We had an excellent lineup with last night’s FanDuel NHL Picks! The Florida three-man stack was a productive one while the Rangers duo of Namestnikov and Buchnevich combined for a goal and three assists. Tyler Toffoli also notched a couple of points and Martin Jones notched us a win in goal. Hopefully you were able to cash in using last night’s picks as we move onto tonight’s seven-game slate!
C – Steven Stamkos (TB) – $8,700 vs. OTT
The league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning have theirselves a fine matchup tonight on home ice against the Ottawa Senators. While the Sens upset the Panthers on the road last night, they still yielded three goals and sport the NHL’s 30th-ranked defense entering tonight’s contest. The Lightning pace the NHL with 3.58 goals per game, a number that trends up to 3.67 per game at home to go with their 26.1% clip with the man advantage at home. Stamkos’ 15 power play goals ranks second in the NHL while he’s tallied 79 points in 69 games on 193 shots on goal and is the top center on the slate in my opinion.
C – Mikko Koivu (MIN) – $5,700 vs. COL
Koivu is a mid-priced center who has a nice home matchup tonight against the visiting Avalanche. Colorado is a brutal road defense, ranking 29th in the league with 3.53 goals against per game away from home. The Wild are the NHL’s ninth-ranked home offense and 13th ranked home power play at a solid 22.2% clip. Koivu sees over 18 minutes of ice time per game in all situation for the Wild while he’s tallied 12 goals and 26 helpers on 144 shots this season. He’s the second line center and also centers in the second unit power play which is up against the Avs’ 26th-ranked road penalty kill tonight.
W – Nikita Kucherov (TB) – $8,900 vs. OTT
Kucherov is hanging onto the NHL’s scoring lead by a narrow one-point Margin as his 88 points is one more than Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin’s 87. Kucherov is a high-floor player of course with his point total combined with his whopping 240 shots on goal. He has racked up 31 power play points and has managed six points over his last four games. He and Stamkos are once against the top duo on this seven-game slate.
W – J.T. Miller (TB) – $5,900 vs. OTT
We have completed our three-man Lightning stack early here with the addition of Miller. Miller has been a productive player since his trade from the Rangers as he’s notched two goals and six points in six games with his new club. He’s been so productive that Jon Cooper is going to try him out on the top line tonight alongside the lethal Stamkos/Kucherov combo. Miller also gives us exposure to both power play units as he will line up on a productive Lightning PP2 this evening.
W – Charlie Coyle (MIN) – $5,200 vs. COL
You could spend up and get Zach Parise here in this spot, but Coyle will be the lower owned player and he’s been productive like Parise has been as of late. After a slow start to the season, Coyle has ramped up production and carries a three-game point streak into play tonight with two goals and two assists in that span. He also plays in all situations and should skate alongside Koivu at both 5v5 and on the second power play unit in a nice matchup this evening.
W – Nikita Scherbak (MON) – $3,400 vs. DAL
The Canadiens are obviously a poor offense, but their offense improves by more than half a goal per game at home, so I don’t mind them as a very low owned value look tonight. Scherbak is set to be a very low owned player tonight, but he has a nice spot in the lineup on the Habs’ second line as well as their second power play unit as he’s regularly seeing 14+ minutes on the ice on a nightly basis this days. He’s scored two goals and added two helpers with 23 shots in 15 games but had 30 points in 26 AHL games prior to his call up so he’s obviously a capable offensive player.
D – Matt Dumba (MIN) – $4,700 vs. COL
We have completed our second three-man stack here with the addition of Dumba. Dumba is quietly having a real solid season in Minnesota as he’s notched 10 goals and added 28 assists to go with 137 shots and 96 blocks across 69 games. While he forms a 5v5 stack with the Koivu/Coyle duo, he is also the lone defenseman on the second power play unit so this is also a three-man PP2 stack as well. Considering how poor Colorado can be defensively on the road, this could be a real nice, lower-owned stack this evening.
D – Mike Reilly (MON) – $3,600 vs. DAL
The Reilly/Scherbak mini-stack is going to see minuscule ownership tonight but I actually have high hopes for the duo. Reilly is set to skate big minutes on the Habs’ blueline for the remainder of the season thanks to season-ending injuries to Shea Weber and Victor Mete. After averaging just 12:21 of ice time with the Wild earlier this season, he’s skating over 22 minutes per game with the Habs since coming over at the trade deadline. He is the lone defenseman on the Canadiens’ second power play unit, a group that includes Scherbak, so don’t be afraid to roster the duo as value plays this evening.
G – Devan Dubnyk (MIN) – $8,600 vs. COL
While the Avalanche are a dynamite team with the lethal power play at home, the opposite is true on the road. Colorado slips to 23rd in road offense with just 2.62 goals per game while their road power play ranks 26th at just 15.6%. Dubnyk’s splits also favor this matchup as is a stellar 19-3-5 at home with a 2.14 GAA and a .931 Sv%. The Wild are also the league’s top home defense with just 2.14 goals against per game at the Xcel Energy Center so go ahead and use the hulking netminder in any format you wish tonight.