After a two-game slate yesterday, the NHL is giving us a full slate of games tonight. Although it is a split slate today, my write-up will focus on the main seven games starting at 7 pm. Time to dive into these games and build a winner.
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.
Evgeni Malkin(Pit) -Center- ($8500 FD / $7600 DK)
Malkin has been out since just before the all-star break. All reports say he is back tonight. I feel like he comes out possessed. Keep on an eye out after morning skates just in case something happens. I see a Malkin controlled game where he scores two goals and gets an assist while taking a team-high seven shots.
Max Pacioretty (Mon) -Wing- ($7700 FD /$7300 DK)
I am riding the hot hand here till he cools off. Three goals and three assists in his last five is an indication of his skill. Tonight, against the Blues; I think Max continues his run and gets us a two-goal effort with four shots on goal.
Mats Zuccarello (NYR) -Wing- ($6600 FD / $6100 DK)
Zuc needs to wake up and start being a leader on this Rangers team. A game against the Avalanche is just what the Dr ordered. He finally got double-digit goals, and this should spark him for a scoring run. I will have a good amount of exposure tonight. Look for a goal, an assist, and three shots.
Mr. Pucks’ Sleeper play of the night
Matt Moulson (Buf) - Wing - ($4400 FD / $3400 DK)
Moulson is a very sneaky player. He is the kind of Veteran everyone wants on their team. Although he does not see a ton of time on ice, he makes his minutes count. With 11 goals and ten assists on the season, he is better than most 4th line players on any team. Gpp plays and cap saver on DraftKings.
Teams To Target
A few teams to target and build your lineups around.
Pittsburgh Penguins - Crosby's line should be chalky, consider Malkins for lower ownership. Cole and Letang on defense.
Montreal Canadiens - Pacioretty's line will provide a huge amount of offense. Also consider Galchenyuk's line as well. Markov and Weber on defense. Beaulieu as a lower owned option.
New York Rangers - Zuccarello-Zibanejad-Kreider will be best Rangers line. The second line also will give us a nice boost. McDonagh on defense.
Winnipeg Jets - The second line of Laine-Little-Ehlers will control this game. I will have exposure in my cash games for sure. Byfuglien or Trouba on defense.
Buffalo Sabres - New look lines means new possibilities to score. The second line of Kane-Eichel-Foligno should provide a spark. Ristolainen on defense.
Toronto Maple Leafs - Any time the NHL tries to hype a game Ala McDavid -vs.- Eichel, James van Riemsdyk, and Nazem Kadri take over. I like Kadri line tonight. Love Zaitsev to have a huge game on defense.
Also Consider - TB 1st line, Chi 2nd line, Edm 1st line
**As always check before puck drop to see starting goalies, as things change**
I will list a few goalies that I like tonight, and if you want to play them in cash, gpp, or both.
Murray - Cash/GPP
Lundqvist - Cash/GPP
Talbot - Cash/GPP
Darling - GPP
Anderson - GPP
Bishop - GPP
Pavelec - GPP only