With eight games on the schedule, there are plenty of options to choose between on FanDuel tonight. Here are my top NHL plays at each position for Monday.
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Pekka Rinne – Nashville Predators - $8,900 – You have to go all the way back to February 11th to find the last time the Colorado Avalanche have scored more than three goals in 65 minutes of hockey. Conversely Rinne has won has won 11 of his last 13 starts, including the last five, a span in which he has given up just nine goals. There are other goalies that are in play tonight, but Rinne and the Predators seem to be the best bet because Colorado has all but thrown in the towel.
Alexander Ovechkin – Washington Capitals - $9,300 – Ovechkin comes into this one as not only the highest skater in the pool but the league’s leading goal scorer as well. Twenty four of those goals have come on home ice, which is why he makes a good play tonight, especially when you consider that the Columbus Blue Jackets have given up 233 goals so far this season, the third most in the league. Ovie’s price is high, but that’s the price you have to pay when you want to roster a player who is averaging just under point per game on home ice.
Brayden Schenn – Philadelphia Flyers - $6,800 – Regardless of the status of Claude Giroux for tonight’s game, the Flyers will still look to Schenn for top line and top power play duties. With the Flyers in the heat of the playoff race, one would think they would be a bit more focused than they were on Saturday night when they dropped a 2-1 decision to the Arizona Coyotes. Schenn has tallied 28 of his 52 points on home ice and has three goals to go along with six assists in his last ten games. This all bodes well for Schenn, especially against a Winnipeg team that has given up three or more goals in seven of their last eight road games.
Corey Perry – Anaheim Ducks - $7,000 - The Ducks are just three points away from the top spot in the Pacific Division, and while the have a game in hand, even a win tonight will not guarantee that they will make any ground up on the Los Angeles Kings. After a sluggish start, Perry has come one to move within four points of Ryan Getzlaf for the team lead in points. While finding the score sheet in six of the last seven games, Perry makes a good selection tonight when the Ducks travel to Edmonton to take on an Oilers team that has given up 232 goals so far this season. The Oilers have also given up a power play goal in three of their last four games, which should play right into Perry’s wheelhouse.
James Neal – Nashville Predators - $6,900 - Neal is one of those streaky players; when he’s hot, he’s hot and when he’s not, he’s not. Well it just so happens that he is indeed hot, as his seven goals and ten points over the last six games would seem to indicate. Look for the Predators to continue their winning ways at home tonight, with Neal being right in the middle of it.
Connor McDavid – Edmonton Oilers - $7,200 - Even though McDavid lost a considerable amount of time due to injury, he has still managed to put up 45 points in 41 games, with 24 of them coming on home ice. Edmonton can put the puck in the net, but the problem they seem to have is keeping it out of their own net. Saturday’s 6-4 loss at Los Angeles is a perfect example of this as well as a plethora of other games Edmonton has played this season. When the Oilers score, it has usually run through McDavid and his line mates, which makes him a good choice tonight against the Anaheim Ducks.
Joe Thornton – San Jose Sharks - $6,500 - The Sharks finish up a six-game home stand when they host the division leading Los Angeles Kings. San Jose has dropped their last three games and look to get back on track against one of best defensive teams in the league. The 36-year-old Thornton leads the Sharks in points and has registered nine of them in his last ten games. He also has six points in the four games the Sharks have faced the Kings this season, so there is really no reason for him to stop scoring now.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Arizona Coyotes - $6,400 – Thanks to the 14 minutes Ekman-Larsson piled up on Saturday night, he has not scored less than 4.3 fantasy points in any of the three games he has played in since he returned from injury. The Arizona Coyotes now host the Calgary Flames, who have given up 15 goals in their last three games, which gives them a league-leading 238 goals against for the season. With Ekman-Larsson seeing most of the time on the team’s top power play unit, it would behoove you not to at least give him a look tonight.
Victor Hedman – Tampa Bay Lightning - $5,900 – With the season ending injury to Tampa Bay defenseman Anton Stralman, Hedman has been placed on the team’s top power play unit. It’s not like he shouldn’t have been there all along, as even before Stralman’s unfortunate injury the statistics still say that Hedman is the better offensive player of the two. The Lightning are only two points behind the Florida Panthers in the Atlantic division and will look to pull even with them tonight. The Lightning host the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have had a bit of trouble killing penalties of late, as opponents have scored two power play goals in each of the last two games.