The All Star festivities are over and it’s back to hockey. For Daily Fantasy players that means there aren’t any back-to-back games to worry about and there shouldn’t be any concerns about minor injuries or a lack of rest. That means its time to focus on the best matchups, the best goalies and the best bargains. That’s how you compile a strong daily lineup and that’s where we will focus our picks today.
Lets start with the teams allowing the most goals.
Montreal Canadiens: 27 goals allowed in last seven games
- Philadelphia Flyers
The Fliers aren’t exactly burning out bulbs when it comes to scoring. Jakub Voracek ($12,600) is coming off a two goal game @ Washington and has three goals and two assists in his last four games. Claude Giroux ($14,000) has three assists and one goal in those same four and two goals and eight assists in his last 10 games. Neither bargains tonight but Giroux has shown some potential. The Flyers aren’t the team to maximize the beneficial match up and the salaries aren’t as affordable as you would like to see. If you feel the need to have a share in this one Wayne Simmonds ($12,000) has two goals and two assists in his last four games, but we don’t see a great player in this one.
Ottawa Senators: 24 goals allowed in previous 7 games
@ Pittsburgh Penguins
This is the dream match up of the night and primed for stacking. The Senators are second worst in goals allowed in the last three weeks while the Penguins are third best with 24 goals in those seven. Sidney Crosby ($15,400) has six goals and six assists in the last 10 games, Evgeni Malkin ($15,800) five goals and five assists in his last ten, Phil Kessel ($14,000) has three goals and six assists over those ten, and Kris Letang ($12,700) has three goals and eight assists in that same period. The play I like is Patric Horqvist ($13,600). He has eight assists and two goals in his last 10 games in a great match up playing alongside Sidney Crosby.
Stack of the Day:
Sidney Crosby, Patric Hornqvist and Kris Letang
Sidney Crosby, Matt Cullen and Kris Letang
Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel and Kris Letang
If you don’t want to go with a three-player stack, and I normally don’t like to do a three-player stack, then I recommend benching Letang to go with the forwards. Letang is an affordable defenseman in a good match up, but you can find cheaper options that won’t limit the upside the way a three-player stack does. You could also go cheaper by avoiding Crosby and stacking Matt Cullen (read below) and Hornqvist. This avoids the big stack and saves you some salary to put elsewhere.
The sneaky bargain of this bunch could be Matt Cullen ($4,900). Chris Kunitz ($8,900) is a game time decision and Cullen has been playing with Sidney Crosby during his absence. You can’t go wrong at $4,900 playing along Sidney Crosby, but be sure Kunitz is a scratch or Cullen’s ice time could be limited and possibly gone all together.
Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs
The Bruins and Leafs have both allowed 21 goals in their previous eight games. The Bruins, however, have scored 22 in that period while the Leafs have only scored ten. Patrice Bergeron ($15,000) has five goals and four assists in his last 12 games. That’s pricey for a player that is hardly on fire, but the match up is a good one. Brad Marchand ($12,600) has been on fire with five goals and an assist in his last six games and at a very reasonable price in a great match up. The Bruins Team-G ($18,700) may be the play here, even though they have allowed a lot of goals recently, because of the affordable salary. The top goalies are $19,700 and higher, making the Bruins at home and their likely starter, Tuukka Rask, a relative bargain against an absolutely futile offense.
Mini Stack of the Day
Patrice Bergeron ($15,000) and Brad Marchand ($12,600)
Brad Marchand ($12,600) and Bruins Team-G (($18,700)
If you want a bargain David Krejci ($12,100) has an assists in three straight games, but he hasn’t been taking a lot of shots. That’s a very good price in a very good match up. If you want to take a risk from the bargain bin Brett Connolly ($6,100) has been getting some ice time with Bergeron and Brad Marchand. He has two goals and two assists going all the way back to early December so it is a Hail Mary choice, but a very cheap one at $6,100.
* J.T. Miller Rangers – $7,800 – FPPG 5.55
4 goals and 14 shots in last 4 games.
* Lee Stempniak Devils – $9,600 – FPPG 7.00
4 goals 1 assist in last 4 games
* Nikolaj Ehlers Jets – $8,400 – FPPG 6.20
4 goals 1 assist in last 3 games
* Joe Atkinson Blue Jackets – $9,500 – FPPG 7.92
4 goals and 2 assists in last 5 games
Not exactly a “bargain”, but that kind of production at that price it is something better than reasonable. He gets the Oilers who have allowed 21 goals in their last seven games.
* Stanislav Galiev Capitals – $4,700 – FPPG 1.61
Galiev will get a night on the top line for the Capitals with Ovechkin out and at $4,700, thats a nice price to take a chance on. Galiev and Cullen are two bargains with some risk attached.
Full Price Club
* Erik Karlsson Ottawa Senators – $15,300 – FPPG 10.64
Karlsson has two goals and three assists to go along with 24 shot son goal in his last four games.
* Joe Pavelski San Jose Sharks – $16,400 – FPPG 10.81
He has three goals and three assists, including three power play points, in his last four games.
Good luck tonight ladies and gentleman. There are a lot of good bargain plays tonight so don’t be afraid to enter multiple times with a combination of bargains.