Pictured: Steven Stamkos and Patrice Bergeron
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Alex Ovechkin vs Nikita Kucherov

Alex Ovechkin earned his 1,200th career point in a 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Ovechkin’s milestone came on John Carlson’s third period power-play goal. He reached 1,200 points in his 1,072 career game. He’s the 49th player to ever reach 1,200 points.

Nikita Kucherov collected an assist on Monday against the Maple Leafs, inching his league-leading point total to 111. He had two goals against the Red Wings on Saturday.

Jamie Benn vs Blake Wheeler

Captain Jamie Benn has 33 points in 38 career games vs. the Wild.

Blake Wheeler is expected to be available to play on Thursday night. Wheeler skipped Wednesday’s practice after he took a couple of shots to the head on Tuesday against San Jose. He has seven goals and 16 points in the last 10 games.

Evgenii Dadonov vs Brad Marchand

Evgenii Dadonov picked up an assists and added a plus-1 rating in Sunday’s 6-1 win over the Red Wings. He has 5 assists in his last 3 games.

Brad Marchand’s two goals and an assist weren’t enough in Boston’s 7-4 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Marchand started off his night by feeding Patrice Bergeron on a two-on-one to open the scoring shorthanded. However, things fell off the rails from there for Boston, allowing five straight goals in a span of 21 minutes. The Bruins then scored three straight to close out the second frame to make this one interesting, with Marchand getting on in tight off a rebound and getting his second off a Bergeron faceoff win. Marchand is now just the sixth player in franchise history to record at least four consecutive seasons of 30+ goals. The 30-year-old winger has 30 goals and 85 points in 69 games this season.

Phil Kessel vs Alexander Radulov

Phil Kessel scored a goal and an assist, both on the power play, in Tuesday’s 5-3 win over the Capitals.

Alexander Radulov has totaled 9 points over the last 10 games for Dallas with six goals and three assists.

Yanni Gourde vs Mike Hoffman

Yanni Gourde had two assists on Monday against the Maple Leafs.

Mike Hoffman collected his 30th assists (61 points) of the season in Sunday’s 6-1 win over the Red Wings.

Claude Giroux vs Evander Kane

Claude Giroux saw his season-high eight-game point streak end in Monday’s 3-2 win over the Senators despite playing 24:40.It was the ninth time this season Giroux has topped the 24-minute mark in a game, all under interim head coach Scott Gordon. However, the Flyers are just 3-4-2 when Giroux logs 24-plus TOI.

Evander Kane joined the Sharks for Thursday’s morning skate. Kane won’t return on Thursday against the Panthers, but he’s getting very close. He missed a little over two weeks.

Viktor Arvidsson vs Patrik Laine

Viktor Arvidsson leads the Predators with 28 goals, adding 11 assists and recording 39 points.

Patrik Laine needs to step up his game, and soon. After scoring 21 goals in the first two months of the season, Laine has scored just eight times in his last 45 games. That’s a pedestrian rate for someone who tore up the league in his first two years.

Tyler Seguin vs Sidney Crosby

Tyler Seguin earned an assist in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Buffalo. Seguin has contributed a helper in each of the last three games. He has 27 goals on 271 shots this season as well as 63 points in 69 contests.

Sidney Crosby scored two goals in Tuesday’s 5-3 win over the Washington Capitals. The Penguins fell behind two goals midway through the contest but Jake Guentzel got them back in the game at the 12:37 mark of the second period. Crosby then tied the game less than a minute later when Justin Schultz sent him on a breakaway with a great lob pass. Crosby then needed just 61 seconds to finish off a great tic-tac-toe sequence with Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel for his second of the night. Pittsburgh’s captain is up to 33 goals and 90 points in 67 games, becoming the only active NHLer with at least six seasons of 90+ points.

Patrice Bergeron Steven Stamkos

Patrice Bergeron notched one goal and one assist in a 7-4 loss to Columbus on Tuesday night. Bergeron opened the scoring four minutes into the contest with a shorthanded goal. He set up a goal by Brad Marchand near the end of the second stanza. Bergeron has 26 goals and 65 points in 54 games this season.

Steven Stamkos has 34 goal this season and 382 in his career. He is one shy of tying Lecavalier’s career franchise record.

Mark Scheifele vs Jack Eichel

Winnipeg has scored 235 goals and is third in the Western Conference averaging 3.4 goals per game. Mark Scheifele leads the team with 32.

Jack Eichel has been suspended for two games for an illegal check to the head on Colorado’s Carl Soderberg. Eichel got a two-minute penalty on Saturday for the hit. He won’t get to play in Buffalo’s upcoming two-game homestand, but he will be eligible to return on March 16 versus Carolina.

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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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Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins Fantasy Hockey News – 02-02-16

The Toronto Maple Leafs (17-22-9) will play the host Boston Bruins (26-18-5) at TD Garden Arena on Tuesday. FanPicks has this game on tap for tonight’s DFS action. Come play Fantasy Hockey at fanpicks.com.

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Toronto hopes that the All-Star break will rejuvenate its offense. They’ve been on a dry spell lately, scoring three goals in their last four games. The Leafs won once in their past 10 games; it was a 3-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers on January 19. Their leading scorer, Leo Komarov, looked eager to get back to reality after participating in the crazy all-star game. He returned to action immediately, taking part on Monday’s team practice. He has 31 points in 48 games, this season. Toronto has had some solid goaltending, as well, from James Reimer this year. He possesses a .932 save percentage, which is tied for the 2nd best in the NHL. Reimer, will get the start for Toronto tonight. The Maple Leafs haven’t won against Boston since December 31th, 2014.

 

The Bruins suffered an awful 6 to 2 loss at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks before the All-Star break. They’ve also had to deal with backup goaltender, Jonas Gustavsson’s, medical issue. The Finn left Friday’s game because of an irregular heart rate and was later placed on injured reserve. Malcolm Subban was recalled from Providence and joined the Bruins for practice on Monday. He’ll be backing up Tuukka Rask tonight, if Gustavsson is not cleared to play. Second-year forward, David Pastrnak, will make his return to the lineup, after spending the All-Star break with Providence from the American Hockey League. With nine points in eighteen NHL games, Pastrnak should add some punch to a struggling Bruins offense.

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Canadiens vs Bruins

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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.

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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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