Last night’s DraftKings NHL DFS picks did not work out as the worst defense in hockey (by far) pitched a shutout against the Rangers and sunk our lineup in the process.
Needless to say, the three-man stack of Mika Zibanejad, Kevin Hayes and Ryan Strome did not produce much at all and the foundation I thought we were getting with our lineup fell through.
Our three-man Jets stack did produce, however Dustin Byfuglien did not dress due to a concussion. Patrik Laine stayed sizzling-hot with two goals on the night, although it was frustrating to see his linmate Kyle Connor miss the scoresheet despite the Jets scoring six goals.
Our Lightning mini-stack also disappointed despite Tampa Bay scoring five goals. Mikhail Sergachev notched an assist, however Mathieu Joseph went pointless despite first line duties an 2:24 of power play ice time.
Finally, Pekka Rinne didn’t get any goal support and the Coyotes marched into Nashville and beat the Predators by a 3-0 score.
Let’s put a bad Thursday behind us and move onto this five-game Friday night slate!
*Tonight’s lineup is aimed at GPPs*
C – Aleksander Barkov (FLA) – $6,100 vs. BUF
The Sabres and Lightning played a hard-fought game last night that resulted in a 5-4 Tampa Bay win. The victory snapped a 10-game winning streak for the Sabres, and now they face a very tough back-to-back after such a battle of a game just 24 hours prior tonight in Florida. The Panthers could go a little bit overlooked tonight with the Avalanche, Capitals and Flames all in favorable matchups, so let’s use a three-man stack against a vulnerable Sabres group tonight. With Vincent Trocheck sidelined, Barkov is hands down the go-to center on this team as he enters tonight’s contest with eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points in 23 games on 63 shots on goal. Barkov has rattled off a goal and two helpers over his last three games and has been logging a ton of ice time with at least 23:39 worth of ice time in each of his last three contests. Barkov skates in all situations for the Panthers, including short-handed ice time where some bonus points could be in store considering he scored five short-handed goals last season. Nonetheless, I like the upside here at a very reasonable price against a vulnerable team.
C – Anze Kopitar (LA) – $4,900 vs. CGY
Kopitar comes to us a fantastic price while he is red-hot entering this one tonight against the Flames. The Kings’ top center has come around of late after a slow start, notching a goal and seven assists over his last four games. Kopitar has also rattled off three straight multi-point efforts. This hot hand becomes even more attractive when we analyze the matchup against the Flames in Calgary. The Flames simply cannot keep the puck out of their net on home ice this season as their 3.75 goals against per game at home is the worst mark in the NHL. Tonight’s confirmed starter for the Flames Mike Smith has been brutalized to the tune of a 4.17 GAA and .842 Sv% in seven starts. The Kings are one of the lowest-scoring offenses in the NHL, but the matchup is fantastic and the Kopitar line has been doing all of their damage, so let’s stack em’ up at what should be relatively low ownership in this one tonight.
W – Mike Hoffman (FLA) – $6,700 vs. BUF
Hoffman could see some ownership tonight but I think the matchup and opportunity is too good to resist against what should be a tired Sabres group that could be ripe for the taking. After all, the guy is enjoying a huge season in his first year with the Panthers as he’s tallied 12 goals and 23 points on 88 shots across 23 games for the season. The shots on goal give us a real nice floor with Hoffman. The consistency has also been off the charts as Hoffman has notched at least one point in 19 of his last 21 games, albeit with both of those pointless efforts coming over his last four games. Still, he’s seen more than 20 minutes of ice time in each of his last three games and flanks Barkov at both even strength and on the top power play unit, so I’ll utilize the sniper in this matchup tonight.
