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 10 games on the docket, so there should be a great deal of variance and more action.
Same format as Tuesday, which I successfully cashed. I am tracking my cash game progress here. I feel like since I am making suggestions, it would be fair to be transparent with the results. While not all of these players may make my cash game roster tonight, I will be using all of these in my 5-10 lineups.
On to the picks!
Filip Forsberg – Hope you listened to our recommendation on Tuesday! Forsberg had a hat trick, and if you had him in cash games, you probably cashed. While you can’t expect 13 points each time out, I do think it is a possibility he keeps his hot streak up tonight.
Joakim Nordstrom – Here is a bargain play in a great matchup on the road against Toronto. The Nordstrom/Staal line could be in for a great game this evening, and Nordstrom is a great play to help you fit the higher priced options in your lineup.
Johnny Gaudreau – While I don’t love the matchup against the Kings, you have to love Johnny’s production at home. He is a far superior player at home, and should be in your consideration tonight.
Vladimir Tarasenko – It looks like Tarasenko is back to his old form, which makes me want to buy tonight. He isn’t going to come cheap, but his upside is tremendous, and he’s playing on a power play that is hitting on all cylinders. He gets the Rangers at home, which isn’t a scary matchup with the power kill being taken advantage of.
Jannik Hansen – This Vancouver team is another team in a good spot at home against an inconsistent Senators team. This line with the Sedin’s is coming off a huge game, and while you cannot expect that type of production tonight, it is fair to say that Hansen has a high probability of putting one in the net tonight.
Jason Spezza – Another guy in a great spot tonight against Winnipeg is Spezza. He is playing at home, and is on both the top line and top power play line, with two guys who know how to score in Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. I’ll gladly take the discount here to get exposure to what could be a multi-point line tonight.
Anze Kopitar – Kopitar returned to action two nights ago, and got right back into the scoring. Tonight, on home ice, he squares off with the Oilers, a matchup he should easily be able to exploit. I like him as a lower cost option to the higher priced studs tonight.
Jordan Staal – I spoke about Staal with Nordstrom earlier, and I have to mention him again here. His price is affordable, and he gets the benefit of playing on the second line against a team that has a tough time keeping points off the board.
Jori Lehtera– Another very cheap option who seems to be working his way back into the swing of things. Will I spend a small amount of money for exposure to Tarasenko and a high scoring power play line? Yes. Yes I will.
Shayne Gostisbehere – The Ghost’s point streak finally ended at 15 last game, but I think it is fair to say we must keep a short attention span and be willing to roll him out tonight. The Wild haven’t been the best defensive team by any stretch, and this could be a chance to get back on the bus a few will be getting off of.
Jake Muzzin – Yes, the preferred option is Drew Doughty, but I’ll take the discount on Muzzin who is heating up. A matchup against Edmonton is a spot I really like for him, so don’t be surprised if you see him hit the score sheet tonight.
Nick Leddy – Leddy is a guy who I will have some exposure to tonight in a game against Calgary where a lot of goals will be scored. There are a few ways he can score, being on the top defensive pairing and seeing good power play time.
Cam Ward – War isn’t a flashy play at the position, and I’ll admit, I think he is some type of a risky one. Ultimately though, I like this matchup, and think he stands a pretty good shot at the win, which is half the battle. In addition, if Toronto stumbles out of the gates, he could have big upside at a low cost.
Roberto Luongo – If you want to spend up a bit more, Luongo has a good home matchup against an Arizona team that is limping. They seem to be a threat to score, so I think he’ll see a high shot volume, and that coupled with a decent shot at a win makes me feel comfortable in using him.