Light the Lamp – Today’s NHL Plays 1/26/16

It’s a mid-week edition of DFS Hockey and we have ourselves nine games on the slate meaning plenty of options to choose from. As always, the first place to start is match ups.

The Columbus Blue Jackets allow a lot of goals; unfortunately we get the Montreal Canadiens who have struggled offensively the last month, so we can’t fully maximize the match up. P.K.Subban ranks 46th in points over the last month and those are mostly due to assists, which suggests if you want shares in a good match up you want to go bargains.

Canadien Bargains:

* Dale Weise – Forward – $7,500 FPPG 5.91

* Lars Eller – Center – $6,100 – FPPG 4.12

* Mark Barberio – Defenseman – $4,900 FPPG – 3.36

None of these are good plays, but they hit two boxes that at least make them interesting possibilities:

1) They are all very cheap

2) They have a good match up.

Barberio is currently listed as the number one defenseman on the power play, which adds something to an otherwise bad Fantasy player. If you can manage your budget well then I would suggest staying away from the juicy match up all together, but in tournaments these are intriguing plays.

The Chicago Blackhawks are playing great heading to Carolina to face the Hurricanes and goaltender Eddie Lack. This is a match up that is primed for stacking. You need to spend on the stars and tonight Patrick Kane ($18,400) is worth it. Stack him with Artemi Panarin ($12,900) or go cheaper and start Artem Anisimov ($9,800) who has two goals and an assist in his last five games. Duncan Keith ($12,300) isn’t cheap, but this is a match up where the playmaker could be in store for multiple assists and even light the lamp, he is due.

Stack of the Day:

Chicago Blackhawks – Patrick Kane ($18,400), Artem Anisimov ($9,800), Duncan Keith ($12,300)

Goaltenders:

* Chicago Blackhawks – Team G – $20,000 FPPG 35.11

Corey Crawford has been great and the Blackhawks are rolling against a Carolina team that doesn’t scare you. I like stacking the scorers in this one and if you are going to spend the dollars, the Blackhawks Team G ($20,000) are a good place to go which is why they are the most expensive Team G in tonight’s slate.

* Florida Panthers – Team G – $19,200 FPPG 33.47

I wouldn’t call this a “bargain”, but they are $800 less than the Blackhawks and they face the Toronto Maple Leafs. Roberto Luongo is projected to get the start and he has been playing well.

* Columbus Blue Jackets – Team G – $15,900 – 32.99

The Canadiens are struggling and at this price the Blue Jackets allow you to do a lot of things with your offense. I don’t recommend going bargain at Team G, but if you want to roll the dice, Columbus is a viable option tonight. They are one of the most affordable Team G’s tonight and have the upside to be a bargain.

Bargains:

Bargains are how you win tournaments and it also how you afford the stars that keep your DFS boat afloat. Here are a few I like tonight.

* Alexander Wennberg – Center ($7,500) FPPG 5.27

Montreal isn’t currently the scary team we thought they were six weeks ago and Wennberg is extremely affordable. He has two assists and two goals in his last eight games, but he also takes shots and blocks shots so there is hidden value in that soft salary.

* Jakob Silfverberg – Wing – $8,600 – FPPG 5.10

The Ducks head in to Boston to face a Bruins team playing on back-to-back nights and there is a question about whether Tuukkaa Rask will sit. He was a surprise scratch last night and could be out again tonight. Silfverberg has three goals and four assists in his last six games to go with 24 shots. We have a hot player in a good match up at a very reasonable price.

* Nikolaj Ehlers – Wing – $7,500 – FPPG 5.54

Ehlers has five points in his last six games and at that salary its difficult not too bite. If you want shares in a good match up like this one, Ehlers playing some hot hockey is your man.

Good Luck tonight DFS hockey goers. There is snow on the ground and the Broncos are in the Super Bowl, which means there is nothing more exciting than DFS hockey.

Chris Mitchell

Chris Mitchell

Chris Mitchell has been playing Fantasy sports for over twenty years. He contributed to RotoWire.com in their early days before contributing as a writer and doing Fantasy sports Podcasts for Seamheads.com. Three seasons ago he brought his writing and his Fantasy sports Podcast to RotoExperts.com and the Fantasy Sports Television network and this past season he wrote a weekly Fantasy sports column for BaseballAmerica.com. He also writes about Minor League prospects for RotoExperts. Chris has no more access to the site than the typical user. Follow him at Twitter @CJMiitch73.

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