Florida Panthers vs Tampa Bay Lightning

NHL Fantasy Hockey Preview

Two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference face up tonight in this battle for the Atlantic Division supremacy when the Florida Panthers travel to the Tampa to face the Tampa Bay Lightning. This NHL Fantasy Hockey preview is brought to you by FanPicks and WIN up to a $1 million with only $1 when you play in our NHL Magic Million promo contest at FanPicks.com

 

NHL Fantasy Hockey Preview

The Florida Panthers come into this game having 3 out of 4 games against the Tampa Bay Lighting this year. They’re currently tied with the lightning in terms of points at 91 but are second behind them in the Atlantic Division due to few regulation/overtime wins (Tampa Bay 40 vs Florida 34). Both teams have 8 games remaining and are battling this late season for the divisional lead. This will be a huge and great game for both teams. Their Forward Vincent Trocheck has goals in 3 straight games and 4 of his past 5 games.

The Lightning come into this game having set a season high for goals in a game this year in a 7-4 win against the New York Islander and moving up into 1st place at the same time. They unfortunately lost a key player during the game. Their Defenseman Anton Stralman is out indefinitely with a non-displaced fracture of his left fibula, an injury that happened in the 1st period. It’s a tough loss with big shoes to fill for the Lightning. He will most likely miss the rest of the regular season and come back for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Tampa Bay has won 3 straight games. Kucherov scored a goal at least in 4 consecutive games with their start forward Steven Stamkos has 6 goals in his past 6 games.

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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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Early DFS NHL Picks

My early DFS NHL Picks for the day. There is another contest with four great evening games coming up. This one highlights the five awesome afternoon games we have the pleasure of watching this Saturday.

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The Superstars: Filip Forsberg is on fire, Sidney Crosby could ground the Jets, and Roberto Luongo has a great matchup and is heating up.

Star Power: Jaden Schwartz has been money since returning from a season-long injury, Dallas Star (pun intended) John Klingberg is a heck of a value at $5800. Need I say anything about Gostisbehere?

Role Players: Boston’s Kevin Hayes pretty regularly contributes. Victor Arvidsson of the Predators was demoted to the third line recently, but has come up with double digit fantasy points in his last two contests. I’m going to take the chance on him again and hope he keeps me afloat with an average performance at worst.

X-Factor: Since I couldn’t afford Tyler Seguin, Valeri Nikuschkin will have to do. He is riding shotgun with Jamie Benn and Seguin and has 2 assists in his last two games.

The plan is for the big guns to have BIG games, while my X-Factor comes through in the clutch. Let’s see how this edition of my DFS NHL picks fares on this bright Saturday afternoon.

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Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks

Once again we would like to stress this isn’t necessarily our suggested daily fantasy hockey optimal lineup, but Value Players to target to help make your team successful! In order to win your daily fantasy hockey contest you need to maximize your spending and get the right formula for victory, where as these players are selected with individual value in mind (as you can see I always have money left over). Let’s take a look at my strategy today.

  • My Roster

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In today’s lineup I started off superstar heavy. Tyler Seguin versus the Bruins, Evgeni Kuznetsov (did you see that pass), and goaltender Roberto Luongo.

Seguin is playing his former team so I expect a passionate performance, while I am stacking Justin Williams with Kuznetsov. The RW pool is thin, and some playing time with Alex Ovechkin is never a bad thing.

Max Domi has been on fire, but linemate Anthony Duclair is actually the more consistent performer. At $4800 I have to hope for the best from the speedy rookie.

Jaden Schwartz has more points than superstar linemate Vlad Tarasenko since his return, so even though I think Tarasenko could pot a pair tonight Schwartz offers the better value.

Ales Hemsky also plays for Dallas, but I don’t consider it a stack since rarely do the two play together (if ever). Hemsky is a skilled veteran who has been producing better-than-usual lately, and with my back against the cap wall I had to roll the dice.

I went with two youngers on the blueline. Arizona’s Michael Stone has quietly put up very nice numbers over the past 20 games, while Jacob Trouba is finding his game again in Winnipeg. The last two games have been fantastic, but I’m hoping that Trouba can put up his best fantasy game of the season with at least 1 point, multiple shots for and multiple blocked shots.

 

 

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Penguins vs Panthers Fantasy Hockey Preview

Pittsburgh Penguins (28-19-7) at Florida Panthers (32-18-6) (7:30 pm EST) 

An exciting matchup is on tap for all you fantasy hockey fans out there.

While Jaromir Jagr turns 44 years old today, the rest of his Panthers teammates are barely legal. Franchise defenseman Aaron Ekblad was born on the same day Jagr scored his 200th NHL goal. Yes, you read that correctly. Ekblad just turned 20 on Super Bowl Sunday, while his legendary teammate will be facing off against a team he spent half a decade breaking records for.

The Panthers and Penguins will battle for precious points as the Eastern Conference playoff races start to heat up.

Pittsburgh needs the points worse than they’d like to admit, while Florida are sitting pretty near the top of the standings, but home-ice advantage in the playoffs is huge. Especially for such an inexperienced team like the Panthers.

Sidney Crosby has cooled off from his ridiculous recent pace, Kris Letang as well, while Evgeni Malkin is close- but not quite there yet as he works to return from injury.

Sid the (former) Kid will need to bring his A-game to defeat the youthful Miami kids tonight, which shouldn’t be as tough with All-Star Roberto Luongo sitting this one out while Al Montoya takes to the blue paint.

The incumbent Marc-Andre Fleury starts for Pittsburgh, and he will need to make some big saves on these skills cats in order to keep his Penguins afloat.

The Panthers have done some line juggling due to the injury of star center Alex Barkov. Jagr will not play with regular Jonathan Huberdeau, instead he will play next to Vincent Trocheck and either Brandon Pirri (if he plays – injury) or Reilly Smith…both pure snipers.

It will be a good one in Sunrise, Fla tonight as the puck drops at 7:30pm EST.

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