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We have a very quiet night in NHL with only three games scheduled. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals look to be the most popular plays this evening, while the New York Rangers are the only team playing on consecutive nights.
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Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals, $9,000 – Believe it or not, I almost went with Jonathan Bernier in goal. However, Holtby and the Capitals have just been too good recently and the New York Rangers will be playing on back-to-back nights after a tough game on Long Island last night. Holtby has simply been spectacular in his last 18 games, posting a 1.90 GAA and a .933 SV%. The Washington Capitals have been a very strong team on home ice (19-9-5) and Holtby has been excellent at the Verizon Center (1.97 GAA, .928 SV%) this season. Look for Holtby and the Capitals to put on a strong performance and come away with the win tonight.
Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames, $4,500 – Monahan is riding a four-game point streak, producing three goals and five points in those four games. Monahan has become the Flames’ biggest offensive threat, racking up nine goals and 17 points in his last 19 games. The Flames are back home after a long seven-game road trip and they will face an Anaheim Ducks squad that has lost two games in a row and allowed seven goals in the process. I think Calgary scores three or more goals tonight and you can bet Mr. Monahan will be involved. At his price, how can you go wrong?
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, $9,800 – With few stud options available and a lot of value in play, Ovechkin is basically a must play for me tonight. In his last three games alone, the “Great Eight” has generated a ridiculous five goals and 22 shots on goal. In the Capitals’ 20 games since the All-Star break, Ovi has tallied 17 goals, 26 points and 109 shots on goal. Those numbers are absolutely gross. Fade Ovechkin at your own risk tonight.
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs, $7,000 – Despite his recent struggles, Kessel is still a very talented player and an elite goalscorer. Kessel continues to fire shots on goal, unleashing 65 shots on net in his last 19 games. It is hard to trust a Maple Leafs player at this point, but with only three games on the schedule and a matchup versus the Buffalo Sabres, Kessel becomes a lot more appealing. The Sabres have lost four consecutive games, being outscored 17-5 in the process, and are the league’s worst road team (7-24-2). Buffalo is also the worst defensive team in the NHL, sitting dead last in both shots against (35.4) and goals against per game (3.35). The Maple Leafs are huge favorites tonight and Kessel still has hat trick upside.
Tyler Ennis ($3,700) and Matt Moulson ($3,900), Buffalo Sabres – If anyone is going to score for the Buffalo Sabres tonight, it is likely going to be Tyler Ennis or Matt Moulson. Both Moulson and Ennis play on the Sabres’ top line and number one powerplay unit. Despite playing on an awful team, both Moulson and Ennis can snipe and are talented players. This play is likely best for your GPPs, but the Toronto Maple Leafs are far from a good defensive team.
John Carlson, Washington Capitals, $4,500 – Carlson has points in three of his last four games and is the Capitals’ powerplay quarterback. The New York Rangers are playing on consecutive nights, meaning they should be a tired team during this game tonight, and tired teams take penalties. The Washington Capitals have an elite powerplay, ranking second in the NHL and that is where Carlson will earn his salary tonight.