The low-scoring affair in Detroit last night hurt our lineup as we stacked three Red Wings for GPP purposes. The rest of the lineup fared quite well and Petr Mrazek got us the win in goal, but not enough production from the Red Wings trio hurt us. Let’s move on to tonight’s GPP-aimed lineup on this 12-game slate!
C – Vincent Trocheck (FLA) – $6,700 vs. BUF
On the depth chart it may look like Trocheck is the Panthers’ second line center, however with Jonathan Huberdeau on his wing I would view his line as the top line for Florida. Either way, Trocheck enters play tonight in a very nice spot against the lowly Sabres. Florida is a weak offensive team on the road, however a matchup against the NHL’s 29th-ranked offense is never really a bad one. Trocheck ranks second on the Panthers with 46 points on the season while he has also taken 171 shots on goal. He should be all over the place tonight in Buffalo.
C – Nico Hischier (NJ) – $5,500 vs. PHI
The Devils will likely fly under the radar tonight on a big slate, but they have a real nice matchup against the visiting Flyers. Philly has yielded five goals in back-to-back games including a 5-3 defeat just last night in Washington. They will also give rookie Alex Lyon his first career NHL start in goal. Enter Hischier who will center the top line and second power play unit tonight for a Devils team that finally got some offense going Tuesday in Buffalo. He’s got 30 points in 49 games and should add to that total tonight against a vulnerable Flyers team.
W – Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA) – $6,800 vs. BUF
Huberdeau paces all Panthers with 48 points, a total that has a high likelihood of improving tonight in Buffalo. He’s been remarkably consistent with at least one point in 12 of his last 14 games as he is set to skate alongside Trocheck at both 5v5 and on the Panthers’ top power play unit. He has 17 goals on the season, four power play goals and 119 shots on goal. This duo could do some serious damage tonight in Buffalo.
W – Taylor Hall (NJ) – $8,000 vs. PHI
Taylor Hall is simply one of my favorite plays on this entire slate. After tallying a goal Tuesday in Buffalo, Hall now has seven goals and 13 points on his current eight-game point streak. While Hall lines up on the Devils’ top line next to Hischier, the two split apart on the Devils’ power play groups, giving us exposure to both units. This becomes even better when we see the Devils home power play checks in at sixth in the league with a 25.3% clip.
W – Dennis Malgin (FLA) – $3,600 vs. BUF
Tonight’s value play is Malgin who has a big-time opportunity in Buffalo. Malgin is the third member of the Trocheck/Huberdeau line and he also gets second unit power play time as well. He has handled himself quite nicely in the NHL this season with seven goals in just 28 games after posting 14 points across 13 AHL games prior to his call up. Against one of the worst defenses in the NHL, Malgin has a nice opportunity to eclipse value tonight.
W – Sebastian Aho (CAR) – $6,700 vs. MON
The Hurricanes are another team that could fly under the radar on tonight’s big slate. However, make no mistake, they have a real nice matchup tonight against the visiting Canadiens. Carolina just scored six goals in Montreal last week and now get a crack at the league’s 27th-ranked road defense tonight in Carolina. Aho is a member of the Canes’ first line and first power play unit as he enters play tonight red-hot with ten goals over his last 12 games.
D – Keith Yandle (FLA) – $4,700 vs. BUF
I wasn’t crazy about the idea of a four-man Panthers’ stack, but if we are going for real low ownership we might as well grab the whole group. Yandle is having a quality season with 26 points in 48 games while anchoring the team’s top power play unit. With Yandle we get three members of the Panthers’ top power play unit and a member of the second group too, giving us excellent exposure to the Panthers’ man advantage. Let’s hope the veteran blueliner can add to his seven power play points tonight.
D – Justin Faulk (CAR) – $4,400 vs. MON
Faulk isn’t having his best offensive season, but we will grab him at an attractive price considering his matchup against the Habs. Faulk brings a nice floor with him into this contest as he has taken 147 shots on the season to go along with 17 points and 62 blocks to boot. He quarterbacks the Hurricanes’ top power play unit alongside Aho where he has tallied 10 of his 17 points for the season. This becomes even more encouraging when we see Montreal’s road penalty kill checking in at 29th league-wide.
G – Pekka Rinne (NSH) – $8,600 vs. LA
The Kings are no pushover, but Nashville is such a great defensive team and the Kings’ offense has declined as the season has gone on. Besides, Rinne enters play tonight with a .927 Sv% for the season and a .939 Sv% over six January starts. Entering the new month, he will face the NHL’s 19th-ranked offense and one that has scored more than two goals just twice over their last eight games. The Preds check in with the NHL’s fifth-ranked overall defense so let’s go with the veteran star in goal tonight.