The goal yesterday was to get our week started on the right note and that’s exactly what took place with my DraftKings NHL DFS Picks.
Our Rangers three-man stack produced nicely as Mika Zibanejad led the way with two goals and an assist while Chris Kreider chipped in a goal of his own. Neal Pionk failed to get on the scoresheet, however he did record three shots on goal and a block as well. The trio combined for 10 shots on the night.
Our three-man Panthers stack also did some damage. Aleksander Barkov led the way with a goal and an assist t0 go along with two shots and a block. Mike Hoffman scored a goal as well, the overtime winner, while firing a whopping seven shots on goal. Keith Yandle didn’t tally a point, but took three shots of his own.
We also received some big-time value from our Maple Leafs mini-stack with both players coming at the minimum $2,500 price. Josh Leivo scored his fourth goal of the season and second in as many nights while Tyler Ennis recorded the primary assist on the tally.
Finally, James Reimer indeed notched the win we were looking for as he turned aside 29 of 32 shots en route to a 4-3 overtime victory.
Hopefully you were able to use last night’s picks to notch some profits as we turn our attention to tonight’s 10-game slate!
C – Matt Duchene (OTT) – $6,400 vs. PHI
The Flyers and Senators get together tonight in Philadelphia, and I’m predicting plenty of goal scoring in this one. Speaking to the Flyers’ defense, they rank 29th overall with 3.57 goals against per game on the season while their 3.42 goals against per game at home checks in at 24th. It’s certainly a nice matchup for Duchene as he enters tonight’s contest with 10 goals and 20 assists for 30 points in 24 games on the season. He’s been particularly hot recently as the former third overall pick has notched six goals and 18 points over his last 10 games. He also has three multi-point games over his last five. Believe it or not, the Senators rank third in team offense with 3.54 goals per game this season and 10th with 3.09 goals per game on the road. Considering the favorable matchup and his white-hot hand at the moment, Duchene figures to bring a high ceiling into this one tonight.
C – Max Domi (MON) – $5,800 vs. CAR
The Montreal Canadiens play host to the Carolina Hurricanes tonight in hopes of hanging onto the second Wild Card spot in the east. Carolina is about a middle-of-the-pack defense this season, but they have struggled to get any sort of goaltending with an .894 Sv% from Scott Darling, Curtis McElhinney and Petr Mrazek this season. Besides, this has more to do with Domi and the Montreal offense/power play tonight than it does the Hurricanes. Domi has notched 11 goals and 26 points in 24 games in his first season with the Canadiens. THose 11 goals are already more than the nine goals he scored in all 82 games last season with the Coyotes. The Canadiens also get Shea Weber back tonight which should give their power play a boost as they sit 29th in home power play at just 14%. Domi is the first leg of a Montreal mini-stack tonight against the Hurricanes.
W – Brake Batherson (OTT) – $4,700 vs. PHI
Batherson has skated in only six games with the Senators this season, but the rookie has scored two goals and added three helpers for five points in those six games. He’s certainly in a nice spot in the lineup as Batherson will flank Duchene at both 5v5 and on the Senators’ second power play unit. It certainly appears that Batherson is ready for the NHL given his play so far, but he also dominated in the AHL prior to his call up as he scored seven goals and notched 20 points in 14 contests prior to the promotion. The 20-year-old will look to take advantage of that weak Flyers defense tonight, but also one of the league’s very worst penalty kills where Philly checks in dead last with a 67.6% mark on the kill on home ice this season.
W – James van Riemsdyk (PHI) – $5,400 vs. OTT
I mentioned I expect this game to be a high-scoring affair on both ends so I am going to load up three Flyers in this lineup tonight, beginning here with van Riemsdyk. van Riemsdyk and the Flyers have the best matchup on the slate tonight as the Senators are hands down the worst defense in the league with 4.33 goals against per game. That is the worst mark in hockey by a substantial amount considering the next closest team is the Panthers with 3.59 goals against per game. Furthermore, the Sens are also the worst road defense in the league by an even wider margin as they are allowing 5.27 goals per game away from home with the Rangers and their 4.18 mark the second-worst number in the league. Enter van Riemsdyk who has played just one game since returning from an extended absence while he has scored one goal and added three assists in seven games. He skates on the third line, however also on the top power play unit where I expect him to do some damage tonight.
