It was a pretty solid night with our FanDuel NHL Picks last night. It was unfortunate, however, that Connor Hellebuyck did not get the job done at home like he’s done for the entire season. Our Flyers stack and our Canucks stack did the job, however we were let down by goaltending. However, hopefully you were able to get into some money using these picks as we move tonight’s much quieter three-game slate!
C – Nick Schmaltz (CHI) – $5,700 vs. OTT
The Blackhawks are struggling badly at the moment with just a single win over their last ten games, however they have the top matchup on the slate tonight as the lowly Ottawa Senators visit the Madhouse on Madison. For his part, Schmaltz has enjoyed a solid season in terms of production with 16 goals and 40 points across 56 games. He is listed as a center, but could possibly play the wing tonight on the same line as Patrick Kane, a great spot to be indeed.
C – Tyler Seguin (DAL) – $8,200 vs. ANH
The Stars heading to Anaheim isn’t a fantastic matchup, but there aren’t too many great matchups on this slate. The Ducks are also a little vulnerable at the moment as John Gibson is injured against and it will be backup Ryan Miller going tonight in the Ducks’ crease. Miller owns a poor .896 Sv% over his last 12 appearances, so perhaps the Stars’ matchup is better than we think. Seguin brings a nice floor with him in the form of 29 goals, 51 points and 232 shots on goal and is very stackable with his linemates tonight.
W – Patrick Kane (CHI) – $8,200 vs. OTT
In my opinion Kane is the top player on the slate despite the Blackhawks’ struggles. He enters play tonight with 55 points in 60 games and has fired 214 shots on goal as well. If you can remember back to early January, Kane lit the Senators up for five points in an 8-2 Blackhawks victory. He will surely be in a spot to at least continue his production tonight against a Senators team that sports the league’s 30th-ranked defense and 29th-ranked penalty kill for the season.
W – Artem Anisimov (CHI) – $5,200 vs. OTT
Anisimov often gets left out of the discussion when it comes to productive Blackhawks but he has handled himself quite well for a long time now. This season, he has 15 goals and has been a beast on the power play with nine of those 15 coming on the man advantage. Tonight he should skate down the middle or on the wing alongside both Schmaltz and Kane at both 5v5 and on the power play, thus giving us a real high-upside stack in a favorable matchup on home ice.
W – Mattias Janmark (DAL) – $4,500 vs. ANH
I mentioned that Seguin is stackable with this linemates as one of those linemates is Janmark who comes at a solid price tonight. Janmark should skate alongside Seguin on the Stars’ top line tonight while he remains a part of the second power play unit as well. He’s enjoyed a breakout season with 16 goals and 30 points on 103 shots on goal. Janmark has bagged four power play goals this season as well as a short handed marker, giving him solid special teams upside as well.
W – Alex Tuch (VGK) – $3,500 vs. CGY
This play is somewhat contingent on whether or not James Neal suits up tonight for the Golden Knights. That’s because Tuch took Neal’s spot on the second line when he missed Monday’s game while he also skated on the top power play unit as well. He’s enjoying a decent season with 10 goals and 25 points on 123 shots on goal in 55 games. If Neal misses tonight’s contest too, then Tuch provides excellent value upside against the Flames on home ice.
D – John Klingberg (DAL) – $6,400 vs. ANH
We had the salary, so let’s go ahead and roll with Klingberg who is leading all NHL defensemen with 54 points this season. He could conceivably skate on both power plays units tonight as he is logging a ton of power play ice time, making him a mini-stack with both Seguin and Janmark on the power play as well as the trio forming a 5v5 three-man stack. He’s got four points over his last five games and is as consistent as they get on the blueline this season.
D – Nate Schmidt (VGK) – $4,300 vs. CGY
Schmidt is unleashing some of his potential with the Golden Knights this season. He has become a very dangerous blueliner with 29 points in 59 games to go along with 85 shots on goal and 89 blocks as well. If Alex Tuch remains on the top power play unit, he and Schmidt will form a power play mini-stack on top of their 5v5 mini-stack as well. The Golden Knights are the league’s second ranked home offense so let’s go with a couple of cheaper options on the NHL’s newest franchise.
G – Marc-Andre Fleury (VGK) – $8,700 vs. CGY
On a slate where there aren’t many “safe” options, Fleury makes the most sense considering how good the Golden Knights are at home. He’s also a good option considering he enters play tonight sporting a 2.07 GAA and a .931 Sv% across 28 starts for the Golden Knights. The Flames own the NHL’s 21st-ranked offense, so there is nothing there to scare us away from using perhaps the most underrated goaltender in the NHL this season.