After last night’s exciting nine-game NHL schedule, the action slows down quite a bit on the ice tonight as just six teams prepare for battle. However, with just two weeks until the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the playoff picture is still quite murky. Despite the short slate, the action on FanDuel never stops, so here are my top options tonight.
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John Gibson – Anaheim Ducks - $8,100 - Gibson was terrific in Anaheim’s 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night and now owns a 18-11-3 record to go along with a rock solid 2.09 ERA and .919 SV% in 32 starts this season. Tonight he’ll welcome a Calgary team to the Honda Center that not only owns the worst road record in the NHL this season, but who he’s also dominated on three separate occasions this season; posting a 3-0 while allowing just three total goals in those three meetings. He’s posted a 11-6-2 record with a miniscule 1.85 GAA in 18 starts on home ice and is still very reasonably priced.
Others: Braden Holtby
Claude Giroux – Philadelphia Flyers - $8,200 - Much like this Philadelphia team as a whole, Giroux was a bit quiet out of the gates this season but has really turned things on down the stretch. The Philadelphia captain scored the game winning goal in Winnipeg on Monday night and has now racked up six goals and 12 assists in his last 17 games. He’s scored a goal and added two assists in three prior meetings with Washington this season and with the Flyers still fighting for their playoff lives, he’ll clearly be motivated to keep things rolling tonight.
Mark Scheifele – Winnipeg Jets - $7,600 - Ever since Winnipeg lost Bryan Little to a season ending injury, Mark Scheifele has shown the offensive talent that made him the seventh overall pick in the 2011 NHL draft. The 23 year-old stayed hot on Monday against Philadelphia by tallying a goal and an assist and he’s now racked up 12 goals and 12 assists over his last 20 games. With a home matchup against an Ottawa team that has allowed 3.00 goals per game this season and that sports the NHL’s second worst penalty kill, I’ll be doing my best to fit him into my lineups.
Mark Stone – Ottawa Senators - $6,100 - With guys like Alex Ovechkin, Blake Wheeler and Corey Perry requiring a sizable investment, getting comfortable with some moderately priced (or even better, cheap) players is likely going to be the key to tonight’s slate. After an abysmal month of January, Stone has caught fire since the All-Star break; racking up 12 goals, 15 assists and a plus 12 in 26 second half games. He thriving alongside Zack Smith and Jean-Gabriel Pageau on the Senators top line and sees a healthy dose of playing time on the wing of their #1 power-play unit as well.
Jamie McGinn – Anaheim Ducks - $4,900 - With McGinn now skating alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Brandon Pirri on the Ducks top line and #1 power-play unit, he’s easily one of the best values on the board tonight as the Ducks host the Calgary Flames. Calgary has not only allowed a league worst 3.12 goals against per game this season, but also own an absolutely atrocious 74.5% penalty kill. McGinn has picked up points in three straight games and has now posted seven goals and three assists in 14 games since being acquired by Anaheim.
Erik Karlsson – Ottawa Senators - $6,900 – Karlsson may be the most expensive blue-liner on the board tonight, but that $6,900 price-tag simply looks like a bargain for a guy sitting fourth in the NHL scoring race with 76 points in 76 games. He’s picked up a point in each of the last three games and leads the entire NHL in average ice-time at over 29 minutes per game. He’s an offensive force from the point of the Senator’s top power-play unit and is met with a terrific matchup tonight against a Winnipeg team that is not only the fifth most penalized team in the NHL this season, but who also sport an unsightly 78.7% penalty kill
Sami Vatanen – Anaheim Ducks - $5,000 – After a three week absence, Vatanen returned to the Anaheim lineup for Monday night’s game against the Oilers. The talented defenseman has matched his season total in points from last season (37) and has one of the best matchups on the board this evening. Vatanen has grabbed the reigns as the point-man on the Ducks’ top power-play unit which should bode quiet well for him against Calgary’s NHL worst penalty kill. Vatanen has scored a goal and added two assists against the Flames in their four prior meetings this season and his long layoff has reduced his asking price a bit.