Note: Make sure to check out my cheat sheet to check out all the plays I’m on this evening.
OVERALL CASH GAME RANKINGS
1) Steven Stamkos, TB (DK $7,700 FD $8,500) – Stamkos may be the highest owned player on tonight’s slate and rightfully so. He has 14 points in his last eight games and has averaged four shots on goal in his last five. He possesses major upside and is going up against a team that owns a 43.37 CF% since March 1. Look for Stamkos to get a lot of good looks this evening.
2) Mika Zibanejad, NYR (DK $6,600 FD $7,000) – Zibanejad is a skilled offensive player that skates well. He’s had a nice bounce back year, as he has logged 30 goals and 42 assists (72 points) on the year. He’s an excellent playmaker and I love his matchup against the Devils. New Jersey owns a 44.97 CF% in their last 15 and I’m looking for Zibanejad, who is the best player on the ice tonight, to take advantage of the situations he’s put in.
3) Vincent Trocheck, FLA (DK $4,900 FD $5,600) – There are a ton of other high priced centers that I’m on this evening, including Barkov. However, rather than writing about them all, I figured to talk about some cheaper options with my next two center spots. The first guy I’m going to talk about is Trocheck. I love his price on both sites. He’s not too expensive and provides us with a nice floor thanks to his aggressive style of play. He shoots the puck often, and either makes shots from weird angles or is just looking to create a rebound opportunity. I’m looking for this to be a fast paced game and for Vinny to get some good looking chances.
4) Artem Anisimov, CHI (DK $3,700 FD $4,900) – Anisimov’s defensive game isn’t great, but good thing we don’t have to worry about in DFS or tonight. I’m looking for him to be put in excellent situations to light the lamp. I mean, he is playing alongside Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat, who are two stellar offensive players. And you guessed it, that is exactly why I’m on Anisimov this evening. Also, I like that Winnipeg owns a 44.25 CF% in their last 15 contests.
1) Nikita Kucherov, TB (DK $7,900 FD $9,200) – I obviously like Stamkos for the same reasons I like Kucherov. It’s a great spot for these guys to add to their point total on the year. Kuch has logged a point in four out of his last five games and Tampa Bay has recorded at least four points in each of their first three meetings against Ottawa.
2) Alex Ovechkin, WSH (DK $7,800 FD $9,200) – Washington is going up against Florida and I’m expecting this game to be an absolute barnburner this evening. Both these clubs have a lot offensive firepower and I believe that’s going to be in display. Ovechkin, as we all know, is one of the best goal scorers you and I have and will probably ever see. He’s just that special and he’s also a Panther killer. He has logged 77 points in 62 games against them to go along with a 15 +/-.
3) Evgenii Dadonov, FLA (DK $5,800 FD $6,200) – I’ve mentioned that I see this being a high scoring affair and I love FLA 1. Dadonov is the cheapest of the trio and has been excellent as of late. He has seven points in his last four contests while averaging two shots on goal. I know he’s not the first guy you think of when you think of the Panthers, but he’s quietly recorded 68 points this year and has been stellar on the team’s top line.
4) Ryan Strome, NYR (DK $3,100 FD $4,900) – There’s a huge difference between his FanDuel and DraftKings price, which is why I obviously prefer him over on DraftKings. New Jersey has poor corsi numbers and has allowed an average of 3.33 goals per game in their last 15. Strome is seeing time with the top power play unit and has recorded a goal in five out of his last six games.
5) Alex Tuch, VGK (DK $5,200 FD $4,300) – I mentioned an affordable player on DraftKings, so I might as well do the same for FanDuel. The name that stands out to me is Tuch. He’s an aggressive hockey player that has averaged 3.8 shots on goal in his last five. Edmonton lacks depth and I’m looking for him to take advantage of that. He has the skills to be a top-six forward in this league, and has quietly logged 51 points this year.
1) Mikhail Sergachev, TB (DK $4,100 FD $4,100) – Sergachev moves the puck extremely well and I love how he’s continued to see an uptick in minutes. He’s recorded four points in his last two contests and his offensive game will be relied on more this evening with Hedman out of the lineup. While Sergachev primarily plays on the right side of the ice and Hedman is on the left, we could see Sergachev get time with the top power play unit which is a huge plus at his price.
2) Ryan McDonagh, TB (DK $5,800 FD $5,100) – Call me crazy, but I’m also very high on McDonagh. The veteran does play on the left side of the ice and I’m expecting him to see a big uptick in minutes. Don’t be shocked if he sees 25 minutes on the ice or more. Moreover, he’s riding a four-game point streak and I’m looking for him to extend that against one of the worst teams in the league.
3) John Carlson, WSH (DK $6,300 FD $6,800) – Carlson has put together another miraculous season. He’s a point shy of 70 points on the year and I say he gets her done tonight! He moves the puck extremely well and his offensive game is special. Also, you have to love that he’s going up against a Florida team that’s been inconsistent defensively all year long.
4) Ryan Pulock, NYI (DK $4,700 FD $4,400) – Pulock has one of the hardest shots in the NHL and his game has taken a big step since he entered the league. He’s a goal shy from 10 on the year and three points away from getting 40. He’s great offensively and is also getting time on the power play. While the Islanders are going up against one of the best teams in the league, I like this matchup for them. The Maple Leafs have allowed an average of 3.71 goals per game since March 1. Also, New York has combined for 10 goals in their first two meetings against Toronto this year.
5) Brady Skjei, NYR (DK $3,700 FD $3,900) – With FanDuel’s pricing and all the studs in great spots, we need to save money. One way we can do that is with Skjei. The former first-round draft pick in 2012 is a solid skater with good puck skills. He also has nice size. I like that he’s getting power play time with the second unit. In addition, he’s recorded three points in his last five and is someone that uses his body to block shots and shoots the puck at the net. He provides us with a decent floor for his price tag.
1) Andrei Vasilevskiy, TB (DK $8,400 FD $9,300) (Probable) – Vasilevskiy is the most expensive netminder on tonight’s slate and rightfully so. He’s sporting a .925 SV%, 24.81 GSAA and owns a 37-10-4 record on the year. He’s clearly one of the best keepers in the league which is why his price is so high. Additionally, he’s facing one of the worst teams in the league in Ottawa. The Senators are 28-44-6 on the year and don’t possess any superstars. Look for Vasilevskiy to come out on top, and you have to love that he’s a -280 favorite on the road this evening.
2) Jordan Binnington, STL (DK $7,900 FD $8,800) (Probable) – Bennington is less expensive than Vasilevskiy and has also been very solid. In 27 starts, he’s put together a 13.65 GSAA and 1.85 GAA. St. Louis’ defense has certainly helped his numbers, but he moves well in crease and has a great glove. Furthermore, I like that he will be on home ice against the Avalanche. This game is one of two games on tonight’s slate with a 5.5 total. Also, Binnington is a -165 favorite.
3) Henrik Lundqvist, NYR (DK $7,600 FD $7,400) (Probable) – The Rangers have had a year to forget, but so have the Devils. These are two teams that don’t have much to play for other than roster spots for next year. Yes, the Rangers are on the road tonight but I’m looking for them to come out on top in this one. The Rangers are 3-0 against the Devils this year and are coming off two big victories against the Flyers and Blues.