FanDuel NHL Value Plays: Tuesday (3/14)
This week’s heavy dose of NHL action continues on Tuesday night with a nine-game slate after last night’s solid eight games. Somewhere in those nine games and 18 teams in action are players who will give us plenty of bang for our buck and push our lineups over the top. Let’s identify the top tier of such players for tonight’s best value plays at FanDuel.
Pavel Zacha (NJ): $3,200 vs. WPG
The Devils had high hopes for Zacha heading into his first NHL season. Whether the 2015 first rounder has met those expectation for his club are up in the air, however what I do know is he has a solid matchup tonight against the visiting Jets. Due to injuries, Zacha could have a top-six role tonight against a Jets team that is playing on back-to-back nights after last night’s overtime loss in Nashville. That marks four straight losses for the Jets while they have surrendered 18 goals during that stretch, or 4.5 per game. I’d like to see Zacha shoot the puck some more but he is just scratching the surface at 19 years of age and could very well add to his 17 points on the season this evening.
Mark Letestu (EDM): $3,600 vs. DAL
While Letestu mostly skates on the fourth line at 5v5, his spot as the centerman on the top Oilers’ power play unit is certainly a good place to be. Such a spot has him averaging over 13 minutes of ice time per game while he has recorded eight of his 13 goals – or 61.5% – with the man advantage. He has a solid 30 points on the season while taking 98 shots across 65 games. He could be in for a productive night against the visiting Stars considering Dallas gives up a putrid 3.63 goals per game on the road, tied with the Coyotes for the worst mark in the league. They also rank dead-last with a 72.6% mark on the penalty kill away from home.
Tom Wilson (WAS): $3,200 vs. MIN
Barring any changes, Wilson finds himself in a favorable spot for tonight’s home game against the Wild. Looking to spark his team’s offense, head coach Barry Trotz has juggled his lines to the point where Wilson will skate on the team’s second line with Russian stars Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov. It’s not like the tough guy isn’t capable of producing as he has six goals and 16 points on 76 shots while playing almost exclusively on the fourth line and averaging under 12.5 minutes per game. Power play time is very doubtful, but Wilson could contribute to a Capitals offense that has scored 3.44 goals per game at home this season, the second-best mark in the league.
Remi Elie (DAL): $3,200 vs. EDM
Elie has impressed through the first four games of his NHL career to the point where FanDuel has him listed on the Stars’ top line for tonight’s game in Edmonton. It makes perfect sense as Elie has caught the eye of head coach Lindy Ruff. He has a goal and an assist on six shots across four games. Playing with one of, or both Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin can only enhance his value for tonight’s tilt. Elie and the Stars will take on an Oilers team that has struggled lately by losing three of their last four and giving up 3.25 non-shootout goals per game during that stretch.
Paul LaDue (LA): $3,100 vs. ARI
At just a tick over the minimum price, LaDue could provide some serious value tonight against the visiting Coyotes. He has recorded four assists in 11 games this season but two of those have come over the last four games. He has recorded at least a shot on goal in 10 straight contests while skating next to Jake Muzzin on the second defensive pairing and also seeing second unit power play minutes as well. He could very well increase his totals tonight against a Coyotes team that is playing on back-to-back nights and has surrendered 3.63 goals per game on the road this season.
Esa Lindell (DAL): $3,300 vs. EDM
Due to a drop in productivity over the last few weeks, Lindell’s price has also fallen. That simply increases his value for tonight’s contest against the Oilers. Assuming Lindell remains on the Stars’ top power-play unit with Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza, and Patrick Sharp he will always be an enticing play, especially considering his solid average ice time of 23:28 in March. Lindell has one of, if not the best peripheral numbers for rear guards in this price range as he has tallied 77 shots and 93 blocks to go along with his 12 points in 59 games this season.
Ben Bishop (LA): $8,400 vs. ARI
His price isn’t too low, but considering there are nine pricier projected starters ahead of him it’s an easy call to go to Bishop in this spot. Bishop will make his third start for the Kings tonight and even though the most recent one didn’t go well I love this matchup tonight against the visiting Coyotes. Arizona ranks 27th with 2.35 goals per game this season and that figure drops to 2.27 on the road. Arizona also played last night at home against the Avalanche and managed just one goal against the NHL’s worst team and defense. Go with Bishop and feel confident tonight.