The NHL returns from the All-Star break with a six-game slate on Monday. I’ve highlighted my top high-priced and value stacks of the night below. Good luck!
Toronto 1 – Zach Hyman ($5,200), Auston Matthews ($8,400), Mitchell Marner ($7,700)
To the delight of daily fantasy players, Sheldon Keefe seems content on keeping Matthews and Marner together on Toronto’s top line. The two have looked utterly dominant at 5v5 together, averaging an impressive 37 scoring and 17 high-danger chances per 60. They’re in a great spot to start off the unofficial second half of the season with a bang tonight in Nashville.
The Predators like to use the Ryan Johansen line against the opposition’s best on home-ice, despite the fact they’ve been rather mediocre at 5v5. Johansen and Calle Jarnkrok have posted an underwhelming 50.00 SCF% and 48.15 HDCF% in over 300 minutes together at 5v5. The bulk of those minutes have come with either Filip Forsberg or Viktor Arvidsson on the wing, so I wouldn’t expect this current iteration to improve on those numbers with Austin Watson filling in. The 2019-20 Nashville Predators simply aren’t the defensive juggernaut we’ve known them to be in years past. Toronto 1 should be able to find the holes in their gameplay tonight, with a red-hot Pekka Rinne being the only real threat to their production. $5,200 is a steep asking price for Hyman considering he won’t be joining his line-mates on the power-play, but the full-stack will help differentiate your lineup.
New Jersey 1 – Jesper Bratt ($3,600), Nico Hischier ($5,000), Kyle Palmieri ($5,100)
New Jersey’s first line seems to be adjusting just fine to life without Taylor Hall. Hischier and Palmieri remain as effective as ever, and they’re taking full advantage of the additional responsibility and ice-time. The pair have looked particularly strong with Jesper Bratt on their left wing. While he’s no Taylor Hall, Bratt has proven to be an effective two-player with some offensive upside. The three of them have no problem creating offense at 5v5, averaging 30 scoring and 15 high-danger chances per 60. A lack of power-play production caps their upside, but New Jersey 1 should be a safe bet to return value tonight considering the matchup.
Speaking of that matchup, you can expect the Jean-Gabriel Pageau line to be tasked with shutting down Hischier and company tonight. While Pagueau’s line has been one of the lone bright spots on this Senators team, they still have a hard time getting out of their own zone. Pageau, Brady Tkachuk, and Anthony Duclair are surrendering over 72 shot attempts per 60 at 5v5 while creating just 46 for themselves. A lot of that can be attributed to Ottawa’s weak blue-line and their inability to transition with the puck, but you can expect New Jersey 1 to take advantage of the additional shooting opportunities either way. At $14,700 for the full stack, you won’t find better value on tonight’s slate.