We had some solid picks with last night’s DraftKings NHL DFS Picks and hopefully you were able to use some of these picks to get into the money.
Of course, the trio of Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog did some damage against the Penguins as the trio combined to score three goals, six assists with six shots on goal. They are just such a tough fade these days.
Our Maple Leafs three-man stack also produced a little bit, although it could have been better. Despite Toronto scoring three power play goals, Nazem Kadri failed to record a point. Auston Matthews and John Tavares stole the show. However, Andreas Johnsson delivered plenty of value with a pair of assists, a shot and a block in the 5-3 win. Morgan Rielly was solid with an assist, three shots and two blocks on the night.
Our Stars mini-stack also saw a little bit of production as Miro Heiskanen notched an assist while he also blocked a whopping five shots. Teammate Devin Shore went pointless, but he took a shot and blocked three himself.
Finally, our goaltender Jimmy Howard was good for us as he turned aside 33 of 36 shots while earning the win over the visiting Blues. Detroit blew a 3-0 lead in this one, but scored late to win it 4-3.
Let’s move on from a solid evening to tonight’s eight-game main slate and see if we can keep what has been a good week in two of the three nights into tonight’s action!
C – Mika Zibanejad (NYR) – $6,400 vs. OTT
The Senators continue to involve themselves in high-scoring games both at home and on the road, but I think the Rangers can get to Ottawa for some offense tonight so I am going to roll out a rather unique stack for this one tonight, beginning here with the former Senator Zibanejad. Like the Rangers, Zibanejad has been more productive on home ice, however he is entering tonight’s contest with a tiny 4.9% shooting percentage on the road despite averaging more shots per game away from home than at home with 3.7 per game on the road. He still has six points in 11 road games, and he’s notched 21 points in 25 games overall on 87 shots. These two teams met on Monday in New York where Zibanejad notched a goal and an assist on three shots, so I’m looking for him to keep up the good work against his former club in this one tonight.
C – Kevin Hayes (NYR) – $5,500 vs. OTT
Rarely do I ever stack two centers on the same team, but Hayes and Zibanejad give us nice exposure to the Rangers’ top two lines and both power play units against the league’s worst overall defense, 28th-ranked home defense, worst overall penalty kill and tied for the league’s 27th-ranked home penalty kill. Also worth noting is the fact that the Senators are ranked 31st against center icemen this year. This is a nice matchup for Hayes who enters tonight’s game with 17 points across 25 games while he’s recorded three points over his last two games. Hayes has also been slightly more productive than Zibanejad one the road where he’s tallied seven points in 11 games, but he too is suffering from some poor puck luck with a small 6.7% shooting percentage on the road compared to a 10.3% mark at home. His current 8.5% mark for the season overall is miles under his 12.6% career mark, so expect the goals to start coming for the 26-year-old tonight.
W – Ryan Strome (NYR) – $3,000 vs. OTT
Let’s get the three-man Rangers stack out of the way nice and early here with Strome, who I believe brings some quality value upside into this one tonight. Strome is projected to skate on the Rangers’ top line alongside Zibanejad at both 5v5 and on the Rangers’ top power play unit, so I am using him as a low-cost pivot to Chris Kreider. Strome had just one goal and one assist in 18 games with the Oilers prior to being traded to the Rangers, however he already has one goal and two assists in just six games with the Rangers while seeing a dramatic increase in ice time. He had one assist in the Rangers’ win over the Senators earlier in the week, just one game after scoring his first as a Rangers on Saturday against the Capitals. He’s not a high-floor player, however Strome gives us an excellent chance to extract some value on the first line and the 1B power play unit, so let’s roll with the 25-year-old tonight.
W – Patrik Laine (WPG) – $7,900 vs. CHI
I certainly wanted to get a Jets stack into this one tonight against the lowly Blackhawks and I think I have found a way to lower some ownership without having to use Mark Scheifele or Blake Wheeler in the stack. The three-man stack will begin here with Laine who is all the sudden leading the league with 19 goals this season after scoring five against the Blues on Saturday. He now has 11 goals over his last five games, if you can believe that. He’s also been firing plenty of pucks on goal as of late with 25 shots on goal over those same five games. After a slow start, it was only a matter of time before Laine caught fire, although I’m not sure anyone had a five-goal game in mind. We have seen Laine score in bunches in his short NHL career to this point, however, and he now has 16 goals for the month of November, interestingly with just one assist as well. With the Blackhawks tied for 27th in road defense, I like his chances to stay scorching hot in this one.
