Frederik Anderson (TOR)
Freddy is the most trustworthy goalie for me tonight at home facing the Sharks playing their second game in as many nights, after playing into overtime last night to boot. Andersen is coming off a strong performance in his last start against the Bruins in which he stopped 38 of 40 shots. He's seen 39 or more shots in four of his last five starts and as often is the case, Andersen performs better with the more volume he sees. Expect a strong effort from him tonight.
James Reimer (FLA)
Reimer was strong in his last start and should draw the start tonight at home against the Ducks. Anaheim will be playing their second road game in as many nights and are coming off a victory against the Lightning last night. Overall, the Ducks have been bad on the road and putrid offensively as a whole averaging 2.16 goals per game, 31st in the league.
Jake Allen (STL)
After a horrific start to his season, Allen has allowed two or fewer goals in four of his last five starts. He's allowed just two goals in his last two starts against Detroit and the Red Wings are 25th in the league with an average of just 2.75 goals per game. Allen is a good tournament high-risk high-reward play or one to consider as a correlation with a Blues stack.
Key Three Skaters
Aleksander Barkov (FLA)
Although they've been better of late, the Ducks have struggled to defend the center position all year long. They'll have their hands full again tonight against all-world center Aleksander Barkov who's been playing well of late. Over his last five games, the Panthers' captain has three goals, two assists, and has averaged 23 minutes of ice time. Look for the Panthers, led by Barkov and his line to take advantage of the Ducks playing their second game in as many nights.
Nathan MacKinnon (COL)
There isn't much to say about MacKinnon at this point. He's scored five goals, dished out four assists, and averaged over five shots per game over his last five. The Avs are playing in their second game in as many nights but that doesn't bother me much considering that Pittsburgh is doing the same, but with both games on the road.
Mitch Marner (TOR)
Marner continues to dazzle skating with John Tavares, specifically over his last two games with five assists. He's seventh among forwards in points per 60 minutes and first in primary assists with 2.96 per 60. The Sharks are playing in their second East Coast game in as many nights and I expect Toronto to take advantage of that.
Favorite Line Stacks
Panthers First Line
Dadonov - Barkov - Hoffman
I've been riding this line frequently of late and why not? They've been great. Along with Barkov, Hoffman has goals in five of his last six games and is third in shots per 60 among forwards with 13.05. Dadonov has points in back to back games and joins Barkov and Hoffman on the Panthers' top power-play unit.
Maple Leafs First Line
Hyman - Tavares - Marner
Hyman brings great value here and often finds open space to operate, as he did in his last game with a goal. Marner has been great as I mentioned above and Tavares has three goals and two assists in his last five games while being near the top in high-danger scoring chances among forwards.
Avalanche First Line
Landeskog - MacKinnon - Rantanen
They're the best line in hockey. Period. The only question is whether or not you can afford them in a lineup while not "punting" every other position. Regardless of their salaries, the collective floor these three bring to the ice as a unit each night is unmatched.
Others I like
Blues First Line: Sanford - O'Reilly - Tarasenko
Flames First line: Gaudreau - Monahan - Lindholm
Value Line Stacks
Flames Second Line: Tkachuk - Backlund - Bennett
Panthers Second Line: Huberdeau - Bjugstad - Vatrano
Top Positional Plays
Auston Mattews (TOR) - Matthews, always a flair for the dramatic returns tonight after missing a substantial amount of time injured. He had been off to a red-hot start and I would expect him to pick up right where he left off tonight.
Ryan O'Reilly (STL) - Two goals and one assist in his last three games and a nice value on DK to pair up with Tarasenko.
Tyler Seguin (DAL) - His shooting volume and ability to score makes him a high-upside play on any given night. The Flames have tightened up of late but have still allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to centers.
Nazem Kadri (TOR) - Great value on DK even with AM34 back as he sees top power-play minutes.
Logan Couture (SJ) - Points in three of his last four games with an average of three shots per game over that span.
Brayden Schenn (STL) - He hasn't been the same player he was when he was in Philly, but at $4,800 on DK he still brings good value, especially on the power play.
Dylan Larkin (DET) - He's been extremely aggressive of late with 28 shots in his last five games resulting in two goals.
Sean Monahan (CGY) - Has four goals and three assists in his last five games and has four points in his last three games against the Stars who have allowed 35 points in their last 13 games to centers.
Vladimir Tarasenko (STL) - He's always a top one-off play for me as a bonafide sniper. He's second in the league among forwards with 13.18 shots per 60.
Johnny Gaudreau (CGY) - Has six goals and four assists in his last nine games against the Stars.
Jamie Benn (DAL) - He has a goal in two of his last three games and is too cheap on DK.
Timo Meier (SJ) - Fourth in the league in high-danger chances per 60 while averaging 11.30 shots per 60 minutes.
Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA) - Good value and skating well on Florida's second line.
Evander Kane (SJ) - Way underpriced on DK with a heavy volume of shots.
Anthony Mantha (DET) - Three goals and 14 shots in his last two games skating on the first line for Detroit with Dylan Larkin.
Matthew Tkachuk (CGY) - Five goals in his last six games.
Morgan Rielly (TOR) - Continues to be one of the better defensemen from an offensive standpoint this season.
Mark Giordano (CGY) - He's seventh in points per 60 and fifth in assists per 60 among defensemen this season.
Erik Karlsson (SJ) - Catching fire a bit with five points in his last five games with 12 shots and seven blocks.
Keith Yandle (FLA) - The Ducks have allowed the fifth-most fantasy point to defensemen over the last month.
Alex Pietrangelo (STL) - Points in back to back games with 18 shots in his last seven games.
Mike Green (DET) - Green has 11 points in 15 games this season with 38 shots.
Brandon Montour (ANA) - The one-time strong, young defense core has been minimized with injuries and transactions over the past year or so. Montour has been a constant and is playing a bigger role with four points in his last five games.
Erik Johnson (COL)
Noah Hanifin (CGY)
Jake Gardiner (TOR)
Vince Dunn (STL)
T.J. Brodie (CGY)