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!
Brad Marchand – There is a lot to like today on the slate. One of the first places I am inclined to look is with the top Boston line. They have been playing some really great hockey, and get a premier home game against Carolina who has been really struggling. It is going to be a tough day to fit studs in your lineups, but I certainly think Marchand is one that I want.
Max Pacioretty – If there is another guy I want tonight, it is Pacioretty in a home game against the Sabres. Pac-Man has turned his game up lately, and I want to be on the right side of him when he catches fire. I am expecting some fireworks from his line tonight, so make sure you have a piece of the action!
Gustav Nyquist – Let’s keep the “this guy is playing well and I want a piece” train going with Nyquist. Tonight, he is playing against the awful Winnipeg team, and should see ample chances at scoring. I like him to be involved with at least 1.
Joe Pavelski –I like this Sharks team tonight as well in the midst of a great series of games they are playing well in. The Devils had been at one point a bit of a tough team to go against, but that has fallen apart in the last few weeks. They play slow, but they are still good targets, and I think the Sharks will eat them alive tonight.
Lee Stempniak – One great way to get exposure to the top line of Boston is through Stempniak. He has played very well in his first few games with his new team, and I like this Boston team to handle Carolina early and often. Expect Stempniak to be a part of that.
Sven Andrighetto – The same principal for Stempniak applies to Sven. He has been given a great opportunity moving to the top line with Pacioretty and Galchenyuk, and I expect him to get in on the action tonight and really provide a big bang for his buck.
Mark Scheifele – Schiefele has been a man possessed on the ice lately, and gets a reasonable opponent tonight in Minnesota. If you like targeting players in the midst of a streak, he is definitely a guy you should consider tonight.
Aleksander Barkov – I think Florida is going to be a popular option tonight against Ottawa and with good reason. The Senators are not stopping anyone, either at even strength or on the penalty kill. Do not be surprised to see more than a few Florida power play lines in your cash games and tournaments tonight.
Jack Eichel – While the approach has always been to target players against Buffalo, they have some players that are exciting to stack as well. I like the Eichel/Kane/Reinhart stack tonight, as Montreal surely will not be able to keep the Sabres from scoring.
Brent Burns – His price is pretty high, but all things considered, he has been amazing. He has been dominant and gets a struggling Devils team on home ice tonight. I expect Burns to flirt with the 10 point mark again and should be a cornerstone in your lineup tonight.
Ryan Suter – I like the spot for the Wild tonight as well against Edmonton, who has been known to give up their share of goals. Suter has been playing great hockey, and with the plus matchup is going to be a staple in my cash games tonight.
Andrei Markov – If you don’t like either of the above options, Markov is a great way to go at a good price. He will undoubtedly be popular tonight but for good reason. I think there is a good chance he will get on the score sheet tonight.
Martin Jones – San Jose is one of those teams in a great position tonight, and I really wish Reimer was starting so I could spend a little elsewhere, but it isn’t happening. The Sharks should get Jones the victory tonight. The biggest concern here is the amount of shots he is likely to see, as the Devils are a pretty plodding team. I’ll risk it though for a shot at a win.
Darcy Kuemper – If you want to go a little riskier, Kuemper could be in a good spot. I like Minnesota to score a few goals, and if they do, he stands a good shot pick up the victory at a cheaper price to Jones.