Welcome back for another edition of our NHL Breakdown. Tonight we have a mild 5 game slate, but several of the games have some good fantasy options, so it shouldn’t be a total loss. Last night was not spectacular, as I finished just out of the cash in my cash games, so here is to hoping tonight will be different.

I am keeping track of my cash game progress here. It has been a mixed bag since returning to hockey, but I am feeling more confident as each day that goes by.

On to the picks!


Alex Ovechkin – Ovechkin did not have his usual dominant game last time out against the Canadiens, but tonight he gets the Wild without their top player in Zach Parise on home ice. This is a great opportunity for Ovechkin, and I like him to be an anchor in a few of my lineups tonight.

Tomas Hertl – Hertl is benefitting from playing on the top line with Thornton and Pavelski, as he has found the score sheet 6 times in his last 6 games. Tonight, he gets the favorable matchup on home ice against Buffalo. He should be a good candidate to see even a few points in this matchup.

Ryan Callahan – Callahan has benefitted greatly recently from playing with Steven Stamkos. Though I typically like to target the 2nd line on the road, Callahan has been too hot and too cheap to pass up. I have a feeling he won’t disappoint tonight.

Dave Pastrnak – I really don’t want to point chase, but that isn’t necessarily when I am advising Pastrnak here. He plays on the second line and is on the road, and this is the matchup for the visiting team I like to attack. Carolina is no slouch as a team, but I think he is cheap enough that he could pay off his meager salary.

David Perron – Perron is another affordable option that is seeing a lot of time with Ryan Getzlaf on the top line, which is never a bad thing. Tonight, they get a downward spiraling Edmonton team. This should provide him multiple opportunities to score.

Corey Perry – On another line for Anaheim is Corey Perry. He also skates on the top power play line with Getzlaf. He is playing the same abysmal Oilers at home, and one would have to imagine that he should be able to find a way to get the puck in the net tonight.


Ryan Getzlaf – I think I have already put Getzlaf over considerably in this article, but I will do it again. He has a great matchup against Edmonton, and sees time on both the top line and the top power play line. No one on Edmonton can stop him and he should have his way with them tonight.

Joe Thornton – Thornton is very consistent player, and is going to get the rub of playing the Sabres on home ice. He, like Getzlaf with the Ducks, sees time on both of the top lines, and should see ample opportunities to rack up points tonight.

Tyler Johnson– This is another one of my “play guys on the second line on the road” calls. The Lightning’s second line should be regaining Nikita Kucherov tonight, which immensely helps Johnson’s outlook. He is an affordable play at the position.


Brent Burns – Yes, he is priced up, but especially for cash games tonight, in my opinion, you need to be looking to the top options. That’s where Burns comes in. He is one of the few defensemen who can rack up multi point games like it is nothing. He gets the home matchup against a bad defensive Sabres team. I wouldn’t overthink it.

Sami Vatanen – Similar to Burns, but much cheaper, Vatanen gets a great home matchup against the Oilers. He sees the ice frequently, and spends time on the top power play unit and should be a good option to see involvement in the scoring tonight.

Mathew Dumba – This one might be a little off the radar, and I won’t have him in my cash games, but Dumba is an interesting candidate tonight on the road against Washington. His play has really come around lately, and could be a nice flier play in a tournament.


John Gibson – I’m going to go with the two goalies that Vegas feels the most confident in, and the first on that list is Gibson. He is the cheaper of the two, but gets that great home matchup against the Oilers tonight. He should get plenty of goal support, and should be a good candidate for the win.

Martin Jones – The second of the goalies tonight is Jones. I like him for the exact same reasons as Gibson. I expect the two of them to be very highly owned tonight. Make sure to check closer to game time, as neither has been confirmed yet, but both are likely.

Good luck!