Welcome back for another edition of our NHL Breakdown. Tonight, we get an 9 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!
Max Pacioretty –Pacioretty is hit or miss, but I really like the matchup tonight against Detroit, coming off a big win last night. He is an affordable option tonight that certainly has some upside and will find himself in a handful of my tournament lineups.
Tomas Hertl – Hertl scored again last night, and continues to be cheap. Tonight, he gets the lowly Canucks, which should provide him with plenty of opportunities for success. He will be a cash game staple for me.
Zach Parise – Parise has finally woken up for a prolonged slump. Tonight, he is at home against the Blackhawks that haven’t been playing tremendously over the last few weeks. His price is creeping up, but he should still be a good bet for some points tonight.
Devante Smith-Pelly – I might be the DSP whisperer. Every time I recommend this guy, he has a multi-point outing. I really like him tonight at home against the Bruins. He is very cheap, and should be a good bet to pay off his salary tonight.
Kyle Okposo – I want some exposure to the Islanders tonight, and I think Okposo is a great way to get that. His price is fair, and he lines up well with this Hurricanes team. I expect him to be active tonight, and he should certainly find some success getting the puck to the net.
Dylan Larkin – This is certainly a bit riskier than some of the others, but I like the matchup on the road against the Canadiens, who’ve had their defensive struggles this year. This game could result in several goals on both sides so I certainly don’t mind having a few shares of Larkin.
Alex Galchenyuk – If I’m going to play Pacioretty, I am also going to play Galchenyuk. These two line up together on both the top line and top power play, and I expect this unit to score tonight. It is highly likely that if one scores, the other will be involved.
Jori Lehtera – Lehtera is unlikely to post a huge game, but there is a good chance he ends up with some type of offensive output in this game. I expect St. Louis to score several goals, and if they do, I imagine it is likely that Lehtera could pick up at least an assist.
Sidney Crosby – His price is sky high, but he finds himself in a positive matchup on home ice tonight. He is a great, stable play tonight, but I would much rather disperse my salary a little more evenly as opposed to spending that high for Crosby.
Brent Burns– Burns gets the best matchup for a defensemen on the board against the Canucks. He has both exceeded and disappointed against this same team in 2016, but we are going to roll him out tonight in hopes that he is able to dominate the Canucks, which he easily can.
Shea Weber – Weber is another guy in a great position. After scoring double-digit points this weekend, he had a fairly disappointing outing against Colorado last night. Today is a new day, and he has a top tier matchup against Dallas. He should be a good bet to be involved with any scoring that happens.
Kris Letang – Letang is another guy who is pretty stable, but is going to cost a premium. If I am paying up, I am going to pay for Burns, but I won’t fault you if you go Letang’s route instead.
Brian Elliot – Elliot has been playing some pretty lights out hockey, and tonight will take on a Colorado team coming off a close victory over Nashville last night. I don’t think you can project a shutout tonight, but a win is certainly in play here.
James Reimer – Reimer is always a risky option, but you have to like his chances tonight against the Cancuks. He is cheap and should get a win, but will likely not face many shots, which is a problem if he gives up some goals. Still, he should end up being a good play.