Pictured: Alex Ovechkin and Patrick Kane
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NHL EZ Pick Preview 03/26/19

Take a look at the matchups set for this Tuesday’s EZ Pick.

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Alexander Ovechkin (vs CAR) or Patrick Kane (vs ARI)

Alex Ovechkin leads the Capitals with 48 goals and has totaled 84 points.

Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks with 102 total points, scoring 41 goals and adding 61 assists.

Artemi Panarin (vs NYI) or Evgenii Dadonov (vs MTL)

Artemi Panarin collected a helper in Sunday’s 5-0 win over the Canucks. He added a plus-2 rating with two shots and two PIM in the contest. Panarin has been excellent once again with 77 points (25 goals, 52 assists) in 72 games this year, and he has a good chance of reaching 80 points for the second time as he tries to help guide the Blue Jackets into the playoffs.

Evgenii Dadonov earned two helpers in a 7-5 loss against Toronto on Monday. Dadonov has three goals and 14 points in the last 10 games. He finished the 2017-18 season with 25 goals and 65 points in 74 contests. Dadonov has 25 markers and 63 points through 76 contests this year.

Aleksander Barkov (vs MTL) or Jonathan Toews (vs ARI)

The last time the Panthers played the Canadiens, Aleksander Barkov had a hat-trick, added an assist, and scored a goal-of-the-year candidate on Carey Price. Barkov (15-20-35) rank first in NHL scoring over the last 20-game span for the Panthers. The Finnish forward leads the Panthers in scoring with 34-54-88 totals.

Blackhawk coach Jeremy Colliton juggled his line combinations, putting a slumping Alex DeBrincat with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on the top line. They combined for 15 shots but no points on Sunday.

Evgeny Kuznetsov (vs CAR) or Jonathan Huberdeau (vs MTL)

Last April, the Capitals defeated the Blue Jackets in the first round of the playoffs en route to winning the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. Evgeny Kuznetsov led all players in points.

Jonathan Huberdeaus netted two goals in a 7-5 loss to Toronto on Monday night. Huberdeau scored both markers during the third period to bring his total to 25 on the year. He produced a career-high 27 goals last season. Huberdeau already has personal bests in 2018-19 with 59 assists and 84 points in 76 games. He has piled up seven goals and 19 points in the last 10 contests.

Max Domi (vs FLA) or Matt Duchene (vs NYI)

Max Domi, who leads Montreal with 67 points (26 goals, 41 assists), has three goals and an assist in against the Panthers this Season.

Matt Duchene acquired 6 points in 16 games since being acquired from the Ottawa Senators.

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NHL Playoff TV Schedule

This year’s NHL Playoffs are sure to be a good one, so make sure you don’t miss a moment of it.

Alex Ovechkin and the high-flying Washington Capitals are looking for that elusive playoff success, but face a red-hot Philadelphia Flyers squad that finished the season on a 15-6-2 run in which they passed four teams in the standings to reserve a spot in the post-season tournament.

The opening game of the NHL playoffs is at 7 pm ET on Wednesday April 13, when the injury-plagued Tampa Bay Lightning face-off against the historic Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings made the playoffs for a 25th consecutive season, an all-time record in major league sports.

Out West, the Dallas Stars take on their former home-town franchise as the Minnesota Wild will be their competitors in the first round. This is the first time these two teams meet in the playoffs.

In an always fun all-California matchup, the third-place San Jose Sharks meet the second-place LA Kings starting on Thursday night. It will be the fourth time these teams meet in the Stanley Cup playoffs, including an epic 2014 comeback by the Kings who were down 3-games-to-none to start the series.

Here’s a look at the entire NHL playoff broadcast schedule.

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Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks

Another edition of our Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks is upon us.

Two of the 7 pm ET starts feature heavy favorites versus bottom feeders, and at this time of the year we like those matchups, so we’re going to shine the spotlight on them exclusively. The Capitals and Flyers have a ton of pressure on them at the moment, while their opponents only have pride. Of course the added pressure can make some teams crumble, but these teams are legitimately strong and need big games after facing some adversity recently.

Onto our daily fantasy hockey picks…

If there ever were a sure-thing, Braden Holtby would be it tonight. But if you want to save a little dough, Steve Mason and his Flyers are in a similar situation (vs WPG).

