We had a real solid night with last night’s FanDuel NHL Picks. Tyler Seguin, Mitch Marner, Alex Killorn, Yanni Gourde and Roman Josi all scored goals on the evening. Ben Bishop turned aside 31 of 32 shots for the win as you certainly should have cashed with that lineup intact. Let’s go ahead and build on that momentum for tonight’s 11-game slate.
C – Blake Wheeler (WPG) – $7,100 vs. ARI
Nobody on this slate has a better matchup than the Jets do on home ice against the visiting Coyotes. Winnipeg enters play scoring 3.79 goals per game at home (1st) while their 31% power play at home checks in second behind only the Nashville Predators. Wheeler is having a standout campaign with 58 points and 152 shots in 53 games this season while his 25 points on the power play rank sixth in the league. The Jets should do plenty of damage tonight against the NHL’s 30th-ranked road defense.
C – Vincent Trocheck (FLA) – $6,500 vs. VAN
I believe Trocheck and the Panthers are also in a fine matchup tonight at home against the lowly Canucks. Florida has won three straight games and they have scored 3.67 goals per game during that stretch as well. For his part, Trocheck brings a nice floor with him in the form of 18 goals, 47 points, seven power play goals and 176 shots across 50 games this season. Florida is the NHL’s ninth-ranked home offense and should be able to create some more against a defense that ranks 25th overall.
W – Patrik Laine (WPG) – $7,500 vs. ARI
I believe Laine has the most upside of any skater on this slate tonight. He is a streaky scorer and right now his streak is a hot one. Laine has six tallies across his last ten games after going seven straight without one. He is one of the most deadly players in the entire league on the power play as his 13 power plays goals are tied for the most in the NHL with Pittsburgh superstar Evgeni Malkin. Look for Laine to improve upon that mark in a favorable matchup tonight on home ice.
W – Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA) – $6,900 vs. VAN
Looking for elite, consistent production? Huberdeau is your guy. The young winger has recorded at least one point in 14 of his last 16 games with a cool 19 points during that stretch. He now leads the Panthers with 51 points on the season with 27 of those points coming across 23 games on home ice. Huberdeau flanks Trocheck at both 5v5 and on the power play and I believe the duo has some real nice upside in a home matchup against the Canucks.
W – Danton Heinen (BOS) – $4,500 vs. DET
The next couple of wingers will be one off plays at lower prices with plenty of upside. With Brad Marchand serving his five-game suspension, it’s been Heinen who has taken over his spot on the left wing of Patrice Bergeron atop the Bruins’ depth chart. Heinen also gets first unit power play minutes on a Bruins’ man advantage that clicks at 22.6%, good for sixth overall. The rookie has 35 points in 46 games this season and is coming off a two-point effort his last time out against Toronto.
W – Tom Kuhnhackl (PIT) – $3,500 vs. VGK
Here is one player I wouldn’t touch on a normal night, but tonight is anything but normal for Kuhnhackl. With Patric Hornqvist set to miss at least a week or two with a lower-body injury, it appears Kuhnhackl will get the first crack at sticking on the right wing of the hottest player in the NHL in Evgeni Malkin. Malkin has tallied eight goals and three assists over his last four games. Considering five of his eight goals have come at even strength, I see a scenario tonight where Kuhnhackl can perhaps land an assist or two or perhaps get one of his own thanks to the elite playmaking abilities of Malkin.
D – Dustin Byfuglien (WPG) – $5,100 vs. ARI
We have two three-man stacks going tonight and the first one is complete here with the addition of Byfuglien. It’s a rather easy choice as he is the lone defenseman on that top power play unit, a group that obviously includes Wheeler and Laine. His season has been injury-shortened, but he’s still got a solid 21 points in 41 games and logs plenty of ice time on that Jet’s blueline.
D – Keith Yandle (FLA) – $5,400 vs. VAN
Not too many defenseman, if any, on this slate are as hot entering play tonight as Yandle. Over his last three games, the veteran blueliner has tallied six points, 12 shots and a power play goal to boot. Yandle is the lone rearguard on the Panthers’ top power play unit, a group that hasn’t had a great season with the man advantage, but also one that is going up against the league’s 26th-ranked penalty kill tonight.
G – Connor Hellebuyck (WPG) – $8,400 vs. ARI
The easiest decision on the slate is to go with Hellebuyck in goal. Wins are never guaranteed, but Hellebuyck faces the league’s 30th-ranked offense tonight as he carries an 18-1-2 record, 2.00 GAA and a .930 Sv% on home ice into play tonight. As a result, the Jets are the NHL’s third-ranked home defense. He is coming off a home shutout over the Avalanche, one of the league’s better offensive clubs. Don’t hesitate to roster the breakout goaltender tonight as he should get plenty of goal support as well.