It was a very quiet night for scoring in the NHL and we got very, very little results from our DraftKings NHL DFS Picks last night.
Our three-man Rangers stack ended up including just Mika Zibanejad and Neal Pionk as Mats Zuccarello appears to be still nursing a groin injury. Pionk’s assist was the only time we got on the scoresheet in this one in a 2-1 Rangers win.
Our second three-man stack of Tyler Seguin, Devin Shore and Miro Heiskanen also didn’t produce much in a 2-1 loss to the Blue Jackets. Heiskanen did notch an assist, but unfortunately Shore left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury.
The two Blackhawks we rostered didn’t give us much value with five shots and a block in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Hurricanes.
Lastly, we got an excellent performance from Henrik Lundqvist as he turned aside 25 of 26 shots in en route to another win on home ice as Lundqvist and the Rangers continue to be a stingy team on home ice.
Three of the four games ended up as 2-1 scores last night, so understandably there wasn’t much we could do about that with our picks, although we will look to turn it around on tonight’s nine-game slate.
C – Aleksander Barkov (FLA) – $6,300 vs. PHI
The Flyers have mostly been a brutal defense on home ice this season and the Panthers’ offense is surging right now, so I want to roster a three-man Florida stack beginning here with Barkov who is riding a hot hand entering tonight’s contest. The talented young pivot is coming off a two-goal effort on Sunday against the Senators which gives him three goals over his last two games and four points over his last three games. Until the weekend, Barkov had just two goals on the season but we knew he would turn that drought around sometime soon as he’s coming off a 27-goal season last year and a career-high 256 shots on goal. Barkov is one of the top two-way centers in the game which means he sees time in all situations for head coach Bob Bougher, including top unit power play time and more than two minutes of short-handed ice time per game as well where he led the league with five short-handed goals last season. At more than 22 minutes of ice time per game and against a FLyers team that ranks 29th with 3.75 goals against per game at home, I want Barkov in my lineup.
C – Joel Eriksson Ek (MIN) – $3,200 vs. WAS
We are going to need some value players in this lineup tonight with some high-priced assets on board, and I think I have discovered some extremely low-owned value in Eriksson Ek who takes on the Capitals tonight in Minnesota. First, the Capitals are the league’s 29th-ranked road defense with a whopping 4.67 goals against per game away from Capital One Arena while the .865 Sv% they have received from their goaltenders on the road also checks in at 29th. Next, Eriksson Ek may have just one goal and one assist in 11 games on the season, however both of those points have come over his last two games, so it’s safe to say he should be riding some confidence into this one after tallying his first of the campaign Sunday in St. Louis. He also skated 14:25 in Sunday’s win over the Blues, the second-highest total of his season to this point. He doesn’t bring a huge floor, but he’s going to see tiny ownership and I think he could produce tonight against a brutal Caps road defense.
W – Mike Hoffman (FLA) – $6,700 vs. PHI
Hoffman is riding a 12-game point streak into tonight’s contest and considering he flanks Barkov at both even strength and on the top power play unit, it’s a lay up that I want him in this lineup tonight. After scoring in each of his final four games to the month of October, Hoffman has stayed white-hot with seven points across five contests in the month of November. Hoffman has done all of those on a reasonable 14.3% shooting percentage as well as he’s scored seven goals on 49 shots this season. He’s a big weapon on that power play unit, a spot where he could continue to do damage tonight against the Flyers and their 72.2% penalty kill at home, good for a 28th-place tie league-wide. Might as well ride the former Ottawa Senator while he’s hot.
W – Anders Lee (NYI) – $6,100 vs. VAN
We targeted the Canucks on the road last night against the Rangers and it didn’t work out. That said, they will obviously be playing their second game in as many nights tonight which I believe can exposure their defense to a few of the Islanders’ top offensive players tonight, beginning here with Lee. Lee has just five goals on the young season, but he’s done so on a 10.4% shooting percentage, well under his career 14.4% mark. Lee is coming off a 40-goal season and scored 34 in the previous season, so we can expect him to start filling the net despite not having John Tavares down the middle anymore. He brings a solid floor to the table with 48 shots in 16 games on the season while Lee has 14 points in 16 games and five points in six games at home this season. On the top line and top power play unit, I think he can do some damage against a vulnerable Canucks back end tonight.
