As we expect on a Saturday, it’s a busy day on the ice in the NHL. With eleven games to work with, two of which coming in the form of matinee games in both Nashville and Tampa Bay, there are plenty of favorable matchups to exploit. If you haven’t tried out Daily Fantasy Hockey, then head over to FanDuel.com and get into the action. The following picks should help you get pointed in the right direction.
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Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild, $8,800 – Fresh off a shutout against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday, Dubnyk has now started the second half of the season with a 4-0-0 record along with a sparkling 0.75 GAA and a .974 SV%. Colorado was shut out by the Red Wings in their last game and have been shut out in both prior meetings against the Minnesota Wild this season (and outscored 8-0 in the process). Dubnyk was proving to be the far better option in net for the Coyotes prior to being traded, and is now taking advantage of playing behind a defensively sound hockey team for the first time in his career.
Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars, $7,200 – Seguin may be in the midst of a five-game goal-scoring drought, but he’s chipped in five assists in five games since the All-Star break and has the luxury of taking on the ghastly Buffalo Sabres tonight. His 57 points this season (28 goals and 29 assists) leads the NHL, yet his asking price in this dream matchup is quite reasonable. He scored a goal and added two assists against the Sabres in their two meetings last season and his 20 power-play points has him tied for seventh in the NHL, which should bode well for him against Buffalo’s atrocious penalty kill. He should be rather highly owned tonight and is an extremely risky fade in your cash games.
Mike Fisher, Nashville Predators, $5,800 – Mr. Underwood Fisher’s return to the Nashville lineup has been a major reason for their accent to the top of the Central Division. Fisher has found a home as the center of the Predator’s second line, alongside the dangerous James Neal and Colin Wilson and also logs big minutes on the team’s top power-play unit. He’s scored four goals and added three assists in his last five games and has always thrived at home in the Music City. With Henrik Lundquist out of action for the next month, Fisher’s fantasy outlook receives a nice bump this afternoon.
Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks, $8,400 – He’s not cheap, but he’s my clear choice as the #1 option at RW tonight as the Sharks will welcome the cellar dwellers of the Metropolitan Division, the Carolina Hurricanes, into the Shark Tank. Pavelski has been wielding a hot stick since the All-Star break (4 goals and an assist in 5 games) and has now climbed into a second place tie for the NHL goal-scoring race (28 goals). He’s scored 15 goals and chipped in 9 assists in 26 home games this season and picked up an assist in San Jose’s 2-0 victory over the Hurricanes in Raleigh earlier this year. The solid matchup coupled with his consistency make him a player I’ll try to fit into nearly all of my cash games.
Jason Pominville, Minnesota Wild, $6,200 – Pominville has been held pointless since the All-Star Break, so why recommend him you ask? Here are three reasons; 1) The Avalanche are allowing an atrocious 34.7 shots on goal per game this season, 2) Pominville has scored a goal and added an assist in their two meetings thus far this season, and 3) His home vs. road splits are rather drastic; in 24 home games he’s picked up 7 goals and 19 assists versus just 2 goals and 10 assists in 26 road games. His shooting percentage this season (5.7%) is half of his career average (11.3%), so it’s only a matter of time until his shots start finding the back of the net with more regularity.
Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadians, $8,800 – With the Canadians facing the New Jersey Devils (who played last night) at the Bell Centre tonight, Pacioretty should be on your radar. Like Pominville, his home vs. road splits are a bit extreme; in 26 home games he’s racked up 13 goals, added 16 assists and is a +17 (with just 10 goals, 2 assists and a +7 in 24 road games). He lit the lamp against the Devils in their only previous meeting this season and has scored 10 goals in 15 games since Christmas Day.
Gustav Nyquist, Detroit Red Wings, $5,700 – Detroit will take its NHL-best power play into the desert to battle the Coyotes and their dreadful 77.4% penalty kill, making anyone one the Detroit power play a nice target tonight. Nyquist’s 12 power-play goals this season is the third best in the NHL, making him my favorite Red Wing to target. He’s burst onto the scene last year, and after racking up 20 goals and 19 assists through 51 games, he’s proven to be an indispensable piece of this Detroit offense. Over the last 17 games, Nyquist has tallied six goals and added 14 assists, making his $5,700 price tag an absolute bargain.
Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators, $6,700 – His defensive game may leave a bit to be desired, but there’s simply no doubting his offensive talents. Karlsson has as much (if not more) offensive freedom as any other defensemen in the league and it shows in his offensive production, with 12 goals and 23 assists this season. After snapping the Blues’ winning streak last night in Columbus, the Blue Jackets will travel to Ottawa for tonight’s game and Karlsson has beat up on them in their two previous meetings, scoring a pair of goals and adding an assist. Karlsson is a lock for 25+ minutes of ice-time and lives on the point of the team’s top power-play unit that should have success against Columbus’ 79.8% penalty kill.
Dougie Hamilton, Boston Bruins, $4,500 – While the Islanders have had an impressive season, their penalty kill is the worst in the NHL. With Dougie Hamilton quarterbacking the Bruins #1 power-play unit, that news makes him a terrific option considering his reasonable asking price. Hamilton picked up a power-play assist against the Islanders when they squared off last week and is routinely logging 20+ minutes of ice-time.