Pictured: Brad Marchand and Artemi Panarin
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NHL EZ Pick Preview 04/02/19

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Artemi Panarin (vs BOS) or Brad Marchand (vs CLB)

Artemi Panarin leads the team in assists with 56 helpers and in points with 83.

Brad Marchand was selected as the NHL’s third star of the month for March. Marchand recorded nine goals and 14 assists in 15 games. He accounted for points in 12 of his 15 outings, while posting four three-point performances. Marchand has amassed 98 points in 78 matches.

Patrik Laine (vs MIN) or Alexander Radulov (vs PHI)

Patrik Laine had 21 goals in his first 24 games but has only nine goals in his last 55 contests.

Alexander Radulov scored his 27th goal of the season in Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss against the Vancouver Canucks. Radulov finished with five shots on goal, a blocked shot and a hit across 24:50 of ice time across 31 shifts. He has lit the lamp in three consecutive outings, and he has 10 goals and 15 points with a plus-10 rating across 14 contests in the month of March. He’ll look to score in a fourth straight game when the Stars return to action Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Brock Boeser (vs SJS) or Dustin Brown (vs ARI)

Brock Boeser registered an assist and three shots in Saturday’s 3-2 shootout win over the Stars. Boeser has 12 points in 14 March games, only failing to put his name on the scoresheet three times in the month. The consistent production gives him 55 points in 66 games, matching his output from last season. With up to three more chances to set a new personal best, it’s likely Boeser will do so in the final week of the season.

Dustin Brown scored his 22nd goal of the season, but finished the game with a minus-three rating in a 7-2 loss against the Flames on Monday night. Brown finished off a nice passing play in the first period to tie the game at 2-2. The wheels then fell off for the Kings in the third period, resulting in a minus-three rating for the 34-year old. Brown has now amassed 22 goals and 49 points in 69 games this season.

Auston Matthews (vs CAR) or Sidney Crosby (vs DET)

This will be the third straight year that the Leafs qualify for the playoffs – for those counting, that’s every single year since the club drafted Auston Matthews first overall Matthew has 209 game played, 111 goals and 204 points in his NHL career.

Sidney Crosby came in March like a lion but went out like a lamb: He had six goals and nine assists in last month’s first eight games, but only two assists in the final eight.

Nathan MacKinnon (vs EDM) or Connor McDavid (vs COL)

Two of the NHL’s best scorers, Nathan MacKinnon and Connor McDavid, meet when Colorado and Edmonton hit the ice at Pepsi Center. MacKinnon is seventh in the NHL with 96 points and McDavid currently ranks second in the league with 115 points. 

Nathan MacKinnon needs one goal to reach 40 for the first time in his career and two points to reach 400 in the NHL.

Connor McDavid has been named the NHL’s first star of the month for March. McDavid racked up seven goals and 20 assists in 14 games. He picked up at least one point in 12 of his 14 outings, while recording 11 multi-point efforts. McDavid has a career-high 115 points in 75 games this season

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NHL Fantasy Hockey Daily Picks

We’re ready to layout for you our favorite NHL Fantasy Hockey Picks of the night. There’s nine games on tap for Tuesday, with Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Erik Karlsson all suiting up and ready to rip the fantasy scoresheet. FanPicks rotopicker has selected the nine best option for tonight’s action.

  • LW – Filip Forsberg – $6,600

Forsberg has been sensational in February, notching his second hat trick in the last three games. Additionally, the former first-round pick has three games this month with three or more points, giving him 46 on the season in total. Needless to say, the 21-year-old is on a torrid pace lately and should be started whenever he’s on ice.

  • LW – Brad Marchand – $6,300

The month of February has been ridiculous for Marchand, scoring in 10 of 14, including two multi-goal games. Keep the former third-round pick glued into your lineups.

  • RW – Patric Hornqvist – $5,000

Hornqvist piled up eight points in his last six games, which included a 4 points night in yesterday’s game against Arizona.

  • RW – Craig Smith – $4,500

Smith went plus-3, with a goal and two assists in Saturday’s 5-0 victory over St. Louis. He enjoyed his best game this season against the stout Blues’ defense and now sits at 25 points on the year.

  • C – Sean Monahan – $5,200

Monahan is on a three-game point streak and is up to 43 points in 60 games this season. The 21-year-old continues to center Calgary’s top line and is continuing to find ways to produce depite the fact the team has lost seven of their last eight games. Monahan’s consistent point production and 144 shots on goal make him a solid fantasy asset.

  • C – Colton Sceviour – $4,100

Sceviour has a surprising three points in his last three games, a tally that doesn’t really jibe with his defensive focus.

  • D – Kris Letang – $5,900

This blueliner is officially en fuego, as Letang’s now racked up eight points over his last six games. He’s now got a hefty 48 points in 51 games this year, slotting him in at fourth overall in scoring among defenseman.

  • D – Tyson Barrie – $5,500

Barrie has been hot of late, registering six points in his last five games. He now has 11 goals and 42 points — 19 of which came on the power play — in 60 games on the season.

  • G – Roberto Luongo – $6,900

Luongo ended up not enjoying his scheduled day off, as he replaced an injured Al Montoya early in the Panthers last contest. The 36-year-old put forth a valiant effort on the back end of a back-to-back slate, but he ended up dropping both games of the weekend. Luongo has a 1.78 goals-against average in his last four appearances, beginning with the win over the Jets last month.

NHL Fantasy Hockey Daily Picks

Filip Forsberg

Brad Marchand

Patric Hornqvist

Craig Smith

Sean Monahan

Colton Sceviour

Kris Letang

Tyson Barrie

Roberto Luongo

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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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Canadiens vs Bruins

FanPicks.com NHL Preview

The Montreal Canadiens (23-19-4) will host the Boston Bruins  (23-16-5) at TD Garden on Tuesday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy hockey competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $10K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy sports site.

Projected Lineup

Starting Lineup

 

Center David Krejci returned to the team for the first time since he sustained an upper-body injury in a game against the Ottawa Senators on Dec. 27. He and forward David Pasternak, who has missed the past three games with an upper-body injury, both accompanied the team to Montreal. They skated together on a 5th line in practice with extra forward Tyler Randell. It is unlikely that they will play Tuesday night. It is also confirmed that Adam McQuaid has not skated since subsatining an upper-body injury on a hit from behind by Washington Capitals forward Zach Sill on January 5th. The Bruins are just one point in front of Montreal in the Atlantic Division with two games in hand.

After back-to-back road losses, 4-3 in overtime to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday and 5-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, the Canadiens skipped on pratctice Monday. Goalie Carey Price and defenseman Tom Gilbert both out with lower body injuries remain out. Since the start of December, the Canadiens have gone 5-15-1. They hold the worst record in the NHL during this span and a minus-23 goal differential.

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