Hopefully you followed last night’s FanDuel NHL Picks as it was a great one! Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist each notched a goal while the three-man Coyotes’ stack had a night as well in Buffalo. Casey DeSmith notched us a win in goal en route to a productive overall lineup. Let’s make it two in a row on tonight’s 10-game slate!
C – Sean Couturier (PHI) – $6,800 vs. NYR
It may not be complete obvious from the get-go, but the Flyers have a real nice matchup at home tonight against the New York Rangers. The Rangers enter tonight’s contest ranked 26th in road defense this season and have yielded at least three goals in seven straight games, so a Flyers stack is in order tonight. Couturier has been one of the biggest individual surprises of the season as he’s noted 30 goals to go along with 40 assists in 74 games on the season. He and Claude Giroux have been a lethal combinations in all situations this season.
C – Mathew Barzal (NYI) – $6,300 vs. TB
A lot of ownership is going to go to the Lightning in this one, but don’t sleep on the Islanders. Coming off a 4-1 victory over the Penguins on Tuesday, the Islanders have something to build off of as they average 3.46 goals per game at home, good for seventh in the league. Of course, Barzal is having a big-time season this year, notching 20 goals and adding 55 assists for 75 points in 73 games this season. The Lightning have yielded almost four goals per game over their last nine and should start backup Peter Budaj tonight, so this is an excellent matchup for the home team.
W – Claude Giroux (PHI) – $7,500 vs. NYR
Giroux has rebounded in a big way this season. After scoring just 14 goals and 58 points a season ago, he’s up to 26 goals and 87 points across 74 games this season. Giroux has been a factor on the man advantage as well as his 34 points on the power play rank in a fifth place tie league-wide. He’s been hot lately, notching four helpers over his last two games and notching 29 points over his last 21 contests. He will skate with Couturier at 5v5 and on the Flyers’ top power play unit tonight and should be able to produce against a weak and thin Rangers’ blueline.
W – Jordan Eberle (NYI) – $5,600 vs. TB
Eberle has been everything the Islanders hoped he would be after trading for him in the offseason. His 25 goals for the season are certainly not a disappointment while he’s also added 26 assists for 51 points on the campaign. He’s scored 22 of his 25 goals at even strength, however he gives us exposure to the Islanders’ second power play unit as well. The Lightning are struggling on the penalty kill, putting together a 62.5% mark over their last five. Eberle could be a cheaper source of power play production tonight.
W – Alex Killorn (TB) – $4,800 vs. NYI
Of course, the lethal Tampa Bay offense is in a nice spot tonight against the league’s worst overall defense and worst home defense as well. We are going to roll with a mini-stack here beginning with Killorn who should fall into much lower ownership than the Tampa big guns tonight. That said, Killorn gets first unit power play time on a Lightning man advantage that clicks at 23.9% for the season, good for second overall. He’s scored 14 goals and added 28 assists on 133 shots for the campaign.
W – Ty Rattie (EDM) – $3,400 vs. OTT
Rattie is tonight’s value play as he is in an excellent spot in Ottawa. Despite skating with Connor McDavid, Rattie was held pointless in the Oilers’ 7-3 blowout win in Carolina on Tuesday, but he’s got an even better matchup tonight. Ottawa ranks 30th in overall defense, home defense and home penalty kill, so alongside McDavid at 5v5 and receiving second unit power play minutes should see Rattie hit the scoresheet this evening.
D – Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI) – $6,300 vs. NYR
We have completed a three-man Flyers stack with addition of Gostisbehere into this lineup. He is having a huge rebound season himself, scoring 13 goals, seven power play goals, and adding 42 points on 201 shots. He is a power play beast with a booming shot as he’s scored two goals, one on the power play and added an assist on seven shots on goal across his last two games. Look for a big night from this trio of Flyers.
D – Victor Hedman (TB) – $6,500 vs. NYI
We went big on defense tonight as Hedman clearly in a fantastic matchup in Brooklyn this evening. He’s creeped up to seventh in defenseman scoring with 53 points on the season while he’s also 191 shots and blocked 99 across his 68 games played. Hedman ranks fifth in the NHL in ice time at almost 26 minutes per game while he has scored in back-to-back games as well. He brings a real nice floor into tonight’s action.
G – Cam Ward (CAR) – $7,500 vs. ARI
Goaltending is a little bit of question mark for me tonight so I will spend down and go with Cam Ward against a weak Coyotes’ offense. Arizona ranks 28th with just 2.44 goals per game on the road for the season. Ward hasn’t been great lately, but he is better on home ice where he will be tonight. Arizona also sports the league’s 25th-ranked road defense, so some goal support is likely in order to get the veteran a win this evening.