After a slow night on the ice last night, the NHL delivers a robust ten-game schedule this evening. With the trade deadline looming just a few days away, it’s finally “put up or shut up” time for several teams in action tonight nearly assuring we’re in for some entertaining hockey. There are abundance of ways to attack this slate, but here are my top cash game plays for tonight over on FanDuel.
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Cam Ward – Carolina Hurricanes - $6,900 – There are several nice options to look at between the pipes tonight, but at just $6,900, Ward looks like the best bang-for-the-buck. The veteran net-minder has posted an impressive 4-1-2 record to go along with a sparkling 1.92 GAA and .932 SV% in seven starts since the All-Star break and has a terrific matchup on tap against an overmatched Maple Leafs team. Toronto sports the worst shooting percentage in the NHL this season (7.5%) and Ward turned away 24 of the 25 shots they threw his way in their only previous meeting this season. With plenty of expensive skating options to choose from, this price is too good for me to pass up.
Jordan Staal – Carolina Hurricanes - $6,500 - Jordan Staal scored his 16th goal of the season against the Flyers on Tuesday night to extend his point streak to six games. He’s simply gripping one of the hottest sticks in the NHL right now as he’s now racked up five goals and seven assists in ten games since the All-Star break and owns nine goals and 15 assists in his last 21 games. With a home matchup against a Toronto Maple Leafs team that has allowed an atrocious 4.10 goals against per game in ten games this month, he should easily pay off this modest price-tag.
Henrik Sedin – Vancouver Canucks - $6,300 – Henrik Sedin exploded for four assists on Sunday against the Colorado Avalanche and has now tallied a goal and eight assists in his last six games. He’s posted five goals and 22 assists in 27 home games this season and picked up an assist in his only other meeting with the Ottawa Senators. With Ottawa allowing an unsightly 3.00 goals against per game this season and owning an atrocious 74.7% penalty kill, he simply looks too cheap to ignore.
Patrick Kane – Chicago Blackhawks - $8,900 – Kane scored his 35th goal of the season against the Wild on Sunday to extend his point streak to five games and the NHL’s leading scorer has now tallied 84 points in 62 games this season. He’s obviously expensive, but he’s posted three goals and two assists in four games against Nashville this season and owns 17 goals, 27 assists and a +22 in 31 games at the United Center. With plenty of value on the board elsewhere, it’s not too difficult to squeeze him into your lineup.
Jaromir Jagr – Florida Panthers - $5,800 – Jagr potted a pair of goals on Saturday against Winnipeg to reach the 20-goal plateau for the 19th time in his illustrious career. The ageless wonder has thrived this season on home ice as he’s tallied 15 goals, 15 assists and a +10 in 30 games at the BB&T Center. Jagr has posted five goals and five assists in ten games since the All-Star break and has a terrific matchup awaiting him tonight against an Arizona team that has allowed a league worst 3.07 goals against per game this season.
Tyler Toffoli – Los Angeles Kings - $5,600 – Toffoli has been rather quiet lately but all that has done is lower his asking price for us tonight. The 23-year-old leads the Los Angeles Kings with 24 goals on this season and has the luxury of joining Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter up-front on the Kings #1 power-play unit. Tonight, he’ll square off against an Edmonton team that has allowed 3.33 goals against per game on the road this season and who he’s already owns a goal and an assist against in their three prior meetings.
John Klingberg – Dallas Stars - $5,900 - Klingberg dished out three assists against these Jets in the opener of their home-and-home series on Tuesday night and has now torched them for two goals and five assists in their four prior meetings this season. The Swedish blue-liner has amassed ten goals and 41 assists in 61 games this season and quarterbacks the Stars’ lethal #1 power-play unit. With Winnipeg not only being the second most penalized team in the NHL this season, but also owning the 28th-ranked penalty kill. Klingberg is a terrific option for all formats.
Nick Leddy – New York Islanders - $4,900 – With the Calgary Flames owning the NHL’s worst penalty kill (73.2%), you’ll likely want some exposure to the Islanders' power-play, making Nick Leddy a terrific option on the blue-line. Leddy saw his five-game scoring streak snapped in Minnesota on Tuesday night but has posted a goal and eight assists over his last nine games and is locked into 20+ minutes of ice-time per game. With a price-tag still sitting under $5K, Leddy should have no trouble exceeding value this evening.