It was an exciting night on the ice last night with 20 teams hitting the ice, and while things slow down a bit tonight, there are plenty of intriguing matchups among the five games. Several of the NHL’s premier teams have nice home matchups awaiting them tonight, so there are plenty of ways to attack this slate. Here are my top cash game plays of the evening for the action over on FanDuel.
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Martin Jones – San Jose Sharks - $8,400 - Jones hasn’t been at his best over the last few games, but he’s still posted a fine 6-3-1 record to go along with a rock solid 2.28 GAA and .921 SV% since the All-Star break. Tonight he’ll face a Buffalo Sabres team missing their top scorer (Ryan O’Reilly) who also happen to own the second worst team shooting percentage in the NHL this season (7.9%). Jones cruised to an easy victory against the Sabres when these teams met earlier this season and is listed at a fairly reasonable price-tag.
Ryan Getzlaf – Anaheim Ducks - $8,300 - With an assist on Anaheim’s only goal against the Sabres on Wednesday, Getzlaf extended his scoring streak to nine games. The Ducks captain has now tallied five goals and 12 assists in 12 games since the All-Star break and has recorded at least one point in 18 of his last 20 games. The Oilers were not only in action last night, but they’ve also surrendered an ugly 3.33 goals against per game on the road this season. The matchup obviously doesn’t get much better, making Getzlaf well worth the investment tonight.
Tyler Johnson – Tampa Bay Lightning - $5,900 – After tallying 29 points and 43 assists in 77 games last season, Tyler Johnson has struggled throughout the majority of the 2015-16 campaign. With that said, he’s starting to show some signs of life offensively as he’s posted four goals and four assists in 11 games since the All-Star break. New Jersey’s game-plan will be to slow this game down as much as possible, but they will be playing with tired legs after battling Columbus last night and there are very few players in the NHL tougher to slow down than the speedy Tyler Johnson.
Alexander Ovechkin – Washington Capitals - $10,700 – I’m not going out on a limb here, but fading Ovechkin on a five-game slate is dangerous. The NHL’s leading goal scorer has lit the lamp 11 times in 11 games since the All-Star break and has picked up at least one point in eight of his last nine games. He tallied a hat trick in his only other meeting against the Minnesota Wild this season and easily leads the NHL in SOG. Fade him at your own risk.
Loui Eriksson – Boston Bruins - $5,300 – Eriksson has been underpriced all season on FanDuel, and things are no different tonight as he still barely sits above the $5K mark. The veteran forward has scored eight goals in his last ten games and has now posted 23 goals and 25 assists in 61 games this season. He has the luxury of playing alongside David Krejci at even strength while also joining Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand on the top power-play unit.
Brent Burns – San Jose Sharks - $7,400 – Simply put, he’s the top blue-line option on tonight’s slate and it’s really not even close. He’s posted two goals and five assists (and a +6) in his last seven games and has averaged over six shots on goal per game during that span. Fitting him into your lineup won’t be that easy, but you should at least try.
Sami Vatanen – Anaheim Ducks - $5,100 – Vatanen scored his ninth goal of the season against the Sabres on Wednesday night and has now posted three goals and five assists in his last ten games. He’s locked into 20+ minutes of ice-time per game and has an excellent matchup awaiting him tonight against a defensively challenged Oilers team. With a reasonable price-tag and a role as the point-man on the top power-play unit, he’s a rock solid option on the blue-line tonight.