Thanks for taking a look at our NHL Breakdown today! It has been a few days since there has been a full slate of games, but tonight has 9 games on the docket, so there should be a great deal of variance and more action.
I’m going to do the setup a little different today, and probably moving forward. I am going to nominate 6 wingers, 3 centers, 3 defensemen and 2 goalies, to keep the reading a little bit easier. I am going to do a similar format in basketball. With that said, let’s get straight to our targets!
Filip Forsberg – I like the spot for a few of the Predators tonight against a horrible Toronto squad, but Forsberg is my favorite. He is a great play for cash games and tournaments, as he and his line mates could give you multi point upside.
Jamie Benn – You are going to pay up for him, but Dallas has dominated this Winnipeg team this year, and nothing indicates tonight should be any different. I think the top two lines are in play here, but Seguin/Benn offer, in my opinion, the most likely source of points.
Jakub Voracek – Speaking of dominating, Voracek has dominated Carolina. As if that isn’t enough, he has been playing well lately. Add to that Claude Giroux being out, and the team will need to rely a little more on Voracek to light the lamp.
Ryan Callahan – Callahan has benefitted from playing alongside with Steven Stamkos, and guess what, you don’t have to pay any premium, as he is inexpensive across the industry! He is in a plus matchup at home against a struggling Coyotes team. Don’t overthink it!
Ales Hemsky – Regardless of which line he ends up on, Hemsky is a cheap source of points and has been rather consistent lately. We highlighted the benefits of playing Stars against Winnipeg when we discussed Benn, so I’ll save you the spiel, and encourage you to play a variety of Stars tonight.
Tyler Toffoli – No longer playing on That 70’s line, Toffoli is in a good position tonight as he plays a Flames team that is no Bueno on the road. Anze Kopitar should remain out tonight, meaning that it’s going to be on a variety of other players to get the job done tonight, and I like Toffoli to be one of those guys.
Steven Stamkos – Top scoring option against a struggling Arizona team on the road? Yes please! He is going to cost you, but he is my favorite play tonight. That has bit be in the past few nights, but it is a risk I am willing to take for Stamkos.
Connor McDavid – McDavid has been playing lights out since the All Star break, and gets a great matchup against an inconsistent Ottawa team at home. I think he will be a very popular play in all formats tonight, but with good reason.
Mikko Koivu – Koivu is an affordable option that brings good upside playing with Zach Parise, against an Islanders team on the road that is not the best defensive unit in the NHL. Again, he is a cheaper play who has the ability to stuff the stat sheet in a plus matchup on home ice.
Shayne Gostisbehere – His scoring streak is bananas right now, and I am going to ride him until the wheels fall off. While I don’t know if he is likely to have a monster game, he should provide a good floor, making him a good cash game play.
Erik Karlsson – Most likely the highest cost defenseman on all sites, Karlsson benefits from a great matchup this evening, albeit on the road, against Edmonton. I do think there is enough value elsewhere to make him work, and he could have a tournament winning game.
Nick Leddy – Another player who has been consistent and won’t break the bank, Leddy is in line for a good matchup against the Wild tonight. Skating on the top defensive line and top power play should give him a good amount of run and plenty of scoring opportunities.
Jonathan Quick – Quick hasn’t been formally announced, but the assumption is he will start. The Flames have not played well on the road, so I like the shot at a win, and minimum goals scored.
Carter Hutton/NSH goalie –Hutton as well hasn’t been announced, and I will update accordingly if anything changes. Regardless of whether it is home or away, I like Nashville to pick up a victory over the NHL’s worst performing team.
I will add my cash lineup here after lock, and starting tonight, will be keeping track of my progress.