FanDuel NHL Lineup Advice: Saturday (2/24)
Twenty teams are in action tonight on the main slate. Be wary of the looming trade deadline as an additional variable, since players such as Evander Kane and Mike Green may be late healthy scratches if their respective GMs are still working on moving them before Monday’s deadline. Some teams (who may be in tank mode already) that you may want to load up against include Buffalo, Montreal, Detroit, and Chicago.
Evgeni Malkin (PIT): $9,200 vs. FLA
Geno is having another exceptional year, as his 70 points in 57 games implore. He is on pace for 43 goals and 92 points even though he’s missed seven games. He’s also been unstoppable lately with seven goals and 15 points in his last nine games. He’s facing a Florida squad that is 23rd in defense this year, so should have plenty of opportunities tonight, and he buries most of them.
Yanni Gourde (TB): $5,800 vs. MON
Gourde continues to produce and maybe his price hasn’t yet caught up with that production. With 12 points in his last 10 games, he is showing no signs of slowing down and is facing a Montreal squad without Carey Price (concussion) that already sported the 24th ranked defense in the league with him usually in net. He’s averaging a steady 16:50 in ice time and 1:58 in power play time.
Mathieu Perreault (WPG): $4,600 vs. DAL
I needed some bargains among my selections at wing, and the first of those is Perreault. He qualifies nicely for one of my parameters (scoring in at least 75% of his games) with 37 points in 48 games (77%), and is currently slated to play on Winnipeg’s second line. Dallas is strong defensively under Ken Hitchcock, but the Jets bring in the fifth best offense in the league. Perreault’s averaging a solid 14:49 of ice time and an impressive 2:25 on their potent power play.
Tobias Rieder (LA): $4,200 vs. EDM
This is a straight-up hunch, I’ll admit. Recently traded from Arizona, Rieder may (or may not) have one of those breath-of-fresh-air games for his new team (as Dion Phaneuf did, scoring in his first contest in the Kings’ lineup). He has five points in his last eight games and is slated to play on the Kings’ third line. He’s also playing the Oilers who sport the 27th ranked defense in the league.
Ondrej Kase (ANH): $5,300 vs. ARI
Kase is another example of the excellent work put in by the Ducks’ scouts and management. This team seems to uncover a gem every year or two. Kase, drafted 205th overall, is the latest example. With 31 points in 46 games, he doesn’t quite hit the 75% mark I look for, but his production has been trending upward as the year has progressed. He has five points in his last six games and is facing the Coyotes, who will have Antti Raanta in net (who has played well lately but may be unnerved by the recent trade for Darcy Keumper).
Taylor Hall (NJ): $8,100 vs. NYI
No bargain shopping here, as Hall is putting together an MVP-type season. With 14 points in his last 11 games (including eight goals), he is continuing his torrid scoring pace and now has 64 points in only 56 games. He’s also facing the New York Pylon-ders who can’t get out of their own way on defense (dead last in the league).
Sami Vatanen (NJ): $4,700 vs. NYI
Vatanen went into the witness protection program for awhile this year but is emerging lately as the talented offensive defenseman he’s been for several years. He’s flirted with 40-point seasons a couple of times now (even while missing several games due to injury) and seems to be finding his way in New Jersey. This team is fast and can score, and as mentioned earlier, he is facing the Islanders,
Alex Goligoski (ARI): $4,300 vs. ANH
The Coyotes have been playing better hockey as of late as their 5-4-1 record in the last 10 games will attest. Defensively, they’ve moved up four spots from the basement they’d occupied for quite some time. Goligoski is a legitimate offensive defenseman, with two 40-point seasons and several others that were close. He has scored seven points in his last nine games and logs over 23 minutes of ice time for the Yotes.
Jonathan Quick (LA): $8,800 vs. EDM
Quick will clearly be the workhorse in L.A. since Darcy Kuemper is now playing for Arizona. He’s used to that role, playing in 60+ games five times in his career. He is enjoying another standout season with a goals-against average of 2.45 and a save percentage of 0.922. The Kings also seem to be loading up for a playoff run with the recent additions of Dion Phaneuf and Tobias Rieder. Edmonton is 3-7 in their last 10 games and their offense (even with Connor McDavid) is only 23rd in the NHL. This is a game the Kings need to win and should win. As always, make sure your goalie is a confirmed starter before entering your lineup.
Sheldon Curtis is a correspondent at FantasyPros. For more from Sheldon, check out his archive.