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2016 is here and we kick off the week with a solid five-game slate on this Monday evening. The St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings are the biggest favorites tonight, and the Ottawa Senators are the only team playing on consecutive nights.
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Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings, $9,100 – You could argue that Quick has been the best goaltender in hockey since the beginning of December. Despite losing Jeff Carter to injury, the Los Angeles Kings have won five consecutive games, with Quick in net for all of them. The Kings have been outstanding on the road the season (13-5-2) and they should control this game against the league’s worst possession team.
Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers, $5,200 - The Edmonton Oilers have been a strong team on home ice this season, scoring the fifth-most goals per game. Centering the Oilers’ top line at both even strength and on the power play, Draisaitl is averaging over a point per game this season (32 PTS in 30 GP), and he has been at his best when playing at the Rexall Place (22 PTS in 15 GP). His salary has gone up, but he remains a cash game bargain.
Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues, $9,100 - If I could only roster one player tonight, I would take Vladimir Tarasenko. The former first round pick is a cash game stud and he has a prime matchup tonight on home ice. The Ottawa Senators are the game’s second-worst team in terms of Corsi (possession) and as a result, they have been one of hockey’s weakest defensive teams. Ottawa ranks in the bottom seven in most defensive categories, including scoring chances and high-danger scoring chances allowed, as well as shots against and goals against per game. To make matters worse, the Senators will be playing their second game in as many nights and should have backup goalie Andrew Hammond in goal. The Blues will dominate this hockey game and Tarasenko will lead the way.
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks, $8,500 – Daniel Sedin has cooled off recently, but this game is exactly what the doctor ordered for him to break out of his mini-slump. The Arizona Coyotes have never been a team that travels well and they are another poor possession team. The Coyotes have the fourth-worst Corsi rating, which has led to them allowing the sixth-most shots against and the seventh-most goals against per game this season. Daniel has multi-point upside in this plus matchup on home ice.
Tyler Toffoli, Los Angeles Kings, $5,800 - In a game where we have the National Hockey League’s best possession team (Los Angeles Kings) playing against hockey’s worst possession team (Colorado Avalanche), we can expect the Kings to have an abundance of scoring chances. Regardless of which line he plays on, Toffoli is the top value play in this game.
Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues, $6,200 – Shattenkirk has been one of the most consistent offensive defensemen in hockey and he is the top dog on the point tonight. The Ottawa Senators are an undisciplined hockey team, taking the sixth-most penalty minutes per game this year, and they have the NHL’s second-worst penalty kill. Look for the Blues’ power play quarterback to have plenty of scoring opportunities in this game at both even strength and with the man advantage.