My apologies for the lack of articles lately as I’ve been under the weather for several days. That said, I’m back and ready to tackle tonight’s three-game slate!
C – Sidney Crosby (PIT) – $8,800 vs. PHI
The Flyers and Penguins game is going to be a heck of a hockey game tonight and it’s also a very important one. With the Penguins sitting just one point ahead of the Flyers, there is clearly a couple (or a few) very valuable points on the line. Crosby brings a high floor with him into play tonight thanks to his 22 goals, 48 assists and 194 shots on goal for the season while his 31 power play points ranks third in all of hockey. He has performed very well against the Flyers in his career so let’s look for more of that tonight.
C – Evgeni Malkin (PIT) – $9,100 vs. PHI
Obviously Malkin and Crosby don’t form a 5v5 stack as Malkin skates as the team’s second line center, however they do form a power play stack, which is very important for tonight’s game. With the Flyers sporting the league’s 29th ranked home penalty kill and the Penguins boasting the league’s top power play at 26.4% and the top road power play at 26.6%, I like this dual Penguins’ centermen strategy tonight. Malkin is clearly having a massive season with 37 goals and 82 points in 63 games to go with 13 power play goal and 198 shots on the campaign.
W – Patric Hornqvist (PIT) – $6,300 vs. PHI
We’ll keep rolling with Penguins here as we add Hornqvist, another player who is a member of the team’s top power play unit. Hornqvist has been a very important player on that man advantage as he’s scored 11 of his 18 goals this season on the power play. He also brings a nice floor with him in the form of 178 shots in 55 games so let’s feel real confident about this trio of forwards heading into tonight’s contest.
W – Max Domi (ARI) – $5,100 vs. VAN
Despite sporting the league’s 30th-ranked offense, I like the Coyotes’ upside in Vancouver tonight. The Canuck’s home defense ranks 28th in the league and their home penalty kill ranks 24th, so we can balance out our ownership tonight with a lower owned Coyotes stack. Domi has had very poor luck when shooting the puck this season as his five goals on 128 shots makes for a 3.9% shooting percentage, well under his 8.2% career mark. That said, he does have a healthy 25 helpers as well and skates on the Coyotes’ top power play unit.
W – Christian Fischer (ARI) – $4,900 vs. VAN
Fischer has quietly enjoyed a real nice rookie campaign despite his team’s overall struggles. He enters tonight’s contest with 13 goals, five power play goals and 17 assists on a healthy 130 shots across 62 games for the season. Fischer skates with Domi at 5v5, but also skates with him on the Coyotes’ top power play unit. You may be shocked to know that Arizona sports the league’s fourth best road power play at a whopping 22.4% for the season which makes this a real nice matchup under the surface.
W – Brendan Leipsic (VAN) – $3,400 vs. ARI
In my opinion Leipsic is the top value play on the slate. He has been on fire since joining the Canucks as the trade deadline with two goals and three helpers in three games. He is going to get plenty of opportunities in a top-six role, especially with the season-ending injury to Brock Boeser. Leipsic has skates as much as 18:53 in his three games with the Canucks so we can use him at excellent value to attack the league’s 26th-ranked road defense tonight.
D – Kris Letang (PIT) – $6,200 vs. PHI
We have completed our four-man Penguins stack with the addition of Letang. Like his teammates above, Letang brings a high floor with him into tonight’s contest in the form of 40 points and 186 shots across 64 games. Three of his six goals for the season have come on the power play where he will skate tonight as the lone defenseman, making this a four-man power play stack on the best unit in all of hockey.
D – Jakob Chychrun (ARI) – $3,600 vs. VAN
We have our second stack of the evening completed here with Chychrun. He’s got just two goals and 11 points on the season, but also has 67 shots and 47 blocks in just 35 games. Chychrun actually forms a three-man power play stack with Domi and Fischer where one of his two goals for the season came. This should be a real low-owned stack despite the three-game slate, but it also has upside to bring into GPP and optimal lineups tonight.
G – Chad Johnson (BUF) – $7,600 vs. CGY
Johnson is anything but a cash play, but given his recent work I believe he is worth a roll of the dice tonight against the slumping Flames. His overall numbers for the season are ugly thanks to a terrible first half, but Johnson has come alive lately. He actually started his roll with a 2-1 overtime win against these same Flames back in Calgary in January. Including that start, Johnson has posted a .933 Sv% across eight starts and nine appearances.