W – Josh Bailey (NYI) – $5,800 vs. VAN
I’ll admit that I didn’t believe Bailey was going to have nearly as much success without John Tavares down the middle this season, however he has proved me very wrong in the early going. Entering tonight’s contest, Bailey has scored five goals and added 12 assists for 17 points across 16 games on the season. He doesn’t shoot the puck as much as Lee with just 29 shots on the season, but Bailey’s playmaking skills form a good fit with Lee on the Isles’ top line and top power play unit as well. I didn’t include Mathew Barzal in this lineup as it appears Barzal will skate on the second power play unit and I wanted a stack that would be formed at both even strength and on the power play. He has five points in five November contests, so let’s go ahead and throw him into this lineup and look for him to team up with Lee in all offensive situations tonight.
D – Keith Yandle (FLA) – $6,300 vs. PHI
Yandle has enjoyed a career renaissance of sorts with the Panthers as he collected 56 points last season, the second-highest mark of his career at the age of 31 while he’s tallied 15 points through the first 14 games to this season. He’s quietly been one of the most productive blueliners in the league since the beginning of last season and I believe he will be a productive piece tonight alongside Barkov and Hoffman in all situations. There isn’t much to dislike about his game in any phase as he’s contributed two goals and eight points on the man advantage while logging 24:20 of average ice time per game. Like his teammates above, he enters this one red-hot with a seven-game point streak in tow and eight points over that stretch. The Panthers have averaged 4.25 goals per game over their last four contests and I figure they keep rolling tonight against one of the league’s worst defenses and worst penalty kills this evening.
D – Ryan Pulock (NYI) – $4,200 vs. VAN
There is a choice between Nick Leddy and Pulock on the back end to go with this stack tonight, but I like Pulock as Leddy has had a rather uninspiring start to the season with just three points. For his part, Pulock has notched a goal and four helpers in 16 contests. Let’s keep in mind that Pulock was a beast for the Islanders after being called up on a full-time basis last year as he scored 10 goals and notched 32 points in just 68 games, excellent production from a rookie defenseman. He has an absolute bomb of a shot from the point which the Islanders are utilizing on the top power play unit where he completes a three-man stack tonight. He’s taking on a bigger role this year with 23:23 of ice time per game as compared to last year’s 18:24 mark, so I will include him in this stack at a very reasonable price as I think he can use that whistle of a shot to put one in the back of the net this evening.
G – Thomas Greiss (NYI) – $8,000 vs. VAN
I certainly did not think I would be saying this this season, but the Islanders are the league’s best home defense with just two goals against per game at the Barclays Center and the Nassau Coliseum this season. Greiss has been a big reason why as he’s shocked the hockey world to this point with a 1.98 GAA and a .940 Sv% in seven starts and nine appearances on the season. He allowed three goals in a shootout loss to the Canadiens in his his most recent home start, however that came after shutting out the Devils just two nights earlier. Over his last three starts, all at home, Greiss has allowed just five goals and owns a super-elite .950 Sv%. The Canucks’ offense might struggle a bit with Brock Boeser out of the lineup. They are still a very young group and although they’ve impressed to the upside for the most part this season, this team is going to scuffle for offense for stretches this season and after just one against the Rangers last night, I think they could be in tough for offense tonight against Greiss’ Islanders.
UTIL – Charlie Coyle (MIN) – $3,300 vs. WAS
I think we are getting fantastic value upside here with Coyle at this price for a few reasons. The first reason is that aforementioned brutal Capitals road defense that ranks 29th league-wide. Secondly, it’s not like he’s not producing as Coyle has tallied two goals and nine points in 17 contests on the season. Third, Coyle is projected to skate with Eriksson Ek on the Wild’s third line, however he is also projected to remain on the their top power play unit as well alongside Eric Staal and some of the top offensive players Minnesota has to offer. Coyle is averaging a solidk 2:37 on the power play per game this season which is just one second shy of a player like Zach Parise and more than Jason Zucker. Overall, I think there is a ton of value in Coyle at this price for multiple reasons and I am looking for him to do some damage at low ownership.