With officially just a quarter of the regular season remaining, the NHL delivers another action-packed Saturday with 18 teams lacing up their skates and hitting the ice today. With nearly all of the action on FanDuel centering around the eight game evening slate, these picks will do the same. Be sure to check the Starting Goalies and Lines Page to ensure your skaters are taking the ice.
Braden Holtby – Washington Capitals - $9,700 - He won’t come cheap and there are some other solid options between the pipes tonight, but Holtby should be worth the big-ticket asking price. He’s posted a video-game like 18-2-1 record to go along with a 1.99 GAA and .929 SV% in 22 starts at the Verizon Center and has already defeated this New Jersey team in both prior meetings this season. The Devils are the lowest scoring team in the NHL (2.21 goals per game) and will likely be worn out after playing the New York Islanders last night.
Tyler Seguin – Dallas Stars - $7,700 - While squaring off against the duo of Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand is usually enough to sway me away from a player, it’s not the case with Seguin this evening. The feud between Seguin and the Boston front office has been well publicized and if you’re a believer in “revenge” games, then you should be all over Seguin. Not only has his price recently dropped to a very reasonable level, but Seguin picked up a hat trick against his old team in their last meeting. He’s tallied six goals and six assists in nine games since the All-Star break and is now sitting with 65 points in 58 games this season.
Connor McDavid – Edmonton Oilers - $7,600 - McDavid lit the lamp yet again on Thursday night and has now tallied 10 goals and 16 assists in his first 22 games at the NHL level. He’s tallied six goals and ten assists in 12 home games this season and simply remains too cheap for a guy who would be on pace for a guy on an 82-game pace for 37 goals and 60 assists. He’ll square off against the worst puck possession team in the league tonight and should be eager to get a crack at Colorado’s 22nd ranked penalty kill.
Vladimir Tarasenko – St. Louis Blues - $7,800 – Tarasenko has cooled off lately and has now been held off the scoresheet in each of the last three games. With that said, tonight’s matchup against a Coyotes team that has allowed 3.04 goals against per game and own an atrocious 77.9% penalty kill may be just what the doctor ordered. Tarasenko lit the lamp against the Coyotes in their only other meeting this season and his 13 multi-point games highlights his top-tier upside.
Henrik Zetterberg – Detroit Red Wings - $6,700 - Zetterberg scored his 12th goal of the season in highlight-reel fashion on Thursday night in Pittsburgh and now leads the Red Wings with 41 points in 58 games. He’s been reunited with Pavel Datsyuk on both the top forward line and #1 power-play unit and has responded with three goals and five assists in his last eight games. Tonight he’ll face an Ottawa team that has allowed a league worst 3.05 goals against per game and who he’s already tallied two goals and two assists against in their four prior meetings this season.
Justin Williams – Washington Capitals - $5,300 - Barry Trotz recently shook up his forward lines and the biggest beneficiary was Justin Williams as he now finds himself skating alongside both Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov on the top forward line. He scored the game winning goal (and added an assist) with his new line-mates against the Islanders on Thursday and has now picked up points in three straight games. Williams has quietly posted a very solid 19 goals, 20 assists and +20 in 56 games this season and has dished out three assists in two prior meetings against the New Jersey Devils this season. His current price has yet to adjust to his new role, so enjoy the discount while it lasts.
Shayne Gostisbehere – Philadelphia Flyers - $5,200 – Gostisbehere picked up yet another assists last night against the Canadiens and has now tallied at least one point in 14 straight games. The rookie blue-liner owns three goals and eight assists in ten games since the All-Star break and has now posted 11 goals and 22 assists in 39 games this season. He has a terrific matchup on tap against a depleted Toronto team who he scored a goal against in his only other meeting. His price-tag has slowly started to climb, but it’s still simply way too cheap considering the production.
Tyson Barrie – Colorado Avalanche - $4,300 – Barrie is another defenseman whose asking price just seems to be too low after such a strong start to the season. The 24-year old has posted 37 assists in 56 games this season and draws a matchup against the defensively inept Edmonton Oilers. Barrie scored a goal and added an assist against Edmonton in their first meeting and has picked up four assists in the last four games. He’s the quarterback of Colorado’s top power-play unit and is tough to overlook at this price-point.