NHL Fantasy Picks for April 1
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C – Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins)
- 42 goals, 95 points in 75 games
- 18 goals, 56 points in 39 games versus Capitals
- 2G, 3A in last two games versus Washington
The Penguins-Capitals rivalry tends to be considered a grudge match between Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. However, Evgeni Malkin’s done a lot of damage against Washington during his career. In 39 meetings against Washington, Geno’s scored 18 goals and 56 points, including two goals and three assists in his last two games against the Caps.
Malkin’s slowed a bit, earning four points in his last four appearances, and he’ll be primed for a strong game against Washington. He probably won’t notch four points again, but Evgeni’s a strong candidate for another multi-point outing.
LW – Taylor Hall (New Jersey Devils)
- 4G, 6A in last five games
- 3G, 8A in last 12 games vs. Canadiens
- 36 goals, 88 points in 73 games
Who knows where the Devils would be without Taylor Hall, who’s close to clinching his first 90-point season and a playoff spot for New Jersey. Last night, he scored a pair of goals in a 4-3 win over the Islanders, bolstering his Hart Trophy credentials. This gives him four goals and six assists in his last five appearances, four of them New Jersey wins.
Montreal doesn’t have the depth and speed of Islanders forwards, key Habs players remain injured, and Carey Price isn’t having a great year. Taylor notched a couple of assists in his only game against Montreal this season, scoring three goals and eight assists in 12 career games for the Habs. Hall’s a strong candidate to extend his point streak with another strong evening during the Devils stretch run.
RW – J.T. Miller (Tampa Bay Lightning)
- 9G, 7A in 15 games with Tampa
- 4G, 2A in last 5 games
- 3 multi-point games in last ten
J.T. continues to light up the opposition after joining Tampa Bay during the trade deadline. Over his last five games, he’s bulged the twine four times and chipped in a couple of assists. In 15 games with the Lightning, Miller’s accumulated nine goals and 16 points, becoming a valuable member of Tampa’s top six.
Nashville travels into Florida to meet with the Lightning with zero days rest, fresh off a 7-4 loss against the Buffalo Sabres. Tampa routed the Rangers 7-3 a couple of days ago, and they’ll seek another strong performance against a potential Stanley Cup finalist. Miller’s a good candidate for a second consecutive multi-point effort.
D – Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
- 4G, 7A in last ten games
- 8 assists in 7 games versus Nashville
- 15 goals, 60 points in 73 games
Victor’s been one of the best scoring defensemen in the NHL over his last ten games, scoring four times and assisting on seven. Hedman enters Tampa’s contest against the Predators with two straight multi-point games, anchoring Tampa in all situations, including the power play.
In eleven games versus Nashville, Victor’s contributed eight assists, solid production for a rearguard. He’s also in the process of putting the finishing touches on another Norris-worthy season, scoring 15 goals and 60 points in 73 games. Hedman could be one of the elite fantasy defensemen of the night, and he’ll be priced accordingly.
D – Tyson Barrie (Colorado Avalanche)
- 13 goals, 42 assists in 64 games
- 9 points in last ten games
- Broke slump with three-point game
Barrie continues as one of the most underrated offensive defenseman in the NHL, scoring 13 goals and 42 assists in only 64 games. He burst out of a four-game scoring slump with a huge game against Chicago, collecting a goal and a pair of assists in a 5-0 victory over the Blackhawks.
Despite his slump, Barrie has a trio of goals and nine points in his last ten appearances, superb production for a rearguard. The power play is when Tyson shines, increasing his value for fantasy leagues which rewards players who score with the man advantage.
G – Matt Murray (Pittsburgh Penguins)
- Won 6 of last 10 starts
- 17-4-1 record, .915 SV% at home
- Plays well despite inconsistent Penguins defense
Picking goalies will be tough this evening, with no obvious mismatch to exploit. One of the better options will be Matt Murray, expected to start a crucial matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Murray’s played reasonably well, winning six of his last ten starts despite lapses in the Penguins defensive concentration.
Home advantage has been kind to Murray this season. He has a 17-4-2 mark with a .915 SV% and a shutout at PPG Paints Arena, vastly superior numbers compared to his performance on the road. Bank on a solid performance from Matt because of Pittsburgh’s home advantage.
NHL Fantasy Sleeper Picks
LW – Brayden Point (Tampa Bay Lightning)
- 30-goals, 64 points in 2017-18
- 3 goals, 6 points over his last five games
Brayden’s 30-goal, 64-point season’s been buried behind the resurgence of Steven Stamkos and the excellence of Nikita Kucherov. He scored a pair last night, contributing 3 markers and 3 assists over his last five games. Point’s solid sophomore season could continue with a great performance against the Presidents’ Trophy leaders.
D – Will Butcher (New Jersey Devils)
- Five-game point streak
- Two multi-point games over last three appearances
Butcher proved his worth as a defensive facilitator last night, pitching a couple of assists during the Devils vital 4-3 win over the Islanders. He’s been one of New Jersey’s best scorers over the last five games, with a goal and seven points. There’s a good chance he’ll pick up more helpers against the Habs to raise his point streak to six.
G – Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils)
- Likely to start against weak Habs offense
- Tough season may reduce cost of selecting Schneider
Injuries and inconsistency have dogged Cory this season, reducing his role to backup over the last couple of months. He’s likely to suit on against the Canadiens on the second game in two nights, giving Kinkaid a break. The Habs have an underpowered lineup, increasing the odds of Cory enjoying a quality start. He should offer solid value as a potential fantasy sleeper on Sunday night.
NHL Fantasy Picks Tonight
A busy weekend concludes with vital playoff matches which will determine the post season bracket. The Predators recent loss against Buffalo, along with playing on zero days rest, could prove to be a boon for fantasy selections from the Lightning lineup. New Jersey plays well against non-playoff teams, making Devils players a superb selection against the Montreal Canadiens. Picking Sid for your fantasy team’s always tempting, but Malkin’s more likely to tear the Capitals apart in Pittsburgh.
Picking the leading scorer in the NHL is worth it when Connor’s likely to enjoy a massive evening against a weakened foe like Calgary. Nashville against Buffalo and Pittsburgh versus Buffalo look like mismatches on behalf of the Preds and the Pens. New Jersey’s another great team for potential fantasy production against an Islanders squad with poor defense and goaltending. Leverage these matchups when selecting your fantasy team.
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