After one of our best lineups on Wednesday night, my DraftKings NHL DFS Picks took a little bit of a step backwards last night, although we still got some nice production from some of our players.
That production was led by Steven Stamkos who notched a goal and two assists to go along with six shots and a block. Unfortunately, Stamkos’ production didn’t translate into any points for Ondrej Palat who was held pointless on the night. The third member of the stack, Victor Hedman, managed an assist, a shot and three blocks in the Lightning’s 6-2 route of the Kings.
Our three-man Flyers stack delivered some solid production as well. Both Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek notched two assists each while Shayne Gostisbehere recorded an assist as well. Unfortunately, the trio combined for just five shots, which is a little disappointing.
We could have snuck into the money with a successful mini-stack and goaltender to complete the lineup, but that’s not how it went. Anders Lee tallied an assist, but Josh Ho-Sang was held pointless in the Islanders’ 3-2 overtime win over the Blackhawks.
Finally, our roll of the dice on Roberto Luongo didn’t pay off as he allowed four goals on 33 shots in the Panthers’ 4-3 loss to the Sabres.
Let’s look to get back towards Wednesday’s results on tonight’s seven-game slate!
C – Nathan MacKinnon (COL) – $8,100 vs. NYR
More often than not it’s been a substantial risk fading Nathan MacKinnon and the Avalanche on pretty much any slate this year, and I’m simply not willing to assume that risk in what is going to be an optimal lineup built for both cash and GPP tournaments tonight. The Rangers may have been able to hold off a weak St. Louis Blues offense in a 2-1 win in their most recent road game, but make no mistake, this team has struggled defensively on the road all season long. In fact, only the Ottawa Senators have allowed more than the 4.06 goals per game the Rangers have yielded on the road this season. This presents a monumental opportunity for MacKinnon to deliver some serious punch tonight as he brings 24 goals and 60 points with him across 41 games into action tonight. His floor is increased by the whopping 186 shots on goal he’s taken, good for first in the league, by a mile. I’m not thinking twice about rostering the 23-year-old superstar tonight.
C – Tyler Seguin (DAL) – $6,900 vs. WAS
The high floor theme continues here with Seguin who takes on the Washington Capitals tonight on home ice. Seguin finally got off the schnide in his most recent game against the Devils where he tallied a pair of goals on eight shots in a 5-4 win over New Jersey on home ice. The matchup tonight isn’t quite as good, but let’s not forget that the Washington Capitals rank 22nd with 3.26 goals against per game on the road. I rostered Segin for that offensive explosion on Wednesday, and I referenced the fact he had a tiny 7.1% shooting percentage at the time, well under his 11.1% career mark, therefore the goals should start coming in bunches as that number evens out. Well, his shooting percentage is still at just 8% and given how much he shoots the puck (163 shots – 4th), Seguin could very well go on a scoring tear after Wednesday’s effort. He now has eight goals and 21 points in 20 home games, so let’s look for some more scoring from the 26-year-old stud tonight.
W – Gabriel Landeskog (COL) – $7,300 vs. NYR
You could obviously go with Mikko Rantanen in this spot, or you can use both, but in the spirit of ost savings, I am going to choose one, and that is Gabriel Landeskog. After all, Landeskog is among the league leaders in goals scored with 24 on the season, which just so happens to be seven more goals than that of Rantanen. At $300 less, I will take my chances that Landeskog can pot one or two tonight and perhaps outduel his linemate in the fantasy points column when it’s all said and done. Landeskog also has 123 shots on goal, 21 more shots than Rantanen has accumulated on the season. Of course, he’s on the top line and the top power play unit alongside MacKinnon, giving him oodles of upside against the league’s 30th-ranked road defense and 31st-ranked road penalty kill at just 69.5%. It should be a big night for the big boys.
W – Tanner Pearson (PIT) – $2,900 vs. WPG
Of course, given the fact we are rostering some very expensive players in this lineup already, we are going to need some value and I believe I have found that with Pearson tonight against the Jets. The first thing I want to note in this matchup is the fact that the Penguins’ offense is white-hot with an average of 5.25 goals per game over their last four. He’s not skating with Evgeni Malkin anymore, but Pearson has indeed gotten in on the action with a goal and two assists over his last four games to go along with 10 shots on goal. That goal actually came on the power play in the Penguins’ 7-2 thumping of the Rangers on Wednesday, and that’s nice to see as his mini-stacking partner will skate with him at both even strength and on the Penguins’ second power play unit tonight. He has just five goals in 41 games this season, but keep in mind this guy scored 24 goals just two seasons ago, so the ability is there and I am looking for both him and his team to stay hot in this one tonight.
