The NHL has graced the die hard hockey fans with 11 games to chose from tonight. These are the days I prefer to play DFS simply due to the fact that heavy ownership will not be much of a factor with so many options to choose from. I know I cannot keep using the same players but please play Jakob Silverberg until otherwise directed, especially against the Toronto Maple Leafs. I bet I could even manage a goal against the league's best reclamation project. Here are some players I really like tonight.
James Neal - Nashville ($6000): Neal has been scoring at a very good clip of late and a lot of that has to do with his new center Ryan Johansen. In his last four games, Neal has seven points with five goals and two helpers. Playing on the Predators' second power play unit is not much of a difference than their first unit. Rather, it's just a balance of power by splitting the top dogs up for more scoring chances. Nashville is hosting the sinking Vancouver Canucks, which bodes well for the Preds scoring opportunities. Nashville is 6-2-2 in their last ten games while the Canucks are 3-7-0 and just lost Brandon Sutter and Radim Vrbata for the year. In a nutshell, load up on the Nashville players tonight if you want to stack your lineup, and there are a few stacks I would recommend along with the Preds.
Joonas Donskoi - San Jose ($4200): On a team as offensively stacked as the Sharks, Donskoi has manged to sneak up of late with their big fish. He's playing second line minutes and second unit power play time, which has helped him get five points in his last four games. It's not a Gretzky-like scoring clip, but for a young player trying to find his place in the NHL, it's a darn good start. Donskoi's price is very friendly tonight and he won't be heavily owned except by the savviest of owners looking for a cheaper option who can then afford the Pavelskis and Crosbys as well. Especially against the hapless Oilers, who the Sharks are hosting tonight, and with the fourth best power play unit, I think Donskoi could give us a point or two with some Shots On Goal as well.
Brayden Schenn - Philadelphia ($5600): Schenn is averaging 4.5 Fantasy Points Per Game over the Flyers' last eleven games and they have gone 8-1-1 in their last ten games. Tonight, the Flyers go to Colorado to play one of the worst puck possesion teams in the NHL. Schenn plays on the Flyers' top line with Claude Giroux and the team's top power play unit as well. He has 17 points in the last 13 games for the Flyers and I feel he has multi-point potential tonight. For the moderate price he is going for, Schenn is a fabulous option to use tonight.
Kris Letang - Pittsburgh ($7000): While Letang is not the cheapest option on defense tonight, the money we saved with a few of our cheaper wing options above leaves us extra money to afford this luxury. Letang has 11 points in the Penguins' last 11 games and is a threat to score from anywhere on the ice. He anchors the Pens power play unit and is so cohesive with Crosby and the Pens top players that he is just deadly. He is averaging 3.6 points over his last ten games and 12 goals and 51 points for the Pens in 56 games this season.
Pekka Rinne - Nashville ($8100): Another not so cheap option on tonight's game slate, Rinne is 10-1-2 in his last 13 starts while allowing two or fewer goals in ten of those games. The Predators are playing some of their best hockey of the season at the right time. They are battling with all the battleships in the deep Western Conference and every point matters even more now. The Preds are currently holding the first Wild Card spot and are four points behind the Chicago Blackhawks for third in the powerful Central division. Rinne is one of the NHL's best goaltenders and has shown why throughout the season, and he's facing a Colorado team barely hanging onto playoff hopes. A good starting goalie option not only for tonight but for the rest of the season. Try to get him into your lineups as often as possible.