Last night’s ten game NHL schedule added some clarity to the playoff landscape, but with just nine days left in the regular season, there are still plenty of teams battling for playoff position. The action slows down a bit tonight, but with ten teams lacing up their skates and hopping over the boards, there are still plenty of matchups to exploit over on FanDuel. With that in mind, here are my top picks for tonight’s games.
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John Gibson – Anaheim Ducks - $8,300 - In a rare game which he was pulled for rest but then re-inserted back into the lineup after Frederik Andersen threatened to blow a 5-0 lead, Gibson is finally clearly the #1 net-minder for the Ducks as they prepare for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Gibson stopped all 21 shots thrown his way on Wednesday and now sports an impressive 19-11-3 record to go along with a 2.03 GAA and .920 SV% on the season. He has a terrific home matchup on tap tonight against a free-falling Vancouver team who have averaged an NHL worst 2.21 goals per game. Gibson has cruised to two very easy victories over the Canucks the only other times he’s faced them this year and is still underpriced considering his strong recent performance. At just $8,300, he’s the clear #1 option in cash games tonight.
Ryan Getzlaf – Anaheim Ducks - $8,000 – The Ducks captain leads the team with 61 points in 71 games and is fresh off of a two assist performance against the Calgary Flames. He’s racked up nine goals and 21 assists in 28 games since the All-Star break and has another very favorable matchup on tap tonight as the Vancouver Canucks come to town. He scored a goal and added an assist in the last meeting with Vancouver and should be highly motivated to help his team pick up two points and regain control of the Pacific Division.
Mikko Koivu – Minnesota Wild - $5,700 – For a guy with 555 career points, Koivu seems to have been overlooked a bit this season in DFS hockey, largely because of his pass first approach. However, with Zach Parise and the talented Charlie Coyle joining him on the top line, he’s been a force lately and has now posted two goals and seven assists in his last eight games. He’ll face a Detroit team tonight that allowed an NHL worst 3.50 goals against per game during the month of March and who he potted two goals against in their only previous meeting this season.
Patrick Kane – Chicago Blackhawks - $7,400 – Kane has slowed his pace down a bit as we head toward playoff time, but a guy leading the NHL scoring race with 94 points should never be priced this low. He’ll face a Winnipeg Jets team that looks to have packed things in for the season already (9-14-3 record since the all-star break) and who he’s torched for three goals and two assists in four previous meetings this season. Kane leads all NHL skaters with 32 power-play points, which should bode very well for him tonight as Winnipeg is not only the fifth most penalized team in the league this season but they also sport an unsightly 78.8% penalty kill.
Brandon Pirri – Anaheim Ducks - $5,700 – Pirri looks to be thriving with his new team now that he’s back to full health and his price-tag has certainly not caught up to his new role as a top line wing alongside Ryan Getzlaf. Pirri has scored goals in back-to-back games and has now tallied thee goals and two assists in his last four games. He flashed plenty of offensive upside with 22 goals in just 49 goals last season and has strong play has even earned him a spot alongside the dynamic duo of Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf on the Ducks’ top power-play unit.
Kevin Shattenkirk – St. Louis Blues - $5,400 – With the St. Louis Blues sitting tied with the Dallas Stars for the lead in the Central Division, they should be highly motivated keep things rolling and pick up two points against the Boston Bruins. Shattenkirk picked up an assist against Colorado on Wednesday to reach the 40-point plateau for the third straight season and he finished the month of March with three goals and six assists in 12 games. He facilitates things from the point of the #1 power-play unit and is locked into 22+ minutes of ice-time per game.
Brent Seabrook – Chicago Blackhawks - $4,500 – With Duncan Keith dealing with a suspension, Joel Quenneville will be handing Brent Seabrook all the work he can handle down the stretch this season. Seabrook has been eerily quiet lately, but his nine game scoring drought has dropped his price-tag all the way down to $4,500. He’s posted a very solid 42 points in 76 games and will grab the reigns as the point-man on Chicago’s lethal #1 power-play. I touched on Winnipeg’s poor penalty kill earlier, so be sure to give Seabrook plenty of consideration tonight.