With just three weeks left in the regular season, the playoff picture in the NHL is still quite fuzzy. It’s an extremely busy day in the NHL as 26 teams will lace up their skates and hit the ice today. The majority of the GPPs offered on FanDuel.com are excluding today’s three matinee games, so these picks will focus solely on the ten evening games.
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Carey Price, Montreal Canadians, $10,700 - He won’t come cheap, but Price is my favorite option in net tonight. He was terrific on Thursday night, turning away all 31 shots Carolina threw his way and now owns a 22-7-3 record with a sparkling 1.86 GAA and .937 SV% in 32 starts at the Bell Centre. Andrew Hammond has stolen many of the goaltender headlines lately, but Price has been absolutely incredible during the second half of the season; posting a 15-5-2 record with a 1.49 GAA and .950 SV% in 22 starts (with six shutouts).
John Tavares, New York Islanders, $9,300 - The Islanders have only managed to score one goal in each game during their current four-game skid, and they’ll be relying heavily on their captain to get things turned around as the playoff season approaches. Tonight, Tavares will head to New Jersey to take on a Devils team that was in action last night and whom he’s had success against this season, scoring a pair of goals and dishing out two assists in their three previous meetings. His 72 points this season has him just one point behind Alex Ovechkin for the scoring crown, and it’s only a matter of time until he breaks out in a big way.
Kyle Turris, Ottawa Senators, $5,800 - After a huge win against Boston on Thursday, the Ottawa Senators have now won five straight games and find themselves just two points behind the Bruins for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Turris scored a pair of goals and added an assist against the Bruins and has now tallied three goals and two assists over the last four games. Tonight, he’ll host a free-falling Toronto team that has lost seven of their last eight games and allowed 4.38 goals against per game in the process. He centers the team’s #2 power-play unit and should find plenty of scoring opportunities against the Toronto penalty kill that’s allowed 16 power-play goals over their last 15 games (just a 71.9% kill rate during that stretch).
Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks, $7,000 - Sharp’s 2014-15 season has, in large part, been a disaster by his standards. However, with Patrick Kane in the press-box, the Blackhawks absolutely need him to return to his the form that saw him as a perennial 30 goal scorer. He’s starting to see more and more time alongside Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa on the Hawks top forward line and with two goals, two assists and a +7 over the last three games, he finally looks to be breaking out of his scoring slump. Dallas has had no answer for him this season as he’s posted two goals and three assists (and a +3) against them in their three previous meetings.
Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh Penguins, $7,000 - Kunitz has been ice-cold lately (scoreless in his last seven games), but with the injuries to Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist, he’ll slide back onto the wing alongside Sidney Crosby on the Penguins’ top forward line and #1 power-play unit. The Arizona Coyotes own the worst goal differential in the NHL since the All-Star break, and enter tonight’s game having lost six straight. Over the past few seasons, Kunitz has been a point-per-game type of player playing alongside Crosby, and I’d be surprised if he failed to break out of his scoring slump tonight.
Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers, $5,800 - To say Eberle is on a hot streak would be an understatement. The former first-round pick extended his point streak to six games on Wednesday night and has racked up four goals and eight assists in the process. He’s been one of the lone bright spots for the Oilers this season and owns 7 goals and 20 assists in 24 games since the All-Star break. His 21 power-play points this season leads the team and only the Buffalo Sabres have a worse penalty kill this year than the Philadelphia Flyers.
Mark Stone, Ottawa Senators, $3,700 – With an asking price of just $3,700, Mark Stone is one of the best bargains on the board tonight. He picked up three assists in Ottawa’s huge victory over Boston on Thursday and has now tallied three goals and seven assists in ten games this month. Stone has been terrific at the Scotiabank Place all season, tallying 10 goals and 19 assists (+10) in 34 home games. The matchup tonight against the Maple Leafs just seals the deal as he’s already scored a goal and added an assist against Toronto in their two previous meetings this season.
Roman Josi, Nashville Predators, $5,700 - The Predators have inexcusably lost 9 of their last 11 games, but Roman Josi just keeps producing. He’s scored Nashville’s only two goals in Minnesota on Tuesday and has picked up three goals and an assist during his current three-game point streak. Tonight’s matchup is pretty much ideal as the Buffalo Sabres come to the Music City. Buffalo has allowed an NHL-worst 3.77 goals against per game on the road and sport the league’s least effective penalty kill at just 74.2%. Josi routinely logs 25+ minutes of ice-time and sees plenty of run on the point of Nashville’s #1 power-play unit.
Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks, $4,900 - Last season’s Norris Trophy winner hasn’t had quite the season he was hoping for, but he finally looks to be heating up. He’ll bring a four-game point streak into tonight’s battle against a Dallas team that has allowed the fourth-most goals against in the NHL this season. Keith has feasted on the Stars in their previous four meetings, racking up two goals and four assists. He’s a workhorse on the blue-line for Coach Quenneville and is a staple on the point of the team’s very dangerous #1 power-play unit.