Holtby and the Capitals are home to the Columbus Blue Jackets, winners of just 3 of their last 10 games and not exactly lined with offensive playmakers.

Speaking of playmakers, Nicklas Backstrom should be a target. The Capitals scorers have been cool of late, but that should all change versus the 29th ranked team in the goals against category.

Backstrom is at a low $5000, and while Evgeny Kuznetsov has been the better player all season, Backstrom is back with his old pal Ovechkin and centering the number one powerplay unit.

Claude Giroux will return tonight after being KO’d by a viscous check last game, and Wayne Simmonds is always a factor. Rookie Shayne Gostisbehere quickly made a name for himself with his clutch goals, so expect a big game from the big-game performer.

As stated above, Steve Mason draws a very favorable start against the Jets.

 

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DFS NHL Lineup

Another edition of our Fanpicks.com DFS NHL Lineup is here. Our experts’ picks were in the money again last night, so we’re not going to give it away too easily. Sometimes we give you the picks and the easy money, but we’re going to make you work for this one. That is the fun of it after all! Let’s compare rosters.

  • My Lineup

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With a whopping $1300 leftover there’s still lots of room for flexibility. Every player chosen is on a hot streak of sorts, with multiple points over their last 10 games.  The one exception to the rule is LW Charles Hudon of the Montreal Canadiens. The star prospect will be skating in his third game for the injury-plagued Habs, on the second line next to speedsters Thomas Plekanec and Paul Byron. It’s a huge gamble but I’ve been scouting the kid for years and I like him more than the other options, even up to $4300.

The tough decisions were choosing Joe Thornton over Evgeny Kuznetsov and Connor McDavid. While the latter two are mega explosive and on nice runs of their own, Jumbo Joe has just been too consistent since the holiday season.

Alex Galchenyuk has been the leagues leading goal scorer since late February with 11 goals in his last 8 games. Yes, goals, not points. But I’m sure you’re well aware of that.

Jaden Schwartz and his Blues are facing the struggling Dallas Stars. Vlad Tarasenko is simply too pricey, so the steady Schwartz will have to do. He is a slick playmaker who makes things go on the powerplay and is never too far from Tarasenko.

TJ Oshie has been rolling for the Capitals lately. They’re on the west coast to face the San Jose Sharks tonight, so with no Ovechkin or Kuznetsov in this lineup, Oshie was easy pickins’.

The Flyers are red-hot, and Claude Giroux is the leader offensively but they have pretty widespread scoring. That made Shayne Gostisbehere an easy choice. Without any Philly forwards on the squad, the rookie had to be in my lineup.

Erik Karlsson has been colder than normal but with 70 points in 69 games this season, you can’t really go wrong with the star d-man, A matchup with the Leafs definitely works in his favor as well.

 

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DFS NHL Lineup

On this busy day in the sports world, we take a minute to bring to your our DFS NHL Lineup for tonight.

While there are six games on the schedule tonight, most of them are late night as this Wednesday night belongs to the Western Conference.

The New York Islanders will play the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7 pm in the lone Eastern Conference dual, while the other other Eastern team in action will be the league leading Washington Capitals who are in LA to face the Kings at 10:30 pm.

Let’s take a look at my lineup tonight.

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It’s rare I choose a Maple Leaf, but the kid can play. Soshnikov has been terrific since being recalled by the Marlies with 3 points (2 goals) in his first 5 NHL games.  The task will be tall as Thomas Greiss will be between the pipes for the Islanders. Jaroslav Halak will be out for 6 weeks so the crease is Greiss’ to own. He has been spectacular this season in relief with an 18-6-3 record, .930 Sv% and 2.20 GAA.  He is definitely the goalie to own tonight versus the lowly Leafs, if you’re willing to pony up that kind of coin ($9000).

I’m riding the Ducks train again, and as Perron is cheaper than Perry and the rest of the gang I’m sticking with him. He has been nothing but consistent since arriving in Anaheim and I like him tonight against the weak Avalanche defense.

