The trade deadline is near, and teams will shuffle their players around trying to prepare for a cup run. These next 24 hrs. will make for some fun NHL DFS on FantasyDraft as players will get traded and not make it into a game. I will help you try and maximize your team with picks I feel won’t be traded away. Let’s dive into tonight’s games, and trade an entry fee for a higher return.
Mr. Pucks Fantasy Four Pack
I was asked if these are four players people should use. What I suggest is, building around at least one of my three top choice and consider my sleeper to save cap space. Let us take a look at my top three.
David Pastrnak (Bos) -Wing- ($14,200)
Pastrnak has been a player that can win you a GPP. How pasta plays so goes the Bruins. When he is on, it seems like the Bruins are the best team in the NHL. When he is off, the team suffers. With six goals and seven assists in his last ten, Pastrnak is showing us why he can take over a game. Tonight he gets a Coyotes team that is in full rebuild (again) and will be playing uninspired hockey. Of his 26 goals this year, 14 have come at home with three of them being game winners. Tonight he will add two more goals to his season total and add a power play assist.
Filip Forsberg (Nas) -Wing- ($13,600)
Forsberg is one of my favorite players on Nashville. He has a slick skating and stick handling style, and can snap a puck in the net from any angle. With eight goals and three assists in his last five, Filip is showing why he can control a game. Tonight he gets to face off against a Sabres team that will be lost watching him dance down the ice. I feel he gets two goals and an assist with three shots on goal.
Claude Giroux (Phi) -Center- ($12,600)
It is rare that a Flyers player makes my list, but one cannot overlook the pure abilities that Giroux possess. With only 12 goals on the season, Claude will be overlooked in most lineups. He gets Simmonds back on his line and this will help him play much better. I see a goal and two assists tonight with four shots on goal and also a blocked shot.
Mr. Pucks’ Sleeper play of the night
Jannik Hansen (Van) – Wing – ($7800)
Who? Yeah, Hansen is a true super sleeper. He is not really known outside of Vancouver, and hardly makes anyone’s DFS team. What I like about Hansen is that he plays alongside Bo Horvat and the pair are a force. I see him scoring a goal tonight and adding an assist as well. He should be well under 2% owned on FantasyDraft. Don’t overlook the Canucks tonight in your GPP lineups.
Teams to Target
A few teams to target and build your lineups around.
Pittsburgh Penguins – I will be targeting the top line if Kunitz-Crosby-Guentzel in this game. The third line pairing of Malkin and Hornqvist will be a good one off, as will throwing Kessel into the mix. Letang and Cole on defense.
Nashville Predators – I will be targeting Forsberg’s line this evening, with a bit of exposure to 3rd line in my GPP. Josi and Ellis on defense.
Philadelphia Flyers – The pairing of Giroux-Simmonds will be great in cash lineups, toss in Scheen for a GPP stack. Ghost has picked it up on defense and a flier on Gudas might work as well.
Boston Bruins – Love the Pastrnak-Krejci-Cehlarik stack tonight. Also the top line as well. Carlo is a great play on defense
Also Consider – Van 2, Det 1, Was 1, NYR 1, Wpg 1 and 2, Montreal 1.
**As always check before puck drop to see starting goalies, as things change**
I will list a few goalies that I like tonight on FantasyDraft, and if you want to play them in cash, GPP, or both.
Montreal – GPP/Cash
Pittsburgh – Cash/GPP
Boston – Cash/GPP
Philadelphia – GPP
LA Kings – GPP
Vancouver – GPP