Welcome back to another edition of our NHL Breakdown! Today, we get 8 games, which is a perfect sized slate in my opinion.
Vancouver played road spoiler two nights in a row, after picking up a victory over the Ducks last night. It was an off night in some respects, but we look to pick things back up tonight.
Enough with the verbiage, on to the games!
Jonathan Huberdeau- I love the spot for the entire Florida team tonight, but especially the top line. Montreal has nothing to play for, and would imagine the energy level from them will not be very high. Conversely, every win or loss counts for Florida as the playoff races tightens. It looks like they could finish anywhere from 2nd to 6th, so a win is a must tonight.
Jeff Skinner- Columbus is a doormat, and has again begun to spiral out of control. I like Skinner to take advantage of that fact tonight, and put a hurting on this Blue Jackets team, who are desiring to forget this season ever took place.
Patrick Maroon- This Calgary/Edmonton game have all the makings of a shootout. I am really a big fan of the top line tonight, and Maroon is a cheap exposure to that. I expect some goals to be scored here, so you should get a piece of the action.
James Neal- Neal is playing crazy good right now, and you gotta love the home matchup against the Sharks. While the Sharks do play better on the road somehow, like much better, I still think Neal is a good bet to keep his hot streak alive.
Nikita Kucherov- I want some exposure to this top line of Tampa Bay, and since Stamkos is so expensive, I think I’d rather go the route of Kucherov. I think it’s a good bet that he is involved in one scoring sequence tonight and also has a pretty big upside as well.
Joe Colborne- Strictly tournament only, but I actually like Colborne as he we will be very low owned, but I think this profiles well for him. He’s on a secondary line on the road, against a bad team, but also sees top power play time. You could do a lot worse for the price in my opinion.
Connor McDavid- McDavid might be my favorite play tonight on home ice against the Oilers. He has a lot going for him, and is capping off a great rookie campaign. I fully expect him to be heavily involved tonight, and wouldn’t be surprised if he is involved in several scoring opportunities.
The Derricks- I have lumped them together to protect myself, as I really like them tonight pretty much equally. I expect the Rangers to score a few times, and it will be one, or both, of these guys that will be involved in the activities. They are basically the same price, and I don’t think you could go wrong with either.
Victor Rask- I love getting exposure to Skinner, and Rask is the only other guy I feel comfortable playing with him. Also, he is inexpensive. There are so many other plays I need the money for tonight that I feel much more comfortable rolling with Rask.
Mark Giordano- I think his game profiles well for the matchup against the Oilers, but it could be just a little more than I want to spend. Then I think about his upside, and I start to feel better about allocating the funds to get him on my team.
Victor Hedman- Hedman has been playing well, and gets the benefit of good ice time and power play time. The Devils aren’t a frightful team, and I expect Tampa Bay to have their way with them, and Hedman should enjoy a nice fantasy night.
Keith Yandle – I think I am spending up at the position today, as no one I have suggested even remotely comes close to cheap. Yandle is the cheapest option, and has a great matchup against Buffalo. I will do my best to get him on my team tonight, as I think he should be a good bet for at least a helper.
Henrik Lundqvist- King Henrik gets the most obvious play of the day on home ice against the Sabres. He is a pretty good bet for a win tonight, but he is not who I am going to go with. Still, all the arguments make sense, so don’t hesitate to play him tonight.
Mike Smith – These next two are mostly gut plays. Arizona plays much better hockey at home, and tonight they come off night’s rest to play a Washington on the wrong side of a back to back. I just have a gut feeling that the Coyotes are going to surprise, and Smith should see a ton of shots during this game as well.
Garrett Sparks – Toronto is a team in a similar situation getting a team who is coming off a hard fought victory last night and clinging to their playoff hopes. The Leafs actually haven’t been bad lately, and for the reason, I am looking at Sparks, who should see a fair amount of shots, has a reasonable chance at a victory and is dirt cheap.
That is it for this evening! We will see you tonight, and good luck!