With twelve games on the NHL docket today, the choices for us DFS junkies are many, so let me guide you to the light. Some playoff implications are going on today as well. Ottawa is in Montreal tonight and only one point separates these two Atlantic Division big boys, with Ottawa having a game in hand. Calgary is heading to St. Louis, and both teams have been on fire lately, no pun intended Flames fans. Calgary is 7-3 in their last ten while the Blues are 9-1 over that same time frame. Boston, who has been struggling of late with four straight losses, needs to right the ship or it will be four straight seasons of missing the playoffs.
Elias Lindholm ($4600, Carolina Hurricanes): A nine-game point streak that has largely gone unnoticed has Lindholm catching my attention. With four goals and ten points over this streak, this young fourth-year player is on pace to beat previous career highs, while enjoying a huge turnaround in plus/minus with a minus -4 right now, which is leaps and bounds better than the last two seasons where Lindholm has sat at plus/minus -23.
Patrick Maroon ($5100, Edmonton Oilers): Maroon is putting together the best season of his career, and it all circles back to Connor McDavid. Maroon has put up seven points in his last six games with four goals and three helpers. With Colorado visiting tonight, I’m betting Maroon hits pay dirt once again. Edmonton has won five of their last six games, including a 7-4 barn burner against this same Avalanche team on Thursday night. Let’s just hope Oilers goalie Cam Talbot can make it through this game without getting pulled, as he has each of the last two games.
Anze Kopitar ($5200, Los Angeles Kings): A disappointing season by Kopitar's standards, and even sadder if the Kings fail to make the playoffs. Anze has three goals and eight points over the last six for the Kings, and he will need to keep pouring it on as the Kings fight for their playoff life. The New York Rangers make their way west for this 2014 Stanley Cup Finals rematch, and the Kings need this one bad. The Rangers do as well, but L.A. needs it more as their place at the playoff table may have them missing it and sitting at the kids table.
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