Colorado’s offense  is another story. Not exactly the Dallas Stars, but Nate MacKinnon, Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog and Jarome Iginla know how to score. At first I had Landeskog in the lineup, and then some tinkering got me Iginla too. Stacking the Av’s isn’t the best idea, so I kept Iginla in against the mighty Ducks (cause they’re good, that’s not their name anymore) as his veteran presence will be key in this matchup.

In the vacant spot I slotted in Islanders winger Kyle Okposo. I was tempted to go with Anders Lee as he has been on a streak, but Okposo is just a load when he is on his game, and the Toronto defense cannot support his weight.

Kuznetsov and Kopitar are two of the NHL’s best centers who will face-off in a dynamite game tonight.

Matt Niskanen has filled in nicely for John Carlson while he has been hurt. The bump in ice-time has come with fantasy rewards.

Shea Weber‘s been on a roll of late, piling up fantasy points every night. His goaltender Pekka Rinne is hot and cheaper than Greiss. The Pred’s haven’t lost in 10 games in regulation.

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DFS Hockey Picks

Another edition of DFS hockey picks is upon us. With only four games on the NHL schedule tonight we won’t have as much quantity as last night (thank you Tuesdays) but there is quality. The Bruins play the Penguins in the Nationally televised Rivalry Night on NBC and the lowly Habs visit Alex Ovechkin and the mighty Capitals in the early games. The Sharks face off versus the Avalanche at 10pm, while the Sabres will have their hands full with the home-town Ducks in the night cap (10:30pm).

As always, I try to target value picks who can help you win your daily fantasy contest. Players who should out-perform their expected output (regardless of salary sometimes).

  • My roster ($600 remaining)

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David Perron and Sami Vatanen have been fixtures in my lineup over the past couple of weeks, and deservedly so. Perron has 6 points in his last 6 games and at $5900 you have to take advantage of that kind of production.

My cheapest spot belongs to Montreal’s Sven Andrighetto. He is the Canadiens top scorer per 60 minutes played this season and a high-paced affair against the Capitals should work in the youngsters favour.

David Pastrnak is a slightly more expensive option coming off a two assist game and plays with the red-hot Louis Eriksson. Eriksson has 7 goals in his last 7 games but is far too expensive for this roster, so teammate Matt Beleskey gets the call. He has 4 points in his last 2 games and could produce in a physical matchup.

Jarome Iginla has an impressive 11 points in his last 9 games. He’s a safe bet to continue his dominance against the Sharks.

The real star power is at center with Jumbo Joe Thornton and Evgeny Kuznetsov. Thornton has 21 points in his last 16 games while Kuznetsov has 21 in 14 of his own games and is now playing with Alex Ovechkin. Ovechkin is obviously the top dog to own in fantasy hockey but at 10 grand is far too pricey for this squad.

PK Subban always raises his game against the NHL’s premier talents, and while I was targeting Andrei Markov against his Russian counterpart (Ovechkin) all my value picks allowed me to spend up for Subban.

Freddy Andersen gets the call in net tonight for the Ducks against the bottom-feeding Sabres . The Ducks have won 5 straight. Can anyone remember the last time you could say the same about the Sabres? Nuff said.

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Daily Fantasy Targets

FanPicks presents our daily fantasy targets once again. Important note: This isn’t necessarily an optimal lineup for you to use (though we do quite well), but rather Value Picks and Targets that could help put you over the top of your DFS contest. In order to win your daily fantasy contest you need to maximize your spending and get the right formula for victory. As you can see I still have a healthy $400 leftover, so use this roster as a fantasy aid to help land your desired athletes.

For example: While I think that T.J. Oshie could be in line for a good game tonight, the point of this lineup is to target the value picks and potential surprising performers so I’m suggesting the Canadiens Dale Weise and Bruins Brett Connolly on the Right Wing.

  • Let’s take a look at the rest of my targets today.

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Alex Ovechkin is the lone superstar of the lineup and is a must-play, but Filip Forsberg is no slouch. The second best player in my lineup has been on a tear, and definitely holds his own star power. The Canadiens goaltending is subpar, so Forsberg could make the most of his opportunities.

Weise is rumoured to be on the trade block for the soon-to-be seller Montreal Canadiens, so a bump up to the first line in a showcase isn’t shocking. Sven Andrighetto could earn his place back on Lars Eller and Max Pacioretty‘s wing, but Weise will begin there and has a chance to produce. He scored last game and has 14 goals on the year.

