Welcome back for another edition of our NHL Breakdown. Tonight, we get a 13 game slate. This is possibly the biggest slate I have seen at least since the start of the year, and with NHL on its way out, marks on of your last opportunities to play on a large slate.
Many people will be on baseball, but this is a great opportunity to play on one of the final nights of the NHL season.
On to the picks!
Alexander Ovechkin – Ovechkin finally had a big game against the Islanders on Tuesday night, and all the pieces are falling in place for that to take place again tonight. The Penguins are playing well, but I think Ovi has a good chance of putting one in the back of the net.
Artemi Panarin – Panarin has just been on fire, and while I don’t typically like to target players against the Blues, I will make the exception for Panarin and Kane tonight. They make great cash game plays and have a ton of upside.
Tomas Hertl – I love targeting players against Winnipeg, and Hertl is a great low cost guy to get you some access to a Sharks team that will probably score a lot of goals tonight. If you can fit his line mates and Burns in tonight, that would probably be smart as well.
Vladimir Tarasenko – Tarasenko is probably my favorite player in the league and has been on a tear over the last ten games. Chicago hasn’t been as defensively stout as normal, so I figure Tarasenko will find a way to score tonight.
James Neal – Neal is another guy who just continues to stay hot, and gets a better situation than Tarasenko against a hapless Coyotes team. I think Neal is probably going to be one of the first guys I put into my lineups tonight.
Loui Eriksson – I don’t really love the matchup against Detroit, but they should be on tired legs, and Eriksson is hitting his stride. The price is very affordable, and gives you access to basically anyone else you want on the slate tonight.
Aleksander Barkov– Florida is another team it is hard not to like, and while I typically like the second lines on the road, it has been this top line of Barkov, Huberdeau and Jagr that has been the most impressive. I figure they will be involved heavily tonight and all of them make great plays.
Sean Monahan – Any time Calgary is at home, Monahan and Gaudreau must be in your minds. The matchup against Vancouver is great, and even though they are pricy, can easily come through in a big way for you tonight.
Marcus Johansson– If you want cheap exposure to Ovechkin, Johansson is a great player to take. I think this top line will go hard against the Pens, and if they do, Johansson will be a great play for the price.
Brent Burns– Burns against a bad hockey team is honestly just too easy. Winnipeg has given up an ungodly amount of goals this year, and I expect that there will be a handful more given up tonight.
Mark Giordano – I love the Flames, and spending up on defense in cash games is not always a bad idea. He is a good guy to pair with Gaudreau or Monahan, and should be in for a nice outing tonight.
Justin Schultz – I will continue to play him because he is dirt cheap. I know Letang is the guy, and I know Schultz’s ceiling is low, but with how Pittsburgh has been playing, I fully expect him to continue to pay off his salary.
Steve Mason– There are a number of goalies in good spots tonight, but I think Mason is potentially my favorite. Toronto is a wreck, and now Nazem Kadri is suspended through the rest of the year. Philly is clicking right now and he should be a good bet for the win.
Joni Ortio – I am a risk taker in the NHL, and tonight will be one of those nights. Ortio has been all over the place, and Vancouver has been known to play spoiler. All the considered, I am still going to play Ortio tonight because he’s cheap and I think he will get the goal support and a victory.