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NHL EZ Pick Preview 03/26/19
Take a look at the matchups set for this Tuesday’s EZ Pick.
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.
Chicago Blackhawks vs St Louis Blues
The Chicago Blackhawks’ six-game winning streak has been built on a foundation of a potent 1-2 punch involving reigning Hart Trophy winner Patrick Kane and captain Jonathan Toews. The strong goaltending of Corey Crawford is not to be gone unnoticed either. The Blackhawks look to continue their good fortune on all fronts and avenge a season-opening loss to the St Louis Blues. The Central Division rivals meet at Scottrade Center on Wednesday (Enter Contest).
ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (9-3-1)
The Hawks’ top pair (Kane & Toews) is arguably the best within the past half decade and there is no sign of slowing down from them. Kane collected three goals and five assists during the winning streak. Toews answered his traditional slow start out of the blocks to record of eight points. Veteran Marian Hossa set up a goal before scoring in overtime in a 4-3 win over Dallas on Sunday to increase his point total to seven (five goals, two assists) in his last six games and 1,100 in his decorated career. New linemate Artem Anisimov also tallied to extend his career-high point streak to 11 games, but he was held off the scoresheet in Chicago’s 5-2 setback against St. Louis on October 12.
Crawford yielded three goals in that contest to fall to 14-5-5 lifetime versus the St Louis Blues but has stopped 164-of-169 shots while posting two shutouts during the Blackhawks’ current winning streak. Rookie Tyler Motte is expected to miss three weeks with a lower-body injury.
ABOUT THE BLUES (7-4-2)
Goalie Jake Allen permitted nine goals in a two-game stretch before stopping 22-of-23 shots in a 5-1 victory over visiting Colorado on Sunday. The 26-year-old New Brunswick native has played significantly better at home than on the road. He posted a 3-0-1 record with a 0.98 goals-against average and .959 save percentage at Scottrade Center as opposed to 2-3-1 mark with a 3.42 GAA and .864 save percentage away from the Gateway City. Right winger Vladimir Tarasenko recorded two goals and an assist in the first meeting with the Blackhawks this season. Tarasenko has collected 16 points (10 goals, six assists) in as many career encounters with the division rivals. Mired in a five-game point drought, 2012 top overall pick Nail Yakupov is expected to be a healthy scratch for the third straight game. It’s a decision that hasn’t pleased the Russian too much.
An upper-body injury to Joel Edmundson will send fellow defenseman Petteri Lindbohm into the lineup. He’s has been recalled from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League just two day’s ago. The Blues scored three power-play goals in the first meeting with the Blackhawks but are just 1-for-21 in their last six games.
Western Conference Preview
The NHL Playoffs begin tonight, so Fanpicks is here to bring you all you need to know with our Western Conference Preview.
(1) Dallas Stars (50-23-7-2, 109 pts) vs. (WC) Minnesota Wild (38-33-9-2, 87 pts)
In the wild, wild West, the top-seeded Dallas Stars face the Minnesota Wild. It marks the first time the Stars, who relocated to Dallas from Minnesota in 1993, will face the Wild in the post-season.
The Stars come in blazing, having won nine of their last 11 while overcoming injuries to key forwards Tyler Seguin (Achilles tendon) and Patrick Eaves (lower body).
The Wild closed their own season out by losing their last five games, and though one can try to claim their minds were already on the playoffs… losing five in a row of anything in’t good. It begins to affect you, and they’ve already gone through a mid-season coaching change, so the psyche isn’t necessarily strong in that locker room.
To make matters worse, the club recently announced that offensive catalyst Zach Parise is dealing with a back issue and is out indefinitely. Thomas Vanek (18 goals) and Eric Haula (14) are also injured.
(2) St. Louis Blues (49-24-5-4, 107 pts) vs. (3) Chicago Blackhawks (47-26-7-2, 103 pts)
The first series in the Western Conference to get underway features a pair of long-time division rivals. The Central division’s St. Louis Blues facing the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks. It marks the 12th meeting between the two franchises, with Chicago leading the all-time series 8-4.
The Blues may have been the team nobody wanted to play against the most as the season wound to a finale. So, it’s a good thing Chicago probably has the best roster in the West.
Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook form a core that have already brought three Stanley Cups to Chicago in the last six years. So, even though the Blues are trending upwards they will certainly have their hands full.
