Lightning RW Martin St. Louis ($121K) picked up a pair of assists in Monday’s loss at Pittsburgh. He has managed 10 or more fantasy points in five of the past six games. C Steven Stamkos ($192K) is an expensive option, but he turns in a strong stat line every single time out lately. He had two goals Monday, and he has managed at least 12 fantasy points in nine straight, and at least nine fantasy points in each of his past 11. Devils D Marek Zidlicky ($88K) broke out with not one, but two goals Monday in Toronto. He entered that game with just 13 total fantasy points in his previous four games.
Montreal Canadiens at New York Islanders 7:00pm ET
Canadiens LW Max Pacioretty ($185K) has rolled up 12 or more fantasy points in each of his past four games, and eight of his past nine. That includes 26 fantasy points in the last meeting with the Islanders Feb. 21. C Brendan Gallagher ($126K) has come alive over the past three games, averaging 17.0 fantasy points per game during the impressive span. Islanders C John Tavares ($145K) has cooled off over the past three games, posting a total of 12 fantasy points. However, in the last meeting with the Habs Feb. 21, he picked up 20 fantasy points, his best output in nearly three weeks.
Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals 7:00pm ET
Bruins D Dennis Seidenberg ($106K) has averaged 10.6 fantasy points per game over his past five outings, including 17 hits and 12 blocked shots during the span. Even when he doesn’t score a goal or add an assist, his shots on goal plus hits, blocked shots and plus/minus rating has been helping him score well each time out. Capitals RW Troy Brouwer ($158K) has been a little erratic lately, but he has 13 or more fantasy points in six of his past nine outings. Bruins LW Brad Marchand ($154K) has totaled 34 fantasy points over his past two games, and he has 12 or more fantasy points in eight of his past 10.
Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00pm ET
The Hurricanes have won four of the past five games, but they’ll now have to try and do it with their backup goaltender Dan Ellis since Cam Ward (knee) is out at least six to eight weeks due to a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee. Ellis’ overall numbers are actually better than Ward’s, but it might not be a good idea to use the Hurricanes TG ($174K). Hurricanes RW Alexander Semin ($146K) has gone for 14 or more fantasy points in each of his past three games, and four of the past five. Sabres D Christian Ehrhoff ($86K) had been rolling right along, but he has cooled significantly over the past seven games, averaging just 6.8 fantasy points per game during the span.
Edmonton Oilers at Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00pm ET
Blue Jackets RW Vinny Prospal ($119K) has pieced together a very nice string of games. He has 11 or more fantasy points in three straight outings, and seven of his past 10 games played. He is a nice mid-level play in this home game. The Oilers are 2-5 in their past seven trips to Columbus, but the Blue Jackets TG ($132K) might be a nice, cheap sleeper option allowing you to stack your roster with higher-priced skaters. Oilers D Jeff Petry ($133K) has averaged 17.5 fantasy points per game over his past four games.
Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers 7:30pm ET (NBCSN)
The Rangers own the Flyers lately, going 9-1 in their past 10 meetings. New York is also 5-0 in the past five meetings with Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers TG ($168K) might be a must-start based upon that type of dominance. Flyers RW Brayden Schenn ($143K) has posted 10 or more fantasy points in seven of his past 10 games. D Luke Schenn ($136K) has totaled 35 fantasy points over his past two games, and he has 14 or more fantasy points in five of the past seven outings. Rangers RW Rick Nash ($185K) has totaled 54 fantasy points over his past two games.
Winnipeg Jets at Florida Panthers 7:30pm ET
The Jets return to Sunrise to battle the Panthers.. While the home team has won four of the past five meetings in the series, the Jets are 5-2 in the past seven meetings in Florida. It might be a good idea to avoid both goaltender units with the conflicting trends. Jets D Dustin Byfuglien ($104K) has picked up his play lately, averaging 10.3 fantasy points per game over his past five outings. At this salary, he is a nice mid-level play against a familiar foe. Jets D Zach Bogosian ($95K) has managed at least seven fantasy points in each of his past six games, averaging 9.2 fantasy points per game during the impressive span. Panthers LW Tomas Kopecky ($128K) is way overpriced thanks to a four-point outburst in Pittsburgh Feb. 26. Outside of that game, he has done next to nothing lately, totaling just nine fantasy points in the past three games. His average fantasy points per game is skewed. Avoid.
Colorado Avalanche at Detroit Red Wings 7:30pm ET
Red Wings RW Jordin Tootoo ($100K) has cooled off a bit over the past three games, totaling just 11 fantasy points during the stretch. However, he might be a nice addition in what promises to be a physical between two teams that do not care for each other much. LW Daniel Cleary ($121K) had picked up his play, but he has once against tailed off. He has just 13 total fantasy points over the past three games after averaging 18.0 fantasy points per game in a four-game stretch from Feb. 19-24. Avalanche LW Jamie McGinn ($109K) has cooled, posting six or fewer fantasy points in five of his past six outings.
Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks 8:30pm ET
The Blackhawks are unbeaten in 22 games during regulation to open the season, an NHL record they keep expanding. The Wild are winless in their past four games against a team with a winning record, and just 8-28 in their past 36 road games, so it’s hard to imagine Minnesota winning here. The Blackhawks TG ($249K) is expensive, but they have been well worth it all season long. LW Patrick Sharp ($119K) has picked up the pace, totaling 23 fantasy points over his past two games, and 10 or more fantasy points in three of the past four and six of the past 10. Wild LW Devin Setoguchi ($115K) has 11 or more fantasy points in four consecutive games, and six of the past seven.
San Jose Sharks at Vancouver Canucks 10:00pm ET
Canucks RW Jannik Hansen ($103K) has rolled up 35 fantasy points over his past two games, totaling two goals with two assists and a plus-5 rating. He could be a decent mid-level play since he has been so hot. D Alexander Edler ($110K) has cooled a bit, posting seven or fewer fantasy points in each of his past five games, averaging just 3.8 fantasy points per game during the span. He isn’t worth this type of salary right now. Sharks C Joe Thornton ($130K) has gone for 10 or more fantasy points in each of the past four games, and he has eight or more fantasy points in seven consecutive outings.
St. Louis Blues at Los Angeles Kings 10:30pm ET
The Kings rolled up a 5-1 win Monday against the Predators, with RW Jeff Carter ($135K) posted a hat trick to stay ultra-hot. He has 12 or more fantasy points in six of his past seven outings. Blues C David Backes ($133K) has managed 37 total fantasy points in the past two games, and he is averaging 13.5 fantasy points per game over the past four contests. Blues D Alex Pietrangelo ($80K) is due for a breakout performance, as he is just too good to keep performing this way. He has six or fewer fantasy points in eight straight outings dating back to Feb. 13. He also had just one fantasy point in the last meeting with L.A. Feb. 11. Avoid.