After a slow two-game slate last night, the NHL fires things back up with a robust 11-game schedule tonight. With just two weeks left in the regular season, the playoff picture is still quite murky and many teams in action tonight are desperate for two points as they look to improve their positioning.
There’s still plenty of action to immerse yourself in over on FanDuel. Here are my top cash game plays for tonight to help get you started.
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Martin Jones – San Jose Sharks - $8,900 - After a very mediocre (to be nice) start to the season, the San Jose Sharks have climbed comfortably into the playoff picture in the Western Conference thanks in large part to the impressive play of their net-minder, Martin Jones. Jones was terrific once again in a losing effort (1-0) against St. Louis on Tuesday night and has now posted a very impressive 12-7-1 record to go along with a sparkling 1.95 GAA and .929 SV% in 20 starts since the All-Star break. Tonight he’ll welcome an Edmonton team to the Shark Tank that owns an NHL worst 11-22-3 road record this season.
Sidney Crosby – Pittsburgh Penguins - $10,100 - This one doesn’t need much of an explanation. After being snubbed from the All-Star game after an uncharacteristically slow start to the season Crosby has exploded in the second half of the season. Crosby has posted 14 goals, 21 assists and a +20 in 24 games since the break and has picked up multiple points in four of his last five games. He’s a dangerous player to fade at this point.
Anze Kopitar – Los Angeles Kings - $7,800 - After a slow start to the season by his standards, Anze Kopitar has quietly been terrific down the stretch. Kopitar may have seen his six game scoring streak snapped against Minnesota on Tuesday, but has posted 15 goals and 32 assists in his last 37 games. Kopitar leads Milan Lucic and Tyler Toffoli on the Kings’ top forward line and leads the entire NHL in plus/minus at +32. With the Jets allowing an ugly 3.13 goals against per game this season and owning an ugly 78.5 penalty kill, Kopitar looks like quite the bargain this evening.
Cody Eakin – Dallas Stars - $4,700 - While the Tyler Seguin injury is obviously devastating to the Dallas Stars, Eakin’s strong play has really helped soften the blow lately. Eakin now finds himself centering Jamie Benn and Patrick Sharp on the Stars’ top forward line and has not only recorded at least one point in five straight games but has also racked up five goals and four assists in his last seven games. Eakin’s price-tag certainly does not reflect his recent production and tonight’s matchup against an Arizona team that has allowed 2.99 goals against per game this season is the just the icing on the cake.
Joe Pavelski – San Jose Sharks - $7,900 – With 69 points and a +27 through 73 games, the price-tag on Pavelski looks hard to pass up. He’ll square off against an Edmonton team that has allowed 2.91 goals against per game this season and he’s had success against them in their three previous meetings; posting two goals and an assist in three meetings.
Corey Perry – Anaheim Ducks - $7,100 – With a goal on Tuesday night in Montreal, Perry eclipsed the 30-goal plateau for the sixth time in his impressive (and still young) career. The Ducks sniper has racked up seven goals and five assists in his last 12 games and is faced with one of the best matchups on the board as the Ducks invade the Air Canada Centre to tangle with the cellar dwelling Maple Leafs. Perry was born and raised in the suburbs of Toronto and has torched the Leafs for seven goals and four assists in nine career meetings. With David Perron sidelined for a couple weeks, Perry now finds himself reunited with Ryan Getzlaf on the top forward line and #1 power-play, so enjoy the discount while it lasts.
Nino Niederreiter – Minnesota Wild - $5,300 – With the Wild very hungry for two points and faced with a terrific home matchup against the defensively challenged Calgary Flames, you’re going to want some exposure here. While Zach Parise will likely be the most popular selection, it’s been Nino Niederreiter leading the charge lately. The former fifth overall draft pick has already surpassed his career high with 40 points and has racked up six goals and four assists in 11 games this month. He’s still very reasonably priced and is seeing a very healthy dose of playing time on Minnesota’s second power-play unit, which should bode well for him against the Flames’ abysmal 75.6% penalty kill.
Roman Josi – Nashville Predators - $5,500 – Despite two goals and 16 assists in 23 games since the All-Star break, we just haven’t seen any adjustment to Josi’s asking price on FanDuel. Josi has poured in a goal and five assists in his last five games and dished out a pair of assists against the Canucks when these two teams squared off last week. Josi shares the blue-line with Shea Weber on Nashville’s top power-play unit and is averaging over 25 minutes of ice-time per game this season. He’s an elite fantasy defenseman at a mid-range price-point.
Paul Martin – San Jose Sharks - $3,400 – With Marc-Edouard Vlasic sidelined for a few more days, Paul Martin emerges as a nice value option on the blue-line. Martin has inherited Vlasic’s role on the point of the #2 power-play and has picked up three assists in four games since the Vlasic injury. He’s locked into 20+ minutes of ice-time per game and already has six 20-point seasons on his solid NHL resume. With a solid matchup against the Oilers awaiting him, he’s well worth a look if you’re in need of some salary relief.