It’s another fantastic Saturday to be a sports fan, and with 11 games on the ice today, the NHL delivers one of the most fantasy-friendly schedules on the board. With the puck only dropping in two matinee games, these picks will focus on the nine-game evening slate on FanDuel.
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Braden Holtby – Washington Capitals -$9,400 – After an ugly outing at Madison Square Garden to start the week, Holtby got back on the winning track on Thursday, turning away 28 of the 29 shots thrown his way by the Boston Bruins. Holtby has posted a 7-3-0 record and 2.12 GAA through his first ten starts and tonight’s matchup against a Toronto team that played last night and that has only scored 2.08 goals per game is a terrific one.
Sidney Crosby – Pittsburgh Penguins - $8,900 – It’s only a matter of time before Sidney Crosby erupts for one of his four-point games, and with Calgary allowing the NHL’s worst 4.00 goals/game this season, I’m starting to feel the proverbial ground shake here. Crosby scored a pair of goals and added an assist in his only meeting with Calgary last season and now has 860 points in 640 career games. While the $8,900 asking price is certainly not cheap, it may just be as cheap as we’ll see it all season.
Kyle Turris – Ottawa Senators - $6,900 – Turris saw his four-game goal-scoring streak snapped on Thursday night, but the budding star has already amassed eight goals and five assists in 13 games this season. This strong start shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Turris finished the 2014-15 season on quite the tear, posting 15 goals and 20 assists in 36 games after the All-Star break.
Alexander Ovechkin – Washington Capitals - $10,100 – Ovechkin may be the most expensive player on the board tonight, but I’ll be doing whatever necessary to get him into my cash game lineups. Ovechkin has scored goals in back-to-back games and now owns seven goals and seven assists through the first 11 games. He scored three goals and added an assist in three meetings against the Maple Leafs last season and this tired Toronto team has allowed 3.08 goals against per game this season.
Nikita Kucherov – Tampa Bay Lightning - $6,500 – Typically, visiting the Minnesota Wild is not a great fantasy environment for visiting players, but with Zach Parise out of action, I’m quite high on the Lightning tonight. With a goal and an assist on Thursday night, Kucherov now has points in four straight games and has picked up three goals and three assists during that span. The 22-year-old exploded on the scene last year with 28 goals and 36 assists (and a +38) and should continue to put up big numbers as teams continue to focus heavily on trying to slow down the Steven Stamkos line.
Kris Versteeg – Carolina Hurricanes - $4,200 – With some attractive expensive option on the board, finding some quality value is going to be important tonight. Well, with two goals and eight assists already this season, Kris Versteeg certainly looks underpriced. He’s slated for a healthy dose of playing time alongside Eric Staal on the Hurricanes top power-play unit and, with the Senators owning just a 76.0% penalty-kill, he could be in for another very productive evening.
Andrei Markov – Montreal Canadians - $5,600 – Games between these heated rivals are always fun to watch, but not always the most fantasy-friendly games. However, with the Boston Bruins owning the NHL’s worst penalty kill (70.5%), I really like Markov (and Subban) in this one. Markov has already picked up six power-play points on the young season and the power-play specialist picked up an assists against Boston in their only other meeting this season.
Tobias Enstrom – Winnipeg Jets - $3,600 – Enstrom once posted back-to-back 50 point seasons, but his fantasy star has certainly fallen over the last several seasons. He now finds himself playing alongside Dustin Byfuglien, which can’t hurt is offensive production, and he’s now picked up three assists over the past two games. He logged nearly 23 minutes of ice-time in their last game and his dirt cheap asking price is enticing in this plus matchup against the Flyers.