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.
As we get to the finish line of the NHL regular season, there is a massive slate tonight with 12 games on the docket. With plenty of possession mismatches, the San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights stand out especially. In addition, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche — two teams that aren’t exactly lighting the world on fire as of late have premium matchups.
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Petr Mrazek, Carolina Hurricanes – The Carolina Hurricanes have been on a tear as they control their own fate with their playoff hopes. A big reason for this is the emergence of Petr Mrazek as a viable starting goaltender. Since March 1st, Mrazek has been elite with a 7-2-0 record to go with his .937 save percentage and a 1.87 goals against average along with one shutout. They host the New Jersey Devils tonight — a team that has a league-low 30 goals in 16 games over the same time frame.
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins – Sidney Crosby is quietly having a very good season. He's tied for 8th in NHL scoring with 95 points in 77 games which is good for top 6 in points per game. This point total is the best for Crosby in five years and shows that he doesn't seem to be slowing down at all with his age — despite him being just 31 years old. The Pittsburgh Penguins are hosting the Detroit Red Wings — a team that has struggled immensely recently. The Red Wings have the 30th ranked CF% with a 43.61 rate and their 64.14 CA/60 sits as the third-worst mark over the last month.
Timo Meier, San Jose Sharks – In his third season in the NHL, Timo Meier has taken a huge step forward. He has put up career-best offensive numbers across the board with 30 goals, 36 assists and 66 points besting his previous highs of 21, 15 and 36. He's spent most of the season playing on the San Jose Sharks top line with Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski and with the trio healthy and back together again, I expect this line to dominate the Edmonton Oilers tonight. The Sharks have been solid from a possession standpoint over the last month as their 55.24 CF% ranks 6th in the NHL. However, their goaltender Martin Jones has been terrible and that is the storyline as the Sharks head to the playoffs.
Mark Stone, Vegas Golden Knights – It has certainly taken time for Mark Stone to establish himself on the Vegas Golden Knights and it is obvious that he is still not quite comfortable. Considering the upgrade as linemates, his 4 goals and 10 points in 17 games leaves a lot to be desired. However, Vegas is still a dominant possession team with their 55.66 CF% and 61.64 CF/60 both ranked fifth over the last month. In addition, their opponent the Arizona Coyotes have struggled with a 22nd ranked 47.71 CF% and 59.07 CA/60. Stone will be playing with two others who have their first season in Vegas in Max Pacioretty and Paul Stastny.
Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche – Over the last month, Tyson Barrie has been fantastic. He has put up 7 goals and 14 points in 16 games. In addition to the goals and points, Barrie has fired off 56 shots on goal over that time which gives him a very solid floor to go with the ceiling of his offence. The Avs are hosting the Winnipeg Jets — a team that is hobbling into the playoffs. The Jets have been horrendous with a 45.02 CF% over the last month which ranks as the fourth-worst and their 59.97 CA/60 is the seventh-worst.