Get ready for the action on the ice with NHL DFS expert Robert Backus' top plays and sleepers for tonight.

Tonight, we have 11 games on the schedule, and the push for the playoffs is on! The trade deadline is Feb. 26. Teams are now having to answer this question: Are we playoff-bound or do we start looking at which players to move. Players on moribund teams will start to feel uneasy as the trade deadline leads to many sleepless nights and possibly many families getting uprooted. 

Here are my picks for tonight's slate. Try to get as many of these players onto your roster. I've also listed my sleepers near the bottom of this article to help you create some cap space. 

CENTERS

Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers

Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins

Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres

Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins


WINGERS

Patrik Laine, Winnipeg Jets

Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils

Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers

Teuvo Teravainen, Carolina Hurricanes

Evander Kane, Buffalo Sabres

DEFENSEMEN

Torey Krug, Boston Bruins

Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks

Alex Pietrangelo, St.Louis Blues

Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers

 

GOALIES

Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets

Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

SLEEPERS

Goalie Robin Lehner, Buffalo Sabres

Center Rickard Rakell, Anaheim Ducks

Winger Bryan Rust, Pittsburgh Penguins


Enjoy the games tonight and look for my next piece on Thursday, Feb. 8.


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