There are nine games scheduled tonight and none that start after 9:00 p.m. ET, so this won't be an especially late night if you intend to follow your fantasy team through to its conclusion. The only team coming into tonight's action with no rest is Nashville as the Predators earned a 3-2 win against Boston last night.
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Remember to come back later in the day to check for confirmation on the starting goaltenders and keep an eye on the injured players list.
Brandon Saad RW (Columbus) - $6,600
Saad spent Saturday's game playing on the fourth line and based on Monday's practice, it looks like he's still stuck in that role tonight. Obviously, it's better to ignore Saad until he gets bumped back up to a scoring line.
Brandon Pirri LW (Florida) - $6,000
Pirri might be a significant offensive threat someday, but we're not there yet. He has five goals, 11 points, and a minus-six rating in 27 games this season, which isn't enough for his price point.
Jonathan Toews C (Chicago) - $8,500
Toews is a vital part of Chicago's success, but he's not always the best fantasy option and lately he hasn't been worth his price point in daily leagues. With eight goals and 16 points in 27 contests, he's certainly less desirable that some of the other centers available tonight, especially seeing as Tyler Seguin is just slightly more ($8,700). Also it's worth noting that while Chicago has a good shot of winning tonight against Nashville, especially seeing as the Predators are playing on no rest, Nashville starting goaltender Pekka Rinne got Monday's contest off, so this might not be a huge game for the Blackhawks from a strictly offensive perspective.
Brad Richards LW (Detroit) - $5,500
Richards finally scored his first goal of the season on Saturday, but he still has just five points in 14 games. The reality is that Richards isn't a significant points producer anymore and that decline has been going on for a few years now.
Jake Allen G (St. Louis) - $9,400
Under other circumstances I might be all for betting on Allen versus the Arizona Coyotes, but he's been struggling lately. He's allowed at least three goals in three of his last four games and he's been yanked in back-to-back contests (albeit briefly on Saturday). For a price point as high as Allen's, you should expect to be getting a fairly safe bet and that's not what Allen is right now.
Jordan Staal C (Carolina) - $6,200
Staal continues to underwhelm as he has five goals, 10 points, and a minus-three rating in 27 games this season. He barely gets into penalty trouble (six minutes) and he's not particularly noteworthy in terms of SOG (55), so he's been a really bad player to pick on most nights in FanDuel. In fact, Staal has averaged just 1.7 fantasy points per game, which is half of what Jason Spezza has generated and he's nearly the same price ($6,300). Incidentally, Dallas will play against Carolina tonight and that has the potential to be a one-sided affair in the Stars' favor.
Craig Smith RW (Nashville) - $5,300
I didn't like Smith against Boston yesterday, and I still don't like him today against Chicago. The fact that this will be the Predators' second game in a back-to-back set and third contest in four days certainly contributes to my belief that this isn't going to be a good night for him. Of course, he hasn't had a great season overall as he has just five goals and nine points in 27 games.
James van Riemsdyk LW (Toronto) - $7,300
van Riemsdyk has had a solid season with seven goals and 16 points in 27 games, but he's still underperforming relative to his price point. He's also been held off of the scoresheet for three straight games and will be up against a tough goaltender tonight in New Jersey's Cory Schneider.
Alex Pietrangelo D (St. Louis) - $6,400
Pietrangelo is enduring a rough season by his high standards as he has two goals and 11 points in 27 games. He also has a minus-four rating, which is tied for the second worst on the Blues. His poor overall showing is due to the cold streak he's in as he has just two points in his last 12 games. Wait for him to break out of that slump before you start betting on him again.