In hockey forums around the internet, flairs are starting to fade. The Philadelphia Flyers and Arizona Coyotes have been eliminated from playoff contention and the grinder is catching up to a few other teams. The Seattle Kraken, New Jersey Devils and Ottawa Senators are unlikely to last the week. After that there will be a brief reprieve before it catches up to the next pack in the middle of the standings. Credit where credit is due: The Montreal Canadiens skipped their morning skate to go swimming in the ocean and they gave Florida a heck of a game today. They may have lost but no one was predicting they would score four. We appreciate the move by the coaching staff to push team bonding and building moving into next season. That is leadership.
Here’s a salty lineup For DFS Hockey 3/30/22 (using DraftKings Values)
James Reimer is staying put in San Jose and has bounced back nicely from the skid the team as a whole hit. He is on a three game win streak and faces the Coyotes who are out and also lost a solid goal scorer Lawson Crouse to a broken hand. The Sharks may be low in the standings but they are far from out in a weak division.
Timo Meier notched himself another hat trick and put another 30-goal season feather in his cap. It is only his second and we hope he sees a few more over the years. We are also rooting for him to get 40 this year. It is not out of the question as he is on pace for about 42. We believe in him.
Tomas Hertl secured his family for a long time inking a huge $65,000,000 contract over the next 8 years. He is currently the top line center with buddy Meier stapled to his side. They are a fantastic duo that know each other well. He only needs four more goals to hit 30 himself and we would not be surprised if Timo made an extra pass or two to help him get it.
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• Kyle Connor’s price makes us take a look at a secondary option in Winnipeg
• Two similarly priced and talented centers are moving up in the ranks
• A dirt cheap defenseman in for an injured superstar is going to make some waves
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As much as we want to take Kyle Connor tonight, his price has finally caught up with him. Granted he probably still gets you a goal but when Nik Ehlers is playing how he is for his price, that is a fantastic value add. He is on an every other game point rotation and tonight would be the time for him. Even though he did not get one last game he still helped you out with 5 shots.
If Ryan Strome does not play against the Red Wings tonight then Andrew Copp’s value goes through the roof. He is one of the most versatile players in the league and can easily handle second line center duties, especially next to Artemi Panarin. Panarin would be a nice stack with Copp and does come in at quite a discount to Meier. Either way, your next best center option is Robert Thomas of the Blues. This young fella has been the talk of the town for the last five years and we are finally seeing the fruits of his labor. He is lined up with Pavel Buchnevich and Vladimir Tarasenko who are crushingly good at hockey. Either center would also make for a fantastic utility player, you cannot really choose wrong here.
The Golden Knights are a huge question mark right now, but on that team Alex Pietrangelo is a statement every night. He and Evgenii Dadonov may drag this team kicking and screaming into the playoffs. If you do need to save a little on your top defenseman Jacob Trouba and the Rangers should make quick work of the Red Wings tonight.
The hidden gem for the night will be Alec Martinez. He was on IR since November but finally suited up for his first game in months a few days ago. Do not worry about the lack of production as he was just easing back in. It will not be long before he gets back some of his power play time. He is a big bolster to the beleaguered Knights team. If you want an even deeper hot take, Nick Leddy can make all your dreams come true. Torey Krug is out week-to-week and newly acquired Leddy is more than capable of quarterbacking a power play.
Flip a coin. Heads Jesse Puljujarvi, tails Kailer Yamamoto.
Spring has not exactly sprung yet here, but it is definitely in the process of springing. Some rain (and hail) yesterday should signal wildflower growth and some great hiking opportunities. As much as we love plunking ourselves down in front of the boob tube to watch other people be really, really active, we also like getting out ourselves. Come hang out on Twitter (@FantasyDFSX) and get those weekends plans started. Have a good one.
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