Happy Saturday! Hopefully everyone is maintaining through this snowstorm or were lucky enough to have it avoid you all together. I can’t see my street from my living room window, so let’s hope you’re fairing better than I am. Fortunately, we have a solid 11-game slate to look forward to today and plenty of good matchups to exploit.
Pittsburgh hosting Vancouver is the early game, and if you can choose from this game, get the Pens second line. Carl Hagelin has jumpstarted Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel and all should still be priced well below actual value.
Let’s get on to the later games, starting with are matchup of the evening: Dallas at home against Colorado.
All shot attempt numbers discussed are at even strength and score-adjusted unless otherwise noted.
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TEAMS TO TARGET
Dallas Stars at home against Colorado
Dallas fell off the wagon the last few weeks while Colorado has been concocting a bit of a resurgence, but the Stars are always money at home. The Avs still rank towards the bottom of the league in puck possession in all situations, so the smart money is right here while the Stars top players still come at a discount. Also, Colorado was in St. Louis last night, playing a Blues team who likes to hit, so they could be softened-up a bit coming in to this matchup.
Typically you want to stay away from the Avs top combo of MacKinnon and Duchene, but the Stars do a decent job of getting Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn away from opponent’s top lines, so I wouldn’t hesitate at all to pay up for these two today. If the price works, I’d stack Jason Spezza and Patrick Sharp in with these two based on their power play time together. Also, John Klingberg’s price has dropped significantly of late, but Colorado still gives up a ton of fantasy points to defensemen, so he should garner consideration here as well.
Boston Bruins at home against Columbus
Boston is getting healthy, and Columbus is so hopeless. So hopeless that they yet again lost Sergei Bobrovsky to injury, and just yesterday lost their coach, John Tortorella, thanks to a collision in practice with Rene Bourque of all people.
It’s no secret that Boston’s top-line is going to be matched against Columbus’ top-line of Jenner, Dubinsky and Atkinson –Columbus’ only competent line at this point. The best Bruins of value will be the Bruins’ second line consisting of Ryan Spooner, David Krejci and Loui Eriksson. This group sees significant power play time, though Spooner has historically played more with Bergeron on special teams, but all three should be in play tonight.
To go along with the two strong slates, we have two more favorable matchups to look at tonight.
Edmonton at home against Nashville
Edmonton is not a good team by any means, but they love playing at home, especially against struggling teams. Nashville, who is 3-6-1 in their last ten, more than fits the bill here. I’d be hesitant to reach past the Oilers top-line duo of Leon Draistl and Taylor Hall, but if the price is right both should be on your radar tonight, especially considering Nashville has a putrid penalty kill.
San Jose Sharks at home against Minnesota
Minnesota is concluding their West Coast Circus Trip, and if you watch enough hockey, you know what that usually means. San Jose is one of the hottest teams in the league right now, and have finally turned around their struggles at home. Their top-line of Hertl, Thornton and Pavelski would make a great stack option tonight, while Brent Burns could be worth the price tag in this one.