Well that certainly wasn’t the way we wanted to start the week. The three teams we used in our lineup combined to score just five goals on the night and our goalie took a loss, so it couldn’t have been much worse than that. We will look for much more production on another nine-game slate this evening.
C – Sidney Crosby (PIT) – $8,800 vs. DET
The Penguins are chasing the Washington Capitals for top spot in the Metropolitan Division, and they have themselves an excellent shot a two points tonight in Detroit. The Red Wings have been awful lately, and that included last night when they yielded four goals to the Montreal Canadiens, the eighth time in their last 10 games they have surrendered at least four tallies. Crosby and company have been hot for a while now, but for his part he’s notched three goals and three assists over his last five games and should be in for some notable production in this matchup tonight.
C – Travis Zajac (NJ) – $4,200 vs. CAR
The Penguins are a pricey bunch, so we will go with a cost-effective, low-owned stack for the Devils tonight beginning here with Zajac. The Devils welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to town tonight as they look to extend their one-point advantage over the Panthers for the final Wild Card spot. Considering the Hurricanes played last night and Cam Ward started that game, Scott Darling should start tonight in New Jersey. Darling has been pulverized this season to the tune of an .885 Sv%, but also an .852 mark in March. Zajac will center the third line, but also the Devils top power play unit as they take on the league’s 25th-ranked road penalty kill tonight.
W – Patric Hornqvist (PIT) – $6,500 vs. DET
Hornqvist looks like he will skate alongside Crosby this evening after spending a while alongside Evgeni Malkin on the second line. He’s taken full advantage of his cushy spots in the lineup, posting six goals over his last eight games with almost six shots per game over that stretch. He has scored three of those six goals on the Penguins’ top-rated power play and has 14 power play goals this season, good for a fourth-place tie league-wide. He should deliver on his high floor and high ceiling tonight.
W – Kyle Palmieri (NJ) – $6,000 vs. CAR
Palmieri won’t skate with Zajac at 5v5, but he will flank him on the Devils’ top power play unit. New Jersey has a solid man advantage at home, ranking 10th with a 24.1% clip. Palmieri has scored 21 goals in just 56 games this year with nine of those 21 goals coming on the power play. He’s scored four goals, two on the power play, and taken 26 shots over his last eight games. Look for Palmieri to increase his goal total in a favorable matchup tonight on home ice.
W – Miles Wood (NJ) – $4,000 vs. CAR
With Patrick Maroon likely to miss tonight’s contest, it looks to be Wood who will take his spot on the Devils’ top power play unit. Therefore, with Wood we have a three-man PP1 stack while we also get a second line mini-stack as he skates with Palmieri on that group. Wood boasts some blazing speed that has aided him in notching 17 goals this season on 150 shots on goal. He’s also chipped in three power play markers, so let’s get excited about the upside of this three-man group tonight at low ownership.
W – Mike Hoffman (OTT) – $6,200 vs. NYI
The Senators are playing on back-to-back nights tonight after scoring just one goal in last night’s loss in Carolina. However, their matchup tonight is an excellent one against the league’s worst defensive team in the form of the New York Islanders. The Islanders ranks last in overall defense, 29th in road defense and 29th in road penalty kill. That last stat is important has Hoffman’s lethal shot makes him a power play weapon where he’s scored eight of his 22 goals this season. He is the first part of a Sens’ mini-stack tonight.
D – Kris Letang (PIT) – $6,300 vs. DET
Our second three-man stack is complete here with the addition of Letang. He brings a real nice floor for a defenseman with 45 points and 207 shots on goal in 73 games on the season. He forms a three-man PP1 stack alongside Crosby and Hornqvist, which is important because the Red Wings are killing penalties at just a 74% clip over their last eight games. I am looking for a big night from this trio, albeit at significant ownership.
D – Thomas Chabot (OTT) – $3,600 vs. NYI
We have completed our Senators mini-stack here with Chabot. He isn’t a high-floor player, but he has had a solid rookie campaign with seven goals and 22 points in 56 games. It’s unclear whether Erik Karlsson will play tonight as he didn’t dress last night, and if he doesn’t play it should be Chabot quarterbacking the top power play unit alongside Hoffman. Regardless, he’s seeing elevated minutes these days and brings nice value upside to the table at this price in a very favorable matchup.
G – John Gibson (ANH) – $9,000 vs. VAN
As far as safety goes on this slate, I feel Gibson is the best bet. He and his Ducks are in a dogfight for a playoff spot in the Western Conference, and get a real nice road matchup tonight against the lowly Canucks. Vancouver sports the league’s 27th-ranked overall offense as well as the league’s 24th-ranked home offense. They are averaging just 1.7 goals per game over their last 10 as well. Gibson is having a fantastic season with a .926 Sv% entering tonight’s contest and should certainly be getting the win tonight against a weak offense and poor defense.