Sergei Bobrovsky, CLS vs. BOS ($7,800) – Bob has allowed more than two goals just twice this season, which makes the Bruins’ task all the more daunting since they’ve scored just three goals in their past two games. Any time a Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender is not the most expensive goalie of the night there's the potential for nice value, especially when most of the other good goalies are going against strong teams.
Steven Stamkos, TB at FLA ($7,800) – It’s too bad his point streak was snapped, but Stamkos is still the league’s leading scorer and the Panthers have not been stellar in net. Obviously, Stamkos come at a premium price, but he’s about as sure a thing as there is, forming an unstoppable duo with Nikita Kucherov. The Panthers have allowed at least three goals in three straight games, including five against the offensively challenged Habs.
John Tavares, NYI vs. VGK ($7,000) – He’s scored two hat tricks in just three games, and ever since Josh Bailey was put on his line, Tavares’ offense has taken off. It’s too bad he couldn’t re-kindle his chemistry with Jordan Eberle, but by spreading the offense around, the Islanders have looked far more dangerous, and they’ve scored at least three goals in five straight games.
Alexander Radulov, DAL at VAN ($5,900) – The experiment with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn is still ongoing, but at least Radulov is starting to score with two goals and two assists in his past two games. In true Hitchcockian fashion the Stars juggle their lines throughout the night, and even though Brett Ritchie may steal a few shifts, Radulov seems to still be the preferred option on the top line. The Canucks are missing a few bodies on defense, and have just beaten the Stars just once since 2013.
Patrick Marleau, TOR at SJ ($5,100) – The long-time Shark will make his return to the Bay Area after signing with the Leafs, just as he’s starting to get more ice time under Mike Babcock. He’s no longer the scorer he once was, but he’s getting to play with the likes of Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, which explains why he’s scoring at a higher rate this season. Surely, he’ll want to put on a show in front of the fans who’ve supported him for so long.
Jonathan Marchessault, VGK at NYI ($4,800) – Goal scorers tend to score in bunches, so when Marchessault scores three goals in four games, some attention must be paid. James Neal grabbed a lot of headlines to begin the season, but now that he’s scored just once in five games, Marchessault has picked up the slack. He still has to prove that last season was no fluke, but he’s been very effective lately, and defense isn’t exactly the Islanders’ strong suit, so he should get some quality chances.
Ivan Provorov, PHI vs. ARI ($4,700) – If Shayne Gostisbehere, who didn’t finish Saturday’s game, is out of the lineup, power-play duties will fall entirely on Provorov’s shoulders. He scored two points against Ottawa and played more than 27 minutes against Toronto after Gostisbehere’s injury, and the Flyers skated away with a 4-2 win. Not only is Provorov very good on offense, he’s also recorded two hits and five blocked shots in that span. The Coyotes should provide an easy matchup with their horrendous goaltending, and the Flyers have scored more than four goals five times this season.
Mikhail Sergachev, TB at FLA ($4,400) – Sergachev is a very intriguing option in this price range because of his ceiling. He’s a gifted offensive defenseman who’s earned the trust of Jon Cooper right away, and he’s certainly not afraid to shoot the puck. He was held without a point against Anaheim, but prior to that was on a five-game point streak with four goals and four assists. The golden opportunities will come on the power play, when the Lightning’s second ranked power play can take full advantage of the Panthers’ 29th ranked penalty kill.