Last night’s FanDuel lineup didn’t work out as hoped. We got goals from Danton Heinen and Dustin Byfuglien, but the big boys on the Jets (Wheeler & Laine) as well as our three-man Panthers’ stack went quiet despite the two teams combining for seven goals. Connor Hellebuyck got the win, but gave up three goals as well. We will look for some improvement on tonight’s quiet three-game, GPP-aimed slate.
C – Nazem Kadri (TOR) – $5,600 vs. NSH
There aren’t many players who are in excellent spots on this small slate, so we will try and go with guys who are hot right now and Kadri fits that mold. He enters play tonight having recorded at least one point in six straight games and he also has nine points over his last eight games after having just two in his previous 21. The Leafs’ offense is also hot, having scored at least four goals in four of their last five. The Preds are a good defensive team, but perhaps a little bit vulnerable after yielding four goals in their last game against the Islanders.
C – David Krejci (BOS) – $5,800 vs. NYR
Patrice Bergeron will see a lot of ice time for the Bruins down the middle, so for GPP reasons we will slide down to Krejci. The veteran pivot has recorded three points over his last three games with seven shots during that stretch. The Bruins have been the NHL’s hottest team for more than two months and have vaulted up the rankings in many categories, including road offense where they rank third with 3.22 goals per game. Krejci centers the Bruins’ second line and second power play unit as well.
W – Mitch Marner (TOR) – $5,900 vs. NSH
Marner’s struggles this season are long behind him as he has ramped up his goal scoring as of late. After going nine straight games without a goal, Marner has tallied five goals over his last eight games and has taken ten shots over his last two games. Marner is a dangerous man on the power play as five of his ten goals have come on the man advantage. He skates with Kadri at both 5v5 and on the power play these days so this is a red-hot duo entering tonight’s contest against Nashville.
W – Ryan Spooner (BOS) – $4,800 vs. NYR
Spooner didn’t have a great start to the season thanks in part to injuries, but he has been very consistent since. Spooner has tallied 21 points over his last 25 games and has five points over his last five games. Spooner has a dual usage for this lineup as well, skating on the second line with Krejci at even strength as well as skating on the Bruins’ top power play unit. We will have exposure to both of Boston’s power play units tonight, which is good considering they rank sixth with a 22.3% clip on the man advantage.
W – David Pastrnak (BOS) – $7,600 vs. NYR
We have real good exposure to Boston’s top six forward and power plays units now. With Pastrnak we get exposure to the first line alongside Patrice Bergeron and the returning Brad Marchand while Pastrnak could also team up with Spooner on the Bruins’ top power play unit. Pastrnak has been beastly lately, recording 11 points over his current nine-game point streak. There is every reason to believe the young forward keeps it going in a decent matchup tonight.
W – Leon Draisaitl (EDM) – $7,400 vs. LA
Draisaitl and the Oilers have a tough matchup in LA tonight, but one that could keep his ownership in check alongside Connor McDavid. Like many others in this lineup, Draisaitl is on fire right now with 13 points over his last ten games and five points over his last two. Draisaitl flanks McDavid on the Oilers’ top line and top power play unit as the duo have helped the Oilers average almost four goals per game over their last six.
D – Morgan Rielly (TOR) – $4,500 vs. NSH
It’s not a great matchup, but I think we’re getting Rielly at a nice price here. After all, he’s a top 15 scorer among defenseman and he forms a three-man stack one of the Leafs’ two power play units alongside Kadri and Marner. Rielly recently missed some time with injury, which has lowered his ice time, but he should get plenty of ice tonight against a strong Nashville club.
D – Oscar Klefbom (EDM) – $5,100 vs. LA
Like Draisaitl, Klefbom doesn’t have a great matchup tonight but his ownership should be driven down as a result. The duo form a power play mini-stack tonight in Los Angeles while Klefbom has averaged more than four shots per game over his last four. The Oilers are hot right now, going 5-1-1 over their last six and Klefbom is a high-upside player to have when the Oilers’ offense is clicking like it is right now.
G – Frederik Andersen (TOR) – $8,200 vs. NSH
As far as bang for your buck goes, I like Andersen tonight against the Predators. He was knocked out of Monday’s game against the Ducks thanks to a Corey Perry skate to the head, but is good to go for tonight’s contest. Andersen has been one of the better goalies in the league since November, posting a .931 Sv% from November 1st to January 31st. He’s yielded three goals in back-to-back starts but remains a real nice option at a nice price tonight.