After last night’s exciting 11-game slate, the action on the ice slows down a bit tonight as only six teams lace up their skates. With that said, there are still plenty of favorable matchups to exploit and plenty of fantasy contests to enter on FanDuel as we head into Easter weekend. Here are my top cash game plays for tonight’s slate.
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Brian Elliott – St. Louis Blues - $9,600 – Elliott has been terrific all season, posting an impressive 19-7-6 record to go along with a sparkling 2.01 GAA and .933 SV% in 32 starts. He’ll enter tonight’s game on the heels of back-to-back shutouts and looks to be potentially pulling away as the Blue’s net minder come playoff season. He’ll face a Vancouver team that is averaging just 2.26 goals per game this season and who have scored just five goals during their six-game losing streak. He’s not cheap, but he’s as safe as you can get between the pipes.
Steven Stamkos – Tampa Bay Lightning - $8,400 - The Lightning watched as the Florida Panthers regained the lead in the Atlantic Division last night, which should add some motivation to the Lightning tonight. Stamkos has looked poised to carry this Tampa team on another deep playoff run as he’s racked up five goals and three assists in his last five games. Stamkos dished out a pair of assists against the Islanders in their only previous meeting and has quietly been heating up for a while with 12 goals and six assists in his last 17 games.
Niklas Backstrom – Washington Capitals - $6,000 – With Backstrom back playing alongside Alex Ovechkin on Washington’s top forward line, this $6,000 price-tag just looks too good to pass up. Backstrom has been overshadowed a bit by both Ovechkin and rookie sensation Evgeny Kuznetsov this season but has still posted an impressive 19 goals and 46 assists in 69 games. He broke out of a mini-slump with a goal and an assist against Ottawa on Tuesday and has oddly thrived away from the Verizon Center, posting 13 goals and 24 assists in 36 road games.
Justin Williams – Washington Capitals - $5,000 – With plenty of expensive fire-power (and goaltending) to choose from tonight, finding value on the wing is going to be important. With T.J. Oshie sidelined for tonight’s game, Justin Williams will be in line for some added work and now finds himself alongside Ovechkin and Backstrom on the top forward line and #1 power-play unit. Williams has picked up three assists in the three prior meetings with New Jersey this season and has two 30-goal seasons on his impressive resume. He’s scored two goals and added three assists in his last seven games and comes with a very reasonable asking price.
Robby Fabbri – St. Louis Blues - $5,100 - While St. Louis’ top line containing Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko will likely draw much more attention, Robby Fabbri has been leading the charge lately. Fabbri not only leads the Blues with 18 points in 22 games since the All-Star break but has also tallied three goals and seven assists in his last ten games. He scored the game winning goal in San Jose on Tuesday night and his strong offensive play has earned him plenty of playing time on the Blues’ second power-play unit.
Kevin Shattenkirk – St. Louis Blues - $5,300 – Shattenkirk isn’t necessarily cheap, but considering the fact that he’s $700 cheaper than his teammate Alex Pietrangelo, there’s some value to take advantage of here. Shattenkirk quarterbacks St. Louis’ top power-play unit and has racked up three goals and five assists in nine games this month.
Nick Leddy – New York Islanders - $4,500 – I don’t love the matchup in Tampa Bay, but with two goals and 17 assists in 25 games since the All-Star break, Leddy looks to be severely underpriced. The former first-round pick is averaging over 22 minutes of ice-time per game this season and has grabbed the reigns as the point-man on their very dangerous #1 power-play unit. Leddy picked up an assist against Tampa Bay in their only previous meeting and finally broke out of a mini scoring draught with an assist against Ottawa on Tuesday.