It was an entertaining day of hockey yesterday on “Hockey Day in America”, but things slow down a bit tonight as we’re faced with only four games on tonight’s slate. With that said, there are still plenty of matchups to exploit and plenty of offerings on FanDuel. Here are my top plays for H2H and 50/50 contests.
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Braden Holtby – Washington Capitals - $9,700 – Holtby is the most expensive goalie on the board tonight, but he looks to be well worth the investment in your cash games. Not only is he an enormous favorite for the win by Vegas standards, but he’s also posted a ridiculous 19-2-1 record to go along with a 2.03 GAA in 23 starts at the Verizon Center. Holtby turned aside 23 of the 24 shots thrown his way in a winning effort the only time these two teams met last season and it seems reasonable to expect a similar performance tonight.
Evgeny Kuznetsov – Washington Capitals - $6,900 – Kuznetsov somewhat surprisingly leads the Capitals in scoring this season (yes, more than Ovechkin) with 60 points in 57 games. His +30 is easily the best mark in the NHL this season and tonight’s home matchup against the defensively challenged Arizona Coyotes is just about ideal. Kuznetsov has stayed hot since the All-Star break with two goals and nine assists in ten second half games and has scored two goals and added four assists during his current four game scoring streak.
Jori Lehtera – St. Louis Blues - $4,200 – Lehtera hasn’t done much lately, but he’s a fine value option if you’re looking to save some salary. He finds himself in the favorable position of centering the dynamic duo of Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwarz on St. Louis’ top forward line and flashed plenty of offensive upside with 44 points in 75 games during his rookie season last year. At this price-point, you can’t ask for much more.
Brad Marchand – Boston Bruins - $7,900 – Marchand is in the midst of an absolute heater. He’s lit the lamp 15 times over his last 16 games and is fresh off a two goal and one assist performance against the Dallas Stars over the weekend. He has a terrific matchup on tap tonight against a Columbus team that has allowed the second most goals against per game this season in the NHL. His price actually dropped a few hundred dollars recently, so enjoy the small discount.
Justin Williams – Washington Capitals - $5,600 – With Barry Trotz shaking up his forward lines recently and Williams now finding himself playing alongside Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov on the Capitals’ top forward line, he’s one of the best value plays on the board tonight. Williams has tallied two goals and two assists in his last four games and is just one goal shy of his fifth career 20-goal season. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed an NHL worst 3.09 goals against per game this season, so the matchup doesn’t get much better.
Colton Parayko – St. Louis Blues - $5,100 – With Alex Pietrangelo lost for the next month, Coach Hitchcock has been forced to lean quite heavily on his rookie blue-liner. Parayko has averaged over 20 minutes of playing time per game since the All-Star break and is not shy about unloading his cannon slap shot from the point of #2 power-play unit. Parayko has picked up points in three straight games and has now racked up a goal and six assists in his last six games.
Andrei Markov – Montreal Canadiens - $3,900 – With so many desirable expensive options on the board, I’ll likely be looking for some salary relief on the blue-line and at just $3,900, Markov looks to be the top option. Markov has posted a goal and three assists in his last four games and sees a healthy dose of playing-time alongside P.K. Subban on the point of Montreal’s top power-play unit. With the Predators owning a subpar 79.7% penalty kill, he simply looks to cheap to ignore.