W – Evgenii Dadonov (FLA) – $6,900 vs. BUF
Dadonov is actually the hottest Panther entering tonight’s contest as he completes our three-man stack against the Sabres. Like Hoffman, Dadonov has maintained a point-per-game pace this season with 23 points in as many games, but he’s also scored one goal and added three assists over his last three games. Dadonov has fired 10 shots on goal over that same span and has 63 shots on the season. The 29-year-old Russian has done his best work on home ice this season with four goals and 12 points in 10 home games, although he’s been good on the road too with 11 points in 13 road contests. This trio will skate together in all offensive situations tonight and I believe they could could do some damage against a Sabres team playing a tough back-to-back tonight.
W – Dustin Brown (LA) – $5,400 vs. CGY
Brown has been doing the bulk of the goal-scoring for the Kings as of late and I think there’s room for more against the league’s worst home defense tonight in Calgary. He’s continued on his career resurgence from a season ago as Brown has scored eight goals in his injury-shortened 15 games this season after potting 28 across 81 games last season. Brown has been sizzling-hot entering this one, however, scoring five goals over his last three games to go along with an assist on 12 shots on goal. Three of those goals came in Edmonton last Sunday, but Brown has a three-game goal streak entering this one nonetheless. He’s the top goal-scorer on the team and his line has been doing the Kings’ damage lately, so let’s grab Brown as part of a trio of Kings tonight in Calgary.
D – Drew Doughty (LA) – $4,600 vs. CGY
Doughty completes our three-man Kings stack tonight in Calgary. The perennial Norris Trophy candidate as notched two goals and 15 points in 25 games this season to go along with 51 shots and 35 blocks as well. Doughty is logging a massive amount of ice time per game again this year with an average of 26:54, ranking him first in the NHL in that category and by a fairly wide margin over Seth Jones and his 26:11. Doughty has been fairly productive of late as well, notching a goal and four assists over his last six games. He will form a three-man stack with Kopitar and Brown at both even strength and on the top power play unit, and I have high hopes for this mid-priced GPP stack tonight.
D – Brandon Montour (ANH) – $4,000 vs. CAR
The Ducks have won two in a row and four of their last five, so let’s look for them to keep it going tonight in Carolina. Given how the Ducks’ offense has scuffled for most of the season, they should see some low ownership tonight in Carolina against a solid Hurricanes defense. Montour has enjoyed a productive stretch for the Ducks. Before being held pointless in his last two games, Montour notched a goal and five assists over his previous four games. He has taken over top unit power play duties in the absence of Cam Fowler and he’s logging upwards of 24 minutes per night and upwards of 25 over his last two games. He’s a talented young blueliner, and although he doesn’t bring a high floor, he brings nice value upside in GPP formats tonight.
G – James Reimer (FLA) – $7,000 vs. BUF
The Sabres were able to score four goals on the road last night and they rank a solid 12th in road offense for the season, but I am going to roll the dice with Reimer again tonight as I did earlier in the week, a move that paid off. Reimer’s surface numbers are ugly in the form of a 3.36 GAA and .894 Sv% on the season, however he has been a little bit better in the month of November with a .904 Sv%, albeit still not a great number. This pick revolves around the fact that there is a good chance the Sabres won’t have their full legs for this one tonight. I expect the possession game to be won by the Panthers and I expect Reimer to receive enough goal support to notch the win. At this price, I’ll take a gamble on the veteran netminder tonight.
UTIL – Jakob Silfverberg (ANH) – $4,000 vs. CAR
Silfverberg has been extremely quiet since coming back from injury, which is a shame as he started the season hot for the Ducks. He has just one assist over his last 10 games, however that’s exactly what should keep his ownership down in this one tonight. After all, Silfverberg has a solid opportunity tonight as he is set to skate to the right of Ryan Getzlaf on both the Ducks’ top line at even strength as well as the top power play unit. He has five goals and 11 points in 22 games on the season, not horrible numbers by any stretch, although he has just 37 shots on goal as well. Nonetheless, he skates more than 17 1/2 minutes per night and plays with the best offensive players the Ducks have to offer. I am looking for some low-owned, low-cost production from the 28-year-old in this one to complete a mini-stack.