There are five teams playing tonight that also played last night: Arizona, Columbus, Dallas, New Jersey, and Vancouver. All five have matchups tonight that present good stacking opportunities for their opponents, so it seems like it’s a night to not get too cute in a large tournament. Of course, it is the NHL, and it’s still random.
The big favorites on the board tonight are Nashville, the NY Islanders, and Montreal. The problem there is two of those three teams will be featuring a goalie with a price tag of $9000+. That’s pretty expensive for a goalie, as even a two-goal against game with a win might not be enough to reach value. It’s fine to use them if all that is expected is a win, but getting full value out of the price may be difficult without a very stellar effort in net.
As always, check Left Wing Lock for goalie confirmations.
|Lee (NYI) – $4800||Forsberg (NSH) – $5600||Leddy (NYI) – $3200||Varlamov (COL) – $7800|
|Galchenyuk (MTL) – $4800||Nyquist (DET) – $4800||Barrie (COL) – $4700||Halak (NYI) – $8200|
|MacKinnon (COL) – $5600||Hudler (CGY) – $4200||Markov (MTL) – $5400||Howard (DET) – $7200|
|Ribeiro (NSH) – $3800||Gallagher (MTL) – $5100||Jones (NSH) – $4200||Rinne (NSH) – $9200|
|Zetterberg (DET) – $5700||Landeskog (COL) – $5200|
|Tavares (NYI) – $7100||Parise (MIN) – $7300|
|Brassard (NYR) – $4900||Zuccarello (NYR) – $5500|
|Bailey (NYI) – $3800|
- The first note is that Nashville changed their lineups today, and Forsberg is on the third line, with Neal/Wilson joining Ribeiro. I still like Forsberg for cash games – playing the third line actually gets him much better in-game matchups – but using Neal as a different option isn’t a bad idea either.
- With all the injuries suffered by Dallas last night (Seguin, Hemsky, Eaves), Colorado looks primed tonight to fill the net (that’s not something often said this season). It could be a breakout game for MacKinnon and company.
- With good prices among the forwards, it’s fine to spend a bit extra on the blue line tonight. Barrie and Jones, particularly, have good prices for their matchups.
- Varlamov should get the win tonight given Dallas’ situation, and he’s relatively cheap.
|Ribeiro (NSH) – $3800||Neal (NSH) – $6200||Jones (NSH) – $4200||Ramo (CGY) – $6800|
|Tavares (NYI) – $7100||Bailey (NYI) – $3800||Leddy (NYI) – $3200||Talbot (NYR) – $6700|
|Lee (NYI) – $4800||Landeskog (COL) – $5200||Barrie (COL) – $4700||Howard (DET) – $7200|
|MacKinnon (COL) – $5600||O’Reilly (COL) – $4800||Boyle (NYR) – $4100|
|Brassard (NYR) – $4900||Nash (NYR) – $8700||Giordano (CGY) – $6000|
|Monahan (CGY) – $4500||Zuccarello (NYR) – $5500|
|Hudler (CGY) – $4200|
|Gaudreau (CGY) – $4300|
- With the new lineup, Nashville is a bit less stackable team-wide. There still is a nice mini-stack with Neal/Ribeiro/Jones, though.
- Colorado, as mentioned, has a great matchup given all the injuries suffered by Dallas. It might not be a bad idea to try and sneak Varlamov in a GPP, though I think he’ll be fairly highly-owned tonight.
- I don’t like stacking teams on the road, but the Rangers getting Arizona on the second game of a back to back is about as good as it gets.
- Finally, I like Calgary’s first line tonight. They should be able to get away from the Sedin line, and the trio isn’t much above 25-percent of the total cap.
Bargain Bin Plays
Stephen Weiss (DET-C, $2800) – Should get easy five-on-five matchups playing on the third line, and is still on the top power play unit.
Christian Thomas (MTL-W, $2500) – Has been playing very well of late, and that’s moved him to the third line with Lars Eller.
Nick Holden (COL-D, $2900) – One of the three Colorado d-men that gets power play time.