – Brandon Montour (ANH) – $3,500 vs. DET
Montour brings plenty of value into tonight’s matchup against the Red Wings. He is an offensive-minded blueliner who has recorded six goals, three power play goals and 16 assists on 116 shots for the season. He forms a three-man second unit power play stack with Kesler and Silfverberg as they take on the Red Wings and their 23rd-ranked penalty kill tonight in Hockey Town.
G – Cam Ward (CAR) – $7,600 vs. LA
Ward is a GPP play, but one with nice upside tonight against the Kings. For the season, Ward sports a solid 2.59 GAA and a .913 Sv%, but over the last five starts he has posted a .951 Sv%. The Kings aren’t exactly an offensive powerhouse as they rank 18th with 2.85 goals per game and their 30.8 shots per game ranks 22nd. Look for Ward to continue his strong string of play in a home matchup against the Kings.