After seeing every NHL team in action last night, things slow down on the ice tonight, as there are only two games on the docket. Roster overlap will likely be rather high on FanDuel, so your fantasy success comes down to hitting on some value options.
Jonathan Quick – Los Angeles Kings ($9,300) – The Kings have showed signs of a Stanley Cup hangover out of the gates this season, as they’ve dropped each of their first two games. However, this team is too talented for an extended losing streak, and tonight is the day they snap out of it. Quick posted a 11-4-2 record with a 1.86 GAA after the Olympic Break last season, and was rock-solid in the playoff on his way to another Stanley Cup. However, Quick did play in an overtime game last night, so there is a decent chance Martin Jones gets the nod in net tonight. If so, enjoy the discount Jones offers ($8,100).
Rick Nash – New York Rangers ($7,600) – Nash has jumped out of the gates this season in style, tallying three goals and adding an assist over his team’s first two games. He had perhaps the worst offensive season of his career in 2013-14, but with Martin St. Louis as his center this year, I expect Nash to get back to 40 goals once again. The Maple Leafs killed off just 78.4% of their penalties last year and have already allowed three power-play goals this season (in just seven attempts).
Tyler Bozak – Toronto Maple Leafs ($5,300) – Bozak has found the back of the net in each of Toronto’s first two games this season. He’s thriving as the center of the Leafs’ top forward line with Phil Kessel and James Van Riemsdyk, and is the most reasonably priced option of the three (by far). He posted two goals and an assist in three meetings against the New York Rangers last year, and also racked up 27 points in 31 road games.
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Tanner Pearson – Los Angeles Kings ($3,700) – Pearson lit the lamp for the first time this season last night and has shown offensive upside alongside Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Carter during his brief NHL career. He really turned things on during last year’s playoffs, racking up four goals, eight assists and a +10 rating.
Derick Brassard – New York Rangers ($4,900) – He had a rough night last night, but Brassard is seeing big minutes as the center of the Rangers’ second scoring line (alongside Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello) and is centering their dangerous #1 power-play unit. His offensive talent is undeniable, but he’s just failed to put it all together for a full season. Considering the low asking price and favorable opportunities, however, he’s a nice value option today against a Toronto team that was terrible on the PK last season.
Drew Doughty – Los Angeles Kings ($5,400) – Doughty has been held off the scoresheet in each of the first two games, but he is a threat to challenge Erik Karlsson for the defensive scoring race. He logged a ridiculous 30 minutes of ice-time last night and is a staple on the point of the Kings top power-play unit.
Ryan McDonagh – New York Rangers ($4,800) – McDonagh is the heart of this New York team and a workhorse on their blueline. He’s a near lock to see 25+ minutes of ice-time, and he quarterbacks their very dangerous #1 power-play unit. McDonagh racked up a career-high 43 points last season, and the Rangers brought Dan Boyle in during the offseason to help shoulder some of the offensive burden. However, with Boyle lost with a broken hand, McDonagh will once again be leaned on heavily by Alain Vigneault.
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