Welcome back for another edition of our NHL Breakdown. Tonight, we get an 11 game slate. That is definitely a massive slate of hockey, and it should make for a lot of interesting lineups.
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!
Jamie Benn – Let me start by saying just have some Stars in your lineup tonight. I like them all, but at the same time I think they are all risky. Arizona should give up a ton of goals tonight, and the Dallas players will be very popular. I expect Benn to be the most popular, as he has the highest upside. It’s going to be tough to stack your lineup tonight, but Benn makes a good play.
Gabriel Landeskog – Coloardo is home tonight against the Flyers, and I think they should be able to score some goals. I like Landeskog’s chances at being involved tonight, and he isn’t overly expensive to boot.
Tomas Hertl – I love the Sharks as well tonight, and I will take Hertl, as he gives you the cheapest exposure to both the top lines. He holds his own as well, and I really like his chances of being involved in the scoring tonight.
Corey Perry – I love playing Perry on the road against bad teams. Oh look, he’s playing in Toronto tonight. Oh, look, he’s going to be in a bunch of my lineups and either make or break me.
James Neal – Neal has 11 points in the last 10 games, including 4 multi point games. I would have to believe Nashville should be able to tear into Vancouver tonight at home, and I fully expect Neal to get at least a point.
Patrick Eaves – Hey, here is a great cheap exposure to Dallas! Eaves skates on the second line with Jason Spezza, who can do damage, and also on the top power play line, where he scored a goal his last game out. They are practically giving him away for free, so don’t hesitate to take the discount and laugh your way to the bank.
Sidney Crosby – I don’t think anyone in hockey has been as hot as Sidney Crosby has over the last few weeks. He knows that for the Penguins to realize their potential the team needs to be on his back. The matchup against the Devils and Scott Wedgewood is not scary, and he should have his way with them.
Pavel Datsyuk – Datsyuk is one of the only Red Wings playing well, and Montreal has been playing very poorly, aside from somehow beating the Ducks on Tuesday. I think things line up well for him, and he should have plenty of scoring chances tonight.
Boone Jenner – I like the matchup at home for Jenner tonight against the Hurricanes. Since trading all of their assets, they haven’t been playing the best hockey. Let’s take advantage of that. Columbus basically has one scoring line, so we might as well take advantage of that.
Brent Burns – Burns on home ice against the Oilers and their tendency to give the puck up? Sign me up! I know Burns will dominate my lineups tonight, and there is a very real chance he will dominate the Oilers as well.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson– OEL came back from a two week absence and had a nice game against Edmonton on Tuesday. Tonight, he gets the Stars. The biggest thing here is that the Stars are pitiful against defensemen, and OEL is one of the best there is. I like him more on sites with no +/- because there is a good chance he will be on the ice while some goals are scored.
Cam Fowler – Fowler or Lindholm? I know I can never get them right! I like Fowler as he is cheaper tonight, and should certainly have opportunities to be involved in the scoring tonight against the Maple Leafs.
Martin Jones – Jones has not been confirmed, and believe me, I am pulling for Reimer to get the nod for the price savings. If Jones starts, I am interested, as I think the Sharks should blast this Oilers team pretty easily tonight, and I think he’s a safe bet to get the win. UPDATE: Reimer is the Sharks’ starting goalie tonight.
Pekka Rinne – Rinne gets to take on Vancouver at home tonight, and that is almost enough of a reason for me. He should get the win tonight, and there is a good shot he could also pick up the win.