Late Top NHL Picks

Here is the NHL rundown. We’ve got picks from Tuesday’s Fantasy Hockey matchups to get you ready for your cash drafts. Play at FanPicks now!

Washington Capitals (49-17-3) vs Minnesota Wild (44-24-5)

Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin is having a somewhat sub-par season by his standards, but he reached a milestone in his last game by becoming the third player in league history (Mike Gartner, Wayne Gretzky) to score at least 30 goals in his first 12 seasons. Minnesota ranked second in the league in scoring entering March with an average of 3.38 goals per game, but that number has dwindled to 2.21 this month, leading to 11 losses in 14 games (3-10-1). One of the few players who has been immune to the slump is Eric Staal, who has pumped in seven goals in the last 10 games to boost his total to 26.

Los Angeles Kings (35-32-3) vs Edmonton Oilers (41-25-4)

Kings captain Anze Kopitar (club-best 35 assists) has scored five goals and set up eight others in his last 14 games overall. Rookie Drake Caggiula has bounced back from a three-game benching, recording a goal and an assist in back-to-back outings as Edmonton completed a home-and-home sweep of the Avalanche.

Anaheim Ducks (41-23-8) vs Vancouver Canucks (30-36-7)

Jonathan Bernier has stepped up his game with fellow Ducks goaltender John Gibson nursing a lower-body injury, posting a stellar 9-1-1 mark in March with one shutout, a 1.71 goals-against average and .943 save percentage. Vancouver’s 28th-ranked offense is fueled by sophomore sensation Bo Horvat, who notched his team-leading 30th assist and 50th point in Sunday’s 2-1 setback at Winnipeg. The 21-year-old has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in his last 21 games overall and three (two goals, one assist) against Anaheim this season.

New York Rangers (46-26-1) vs San Jose Sharks (42-26-6)

Just as the San Jose Sharks appeared on the verge of running away with the Pacific Division title, they have tumbled back to the pack in the wake of an ugly six-game losing streak. They will be without center Logan Couture, who was hit in the face by a deflected puck in Saturday’s loss. to Nashville. Rick Nash is riding a four-game goal-scoring streak and also tallied for the Rangers against San Jose in October.

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Primetime Top NHL Picks

Here is the NHL rundown. We’ve got picks from Tuesday’s Fantasy Hockey matchups to get you ready for your cash drafts. Play at FanPicks now!

Winnipeg Jets (34-35-6) vs New Jersey Devils (27-35-11)

Coach John Hynes is giving Keith Kinkaid an extended look in net with New Jersey set to miss the playoffs for the fifth straight season. The 27-year-old Kinkaid has started four of the last six games and yielded 12 goals in that stretch, while workhorse goaltender Cory Schneider is mired in one of the worst runs of his career with a 1-8-2 mark. With Kinkaid’s mild success, Schneider will need a good outing against the Jets to stay on the coach’s good grace. Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele, who scored and set up a goal in the first encounter with New Jersey, has collected 23 points (four goals, 19 assists) in his last 18 games.

Nashville Predators (39-25-7) vs Boston Bruins (39-30-4)

Preds leading scorer Ryan Johansen recorded his 100th career goal Monday to push his total to 58 points – seven in the last eight games. Boston captain Zdeno Chara has notched 24 points this season and is one shy of 600 for his career.

Ottawa Senators (41-25-6) vs Philadelphia Flyers (35-32-4)

Mike Hoffman set up Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s goal in Saturday’s 3-1 Ottawa setback in Montreal to extend his point streak to six games (one goal, six assists) while increasing his point total to 16 (three goals, 13 assists) in his last 15 contests. Claude Giroux, a Ontario native, will play in his 650th NHL contest on Tuesday. He enjoyed quite the homecoming when he last faced Ottawa. The 29 years-old center scored twice, which included the OT winner.

Buffalo Sabres (32-32-6) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (48-19-5)

Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly is one away from reaching the 20-goal plateau for the second straight season and third in his career. Sergei Bobrovsky, who was named Columbus’ nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy, is 9-0-2 in his last 11 starts. The Blue Jackets are 8-0-0 at home on Tuesdays this season.

Detroit Red Wings (31-32-12) vs Carolina Hurricanes (33-27-9)

The Hurricanes are looking to avenge an overtime loss to Detroit in the second of a Raleigh-based two day series with the Red Wing. Carolina lost a pair of players to injury on Monday. Defenseman Ryan Murphy went down with a lower-body ailment in the third period while goaltender Eddie Lack was carried off the ice on a stretcher after being hit in the head by Andreas Athanasiou on the winning play in overtime. Defenseman Justin Faulk scored a pair of goals for the ‘Canes to raise his season total to 16, matching the career high he set last campaign. Henrik Zetterberg has recorded two goals and six assists over his last seven games to get within one of 900 career points, all with the Red Wings organization.

