It is 2017, and with the help of Scout's NBA optimizer, I hit in NBA last night. My turn to be your personal optimizer and help you in the NHL tonight. We have a seven-game slate, with a few juicy matchups. I am looking at making everyone money with today's write-up. Time to go to the shootout and win this thing.
Mr. Pucks’ Profound Three
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.
Nikita Kucherov (Tbl) - Wing - ($7700 FD / $6900 DK)
The Lightning have found a way to start scoring, and with Bishop hurt, they need to. Kucherov has a small four-game scoring streak where he has six assists. Tonight he will extend that to five goals and will get his first goal of 2017. I will have him in a lot of my lineups tonight.
Auston Matthews (TOR) - Center - ($7400 FD / $7600 DK)
Matthews has been on a mad pace; he is on track for 46 goals, which would break the rookie record. He has six goals and three assists in his last six games. He faces the Capitals tonight, and whim happens to have the player whose record Matthews is chasing, Alex Ovechkin. I think he extends his streak to seven games with a goal and two assists with four shots on net.
Chris Kreider (NYR) - Wing - ($6900 FD / $6400 DK)
Krider has a streak of his own going on. In his last three games, he has four goals and one assist. Tonight, he and his Rangers take on a pesky Sabres team at home. I think the Rangers score five in this game, and Krider will factor into three of them with a goal and two assists.
Mr. Pucks’ Sleeper Play of the Night
Sebastian Aho (CAR) - Wing - ($4700 FD / $4500 DK)
Not that Aho is an unknown player, he is a low played one. Normally around 3% or lower most nights. He has a goal and two assists in his last three games played. I like him and his third line linemates to combine for two goals tonight. I will even use him as a standalone in some formats.
Teams To Target
A few teams to target and build your lineups around.
***Due to time I'm just going to list the teams to target in your lineups.***
Edmonton Oilers - Top line, 3rd line, Russell on defense
Washington Capitals - Top 2 lines, Carlson or Alzner on defense
Tampa Bay Lightning - Top line, 2nd line will be sneaky. Hedman on defense.
New York Rangers - First and second line on play, McDonagh and Skeji on defense.
San Jose Sharks - 1st line and 3rd Line for gpp. Burns and Martin on defense
Montreal Canadiens - Top two lines are in play, leaning more top line.
Buffalo Sabres - GPP ONLY - Top line and Ristolainen on defense
Carolina Hurricanes - Top line and 3rd line in gpp. Hanafin and Slavin on defense.
Also consider Winnipeg top line, Columbus top line, Edm top two lines.
**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.
Talbot - Cash/GPP
Lundqvist - Cash/GPP
Elliott - GPP
Jones - GPP
Budaj - GPP
Holtby - GPP/Cash
Bobrovsky - Gpp
Lehner - GPP Only