The same philosophy stands for Brett Connolly. While he isn’t necessarily on the trade block, he does have great linemates in Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. Marchand is 3rd in NHL even-strength goals and rolling at the moment, so Connolly should have a safe floor with some upside.

Mike Ribeiro returns to his former, and hometown Montreal Canadiens tonight. Since being paired together Forsberg has been dominant, so stacking this duo could prove fruitful.

Robby Fabbri comes as cheap as $3400 in some leagues, and has 8 points in his last 9 games. Alex Steen just went on the IR. More ice-time=more points for the talented young Blue.

Speaking of talented young Blues, Colton Parayko seems like a must-start every night. The hulking 22-year-old has 4 points in his last 3 games and continues to fill in gracefully for the injured anchor Alex Pietrangelo.

I think Andrei Markov is going to have a multi-point night, so play him if you can afford it. In this case I couldn’t so I went with the more youthful of Canadiens defenders, Nathan Beaulieu. Beaulieu is a fine talent on the backend, a terrific skater with poise and a solid defensive game. But he is still developing so inconsistency is his biggest issue. That being said, home games are when you should play him. When he gets the matchup he needs he has the opportunity to carry the puck up ice and make plays offensively. On the road he gets stuck in tough situations and needs to remain safe more often than not. The Predators like to active their D (Weber, Josi, Ellis, Ekholm), so expect the Habs to mirror that with PK Subban, Markov and Beaulieu.

In goal, likely MVP Brayden Holtby was my numero uno selection as he has a great matchup and is just too good this season. He’s fresh and ready to to go. The cheaper option here was Boston’s Jonas Gustavsson. He is 10-4-1 this season, and the visiting Blue Jackets are a good matchup (3rd worst in NHL) for the Bruins backup goaltender.

 

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Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks

Once again we would like to stress this isn’t necessarily our suggested daily fantasy hockey optimal lineup, but Value Players to target to help make your team successful! In order to win your daily fantasy hockey contest you need to maximize your spending and get the right formula for victory, where as these players are selected with individual value in mind (as you can see I always have money left over). Let’s take a look at my strategy today.

  • My Roster

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In today’s lineup I started off superstar heavy. Tyler Seguin versus the Bruins, Evgeni Kuznetsov (did you see that pass), and goaltender Roberto Luongo.

Seguin is playing his former team so I expect a passionate performance, while I am stacking Justin Williams with Kuznetsov. The RW pool is thin, and some playing time with Alex Ovechkin is never a bad thing.

Max Domi has been on fire, but linemate Anthony Duclair is actually the more consistent performer. At $4800 I have to hope for the best from the speedy rookie.

Jaden Schwartz has more points than superstar linemate Vlad Tarasenko since his return, so even though I think Tarasenko could pot a pair tonight Schwartz offers the better value.

Ales Hemsky also plays for Dallas, but I don’t consider it a stack since rarely do the two play together (if ever). Hemsky is a skilled veteran who has been producing better-than-usual lately, and with my back against the cap wall I had to roll the dice.

I went with two youngers on the blueline. Arizona’s Michael Stone has quietly put up very nice numbers over the past 20 games, while Jacob Trouba is finding his game again in Winnipeg. The last two games have been fantastic, but I’m hoping that Trouba can put up his best fantasy game of the season with at least 1 point, multiple shots for and multiple blocked shots.

 

 

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As we have done each week, I will provide you with another daily fantasy lineup. You can choose to play the entire roster, or take some of my targets and sprinkle them into your selections. My philosophy includes players on streaks, good matchups, great value, and the occasional hunch. So here’s another version of my lineup.

  • My roster

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I’m riding the hot David Perron, along with his defensive teammate Hampus Lindholm in a matchup with the struggling Vancouver Canucks. The Ducks duo should contribute offensively, while Lindholm can add points with a couple of blocked shots.

Alex Ovechkin was just too expensive to make it all work, so I subbed him out for youngster Andre Burakovsky. He’s not quite Ovi, but he has been on fire in his last 10 games, and plays with the uber-talented passer Evgeni Kuznetsov.

Dustin Brown has 9 assists in his last 10 games and his Kings are rolling. It may be a risk, but with the injury to Marian Gaborik the veterans ice-time is sure to go up.

