Happy Friday everyone and I hope our American readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving! After a night off in the NHL there is a full slate of games today, with some afternoon action as well. As always, we will focus on the main slate for this piece which contains eight games. Let’s head into the weekend on a good note!
C – Mika Zibanejad (NYR) – $6,900 vs. DET
The Rangers are a high scoring team, a high scoring team on home ice and sport one of the league’s top power plays, all things pointing in their favor for tonight’s matchup against Detroit at Madison Square Garden. Zibanejad is a huge part of that lethal Rangers’ power play as he has bagged five of his 11 goals this season with the man advantage and has 22 points in 22 games on the season. Zibanejad has been very consistent this season in the points department so look for him to keep chugging along in this matchup tonight.
C – Adrian Kempe (LAK) – $4,300 vs. ARI
This pick has a little more to do with his winger than it does Kempe himself, but the youngster has certainly had a nice season so far. Although he did a lot of damage early, Kempe still has seven goals and 13 points in 21 games for the Kings. He will center the team’s second line as well as their second power play unit tonight against a Coyotes team who is among the league’s worst in just about every defensive category possible.
W – Pavel Buchnevich (NYR) – $5,600 vs. DET
The price is right here for Buchnevich in a favorable matchup against the Red Wings. Like Zibanejad, Buchnevich has been a force on the Rangers’ power play with four of his eight goals coming with the man advantage. He has tallied 16 points in 22 games this season on 53 shots on goal. He skates with Zibanejad at both five on five and on the power play so there could be lots of production to be had from this duo tonight.
W – Tyler Toffoli (LA) – $5,400 vs. ARI
As mentioned the reason for Kempe in this lineup was due to his winger and that winger is Toffoli. Without Jeff Carter in the Kings’ lineup Toffoli is their best pure goal scorer. He is also a shot on goal machine as he has recorded 81 shots on the season, ten of which have found the pack of the net. Toffoli has added three power play goals as well this season and could make it four tonight against a Coyotes team that has a sub-80% penalty kill for the season.
W – Jamie Benn (DAL) – $7,900 vs. CGY
The Stars match up against the Flames tonight which doesn’t look like a fantastic matchup on paper, but the Stars have been so much better at home this season, where they will be for tonight’s matchup. Besides, Benn is having an excellent season for the Stars with 11 goals, four power play goals, ten assists and 69 shots across 22 games this season. Dallas scores 3.50 goals per game at home so let’s get some Stars’ exposure tonight.
W – Devin Shore (DAL) – $3,700 vs. CGY
Shore plays with Benn both at even strength and on the power play so he makes for a real nice value play tonight against the Flames. Shore managed to score just his first goal of the season three games ago, but followed that up with a tally in his next game and has three points over his last three games. Considering Shore has just a 5% shooting percentage this season thanks to just two goals on 40 shots, we still have plenty of positive regression coming for the young forward.
D – Kevin Shattenkirk (NYR) – $6,300 vs. DET
Teaming up on that Rangers’ top power play unit will be one of the top power play defenseman in all of hockey in Kevin Shattenkirk. Shattenkirk has five goals, two power play goals, 12 assists and 47 shots on goal this season across 22 games. He doesn’t log a ton of ice time thanks to a deep Rangers’ blueline, but he clearly makes the most of the ice time he does get which includes anchoring a power play that ranks 5th at 23.4%
D – John Klingberg (DAL) – $5,900 vs. CGY
Why not go with a couple of three-man stacks, both of which are power play stacks as well. Klingberg will indeed anchor the Stars’ top unit once again tonight, a group that includes Benn and Shore as well. He has four goals and 20 points in 22 games on the season but also has 50 shots on goal and 38 blocks as well. That is solid cross-category production from Klingberg and perhaps the Stars and their lethal 25.4% power play (2nd) can keep it going tonight against the Flames.
G – Ben Bishop (DAL) – $8,600 vs. CGY
A big reason why the Stars have been so good at home this season is because Bishop has been excellent on home ice. In nine games (eight starts) at home, Bishop sports a 1.32 GAA and a .950 save percentage. Obviously this is a stark contrast to his 4.04 GAA and .872 save percentage on the road. Calgary ranks 20th in road scoring and the Stars rank 10th in home scoring, so Bishop should get the goal support to win the game but won’t need much if he continues to sparkle on home ice.