Today's two-game NHL DFS slate is highlighted by Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche taking on Trevor Zegras and the Anaheim Ducks. Also don't miss out on some of the great value plays available on the wing today with Ryan Strome of the Ducks facing the Avalanche. Remember, you can use the lineup generator powered by Fanjections to help put your lineup together. Good luck!
Bruins at Flyers
On paper this game shouldn’t be close, but we do have to wonder at what point the Bruins start to rest their players, as they really have nothing to play for at this point. In most season, David Pastrnak would be a shoe in for the Hart trophy, but it likely wont’ happen for him this season. With that said he has points in five straight games, and five shots or more in four of those five games.The Bruin have also seen contributions from Trent Frederic who will come at a discount price, but he has been shooting the puck and he has two points in his last three games, and if the Bruins do choose to rest their top player Frederic could see more playing time than he typically would. Other Bruins players who could be of value in this matchup are Tyler Bertuzzi, who also has three points in his last three games, and will play with Pastrnak five on five. Looking at the Flyers, Owen Tippett continue to be their mot productive player. He has 18 shots in his last four games, but only one point. Travis Konecny is another Flyers player who is worth a look. He hasn’t been particularly productive, but he is a capable scorer, and he is someone who can get to five shots.
On defence, Hampus Lindholm is getting the top power play time for the Bruins, but it’s Dmitry Orlov who has been the most productive player for them recently. Orlov has points in two of his last four game, as well has five shots in two games as well. For the Flyers, Cam York has a chance to be a nice value with him getting the majority of the powerplay time and additional minutes with Tony DeAngelo likely would of the lineup.
In goal, we are expecting Jeremy Swayman of the Bruins to face Felix Sandstrom for the Flyers. Sandstrom has the obvious upside a the Bruins average 34 shots on goal over the last two weeks, but he will come with significant risk as well, as he only stops 88 percent of the shots he faced. Swayman is a significantly safer play on a slate like this, and he would be my choice.
Avalanche at Ducks
It is hard for me to look at this matchup and not expect Colorado to score at least 5 goals. Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen have seven points and six points respectively in their last three games, and have combined for 26 shots in that period also. They are both worth paying up for on a slate this size. From a value perspective I would look at Denis Malgin who also three points in his last three games, and he is playing top six minutes as well. For the Ducks, Frank Vatrano has been their most productive player, with nine shots and three points in his last three games. Ryan Strome has all added three points as well and is value priced today also. Trevor Zegras is also worth a look but the points haven’t been there as he hasn’t really taken a step forward following his rookie season.
When we look at the blue lines with these two teams, Cale Makar is the obvious headliner. He has two multi-point games in his last five games and he is capable of dominating the score sheet on any given night. Devon Toews has been a bit more steady with points in three straight games, but we haven’t seen the shot or blocked shot totals that we saw from him last season, so his floor is much lower than it has been in years past. With the Ducks, I would look at Cam Fowler. He has points in two fo his last three games, and he has also blocked three shots or more in three of his last five games which gives him a nice floor.
We are expecting to see Pavel Francouz face John Gibson in this game. While I appreciate that Gibson will see a lot of shots, I don’t have any faith in him stopping enough of them for him to get to value. Francouz should be in a great spot in this game to put in a useful performance. The Ava have a lot to play for with the season winding down, and I can’t see them not showing up against the Ducks tonight, so the win for Francouz feels safe.