Hey NHL fans! I have decided to take a break from my top plays article so that I can provide some more content for other sports. But don’t worry, I am a NHL fan and still doing my research so I won’t be leaving you empty handed. In place of the detailed Top Plays article, I will be providing a quick notes writeup. This will be a few stats worth noting, maybe a few plays, line changes/injuries of note, etc. Between the notes, NHL cheat sheet and NHL Report Card, you will easily have everything you need to compete on a nightly basis. One stop shop for all things NHL!
Another small slate today. This one features 2 teams with Vegas implied totals well out ahead of everyone else in Toronto (4 implied goals) and Montreal (3.6 implied goals) while everyone else is around 3 goals or lower. Right off the bat that tells me that those two teams are going to see a ton of ownership.
The obvious spot to start with Toronto is Auston Matthews, and for good reason. After scoring yet another goal last game, he is up to an absolutely insane 21 goals in 20 home games + 12 assists. Giving him an average of 1.65 points per game at home. My 2nd favorite Maple Leaf tonight is Mitch Marner. Due to injuries, Marner is on the top line with Matthews and if we like Matthews to continue scoring goals at home, there is a decent chance Marner is involved in setting up those goals. Plus he is an elite scorer in his own right.
You can see though that the entire top power play unit for the Maple Leafs is hot and all are in play. If you need a bit more value, Zach Hyman, Kasperi Kapanen and Alexander Kerfoot are in nice spots with either top 6 roles and/or 2nd power play time.
Our 2nd high total team is Montreal. Montreal is a perfect compliment to the expensive Toronto skaters as they are very cheap, for the most part. Utilize the power play Canadiens to help fill out your lineup tonight. Guys like Jeff Petry and Nick Suzuki are playing well right now and are affordable. Or you can grab even cheaper power play exposure with punts like Jordan Weal and Ilya Kovalchuk who are both at or near minimum salary on both sites. Obviously the pricier Montreal plays like Shea Weber and Max Domi are also very viable if you can afford them (I will be prioritizing Toronto).
My favorite GPP stack tonight, which is also cash viable, is Winnipeg. Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor are red hot and both find themselves as “A+” plays on today’s Report Card while Patrick Laine, Nikolaj Ehlers, Neal Pionk and Blake Wheeler are all “A” plays today. While everyone plays Toronto and Montreal, Winnipeg could be the stack that takes down GPP’s tonight.