After a mid-sized Friday slate, Saturday brings us its usual packed NHL schedule. Buckle up and consider these value options when building your lineups tonight…
Philipp Grubauer, WAS vs FLA ($7,800): Grubauer looks to take the ice against a vulnerable Florida team that just played Friday night. The Panthers have been a shot-heavy team, which should give the Caps goaltender plenty of opportunity to rack up points. At less than $8,000, you’re getting a bargain. Expect Grubauer to get the win tonight while totaling at least 30 saves.
Kyle Turris, OTT vs TOR ($5,300): Turris scored a goal and added three shots in his last game. He’s notched points in four of his last five and is the second-line center for the Senators. He sees time on the top power-play unit and finds himself in a favorable spot to do damage on Saturday against a Leafs squad that is allowing over three goals per game.
Mikko Koivu, MIN at CGY ($5,400): The captain of the Wild has been off to a good start with points in his last four games – three goals and one assist – and averages over 19 minutes of ice time per game. By skating on the first line and top power-play unit, Koivu has a solid floor and some upside at a discounted price.
Jaden Schwartz, STL at VGK ($5,900): With six goals and six assists, Schwartz has wielded the hottest hand on the Blues and will look to continue that against Vegas. He’s amassed five points (four goals, one assist) in his last three games. The Golden Knights have played well, but look for Schwartz to produce tonight.
Mark Stone, OTT vs TOR ($5,200): Stone plays big minutes in all situations for the Senators, producing three goals and three assists. He’s been skating on the top line with Derick Brassard and Bobby Ryan and remains a fixture on the #1 power-play unit. Stone serves as Ottawa’s best defensive forward, so he should be on the ice a lot in this matchup.
Jason Zucker, MIN at CGY ($4,200): In his last four outings, Zucker has notched two goals and four assists while playing a big role on Minnesota’s top line and power-play unit. Averaging over 20 minutes in each of his last two contests, Zucker is significantly underpriced relative to his recent production.
Conor Sheary, PIT at TB ($4,700): Ice time has been an issue for Sheary this season, averaging just a shade over 12 minutes per game. However, when on the ice, he’s been productive with four goals – including two on the power play – and one assist. Sheary gets a boost skating with Sidney Crosby, making his $4,700 price tag a great value in what should be a high-scoring game.
Duncan Keith, CHI at ARI ($5,700): It wasn’t long ago we were talking about Keith as one of the elite defensemen in the NHL. While he may have lost a step, he’s still a top-flight player at the position with points in three straight games. He’s averaging 2.88 shots on goal and skates over 24 minutes a night. He’s a great value at under $6,000 and faces a Coyotes team that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing defensemen.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI vs CHI ($5,300): Ekman-Larsson is still the same offensive force as in recent years, even after a tough 2016-2017 campaign. He has a goal and three assists, and continues to average over 23 minutes per game. A player of his offensive skill shouldn’t be overlooked, especially against a Blackhawks team that owns the second-worst total in terms of opposition blueline production.