Tonight is essentially the last night of the NHL regular season with only one makeup game being played tomorrow. This may be the most important day of the season to pay attention to injury news, as many teams will rest their top guys, opening up a ton of value. Ownership shouldn’t be a huge issue with 15 games to choose from, so here are a couple of our favorite stacks tonight. Awesemo will weigh in first, then I (Tommienation1) will follow up with some analysis.
WPG1: Connor-Scheifele-Wheeler ($20,600 DK/$20,300 FD)
“The Jets have one of the highest team totals tonight at 3.8 tonight at home against the Blackhawks, who are on a back-to-back.”
The top line for the Jets (“A” points grade) have been one of the best lines in the league at home this season, posting over 32 Scoring Chances For per 60 minutes and 13.7 High-Danger Chances For per 60 minutes on home ice. They should see the top line for the Blackhawks at even-strength which allows 31.6 Scoring Chances Against per 60 minutes and 12.5 High-Danger Chances Against per 60 minutes. Even though they don’t have much to play for, this Jets’ line has arguably the best matchup at even-strength tonight, so they’re worth their price.
DET1: Bertuzzi-Zetterberg-Nyqvist ($14,400 DK/$16,100 FD)
“The Red Wings’ 3.4 total at home against the Islanders plus the favorable even-strength matchups for their top line makes them one of the top stacks on the night.”
The Islanders have allowed the 3rd-most Scoring Chances Against per 60 minutes and 4th-most High-Danger Chances Against per 60 minutes over the last month. They also own the league’s 29th-ranked penalty-kill on the year and each of these guys will be on the top power-play unit. We love picking on the Islanders, so why not do it one more time with DET1 (“A” points grade and value on both sites) to close out the 2017-18 season?
COL1: Landeskog-MacKinnon-Rantanen ($19,300 DK/$21,100 FD)
“The top line for the Avalanche should even more minutes than usual tonight at even-strength and the power-play as they are in a must-win game with a 3 total.”
This line has played over 20 minutes in each of their last two games, and we should expect nothing less than that tonight as they fight for their playoff lives. At home this season they’ve been dominant offensively, posting 37.8 Scoring Chances For per 60 minutes and 13.7 High-Danger Chances For per 60 minutes on the year. The Blues are on a road back-to-back and don’t have a great penalty-kill (79.8%), so this is a spot where COL1 (“A” points grade) could dominate.