(1) Anaheim Ducks (46-25-7-4, 103 pts) vs. (WC) Nashville Predators (41-27-12-2, 96 pts)
The Ducks’ victory capped an impressive run that began immediately following the NHL’s Christmas break. Anaheim opened the season 1-7-2 and was 12-15-6 following a 3-2 overtime loss at the Rangers on Dec. 22.
Starting with a 4-2 win over Philadelphia on Dec. 27, the Ducks closed the season 34-10-5.
Their run was just enough to catch California rivals the LA Kings and snatch the division crown away.
Offensive leaders Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were under fire early on, as Getzlaf didn’t score for the first 14 games of the season, and didn’t collect his first even-strength goal until February 4, 2016…Game number 49. But the duo ended-up finishing 1-2 in team scoring with 63, and 62 points respectively.
While youngin’ Filip Forsberg is an offensive dynamo( 33 goals, 64 points), Nashville’s strength lies in their defensive core. Shea Weber is the biggest name of the bunch, but D-partner Roman Josi (61 points) had the better season and should be a Norris candidate himself. Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis are no slouches either, which is why the club felt comfortable in dealing away potential franchise defenseman Seth Jones for star center Ryan Johansen who had fallen out of favour in Columbus.
John Gibson is young, but a proven big-game performer at all levels so he may get the majority of the starts, but Frederik Andersen has been in this position before.
Pekka Rinne had an off-season for his standards, so the jury is out on whether or not he’ll turn things around when it matters most.
The Ducks and Predators will meet for the first time in the playoffs.
The Kings will face the Sharks for the fourth time. The Kings have won two of three series including a first-round matchup in 2014, when Los Angeles became the NHL’s fourth team to overcome a 3-0 series deficit.
Anze Kopitar is perhaps the league’s best centerman, as he dominates every aspect of the game with relative ease. He will be supported offensively by a streaking Jeff Carter, who has six goals in his last eight games, and a slew of talented vets.
Defensively, Drew Doughty is the Norris Trophy (league’s top D-man) favorite, and gets even better in the playoffs.
Goalie Jonathan Quick is probably the NHL’s best playoff goaltender, and set a personal career-high with his 40 victories this season.
Los Angeles squandered a chance to clinch the Pacific Division following a 4-3 shootout loss to Winnipeg on Saturday in which the Kings blew a 3-0 lead.
The last game of the regular reason maybe not seem important to clinched teams, but if the Kings can’t hold off the Jets up 3-0…there is serious reason for concern.
Joe Thornton had his best season since 2009-10 keading the Sharks with 82 points in 82 games. More often than not, he was busy setting up captain Joe Pavelski (38 goals ) and defenseman Brent Burns (27 goals, 75 points).
Martin Jones proved to be a fruitful acquisition for San Jose this year, but has only 57 minutes of playoff experience under his belt (no starts), compared to Jonathan Quick’s 4684 and pair of Stanley Cup rings.
DFS NHL PICKS
Sadly, the NHL season is coming to a close so we’re here to present to you our last regular season edition of our DFS NHL picks.
Not to worry, we will still be providing fantasy picks throughout the playoffs. But as every team is in action, this is a big night.
Important note: Word came out of Pittsburgh earlier today that superstars Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang would not be dressing for their season finale, so be weary of any last minute scratches around the league.
As we’re all aware of professional sports contracts are laced with incentives. In other words, statistical plateaus that athletes must attain to cash in on big money bonuses.
To break it down, as major league sports season’s come to a close these plateaus often become the focus of individual players as they step into action. Wouldn’t you try your luck if a million dollars was the difference between you taking the shot (and scoring) or passing it off to a teammate? 30 goals on the season puts you into the upper-echelon of performers, whereas 29 goals gets you in the milder “20-goal scorer” category.
So as time is of the essence for these contracts, I’m aiming for players who will be extra motivated to reach these milestones.
If you doubt this theory and need proof, just look up how Jamie Benn won the NHL scoring title last season. Spoiler: He scored four points (a hat-trick), including the last one with 8.5 seconds left in the game (and season) to surpass John Tavares and Sidney Crosby to win the Art Ross trophy. Not to mention he did it without the other half of Dallas’ dynamic duo as Tyler Seguin sat out with an in-house suspension.
Finally, let’s take a look at my DFS NHL picks.
