Pictured: Mike Hoffman and Claude Giroux
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NHL EZ Pick Preview 03/19/19

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Evgenii Dadonov vs Vladimir Tarasenko

Evgenii Dadonov tallied his 25th goal of the year in Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Dadonov got the Panthers on the board 11 seconds into the second period. He has generated three goals and nine points in the last six contests. Dadonov has been red hot alongside Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau on Florida’s top line.

Vladimir Tarasenko (upper body) is ready to return on Tuesday. Tarasenko was injured on March 7 and was held out of the lineup for five straight games as a result. He has 28 goals and 58 points in 66 contests this season.

Mike Hoffman vs Claude Giroux

Mike Hoffman leads the Panthers with a career-high 33 goals. Of those scores, a team-leading and career-best 16 have come on the power play, which ranks tied fourth in the NHL. The 29-year-old winger has notched 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) over his last 17 games.

Sunday night was one of countless examples of Claude Giroux’s quiet leadership. Giroux could not partake in morning skate because he was under the weather and deemed a game-time decision. He ended up gutting it out, playing 23:33 against the Penguins and finishing as a plus-2.

Nathan MacKinnon vs Tyler Seguin

Nathan MacKinnon notched one goal and one assist in a 3-0 win over New Jersey on Sunday. MacKinnon assisted on the first of Tyson Barrie’s two goals in the contest before adding his 37th goal into an empty net to seal the win. MacKinnon became just the second player in club history to produce consecutive 90-point seasons after Peter Forsberg accomplished the feat in 1997-98 and 1998-99.

Dallas is also a team that appears fairly top-heavy up front, ranking 29th in the NHL in goals per game (2.51) despite possessing three high-end offensive talents in Tyler Seguin (27 goals, 65 points), Jamie Benn (26 goals, 48 points) and Alexander Radulov (22 goals, 57 points).

Sidney Crosby vs Evgeni Malkin

Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh into a matchup against Carolina. He ranks fourth in the NHL with 92 points, scoring 33 goals and recording 59 assists.

Evgeni Malkin (injured) is tagged as week-to-week. The injury is believed to have occurred when Malkin took a hard cross-check by Robert Bortuzzo to the ribs on Saturday. 

Aleksander Barkov vs Vincent Trochek

Aleksander Barkov had two helpers in Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Anaheim. Barkov recorded the secondary assist on goals by Evgenii Dadonov and Aaron Ekblad in the contest. He has dished out 13 helpers and has two goals during a six-game point streak. Barkov has career-highs this season in goals (30), assists (53) and points (83) through 72 games.

He was injured for about two months, but even in a shortened season we’ve seen the levels of production that Vincent Trocheck can bring. He’s averaging over two hits per game, about 2.7 shots per game, would fly past 50 blocked shots had he played 75 games, and sits with roughly a penalty minute per contest. Perhaps the point production is a bit lacking but it’s worth noting his current shooting percentage (5.8 percent) is about half his three-year average from 2015-18 (11.4 percent). If you double his current goal total to account for the shooting percentage drop, he’s up to 0.31 goals per game coming off three seasons of 0.33, 0.28, and 0.38 goals per game. In other words, things are pretty much normal here.

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NHL Fantasy Hockey News Senator vs Flyers

Dominate your competition with our  NHL Fantasy Hockey News, create the winning lineup at Fanpicks.com. The Ottawa Senators and Philadelphia Flyers have separated wins in both games this season at Canadian Tire Centre. Senators goalie Craig Anderson made 36 saves in a 4-0 victory Nov. 21. Center Sean Couturier had one goal and two assists in a 4-2 Flyers win Dec. 1.

Ottawa did not practice Friday. Forward Mark Stone won’t play Saturday, but could return to the lineup next week. Stone sustained a chest injury March 30 against the Winnipeg Jets.

Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux did not practice on Friday. He was the only player missing from what could have been the Flyers’ final full practice of the season. Beginning Saturday they’ll play their final six regular-season games in nine days, with three sets of back-to-back match-ups. Goaltender Ray Emery was signed to a contract for the remainder of the season Friday, but Emery must go through waivers before he can officially join the squad since he played in Europe earlier this year.

