We had another excellent FanDuel lineup last night, although rostering Devan Dubnyk could have taken us right out of the money. The Stamkos-Kucherov-Miller stack went nuts and put up an average of almost 40 FanDuel points each. Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle combined on the only goal of the night for the Wild while Nikita Scherbak scored a goal at very low ownership. That said, Dubnyk yielded five goals in the Wild’s 5-1 loss, so depending on what contest you were in his nightmare evening could have wiped out a fantastic roster of skaters. We will take the excellent picks and move onto tonight’s five-game slate!
C – Evgeni Malkin (PIT) – $9,200 vs. NYR
Malkin and the high-flying Penguins will take their elite offense into Madison Square Garden tonight to take on the Rangers. The Rangers have been suspect on the back end, yielding 3.3 goals per game over their last 10, but also 3.75 per game over their last four. Of course, Malkin is having a big-time season with 87 point on the campaign, good for second in the NHL. He has also scored 39 goals, good for third in the NHL. He brings a six-game point streak into play tonight with 11 points over that span.
C – William Nylander (TOR) – $5,800 vs. DAL
The Stars aren’t a poor defense by any means this season, but after yielding four goals to a weak Canadiens offense last night this is going to be a tough back-to-back for the road team tonight in Toronto. The Maple Leafs have rattled off 10 straight wins on home ice and recently put up five goals in a win Saturday against the Pens. Nylander is missing his partner-in-crime Auston Matthews again tonight, but he will center Toronto’s top point producer Mitch Marner at 5v5 this evening. Nylander has 50 points in 69 games and his young, rested legs should give a tired Stars’ back end fits tonight.
W – Patric Hornqvist (PIT) – $6,300 vs. NYR
Riding shotgun to Malkin at 5v5 and on the power play is a nice spot to be. That’s where Hornqvist should be tonight in New York as he is one of the league’s top goal scorers on the man advantage. He’s scored 12 of his 20 goals this season on Pittsburgh’s top-ranked power play, which puts him in a fifth-place tie league-wide. He has also scored in back-to-back games and is averaging almost five shots per game over his last eight. He has taken 195 shots in just 58 games this year which has him bringing a real nice floor into play tonight.
W – Mitch Marner (TOR) – $6,400 vs. DAL
It’s very safe to say that Marner is back to his magician-like ways these days. Over his last seven games, he’s notched 10 points. If you go further back, Marner has recorded 24 points over his last 20 games. Marner is the Leafs’ top offensive weapon with Auston Matthews as he will flank Nylander at 5v5 and will also give us exposure to both Maple Leafs’ power play units tonight. Marner as two power play goals and an assist on eight shots over his last two games so let’s not hesitate to roster the young star tonight.
W – Jimmy Vesey (NYR) – $3,500 vs. PIT
While I like the Penguins’ matchup tonight, don’t sleep on the Rangers. New York has scored 12 goals over their last three games and has scored at least three goals in six of their last seven. Vesey is coming off a monster game where he recorded a hat trick against the Hurricanes. The Rangers’ matchup is a nice one again tonight as the Penguins rank 22nd in road defense and they have had big-time goaltending issues lately. Vesey brings real nice value to the table tonight as part of the first unit power play.
W – Ryan Spooner (NYR) – $5,300 vs. PIT
Since coming over from the Bruins in the Rick Nash trade, Spooner has been absolutely on fire. Over his eight games as a Ranger, Spooner has tallied 13 points. Amazingly, 12 of those 13 points have come at even strength. He is playing on the Rangers’ second line as well as their top power play unit which is where he will skate with Vesey tonight. He has six points over his last three so make sure to give this lower-owned stack a look this evening.
D – Kris Letang (PIT) – $6,200 vs. NYR
We have completed one of two three-man stacks with the addition of Letang. Letang, Malkin and Hornqvist form 3/5 of the Penguins’ top power play unit, a group that clicks at an unreal 25.7% clip on the power play away from home. Letang has recorded 41 points in 67 games for the season with three of his six goals coming on the man advantage. He brings a high floor with those points as well as his 192 shots for the season, so if the Penguins’ power play has a big night this should be a real productive trio.
D – John Gilmour (NYR) – $4,000 vs. PIT
We have another three-man stack complete here with Gilmour. In fact, we have our second three-man PP1 stack complete here as well. Gilmour, Vesey and Spooner all skate together on the Rangers’ top power play unit. Gilmour has been solid since his call up from the AHL as he’s tallied two goals and two assists in his 16 games, but he’s also taken 44 shots in that stretch. This will be a low owned stack so give them significant consideration in optimal and GPP lineups tonight.
G – John Gibson (ANH) – $8,300 vs. VAN
One of the weakest offenses in the NHL right now is the Vancouver Canucks, so I am liking Gibson as my top netminder of the slate tonight. The Canucks have scored just three goals combined over their last four games and thus enter play with the league’s 27th-ranked offense and 26th-ranked road offense at just 2.46 goals per game. Gibson is having an excellent season with a 2.53 GAA and a .924 Sv% for the season, so let’s not overthink this one and target a brutal Canucks’ offense.