Daily Fantasy Hockey Lineup
There are only five games on the NHL schedule tonight, and with the season coming to a close, matchups become even more important when considering your daily fantasy hockey lineup.
Some daily fantasy players like to spread their wealth over an abundance of games, but as some teams are fighting for their playoff lives others are dreaming of greener pastures so effort levels can waver significantly.
In this edition of my daily fantasy hockey lineup, I’ve loaded up on Kings, and Panthers, while rounding out my team with stalwart’s from playoff teams (one exception: Columbus’ hot Boone Jenner)
- My Lineup
The Tampa Bay Lightning were expected to be contenders this season, but have dealt with their share of drama from the get-go. Captain Steven Stamkos has had a whirlwind season including the non-stop trade rumours due to his status as an impending unrestricted free-agent, while top prospect Jonathan Drouin refused to report to their minor league affiliate for a while leading to an in-house suspension.
Just as Tampa thought that things would turn up in time for the playoffs, those hopes took a major hit when the club announced the loss of Stamkos for one-to-three months with a blood clot this weekend, and top pairing defenseman Anton Stralman with a broken leg last week.
Scoring winger Ondrej Palat missed over 20 games this season due to injury, but has heated up of late going on a tear about a month ago and recently producing 4 goals and 8 assists for 12 points over his last 10 games.
Though the Vancouver Canucks have won two straight, the Kings are still the heavy favorite. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the Canucks hadn’t won one in their previous 10 and LA is true Stanley Cup contender.
Enter a trio of Kings: Jonathan Quick, Jeff Carter and value pick Kris Versteeg.
Jonathan Quick is one of the league’s few elite goaltenders, and is aiming for a career-high 40 wins tonight. He’s at least $1000 cheaper than the St-Louis Blues tandem of Jake Allen (injured) and Brian Elliott, more talented than them and has the desired matchup.
I also stacked two members from the Florida Panthers top line. Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr. Barkov has made a habit of wrecking the Montreal Canadiens this year, and capped off the season with a 4-point effort (2 goals, 2 assists) on Saturday night. The young Finn is fresh, confident and primed to wreck the Maple Leafs tonight.
Linemate and living-legend Jaromir Jagr has points in 5 straight games, while scoring at least one point in 16 of 21 games since turning 44 years old on February 15th (9 goals, 13 assists). He shows no signs of slowing down heading into the NHL playoffs.
With a handful of NHL games on the schedule tonight and virtually every Saturday night, there is a big opportunity to make a lot of cash in fantasy hockey. The season is more than halfway done, so don’t miss out on every chance you have to win big daily fantasy hockey bucks!
I will take a look at who the NHL’s hottest players are and who could be on the mend to break out of a cold streak. Taking the league’s biggest names can pay off with some consistency, but you need that wildcard performer to separate you from your peers. Let’s see who it could be…
Here is my Saturday night lineup:
C – Aleksander Barkov (FLAvsPIT) $6,200
C –Nathan MacKinnon (COLvsWPG) $6,500
W – Carl Hagelin (PITvsFLA) $5,500
W – James Neal (NSHvsSJ) $6,000
W – Linden Vey (VANvsCGY) $2,700
D – Dustin Byfuglien (WPGvsCOL) $6,900
D – Cody Ceci (OTTvsTO) $4,400
G – Semyon Varlamov (COLvsWPG) $7,600
UT – Jonathan Toews (CHIvsDAL) $4,900H
I opted for defenseman Dustin Byfuglien and Cody Ceci over big ticket items like Erik Karlsson and John Klingberg. It was tough because those two are hot and on another level with the puck on their sticks. But Big Buff and Ceci get you tremendous value at their price tags in comparison. They could easily have multi-point games themselves and match the output.
Barkov is just a tower of power, while MacKinnon could feast on a vulnerable Jets team. Hagelin‘s been on fire, while Neal had a great All-Star weekend and looks to have rediscovered his elite scoring touch.
Linden Vey is your wildcard (should be available in your league), and he is the key to this contest. Now a fixture in the Canucks top-six, Vey has been lighting the lamp regularly since his recall from the minors and flanking the ever-developing Bo Horvat.
Varlamov just won 126K in civil court and had the week off, so if he’s not relaxed enough to pitch a shutout against once again; this lowly Jets squad, I’d be very surprised.
Jonathan Toews is on sale on all your DFS sites due to his recent cold-streak and injury and you MUST PLAY HIM. A well rested All-Star weekend has him finding the back of the net again, and a matchup with the NHL’s best offense and duo (Seguin and Benn) will bring out the best in Captain Serious.