The NHL regular season is coming to an end, and the playoffs are right around the corner. Teams are still battling for position, and some players are battling for a roster spot next year. These last handful of games are exciting, and a lot of value starts to creep in. Coaches start short-shifting their top lines and rolling the lower lines more. Tonight is going to be a great night of hockey with a huge slate to monitor. Time to lock ourselves in and bring home some cash!
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Mr. Pucks Profound Three
Patrick Laine (WPG) - Wing - ($6900 FD / $6700 DK)
Don't be fooled by the DTD status; he was ill his last game. He got a few days off and is rested. He will come out on fire and take it to the Devils. I will be targeting him in cash and GPP and expect a monster game.
Max Pacioretty (MTL) - Wing - ($7300 FD / $6700 DK)
This year’s DFS MVP in my eyes. He has exploded on the scoresheet since the All-Star break, and he is not slowing down. I expect him to run through the Stars tonight and give his hometown fans a great game. Fire him and his linemates up and get some money.
Auston Matthews (CHI) - Wing - ($7000 FD / $7800 DK)
Currently on a five game scoring streak, Matthews is putting up major numbers. He needs one goal to break the franchise record for goals by a rookie. That is an accomplishment considering the Leafs the history. He will break the record tonight and place himself into Maple Leafs lore.
Mr. Pucks Sleeper Play
Kaspari Kapanen (TOR) - Wing - ($3100 FD / $2500 DK)
Kapanen is getting a golden opportunity. If anyone remembers last year when the Leafs put a bunch of rookies on the ice, they scored big time in DFS. I am expecting Kapanen to do the same in his first NHL game with the Leafs. Great cap saver with upside.
Teams To Target
Toronto Maple Leafs - Top line and second line. Gardiner and Zaitsev on defense
Montreal Canadiens - All in on top line with Patches. Second line is a good target as well. Weber or Markov on defense.
Winnipeg Jets - I will be all over the top line with Laine. Consider second and third lines for GPP. Byfuglien or Trouba on defense.
Carolina Hurricanes - I love the second line tonight and will have them in GPP play. Faulk and Slavin on defense.
Also Consider: Ana 1&2, Cls 1, Buf 1, SJ 1, Phi 1
**As always check before puck drop to see if your goalie is starting*
Ward - Cash/GPP
Montoya or Price - Cash/GPP
Bernier - Cash/GPP
Mason - GPP
McElhinny - GPP