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After an exciting Tuesday night of hockey, the NHL slows down a little on this Wednesday evening with a three-game slate. Despite the light schedule, we only have so many hockey nights left, so you just may want to jump in on some action tonight. The Columbus Blue Jackets and Anaheim Ducks are heavy favorites and we do not have any of the six teams in action playing on consecutive nights.
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Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets, $9,300 – Since the beginning of March, Bobrovsky has been very good in goal for the Blue Jackets, registering a 12-2-1 record. Columbus is 9-0-1 in their past 10 games and this team is playing its best hockey of the season. The Maple Leafs have really struggled offensively in the second half of the season; they were one of the best scoring teams in the first half, but now sit 24th overall in goals per game. The Blue Jackets continue to allow too many shots against per game, but that just means more saves for Bobrovsky against the Maple Leafs. Look for 25 or more saves and the win from Bobrovsky tonight.
Other Goalies to Target (Cash Games) – Frederik Andersen
Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets, $7,400 – Johansen has points in nine of his past 11 games and is easily the Blue Jackets’ biggest offensive threat. Columbus is one of the NHL hottest teams right now, while the Maple Leafs are certainly not. Toronto is a complete mess defensively and they are the worst road team in hockey (8-26-6). I expect Columbus to keep rolling tonight, and Johansen has multi-point upside in this plus matchup.
Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks, $8,500 – If you are paying up for a winger tonight, I suggest you buy Corey Perry. Despite the Dallas Stars improving their possession game recently, they are still not a very good defensive squad. Perry and Getzlaf form one of the best 1-2 punches in the game and I expect them to be very productive tonight. Perry is the Ducks’ top sniper and he has hat trick upside versus the defensively challenged Stars tonight.
Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars, $8,500 – Targeting two players from the same game opposing each other is not always the best idea, but it can certainly work on a short slate. Benn had a monster game (2 G, 1 A, 4 SOG) in the Stars’ 5-1 win in San Jose on Monday night and he now has four goals and six points in his last three games. The Benn and Seguin combo is one the NHL’s most potent duos, and even though they may be better suited for a GPP tonight, they are always in play.
Loui Eriksson, Boston Bruins, $5,300 – Eriksson has goals in two of his last three games and he has now been promoted to the Bruins’ top line. Eriksson will skate alongside Patrice Bergeron at both even strength and on Boston’s number one powerplay unit. The Boston Bruins are hot right now, winning five games in a row and I expect them to score a few goals in Washington tonight. Look for Eriksson to be both under owned and productive.
Other Wingers to Target (Cash Games) – Alexander Ovechkin
Sami Vatanen, Anaheim Ducks, $4,300 – With Vatanen back in the fold, the Ducks’ offensive game and powerplay should only improve. The Stars have allowed the fourth-most goals in the league this season are have nothing to play for tonight. On the flip side, the Ducks are playing for the President’s trophy for most points in the league, and I expect them to play hard tonight. The Ducks should be one of the higher scoring teams and that means their powerplay quarterback is certainly in play. Look for Vatanen to do some damage against the Dallas Stars’ 20th-ranked penalty kill.