We’re officially down to the final two weeks of the NHL’s regular season and, somewhat remarkably, only the New York Rangers have clinched a playoff spot. However, with 13 games on the docket today, the playoff picture will likely be much clearer by this time tomorrow. With March Madness captivating America this evening, the NHL will roll with fairly heavy afternoon schedule today, so be sure to head over to FanDuel this morning and get in on the action.
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Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche, $10,100 - While I’m usually gun-shy about starting goalies against the Buffalo Sabres simply from a shot volume perspective, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing the fourth-most shots on goal in the NHL this season, so that fear is mitigated in this matchup. The Sabres have now lost 11 of their last 12 games and have only managed to score 1.76 goals per game on the road this season. Despite a forgettable road trip earlier this week, Varlamov owns an impressive 6-1-1 record in nine starts this month and has been rock solid at the Pepsi Center where he owns a 15-8-1 record with a 2.19 GAA and .928 SV% on the season.
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning, $8,300 - As a die-hard Red Wings fan, it pains me to write it, but Stamkos looks to be an excellent option this afternoon in Detroit. Detroit has had no answer for Mr. Stamkos, as he’s already lit the lamp four times in just three meetings against them this season. The Wings have dropped eight of their last eleven games while surrendering 39 goals in the process. Stamkos leads the Lightning with 23 power-play points this season and, considering Detroit’s ugly 74.7% penalty kill since the All-Star break, should find himself with an abundance of scoring opportunities this afternoon at Joe Louis Arena. Tampa has won all three previous meetings against the Wings this season and these two teams look to be trending in opposite directions right now.
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks, $5,500 - He hasn’t seemed to make many headlines this season, but Henrik Sedin just keeps on producing at an All-Star level. He enters tonight’s game against the Dallas Stars with 17 goals and 49 assists in 74 games and his consistency is a rare commodity in the NHL nowadays (33 points in 37 home games at home, and 33 points in 37 games on the road). He brings a three-game point streak into tonight’s game that has seen him rack up two goals and three assists and the matchup tonight against a Dallas team that rates out as the fastest paced team in the NHL (117.9 CP60) is definitely a plus. Henrik leads the Canucks in power-play points this season and Dallas’ 22nd ranked penalty kill is certainly not worth writing home about. No other duo in the NHL has combined for points on the same goal more frequently than the Sedin brothers this season (52 goals in which both players had points), making both players excellent options for both cash games and GPP’s.
Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche, $6,400 - Picking against the Buffalo Sabres has been a profitable endeavor this season, but targeting them away from Buffalo has been even more lucrative. Buffalo has allowed an abysmal 3.76 goals against per game on the road this season and tonight, it’s the Colorado Avalanche that win the NHL scheduling lottery. The 2014-15 season won’t go down as Landeskog’s best, but the young Swede is certainly finishing the season in style. He’ll bring a three-game point streak into tonight’s game and has now amassed 12 goals, 11 assists and a +6 over the last 20 games. Landeskog leads this Colorado team in power-play points this season (15), which should bode well for him against Buffalo’s NHL-worst penalty kill.
Mike Hoffman, Ottawa Senators, $4,800 - A 5-1 beat down courtesy of the New York Rangers on Thursday may be brought the Senators seven-game winning streak to an end, but Ottawa still finds themselves holding on to the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference and they should be highly motivated tonight in Toronto. This has been a breakout year for the undersized Mike Hoffman, as he entered the 2014-15 season with just three goals and three assists in 29 career games but has now tallied 26 goals and 20 assists in 70 games this year. Hoffman’s combination of speed and creativity has given Toronto fits this season and the 25-year-old has torched them for three goals and an assist in their three previous meetings. Hoffman has posted two goals and two assists over the last three games and, after being born and raised in nearby Kitchener, Ontario, will be looking to keep things rolling against a Maple Leafs team that owns the league’s worst goal differential since the All-Star break.
Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues, $7,500 - After being embarrassed 7-1 in an awful effort at the Nationwide Arena in the first game between these two teams, the Blues should be out for revenge tonight at home in the Gateway City. Tarasenko has been held off the scoresheet in each of the last two games, but hasn’t seen that streak reach a third game since the second week of the season. The extremely gifted Russian has been a beast all season at the Scottrade Center where he owns 18 goals, 19 assists and a +20 in 35 home games (or 4.71 FanDuel points per game). Columbus sports a subpar 79.0% penalty kill this season and have already been lit up for 17 power-play goals against this month and Tarasenko has never shied away from unleashing his cannon slap shot from the point of the Blues’ power play. With the Blue Jackets owning the league’s fourth-worst CF% on the road this season, I’m expecting a big night from the St. Louis Blues.
Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadians, $6,000 – Gallagher has now lit the lamp in four straight games and the 22-year-old is quietly putting together a terrific 2014-15 campaign; posting 23 goals, 22 assists and a +21 in 75 games. The Panthers have had no answer for Gallagher this season as the winger has scored three goals in their three previous meetings. With Florida (and David Bolland) keyed in out trying to slow down the Pacioretty line, I’m expecting Gallagher to extend his scoring streak to five games.
Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins, $6,700 - This Pittsburgh team has been tough to figure out lately, and all of their usual suspects up front have been completely silent (or injured) lately. However, with a home matchup on tap against the terrible Arizona Coyotes, I want some exposure here regardless. Letang has been a workhorse for Mike Johnson all season, averaging over 25 minute of ice-time per game and racking up huge minutes on the point of the Penguins #1 power-play unit. He’s been terrific on home ice all season, posting 4 goals and 27 assists in 33 home games and he dished out an assist against Arizona when these two teams met in the desert last weekend. The Pittsburgh power play has been quiet lately, but with Arizona sporting an unimposing 77.9% penalty kill, Letang should get them back on track this afternoon.
Alexander Edler, Vancouver Canucks, $3,900 – Edler brings a four-game point streak into tonight’s game against Dallas and is one of the better value options on the blue-line on the board tonight. He’s routinely logging 21+ minutes of ice-time and has the luxury of playing all the minutes he can handle on the point of the Canuck’s top power-play unit. Edler’s a terrific playmaker and is never afraid to jump up into the play offensively and he should benefit from an up-tempo game against the Dallas Stars.
Other Defensemen to Target (Cash Games): Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns, Keith Yandle, Justin Faulk, Tyson Barrie