Pepsi7's NHL Core Plays: Tuesday, February 13th
Each day, one of our NHL experts will be providing recommended player picks for your daily fantasy hockey lineups. The goal is to help you build the optimal cash game (50/50s/double-ups/head-to-head) lineup.
Tuesday, February 13th
We have yet another exciting Tuesday night of National Hockey League action with a 12-game slate on deck. The Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks are the biggest favorites tonight, and we have three teams (Tampa Bay Lighting, Chicago Blackhawks and the Arizona Coyotes) playing on consecutive nights.
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Goalie Options – With several large favorites on the board tonight, we finally have a night where we can feel comfortable rostering numerous goalies, so let’s discuss our options. The Ottawa Senators can’t seem to score goals, which means Matt Murray should cruise to an easy victory, and because this game should play at a fast pace, Murray may see enough shots to be GPP worthy as well. Devan Dubnyk is always a great option in any format, thanks to the amount of perimeter shots he sees on a nightly basis, and this may be our top GPP tender this evening. Marc-Andre Fleury has been sensational all year long, and he should continue to pad his stats tonight against a Chicago Blackhawks team playing on consecutive nights. Martin Jones makes for a great late-night hammer, however he may not see enough shots to help you win a tournament. Lastly, if you are simply looking for a win and little else, Louis Domingue is also in play (especially on FanDuel where is extremely inexpensive) against a punch-less Buffalo Sabres offense missing their best player in Jack Eichel.
Pittsburgh Penguins Offense – The Ottawa Senators are having a terrible season thus far, thanks in large part to their awful play in their own end (31st overall in CA/60, 22nd in HDCA/60 and 27th in SCA/60, resulting in the third-most goals against in the National Hockey League this season), and things are not going to get any easier for them tonight, as they face an offensive juggernaut at the PPG Paints Arena. The Pittsburgh Penguins’ offense is firing on all cylinders these days, leading the league in goals per game in 2018, and they are once again the top offense to target on this 12-game slate. In cash games, I would suggest getting a piece of the both of the Penguins’ explosive top two scoring lines, with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel leading the way, while also considering value plays Dominik Simon, Bryan Rust and Carl Hagelin. In GPPs, you can’t really go wrong, as both of these potent lines are red hot and have multi-goal potential, but I will give the edge the PIT2 (with Malkin), despite PIT1 being a cheaper line stack, and you should be adding Kris Letang whenever possible.
Vegas Golden Knights Offense – The Vegas Golden Knights are another team we should be targeting tonight in all formats. Vegas has the second-highest projected goal total on this slate (next to the Penguins), and they will be facing a defensively challenged Chicago Blackhawks team playing on the tail end of a road back-to-back. The Blackhawks were crushed 6-1 last night by the lowly Arizona Coyotes, and their weak defensive game (20th overall in SCA/60, 28th in HDCA/60 and 24th in SCA/60) opens the door for the Golden Knights’ offense this evening at the T-Mobile Arena. In cash games, you can roster any of the Golden Knights’ top six, with Jonathan Marchessault and James Neal being the top options. As for tournament play, if you are a multi-entry GPP player, I would suggest you stack both of these underrated lines, while adding Shea Theodore to the top line, and Colin Miller or Brad Hunt to the second unit.
San Jose Sharks Offense – We are going to need to find some salary relief somewhere tonight, and that is where the San Jose Sharks offense comes in. Whether you are targeting their moderately priced wingers, or looking for a couple of inexpensive line stacks, I would start with the Sharks. The Arizona Coyotes have definitely improved their defensive play of late, but they are still not a strong defensive team (sitting 27th overall in both CA/60 and HDCA/60), and they can certainly be exploited on the road. Not to mention, the Desert Dogs are one of three teams playing their second game in as many nights, putting the Sharks’ offense in a favorable spot tonight at the Shark Tank. The Sharks’ top line may be the better option, with all three members skating on the top power play unit, however it has been their second line (led by Joe Pavelski) doing most of the damage of late. I should also mention that Brent Burns is must add when stacking either of these lines.
Brent Burns, Kris Letang & Seth Jones We have several great options tonight on the blue line, with these three (Burns, Letang and Jones) offensive defenseman looking like the best candidates, thanks to their opponents’ inability to play defense and kill penalties. Brent Burns has the highest floor and ceiling of any defenseman in the game, and if you can find a way to roster him tonight, I strongly suggest you do so. Outside of Burns, Kris Letang is the most offensively gifted blue liner in the game, and with the Ottawa Senators’ poor defensive play (31st overall in CA/60, 22nd in HDCA/60 and 27th in SCA/60) and weak penalty kill (28th overall), he should be in line for a very big night. If you are not sold on Burns or Letang, Seth Jones is next up on my hit list. The Islanders are the National Hockey League’s worst defensive team (ranking 29th overall in SCA/60 and 31st overall in both HDCA/60 and SCA/60, resulting in them allowing a league high 3.67 goals against per game), and they can’t seem to kill penalties (30th ranked PK), putting Jones in a prime spot tonight at the Barclays Center.
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