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Where to play tonight:
Fan Throwdown is a site with lots of practice games to get your feet wet, and I’m also a fan of their double up games.
Draft Day has the most unique games, with “hit it and split it” target tournaments, a jackpot tourney, and plenty of other games.
Draft Kings has a great nightly freeroll and lots of games at any money level.
FanDuel has the biggest daily fantasy hockey guaranteed tournaments, with buy-ins ranging from $1 ($600 guar) to $10 ($2,000 guar)
P.A. Parenteau came through with a nice offensive game, including a power-play goal, four SOG, two penalty minutes, one blocked shot and -2 +/-, for 5.5 fantasy points.
Paul Stastny collected two assists, four SOG, and one blocked shot for seven fantasy points.
Semyon Varlamov definitely had a forgettable night as he allowed three goals in a rare offensive outburst by the Dallas Stars, and unfortunately did not pick up the win.
Thomas Fleischmann (FLA LW): We’ve mentioned here before how awful the Winnipeg Jets are defensively, and tonight we have a rematch between the Panthers and the Jets. In the prior matchup, Fleishmann tallied three assists as the Panthers potted six goals. While I doubt he notches three points again, the opportunity is there, and he won’t break your salary cap. ($5.8k Fanduel, $11.9k Draftday, $4.8k Draftkings). Versteeg, Weiss and Campbell are a few other Panthers I would consider when building my roster tonight.
Teddy Purcell (TB RW): The Lightning currently feature the best power-play unit in the NHL, while the Flyers have one of the worst penalty killing units in the NHL and commit the 2nd most penalties per game. Sounds like a mismatch if I’ve ever heard of one, and I fully expect the Lightning to score some points on power-play opportunities. While Stamkos gets all the headlines, the lesser-known Teddy Purcell tallied 19 points last year on power-plays, second on the team (to Stamkos of course). Teddy’s also quite a bit cheaper than the aforementioned Stamkos ($7k Fanduel, $9.8k Draftday, $4.5k Draftkings).
Claude Giroux (PHI C): While I usually don’t recommend players on teams I think are going to give up a few goals, in this case I will break that rule. Giroux is simply one of the most talented forwards in the NHL, finishing third in overall points last year. Injuries have been rough on the Flyers this year, but they’re battling and at home. For all the goals Tampa Bay scores, they let in quite a few too (the most in the league last year). Their goaltending is simply not elite, to put it nicely, and they haven’t exactly been great on the penalty kill either. I expect Giroux to continue to find success with Danny Briere on the top line, and he will need to score a few points to keep pace with the Lightning (Fanduel $7.8k, Draftday $13.5k, Draftkings $6.6k).
Cory Conacher (TB C): This one is a no-brainer despite not being a sleeper any longer. At his price you have to consider him if not just automatically plug him in, especially given the matchup ($5.4k Fanduel, $7.5k Draftday, $2k Draftkings).
Paul Postma (WPG D): Postma has come out of nowhere and he might be as deep a sleeper as you can find, but you know my penchant for cheap defensemen. He may not be known for his defensive play, but since Dustin Byfuglien has gone down he has four points in the last two games, including two on the power-play. He’s seeing more ice-time, and considering his minor-league resume, he’s definitely out there for his offensive potential ($3.4k Fanduel, $3k Draftday, $2k Draftkings).
Wojtek Wolski (WAS LW): The Capitals have their tails between their legs after losing 6-3 on their home ice to the Penguins. Tonight they get an easier matchup with the Maple Leafs, who face a back to back and have to travel to boot. Skating on the top line with Ribeiro and Ovechkin, Wolski should see things open up as Ovechkin has been more aggressive lately. Wolski’s line mates and his price could provide major upside tonight ($4.8k Fanduel, $7.8k Draftday, $2.9k Drafkings).