Somehow, the Avalanche managed just one goal against the Philadelphia Flyers on home ice last night which sank our lineup. We made a couple of savvy picks in Andre Burakovsky and Alex Tuch who both scored goals, however the lack of production from Colorado was a killer. Let’s turn things around and get it tonight on tonight’s big 10-game slate!
C – Vincent Trocheck (FLA) – $7,200 vs. OTT
The Florida Panthers could very well have the top matchup on the slate tonight as they have a road matchup with the lowly Ottawa Senators. The Senators are brutal home team, ranking 30th in both home defense and home penalty killing. The panthers are a team desperate for points, and Trocheck can certainly deliver some offense to get them those valuable points tonight. He’s cracked the 30-goal plateau with 30 goals and 40 assists on the season, but also a massive 258 shots on goal as well. He bring a nice floor and real high ceiling into action tonight.
C – Patrice Bergeron (BOS) – $7,700 vs. TB
The biggest game on the schedule tonight could very well be this one as it will go a long way in deciding who wins the Atlantic Division. Bergeron and his Bruins have been one of the league’s best teams for some time as the Bruins rank fourth in home offense at 3.54 goals per game and also fourth in home power play at 26%. Enter Bergeron who has notched 27 goals on 202 shots despite playing in just 57 games. He has 12 points over his last 11 games, and like Trocheck, brings a solid floor into a matchup against a Lightning team that is struggling on the back end at the moment.
W – Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA) – $6,100 vs. OTT
Huberdeau is fresh off a two-goal game last night in Toronto and should be in for another productive night tonight in Ottawa. The goals were his 24th and 25th of the season while Huberdeau has also tallied 42 helpers to go along with 188 shots for the season. He and Trocheck skate together at 5v5 as well on a Panthers power play unit that ranks seventh on the road at a solid 21.1% clip. This could be a very productive duo against a Sens team that has surrendered 4.67 goals per game over their current six-game losing streak.
W – Brad Marchand (BOS) – $8,500 vs. TB
Marchand is absolutely shredding the league once again this season. His 1.35 points per game ranks first in the NHL while he’s recorded at least one points in 21 of his last 25 contests. Marchand also has 24 points over his last 13 games. He’s scored 33 goals for the season, eight of which have come on the power play, but you have to like his chances at more power play production tonight against a Lightning team that has killed just 62.5% of their penalties over their last seven games.
W – Sam Reinhart (BUF) – $5,100 vs. DET
With our Panthers and Bruins costing us a good chunk of change, we will roll with what is a cost-effective and likely low-owned stack tonight with the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres will be taking on a Red Wings team that has lost 12 of their last 14 games and has surrendered at least four goals in seven of their last nine games. Reinhart is enjoying a quality season with 20 goals and 23 helpers with a very healthy 172 shots on goal. He will skate on the second line while also giving us first unit power play exposure tonight.
W – Casey Mittelstadt (BUF) – $3,000 vs. DET
I am loving this play tonight. After posting 30 points in 34 games for the Minnesota Golden Gophers of the NCAA, Mittelstadt makes his highly anticipated NHL debut tonight against the Red Wings. He will form a 5v5 stack with Reinhart on that second line and he will see second unit power play time too. He is actually likely to skate at the center ice position, but we will take advantage of him being listed as a winger tonight. At the minimum price, Mittelstadt provides oodles of value upside against one of the NHL’s worst teams.
D – Keith Yandle (ARI) – $5,600 vs. OTT
With handle we have an extremely high floor, high ceiling stack against the Senators tonight. He is having a big-time season for the Panthers, tallying 53 points across 75 games with a real healthy 169 shots on goal. Not only does he form a 5v5 stack, but also a three-man top power play stack on that productive road power play for Florida. He’s notched two goals and four assists over his last five games so let’s look for Yandle to stay hot tonight against the Sens.
D – Marco Scandella (BUF) – $3,700 vs. DET
Scandella should see tiny ownership tonight against the Red Wings, but he has a nice matchup in a three-man Sabres stack. He will form a 5v5 stack with Reinhart and Mittelstadt, but also a PP2 mini-stack with Mittelstadt. With this trio, we have exposure to both power play units with Reinhart skating on the top group. Scandella provides a little bit of everything for this lineup, with five goals, 15 assists, 131 shots and 106 blocks in 76 games for the season.
G – James Reimer (FLA) – $7,900 vs. OTT
We will go with the cost savings tonight and use Reimer in a favorable matchup in Ottawa. The Sens are one of the league’s poorest offenses with a weak power play, and are essentially a one-line team at this point in the season. Besides, Reimer has been lights out lately, winning five straight starts while producing a .970 Sv% with two shutouts in that stretch. That’s more than enough for me to roll with Reimer at an attractive price tonight.