W – Kyle Connor (WPG) – $6,400 vs. CHI
Connor may not be as hot as Laine, and no one is, but he is set to skate with the Finnish sniper at both 5v5 and on the Jets’ top power play unit which just so happens to be the best home group in the league at 36.4%. Furthermore, the Blackhawks are currently tied for 24th with a 75% clip on the penalty kill away from home. After scoring 31 goals as a rookie last year, Connor is back at it again this time around with 10 goals and 24 points in 23 games to go along with 67 shots on goal. He and Laine have been dynamite on the Jets’ power play as Connor has five power play goals on the season while Laine checks in with nine. Scheifele and Wheeler are big-time producers too, but they provide more assists than they do goals on that power play, especially Wheeler, so I will roll with this duo who is doing the vast majority of the goal-scoring on the man advantage for Winnipeg this season.
D – Dustin Byfuglien (WPG) – $6,300 vs. CHI
We have a second three-man stack completed already in this lineup with the addition of Byfuglien who has also been a big contributor on that league-best home power play. Byfuglien has 11 of his 15 assists this season on the power play, although both of his goals have come at even strength. Overall, he’s notched two goals and 15 assists on 60 shots across 21 games on the campaign. The former eighth-round pick from 2003 is annually one of the most dangerous defensemen in hockey with the puck on his stick while he has been piling up the power play points with his two teammates above. The Jets have the ability to beat up on a bad Blackhawks road team tonight, and we have excellent exposure with this stack should that take place.
D – Mikhail Sergachev (TB) – $3,100 vs. BUF
There’s no doubt that the Sabres have been very good this season and they are also in the midst of a 10-game winning streak entering tonight’s contest against the Lightning. That said, Tampa Bay is the league’s second-best home offense this season and I am going to cut a couple cost-efficient slices out of that group tonight beginning here with Sergachev. He isn’t producing at the same level that saw him notch 41 points in 78 games as a rookie last year, but Sergachev is an elite offensive talent on the back end, albeit with just seven assists in 25 games on the season. Although five of those have come in 14 home games. I’d also appropriate to say he is due for a goal as he has yet to score on 39 shots this season. Where I like his upside the most is on that second power play unit where he’s recorded four of those seven helpers and where he tallied 16 points as a rookie last year. He comes at a tiny cost to kick off a Lightning mini-stack tonight.
G – Pekka Rinne (NSH) – $8,500 vs. ARI
To be completely honest I didn’t feel comfortable with too many goaltenders on this slate tonight so I decided to simply pay the price to get the most expensive goaltender on this slate in Pekka Rinne. Rinne and the Predators welcome the Arizona Coyotes to Bridgestone Arena in Nashville tonight, a team that has struggled mightily to score goals for the vast majority of the season. Arizona checks in at 29th in overall offense while their road offense increases a bit to a tie for 23rd with just 2.45 goals per game. We also need to keep in mind that the Predators are the league’s best overall defense with 2.40 goals against per game this season while that number drops to just 2.23 per game at home, good for fifth. For his part, Rinne is following up on his Vezina Trophy-winning season from last year with an eye-popping 1.77 GAA and .938 Sv% this time around. He allowed just two goals to Arizona in a previous meeting this season, but actually took a tough-luck loss. He’s posted a 1.62 GAA and .943 Sv% in November, so I don’t think there’s any question who the top goaltender on this slate is tonight.
UTIL – Mathieu Joseph (TB) – $2,800 vs. BUF
The Sabres enter tonight’s contest as the league’s ninth-ranked road defense, which doesn’t exactly present a great matchup for Joseph. That said, what does present a nice opportunity for the 21-year-old is he fact he is projected to skate alongside Steven Stamkos at even strength play tonight. Furthermore, Joseph is also projected to skate on the Lightning’s second power play unit where he will form that aforementioned mini-stack with Sergachev above. Considering he’s logged just 12:03 seconds of ice time per game this season, I would look at his five goals and eight points in 25 games as a real solid total considering he has been on the fourth line for the majority of the season. He has a goal and an assist over his last four games and has speed to burn, so I am going to roll the dice on a pair of low-owned players on one of the league’s best best offenses tonight.