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@TheLooch recaps our picks from yesterday and brings you today’s NHL previews, analysis, top picks, and sleepers.
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John Tavares – Tavares had a big game, scoring a goal and an assist, both on the power play to go along with 4 PIM, 2 SOG, and 1 BS for 7.5 FP.
James van Riemsdyk – The Maple Leafs crushed the Flyers at home, with van Riemsdyk scoring a goal, to go along with 4 SOG and 1 BS for 6 FP.
Patrick Marleau – Although the Sharks got embarrassed by the Blue Jackets, Marleau still came through with a goal and 3 SOG for 4.5 FP.
Roberto Luongo – (VAN G) – It’s not often we pick a goalie, but this can sometimes be the most difficult decision to make and the most crucial when building your lineup. Luongo has simply been amazing to start the season, and maybe he’s making the Canucks think twice about shipping him out of town. Either way he’s at home versus a Minnesota Wild team that is on the tail end of a back-to-back, and they’ve had all kinds of trouble scoring goals, to say the least. If they could only manage a single goal against Leland Irving and the Flames, that should tell you something. Vancouver is clicking right now, outscoring their opponents by 17-5 over their last five games, so use Luongo with confidence. He’s a little pricey but not the most expensive goalie by any means (8K DraftKings, 17.5k Draft Day, 6.9K FanThrowdown)
Evander Kane – (WPG LW) – After a hot start to the season, Kane has been held pointless over the last 4 games. Facing a deflated Flyer’s team that is on a back-to-back, not to mention very weak on the penalty kill, I think Kane finds the back of the net or grabs a few assists. He does have 10 points in 9 games played vs the Flyers. He’s taken 12 shots on goal in the past two games, and that is always a good sign when you’re looking for a forward to score you some points. Also, he is reasonably priced and it’s likely you won’t find him on many team’s roster’s due to his cold streak. Everyone loves to “ride the hot hand,” but you typically don’t win leagues by having the same players as everyone else. (6k DraftKings, 10.6k Draft Day, 5.1k FanThrowdown)
Ilya Kovalchuk – (NJD LW) – Well, the last time I mentioned Kovy here he went nuts, and he hasn’t stopped since. As you may have noticed, the Hurricanes don’t mind giving up goals as they seem to be more focused on scoring them. Carolina has been awful on the penalty kill, and Kovalchuk has half his points coming on the power-play. With the Canes on a back to back, and maybe even a soft matchup with Dan Ellis, I expect a few points out of Kovy in this game as the Devils look to build on their early success. Priced rather moderately compared to some other superstars, I think Kovy is a steal today. (7K DraftKings, 15K Draft Day, 5.5k FanThrowdown)
Nate Thompson – (TB C) – With every injury there comes opportunity, and right now Ryan Malone is on IR, shifting Nate Thompson up to the top line to play with the big boys Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis. As we all know, there are some very tangible benefits to playing alongside guys like Stamkos and St. Louis, and for Thompson’s price, you have to take advantage. (2.8k DraftKings, 3k Draft Day, 3k FanThrowdown)
Rene Bourque – (MON RW) – Rene has been skating on Montreal’s top line, not to mention their top power-play unit. The matchup with Tampa Bay isn’t too scary either, as their goaltending has always been a weak spot. As long as he’s skating on the top line and seeing heavy minutes on the power-play, he’s a great value while he’s priced cheap. He does have two 27 goal seasons to boot, so you know he can find the back of the net. (3.8k DraftKings, 4.5k Draft Day, 4.8k FanThrowdown)
Wayne Simmonds – (PHI RW) – Okay, he’s probably just on the cusp of not being a value play, but I think he’s still cheap enough to qualify. Skating on the top line with Giroux and Briere, Simmonds returned to action last night and was one of the few bright spots for the Flyers, scoring a goal, and registering 5 shots on goal. The Flyers have an easier opponent in the Winnipeg Jets who may or may not have their top goalie in, not like he’s any good anyway. (4.6k DraftKings, 8.5k Draft Day, 7.1k FanThrowdown)