It was a solid night with our DraftKings NHL DFS Picks as we got some solid production across the board.
Our top three-man stack of the lineup came through as both Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen scored goals for the Avalanche, although Nathan MacKinnon was held off the scoresheet despite Colorado scoring six goals. The trio combined for 13 shots on goal, but I can’t help but feel something was left of the table with this group given the offensive explosion I expected, and received, from Colorado.
Our second three-man stack came from the Wild, a team that scored four goals and we received some nice production along the way. Defenseman Ryan Suter scored one of those goals while Eric Staal and Nino Niederreiter combined for three assists on the night. The stack also combined for eight shots in their 7-4 loss.
Our low-owned Leafs mini-stack actually got some production and was robbed of more. Defenseman Travis Dermott notched an assist to go along with two shots on goal while Connor Brown was held pointless. Brown did set up a first period goal, but the goal was called back as he entered the zone slightly offside well before the goal was scored. Tough one there.
Finally, our goaltender Pheonix Copley was dark spot in the lineup as the Blues upset the Capitals 4-1.
Overall, it was a nice lineup and I will look to keep it going on tonight’s 10-game Tuesday slate!
C – Aleksander Barkov (FLA) – $6,900 vs. MON
The Montreal Canadiens visit the Florida Panthers tonight, just 24 hours after a hard-fought overtime win on home ice against the Bruins, so I am thinking they could be a little but of a vulnerable squad entering this one tonight. While the Panthers are enduring a dreadful season, their offense isn’t to blame as they rank 11th with 3.09 goals per game this season and rank 10th with 3.37 goals per game at home this season. The Panthers should also see Canadiens backup Antti Niemi for this one, he of a 4.06 GAA and .883 Sv% across nine road starts on the season. This is quite the nice opportunity for Barkov who is quietly going about his business with 17 goals and 44 in as many games this season to go along with 112 shots on goal. Barkov has tallied 25 points across 19 home games on the campaign, a number I believe will grow in a real nice home matchup tonight.
C – Radek Faksa (DAL) – $3,600 vs. TB
We are going to need some value in this lineup tonight and it just so happens to come at center as Faksa and the Stars take on the visiting lightly. This could be a good night to fade Tampa Bay coming off a 5-1 loss to the Islanders on Sunday while the Stars are a real good defensive team at home. On the flip side, the Lighting’s defense isn’t nearly as good on the road as it is at home as they fall from sixth in team defense at home to 20th on the road where they allow 3.22 goals per game. Faksa will enter the Stars’ third line tonight, but he will also get looks on the second power play unit. The 25-year-old has seven goals and 16 points in 46 games on the season to go along with 64 shots on goal. He’s also tallied a goal and an assist while shorthanded on the year, so perhaps we could see some bonus shorthanded points in a solid home matchup tonight.
W – Evgenii Dadonov (FLA) – $6,100 vs. MON
I’ll get to it later, but I was able to afford several expensive pieces in this lineup in what could be a pricing glitch tonight at DraftKings. First, let’s take a look at Dadonov and his matchup with the visiting Habs. After some time down on the second line, it look like Dadonov will once again flank Barkov on the Panthers’ top line tonight as well as on the second power play unit. After notching 28 goals in his return to the NHL last season, the 29-year-old Russian has buried 18 goals and added 44 assists for 37 points in 44 games. He has also fired 124 shots on goal this season. Dadonov is logging more than 19 minutes per game for the Panthers, a big number for a winger to be sure. He was held mostly in check on the Panthers’ disastrous six-game road trip, but look for him to turn things around tonight as Florida gets back on their home turf.
W – Cam Atkinson (CLS) – $7,500 vs. NJ
In my opinion the Columbus Blue Jackets’ top line has one of, if not the highest upside on this slate and it begins here with Atkinson who is having a massive season for the Jackets after a mostly down year last year before a big finish for the diminutive winger. In 44 games this season, Atkinson has already surpassed his goal total from 65 games last year with 26 goals while he’s also added 20 assists to go along with his huge 173 shot total as well. Atkinson did some damage for our lineup on Sunday against the Rangers with a goal and an assist on four shots on goal, and he now has two goals and two assists over his last three games. The matchup tonight is a fantastic one as he takes on a Devils team that ranks 28th with 3.87 goals against per game on the road this season, and also a team that is playing their second game in as many nights after allowing five goals in last night’s home win over the Blackhawks.