If you can’t tell just by looking at it, this is pretty much a young stars team balanced out by the ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr, and Chicago’s 2015-16 dynamic duo of rookie Artemi Panarin and current NHL leading scorer Patrick Kane.
The strategy is to have hungry young guns with a lot to prove, plus a few guys on hot streaks to bring some stability.
Panarin sits at 28 goals on the season, needing two to hit the 30-goal plateau. One single point would be nice as well, as the 75-point mark would be awfully impressive for a rookie (albeit a 24-year-old rookie)
Winnipeg rookie Nik Ehlers is a nice value at $4800, and has 1 goal and 5 assists in his last 10 games while skating on the Jets’ top line with Blake Wheeler and breakout star Mark Scheifele.
The heavily scrutinized Alex Galchenyuk managed to turn a nearly lost season around just in time to be named the Montreal Canadiens player of the year. The electric American also sits at 28 goals, and you can bet his teammates (namely Max Pacioretty) will be doing everything they can to get him to 30 goals. A nice team dinner and a couple of bottles of wine is in the best interest for everyone, especially since the Habs have nothing else to play for.
19-year-old phenom Connor McDavid is arguably the best player in the NHL already. He leads the league (ahead of Jagr and Kane) with 2.71 points-per-60-minutes during 5-on-5 play. The former two come in at 2.61. While the Oilers were a disaster this year (again), the Canucks have been down right awful for the past month and are ripe for the picking. McDavid has at least one point in all but two of his previous 10 games (2 goals + 11 assists), including 3 against these very same Canucks just 48 hours ago. Did I mention he sits at 48 points (44 games) on the season? Two points in the season finale seems fitting for the young icon.
Chicago Blackhawks vs Vancouver Canucks
NHL Fantasy Preview
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The Chicago Blackhawks are in a position where 1 point against the Canucks will let them clinch a Stanley Cup Playoffs berth. This could be their 8th straight trip to the playoffs and are more concerned about not finding themselves in a wild-card spot. They currently trail the Dallas Stars and the St-Louis Blues by 6 pts in the Central Division while being 2 pts ahead of the 4th place Nashville Predators. They’re coming into this game off a 4-1 win against the Calgary Flames on Saturday. They still have a few injuries’ to cop with including their star goalie Corey Crawford, who’s not going to be present during the Blackhawks’ 4 game road trip.
The Vancouver Canucks where eliminated from the playoffs when they got smoked by the St-Louis Blues on Friday night 4-0. The Canucks will simply try to focus on improving their game and input from younger players since the remainder of the season doesn’t mean muc. They’ve been fighting against injuries and irregularities in their lineup. They’ve been going through a very tough time, having lost now 7 straight games including 4 shutout losses in their past 5 games. Daniel Sedin, who leads the Canucks with 27 goals, its highest total since his 30 goal campaign of 2011-2012, has only scored once in during the last 7 games.
HERE are the Projected Lineups:
Andrew Ladd – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa
Artemi Panarin – Artem Anisimov – Patrick Kane
Tomas Fleischmann – Teuvo Teravainen – Dale Weise
Andrew Desjardins – Marcus Kruger – Andrew Shaw
Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Jannik Hansen
Sven Baertschi – Bo Horvat – Emerson Etem
Chris Higgins – Linden Vey – Jake Virtanen
Jared McCann – Brendan Gaunce – Alexandre Burrows
Daily Fantasy Hockey Value Picks
With six NHL games on this evening, we present to you our daily fantasy hockey value picks.
Casey Cizikis ($3900) – The gritty centerman has found the scoresheet in all but two of his last ten games (8 points), so regardless of the matchup it’s great value. He doesn’t play the most minutes, or have the most talent, but he always brings his lunch pail to work and brings it for his teammates. John Tavares is definitely a big target today, but don’t be afraid to stack these Islanders. They haven’t played since March 3rd and Henrik Lundqvist is out with a neck injury. These “New York, New York” games get intense, and when push comes to shove Cizikis is always around.
Devante Smith-Pelly ($4100) – How quickly did those tears dry up? Devante Smith-Pelly delivered a heart-felt interview during a media scrum on trade deadline day, shedding more than a few tears before making his departure from Montreal. He didn’t bring it every night the way the coach wanted him too so he barely played. All of a sudden he lands in New Jersey, plays 15 and 18 minutes, and has 2 goals and 1 assist (2 games). Maybe feeling like he is actually an important piece of the on-ice product has brought out the best in the bruising forward, nevertheless, at $4100 it’s worth riding the hot hand.
