Tonight’s slate doesn’t offer a whole lot of action with only four games on the table. While the Flames are bound to get a lot of attention, I’m looking elsewhere. Here are my top high-priced and value stacks of the night.
Mattias Janmark ($3,900)-Tyler Seguin ($7,400)-Alexander Radulov ($6,400)
The Stars play host to the Ducks tonight, who are on a back-to-back after last night’s loss in Nashville. Ken Hitchcock has a habit of using the last change to find a favourable matchup for his top line, most often opting to match his third line against the other team’s best. That means Dallas 1 should avoid seeing the Ryan Getzlaf line for the majority of their even strength minutes, and will be free to challenge the lesser second and third lines of Anaheim. Either matchup bodes well for the production of Seguin and Radulov tonight, as Anaheim 2 and 3 both surrender scoring chances at an above average rate.
Seguin and Radulov have proven to be a productive pair in their own right this season, averaging 33 scoring chances per 60 minutes without Jamie Benn. On the surface, Janmark makes no measurable contribution to this line. Radulov and Seguin’s production rates with and without Janmark are nearly identical. But at $3,900, just the fact that he’s not a detriment to the line’s production means he’s worth adding to the build. The added value makes a powerplay stack with Benn and/or Klingberg more than affordable; an intriguing option on a slate of this size.
Daniel Sedin ($5,200)-Henrik Sedin ($3,900)-Jussi Jokinen ($3,400)
While the Canucks are sure to have their hands full in tonight’s game against the Wild, the Sedins should avoid most of the heavy lifting. Travis Green most often uses his third line to stack up against the opposition’s best, which means Henrik and Daniel should have the luxury of dodging the Wild’s dominant trio of Jason Zucker, Eric Staal, and Mikael Granlund.
Instead, the Sedins will match their 54.94 CF % and 55.02 SCF% against a mix of the second and third lines of Minnesota. The more noteworthy assignment would be the second line of Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise, and Charlie Coyle. Though their numbers have been better in a small sample size alongside Koivu, Parise and Coyle have really struggled at 5v5 this season. They’ve posted a lowly 40.96 CF% and are surrendering over 30 scoring chances per 60. The third line of Minnesota has posted even worse defensive numbers this season, giving the Sedins the edge in either matchup.
As I mentioned when I recommended this stack earlier in the week, using Jussi Jokinen ($3,400) with this stack is a risk that you might not need to take. The Sedins can obviously produce and put up points on their own and see a substantial amount of time on the powerplay without Jokinen. At just $9,100 combined, the two of them already offer great value as a mini-stack. But if you’re dedicating a lot of money elsewhere in your lineup, there’s no harm in throwing Jokinen in for only $3,400. On the flip side of things If you want to invest a little more into this build, Alexander Edler ($5,500) mans the point on the top powerplay unit alongside the twins.