It’s crazy to think that we’ve already reached the quarter-poll of the NHL season and the action certainly doesn’t slow down this evening as 22 teams lace up their skates and hit the ice. If you’ve yet to try daily fantasy hockey, head on over the FanDuel and get in on the action, there are plenty of favorable matchups to exploit on tonight’s busy slate.
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Henrik Lundqvist – New York Rangers - $10,600 - He won’t come cheap, but Lundqvist looks to be the frontrunner through the first quarter of the 2015-16 season for the Vezina Trophy. He sports a 10-3-2 record with a sparkling 1.71 GAA and .946 SV% on the season and has been even better lately as he’s posted a 5-1-0 record with a 1.48 GAA in six starts during November. Lundqvist defeated this Florida Panthers team in both meetings last season and has a very nice chance of securing the all-important “W” as the Rangers had rattled off nine straight wins prior to losing in Tampa on Thursday night.
Patrice Bergeron – Boston Bruins - $7,100 - Bergeron picked up an assist against Minnesota on Thursday to extend his scoring streak to six games and he’s now posted 7 goals and 11 assists through 18 games. He has a terrific matchup on tap against a potentially tired Toronto team who he feasted on last season, scoring a goal and adding three assists in their three meetings. Bergeron leads the NHL with 12 power-play points on the young season and should skate into an abundance of scoring chances against the Maple Leafs mediocre penalty kill.
Bryan Little – Winnipeg Jets - $6,900 - Little was held scoreless in each of the first three games this season, but has turned things on since, scoring nine goals and adding nine assists in the following 17 games. While the Arizona Coyotes have played much better than most expected this season, they’re still one of the worst defensive teams in the league and Little lit them up for three goals in their three meetings last season.
Alexander Ovechkin – Washington Capitals - $10,000 - I’m not really going out on a limb with this pick, but fading Ovechkin tonight could be dangerous. Ovechkin halted Sergei Federov’s reign as the all-time leading Russian-born goal scorer in the NHL in his last game and tonight’s home matchup against a Colorado team ranked as the worst puck possession team by Corsi standards is ideal. Ovechkin leads the NHL in SOG with 92 and scored a pair of goals and picked up an assists in two meetings against the Avalanche last season.
Mark Stone – Ottawa Senators - $5,000 - With Bobby Ryan injured on Thursday night, Mark Stone should bounce back into his familiar role on the wing of the Senators’ top line alongside both Kyle Turris and Mike Hoffman. He’s scored three goals and dished out 13 assists in 17 games this season and can still be found at a very reasonable asking price. He thrived alongside Turris and Hoffman down the stretch last season as he tallied 38 points in 36 games after the All-Star break. Stone is averaging over three minutes of power-play ice-time per game this season, which should bode well for him tonight against Philadelphia’s subpar 76.8% penalty kill.
Artemi Panarin – Chicago Blackhawks - $4,300 - After finishing fifth in the scoring race of the KHL last season (with 26 goals and 36 assists in 54 games), Panarin has adjusted quite well to life in the National Hockey League. He’s had the luxury of playing alongside Patrick Kane all season and has posted in 7 goals and 14 assists in 20 games. Despite the elite offensive production, he’s still massively underpriced. With Vancouver having dropped seven of their last eight games, he’s one of the top dollar-for-dollar plays on the board tonight.
John Klingberg – Dallas Stars - $6,400 - Klingberg’s rise to NHL stardom seemingly came out of nowhere last season as the fifth-round draft pick leads all NHL defenseman with 22 points in just twenty games this season. He parlayed his terrific rookie season last year into a seven-year, $29-million-dollar deal and it’s already looking like Dallas received quite the bargain. While the Buffalo Sabres are vastly superior compared to the team we saw last season, they still own an ugly 72.9% penalty kill and Klingberg has already racked up 10 points as the quarterback of Dallas’ lethal #1 power play.
Jared Spurgeon – Minnesota Wild - $3,700 – Finding some value on the blueline is not easy, but with plenty of expensive scoring options on the board, it may be necessary. Spurgeon saw his six-game scoring streak come to an end on Thursday, but after starting the season pointless in the first five games, he’s racked up three goals and dished out nine assists in 13 games since. He’s locked into 20+ minutes of playing time per game and sees plenty of run on the point of the second power-play unit.