We’ve reached the final weekend of the NHL’s regular season, and while most teams already know their playoff fate, there are still several key battles left to unfold. There are 14 games to work with today, and FanDuel is offering several large GPPs for both the afternoon and evening game slates.
Darcy Kuemper – Minnesota Wild - $7,300 – While the Minnesota Wild don’t have anything to play for tonight in particular, it’s highly unlikely that Bruce Boudreau will be content entering the playoffs on a three-game losing streak. Darcy Keumper is expected to get the nod between the pipes for the Wild tonight in Phoenix and he was terrific in his only prior start this season against Arizona, as he turned away 27 of the 28 shots thrown his way and coasted to an easy victory. Kuemper is dirt cheap and has a very strong probability to pick up a win and the twelve fantasy points that come along with it.
Tyler Seguin - Dallas Stars - $7,600 - While the 2016-17 season will go down as his “worst” from an offensive production standpoint, Tyler Seguin is still proving to be an elite fantasy weapon. His 70 points are the lowest total he’s posted in his four years in Dallas, but his 294 shots on goal is tied for the highest mark in his career and gives him the consistency to make him a great cash game target on a nightly basis. He’ll likely be quite motivated to avoid going pointless in the final seven games of the season, and the Dallas Stars have the best matchup on the board, as they'll host the dumpster fire known as the Colorado Avalanche tonight. Seguin has taken Colorado behind the proverbial woodshed in their prior meetings, scoring five goals and adding four assists in just four games. He'll likely be rather popular tonight, but fading him in cash games could be disastrous.
Bryan Little - Winnipeg Jets - $4,900 - Rather quietly, Bryan Little has been wielding one of the hottest sticks in the NHL as the regular season comes to an end. The veteran center and former first-round pick just exploded for a goal and three assists on Thursday night and now owns a goal and seven assists in just three games so far during the month of April. Little's tremendous passing abilities have been enhanced now that he skating alongside very talented wingers in Mathieu Perreault and Patrik Laine. Little dished out a pair of assist the first time he faced this Nashville team this season, and he sees a nice fantasy boost tonight thanks to his role as the center of the top power-play unit coupled with Nashville's poor 78.0 percent penalty kill since the All-Star break.
*Mitchell Marner – Toronto Maple Leafs - $6,200 - Toronto is another team that has plenty to play for tonight, and therefore, they are a team I’ll be happy to target at FanDuel. While the Penguins may be the reigned Stanley Cup Champions and enter tonight’s game owning the second best record in the NHL, their 2.88 xGA60 since the All-Star break is the worst mark in the Eastern Conference, they’re now officially without the services of Kris Letang for the remainder of the season and their playoff positioning is already set in stone. Marner saw his four-game point streak snapped on Thursday night in Tampa Bay, but the rookie forward has still racked up a Calder Trophy worthy 61 points in 75 games this season. Marner has been far more productive in front of the Maple Leaf faithful at the Air Canada Centre (35 points in 35 home games) and has also already picked up a pair of assists against Pittsburgh in their two prior meetings this season.
Evander Kane - Buffalo Sabres - $5,600 - While the Florida Panthers seemingly still have the reputation as being a solid defensive team, that hasn’t been the case without Gerard Gallant behind the bench and they've actually now surrendered an Eastern Conference worst 3.24 goals against per game since the All-Star break. The Buffalo Sabres will invade the BB&T Center tonight, and with Kyle Okposo already done for the season, it’s Evander Kane who is now slated to join Ryan O'Reilly on Buffalo's top forward line and #1 power-play unit. Kane has scored 13 goals in 30 second-half games this season (27 total on the season) and his 3.77 shots on goal per game this season is one of the highest marks in the entire NHL. The Panthers have now dropped six straight games and are also dealing with injuries to netminders Roberto Luongo and James Riemer
P.K. Subban – Nashville Predators - $5,500 - It took P.K. Subban a little bit of time to grow accustomed to his new team, but he’s heating up as the Predators prepare for their opening round playoff series. Subban has scored three goals and added 19 assists in 31 games since the All-Star break and quarterback’s their very dangerous second power-play unit. Subban handed out a pair of assists in Nashville’s offensive explosion over the Dallas Stars on Thursday and shoots up my defensive rankings tonight as Winnipeg is not only one of the most penalty prone teams in the NHL (10.16 PIM/G) while also owning an unsightly 77.0% penalty kill.
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