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We only have two nights of daily fantasy hockey action left until the NHL takes a five-day break for All Star festivities, so you better be ready to dive in the next couple of nights and cure your hockey fix, because five days off will feel like an eternity away from the NHL.
There is a solid eight-game NHL schedule tonight with two huge favorites (Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals) and a lot of other good offensive teams in great spots (Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers and the Tampa Bay Lightning). It won’t be easy trying to narrow down which teams to target in your cash games tonight with so many choices. On the flip side, tournaments will be blast with all the high-scoring options available on this Tuesday evening.
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Antti Raanta, Chicago Blackhawks, $8,500 – Raanta has won five of his last six starts and has posted fantastic numbers for the Blackhawks this season (1.96 GAA, .934 SV%). The Coyotes have struggled on offense all season long, ranking 24th in shots per game and 26th in goals per game this season. The desert dogs have averaged just over two goals per game in the month of January and will be without their best goalscorer in Mikkel Boedker. Chicago is a massive favorite tonight and I expect them to dominate this game from puck drop. Raanta should be a lock for the win tonight and could very well earn his third shutout of the season.
Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals, $7,000 – Backstrom is coming off back to back multi-point performances and is very quietly having another great season for the Capitals (14 G, 46 PTS in 45 GP). Washington is 6-2-2 in their past 10 games and will face an Oilers team that has really struggled on the road (3-12-7). Edmonton’s road issues are not their only problem. Although they have improved their defensive game of late, they still allow the second most-goals per game on the season (3.28). Playing alongside superstar Alexander Ovechkin, I expect a third consecutive multi-point game from Backstrom tonight.
Derek Stepan, New York Rangers, $5,800 – Stepan had a big game in the Rangers win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night, scoring two goals and adding four shots on goal. With three multi-point efforts in his last four games, it is safe to say that Stepan is playing some great hockey right now. The Rangers have won 15 of their past 18 games and Stepan’s play is a big reason why. I expect Stepan and the Rangers to keep rolling tonight against an average Senators team.
Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens, $8,900 – Pacioretty is smoking hot with goals in six of his past seven games. During that seven-game stretch, Pacioretty has seven goals, 10 points and 33 shots on net. The Predators are not the same team without elite goalie Pekka Rinne in net - Nashville has given up eight goals in their last two games and I think they are in trouble until Rinne returns. Pacioretty has been a beast at home this season (12 G, 27 PTS +16 in 21 GP) and I like him to have another big game tonight.
David Perron, Pittsburgh Penguins, $6,000 – Perron has been on fire since I wrote him up last Tuesday, collecting four goals, six points and 13 shots on goal in his past three games. Playing with Sidney Crosby can have that effect on people. The Flyers’ defensive play has been extremely poor of late and they have allowed 14 goals in their past three games. Both of their goaltenders Ray Emery and Rob Zepp have not been the answer in net, and I am expecting the Penguins’ offense to feast.
Brandon Saad, Chicago Blackhawks, $5,700 – With points in four straight games, Saad is playing his best hockey of the season. Saad has five goals, six points and 15 shots on goals during that four-game stretch, and he benefits from playing on the Blackhawks’ top line along with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. The Coyotes have been a defensive mess all season long, allowing the sixth-most shots per game (31.6) and the fourth-most goals per game (3.27) this season. Look for Saad to remain hot tonight.
Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens, $3,700 – Markov dished out three helpers against the New York Islanders on Saturday night and now has five points in his last two games. Markov logs over 24 minutes of ice time per game and mans the point on the Canadiens’ number one powerplay unit alongside P.K. Subban. Markov seems to sneak under the radar and is rarely owned. Value defensemen are hard to come by tonight and I think Markov is the best bang for your buck.