NHL Daily Plays: Wednesday, March 4th

It’s another “Rivalry Wednesday” on the ice tonight, which is basically the NHL’s way of saying that there aren’t many games.

Eight teams will lace up the skates tonight, with the first puck dropping 30 minutes later than usual (7:30 PM Eastern). Below are my top picks of the day.


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


Jimmy Howard – Detroit Red Wings – After a grueling six-game road trip, the Red Wings return to Detroit tonight where Howard owns a 11-4-6 record with a very solid 2.16 GAA and .916 SV% at the Joe Louis Arena this season. Howard turned away 27 of the 29 shots the Rangers threw his way in a winning effort back in December. I expect this to be a hard fought, playoff-type game between two teams jockeying for playoff positioning in the Eastern Conference, and with Mike Babcock utilizing the last line change to slow down the Rick Nash line, Howard is in a nice position to pick up a “W”.

Others To Target: Michael Hutchinson, Marc Andre-Fleury


Evgeni Malkin – Pittsburgh Penguins – Fade Malkin right now at your own risk. The sniper has tallied three points in each of the last three games and is now riding a five-game point streak that has seen him amass six goals and six assists. Only the Buffalo Sabres are allowing more shots on goal per game this season than the Colorado Avalanche, and Malkin picked up an assist and fired six shots on goal against them in their first meeting. He’s going to be a staple in my cash games.

Mark Scheifele – Winnipeg Jets – After a rather impressive rookie campaign last season, expectations were high for the former seventh-overall pick entering this season. However, he struggled out of the gate and only managed to pick up two points through the first 12 games on the season. However, he’s settled in now and is currently riding a four-game point streak and has now scored 7 goals and added 19 assists over the last 35 games. He picked up an assist in Winnipeg’s 2-1 shootout victory over the Senators earlier this season and sees a healthy dose of playing time on the team’s second power-play unit.

Others To Target: Ryan Getzlaf, Bryan Little, Henrik Zetterberg, Sidney Crosby, Derek Stepan, David Desharnais, Nathan MacKinnon, Martin St. Louis


Tomas Tatar – Detroit Red Wings – Entering tonight’s game, Tatar leads the Red Wings in both goals (25) and plus/minus (+12). The 24-year-old lit the lamp against the Predators on Saturday and, after a brutally slow start to the season, has tallied 21 goals and added 20 assists over the last 46 games. Tatar has already picked up a goal and an assist in two prior meetings against the Rangers this season and can still be found at a discounted price on several sites.

Mike Hoffman – Ottawa Senators – With 23 goals and 17 assists already on the season, it’s safe to say that Mike Hoffman has officially burst onto the NHL scene. The speedster enters tonight’s game against the Winnipeg Jets having tallied points in four straight games and racking up six goals and six assists over his last ten games. He’s seeing a healthy dose of playing time on Ottawa’s top power-play unit and should have plenty of scoring opportunities against the a Jets penalty kill that ranks dead last in the NHL since the All-Star break (72.6%). Hoffman is still underpriced on several sites and an excellent option on tonight’s short slate.

Others To Target: Corey Perry, Max Pacioretty, Chris Kunitz, David Perron, Gabriel Landeskog, Jacob Silfverberg, Kyle Palmieri, Brendan Gallagher


Cam Fowler – Anaheim Ducks – If you’re looking for a cheap defenseman tonight, then Fowler could be your guy. He’s routinely logging 20 minutes of ice-time per game and sees time on the point of the Ducks top power-play unit. He picked up an assist against the Coyotes last night and is a +7 over his last three games. He’s dirt cheap on several sites ($3,100 on FanDuel for instance), so give him a look.

Kris Letang – Pittsburgh Penguins – If I’m spending money tonight on a defenseman, it’s going to be Letang. He dished out a pair of assists on Sunday in Columbus and has now posted one goal and 16 assists in 16 games since the All-Star break. Letang routinely logs 25+ minutes of ice-time per game and quarterbacks the Penguins lethal #1 power-play unit. With Colorado being quite susceptible to taking penalties, it would be surprising if Letang didn’t find his name in the score sheet tonight.

