NHL Daily Fantasy Breakdown – 3/14
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 – Forsberg has cooled down over the last few games, but that isn’t enough to cause me to ignore him. Just when you think he is down and out, he is going to come out swinging, and what better team to do it against than the Oilers. They are prone to giving up goals at even strength and on the power play, and Forsberg will take advantage of that.
Artemi Panarin – This is going to be a tightly contested game, but one that I expect to have some fantasy appear. I believe that the stronger defensive line will be tasked with shutting down the top Kings line, leaving Panarin and Kane to operate and score.
Tanner Pearson – Just like above with Panarin, Pearson should benefit from being on the second line on the road and getting the presumed better defensive matchup. I find him to be better suited for tournament play, but wouldn’t blame you if you put him in your cash games.
Vladimir Tarasenko – Heater alert! Tarasenko has a three game streak going where he has been in on six scoring situations. He gets the weak Oilers penalty kill tonight, and whether on the top line or with the man advantage, it seems like a safe play to me.
Reilly Smith – If you want to go with a play that is going to go under the radar, I will suggest Smith. He has been a strong play for 8 of his last 10 games, and while I don’t love the matchup against the Islanders, I still believe he is a good shot at getting involved with the scoring.
Devante Smith-Pelly – Again, this is not a play for the faint of heart, and I certainly won’t recommend it for tournaments. Pelly has been a relatively strong force for the Devils since coming over from the Canadiens. Anaheim hasn’t exactly been a world beaten in their last few, while the Devils have actually been playing good hockey. The risk is there, and I don’t think the upside is huge, but neither is the price.
Mark Scheifele –Schiefele has been basically the lone scoring threat on this Winnipeg team and they do not face exactly tough competition tonight against Vancouver. I really like this whole line and I would not blame you for using several parts of it.
Henrik Sedin – On the flip side of the game, Winnipeg has not been good at all at stopping shots. Sedin returned from a short absence and contributed an assist, and is in a prime position right now to have a good game tonight.
Vincent Lacavalier – Again, this is not a sexy pick, but his price is cheap, and I expect this line to do the scoring for the Kings in this game. He is on the second line, but also gets some of the power play time, and the Hawks have not been great with the kill as of late.
Shea Weber – Weber is a guy I love using in my cash games because he very rarely posts a dud, and isn’t priced as high as some of the other top tier options at the position. Tonight against Edmonton is another good shot for him to get involved in the scoring.
Kevin Shattenkirk– Predictably, Shattenkirk destroyed the Stars, and gets another great shot against Calgary tonight. I really like this power play tonight, and Tarasenko and Shattenkirk will likely bookend my lineups.
Ben Hutton –Great opportunity for a great price. Winnipeg is committing a lot of penalties, and Hutton gets to do a lot on the power play right now. I would assume that one of those power plays would result in a goal and I think Hutton is good bet to be involved in it.
Pekka Rinne – Rinne undoubtedly disappointed his owners on Saturday, getting lit up by the lowly Vancouver Canucks. I don’t think that is going to happen twice in a row, as he gets the lowly Oilers tonight. This is the same oilers that were blanked by Mike Smith and the Coyotes. I think he makes for a fine play tonight.
Jake Allen – St. Louis is on a tear tonight, and gets a great matchup against Calgary tonight. They have steamrolled through their last 6 games, and I can’t imagine Calgary stopping them tonight. He is a good bet to see a lot of shots and his team should spot him some goals to get the win.