Tommy Wingels of the Sharks is a solid sleeper pick for tonight's FanNation Fantasy Hockey Throwdown on SI.com
Each day, I offer up three picks that I think are primed to have a big night. Here are today's best bets:Forward: Tommy Wingels, Sharks (hosting Wild, 10:30 p.m. EST; FS-N, FS-WI, CSN-CA)
You gotta dig way down the list of eligible forwards to find Wingels, but so much the better when your goal is to beat projections. Clearly the guys who worked up the numbers (0.3 G, 0.3 A, 0.1 +/-, 0.5 PIM, 2.6 SOG, 0.2 PPP) overlooked his exceptional play of late. Wingels is on fire, notching three goals and 10 points during his past six games, and while he might be in tough to top that shots stat—he's landed more than two just once in his past dozen games—he's your best bet to max out the others.
His four-game goal-scoring streak came to an end on Tuesday in Dallas, but Big Buff chipped in with a pair of assists to lead the Jets to a 5-2 win and extend his scoring run to five. He's loading up and letting it go every chance he gets (22 shots during his streak), so you have to like what that volume does for his chances to top out his projections (0.3 G, 0.4 A, -0.1 +/-, 0.8 PIM, 2.5 SOG, 0.2 PPP) against a Colorado team that ranks 27th in goals-against at 3.21.Goalie: Pekka Rinne, Predators (at Coyotes, 9 p.m. EST; FS-TN, FS-A)
I recommended Rinne on Tuesday and he pitched a shutout. No reason to change horses after that. His projections (0.4 W, 2.8 GA, 24.8 SV, 0.1 SO) remain low, his confidence is high and he's up against an Arizona side that ranks 26 in offense (2.29 goals per game) and has tallied two goals or fewer in four of its past five games. He might be the night's safest play.
Other games on the schedule: Blackhawks at Bruins (7 p.m. EST; NHLN-US, SN360, TVA2, CSN-CH, NESN); Flames at Sabres (7 p.m. EST; SNF, MSG-B, BELL TV); Islanders at Blues (8 p.m. EST; MSG+, FS-MW); Devils at Flyers (7 p.m. EST; MSG, CSN-PH); Blue Jackets at Capitals (7 p.m EST; FS-O, CSN-DC); Kings at Senators (7:30 p.m. EST; FS-W, RDS, TSN5); Hurricanes at Lightning (7:30 p.m. EST; FS-CR,SUN)