Today’s Top Daily Fantasy Hockey Pick
Anton Khudobin/Tuuku Rask: This is getting redundant, but I simply cannot ignore this match up. We have been consistently talking about how bad the Hurricanes are, and this is almost a guaranteed win for Boston’s starting goalie. The fact that the ‘Canes take a ton of shots, but don’t score, makes this an even more appealing play. Both Boston goalies have been playing well, but not getting the wins they deserve due to a lack of goal support. They have been scoring at a higher rate since getting Jaromir Jagr, and the ‘Canes are terrible so they should be able to get the win tonight.
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Philadelphia Flyers at Buffalo Sabres
This game just screams ugly. The Flyers are fighting for their playoff lives, while the Sabres seem to have mailed it in. The Flyers are 7-1 in the last eight head to head matchups, and I’m not expecting the Sabres to put up much of a fight.
Puck Play #1: When talking about the Flyers it starts and ends with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek. Both have been playing great, and should each put up a couple of points.
Puck Play #2: There is nobody on the Sabres I can recommend.
Vancouver Canucks at Colorado Avalanche
This is another ugly one, and the Canucks own the Avalanche. They have won the last ten games against them, and the games are usually low scoring. Don’t expect Colorado to score many, but it appears the ‘Nucks are starting to put things together and they should net a few today.
Puck Play #1: The Sedin twins lead the Canucks offensive attack, and they have really picked up their play of late. Not coincidentally, the team is winning more.
Puck Play #2: I don’t think Colorado scores much, but if they do chances are that Matt Duchene or PA Parenteau are involved.
Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs
The greatest rivalry in hockey gets renewed again on Hockey Night In Canada. The Leafs have won five of their last six home games, and haven’t lost a game in regulation in a couple weeks. Meanwhile, the road team is 7-1 in the last eight games of this series. The teams usually play low scoring games, and this should be another great game in the series.
Puck Play #1: Max Pacioretty is playing well once again, with eleven points in his last eleven games. He also has two goals in the three games against Toronto this year.
Puck Play #2: I am a firm believer in playing guys when they are hot, and there is nobody hotter than Phil Kessel recently. Kessel has five points in his last two games, four of which have been goals. He also has five points in the three games against Les Habitants this year.
New York Rangers at New York Islanders
The battle of New York resumes tonight on Long Island. The Isles are playing great, and are coming off a nice win in Boston on Thursday. The home team has won ten of the last 13, and the Isles would love nothing more than to put a big dent in the Rangers playoff hopes.
Puck Play #1: Everybody knows about Rick Nash, however I really like Derek Stepan. Stepan has been on fire, with 14 points in his last eleven games.
Puck Play #2: I like the big three of course, but a guy that might be worth a look (and will save you some money) is Frans Nielsen. He has nine points in his last eleven games.
Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals
Tampa is playing terrible right now, and Pittsburg just lit them up at home. Meanwhile, Washington is one of the hottest teams in the league. When these teams faceoff goals are scored early and often.
Puck Play #1: One Lightning player that has great success against the Caps is Vincent Lecavalier, who has five points in the three games this year.
Puck Play #2: Of course Alex Ovechkin is the #1 choice, even though he was held off the score sheet last game. He should put up a few points today against the awful Tampa defense. I also like Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green today.
Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes
This is perhaps the best daily fantasy hockey game of the night, just because of how lopsided it is. We know that the Canes are awful, and the Bruins just put a thrashing on them on Tuesday night. We should expect more of the same tonight.
Puck Play #1: There are just so many options from Boston, and whoever gets the start in net is a great place to start. The other top play would be Jaromir Jagr, who has been great since being traded to the Bruins.
Puck Play #2: Eric Staal has two points in two games against Boston this year, but I really don’t recommend any of the Canes.
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Florida Panthers
On Thursday the Penguins proved that they are able to score against bad teams, even without Sidney Crosby. As far as bad teams go, they don’t get any worse than the Panthers.
Puck Play #1: With Pittsburgh it is impossible to limit it to just one, and the guys to start with are Evegeni Malkin, Jarome Iginla and Kris Letang. Of course you could play just about anybody on the Pens tonight.
Puck Play #2: The Penguins do to tend to give up some goals, and Florida has scored a few on them. One guy I like is Tomas Kopecky, who has four points in two games against Pittsburgh (three goals).
Columbus Blue Jackets at Minnesota Wild
The Blue Jackets are on the back end of a back-to-back, having played the Blues last night at home. Minnesota is 13-5 in the last 18 matchups at home, but expect a low scoring affair in this one.
Puck Play #1: When in doubt you should play the most talented player, and for Columbus that is Marion Gaborik by a wide margin.
Puck Play #2: Trade deadline pick up Jason Pominville had a goal and an assist his only game against Columbus this year.
San Jose Sharks at Dallas Stars
When you normally think of these teams, you think of a low scoring, defensive and boring hockey. However these teams tend to play high scoring games against each other, having hit the over in eight of the last ten. The home team has won five of the last seven in this series.
Puck Play #1: I like both Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, who both have eight points in their last eleven games.
Puck Play #2: The Stars are led by captain Jamie Benn, who has four points in two games against San Jose.
Calgary Flames at Edmonton Oilers
The Flames will be looking for revenge after being humiliated by the Oilers in their last meeting. Calgary is 7-3 in the last ten meetings in Edmonton, but I think that you can throw that out the window tonight.
Puck Play #1: The Flames are just not a very good team, however they do have the ability to score. Lee Stempniak has had success against the Oilers this year with four points in three games.
Puck Play #2: Almost all of the Oilers have had success against the Flames, but the one guy that stands out is Taylor Hall. He has an astounding nine points in the three games against the Flames this year.
Anaheim Ducks at Los Angeles Kings
These teams also tend to play high scoring games. The Ducks have lost four in a row in LA, and the home team is 6-1 in their last seven meetings. The Kings are a more desperate team, and they should win this one.
Puck Play #1: Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are the stars for the Ducks, however Saku Koivu has had success against the Kings this year. He’s posted three points in three games against the Kings.
Puck Play #2: The Kings most talented player has also had the most success against Anaheim. Anze Kopitar has five points in the three games against the Ducks, and should find the board again tonight.