Last night’s Daily Fantasy Hockey Puck Guide wasn’t great aside from our top cash stack of the Jets. That stack did fairly well with the four suggested players combining for two goals, one assist, nine shots and two blocks. Our GPP stacks didn’t fare too well and one of our value plays, Tom Kuhnhackl, played just under two minutes before he left with an injury. For the first time in a while our goalie rankings didn’t produce great results, but we are happy with how those have went so far. Let’s put last night behind us and move on to tonight’s slate!
After a busy 11-game Tuesday slate, Wednesday delivers us a much quieter three-game slate.
Boston Bruins @ NYR: Brad Marchand ($8,300) – Patrice Bergeron ($8,100) – David Pastrnak ($7,600)
If you are playing cash games tonight, it’s probably best to break out your wallet and roster the Bruins’ top line in New York with Brad Marchand returning from his five-game suspension. The Rangers have been solid defensively at home this season, but not good defensively anywhere as of late. They have yielded an average of 3.80 goals per game over their last ten. The Bruins on the other hand have scored at least three goals in eight of their last ten and own the NHL’s third best road offense with 3.22 goals per game.
If you’re looking for high floors on this slate, these guys are your best options. All three shoot the puck plenty as Bergeron averages 3.61 shots per game and both Marchand and Pastrnak sitting in the 2.7 range. The trio has also combined for 144 points across 135 games for the season. Marchand and Pastrnak have identical lines stat lines with 21 goals and 29 assists, however Marchand has done his damage in 38 games compared to Pastrnak’s 51. Nonetheless, the trio skates together on the top line as well as the top power play unit. The Bruins own the NHL’s sixth rated power play, albeit the Rangers are a strong home penalty killing team with an even 85% mark for the season, good for seventh. If you are looking for a defenseman to make this a four-man stack, Torey Krug ($5,600) is your guy. Krug quarterbacks the top power play unit and leads all Bruins’ defenseman with 31 points for the season.
Edmonton Oilers @ LA: Patrick Maroon ($5,600) – Ryan Strome ($4,500) – Drake Caggiula ($3,500)
Producing offense in Los Angeles is no easy feat, which is exactly why the above trio should see tiny ownership tonight in the city of angels. Jonathan Quick should get the start in goal for the Kings tonight, but he hasn’t been himself this season. Whether he is still battling the nagging injury that kept him out of the All-Star game or not, Quick has been lit up for five goals in back-to-back starts and faces a red-hot Oilers’ offense tonight. Edmonton is playing their best hockey of the season, going 5-1-1 over their last seven while averaging 3.57 goals per game during that stretch. If you throw out their listless 5-0 loss to the Sabres, the Oilers have averaged 4.17 goals per game over a six-game period.
The trio above technically forms the Oilers’ third line, but I’m looking at them as more of their second line. For his part, Ryan Strome is playing his best hockey as an Oiler right now with five points and seven shots over his last three games. Strome is playing so well that he has been moved up to the top power play unit alongside Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, and it worked Monday against Tampa Bay as he recorded two assists on the man advantage. Caggiula has also been moved to the top power play unit, a spot that gives him plenty of value upside at that price. Caggiula has one goal on five shots over his last two games, but has skated around the 18 minute-mark in each of his last two games and at least 16:29 in each of his last five. He had a few Grade A scoring chances in Monday’s win that he simply didn’t finish. Lastly, Maroon leads the trio with 13 goals on the season to go along with his 114 shots. He also gives us exposure to both power play units as he skates on the second group. Oscar Klefbom ($5,100) would be the defenseman I would use in a four-man stack here, but I suggest just a three-man stack for this matchup.
*For the purpose of this section, we try to avoid highlighting a value play that is a member of a team listed above. If there is a cheap player listed above, we believe he is a strong value play. However, for this section we would like to highlight an alternative value play.
W – Connor Brown (TOR) – $3,700 vs. NSH
I’m not one to take Nashville’s stout defense lightly, but the Maple Leafs’ offense is hot after a seven-goal outburst against Anaheim while the Predators’ defense yielded four goals in their most recent game against the Islanders. Brown recorded just one assist on Monday, but has two points over his last three games while logging real solid minutes in all situations for Mike Babcock. Brown has skated more than 16 1/2 minutes in each of his last two games, minutes that include 5v5 time with James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak, power play time with Auston Matthews and William Nylander as well as penalty killing time to boot. Two of his 12 goals have come on special teams this year, one on the power play and one on the penalty kill. At 5v5 and on the power play he plays with very talented offensive players, spots that could have him get on the scoreboard on any given night despite a tough matchup tonight against the Preds.
D – Tony DeAngelo (NYR) – $3,600 vs. BOS
I wouldn’t use him in a cash game, but I don’t mind DeAngelo at all for GPPs tonight. The 22-year-old rearguard has split time between the NHL and AHL this season, recording three assists in 15 games in the former and 13 points in 29 games in the latter. For his AHL career, DeAngelo has a real solid 72 points in 123 games, or 0.59 points per game. That’s an excellent number for a guy who doesn’t turn 23 until next season has started. DeAngelo has started to see more ice time lately, playing 18+ minutes in two of his last three games including a season-high 19:42 last Thursday against Toronto. Furthermore, DeAngelo averages 2:15 of power play time per game. He also averages just shy of two shots per game with 28 shots over 15 contests. Boston is obviously a tough matchup, but DeAngelo’s opportunity on the power play and offensive mentality gives him value upside tonight on home ice.
*Goalie rankings are for cash purposes with our top GPP plays noted.
- Anton Khudobin (BOS) – $8,500 @ NYR
- Darcy Kuemper (LA) – $8,000 vs. EDM
- Pekka Rinne (NSH) – $8,800
- Frederik Andersen (TOR) – $8,200 vs. NSH *GPP*
- Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) – $8,900 vs. BOS *GPP*
- Cam Talbot (EDM) – $7,900 @ LA