I meant to give Tuesday night picks, but I had an MRI and during my time in that claustrophobic machine I had a chance to ponder Thursday’s full slate of games. The schedule features a Cup Finals rematch with San Jose visiting Pittsburgh. Washington is visiting Miami to play the Florida Panthers for another possible playoff contest and Los Angeles is visiting Dallas for another tough contest without the Kings best player, Jonathan Quick.
Jonathan Drouin ($5500): With the ongoing dominance of the top two Tampa lines, the prices for those six players are going to continue to rise. None will be more expensive than Steven Stamkos with Nikita Kucherov closely behind, and the foursome of Drouin, Alex Kilorn, Tyler Johnson, and Ondrej Palat can all be fielded for the same events. Thursday night’s home game against the Colorado Avalanche has me chomping at the bit to get a handful of Lightning players into the mix, starting with former malcontent Drouin. Draft the Lightning confidently versus this equally as young Colorado squad, who are trying to confirm a new identity under new bench boss Jared Bednar.
Charlie Coyle ($4700): The Wild are hosting the Maple Leafs, and like the Tampa game noted above, I really like the entire top line of Minnesota in this tilt. Coyle, Zach Parise and Eric Staal seem to have found a nice connection, also as their teams top power play line as well. Charlie is the cheapest of the three, but they are all at a discount price compared to higher level forwards tonight. Draft Coyle and his line mates as you choose, and expect results against a young Maple Leafs squad.
Vladimir Tarasenko ($7300): Yes, picking Vlad will seem repetitive so I’ll try not to do it every night, but on the road, in Edmonton seems too good to pass up. After scoring the only goal Tuesday night at Vancouver, look for the Blues to be firing on all cylinders versus the hosting Oilers tonight. At his current price, I still consider Tarasenko to be underpriced in this match-up. Edmonton is slowly trying to build a defense to match all the fire power on the forward side of the house, but hasn’t gotten to that point yet. The Blues top two line can score at will, and they will tonight in Edmonton.