It’s a typically busy Saturday on the ice, and with less than a quarter of the season remaining, we’re starting to see some intense playoff races. With the majority of the action on FanDuel centering around the seven games getting underway this evening, these picks will do the same.
Andrew Hammond – Ottawa Senators - $6,900 – There are several appealing netminders to target this evening, but Hammond’s bargain price tag makes him my favorite option. The “Hamburglar” hasn’t replicated his success from his ridiculous 20-1-2 rookie campaign, but the matchup tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs just doesn’t get much better. Toronto has lost eight of their last nine games and they are averaging just 2.33 goals per game since the All-Star break.
Steven Stamkos – Tampa Bay Lightning - $8,600 – Stamkos scored his 29th goal of the season in Ottawa on Thursday and has now found the back of the net in seven of his last eight games. He’s helped lead the Lightning to eight straight wins and has been far more productive on home-ice this season where he’s posted 14 goals and 17 assists in 32 games at the Amalie Arena. Stamkos owns two goals and an assist in the two prior meetings with Carolina this season and looks poised for yet another big performance.
Mark Scheifele – Winnipeg Jets - $6,400 – The Brian Little injury has pushed Mark Scheifele onto the Jet’s top forward line alongside Blake Wheeler, and the former first round pick has thrived. Scheifele scored a pair of goals in New York on Thursday night and has now tallied five goals and five assists in his last seven games. Scheifele has logged over 20 minutes of ice-time in each of the last two games and still sports a very reasonable price-tag considering the fine home matchup against the Montreal Canadiens.
Jussi Jokinen – Florida Panthers - $6,100 – Jokinen extended his point streak to six games with yet another assist in Colorado on Thursday and the Panthers winger has now posted two goals and 13 assists in 15 games since the All-Star break. He’ll face an Arizona team tonight that has not only allowed an NHL worst 3.16 goals against per game this season but who also have the league’s 27th ranked penalty kill. Jokinen logs a healthy dose of playing time on the point of the #1 power-play unit and picked up an assist against the Coyotes in their only previous meeting.
Mike Hoffman – Ottawa Senators - $5,300 – Hoffman has cooled off a bit down the stretch, but we’ve also seen his price drop significantly. He plays alongside the talented Mika Zibanejad and Bobby Ryan on the Senators top forward line and it’s unlikely that this banged up Toronto team will have any answer for his blazing speed. He’s not shy about shooting the puck and I’m expecting him pick up his 26th goal of the season tonight.
Erik Karlsson – Ottawa Senators - $7,100 - He may be one of the most expensive blue-liners on the board tonight, but he’s actually rather reasonably priced considering he’s sitting 4th in the NHL in scoring this season with 68 points in 65 games. While the hype will be centering around his teammate Dion Phaneuf’s return to Toronto, I’m expecting Karlsson to steal the show. He’s racked up a ridiculous seven assists in two prior meetings against the struggling Maple Leafs and he’s managed to be a fantasy beast despite being held without a goal since the All-Star break.
Andrei Markov – Montreal Canadiens - $4,300 – Markov dished out two more assists against the Kings on Thursday and has now amassed a goal and ten assists in his last ten games. The power-play specialist still sees plenty of playing time alongside P.K. Subban on the Montreal’s top power-play unit which should bode well for him tonight against a Winnipeg team that is not only the second most penalized team in the league but who also own an ugly 77.3% penalty kill.