W – Artemi Panarin (CLS) – $7,100 vs. NJ
Same thing goes for Panarin who will skate alongside Atkinson in all offensive situation in this fabulous matchup tonight. The Russian stud enters this one with 17 goals and 33 assists for 50 points in 44 games this season to go along with 117 shots on goal. Panarin is scorching hot enters tonight’ contest after tallying four goals and an assist over his last three games. In six January contests, he had five goals and two assists to go along with 16 shots on goal. The Atkinson/Panarin duo has the upside and the matchup to be the highest scoring pair on the slate and I have no problem paying up for them in this matchup tonight.
D – Keith Yandle (FLA) – $2,500 vs. MON
Something is amiss here. There is no way that Keith Yandle should be listed at the minimum $2,500 price, but let’s quickly take advantage before anything changes. Yandle is having a fantastic offensive season for the Panthers as he has notched six goals and 30 assists for 36 points in 44 games to go along with 113 shots on goal. He has also blocked 38 shots as well. Yandle was recently benched for poor defensive play, but has logged more than 23 minutes in two of his last three games since, so it appears he is out of the doghouse for now. Yandle will complete an even strength and top power play unit stack in this lineup. He’s done a ton of damage on the power play with five goals and 18 assists on the man advantage this season, numbers that should grow in a quality matchup tonight.
D – Zach Werenski (CLS) – $5,100 vs. NJ
We have completed our second three-man stack of the night here with the addition of Werenski. As I mentioned on Sunday, Werenski is a cheaper alternative to the Jackets’ Seth Jones while he is actually the lone defenseman on the Blue Jackets’ top power play unit, a combination that has the upside to deliver some real nice value over his teammate Jones. Werenski rewarded us on Sunday with an assist and six shots on goal. He has nine goals and 26 points in 45 games on the season to go along with 96 shots on goal and 50 blocked shots to boot. The Devils actually have a top-10 road penalty kill, but I’m still on board with Werenski as he is on the cusp of his third straight double-digit goal season as a 21-year-old defenseman, something that is simply not seen very often in this league.
G – Sergei Bobrovsky (CLS) – $8,200 vs. NJ
This slate is actually rather tough for netminder as I see a lot of tight matchups, but the biggest advantage I see tonight is this one with the Devils taking on the Blue Jackets in Columbus. Bobrovsky has been mixed in some controversy of late and allowed five goals in Sunday’s 7-5 win over the Rangers, but I am still going to instill my faith in the two-time Vezina winner despite an atrocious .837 Sv% in the month of January to this point. The Devils are not a strong road offense with just 2.61 goals per game away from home, and they have therefore been outscored by a -1.26 average goal differential away from home this season, one of the worst marks in the league. I am also liking the fact that the Jackets are big -190 favorites to win this one, which tells me his win upside is immense. I’ll look for improved play and a victory from the Russian goaltender tonight.
UTIL – Tyler Pitlick (DAL) – $2,900 vs. TB
We will wrap up our lineup with a super low-owned play in Pitlick who should skate alongside Faksa on the Stars’ third line tonight. As evidenced by his price, Pitlick is a very low-floor player with six goals and 10 points to go along with 67 shots in 41 games on the season. However, like most of his Stars teammates, Pitlick has produced much better on home ice with four goals and eight points in 21 road games compared to his two goals accounting for his only two road points in 20 games away from home this year. After scoring 14 goals in what was his first full NHL season last year, it looked like the former second-rounder could take a step forward, however he hasn’t done much to improve those numbers this time around. However, for tonight only, I think he has a sneaky-good matchup while his name hitting tonight’s scoresheet would go a long way for this lineup at expected tiny ownership.