With the NBA still on the last day of the All-Star break, the NHL remains on center stage in the Daily Fantasy Sports world. With that said, we’re unfortunately faced with just a three-game schedule this evening. Despite the short slate, there are still plenty of matchups to exploit and money to be made. Here are my top cash game options on FanDuel this evening.
Henrik Lundqvist – New York Rangers - $9,800 – It’s about as tricky of a night for goaltender selection as I can remember this season, and with that in mind, I’ll be looking towards playing the hot-hand in Lundqvist. While the matchup is obviously not ideal, he did defeat the visiting Blackhawks in their only previous meeting this season and has posted a 5-1 record with a 1.49 GAA and .942 SV% in six starts since the All-Star break. He’s also thrived at Madison Square Garden this season, where he owns an 18-3-2 record to go along with a 2.12 GAA in 23 home starts.
Sean Monahan – Calgary Flames - $8,000 – Sean Monahan has hit the ground running since the All-Star break, racking up three goals and seven assists in six second half games. He dished out three assists in a tough matchup against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday and benefits from playing on the Flames dangerous top forward line and #1 power-play kill alongside the dangerous duo of Johnny Gaudreau and Jiri Hudler. His price has started to climb, but sometimes you simply get what you pay for.
Tomas Plekanec – Montreal Canadiens - $6,100 – While the Canadiens struggles are well documented, Plekanec has actually continued to produce fairly well. The veteran center has posted three goals and five assists in seven games since the All-Star break and has proven to be very streaky this season. With his opponent, the Colorado Avalanche, being the worst puck possession team in the NHL by Corsi standards, he should skate into plenty of scoring chances.
Johnny Gaudreau – Calgary Flames - $9,000 – Gaudreau scored a goal and added a pair of assists against Anaheim on Monday night and has now tallied 54 points in 54 games this season. He’s been flat out dominant on home-ice this season as he’s posted 19 goals, 20 assists and a +21 in 27 games. With the Wild allowing an ugly 3.86 goals against per game since the All-Star break, he’s a dangerous fade in cash games this evening.
Matt Duchene – Colorado Avalanche - $7,000 – Duchene has been rather quiet since representing the Avalanche at the All-Star game in Nashville earlier this month, but he’s still tied for the team lead with 44 points (25 goals and 19 assists) through 59 games. Montreal has coughed up 3.43 goals per game since the break and Duchene torched them for a goal and two assists in their only previous meeting, making this modest $7K price-tag look like a bargain.
Charlie Coyle – Minnesota Wild - $4,700 – If you’re looking for some value on the wing tonight, Coyle looks like a fine option. The former first round pick scored his 16th goal of the season against Vancouver on Monday and has heated up with six goals in the last ten games. Coyle joins both Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu on Minnesota’s top forward line and #1 power-play unit and should be eager to attack Calgary’s NHL worst 73.4% penalty kill.
P.K. Subban – Montreal Canadiens - $6,200 - Subban saw his six-game point streak come to an end against Arizona on Monday, but he’s still my #1 play on the blue-line tonight. Subban leads the Canadiens with 44 points and has picked up at least one point in 14 of his last 16 games. He’s a major threat from the point of Montreal’s #1 power-play unit, which should bode well for him against Colorado’s subpar 79.3% penalty kill.
Ryan Suter – Minnesota Wild - $4,800 – As mentioned above, with the Calgary Flames owning the league’s worst penalty kill, the still underpriced Ryan Suter is a rock solid option on the blue-line tonight. Suter trails only Erik Karlsson in average ice-time per game this season and has already tallied 37 points in 56 games. He dished out a pair of assists against Vancouver on Monday and has now tallied a goal and four assists in his last four games. With the modest asking price and favorable matchup, he’ll be a staple of my lineups.