The short three-day holiday break is over and the NHL is quickly approaching the halfway point of its season. The action will be fast and furious tonight as 18 teams lace up their skates this evening making for a terrific slate of guaranteed prize pools over on FanDuel. Here are my top picks that can be targeted for both cash games and tournaments. Be sure to check the NHL Starting Goalies page prior to puck-drop to confirm the players below are starting.
Tuukka Rask – Boston Bruins - $8,800 – The Buffalo Sabres are clearly a much better hockey club this season, but they’re still not one to be overly threatened by. Buffalo has averaged just 2.29 goals per game this season. Rask has posted a 5-1-2 record with a sparkling 1.29 GAA and .957 SV% (with two shutouts) in seven starts during the month of September, and the veteran net-minder has posted a 2.04 GAA during his career at the TD Garden Arena.
Henrik Zetterberg – Detroit Red Wings - $7,000 – Zetterberg will take on the former division rival Nashville Predators and with them owning an ugly 76.0% penalty kill, he’ll have his sights set on extending his current scoring streak to four games. Zetterberg leads the Red Wings with 27 points in 34 games and picked up an assist against Nashville in their only previous meeting. He logs huge minutes as the center of the #1 power-play unit and still comes with a very reasonable asking price.
Leon Draisaitl – Edmonton Oilers - $3,800 – As the 3rd overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, it certainly hasn’t taken Draisaitl long to grow accustomed to life with the Edmonton Oilers. He has thrived alongside Taylor Hall on the Oiler’s top forward line and the talented twenty-year old has already racked up 9 goals and 21 assists in 25 games. He has shown no signs of slowing down with a goal and eleven assists in 10 games this month and with a price-tag still sitting near the minimum price, he’s a tough fade in cash games.
Vladimir Tarasenko – St. Louis Blues - $8,100 – Tarasenko headed into the break on quiet the heater; having scored goals in six of the last seven games and suddenly tied with Jamie Benn for the NHL lead in goals with 22. The Russian sniper scored a goal against Dallas in their only previous meeting this season and has posted 14 goals and added six assists in just 18 games at the Scottrade Center. While he’s expensive, that $8.1K price-tag still doesn’t look to do his recent performance justice.
Daniel Sedin – Vancouver Canucks - $8,700 – If not in love with his asking price, but it could be a blessing in disguise in GPP’s as it’s likely most users may have a bit of “sticker shock”. While the Canucks season has been rather disastrous in many ways, Daniel Sedin has been one of the few bright spots. The likely future Hall of Famer has posted 16 goals and 20 assists in 36 games and should keep things rolling against an Edmonton team that has surrendered 3.03 goals per game this season. Sedin absolutely torched Edmonton last season, scoring two goals and dishing out eight assists in just five meetings.
Tyler Toffoli – Los Angeles Kings - $5,900 – The Arizona Coyotes have been rather atrocious in their defensive end lately, and they’ll likely be severely outclassed by a superior Los Angeles Kings team this evening. Toffoli has joined forces with Jeff Carter and Tanner Pearson to re-united the “That 70’s Line” that abused opposing goaltenders at times last season and he’s having a very strong sophomore campaign with 14 goals, 10 assists and a +17 in 33 games. He’s scored a pair of goals against the Coyotes in their two previous meetings this season and this modest price-tag is an added bonus.
Shea Weber – Nashville Predators - $6,800 – Weber hit the break wielding a white-hot stick as the workhorse blue-liner racked up six points in the last three games and 4 goals and 11 assists in just 10 games during the month of September. Detroit is a slightly undersized hockey club and they’ve proven to have no answer for Weber’s size and strength. He posted a hat trick against them with three power-play goals in their first meeting and I expect him to be worth his “big-ticket” asking price this evening.
Jake Muzzin – Los Angeles Kings - $5,100 – Muzzin is starting to see his asking price creep up, but he’s still a fraction of the price as his line-mate Drew Doughty, but offers a very similar offensive upside. Muzzin has posted a solid 16 points in 33 games this season and logs a very healthy dose of playing time on the point of the Kings’ #2 power-play unit. The Coyotes have allowed the second most goals against in the NHL this season making Muzzin both a safe cash game play as well as a fairly high ceiling defenseman to target in GPP’s.