Welcome back for another edition of our NHL Breakdown. Tonight, we get an 8 game slate. This is my favorite sized slate, and should bring enough diversity to make things interesting.

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:

Alexander Ovechkin – 5 points, only 2 goals, in his last ten games. This isn’t the Ovechkin I know. He’s going to explode and tonight against Columbus seems like as good of a time as any. Columbus is a bad team, and I expect them to cough up a handful of goals tonight. Expect Ovechkin to get his.

Alex Tanguay – I am finding a lot of success in this Arizona team. It seems like they want to finish how they started the year. I normally like going one offensive player and Michael Stone, but with his status uncertain, I may go with Tanguay/Vermette. They are both cheap options, and basically being involved with one scoring play and not taking any –‘s will pay off their meager salaries.

Jamie McGinn – Anaheim is playing a special breed of hockey right now where they are playing in 10 goal games. At this point you could probably make a small fortune just by playing combinations of them and their opponents. McGinn is a cheap option in what should be a fairly high scoring game.

Corey Perry – The same things I said for McGinn go for Perry. Honestly, he is highly likely to be involved somehow, but I have been expecting a massive game that just hasn’t materialized. Unquestionably, the opportunity is there against Edmonton and I like his chances at a multi-point game.

James Neal – Neal has been playing some of the best hockey in the league right now, and I see no reason for it to stop against the Avalanche tonight. He should be sure to get 5 or so shots and I am banking on him keeping his hot streak alive.

Andreas Athanasiou – Here is a cheap off the radar play that I wouldn’t want to put in my cash games. I think Detroit should have no problem scoring against Buffalo, and I think there is a decent chance that the speedy youngster can give you 10x his salary.

CENTERS:

Steven Stamkos – I cannot imagine a better situation than Stamkos at home against Toronto. I feel like if there is one center I need in my lineup tonight it is Stamkos. He’s going to cost you, but the reality of a multi-point, double digit fantasy performance is too much to pass up.

Connor McDavid – I spoke about the Anaheim earlier and the sieve that they seem to be on the road. That brings us to Edmonton. I want to get some piece of the action there tonight, and McDavid seems to be the most consistent of the bunch. There is enough value I believe to get exposure to all the players you want, but it is going to be really tough.

Claude Giroux – I don’t know if I love Giroux, but I do want to get some exposure to Winnipeg. Giroux seems like a fair bet to get involved due to his placement on the top line and power play. With all of the top tier options in good situations tonight, he may even go overlooked.

DEFENSEMEN:

Oliver Ekman-Larsson– I am very much hoping that Michael Stone is available tonight, because he is much cheaper, but if he is out, I will have some OEL. The matchup is great, and he should be a good bet to either score or pick up a helper tonight.

Shea Weber – If you played Weber and Josi Saturday night, you are probably a very happy person right now. They combined for 20 points and anchored many tournament winning lineups. Tonight, the matchup remains solid against Colorado, and I like Weber to be involved tonight.

Cam Fowler – I finally got the Anaheim defensemen correct on Saturday… because there was no wrong answer. Still, I will certainly pay for the cheaper option in another positive matchup tonight against Anaheim. He is another candidate to easily hit 10x value tonight.

GOALIES:

Ben Bishop – I am a much bigger fan of goalies at home than on the road. Seriously, some bad teams have beaten the tar out of the heavily favorited road goalies over the last few weeks. No, I’ll gladly pay the premium for Bishop in a great matchup against Toronto tonight on home ice.

Mike Smith – If you feel like a little more of a gamble, and I typically do, then Mike Smith is your guy. He has been playing great since returning, and is fairly priced. I really like Arizona’s chances at beating Calgary tonight and he should face a lot of shots. That is a great recipe for a great score.

Good luck!