Christian Ehrhoff ($3600) – Since the trade to the mighty Blackhawks the mobile defenseman has seen a major bump in ice-time, not to mention the quality of his teammates. He has recorded 7 shots over the past 2 games, as many as he had in the 8 prior.
They use him to QB their powerplay, and it seems to have opened things up for everybody down low. The freshly acquired Andrew Ladd parks himself in front, and Ehrhoff blasts them from the point while the more talented players (Kane, Toews, Panarin) use the open space to execute more effectively.
Fantasy Hockey Preview
We welcome you to this special edition fantasy hockey preview. A great night for hockey fans is upon us. With twelve, that’s right TWELVE hockey games on the tube tonight, fans and fantasy players alike will have their hands full keeping up with all the fast and furious action.
– Kicking things off at 7 pm (est) is the main event, the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. This cross-conference rivalry goes back to their Stanley Cup Finals days.
Patrick Kane has been an absolute machine this season. He has 15 points in his last 12 games, and 88 on the season. He is gunning for 100 and is must-see TV. His linemate, rookie Artemi Panarin ain’t too bad himself, with 59 points in 63 games.
The Bruins combo of Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron themselves have been dynamite this season, as Marchand has 32 goals and is tied for third in the NHL for even-strength goals. Bergeron is the two-way stud he always is, and shines in games like this against players like Kane.
I’m weary of any Montreal Canadiens or Anaheim Ducks. If you watched the game or even the highlights from last night you’ll know why. That was the most physical game the Canadiens played all season and while the Ducks are tough,it takes it’s toll on you as a player.
The Ducks have been the NHL’s best team over the past month and a half so while still playable, temper your expectations against the Vancouver Canucks.
The Habs could surprise in LA, but the Kings are fresh and looking for an important two points on a night the Ducks could jump them for the division lead.
Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter, Tyler Taffoli and Drew Doughty are all solid picks from the Kings, while Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are options for Anaheim. Normally, Sami Vatanen, Cam Fowler and Hampus Lindholm are sturdy but they are inexperienced so back-to-backs may not be the best situation for them.
The Minnesota Wild head to Toronto to face the reeling Maple Leafs. Toronto has won just two of their last ten, and have dropped their last three games.
The Wild need to win this game to remain in the playoff race out West, and the Leafs lineup is unrecognizable to most fans.
Jason Pominville has 2 goals and 6 points in his last 3 games, and 12 in his last 8.
Garret Sparks will start in goal for Toronto.
Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks
Over the last few days I have been producing playable daily fantasy lineups. But I just wanted to take a second and state that these “lineups” could be more accurately described as “fantasy players to target”. I am giving you all the tools (players to target, value picks, streaks and matchups) for you to build your own winning DFS lineup. The guys who fit into my cap will be on my roster, but be sure to read below for guys who didn’t make the cut but could be the difference in your daily fantasy contest.
Today I am going to feature the stack technique. Meaning when you “stack” your roster with two (or more) players from the same team. Linemates whose production can be largely based off one another.
- My roster
Even though the Avalanche have been in a scoring slump for the past month, I almost took the chance and stacked the high-priced Nate MacKinnon with his immensely talented but low-cost teammate Mikhail Grigorenko. They aren’t playing together tonight, but a great showing versus the Canadiens earlier this season has me holding my breath. Grigorenko also has assists in consecutive matches. But due to the much lower salary hit, I will take Derek Stepan instead of MacKinnon and stack him with one of his wingers.
That winger being Mats Zuccarello. He’s been tearing it up lately with 4 points in his last 2 games.
In another stack I’m going with NHL scoring leader Patrick Kane and his linemate Artemi Panarin. Their numbers speak for themselves with 13 points in the last 4 games combined. Sven Andrighetto is also a great option at an ultra low cost.
Johnny Gaudreau had 3 points versus the Ducks in his last game, and 2 assists a game removed versus the Sharks. A matchup with the sinking Minnesota Wild can’t be a bad thing for Johnny Hockey.
Offensive D-man Tyson Barrie scored in that 6-1 beating the Avs put on the Canadiens back in November, and plays a ton on the PP. He is a solid option against the lowly Habs. Speaking of the Habs, Nathan Beaulieu has seen a big bump in ice-time since the injury to Jeff Petry. He is a skilled defender who can skate and plays the powerplay. He can provide you with the same results as someone like Mark Giordano, but at half the price.