Florida Panthers (33-31-5) vs Toronto Maple Leafs(35-24-7)

Panthers center Jonathan Marchessault scored his team-leading 29th goal Monday in his 68th game after recording eight over his first 49 NHL contests. Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner, who has recorded a career-high 36 points this season, is one game shy of 400 in the NHL.

Dallas Stars (31-33-9) vs Montreal Canadiens (42-24-7)

Although defense and goaltending have been a nightmare for most of the season, Stars starting netminder Kari Lehtonen was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week following a stellar four-game stretch. Lehtonen started each game during the current 3-0-1 run and recorded an 0.98 goals-against average and .959 save percentage. Andrei Markov sat out 19 games this season after missing just four over the previous four campaigns, but is still providing solid production for the Habs with a pair of goals and an assist in Saturday’s win over Ottawa.

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Tuesday Top NBA Picks

Here is the NBA rundown. We’ve got picks from Tuesday’s Fantasy Basketball matchups to get you ready for your cash drafts. Play at FanPicks now!

Milwaukee Bucks (37-36) vs Charlotte Hornets (33-40)

Bucks small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 29.3 points on 56.9 percent shooting over the last three games.  Hornets power forward Marvin Williams went 5-of-6 from 3-point range against the Bulls on Sunday after going 1-of-10 in the previous three contests.

Minnesota Timberwolves (28-44) vs Indiana Pacers (37-36)

Andrew Wiggins (23.1 points) is scoring 25.8 per game over the last five for the ‘Wolves, while big man Gorgui Dieng has contributed 13.5 in the past two.  Pacers point guard Jeff Teague has lifted his level of play, averaging 20.8 points the last four contests and draining 12-of-21 from behind the arc in a five-game span.

Philadelphia 76ers (27-46) vs Brooklyn Nets (16-57)

Center Jahlil Okafor (knee) has missed three of the last four games for the 76ers and Richaun Holmes has benefited, scooping up those starts and recording two of his three double-doubles on the season. Guard Jeremy Lin’s return to health has been the primary catalyst in Brooklyn’s improved results, as the team is now 9-16 with him in the lineup and 7-41 without. Lin scored 19 points and handed out eight assists against Atlanta while swingman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson notched his sixth double-double with 11 points and 13 boards.

Phoenix Suns (22-52) vs Atlanta Hawks (37-36)

Phoenix Devin Booker is averaging 24.7 points with seven 20-point outings in March – including an historic 70 against Boston last Friday. The Hawks Dwight Howard recorded 19 points and 16 rebounds against the Nets for his 15th consecutive double-digit rebounding game.

Miami Heat (35-38) vs Detroit Pistons (34-40)

Miami fell 112-108 to Boston on Sunday despite center Hassan Whiteside delivering 19 points and 15 rebounds. Whiteside didn’t display any signs of the ankle injury he suffered Thursday as he posted his 15th consecutive double-double and 51st of the season. Center Andre Drummond is averaging 17.2 rebounds over the last six Pistons games, but his offensive production has been minimal. He averaged eight points in that span while missing all 10 of his free-throw attempts.

Golden State Warriors (59-14) vs Houston Rockets (51-22)

The Warriors needed someone to step up when Kevin Durant went down and are getting a strong run from veteran Andre Iguodala, who went 7-of-8 from the floor in a win over Memphis on Sunday. Houston’s supporting cast is stepping up around James Harden as well and four different players scored at least 22 points in Sunday’s 137-125 triumph over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Lou Williams led the way with 31 points off the bench while burying 7-of-8 from long range, and Harden was impressed with the team’s intensity from start to finish.

Denver Nuggets (35-38) vs Portland Trail Blazers (35-38)

Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard saw his streak of eight straight 25-point performances end with 22 points against the Lakers but is averaging 36.3 points against the Nuggets this season. Denver center Nikola Jokic scored eight points on 4-of-14 shooting versus after having 30 on 12-of-18 shooting against Indiana two nights earlier.

Washington Wizards (45-28) vs Los Angeles Lakers (21-52)

Washington has a 10-5 record in March and is aiming to continue the roll on a trip that includes a second game in Los Angeles on Wednesday against the Clippers and concludes with games against the Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors. Shooting guard Bradley Beal reached double digits in 31 consecutive games and scored 20 or more points 12 times in March for the Wizards. Los Angeles point guard Jordan Clarkson injured his right pinkie finger against the Trail Blazers on Sunday – halftime X-rays were negative – but was just 4-for-16 shooting for 10 points after establishing a career best of 35 points and eight 3-pointers in Friday’s 130-119 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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