Friday, February 23rd
5pm Update - So much for fading the Wild and using Lundqvist. He's OUT tonight. So, yeah. Get some Wild in and obviously dont roll with King Henry upset.
Outside of the Knights who are going to be everyone's top stack tonight, I don't have a team that I feel is a must to stack. Consider going 2-man combo's or even just nothing but one offs....
Golden Knights ... Karlsson - Marchessault - Schmidt
There's not a bigger miss-match tonight than Vancouver going into Vegas to take on the Knights who have the leagues best PP% over the last three weeks and Vancouver is hovering around 25th in the league over the same span for their PK. The Knights top line is easily the top line to pay up for tonight and pairing them even with Nate Schmidt on defense is something to strongly consider today.
James Neal skated in morning skate with the top line, so a Karlsson-Marchessault-Neal combination seems to be back in action today.
Vegas' second line this morning was Haula-R.Smith-Perron, so Tuch is back down on the third line.
St. Louis Blues ... Stastny - Tarasenko - Steen
The other team I really would look to for upside tonight is the Blues. They had a sloppy game in their first game back after a 4 day layoff on Tuesday and will be facing Winnipeg who is coming off an insane TEN game homestand. The Jets are not the same threat on the road as they are at home but on paper I think many will shy away from the Blues because they have lost four in a row. This is the perfect spot to jump on them today and the Tarasenko line would be my pick. However, if you do have Vegas 1 exposure, you'll likely have to consider cheaper options and Alex Steen would be the one off value play from the Blues.
COMBO'S & ONE OFFS
Based on the style of this slate I am finding that I want to build my main lineup tonight with only 1 core stack and then a bunch of one off's off of that. So Here's the top one off's I like at each position tonight in different price ranges. Here's the guys outside of the stacks mentioned above ....
- Geno Malkin (PIT) ... Malkin today, Crosby tomorrow, book it.
- Erk Haula (VGK)
- Bo Horvat (VAN)
- Artem Anisimov (CHI)
- Sebastian Aho (CAR)
- Phil Kessel (PIT) ... Been a decent week for the Kessel hockey players.
- Brock Boeser (VAN)
- Brandon Saad (CHI)
- Mikael Granlund (MIN)
- Pavel Buchnevich (NYR)
- Marc Edouard Vlasic (SJ) ... Screw Burnsy
- Alex Pietrangelo (STL)
- Nate Schmidt (VGK)
- Jared Spurgeon (MIN)
- Colton Parayko (STL)
- Kris Letang (PIT)
- Jordan Oesterle (CHI)
Marc-Andre Fleury (Projected) ... Safest bet to win tonight. I doubt he see's a ton of shots and he's expensive which makes picking him less than ideal for your roster construction, however the Knights at home versus Vancouver is about as safe of a lock as they come today (which makes Vegas your chalk fade if you like to fade chalk)
Jake Allen (Confirmed) ... I like the Blues and would only play Allen with a Blues forward stack tonight to ensure the win.
Henrik Lundqvist (Confirmed) ... Upset special of the night. King Henry has been terrible of late as have the Rangers as a whole, but with the Wild coming in on a B2B on the road I like the Rangers to pull the upset tonight. And we KNOW that he will see a ton of shots.
LINE LOCK OF THE NIGHT: Karlsson - Marchessault - Neal (Vegas) ... March gets the first goal
ONE OFF STUD WINGER: Sebastian Aho (Carolina)
ONE OFF VALUE WINGER: Pavel Buchnevich (Rangers)
TOP DEFENSEMAN: Marc-Edouard Vlasic (Sharks) ... I dont wanna pay up at D today.