It was a brutal night with last night’s DraftKings NHL DFS Picks.
I’m not going to break it down player by player as I usually do, simply because there is no point given that we received little to no production from just about everyone in the lineup in one of the worst lineups of the entire season.
Instead, I’ll simply turn to Friday night’s four-game slate and see if we can make some money heading into the weekend!
C – Mark Scheifele (WPG) – $7,300 vs. DET
The Winnipeg Jets have scored 12 goals over their last two home games and are one of the very best home offenses in hockey, so I am going to stack some of their big boys for tonight’s home date against the lowly Detroit Red Wings. Entering tonight’s contest, the Jets have averaged 3.78 goals per game on home ice, good for the third best mark in hockey. Furthermore, their 38.2% clip on the power play at Bell MTS Place is by far the best home power play in the NHL, so let’s load up that power play in this lineup tonight, beginning here with Schiefele who is having an enormous season. The 25-year-old enters this one with 24 goals and 54 points in just 43 games on the season to go along with a nice 106 shots on goal. He’s obviously a big part of that Jets man advantage with seven goals and 16 power play point on the campaign as I’m looking for him to be right in the middle of the Jets’ offense once again tonight.
C – Aleksander Barkov (FLA) – $6,400 vs. CGY
In a risky move to keep ownership down a little bit, I am going to roll out a three-man Panthers stack and go with a lower-owned Flames mini-stack in what I believe will be a high-scoring affair tonight in Calgary. The Panthers are actually a real solid road offense, averaging 2.96 goals per game on the road, good for an 11th-place tie league wide. Besides, the Flames aren’t exactly a stout home defense as their 3.38 goals against per game at home ranks them 29th in the league. Enter Barkov who is quietly going about his business with 17 goals and 43 points in 42 games on the campaign to go along with 109 shots on goal as well. He’s an extremely consistent producer with 10 points over his last nine games. He also logs 23:14 of ice time per game, a simply massive number for a forward, so he should have plenty of time to get on the scoresheet tonight against a bad Flames home defense.
W – Blake Wheeler (WPG) – $7,300 vs. DET
It’s pretty hard to roster Scheifele and not Wheeler as the two are one of the most dynamic duos in the NHL right now. The big American has been doing plenty of damage again this season as he will enter tonight’s action with only seven goals, but also 48 helpers for 55 points in 43 games on the campaign. I expect the goals to start coming more often for the 32-year-old as he sports just a 6.1% shooting percentage on the season, miles under his 10.6% career mark. He has those seven goals on a solid 114 shots on the season. He’s been lights out on home ice with 33 points in 23 home games and has five points over his last two home games. He also has 21 power play points on the year, and although those are all assists, I expect his first power play goal any game now.
W – Patrik Laine (WPG) – $6,400 vs. DET
Laine has been ice cold since the end of November, scoring just three goals over his last 19 games after scoring a whopping 18 goals across 14 November contests. This guy is the epitome of a streaky scorer, but now it’s time for him to get back on the scoresheet on home ice. As we know, Laine is an absolute weapon on the power play with 11 of his 24 goals this season coming on the man advantage after notching 20 power play goals a season ago. There’s a reason why Wheeler has zero goals and 21 assists on the power play. With Dustin Byfuglien out of the lineup, this is a perfect opportunity to stack these three power play weapons against the Red Wings tonight. Laine brings an excellent floor with his 24 goals on 148 shots and I am looking for his goal-scoring slump to come to a conclusion with a big night against the Red Wings tonight.
W – Denis Malgin (FLA) – $2,600 vs. CGY
I am loving this play at a near-minimum price as Malgin is once again projected to skate on the Panthers’ top line alongside Barkov for this contest in Calgary tonight. Malgin skated with Barkov last night in Edmonton, and the end result was a goal on more than 18 minutes of ice time. In fact, Malgin now has three goals over his last seven games, making him a very nice play at such a small price. The kid has produced just fine through his brief NHL career to this point, he just needs an opportunity. He’s still only 21 years of age, but he has notched 32 points over his last 79 games while mostly skating in a bottom-six role. That’s solid production and I’m looking for some value upside to kick in for the youngster alongside the best offensive player the Panthers have to offer tonight in Calgary.
D – Aaron Ekblad (FLA) – $4,200 vs. CGY
We have completed our second three-man stack of the lineup here with the addition of Ekblad. I am paying down a little bit from Keith Yandle as this won’t be a power play stack anyways with Malgin not seeing any power play time for the Panthers. I do, however, like Ekblad given his nice floor and his recent production heading towards this one tonight. Ekblad is one of the game’s best goal-scorers from the back end as he’s notched eight goals in 42 games this season, putting him on pace for another double-digit scoring season after burying at least 10 in every season of his four-year NHL career so far. Keep in mind this dude is still just 22 years old. He also likes to shoot the puck with 102 shots on the campaign. Ekblad enters this one having tallied a goal and three assists over his last five games, so let’s extract some value of the young stud defenseman for this one tonight.
D – T.J. Brodie (CGY) – $3,700 vs. FLA
Now, the Panthers are a bad road defense, which means the Flames and their second-ranked home offense should be able to do some damage in this one as well. It’s a risk fading their big guns, so call this a GPP lineup if you must, but I still like the upside of Brodie after he provided us nice value earlier in the week. The 28-year-old blueliner notched a pair of assists for us on Wednesday against the Avalanche while skating more than 24 minutes in that one, and he now has two goals and two assists across five games in the month of January. It appears Brodie has taken the spot of Noah Hanifin on the Flames’ second power play unit, which is a nice little boost to his upside. I’m simply looking for the skilled defenseman to rack up an assist or two, perhaps with a couple shots on goal to give us some value in this lineup tonight.
G – Laurent Brossoit (WPG) – $7,900 vs. DET
In my mind, Brossoit is the top goaltender on the entire slate as the Jets play host to the Detroit Red Wings. First, the Red Wings enter this one with just 2.76 goals per game this season, good for 24th league wide. Second, Brossoit has quietly been fabulous in the Jets’ crease this season. Entering tonight’s contest, the 25-year-old sports a tidy 2.11 GAA and an eye-popping .939 Sv% across nine starts and 10 appearances on the campaign. Furthermore, he has been lights out at home to the tune of a 1.96 GAA and .948 Sv% across four starts at Bell MTS Place. He hasn’t seen action since December 22nd in Vancouver, but that start resulted in a 1-0 shutout of the Canucks. I fully expect the Jets to provide him plenty of goal support to get the win, something the oddsmakers agree with considering the Jets are listed as -220 favorites to win this one tonight. Loving the value we can get with the Jets’ backup in this one tonight.
UTIL – Michael Frolik (CGY) – $3,800 vs. FLA
We will complete a Flames mini-stack tonight with Frolik who is having a nice season in the goal-scoring department. He’s been the subject of healthy scratches by the Flames this year, but Frolik has still scored 10 goals in 28 games which equates to a 29-goal season in a full 82-game schedule. It appears Frolik will be back on the second line alongside Matthew Tkachuk and Mikael Backlund for this one. He has been excellent of late as well, notching three goals across five games in the month of January so far. Frolik also has a pair of shorthanded tallies this season, giving us some upside for some shorthanded bonus points here. After scoring and receiving 16:53 of ice time in the Flames’ win over Colorado on Wednesday, I’m looking for Frolik to maintain the confidence of his head coach and get plenty of opportunities to produce at low ownership in this one.