The week’s frenetic 14-game schedule features one lone matinee when the Flames visit the Dallas Stars. Calgary faces a tough challenge trying to build off a recent decent trip through St. Louis against one of the stingiest net minders in the league. Jake Oettinger has been extremely tough on opponents of late, posting a 5-1-1 record, .941 SV% and 1.70 GAA since December 27th. Highlights of the seven-game logjam include the Islanders looking to pounce. their dormant offense against Montreal’s porous defense, while the Capitals seek revenge after losing to the same Flyers on Wednesday.
With Carolina the winners of their previous three meetings, and each winning by one goal, the Penguins and Hurricanes end their four-game season series in Raleigh. New Cane Max Pacioretty is already back on the injury rack after only three full races. Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs, who are expecting Auston Matthews to return to the lineup, are hoping to hand the Bruins their second straight loss at home this season.
Fast forward an hour to when the Predators host the Sabres. Coming off a three-game losing streak, Buffalo is struggling to turn things around against a miserable Youse Saros. “Kraken” visits Chicago, outscoring the opponent with a score of 33-11. all pitching for Seattle during their seven-game hitting streak. The Blackhawks’ own three-game heater without Patrick Kane. — Programs that will end tonight. The Lightning also make their only stop in St. Louis.
The day’s festivities wrap up when Connor McDavid and the Oilers visit Vegas, where the Golden Knights are forced to manage without one of their best. Forward Mark Stone is listed as week-to-week with an upper-body injury. After Friday’s tilt in Anaheim, the Devils continue to bounce around California, facing the Kings in Los Angeles.
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Favorable points matches
7 p.m., Little Caesars Arena, Watch live on ESPN+
The Red Wings close out their season against the Blue Jackets at home on Saturday after already scoring 10 goals in two wins. With Columbus struggling more than ever, Dylan Larkin and co should add to that run total in a big way. Play your Red Wings, including a healthy and fit Robby Fabbri.
7 p.m., FLA Live Arena, Watch live on ESPN+
The Canucks, who appear to be the league’s unluckiest team right now, are giving up a lot of goals on their current road trip, including five to the Lightning, five at Pittsburgh and seven at the Jets. This is a great opportunity for the Panthers to get back into scoring gear. Striker Sam Bennett bagged a pair in their last meeting, a 5-1 win at Florida in December.
Fantastic mid-range strikers
Reilly Smith, Vegas Golden Knights (48.9%). With Stuart Skinner still awaiting the birth of his child, either Calvin Pickard makes his first NHL appearance in 2022-23 or Jack Campbell makes his seventh start in eight games and second in as many nights. However, when the Oilers’ goaltending pie crumbles, Vegas forwards like Smith present as solid scoring threats for the fresher legs of the streak.
Deep League/Daily Fantasy value forwards
Sam Steele, Minnesota Wild (3.5%). Centered with Kirill Caprizov and Mats Zuccarello (healthy again), the 24-year-old has two goals and four assists in his last six games. Steele also scored against the Coyotes in the last meeting in November.
Robby Fabbri, Detroit Red Wings (3.0%)
Scott Lawton, Philadelphia Flyers (11.1%)
Seth Jarvis, Carolina Hurricanes (7.0%)
Jason Zucker, Pittsburgh Penguins (14.9%)
Calle Jarnkrok, Toronto Maple Leafs (3.4%)
Barrett Hayton, Arizona Coyotes (1.3%)
Juuso Parssinen, Nashville Predators (1.2%)
Yanni Gurd, Seattle Kraken (10.5%)
Eli Tolvanen, Seattle Kraken (5.4%)
Dylan Holloway, Edmonton Oilers (1.1%)
Mid-range fantasy defenders
Deep League/Daily Fantasy value defender
Martin Jones (projected), Seattle Kraken (41.6%). Seattle’s No. 1 just helped hand the Bruins their first home regulation loss of the season by making a 27-save shutout at TD Garden. He blanked the Canadiens in Montreal three days ago. He is 6-0 with a .946 SV% and 1.33 GAA since the New Year. The Blackhawks offense is among the dead in the NHL. How do you not run with the Joneses here?