Every Thursday I will be providing my recommended player picks for your daily fantasy hockey lineups. The goal is to help you to the top of the leader boards in FanDuel and DraftKings tournament play.
Tonight is a small slate for a Thursday with just seven games on the docket. There are four teams on a back to back in Toronto, Tampa Bay, Vancouver and Edmonton. Two of those teams are actually intriguing options to use, and another to target with the opposing offence. Let’s take a look.
NOTE: Make sure to check the "RotoGrinders Starting Goalies Page" page prior to game time, to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting.
Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets – Sergei Bobrovsky has been extremely inconsistent this season and right now, he's in the midst of a hot streak. During the month of February, Bobrovsky has a 7-3-0 record with a 2.01 GAA, .928 SV%, and three shutouts. Tonight, Bobrovsky has a home matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers and are currently set as -180 favorites. The Flyers are a team that has struggled from a possession standpoint over the last month. Their brutal 47.03 CF% over the last month is ranked 28th and showing little signs of improvement.
John Tavares, Toronto Maple Leafs – The Toronto Maple Leafs are on the tail-end of a back-to-back after destroying the Edmonton Oilers last night. Tonight is the return to Long Island for John Tavares and this game is probably going to go one of two ways. In all likelihood, Tavares is going to be booed out of the building and will either be affected by it and struggle or want to prove something and utterly dominate. I believe Tavares is going to rise to the occasion and have a fantastic game. He is going to want to prove his worth and that leaving Long Island was the correct decision. The Leafs have been dominant as of late as they have a 51.95 CF%, which is the seventh best over the last month and their 66.98 CF/60 is tops in the league over the same time frame.
Mark Stone, Vegas Golden Knights – This will be his second game with the Vegas Golden Knights and after settling in, he's going to be playing with Max Pacioretty and Paul Stastny. Pacioretty scored twice last game, but Stone was unable to pick up any points. Vegas, despite their lackluster point total this season, has actually been pretty dominant from a possession standpoint. They should pick up the pace the remainder of the season and into the playoffs. Over the last month, the Golden Knights have a 52.61 CF% (sixth) and a 61.24 (seventh) as they host the Florida Panthers. The Panthers have been a middling team for most of the season, but with a struggling Roberto Luongo expected in the net, Vegas should have few issues piling up the goals. Luongo has an ugly 3.09 GAA and a .897 SV% this season, which doesn't bode well against a team with possession numbers as strong as the Golden Knights.
Elias Pettersson, Vancouver Canucks – The Vancouver Canucks are also on the tail end of a back-to-back, but they have a pretty good matchup against the Arizona Coyotes. Although the Canucks are on the road, the Coyotes have struggled lately from a possession standpoint and makes Pettersson an intriguing play. Arizona has a 47.98 CF% over the last month, which ranks 26th. The team has also allowed a 63.03 CA/60, which is the fifth most over that same period. In addition, the Canucks have produced the league’s eighth-most CF/60 of 60.73. Pettersson hasn't been great as of late with just one goal in his last nine games, but has still picked up eight assists over this goal-scoring slump. He will be playing with Brock Boeser as his mainstay right winger and this is a great matchup to get back on the scoresheet in the goals column.
Thomas Chabot, Ottawa Senators – The Ottawa Senators have been horrific since they've traded everybody. This is going to continue for the rest of the year. Thomas Chabot has eight points in his last 11 games, which is only slightly worse than his season averages. He's averaging 24:03 of ice time per game and is the power-play quarterback for the Senators. Tonight is one of the few matchups that could be interesting for him as the Sens are hosting the Edmonton Oilers, who are on the tail end of a back-to-back and used both goalies last night. Mikko Koskinen was shelled with four goals against on 16 shots, while Anthony Stolarz came in and allowed two goals on 20 shots. It is currently unknown who will start tonight and while Stolarz was originally expected to, Koskinen could do so again since he was yanked last night.