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Tonight is our last big night of NHL action before the All-Star break, so let’s take advantage of this terrific nine-game slate. The Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins are the biggest favorites tonight, and we have five teams (Columbus Blue Jackets, Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, Arizona Coyotes and the Boston Bruins) playing on the tail end of a back-to-back set.
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Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers, $9,300 – Luongo has been a rock in goal for the Panthers this season (2.11 GAA, .930 SV%, 4 SO), leading them to the top of the Atlantic Division. The Toronto Maple Leafs are a struggling team, scoring just nine goals in their last eight games. Luongo is having a Vezina trophy worthy season and he will shut the door on a weak Maple Leafs offense tonight.
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, $8,600 - Crosby has really picked up his offensive game in 2016. Sid the Kid is currently riding a six-game point streak and he has registered seven goals and 13 points in ten January games. Despite a down year for Crosby, he has still produced over a point per game on home ice (12 G, 26 PTS, 23 GP) and I think he stays hot tonight against the New Jersey Devils.
Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks, $8,300 - Pavelski continues to carry the load offensively for the San Jose Sharks with two goals, five points and nine shots on net in his last three contests. As the National Hockey League’s worst possession team, the Avalanche will continue to allow a ton of shots against and a plethora of scoring chances. Look for Pavelski to flex his muscle versus Calvin Pickard and the Avs tonight.
Mike Hoffman, Ottawa Senators, $6,000 - The Ottawa Senators are in a great spot to produce tonight. The Senators are a very good team on home ice (12-7-4) and they can light up the scoreboard with their explosive offense. Ottawa will face a Buffalo Sabres team that is not only playing their second game in as many nights, but has also struggled of late, losing three consecutive games while allowing 11 goals against in the process. Hoffman is coming off a multi-point game and he has huge potential in this plus matchup on home ice.
Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens, $5,100 - The Columbus Blue Jackets are a team we definitely want to pick on again tonight. Sitting in the basement of the NHL standings, the Blue Jackets’ poor puck possession game has them dead last in goals against per game this season. On top of that, Columbus is also an undisciplined team, leading the league in penalty minutes per game. Gallagher had a goal and an assist last night and I can see similar results from him tonight in the second game of a home and home series. At $5,100, he is an absolute bargain.
Jaromir Jagr, Florida Panthers, $4,700 – January has not been kind to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Buds have lost seven of their last eight games, getting outscored 22-9 and allowing a league high 35 shots against per game in the process. The Florida Panthers remain the top team in the Atlantic division thanks in large part to the play of their top line. Jagr plays his best hockey on home ice (22 PTS in 22 GP) and he has multi-point upside versus a struggling Maple Leafs squad.
Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators, $6,700 - With all the value on the wing tonight, we can afford to pay up on defense, and Karlsson is the top dog. The gifted 25-year-old Swede has been a beast on home ice this season (28 PTS in 23 GP) and he should only add to those totals this evening. Karlsson is the game’s most talented offensive defensemen (10 G, 51 PTS in 49 GP), and he has huge upside tonight against a struggling Buffalo Sabres team playing on consecutive nights.