The Senators are Emery’s first NHL team. This confrontation will be without too much of importance for the Sens, as they are out of playoffs contention. It’s unlikely the Flyers will take them lightly though. They have won two straight, including a 3-2 defeat of the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

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NHL Fantasy Hockey Daily Picks Capitals vs Flyers

Dominate your competition with our NHL Fantasy Hockey Daily Picks, create the winning lineup at Fanpicks.com. It could be a preview of an Eastern Conference First Round series when the Washington Capitals tangle against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.Fantasy Basketball

A win by the Flyers would go a long way toward cementing that future post-season confrontation. The Flyers and Detroit Red Wings have 87 points each, but Philadelphia has the edge in the race for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the East because they’ve played fewer games than the Red Wings. Detroit’s 3-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday gave the orange and black a chance to have its first lead in the race for the final spot. Goalie Steve Mason will be a big part of the team effort for the push. It will be his seventh straight start and 12th in the last 13 games. He said that he feels energized, and his numbers definitely bear that out. In his past 11 contests, he’s 7-2-2 with a 1.97 goals-against average and .929 save percentage. Mason allowed two goals or fewer in five straight games and seven of the past 11.

The Capitals could progress to some changes toward the upcoming match-up. Forward T.J. Oshie sat out the early skating session and coach Barry Trotz said that he would be a game-time decision. Oshie missed the final 3:26 of a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday. Washington already clinched the Presidents’ trophy, so Trotz might give some rest to some of his banged up players before the end of regular-season. Regardless of who will play or not, this confrontation could be just what the Capitals need as they prepare to ramp up into playoff mode.

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RW Wayne Simmonds (PHI)

C Claude Giroux (PHI)

G Steve Mason (PHI)

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Philadelphia Flyers vs Washington Capitals 1/27/16 Preview

Philadelphia Flyers (20-18-8) at Washington Capitals (35-8-3) (8 pm EST)

 

The Washington Capitals must be chomping at the bit.

Off since January 19 due to #Blizzard2016, the Caps have had over seven days of rest with their last two games being postponed. The NHL’s top team will face-off with the lowly Flyers, a team that struggles in all facets of the game and can’t wait to be on vacation.

In the last couple of games for the Capitals, Alex Ovechkin has a pair of goals, former Flyer Justin Williams has three goals and two assists and Evgeny Kuznetsov has seven (yes seven!) assists over that span.

As if that wasn’t enough to scare Flyers fans or the Flyers themselves, the league’s most potent power-play will take to the ice in a heavily weighted matchup against Philly’s porous penalty kill.

Defenceman John Carlson should be returning to the lineup tonight after missing the last 12 games with a lower-body injury. He is officially listed as probable.

Michal Neuvirth will be facing his former team as well in this one. The former Capital will do his best to stop the star-studded Caps from lighting up the scoreboard, but it will be no easy task with the team he has in front of him.

 

Up front for the Flyers only Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek are consistent DFS options, as Brayden Schenn‘s offensive ability is limited. His linemates Matt Read and Michael Raffl leave much to be desired.

 

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Maple Leafs vs Flyers

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The Toronto Maple Leafs (16-20-7) pay a visit to the Wells Fargo Center to take on the Philadelphia Flyers (20-15-8) on Tuesday. 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

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The Maple Leafs are on a 5 game skid. They scored 4 goals in 4 games since James van Riemsdyk’s injury. The American forward led Toronto with 29 points before going down with a broken foot. Goaltender James Reimer, whose .934 save percentage is second best in the NHL to Philadelphia’s Michal Neuvirth (.936), will start for Toronto.

 

Philadelphia is doing better nowadays. They’ve won 5 of their past 6 games, with the latest result being a 2-1 shootout win against Detroit, Sunday. The goaltending combo of Michal Neuvirth and Steve Mason is responsible for the recent success of the team. Team captain Claude Giroux picked up five points in the past 3 games and leads the Flyers with 35 points.

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