Hopefully you followed last night’s lineup as it was a beauty! The Sharks in that lineup did some serious damage as Logan Couture had another big night with a goal and an assist while Tim Heed and Melker Karlsson both scored goals at extremely low ownership. Frederik Andersen was solid and picked up the victory and his teammates Nazem Kadri and Patrick Marleau teamed up for a goal off the stick of Marleau with Kadri picking up the helper. Let’s build on last night’s success on tonight’s busy 11-game slate!
C – John Tavares (NYI) – $7,800 vs. ARI
Tavares and his Islanders have picked up their scoring as of late and will get an opportunity to keep it going tonight against the visiting Islanders. Personally, Tavares is coming off of his most productive game of the young season with a goal and two assists against the Sharks in a 5-3 Islanders’ win on Saturday night. That makes it eight regulations tallies for the Islanders over their last two games. Tavares has 24 shots across his eight games on the season and faces a Coyotes squad that ranks 30th with 4.25 goals against per game and 28th with a 72.7% penalty kill.
C – Nick Schmaltz (CHI) – $4,900 vs. VGK
Schmaltz doesn’t have the elite individual stats to blow you away, but the simple fact he skates with Patrick Kane at even strength and on the power play makes him an enticing play tonight in Vegas. Schmaltz has just three points on the season, all coming in the season opener, but he also has played only four games due to injury. With the Golden Knights’ crease decimated with injury they will be relying on third string goaltender Oscar Dansk for this tough matchup against the high-powered Blackhawks.
W – Patrick Kane (CHI) – $8,600 vs. VGK
Kane is an easy play tonight in a favorable matchup against the Golden Knights. Kane is having a standard Pat Kane-like season so far with 11 points across nine games including 24 shots on goal and 11 over his last three games. Kane has seen over 23 minutes of ice time on multiple occasions this season and will have plenty of opportunities tonight against a weak goaltender and a team that ranks 23rd by yielding 34.1 shots against per game.
W – Jordan Eberle (NYI) – $5,900 vs. ARI
It’s hard to believe Eberle has yet to score this season despite averaging three shots on goal per game. Snakebit or not, Eberle has a fantastic chance to get his offensive game going in a home matchup against the Coyotes. Eberle is still benefitting from first line minutes as well as first line power play minutes with John Tavares and is due for a breakout game imminently. I want to be there when this takes place.
W – Anders Lee (NYI) – $5,600 vs. ARI
One player that has been doing plenty of scoring this season for the Islanders is winger Anders Lee. Lee enters play tonight with five goals in eight games this season on 21 shots. Like Tavares, Lee enjoyed a three-point night on Saturday against the Sharks and has four points over his last two contests. With Lee we have all three of the Islanders’ top line forward as well was the top unit power play forwards who could be in for another fruitful night against a weak Coyotes defense, goaltending and penalty kill.
W – Jason Zucker (MIN) – $4,400 vs. VAN
With a lot of high-powered offenses going on tonight’s slate the Wild could go down as a lower owned play with plenty of upside tonight. Zucker gives us fantastic bang for our buck as he is a productive player who receives a ton of ice time. Zucker has recorded two goals and four assists in six games this season while skating an average of 19:34 per game and 2:13 of power play ice time per game as well. The Wild power play is clicking at a league-leading 33.3% clip this season so we have a great value opportunity with Zucker at home against the Canucks tonight.
D – Duncan Keith (CHI) – $5,700 vs. VGK
We have a real solid three-man Blackhawks’ stack in this lineup with the addition of Keith. Keith is obviously an absolute workhorse on the Hawks’ blueline as he is averaging 25:11 of ice time per game, 13th most in the league, and skates an average of 4:38 per game on the power play. He skates on the same power play unit as the aforementioned Kane and Schmaltz and offers excellent cross-category upside with seven assists, 25 shots and 14 blocks in nine games this season.
D – Jared Spurgeon (MIN) – $4,200 vs. VAN
Spurgeon is a lot like his teammate Zucker in the sense he provides excellent value upside thanks to a ton of ice time and first unit power play ice time as well. Spurgeon averages 24:29 of ice time per game, 2:00 of which comes on the man advantage. The Wild spread their power play minutes out equally, but the fact they lead the entire NHL in power play efficiency is a good sign here. Spurgeon has five points, 12 shots and 14 blocks in just six games this season.
G – Jaroslav Halak (NYI) – $7,600 vs. ARI
Halak is a risky play in the sense he has allowed three goals in four straight starts, however be has a decent .913 save percentage on the season and is up against one of the NHL’s worst offenses tonight. The Coyotes enter play tonight having scored just 2.25 goals per game (29th) and their 13.3% clip with the man advantage ranks 26th overall. The Isles are middle of the pack team in terms of overall defense and penalty killing, but I have a lot of faith in Halak securing a win behind a strong offense and weak opponent tonight.