Last night’s 11-game slate was very entertaining, and while tonight’s five-game slate is not quite as exciting, there are still plenty of matchups to exploit. We’re less than two weeks away from the trade deadline and are starting to get a better picture of the upcoming playoff races, so the intensity on the ice will likely be heightened over the next ten days. With that in mind, here are my top plays tonight on FanDuel.
Martin Jones – San Jose Sharks - $8,400 – Jones was terrific with a fairly light workload last night, stopping 19 of the 20 shots the Panthers threw his way in route to his fourth straight victory. Jones has posted a 5-2-0 record to go along with a sparkling 1.85 GAA and .930 SV% in seven starts since the All-Star break and defeated this Carolina team in their only previous meeting. Assuming Peter DeBoer doesn’t decide to give him the night off, he’s easily my favorite option between the pipes.
Others: Cory Schneider
Brayden Schenn – Philadelphia Flyers - $6,300 - Schenn was recently promoted to the Flyers' top line alongside Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds on both the top line and #1 power-play unit and took full advantage of his new role with a goal and two assists against New Jersey on Tuesday. He’s posted five goals and three assists in nine games since the All-Star break (check out more NHL player stats over at RotoGrinders), and Philly is likely doing their best to highlight his skillset prior to next week’s trade deadline. Schenn has torched the Canadiens for two goals and three assists in their two prior meetings this season and can still be found at a very reasonable price-point.
Ryan O’Reilly – Buffalo Sabres - $4,400 - O’Reilly leads the improved Sabres with 49 points in 58 games and should be happy to welcome back the newly motivated Evander Kane onto his left side this evening. O’Reilly has racked up nine assists in eight games since the All-Star break and tallied a goal and an assist in his only other meeting with Columbus this season. The Blue Jackets have allowed an ugly 3.05 goals per game, making this an ideal time to roll with O’Reilly at this unfathomably low price.
Johnny Gaudreau – Calgary Flames - $8,800 - Johnny Hockey picked up an assist on Wednesday night and has now tallied 55 points through the first 55 games this season. He’s dominance on home ice simply can’t be ignored as he’s tallied 19 goals, 21 assists and a +20 in 28 games at the Saddledome. To make things even better, he’s already scored a goal and dished out three assists against the Canucks in three prior meeting this season. With Vancouver on the second-half of a back-to-back set and struggling mightily, he should be well worth his big-ticket asking price.
Wayne Simmonds – Philadelphia Flyers - $7,500 – Simmonds seems to often go overlooked in daily fantasy hockey, but the Flyers winger has racked up seven goals and added two assists in nine games since the All-Star break. He’s clearly thriving playing alongside Claude Giroux and has already lit the lamp on three occasions (in two games) against Montreal this season. Only Jamie Benn has encountered more high-danger scoring chances than Simmonds this season and with Montreal allowing an ugly 3.38 goals against per game this month, he’s another Flyer looking worth the investment.
Shayne Gostisbehere – Philadelphia Flyers - $5,200 - Gostisbehere scored his 11th goal of the season against New Jersey on Tuesday and the rookie blue-liner has now posted a fairly ridiculous 32 points in 38 games this season. Tuesday’s goal extended his scoring streak to 13 games and he’s now secured his playing time on the point of Philadelphia’s top power-play unit. He’s posted a goal and two assists in two prior meetings this season against the Canadiens and his asking price is still lagging behind his production.
Seth Jones – Columbus Blue Jackets - $4,400 - Jones is an example of the added value that can be created after a trade in daily fantasy hockey. He’s averaging almost a full five minutes of added playing time with Columbus than he was Nashville. The former first-round pick has tallied 10 assists in 17 games with his new team and has grabbed the reigns as the point man on the top power-play unit. With a home matchup on tap against the Buffalo Sabres, he looks like a nice value play on the blue-line.