NHL Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 3/20/19
A good chunk of you played daily fantasy football this year, and I'd be willing to bet a significant portion have also tried out daily fantasy basketball and baseball. But hockey? Hockey?
To help, let's take a look at some goalies, high-priced skaters, and lower-priced players to target for today's slate.
Goalie to Target
John Gibson ($7,700): The Anaheim Ducks are projected to start Gibson against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night. The Ducks have revenge on their mind after Winnipeg scored nine times on Anaheim in their last meeting. It eventually resulted in the firing of Randy Carlyle. Gibson has won four straight games and stopped 145 of 154 shots in that span. When the Anaheim goalie is rolling like this, it is hard to go against him. For other options, it may be worth to wait and see if Jacob Markstrom ($8,300) starts for the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday.
Auston Matthews ($8,500): Matthews draws a plus matchup against a team that is playing as poorly as the Toronto Maple Leafs right now. Toronto and the Buffalo Sabres could be a game to stack given Toronto has allowed 25 goals over their last five games and Buffalo has yielded 17 goals in that span. The only risk is that Buffalo has scored just five goals in those five contests. If anyone can cure Buffalo's scoring woes a bit, that is the Maple Leafs. Expect the Toronto line to get some favorable matchups but do watch for Buffalo's second line which could hard match against Toronto's lowest depth. Evgeny Kuznetsov ($7,300) and Brayden Point ($7,700) are viable options on the short Wednesday slate.
Alex Ovechkin ($9,000): This is another game that should have plenty of scoring, as both Washington and Tampa Bay can put up goals. The Capitals average 3.51 goals per game at home while Tampa Bay comes in at 3.65 goals per contest. The biggest risk for Ovechkin and company is simply that 84-plus percent penalty kill for Tampa Bay. Despite that, Ovechkin does have four-game point streak and the comfort of knowing that Washington scored three times against Tampa Bay in Tampa. Nikita Kucherov ($9,400) is one option on Wednesday but look at Mitchell Marner ($8,300) as well.
Evan Rodrigues ($4,100): Rodrigues draws Toronto, who has been an absolute sieve defensively, not only giving up the most goals over the past five games in the league but the more scoring chances per 60 minutes too. The forward has hit or exceeded value in three of his last four outings, all with 5-plus shots on goal. In those games, Rodrigues has managed at least three scoring chances and a couple high-danger chances in each. Rodrigues is inching upward when it comes to power play time and Toronto has had some issues on the penalty kill recently. Anthony Cirelli ($4,200) comes in as a good secondary option against Washington.
Brett Connolly ($3,800): Connolly is a moderate-risk punt play on Wednesday against Tampa Bay. The forward vanishes often but when the points start to pop up, it is a good time to get on the wave as soon as possible. Any Connolly streak can end as soon as it begins so there is danger. Nine shots in the last four games and a three game point streak are not terrible to take at this price point. Max Veronneau ($3,000) is the minimum price punt play from Ottawa Senators that will draw a decent matchup against Vancouver on Wednesday. The winger has seven shots on net and two blocks in two games with an assist.
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