NHL Daily Plays: Wednesday, February 18th


We have yet another solid six-game slate tonight in the NHL. We do not have any heavy favorites tonight, so building a cash game lineup may be a little more difficult than usual, though the GPP options are endless.

With 12 teams hitting the ice and a lot of the games being difficult to predict, it should be an interesting night to say the least.


Make sure to check the RotoGrinders Starting Goalies Page to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting prior to game time.

Editor’s Note: Dustin Tokarski has been confirmed as Montreal’s starting goalie for tonight.

Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens – Price shut out the Detroit Red Wings in his last start and is as hot as any goalie in the NHL right now. Price has now won eight of his last nine starts, posting three shutouts in the process. The Ottawa Senators lack any real offensive punch and are not an offense to fear. Montreal is playing great hockey these days (7-2-1 in their past 10) and I expect that to continue tonight in Ottawa. Look for Price to be dominant again tonight and win his sixth consecutive game.

Other Goalies To Target (Cash Games) – Corey Crawford, John Gibson

Other Goalies To Target (Tournaments) – Devan Dubnyk, Semyon Varlamov, Jimmy Howard


Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks – Toews has points in four consecutive games and continues to be a consistent scorer for the Blackhawks. Chicago’s top line (Brandon Saad, Toews and Marian Hossa) has great chemistry together and they are playing their best hockey of the season right now. Due to his consistency and big game upside, Toews makes a great play in all formats tonight.

Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins – Bergeron is riding a three-game scoring streak and has four goals in his last six games. Bergeron is one of the best two-way players in the game today and always seems to post positive points. The Edmonton Oilers are one of league’s worst defensive teams and I expect Bergeron to find the scoresheet again tonight.

Other Centers To Target (Cash Games) – Ryan Getzlaf, Jeff Carter, David Desharnais

Other Centers To Target (Tournaments) – Pavel Datsyuk, Steven Stamkos, Anze Kopitar


Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks – Perry has points in seven of his last eight games and is one of the best snipers in the game today. Perry has really picked up his offensive game in 2015, registering 10 goals, 18 points and 60 shots on goal in 18 games. As one of the league’s best power forwards, look for Perry to flex his muscle tonight versus the Lightning.

Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens – Pacioretty is coming off of a multi-point night against the Detroit Red Wings and he will look to duplicate that feat tonight in Ottawa. Pacioretty has been one of the NHL’s best players in 2015 so far, producing 12 goals, 20 points and 86 shots on net in 19 games. The Senators have had trouble keeping the puck out of their net recently and will likely be starting rookie goaltender Andrew Hammond tonight. Ottawa is without both Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner due to injury and Hammond has not posted very good numbers in the minors. Look for Pacioretty to snipe at least one goal tonight.

Tyler Toffoli, Los Angeles Kings – Toffoli is smoking hot these days, racking up five goals, seven points and 19 shots on goals in his last five games. Despite the valiant effort on a nightly basis from goaltender Semyon Varlamov, Colorado remains one of the league’s worst teams in terms of defensive zone coverage and possession. “That 70’s line” has been on fire recently and I don’t see the defensively challenged Avalanche slowing them down tonight.

Other Wingers To Target (Cash Games) – Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Zach Parise

Other Wingers To Target (Tournaments) – Bobby Ryan, Gustav Nyquist, Marian Gaborik


Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens – To be honest with you, there are not a lot of standout defensemen tonight. Markov has been very productive in February and is shooting the puck a lot more these days, averaging over three shots per game this month. Markov logs a lot of ice time and mans the point alongside P.K. Subban on the Habs’ top powerplay unit. With the Senators struggling and starting a rookie in net tonight, I expect the Canadiens to score a few goals and Markov to be involved. Markov makes a great value play tonight on defense.

Other Defensemen To Target (Cash Games) – P.K. Subban, Duncan Keith, Mark Giordano, Drew Doughty

Other Defensemen To Target (Tournaments) – Erik Karlsson, Ryan Suter, Victor Hedman, Tyson Barrie

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  • FtKnox3423

    Man, did the Blues get torched last night or what? As a fan I’m pleased but as a “fandueler” I was pissed lol. Thx for the write up buddy.

  • boltonscott79

    I like quick price and he is coming into zone

  • gooch2306

    Tokarski is starting in place of Price tonight. Also, there is a chance Subban gets his first start tonight for the Bruins in place of Rask. Keep an eye on Daily Face Off for updates. That being said, I’ll take Crawford.

  • pepsi7

    • 2013 FanDuel WFBC Champion

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      2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    It looks like the Habs will rest Carey Price tonight. As an alternative, I don’t mind Dustin Tokarski, I think he wins, but likely gives up a couple of goals. Corey Crawford and John Gibson would be my other options.

  • T_Loc11

    What about Subban is it worth taking the risk that he doesn’t play and gets you 0 points if you can stack your line up?

  • gooch2306

    I would stay off Boston goalies. The Bruins did not announce the starter and will wait till pre-game warm up which will be after roster lock. I wouldn’t want to take that chance, even if it is with only $5000 in cap.

  • NYPhilsPhan

    Call me crazy, but I think Varlamov is a sneaky play. I know the Avs play bad D, but the Kings are anemic on the road. I think he takes a lot of shots and ends with the win. Could get crushed like he did against the Rangers, but he held ARI and DAL to one goal and got two wins last week. with Price out, I really don’t feel any more confident in any of the other Goalies tonight.

  • bart5944

    @boltonscott79 said...

    I like quick price and he is coming into zone

    Never bad to go with Avon Old Fams Boy

  • bart5944

    Its, Quick, Dubnyk and Tokarski, for my in the nets tonight… Like all 3 to have solid wins…

  • bart5944

    Also will role with LA 2nd line, Chicago’s 1st and Boston’s 1st and 2nd on various team

  • Mmirza23

    Well so much for Tobarski, the “weak” Senators offense put up 4 goals, NHL DFS way too unpredictable

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