W – Ryan Hartman (NSH) – $3,600 vs. DET
In all honesty, this was my last spot to fill after I worked all the desired players into my lineup, and among the players at $3,900 or under, I like Hartman and his matchup tonight against the Red Wings. The Wings are no longer the horrendous defense they were at the start of the year, but they still rank 21st with three goals against per game at home. With Filip Forsberg still sidelined for the Preds, Hartman should remain on the top line alongside Ryan Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson tonight. He actually has a decent floor with nine goals and 85 shots on the season and he recently snapped an eight-game pointless drought with an assist in Philadelphia on New Year’s Day. He is due for some points over the next little while and I think the timing and the matchup is right for Hartman to provide this lineup with some low-owned production tonight in Detroit.
D – Tyson Barrie (COL) – $5,100 vs. NYR
We have completed a three-man Avalanche stack tonight against the Rangers, one that will see some ownership but also one I don’t want to be fading in this matchup. Barrie is enjoying another very production season for the Avs with 27 points in 37 games, a year after posting 57 points in 68 games. Barrie’s goal scoring should see an increase shortly as he is shooting at just 5.6% this season, notably under his 7.1% career mark. He has five goals on 90 shots to this point in the season. Barrie carries a three-game point streak into this one tonight and actually scored his fifth goal of the season in the Avs’ 5-4 loss to the Sharks on Wednesday. Let’s look for the goals to keep coming tonight as Barrie will skate with MacKinnon and Landeskog quite a bit tonight, especially considering he is the lone defenseman on the top power play unit, going up against the league’s worst road penalty kill this evening.
D – John Klingberg (DAL) – $5,400 vs. WAS
It’s just a two-man mini-stack for the Stars in this lineup tonight, but I expect some quality production out of this duo considering the defensive struggles of the Caps on the road and the offensive success of the Stars at home. Klingberg enters play with five goals and 17 points in 23 games this season to go along with 59 shots on goal as well. The 26-year-old blueliner is going to skate with Seguin in the vast majority of offensive situations tonight as he is the lone defenseman on the Stars’ top power play unit, a group that will face the Capitals’ 21st-ranked road penalty kill tonight. Like his team, Klingberg has been productive on home ice with four goals and 11 points in 13 home games to go along with 39 shots on goal. Look for this mini-stack to do some damage against a Capitals team that is playing their second game in as many nights after giving up five goals to a weak Blues offense last night in St. Louis.
G – Mackenzie Blackwood (NJ) – $7,300 vs. ARI
You can certainly consider this one a GPP play as Blackwood and the Devils take on the Coyotes tonight in Arizona. The Devils have been brutal on the road this season with 3.95 goals against per game, good for 29th, but Blackwood has been excellent this season outside of their loss in Dallas on Wednesday. For the year, the rookie owns a 1.91 GAA and .945 Sv% in five starts and seven appearances at the NHL level after posting a 2.69 GAA and .911 Sv% in 15 games in the AHL. Let’s also keep in mind the opponent. Blackwood will take on a Coyotes team that ranks 29th in offense with just 2.48 goals per game and dead last in the league with just 2.50 goals per game at home, tied with the Los Angeles Kings. For the price, I believe there’s plenty of upside tonight with Blackwood.
UTIL – Derick Brassard (PIT) – $3,100 vs. WPG
There isn’t a high floor here, but Brassard and Pearson have the ability to connect for some offense tonight against the Jets. This Penguins offense is extremely hot right now and Brassard will look to find the form he finished December with when he popped two goals and an assist over his last three games to the month before being held pointless in the Pens’ win over the Rangers on Wednesday. He has just six goals and 12 points on 50 shots for the season, but the price is certainly right with Brassard. He will skate on the third line with Tanner Pearson as well as the second power play unit with Pearson as well. Brassard has five of his six goals on home ice this season, so let’s look for some more home cookin’ with the veteran tonight against the Jets.