We have a heavier-than-normal eight-game NHL DFS slate on this Monday night. Let’s not waste any time getting into the money and dive right into our optimal lineup!
C – Aleksander Barkov (FLA) – $7,700 vs. OTT
Of all the 16 teams on tonight’s slate I am liking the Florida Panthers’ matchup the most. Florida welcomes the lowly Ottawa Senators to town tonight, also known as the league’s 30th-ranked defense. Florida has been red-hot lately, especially at home, winning eight in a row and scoring plenty of goals in the process. Barkov has been on fire himself lately, recording 14 points over his last nine games. He’s up to 68 points in 63 games on the season with 213 shots on goal. He leads the league with five short handed goals and also leads all forwards with an average ice time of 22:18 per game.
C – Vladislav Namestnikov (NYR) – $6,000 vs. CAR
The Rangers have slumped lately as they have their eyes on the future, however there hasn’t been much wrong with their offense as they’ve scored at least three goals in five of their last six games. They welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to Madison Square Garden, a team who’s holding onto their playoff hopes by a thread. Carolina will start Scott Darling who has been atrocious this season, producing an .890 Sv% on the campaign. Namestnikov hasn’t recorded a point over his last five games, but regularly skates more than 17 minutes and gets plenty of power play time on a rebuilding Rangers group.
W – Evgenii Dadonov (FLA) – $6,300 vs. OTT
Riding shotgun to Barkov at both 5v5 and on the Panthers’ top power play unit, Dadonov has been white-hot lately as well. He’s notched 20 points over his last 14 contests including three multi-point efforts over his last four games. For the season, he has notched 21 goals and 51 points in 58 games played with an even 150 shots on goal. It’s also his birthday today, so let’s hope he can work some birthday magic with a big night against the slumping Sens.
W – Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA) – $6,600 vs. OTT
We will complete our three-man Panthers stack here with Huberdeau. While he doesn’t skate on the top line with Barkov and Dadonov, Huberdeau does flank the duo on the Panthers’ top power play unit. He also gives us exposure to a potent second line alongside Vincent Trocheck who is also having a big year. For his part, Huberdeau has 22 goals and 39 helpers on the season including two power play goals and an assist over his last two games on eight shots.
W – Pavel Buchnevich (NYR) – $5,600 vs. CAR
Like Namestnikov, Buchnevich hasn’t been terribly productive lately, but he is in a real nice spot tonight against the visiting Hurricanes. I’ve mentioned how poor Darling has been, which gives this duo a nice matchup at what I believe will be low ownership given the eight-game slate. Buchnevich has scored 14 goals this season, five on the power play, and added 22 assists on 119 shots across 61 games. He also has 25 points in 33 home games compared to just 11 points in 28 road games.
W – Tyler Toffoli (LA) – $5,900 vs. VAN
I like the floor and ceiling Toffoli brings to the table tonight in a favorable home date against the slumping Canucks. On top of sporting the league’s 28th-ranked defense, the Canucks will be going with backup Anders Nilsson tonight who sports a poor 3.52 GAA and a .901 Sv% on the season. Toffoli has once again cracked the 20-goal plateau with 21 goals for the season. He also loves to fire the puck with 216 shots in 68 games on the campaign. The Kings should be able to produce some offense tonight and Toffoli is the purest goal scorer on the club.
D – Tony DeAngelo (NYR) – $4,100 vs. CAR
We have completed three-man Rangers stack here with DeAngelo. He’s tallied eight assists in 31 games for the season, but also has 64 shots in 40 blocks during that time. DeAngelo is the lone defenseman on the Rangers’ second power play unit, a group that also includes the aforementioned Buchnevich and Namestnikov. He will be a very low owned blueliner tonight but I like his upside in this stack at a very reasonable price.
D – Jake Muzzin (LA) – $4,200 vs. VAN
Speaking of upside a real nice price, Muzzin looks good tonight against the Canucks. He and Toffoli form a PP2 mini-stack for the Kings, but Muzzin also brings solid individual numbers into play this evening. He’s notched four of his six goals on the power play, has 30 assists, 141 shots on goal and 112 blocks as well. Against one the league’s weaker defenses, Muzzin’s offensive upside and strong peripheral numbers are very attractive at his price.
G – Martin Jones (SJ) – $8,500 vs. DET
Considering how stellar Jones has been for the last little while, I love his upside tonight against the visiting Red Wings. After posting a beautiful .932 Sv% in the month of February, Jones has posted that same .932 mark across four appearances so far in March. Over his last two starts, he’s allowed just one goal and posted a shutout to go along with a .976 Sv% in that time. The Red Wings have the league’s 28th-ranked offense, so roll Jones with confidence this evening.