NHL Daily Plays: Monday, February 16th

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With the NBA shut down for a few more days, the NHL presents us with a rare, busy Monday night of hockey. We have a fantastic eight-game slate on the tap tonight, making the start of the week a lot more exciting.

The Winnipeg Jets and Colorado Avalanche are the biggest favorites on the board and should be popular tonight, while the Tampa Bay Lightning are the only team playing on consecutive nights.

GOALTENDERS

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Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche – Colorado has played pretty poorly defensively this season and despite that, Varlamov has still posted solid numbers (2.61 GAA, .921 SV% with 4 SO) on the year. Varlamov has been outstanding since the beginning of January and he seems to play better when he is peppered with shots. The 26-year-old Russian has a rare favorable matchup tonight versus the Arizona Coyotes and I expect him to continue his strong play. The Coyotes will throw enough shots on goal to keep Varlamov busy (29.5 shots per game), but they are not a team that finishes well, ranking 27th in goals per game (2.23) this season. Look for 25-plus saves and a win tonight from the Colorado goaltender.

Other Goalies To Target (Cash Games) – Ondrej Pavelec, Jonathan Quick, Devan Dubnyk

Other Goalies To Target (Tournaments) – Carey Price, Robin Lehner, Cam Ward

CENTERS

John Tavares, New York Islanders – Tavares broke out in a big way Saturday night versus the Columbus Blue Jackets, tallying two goals, two assists, a +4 rating and nine shots on goal. The Islanders are not only one the NHL’s best teams on home ice (20-6-0), but they are also one of the most explosive offenses in the league. In the “Battle of New York” this season, the Islanders have dominated this series, defeating the Rangers in all three meetings by a total score of 13-4. Look for Tavares to remain hot tonight versus Cam Talbot and the Blue Shirts.

Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings – Carter has been smoking hot in his last three games, registering six points, a +4 rating and a whopping 15 shots on goal. The Tampa Bay Lightning are not normally a team to target against, but they are not the same team away from home and are playing road games on consecutive nights. The Kings are studs on home ice (18-6-6) and Carter continues to put up fantastic numbers (12 G, 33 PTS, +17, in 30 GP) at the Staples Center. Look for Carter to make it a four-game scoring streak after tonight.

Other Centers To Target (Cash Games) – Pavel Datsyuk, Bryan Little, Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon

Other Centers To Target (Tournaments) – Derick Brassard, Patrice Bergeron, Mark Scheifele, Sean Monahan

WINGERS

Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild – After a mini-slump, Parise has now scored in consecutive games, adding six shots on goal in the process. Parise is one of the NHL’s best snipers and he is very moderately priced. The Minnesota Wild are 8-0-2 in their last ten games, while the Vancouver Canucks have allowed 25 goals in their last eight games. Parise and the Wild are firing on all cylinders and I don’t expect that to change tonight in Vancouver.

Andrew Ladd, Winnipeg Jets – The Jets’ top line of Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler has been one of most consistent in the NHL this season and they have big GPP upside. The Oilers were shelled by the Ottawa Senators 7-2 on Saturday and have now given up the second-most goals per game (3.30) in the league this season. Edmonton has been abysmal on the road this year (7-16-7), and they likely just want to go home after their long six-game road trip which ends tonight in Winnipeg. Ladd has been a beast on home ice throughout his career and I expect that to continue tonight against the Edmonton Oilers.

Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche – Landeskog has recently picked up his offensive game, scoring in back to back contests while adding six shots on net. Playing on Colorado’s top line with Nathan MacKinnon and Ryan O’Reilly as well as the Avs top powerplay unit, Landeskog should be able to keep rolling tonight in a plus matchup versus the Arizona Coyotes. The Desert Dogs are one of the weakest defensive teams in the NHL, allowing 32 shots per game and ranking 28th in goals against per game (3.23). Landeskog is inexpensive and in a great spot to produce tonight.

Other Wingers To Target (Cash Games) – Ryan O’Reilly, Blake Wheeler, Mathieu Perreault, Anders Lee

Other Wingers To Target (Tournaments) – Tyler Toffoli, Daniel Sedin, Johnny Gaudreau, Eric Staal, Bobby Ryan

DEFENSE

Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets – Byfuglien is riding a four-game point streak, producing two goals, seven points and 18 shots on goal along the way. Byfuglien has been an offensive machine this season for the Jets (14 G, 40 PTS, 178 SOG in 58 GP) and he should only add to those totals tonight against this weak Oilers squad.

