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Tonight’s four-game slate is our last night of NHL action before the All-Star break. The Washington Capitals, Los Angeles Kings and Tampa Bay Lightning are all huge favorites, and we have three teams (Toronto Maple Leafs, Nashville Predators and the Colorado Avalanche) playing on consecutive nights.
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Andre Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning, $7,400 – Braden Holtby and Jonathan Quick are safer options tonight, but I will take the discount and roll with Vasilevskiy in my cash game lineup. The Tampa Bay Lightning are playing their best hockey of the season, going 8-2 over their last 10 games. The Bolts should cruise to a victory tonight on home ice against a Toronto Maple Leafs team playing in back-to-back road games. The Maple Leafs have not had much success in 2016, losing eight of their last nine contests, and getting outscored 27-10 along the way. Vasilevskiy may not be the most talented goaltender in the game, but he is inexpensive and he has a great matchup tonight. Look for 20-plus saves and an easy win for the 21-year-old Russian netminder.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals, $7,200 - Kuznetsov is smoking hot right now. The 23-year-old Russian has produced seven points in his last two games and 15 points in nine games in January thus far. The Philadelphia Flyers come into this game a little vulnerable after losing three straight contests, allowing ten goals against in the process. The Washington Capitals have the best offense in hockey and they should light up the Flyers on home ice tonight. Getting exposure to both of the Capitals’ top two lines makes sense in your cash game lineup.
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings, $7,100 - The Colorado Avalanche continue to be the worst possession team in the National Hockey League, which has led to the second-most scoring chances allowed and the eighth-most goals against per game. Kopitar is rolling right now with ten points in his last seven games and he will have plenty of scoring opportunities in this game against a poor Avs team defensively, who are playing on consecutive nights.
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, $9,400 - With FanDuel adjusting their prices recently, you can afford the game’s best sniper and still roster a very good cash game lineup. The Washington Capitals have the best record in hockey and they have been absolutely dominant on home ice (18-3-1). The Capitals also lead the league in goals per game, thanks in large part to the “Great Eight”. Ovechkin has hat-trick upside in this prime matchup.
Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames, $8,300 - Gaudreau has been a monster when playing at home this season, producing 17 goals and 33 points in just 23 games at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Nashville Predators have struggled away from home this season and they will be playing their second game in as many nights. Not to mention, the Predators have allowed the eighth-most goals against in January. What looks like a tough matchup on paper, actually sets up quite well for Johnny Hockey tonight.
Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning, $6,800 - Kucherov has put together a fantastic season and he has become the Bolts’ biggest scoring threat. The 22-year-old Russian phenom now has points in eight straight games, including three of the multi-point variety. With a struggling Toronto Maple Leafs team in town and playing on consecutive nights, I expect another multi-point effort from Kucherov.
Matt Niskanen, Washington Capitals, $4,800 – The Washington Capitals have scored 11 goals in their last two games and Niskanen has been involved in the scoring, producing three points and seven shots on net. The Philadelphia Flyers continue to play undisciplined hockey this year, taking the third-most penalty minutes per game, and they have not had much success killing them off (ranking 26th on the penalty kill). Look for Niskanen to break through with the man advantage at the very least in this game.