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Starting with Buffalo at Washington, this is a matchup where you look only at one team for help. The Capitals have been playing just about the worst hockey in the league. I tend to stay away from teams playing this poorly until they show me they can win a couple in a row. The Sabres started out hot, but have lost two in a row to the Hurricanes in a home and home. I think the change in matchup gets them back on track again. I love winger Thomas Vanek, and think center Cody Hodgson could light the lamp at least once too if you’re scrambling for a center. All-world Goalie Ryan Miller is a very nice play here as well.
The Ottawa Senators are playing as balanced as you can get right now, placing 5th in the league in goals scored and 7th in goals against. That being said, the Penguins are a team that has the potential to beat anyone. I don’t LOVE any Penguins in this one, although it’s hard for me to say starting Malkin, Crosby, Letang, or even Neal would be a terrible move. My eye is on star Senator defenseman Erik Karlsson to continue his scoring and fantastic +/- run. With the Penguins giving up a decent number of goals, I like young center Kyle Turris too.
New Jersey at Montreal is where goals go to die. If guys produce offensive numbers in this one, it’s a fluke occurrence. They currently sit at 1st and 2nd in goals against, with both teams giving up a total of 2.3 goals a game COMBINED. That scares me plenty. That does mean however that G.O.A.T. Martin Brodeur and Montreal netminder Carey Price could be the top two goalie choices of the evening. I’m looking at 2 goals AT MOST to get the W for either team.
On the opposite end of the hockey world, Philadelphia at Tampa Bay should be one to look at for a delicious amount of offense. Tampa has scored more than anyone this year and the Flyers may have found their legs with a 7-goal explosion last night to start a winning streak. I load up on the likes of Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis, Cory Conacher, Vincent Lecavalier, and even Ryan Malone. From the Flyers, I really like Claude Giroux, Matt Read, and hard-nosed Wayne Simmonds. Again, not the place to look for goalie help.
Chicago is the best team in the NHL right now, and I look at all their top guys on offense (Kane, Sharp, Toews, Hossa) and defense (Leddy, Oduya, Hjalmarsson) to end up with positive numbers at home against a weaker-than past years Detroit team.
Vancouver at San Jose is a game where I only play the Sedin twins from the Canucks, and continue to play anyone from the Sharks’ top line (Thornton, Marleau, Pavelski). Keep an eye on the results though, it’s a back to back day for the Sharks, and I’m still monitoring how that affects certain teams.
The Islanders at Winnipeg is another game to pay strong attention to. Even though neither are known for winning.Bboth teams have young cores that can score. I like Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane, and Blake Wheeler on the Jets, and really like John Tavares, Matt Moulson and Michael Grabner for the Isles.
Minnesota at St. Louis doesn’t give me any surprises or huge plays, but I probably only look at the Blues. Kevin Shattenkirk and Vladimir Tarasenko should continue their great form. 99.9% sure Halak won’t start, and backup Brian Elliot could be the sneakiest goalie play of the day. Dude went 14-3-3 last year with the lowest GAA amongst goalies with at least 20 starts, and is at 1.98 already this year.