Others To Target: Nicklas Kronwall, P.K. Subban, Erik Karlsson, Tyson Barrie, Tyler Myers, Marek Zidlicky

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  • Priptonite

    • Blogger of the Month

    Howard over Fleury or Hutch doesn’t seem to make much sense.

  • Beezee05

    I agree. Fleury would seem to be the guy tonight in my opinion.

  • FantasyFan14

    Shady gone Priptonite. You might want to shuffle off to Buffalo my man.

  • sirrobert6

    • Blogger of the Month

    Rick Nash’s price is incredibly affordable, especially on draft kings, where no +/- gets at ya.
    Fleury is the only goalie to play tonight despite cost, everyone should and probably will have him. Either keep up or be left behind.

  • saulgoodman

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    @sirrobert6 said...

    Rick Nash’s price is incredibly affordable, especially on draft kings, where no +/- gets at ya.
    Fleury is the only goalie to play tonight despite cost, everyone should and probably will have him. Either keep up or be left behind.

    k man

  • rayprota

    How about bishop late scratch last night that was rough

  • dude_abides7

    @rayprota said...

    How about bishop late scratch last night that was rough

    That was brutal their friend. I only had Bishop in my FD lineups, which of course lock at 7pm so there was nothing I could do regardless. This is one of those things and there really isn’t anyone to blame. It wasn’t a lack of info issue, the dude got tweaked in warm-ups and they decided to play it safe. Happens sometimes. It turned what was looking to be a nice steady profit kinda night into a wash for me. Oh well, unward and upward,

    Glass half-full, I guess I should be happy I didn’t lose my ass. The fact that I also had exposure to Quick (LA) in half my cash plays saved some of my bacon.

  • Priptonite

    • Blogger of the Month

    @FantasyFan14 said...

    Shady gone Priptonite. You might want to shuffle off to Buffalo my man.

    Believe it or not… I know. Thanks, though.

  • oxlodge42

  • RJMcGinley

    Shady’s still in Philly. Buffalo got Cassel(QB) from Min today.

  • theriot326

    Day in and day out somebody writes up Cam Fowler. I appreciate all the hard work and insight you guys give but i could never trust the guy. He paid off the other night but for me he is never a cash game option. GPP only (Steve Mason tag)

  • pepsi7

    • 2013 FanDuel WFBC Champion

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      2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    I wrote up Fowler in my GPP article yesterday and he worked out great, He is nothing more than a GPP punt play, I don’t recall anyone suggesting him in cash though.

  • Niksich1420

    Howard over Fleury!

  • natroslezka

    Go Avs

  • theriot326

    I know Pepsi, you are far and away my favorite hockey analyst on grinders. With that said, I could have been mistaken on the others who wrote him up. But I do believe I saw fowler in Boggs’ cash game lineups last night. It worked for him. I’m just saying I can’t trust him for it.

  • chucknasty19

    @Priptonite said...

    Howard over Fleury or Hutch doesn’t seem to make much sense.

    Based on the Vegas lines and recent performance, I can obviously see the argument for Fleury or Hutch. But Howard is a solid play tonight. He’s a guy that always seems to rise to the occasion in big games. I think Howard reasserts himself as an elite goaltender tonight in a big, nationally televised game. (Now that I’ve put this on the record, I’m sure he’ll get torched tonight and I’ll end up eating crow.)

  • sirrobert6

    • Blogger of the Month

    Zetterburg addition was huge. Honestly did not see him making such an impact right back from a head injury. I guess the Red Wings brings guys back properly. I definitely ate my words on Howard not being good enough. I still think Fluery will get more points, but a Howard pick definitely would have given people a big finish and more options to boot. Good call, jmbwngfn. let’s see how the Pens play out the 2nd and 3rd.

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