The regular season is winding down, but there are still plenty of question marks as we head into the second to last weekend. It’s another typically busy Saturday on the ice today as twenty-two teams will square off with a whole lot on the line for several teams. There’s plenty of action on FanDuel to join in on, but with the majority of their offerings centering around the eight-game evening slate, these picks will do the same.
Ben Bishop – Tampa Bay Lightning - $10,000 – He’s the most expensive goalie on the board, but all signs point to him having a monster game tonight. Tampa Bay should be highly motivated for a win as they sit just two points behind the cross-state rival Florida Panthers for the top spot in the Atlantic Division. He’ll face a New Jersey team that has scored an NHL worst 2.22 goals per game this season and who he posted a 21 save shutout against in their only previous meeting this season. While Braden Holtby looks like he’ll take home the Vezina Trophy this season, Bishop should at least be in the conversation as he’s posted a 33-20-4 record to go along with a sparkling 2.02 GAA and .928 SV%.
Connor McDavid – Edmonton Oilers - $7,300 – McDavid has posted 45 points in 42 games thus far in his NHL career, and if it weren’t for a shoulder injury that cost him several months, he’d be a near shoe-in for the Calder Trophy. He saw his seven-game point streak snapped against Anaheim on Monday night, but has a terrific matchup on tap tonight against a Calgary team that has been the worst defensive team in the league this season (3.18 goals against per game). McDavid owns a pair of goals and an assist in the two prior meetings with Calgary and should skate into an abundance of scoring chances as the center of Edmonton’s #1 power-play against Calgary’s horrendous 74.3% penalty kill.
Aleksander Barkov – Florida Panthers - $6,500 – With his 24th goal of the season on Thursday night, Barkov extended his point streak to four games and has now tallied 11 goals and nine assists in 22 games since the All-Star break. Barkov has posted three goals and an assist in two meetings with the Montreal Canadiens this season and the former first-round pick has thrived at the BB&T Center where he’s posted 17 goals and 10 assists in 29 home games.
Mats Zuccarello Aasen – New York Rangers - $5,700 – With some very appealing expensive options on the board tonight, finding some moderately priced strong options is going to the key to success tonight. Zuccarello potted his 25th goal of the season on Thursday night and is now just a single point shy of his career high in points (59). He’s been far more productive at Madison Square Garden this season where he’s tallied 16 goals and 19 assists in 37 home games. He’s tallied two goals and a pair of assists in two games against the Sabres this season and simply looks to be priced too cheap considering the circumstances.
Justin Abdelkader – Detroit Red Wings - $4,600 – Abdelkader has been held off the score-sheet in five straight games, but the pesky forward is just too involved in this offensive attack to be held in check for long. His recent struggles have kept his asking price in check and Abdelkader has a very nice matchup awaiting him tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He’s torched Toronto for three goals and an assist in their three prior meetings and still plays alongside Henrik Zetterberg both on the top forward line and Detroit’s #1 power-play unit.
Victor Hedman – Tampa Bay Lightning - $5,900 – As a former second overall draft pick by the Lightning, Hedman has established himself as one of the defensemen in the NHL. He’s racked up eight goals and 36 assists in 76 games this season and leads Tampa with a +22. The Swedish blue-liner looks like a future Norris Trophy contender and has come alive lately with two goals and five assists in his last seven games. He facilitates things from the point of Tampa’s lethal #1 power-play and offers plenty of upside as the New Jersey Devils have now allowed 40 SOG against in each of their last two games.
Matt Niskanen – Washington Capitals - $4,100 – John Carlson’s return to the lineup has scared the masses away from Niskanen, and while he’s been invisible in each of the last two games, he’s still soaking up huge minutes on the point of the NHL’s best power-play. Tonight, he’ll head to the desert to battle an Arizona team that owns the NHL’s 26th ranked penalty kill. He’s locked into 20+ minutes of ice-time each night and has shown plenty of offensive upside, so enjoy the bargain.