Welcome back for another edition of our NHL Breakdown. Tonight, we get a 6 game slate, which is a little small for my liking, but I’ll tell ya what, I’ll take what I can get if it means I can play cash games. I won’t do it unless there at least 5 games.
On to the picks!
Filip Forsberg – Well, Filip didn’t dominate last night like I thought he would in a good situation, and tonight, he gets maybe an even better one against Calgary. His price is very high, but you will be happy to pay it if he ends up with several points.
Daniel Sedin – If you want to save some money on Forsberg, Sedin is a great option. He gets the hapless Coyotes on home ice. He is always a top tier option when he plays and gets a great matchup to boot.
Milan Lucic – I always like to look at the Kings top line when they are playing at home. Washington has played great hockey this year, but that doesn’t mean they are keeping teams from scoring. I like the possibilities for Lucic tonight.
Corry Perry – I am a big fan of Perry on the road against poor teams, and I think the Avalanche can fit that mold. Last time I recommended him, he had a huge night and I am going back to the well for another tonight.
Kyle Okposo – Okposo has a good year going, and ever though they are on tired legs, the Islanders are in a good position against a bad Maple Leafs team tonight. I think the goals are going to go through his line, and gets the bonus of power play opportunities.
Viktor Arvidsson – If you don’t want to pay up for Forsberg and feel risky, you can certainly go with Viktor who has definitely turned it up over the last 8 games. He has 5 points during that time, but more importantly, is taking a few shots. He got 8 off yesterday and gets another good shot against Calgary tonight.
Evgeny Kuznetsov –I like Kuz a lot tonight, who has been having a great season for this Washington team. With LA likely focusing their efforts on stopping Ovechkin, and rightfully so, the game really opens up for Kuznetsov.
Richard Rakell – I am all in on Anaheim’s second line tonight, so that means Rakell has to be on my short list of players at this position. He doesn’t possess the upside of Perry, but still has plenty of chances spending the time on the ice with him that he does. He is an affordable piece to a solid Anaheim puzzle tonight.
Linden Vey– If you are feeling thrifty, and if you have been reading these regularly, you know I am, then Very should be your guy tonight. Skating on the top line and top power play line with Daniel Sedin against a horrible Coyotes team puts him square in my sites to be played in all formats tonight.
Shea Weber – Weber had a fair game yesterday night, and should be in line for another good performance tonight. Nashville should have plenty of chances to score, and with the Flames horrible penalty kill, he should see even more chances.
Sami Vatanen – Vatanen has basically been a staple in my lineups for the past week or so, and tonight won’t change that at all. I think there are plenty of chances for him to get involved will, and I am betting on him doing it early and often.
Matt Niskanen – If you want to pay down some, Niskanen is a great option. With John Carlson out, he gets more ice time and opportunity, and I am convinced this team is going to score a few goals tonight. I like him to be a part of the fun.
John Gibson/ANH Goalie – No goalie has been announced for Anaheim yet, but Gibson appears to be most likely to play. He will lead a surging Anaheim team into Colorado to take on an improving Avalanche team. Still, I think Anaheim will find a way to put it on them heavy tonight, and I think Gibson is a good bet at a win.
Thomas Greiss/NYI Goalie – Halak was in goal last night, so one would assume tonight we will see Greiss. Toronto is starting Sparks again, who gave up several goals to Buffalo in his last start. While their legs could be tired, I think the Islanders will build off the win over the Penguins from yesterday and pick up the W here.