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We have a very nice six-game slate on this Monday evening. With the end of March fast approaching, we only have 13 days of NHL regular season action remaining. With 12 teams taking to the ice tonight, it is a rare Monday in the NHL and it gives us another great night of both cash game and tournament play with enough options to separate ourselves from the pack.
We happen to have the three worst teams in hockey (Buffalo Sabres, Arizona Coyotes and the Edmonton Oilers) all playing tonight, with the Sabres and Coyotes facing each other in Arizona. The Colorado Avalanche, Arizona Coyotes, Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues are the big favorites tonight, while the Calgary Flames and the Chicago Blackhawks are the only teams playing on the tail end of a back to back.
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Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche, $10,100 – The Colorado Avalanche are the biggest favorites on the board tonight as they face off against an Edmonton Oilers team that has been awful on the road this season with only eight total wins. Despite getting peppered with shots on a nightly basis, Varlamov has produced solid numbers for the Avs (2.58 GAA, .920 SV%) and he has been outstanding on home ice this season (2.22 GAA, .927 SV%). The Avalanche continue to allow way too may shots on goal, but Varlamov seems to be up to the task each night. Varlamov will not only get the win tonight, but he should make 30 or more saves, making him the top dog in goal tonight.
Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars, $8,500 – Seguin has come alive in his last three games with two multi-point efforts and 14 shots on goal. Seguin seems to be getting healthier with each game and that is a very good thing for us fantasy owners. The Dallas Stars are firing on all cylinders right now (8-2 in their past 10) and are playing their best hockey of the season. The Calgary Flames had a big win in Nashville last night, but should be a tired squad in Dallas tonight. Look for Seguin to be one of the top fantasy producers.
Ryan O’Reilly, Colorado Avalanche, $6,000 – O’Reilly is riding a seven-game point streak, including four of the multi-point variety. The talented 24-year-old has been one of the hottest players in the NHL with 16 points in his last 12 games. The Edmonton Oilers have struggled to keep the puck out of their net all year long. Edmonton has allowed the second-most goals per game in the month of March (3.58) and the second-most goals per game on the season (3.29). O’Reilly is rolling right now and I expect him to remain hot tonight versus the defensively challenged Oilers.
Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues, $7,500 – Tarasenko leads the Blues in goals (36) and points (71) and has been a cash game beast all year. He has been one of the league’s most consistent scorers in 2014/15 and has taken the seventh-most shots on goal (258) in the NHL this season. The Vancouver Canucks have stumbled a bit recently, losing back-to-back games and allowing eight goals in the process. The Canucks have been a solid road team this season (22-12-3), but the Blues are one of the NHL’s best on home ice (24-10-2). Tarasenko has played his best hockey at the Scottrade Center, producing 19 goals and 38 points in 36 games. He makes a great play in any format tonight, thanks to his consistency and big game upside.
Jarome Iginla, Colorado Avalanche, $7,300 – With seven goals, 13 points and 35 shots on goal, it is hard to ignore what Jarome Iginla has been doing in the month of March. In fact, Iginla has been on a heater since the All-Star break, with 12 goals, 24 points and 75 shots on net in 27 games. Perhaps exposure to both of Colorado’s top two scoring lines is a recipe for success tonight.
Tobias Rieder, Arizona Coyotes, $5,200 – The Arizona Coyotes are a tough team to trust on offense, but we know Buffalo has been absolutely brutal defensively and on the road (8-27-3) this season. The Buffalo Sabres remain the NHL’s weakest defensive team, sitting dead last in most defensive categories, including shots against per game (35.5) and goals against per game (3.32) this season. The Sabres allowed four goals to the Coyotes in their last meeting and I can see them giving up at least three or more tonight in Arizona. With Rieder playing on the Coyotes’ top line and number one powerplay unit, he is one of the best value plays on the board tonight.
Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche, $6,000 – Barrie has points in three straight games and 10 points in his last 12 games. Barrie and the Avalanche have really picked up their offensive game and they are in a great spot tonight against the Edmonton Oilers. The Avalanche have won two straight games and are 6-3-1 in their past 10 games. Meanwhile, the Edmonton Oilers remain one of the league’s worst road teams (8-19-10). Barrie is a great play in any format tonight with his multi-point upside.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes, $6,300 – Ekman-Larsson has two goals and five points in his last four games, including a multi-point performance against the Sabres in their last meeting in Buffalo on Thursday night. March has not been a good month for the Desert Dogs, as they have lost 10 of their 13 games played. However, despite their losing ways, Ekman-Larsson has picked up his offensive game, generating four goals, nine points and 39 shots on goal in those 13 games. The Buffalo Sabres have now lost five consecutive games, allowing 19 goals along the way. Just like Tyson Barrie, Oliver Ekman-Larsson has big game upside in this plus matchup.