I’m going with Calgary’s Jonas Hiller in net. A matchup versus the Wild, who have lost 8 of their last 9 games is great, and I like it a lot more than taking a guy like Lundqvist vs the high-flying Hawks or Crawford vs the streaking New York Rangers. Semyon Varlamov is a tempting option, but it could be a trap game. The Canadiens have switched their lines up and may actually have found something that works on offense to finally win a game.
Chicago Blackhawks vs Tampa Lightning – 01/21/16 Preview Prediction & Fantasy Picks
The Tampa Bay Lightning (25-17-4) have home crowd advantage this time around in this 2nd matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks (32-13-4) this season. It’s also a rematch of the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals, which Tampa lost. Both team are on fire right now, and one of them will be put out at the end of this confrontation.
Chicago is on a 12 game winning streak. They have set a Blackhawks record for consecutive wins by defeating the Nashville Predators 4-1, on Tuesday. The Blackhawks have won the last 4 meetings between the two, a stretch that includes last year’s NHL finals. To make matters worse, Tampa Bay has not scored against goaltender Corey Crawford since the second period of the finals Game 5. To be exact, that’s 149 minutes and 24 second of shutout. Crawford will have the chance to extend that streak tonight.
Tampa Bay is on a season-high 6th straight win, thanks to center Brian Boyle. He returned to the lineup on Tuesday, after missing one game due to injury, and scored the winning goal against the Edmonton Oilers. The Lightning’s offense is going well nowadays, scoring no fewer than 3 goals during the winning streak. Coach Jon Cooper decided to give Ben Bishop the day off Tuesday, letting backup Andrei Vasilevskiy play instead. Bishop should be back tonight. The 6-foot-7 goalie won his last 3 starts, while holding a .959 save percentage.
Fantasy Pick and Prediction:
C Vadislav Namestnikov (Tampa Bay)
LW Artemi Panarin (Chicago)
RW Patrick Kane (Chicago)
D Duncan Keith (Chicago)
D Brent Seabrook (Chicago)
G Corey Crawford (Chicago)
Scores Prediction: Chicago 3-2
NHL Sunday Night Preview, Picks & DFS Advice
Last night, we debuted with our Saturday night NHL preview and suggested DFS picks to earn you some big bucks. Today we’ll do the same in honour of a couple of solid games for a Sunday night. I will breakdown the matchups and hopefully, give you some good daily fantasy advice.
Montreal Canadiens (23-18-3) at Chicago Blackhawks (30-13-4) (7 pm)
While I did mention that leaders like Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty had to score last night to give the Canadiens a chance, it still wasn’t enough. Both veterans came through with goals, but Montreal dropped another one last night. This time in dramatic OT fashion to the St. Louis Blues. Since their epic collapse began, they have continued to find ways to implode rather than make plays when the moment calls…
The Blackhawks on the other hand, are gunning for their 11th straight win, which includes a 2-1 victory versus these same Habs this past Thursday. Patrick Kane scored his first career regular-season hat-trick Friday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs and has just been an absolute terror for goaltenders this season (28 goals, 67 points in 47 games).
Advice: If you’re going to play any Habs, Pacioretty is a streaky scorer…and PK Subban has points in four straight. Plekanec has four points over his last four games. Kane is expensive, but it could be worth the investment. Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov get to ride shotgun and are the likely beneficiaries of Kane’s dominance. Corey Crawford was superb on Thursday, and with a group of tired Habs he may not be tested too often.
Philadelphia Flyers (19-15-8) at Detroit Red Wings (23-14-7) (7:30 pm)
The season hasn’t been all that they hoped for in Philly, but the Flyers were on a four-game winning streak prior to suffering a 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday. Their better players are playing better hockey for them, but a matchup with a pretty even opponent will show us how good the Flyers really are.
We knew there was going to be changes in Detroit. Mike Babcock, the league’s premier coach bolted for big money just north of the boarder, and a influx of youth has resulted in inconsistent results. The good news is, that youth is very promising…and exciting. Michigan native, Dylan Larkin is heading to the All-Star game as a rookie and fans love the way they skate.
Advice: Jakub Voracek, Claude Giroux, Dylan Larkin and Tomas Tatar are all hot. Could be alot of goals in this one, multiple skaters isn’t a bad thing.