Welcome back for another edition of our NHL Breakdown. Tonight, we get a 9 game slate. Perfect size slate, and there should be a ton of differentiation in lineups, which always makes things fun.

It’s unfortunate to think that both the hockey and basketball seasons are winding down, but you’ll have that. We will be saying they are about to begin again before you know it.

On to the picks!

WINGERS:

Zach Smith – Zach Smith and Mark Stone are essentially the offense for this Senators team. I think it will be tough to score against Washington, but I believe they will do it. If they do, Smith and Stone are likely to be involved.

Alex Tanguay – It’s really hard to not want to play someone from Arizona tonight, and I like Tanguay a lot. He has 8 points over 10 games, and should be a good bet to add another to that list tonight against an Oilers team that will give up goals.

Andre Burakovsky – It’s hard to offer up a Washington winger and not have it be Ovechkin. He has been struggling lately, so I’ll gladly look to the second line and take Burakovsky. Washington should have no problem scoring tonight against Ottawa.

Vladimir Tarasenko – I really like both Blues’ lines tonight, but the top line has just been hot lately, and I want a piece of them against the Sharks. I don’t blame you if you want to go with Fabbri/Brouwer/Stasny, but I love me some STL line.

Corey Perry – Perry and Getzlaf were the only players in my lineup who didn’t score Sunday, but that isn’t going to stop me from going there today. I expect Perry to get on the score sheet tonight against a badly struggling Canadiens team.

Phil Di Giuseppe – If you really want to spend down and take some risk, I would look at Jeff Skinner’s linemate. He comes in very cheap, and I think there is a high chance that this line scores and Di Guiseppe is involved.

CENTERS:

Steven Stamkos – Stammer has 6 points over his last 4 games, and I really like the matchup here against Detroit for no other reason than it is playoff hunt time and he is Steven Stamkos. I like pairing him with Kucherov tonight.

Connor McDavid – McDavid has been ultra-reliable as a rookie, and the matchup against the Coyotes tonight is one that he should certainly be able to take advantage of. I think he makes for a great cash game play. You’ll likely see him in my lineups.

Jason Spezza –Chicago has not been playing their best hockey, struggles with the penalty kill and a strong offensive Dallas team is coming to town. I think Chicago will try to shut down the Benn line, leaving Spezza and Eaves to score some goals.

DEFENSEMEN:

Hampus Lindholm – I am probably going to pay down on my defensemen today, and it starts with Lindholm. I’ve seen more Fowler talk than Lindholm, but Hampus is the guy I would much rather have. Also, he has a much better name.

Michael Stone– Stone is in a great position tonight against Edmonton and gets the benefit of being the top defensemen with Oliver Eckmann-Larsson out. I suspect he will easily pay off his salary tonight.

Jordan Oesterle – Same game, but probably better for tournaments than cash. I think there is a good chance of a high scoring game between Edmonton and Arizona, and I want as much exposure as possible. Oesterle is certainly risky, but is cheap and will likely be low owned.

GOALIES:

John Gibson – I normally try to take goalies on home ice, but Montrael has been playing so poorly lately that I have no problems rolling Gibson out tonight. I expect Perry and Getzlaf to light the Canadiens up, which should allow Gibson to get the W.

Ben Bishop – If you want to spend up a bit more, I would look at Bishop. I don’t think the Red Wings are punchless, but I do believe that the Tampa Bay offense should have a good night. It’s all about the wins, and even though you may be able to find one cheaper, it might not be safer.

Good luck!