The NHL kicks off the week with a relatively busy Monday night. I’ve highlighted my top high-priced and value stacks for tonight’s six-game slate below. Good luck!
Washington 1 – Alex Ovechkin ($8,800), Nicklas Backstrom ($6,500), Tom Wilson ($4,900)
It should come as no surprise that Alex Ovechkin is the safest bet you can make tonight. The Great 8 looks poised to stay hot tonight, drawing a terrific matchup on home ice against the Islanders. Washington has made a slight change to their line-matching formula of late, opting to use the Lars Eller line against the opposition’s best. This has freed up Backstrom and Ovie from having to spend too much time in their own end, allowing them to do what they do best. Ovechkin, as you might have heard, has been on another planet of late. He has a remarkable 14 goals in his last eight games, a stretch that includes three separate hat-tricks.
Even at his gargantuan price-tag, Ovechkin should be able to return value tonight. His line should avoid Mathew Barzal at 5v5, instead getting a mix of the Brock Nelson and Derrick Brassard lines. New York 2 and 3 are both routinely out-shot and out-chanced at 5v5, and are susceptible to being hemmed in their own end for shifts at a time. Ovechkin, Backstrom, and Wilson rarely disappoint in a matchup this lopsided. Add in the potential power-play production, and you see the risk in fading Washington 1 tonight.
San Jose 2 – Timo Meier ($5,300), Joe Thornton ($3,300), Kevin Labanc ($4,200)
As their production proves, this so-called second-line is playing like an injury-riddled San Jose’s best option right now. Thornton and Meier have done nothing but impress at 5v5 since the injury bug forced the two of them together. In just over 87 minutes together, the pair is averaging a whopping 35 scoring and 17 high-danger chances per 60. That puck dominance is already resulting in some hard production, with Thornton, Meier, and Labanc combining for four goals and five assists in their last two games. Luckily for DFS players, San Jose 2’s price-tag hasn’t caught up with their current form just yet. At $12,800 for the full-stack, you should have no problem getting value out of this line tonight.
The Barclay Goodrow line should be tasked with shutting-down Calgary 1 tonight, leaving San Jose 2 to roam free against the depth of the Flames. Calgary 2 and 3 create offense at a respectable clip, but both lines are a defensive liability in their current iterations. Look for them to struggle in their own end against the rejuvenated Thornton line.