It was another tough night for our FanDuel NHL Picks as the Bruins combo of Krejci and Spooner miraculously didn’t reach the scoresheet despite the Bruins tallying six goals on the Rangers. Nazem Kadri and Mitch Marner were also quiet in the Leafs’ 3-2 win over the Predators. We did get a stellar effort from Frederik Andersen with a 44-save victory over the Preds, but we will put last night behind us and aim for better success tonight.
C – Mikko Koivu (MIN) – $5,700 vs. ARI
The Coyotes are certainly a good target to begin with, but I like Koivu and the Wild a lot tonight since they are on home ice. They rank 10th in the NHL with 3.23 goals per game while the Coyotes enter tonight’s contest with the NHL’s 29th-ranked road defense. Koivu isn’t going to bring a high floor with him, but he plays with two players that do. Nevertheless he is the top center at both 5v5 and on the power play as he sports 28 points and 123 shots on goal in 53 games this season.
C – Paul Stastny (STL) – $5,300 vs. COL
On a big slate featuring the league’s top offensive team, it’s quite possible the Blues go lower owned tonight, especially their second line where Stastny is the centerman. Like Koivu, Stastny’s floor isn’t a high one but he makes for a nice GPP play nonetheless. The Avalanche are a much worse defensive club on the road where they rank 24th with 3.28 goals against per game. Colorado has also allowed at least three goals against in five straight on the road. Look for Stastny to improve upon his 36 points and 123 shots in 55 games tonight.
W – Mikael Granlund (MIN) – $7,500 vs. ARI
We have some cash utilize in this lineup so let’s pay up for Granlund over Jason Zucker. Both are great options, but I like Granlund’s floor a little more. He has tallied 15 goals and 43 points in 48 games this season to go along with 130 shots on goal. He’s a weapon on the power play as well with seven of those 15 tallies coming on the man advantage. Overall, it should be a fruitful evening for the Wild’s top line.
W – Alexander Steen (STL) – $5,800 vs. COL
With Steen we get a 5v5 pairing with Stastny but we also get some first unit power play exposure as well. While the Avalanche are a solid penalty killing team overall, they fall all the way to 24th when it comes to killing penalties on the road. Steen is having a solid season with 11 goals and 32 points across 49 games for the season while he has also tallied a shorthanded goal as well. With Colorado struggling defensively on the road, I really like the Blues’ second line at low ownership.
W – Anders Lee (NYI) – $6,600 vs. BUF
Lee and the Islanders are clearly in one of the best spots on the slate. His 27 goals entering play tonight at tied for the fourth most in the NHL, however Lee has moved down to the second line alongside Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle. Nonetheless, we still get exposure to the top power play unit with Lee where he has scored seven of 27 goals this season. After five straight games without a point, Lee tallied an assist his last time out and his next goal could very well be tonight against the league’s 28th-ranked defense.
W – Jordan Eberle (NYI) – $5,700 vs. BUF
With the offensive seasons John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee are enjoying, Eberle has slid under the radar despite a quality campaign himself. Eberle has tallied 18 goals and recorded 40 points on the season. He will line up with Lee on the Isles’ second line but Eberle also gives us exposure to both power play units as he skates on the second group. The Islanders should have a productive night tonight in Buffalo.
D – Ryan Suter (MIN) – $5,600 vs. ARI
Suter should certainly see some ownership tonight in this matchup but I don’t mind him at all in a three-man stack alongside Koivu and Granlund. He’s having yet another productive season on the Wild blueline with 34 points in 53 games while he has also taken 110 shots and blocked 96. He operates on the top power play unit but has the higher floor than his partner Jared Spurgeon who also skates on the top unit. Let’s look for plenty of production from this Wild trio tonight.
D – Vince Dunn (STL) – $3,700 vs. COL
Here is a play I believe carries plenty of value tonight at home against the Avalanche. Dunn doesn’t see a ton of ice time at around 16:30 per game, however he is now seeing over two minutes of power play time per game on the Blues’ top unit alongside Alex Steen and the Blues’ big guns. The young defender has excellent offensive instincts that have led to 11 points in 48 games to go along with 91 shots. This Blues’ stack should be a very low owned one, but with nice upside.
G – Devan Dubnyk (MIN) – $8,700 vs. ARI
When it comes to goaltenders at home there aren’t many, if any, that are more reliable than Devan Dubnyk has been. At the Xcel Energy Center this season, Dubnyk has posted a 2.13 GAA and a .930 Sv% while the Wild are the NHL’s top defensive team at home with just 2.08 goals per game. The Coyotes bring the NHL’s 30th-ranked overall offense and 29th-ranked road offense into this game so Dubnyk is a lock and load option in this favorable matchup.