Happy New Year to everyone!
I hope everyone enjoyed a safe and happy holiday season as I am back to deliver daily DraftKings NHL DFS lineups with the holidays in the rear view mirror.
We have a six-game Wednesday night slate on our hands tonight, so let’s get right into our lineup and see if we can get 2019 started on the right note!
C – Tyler Seguin (DAL) – $6,800 vs. NJ
This lineup is going to feature some high-floor players in excellent matchups tonight along with a couple of super value plays that are in good positions to produce. The high-floor players begin here with Seguin who takes on the New Jersey Devils on home ice tonight. The Stars are tied for 13th in home scoring, oddly enough with the Devils, with 3.26 goals per game on home ice, however it’s the Devils’ road defense that I am looking closer at. New Jersey ranks 29th with 3.89 goals against per game on the road this season with only the Senators and Rangers faring worse on the back end away from home. Seguin has had a little bit of a disappointing season with only 11 goals and 34 points in 40 games, but he also has 19 points in 19 home games and a point in each of his last two. His tiny 7.1% shooting percentage will increase moving forward and he has taken 155 shots so far this season, so I’m feeling confident in Seguin’s upside tonight in this matchup.
C – Elias Pettersson (VAN) – $6,500 vs. OTT
The Senators have had issues on the back end all season long and they are without their top defenseman and top goaltender for this one tonight, so I believe there is a fantastic opportunity for Pettersson and the Canucks to do some damage against the home side tonight. The Sens check in at 25th with 3.14 goals against per game on home ice this season while the 37 shots per game they allow at home is the worst mark in the NHL. Enter Pettersson who has been more than advertised in his rookie season as he will carry 19 goals and 39 points across 36 games with him into play tonight. He’s been able to get it done both at home and on the road, notching 10 goals and 21 points in 19 games on the road this season. He also has 12 power play points and will be up against the league’s 26th-ranked home penalty kill tonight, so let’s look for the rookie stud to keep his fantastic season going in Canada’s capital tonight.
W – Alexander Radulov (DAL) – $6,900 vs. NJ
You could go with either Jamie Benn or Radulov in this spot as it appears the trio has been reunited on the Stars’ top line, but I am going to go with the more expensive Radulov as he’s been the more consistent producer so far this season. He’s actually been the Stars’ best offensive player so far with 31 points in 30 games to go with a real nice 85 shots on goal. Radulov has also been dynamite on home ice where he has tallied seven goals and 17 points across 14 home games. The consistency has been there all year for the Russian as he notched 11 points in seven October games, nine points in nine November games and 11 points in 14 December contests. I wouldn’t blame you for saving some money and going with Benn, but I’m paying up for the increased production in a fantastic home matchup tonight.
W – Brock Boeser (VAN) – $5,800 vs. OTT
Boeser and Pettersson should skate together on the Canucks’ second line as well as their top power play unit tonight, giving them a chance to be one of the highest scoring duos on this slate given the matchup against the brutal Senators defense. Boeser has built off a real nice rookie season in his sophomore campaign this time around as he’s notched 14 goals and 26 helpers across 29 games to go along with 84 shots on goal. Like Pettersson, Boeser has notched three points over his last three games and also like Pettersson, his road split is a nice one as he’s notched eight goals and 11 points in 12 road contests this season. The 21-year-old is logging upwards of 19 minutes per game this season and has even skated more than 21 minutes in his second-to-last game, so expect to see him plenty in this one tonight. That should result in some production alongside one of the games most skilled young centers tonight.
W – Zack Kassian (EDM) – $2,500 vs. ARI
The high-floor players that I used in this lineup didn’t leave me a whole lot of money for my final winger spot and utility spot as well, so I am going to go with the minimum-priced Kassian tonight in Arizona. Usually I would go nowhere near the veteran given he has just two goals and an assist in 36 games this season, however it appears that Kassian could skate alongside Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl on the Oilers’ top line tonight. While he has just two goals, Kassian does have 40 shots on goal which equates to a tiny 5% shooting percentage, well under his 10.2% career mark. We can expect a little more goal scoring from the 27-year-old moving forward, and of course there isn’t a better spot to score goals on this team than alongside McDavid on the Oilers’ top line. If Kassian could find a way to hit the scoresheet tonight, this lineup would get a big boost as a result.
D – John Klingberg (DAL) – $5,500 vs. NJ
Klingberg completes our Stars three-man stack tonight, a group that will skate together at even strength as well as on the Stars’ top power play unit. He has just two assists in six games since returning from a hand injury that cost him six weeks of action, but he has one of those points as well as four shots on goal in almost 28 minutes of ice time in his most recent game against the Canadiens on New Year’s Eve. There’s little doubt that Klingberg is one of the game’s top offensive defensemen, coming off a season where he tallied 67 points in 82 games with 15 points in2 2 contests this time around. He logs more than 25 minutes per game on that Stars blueline and also owns solid peripherals in the form of 56 shots and 31 blocked shots on the campaign. This is a no-brainer for me to include Klingberg in this lineup tonight.
D – Alexander Edler (VAN) – $5,200 vs. OTT
Edler is quietly one of the more valuable fantasy defensemen as he contributes in all mostly all categories. Entering tonight’s matchup in Ottawa, Edler has four goals, 12 assists, 53 shots and a whopping 83 blocked shots in just 27 games played. It’s nice that he skates in all situations for the Canucks, including being the lone defenseman on the top power play unit where he forms a three-man stack with Pettersson and Boeser on top of their even strength time with one another. Edler has been quite productive on the road with a goal and eight helpers across 14 games. While he has just four goals on the season, I like the fact that three of the four came in December while the other tally came in his final game of November. All four have also come after an injury that cost him a month into late November. No matter how you slice it, we have a high-floor, cross-category contributor in this lineup and one that has a superb matchup against the Senators.
G – Ben Bishop (DAL) – $8,100 vs. NJ
Bishop is the highest-priced goaltender on this slate tonight, however the price is still a decent one at just over $8K considering the matchup against the visiting Devils. The Devils rank 21st with 2.68 goals per game on the road this season, but I’m looking closer at the Dallas defense and Bishop’s body of work on home ice this season. Entering play tonight, the Stars rank fifth with just 2.47 goals against per game on home ice where Bishop has compiled a stout 2.09 GAA and .933 Sv% on the season to go along with an 8-3-2 record. He just completed a month of December where he posted a .929 Sv% and where he allowed just one goal in two of his last three starts. I am thinking January will get started on the right note for the 32-year-old as the Stars sit as -170 favorites in this one, giving Bishop plenty of win upside, especially with the goal support I believe he’ll get in this one.
UTIL – Justin Abdelkader (DET) – $2,600 vs. CGY
The Flames are actually by far the league’s top road defense with just 2.10 goals against per game away from home, so the matchup isn’t great, but the opportunity within the Red Wings’ lineup is great. Abdelkader is projected to skate alongside Dylan Larkin and Gus Nyquist on the Red Wings’ top line for this one tonight, a spot he has frequented throughout the season. Such a spot has him averaging 16:47 of ice time per game while he has five goals and 13 points in 41 games to show for it. Abdelkader has a point in two of his last three games and has all five of his goal and nine points in 21 games on home ice this season, increasing his upside a little bit. This is certainly a roll of the dice, but I has some cap constraints here, so therefore I will roll with the veteran winger who should see tiny ownership in this home matchup tonight.