W – Wayne Simmonds (PHI) – $5,300 vs. OTT
Another mid-priced Flyers forward with plenty of upside is Simmonds who will join van Riemsdyk on that Flyers’ third line while he gives us exposure to both power play units as he is skating on the second unit these days. The 30-year-old has 13 points in 23 games, but nine of those 13 points are goals, which is what he want here. After four straight pointless efforts, Simmonds has two goals and an assist over his last four games with at least four shots in two of those four games. Once again, we are dealing with a terrible penalty kill with the Senators as they rank 31st in road penalty killing with a 67.6% mark on the season, the same percentage the Flyers’ penalty kill has at home. Hopefully for this lineup there is plenty of special teams production tonight.
D – Shea Weber (MON) – $4,700 vs. CAR
As noted above, Weber makes his much-anticipated return to the Montreal lineup after recovering from offseason knee surgery. Weber comes to us at a nice price in his season debut tonight while I don’t expect his ownership to be too high in his first game back. He should provide a boost to the Montreal power play considering he buried 12 power play goals in his first season with Montreal which was his last fully healthy season in 2016-17. Of course, he has that bomb of a shot which is where a good chunk of his production comes from. Weber and Domi will indeed skate together on the Canadiens’ top power play unit as they take on the league’s 15th-ranked road penalty kill of the Hurricanes at just 79.3% on the season. Don’t expect a ton of minutes in his first game back, but Weber does bring a solid floor with him into this one tonight.
D – Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI) – $5,900 vs. OTT
If there is indeed special teams damage being done by the Flyers tonight, it’s a nice bet that Gostisbehere will be right in the middle of it. After tallying 65 points in 78 games a season ago, his production has stumbled a bit this season as he only has 11 points in 23 games, but seven of those 11 points have come on the power play. Two of his three goals have also come on the man advantage. That said, there isn’t a better defense or penalty kill to target (aside from the Flyers’ kill) than that of the Senators. Gostisbehere brings a solid floor with him into this matchup considering the brutal Sens back end, but also the fact that he has 63 shots in goal in 23 games this season, just shy of three per game. He will team up with van Riemsdyk on the Flyers’ top power play unit while forming a stack with Simmonds as well at even strength.
G – Corey Crawford (CHI) – $7,800 vs. VGK
The Blackhawks have been one of the league’s worst defenses this season, however there is reason to believe that this is a real good spot for Crawford. First, he takes on a Golden Knights team that ranks 26th with 2.72 goals per game this season. I like that stat, but what I like more is Crawford’s home/road splits. He’s been bad on the road to the tune of a 3.83 GAA and .883 Sv%, however Crawford has been brilliant at home where he has posted an eye-popping 1.57 GAA and .947 Sv% in seven starts this season. Over his last six home starts, Crawford has allowed more than one goal on just one occasion while he has allowed two goals combined over his last three home starts. The Blackhawks are home underdogs tonight, but I believe Crawford is in a position to succeed in this one.
UTIL – Nikolay Goldobin (VAN) – $4,000 vs. LA
After filling in my stacks and mini-stack in this lineup, I was left with $4,000 to fill in my utility spot. Of players in this price range, I am on Goldobin as the best of the bunch. Goldobin has a solid 16 points in 26 games this season, and he’s been particularly hot of late. Over his last five games, he has two goals and four assists for six points on 12 shots. A big reason why he’s been so productive lately is due to the fact he skates with Elias Pettersson on the Canucks’ second line. Furthermore, Brock Boeser is projected to make his return to the lineup tonight and he’s also projected to skate on a line with Goldobin and Pettersson. In other words, Goldobin could be skating with the top two forwards the Canucks have on their roster tonight. That’s an excellent spot to be for the 23-year-old and I think there is plenty of value to be had at this price as a result.