Travis Hamonic, New York Islanders – Hamonic has been very impressive since taking over as the Islanders’ powerplay quarterback. In his last five games he has racked up five points, nine penalty minutes and a +7 rating. As long as he continues to man the point on the top powerplay unit, Hamonic is in play on a nightly basis.

Other Defensemen To Target (Cash Games) – Erik Karlsson, Tyson Barrie, Drew Doughty

Other Defensemen To Target (Tournaments) – Keith Yandle, Dougie Hamilton, Victor Hedman

Good Luck Grinders!
Pepsi7

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  • Chris Lowery (pepsi7)

  • Chris Lowery aka Pepsi7 has a long of history of proven success in fantasy sports getting his start in season long leagues where he won many high stakes expert leagues across baseball, football, and hockey. He made the jump to DFS in 2012 and dominated MLB in 2013 in a huge way by winning the FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship for a six-figure payday. The RotoGrinders Director of NHL content, Pepsi7 can frequently be found on RotoGrinders GrindersLive shows, videos, and written articles providing expert insight for hockey and baseball.

Comments

  • nnow0819

    Is there any where in GrindersU or any place on the site where you distinguish between cash game and GPP targets in hockey? Because with high unpredictability in hockey I could use some guidance in that as I get confused between the two

    For example, I already made a lineup before your posting and I have dudes from both sides, cash games and gpp lol

  • Ryazan

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      2015 FanDuel WFFC Finalist

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      2015 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Pepsi, u liking winnipegs goalie for a nice cheap price tonight?

  • Bobbyboom

    @nnow0819 said...

    Is there any where in GrindersU or any place on the site where you distinguish between cash game and GPP targets in hockey? Because with high unpredictability in hockey I could use some guidance in that as I get confused between the two

    For example, I already made a lineup before your posting and I have dudes from both sides, cash games and gpp lol

    Let me check it out – msg me. I can help you with that, yeah gpp vs cash is a little tricky in hockey

  • tarheel66

    Think Isles goalie is in play today, they have dominated the Rangers in all this year, now no Lundquist equals blowout !!!!!

  • Ryanoss

    • 2015 DraftKings FHWC Finalist

    @Ryazan said...

    Pepsi, u liking winnipegs goalie for a nice cheap price tonight?

    Pavelec plays for the jets. He can be inconsistent but the oilers are terrible.

  • pepsi7

    • 2013 FanDuel WFBC Champion

    • x3

      2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    nnow0819 – use this link, I have articles on both cash games and GPPs.

    http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/nhl/52245/429/fanduel-nhl-plays-monday

  • pepsi7

    • 2013 FanDuel WFBC Champion

    • x3

      2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Ryazan – Yes i do.

    tarheel66 – I don’t hate Halak, but he has been allowing a few too many goals despite the wins.

  • elctrceye

    • Blogger of the Month

    Ed Tait @WFPEdTait · 3m 3 minutes ago
    #NHLJets line combos same as end vs Det: Stafford w Ladd, Little. Wheeler w Scheifele and Perreault. Third and 4th lines same #bn

  • wmartin3

    Im stoked for the Battle of New York. The islanders have treated me well of late. If Im not mistaken, The islanders have outscored the Rangers by 9 points over the last three meetings. Halak .964% save rate against the Rangers granted you have to realize the stat includes the 27 save shutout and the 40 save night with the one goal in January.

  • creakyknees

    Hutchinson expected to start in goal for Winnipeg tonight. Thoughts on him?

  • pepsi7

    • 2013 FanDuel WFBC Champion

    • x3

      2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    creakyknees – I like Hutch, he should win. He has not been playing his best, but should do enough to beat Edmonton.

  • Kangwel

    Ladd/Little/Wheeler line is split up. And stacking them will be very difficult, as they are now a line of C/RW/RW and C/LW/LW

  • BernieKozar

    Avoid Halak, although the Isles get a lot of wins – their PK is just so bad. He also lets in a lot of soft goals.

  • Skullduggery

    @Kangwel said...

    Ladd/Little/Wheeler line is split up. And stacking them will be very difficult, as they are now a line of C/RW/RW and C/LW/LW

    Stack 2 plus Defense man

  • ldmariodl28

    • Blogger of the Month

    Shocked no one is talking about the Rangers.. Why because they have only scored 4 goals vs the Islanders this year?

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