Ryan Strome has been playing on a line with John Tavares (who has been tearing it up) so his production has risen dramatically. Strome was a very high draft pick just a few years ago, so he definieitly has the ability to pile up the points and light the lamp regularly. He is someone to keep an eye on as the season moves forward.

Up the middle I took my two power picks, Joe Thornton and Sidney Crosby. Thornton has been looking youthful since Christmas and Crosby is the wildcard. If he plays great he will put you over the top in your contest, if not you better hope an average performance at that salary doesn’t cripple your daily fantasy lineup.

To cap it off, Keith Yandle has points in four straight, while Antti Niemi has a great matchup as his Dallas Stars take on the Arizona Coyotes.

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NHL Saturday Night Preview, Picks & DFS Advice

We take a look at three of the biggest games on the schedule from this busy Saturday night in the NHL. The Washington Capitals at Buffalo Sabres , the Montreal Canadiens vs St. Louis Blues, and a sure to be exciting night-cap as the Dallas Stars head to Cali to take on the red-hot San Jose Sharks. Below I will breakdown the matchups and hopefully, give you some good daily fantasy advice.

Washington Capitals (33-7-3) at Buffalo Sabres (7-23-4) (7 pm)

Mr. 501 and the high-flying Capitals are going to have a field day, or shall I say snow-day with the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. On the road or not, Washington is not going to slow down when confronted by the likes of Chad Johnson (the NHL goalie, not former NFL WR), and that Sabres defense. Not to mention that Brayden Holtby is getting the start in goal and hasn’t lost a game in regulation since November 10, 2015. That’s a 22-game point streak for the 26-year old Caps netminder who is in line to tie Jose Theodore’s franchise record of 23 games (2009-10) with a W tonight.

Advice: Washington is just too hot right now for this to be a trap game against the once-again lowly Sabres. Play Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson, Holtby and as many Capitals forwards as you can afford (semi-joking).

 

Montreal Canadiens (23-18-3) at St. Louis Blues (25-15-7) (7 pm)

Nothing worse can seemingly go wrong for the Habs at the moment. The team is losing, their star goaltender is still out, and now the front-office is under fire for the recent handling (trade) of former first-round pick Jarred Tinordi. The Canadiens seriously lack scoring ability and a date with St. Louis is sure to give them the Blues. Losing goaltender Jake Allen (18-10-3, 2.17 GAA, .924 Svp, 5 SO) hurts, but Montreal’s offensive game shouldn’t be too much for Brian Elliot (7-4-4, 2.31 GAA, .919 Svp) to handle.

Mike Condon has been better of late (six goals against over last four starts), but guys like Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk have to score if the Habs wants to come away with any points.

Advice: While this could be a low-scoring affair, Vladimir Tarasenko always seems to play well vs the Canadiens, and Jori Lehtera has points in four of his last five, including three straight. If you’re looking for point from the blueline, PK Subban has points in six of his last seven, and is riding a three-game point streak as well.

 

Dallas Stars (29-12-4) at San Jose Sharks (22-18-2) (10:30 pm)

The former first-place Stars have been slumping of late, but when Mattias Janmark scored last night he joined Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Patrick Sharp, and Jason Spezza to became the fifth Dallas Star to reach a double-digit goal total. Such wide-spread scoring is usually risky for fantasy owners, but the fact that Benn and Seguin do so much of the heavy lifting while the others sprinkle the scoresheet makes this situation a little more predictable.

Antti Niemi will get the nod against his former team as he returns to the Shark Tank tonight . His Stars are just 1-4-1 this month, but should never be counted out against a division rival…even if they have won four straight and Jumbo Joe’s playing like he’s 26 (six points in last four games). Martin Jones, who recorded a shootout win on Thursday vs the Edmonton Oilers should be getting the start for San Jose. Jones is capable of stealing a game from time to time, but back-to-back starts vs perhaps the best group of scorers in the league isn’t the best matchup.

Advice: Thankfully were not here to predict wins and losses, so regardless of who comes out victorious this one should feature some goals. For that reason all the big guns – Benn, Seguin, Thornton, Brent Burns, Joe Pavelski and John Klingberg are all viable options.

 

 

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