Six games are on the NHL docket this Friday evening and though none of them jump off the screen, I am going to watch the Carolina/Chicago game for sure and possibly split screen the Toronto/New Jersey game as well. The Maple Leafs are a fun team to watch, and the Devils are finding their defensive wheels again. If the Florida Panthers had Alexander Barkov and Johnathan Huberdeau healthy and Nashville has P.K. Subban, that game would be top on the viewing queue tonight, but let’s get to the DFS gems for tonight.
Auston Matthews ($7900, Toronto Maple Leafs): Definitely not the cheapest option tonight, yet one of the most consistent over his last seven games with six goals, and 11 points, and 14 goals and 22 points in the Leafs last 20 games. Paired with Zack Hyman and Chris Brown on the Leafs second line and anchoring their top power play unit, Matthews is a must own even against the surging hot Cory Schneider in the Devils net. The Leafs are 6-1-3 in their last ten games while the Devils are on a small two game winning streak.
Vincent Trocheck ($5800, Florida Panthers): With three goals and five points in the Panthers last four games, Trocheck was promoted to top line duties with Jussi Jokinen with the injuries I mentioned in the opening paragraph. If plus/minus isn’t counted against his score feel free to buy him tonight, his +/- minus -13 leads to the Panthers the bad way, which is not fully his fault. Nashville is starting rookie net minder Jusse Saros tonight, and this may be the medicine to cure the Panthers 23rd ranked power play 15.67% success rate if you can call it that. Last season they finished at 16.91%, but also had 103 points and won their division, and need to right the ship this year.
Artem Anisimov ($6300, Chicago Blackhawks): Coming off a two goal night last night at home against the Buffalo Sabres, and four goals in his last five games, also hosting the young Carolina Hurricanes tonight the hot lumber could continue. The Blackhawks entire top line of Anisimov, Patrick Kane and last night’s pick of Artemi Panarin are all good plays tonight if you can afford it, but Artem is currently having his best season in his NHL Career. Only 26 and coming into his prime now, it’s hard to believe this is his eighth NHL season. Get Anisimov into your line-up tonight as both teams are playing the second game in back to backs.
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