It was a very entertaining nine-game slate on the ice last night, but things slow down a bit today as we’ll only see eight teams lace up their skates. However, there are still plenty of matchups to exploit and money to be made, so head on over to FanDuel to get in on the action.
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John Gibson – Anaheim Ducks - $7,900 – While Braden Holtby may be the safest option, I’ll gladly take the $2K in savings and roll with Gibson between the pipes tonight. The Ducks net-minder has posted a ridiculous 1.90 GAA in 14 starts at “The Pond” this season and has a terrific matchup on tap tonight against a Ryan O’Reilly-less Buffalo Sabres squad. The Sabres sport the second lowest shooting percentage this season in the NHL (8.0%), so lock Gibson in with confidence.
Evgeny Kuznetsov – Washington Capitals - $7,500 – Barry Trotz recently shook up his forward lines which resulted in Evgeny Kuznetsov centering the top line alongside Alex Ovechkin, the second-year center an elite play on a nightly basis. Kuznetsov leads the Capitals with 62 points in 58 games and has now racked up five goals and 20 assists over his last 17 games. He’s posted nine goals, 24 assists and a +22 in 29 home games this season and lit the lamp the last time he faced this Montreal team.
David Krejci – Boston Bruins - $5,900 – There’s not a ton of value to get excited about at the center position tonight, but David Krejci looks to still be well underpriced. With the Bruins top line of Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron likely looking to slow down the Sidney Crosby line, Claude Julien will likely be leaning on Krejci to pick up some of the scoring slack. The veteran center has been rolling lately; posting three goals and nine assists in 11 games this month and owning eight goals and 18 assists in 26 home games this season.
Alex Ovechkin – Washington Capitals - $10,900 – Sure he’s expensive, but on a four-game slate, it’s tough to fade him. Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals (39) and SOG (301) and has picked up a pair of points in each of his last three games. If you decide you can’t afford him, I highly advise you to at least grab his much cheaper line-mates for some protection in cash games.
Jarome Iginla – Colorado Avalanche - $5,800 – Iginla may no longer be the 50-goal scorer he was in his prime, but he’s proving to have plenty left in the tank. The 38 year-old will put a four-game scoring streak on the line tonight against San Jose and has racked up four goals and seven assists in his last nine games. He’s now skating alongside Matt Duchene on Colorado’s top forward line and found the back of the net the only other time San Jose invaded the Pepsi Center this season.
David Perron – Anaheim Ducks - $5,700 – Much like Krejci, Perron is another solid producer that just feels underpriced here tonight. The former first-round pick has scored six goals, added eight assists and is a +13 in his first 15 games in a Ducks sweater and has the luxury of playing alongside Ryan Getzlaf both on the top forward line and #1 power-play unit. With a home matchup against the Buffalo Sabres awaiting him, he’s a plug-and-play option for me tonight.
Brent Burns – San Jose Sharks - $7,100 – While his $7,100 asking price seems steep; it’s actually quite reasonable considering his production. Burns has racked up 19 goals and 31 assists in 58 games this season and his 252 SOG trails only Alex Ovechkin for the NHL lead. Burns has about as much offensive freedom as any blue-liner in the NHL and has torched the Colorado Avalanche for two goals and three assists in their three prior meetings this season.
Cam Fowler – Anaheim Ducks - $4,500 – Both Sami Vatanen and Cam Fowler have been rock solid blue-line options lately for the Ducks. However, with Fowler coming at a $500 discount, he’s my preferred target tonight. Fowler is locked into 20+ minutes of ice-time per game and has dished out six assists over his last five games. He shares the duties with Vatanen on the point of the Ducks’ lethal #1 power-play unit and it’s hard to dislike the matchup.