The reason I do my write-ups and research is for posts like these:
We had another great night in the NHL, and tonight we have the opportunity to do it again. We have a nice eight-game slate, in which to find some points. Let us dig in and take this to the half wall.
I was asked if these are three players people should use. What I suggest is building around at least one of my three choices. Let us take a look at my top three.
Ryan Johansen - Center - ($6600 FD / $6300 DK) - Johansen is every coach's favorite players. His hockey IQ is high, which translates into points. He and his Predators head to Arizona to take on a Coyotes team, that without Mike Smith would lose a lot of games. With that said, Johansen will use his hockey IQ to score in bunches tonight.
David Pasternak - Wing - ($7000 FD / $7300 DK) - Pasternak is a great player that is never in general conversation. He has the skills to dominate, and the ability to help the players around him step up. Pasternak should be involved in most of the goals scored against the Maple Leafs tonight. I will have a lot of cash game exposure to him, as he will have a multi-point effort tonight.
Joe Pavelski -Wing- ($7800 FD / $7500 DK) - Pavelski and his Sharks host the Hurricanes tonight, and I want some skin in this game. He has a goal and four assists in his last five games and should give you a goal and an assist tonight as well.
Cappy's Super Sleeper
Nick Bjugstad - Center - ($4900 FD / $4300 DK) - This is a very risky play. Bjugstad has played nine games since returning from injury and has yet to score a goal. It is time he makes some noise. The Panthers need offense from other than one line, and Bjugstad will provide it tonight. I suspect his ownership will be less than 3%. He can get you a goal and three shots on net.
Games To Target
I will be listing the teams you want to target in this slate with a little info on each team.
Nashville Predators - I am hoping the Preds don't look past the Coyotes tonight. Their top two lines are in play tonight as I think they score often. Subban and Josi are high-end defensive plays with a flier on Ekholm.
San Jose Sharks - The Sharks just lost to the Ducks last night, and will come out fast and hard. I love their ability to score and will have exposure to Pavelski line. Burns is a defense beast, but if you want to save, I love Vlasic as a pivot.
Pittsburgh Penguins - The Pens finish their Florida road trip with a game against the Lightning. I can see Crosby line dominating this game and Malkin's line holding their own. Letang is a great option and price safe. Cole or Maata are reliable pivots.
Florida Panthers - This is a pure GPP play as I don't feel they are cash safe. Jagr line is a dominate force and cheap. Barkov is one of my favorite players in the game and Yandle is always overlooked. Get some exposure even if it's Yandle as a standalone.
**As always check before puck drop to see starting goalies, as things change**
I will list a few goalies and if you want them in cash, gpp, or both.
Price - Cash
Rask - Cash/GPP
Luongo - GPP
Murray - Cash/GPP
Johnson - GPP
Dell - GPP