Last night’s FanDuel lineup fared quite well. We got low owned goals from both Nico Hischier and Dennis Malgin while Keith Yandle had a banner night with a goal and two assists. Vincent Trocheck, Taylor Hall and Jonathan Huberdeau all registered assists while Pekka Rinne delivered a 19-save shutout over the Kings. Hopefully you were able to use these picks to grab some cash as we move to tonight’s four-game slate.
C – Sidney Crosby (PIT) – $9,100 vs. WAS
Don’t look now but after tallying a whopping 20 points over his last ten games, Sidney Crosby sits ninth in league scoring and just eight points out of the league lead. This has all been done rather quietly too as the red-hot Penguins host the Washington Capitals tonight. Washington is the owner of the NHL’s 27th-ranked road defense while Braden Holtby’s GAA goes from 2.17 at home to 3.49 on the road and his save percentage from .932 at home to .895 on the road. Pittsburgh now sits sixth in home offense at 3.38 goals per game and have the NHL’s best power play at 26.7%
C – Evgeni Malkin (PIT) – $8,300 vs. WAS
Seldom do I roster two centers on the same team, but I think it makes sense tonight considering the matchup. Malkin has scored a whopping five goals over his last two games and added an assist in the process. He now has 26 goals and 55 points on the season, ranking just outside the top ten in the latter category. Nonetheless, he does form a power play stack with Crosby while centering the club’s second line. I like these Penguins while they are hot tonight.
W – Patric Hornqvist (PIT) – $6,100 vs. WAS
While Hornqvist hasn’t really gotten in on the action over the last two games with just one assist, he makes for a fine play in this stack. Eight of his 15 goals this season have been scored on the power play while he has taken 153 shots on goal this season. He skates next to Malkin on the team’s second line is the net front presence on that lethal power play. Considering he skates with some of the NHL’s most talented and hottest players, he makes for a real nice look tonight.
W – T.J. Oshie (WAS) – $5,300 vs. PIT
After going goalless since December 22nd, Oshie scored the game-winning goal in Washington’s win over the Flyers on Wednesday, now a new streak should begin. Oshie is too skilled and too proven to be held quiet that long so I expect a regression to the mean moving forward. He is now up to 12 goals for the season as the Capitals face a middle of the pack defense tonight in Pittsburgh.
W – Andre Burakovsky (WAS) – $3,500 vs. PIT
Burakovsky is another player who got off a lengthy goalless drought Wednesday against the Flyers. He scored just his fourth goal of the season the power play, his first since December 19th. The best thing about Burakovsky is the fact he skates on the Capitals’ second line with Oshie and elite playmaking center Nicklas Backstrom. He has skated over 16 minutes in two of his last three games so let’s get some more value out of the young winger tonight.
W – Anthony Mantha (DET) – $4,600 vs. CAR
The Red Wings have a decent matchup tonight in Carolina. The Hurricanes are playing on back-to-back nights and will start struggling netminder Scott Darling tonight against the Wings. Darling has limped to a 3.02 GAA and an .892 Sv% this season and has lost his starting gig to Cam Ward in the process. Mantha is enjoying a real nice sophomore season with 16 goals and 30 points on 110 shots across 47 games. The Red Wings aren’t a high powered offense, but Mantha is going to be a big-time scorer in this league.
D – Kris Letang (PIT) – $5,900 vs. WAS
We have a four-man Penguins stack with the addition of Letang. Of course, the veteran blueliner quarterbacks that lethal Penguins’ power play as he enters play tonight with 29 points on 148 shots across 49 games this season. Interestingly, he’s also been held fairly quiet despite the Penguins’ offensive surge that has seen them average four goals per game over their last ten games. That said, I like the upside of the full four-man stack tonight.
D – Nicklas Kronwall (DET) – $3,700 vs. CAR
Kronwall should go down as a very low owned defenseman despite the small slate. While he enters play tonight with just two goals, 12 points and less than one shot per game on the season, Kronwall remains the lone defenseman on the Red Wings’ top power play group. This means he forms a power play mini-stack with Mantha. One of his two tallies this season has come on that man advantage as he faces the NHL’s 26-ranked penalty kill tonight in Carolina.
G – Sergei Bobrovsky (CLS) – $8,500 vs. SJ
The Sharks offense is reeling and Bobrovsky is stellar on home ice, hence making him my top option in goal tonight. San Jose has scored just three goals over their last two games and seem much thinner up front with Joe Thornton sidelined. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner enters play tonight with a stout 2.06 GAA and .934 Sv% on home ice this season. As a result, Columbus owns the league’s seventh-ranked home defense and are in good shape again tonight against the Sharks.