We didn’t hit with hardly any of our DraftKings NHL DFS Picks from last night, but I think we can all agree that it was a rather uneventful and unpredictable result that we saw across the three-game slate.
The Penguins and Capitals played to a 2-1 result in favor of Washington, which didn’t mean good things for our Malkin/Hornqvist stack as Sidney Crosby scored the lone Pens goal.
It was a good idea to fade the Avalanche in a 4-1 Predators win, but Kevin Fiala and Ryan Ellias combined for just one assist, three shots and a block. Colton Sissons of all people notched a hattrick in this one.
Our three-man Flames stack didn’t work out as the Ducks edged Calgary 3-2, with our trio combining for only one assists, seven shots and two blocks. As expected, Calgary fired plenty of pucks on goal and outshot the Ducks 39-24 in this one.
Lastly, Mike Smith took the loss while recording just 21 saves in the loss.
Let’s look to smooth things out on tonight’s nine-game main slate!
C – Patrice Bergeron (BOS) – $7,600 vs. VAN
The Bruins top guns will see some ownership tonight but that is always going to be the case when you are one of the best lines in hockey with a favorable matchup on home ice. The Bruins take on the visiting Canucks tonight, a team that has surprised to the upside so far this season, but also a team that has struggled a little bit on the back end to the tune of 3.25 goals against per game, good for a share of 21st in the NHL. Boston’s offense as a whole hasn’t been clicking very well as they rank 24th, but don’t let that fool as there has been nothing wrong with the top line. For his part, Bergeron enters play with seven goals and 20 points to go along with 47 shots across 14 games. Clearly, we’re getting a high floor and high ceiling here with the veteran pivot in this one tonight.
C – Artem Anisimov (CHI) – $3,400 vs. CAR
The Bruins’ top line is going to cost a pretty penny, so we will need some value upside in this one tonight and I think we can get that with a trio of Hawks as they take on the Hurricanes in Chicago. I expect an inspired effort from this group tonight in their first game under new head coach Jeremy Colliton as 10-year bench boss Joel Quenneville was fired earlier in the week. Anisimov comes at an excellent price tonight considering he is projected to skate as the team’s second line center alongside Patrick Kane while he should also log some second unit power play minutes as well. It’s not like he’s had a terrible season as he’s tallied eight points in 15 games and is averaging over 17 minutes of ice time per game. Coming off three consecutive 20-goal seasons, Anisimov could be a sneaky-good pick on tonight’s larger slate.
W – David Pastrnak (BOS) – $7,500 vs. VAN
Pastrnak could very well be the highest owned player on the slate, but it’s hard to argue with the floor he can give this lineup tonight against the Canucks. He is continuing a white-hot postseason from last year into this year as he’s notched 12 goals and 17 points across 14 games on the campaign while firing a whopping 58 shots on goal to boot. He’s been better on home ice this season with seven goals in just six home games compared to five in eight road contests. His shot total gives him a nice foundation, but he’s become one of the top goals scorers in the entire league and I will look for that number to grow in this one tonight.
W – Brad Marchand (BOS) – $6,300 vs. VAN
Marchand completes our high-floor, high-ceiling three-man Bruins stack tonight against the Canucks. Of course, there doesn’t need to be a whole lot of convincing here considering the level of production that this trio brings to the table on a consistent basis. For his part, Marchand will enter tonight’s contest with five goals and 16 points across 14 games on the season. He may not bring the same floor to the table as his linemates above given his 31 shots in those 14 games, but obviously we’re going to stack this trio together as they skate in all situations with one another, including the top power play unit. Another edge Bergeron and Marchand get is the fact they skate togher on the penalty kill as well, so some rare short-handed production could come in handy tonight as Marchand already has a short-handed point this season.
W – Nick Schmaltz (CHI) – $3,400 vs. CAR
Continuing a similar theme as the Anisimov play, this duo gives us exposure to Patrick Kane, but in Schmaltz’s case it’s at both five-on-five and on the Blackhawks’ top power play unit. The Hurricanes have been a middle-of-the-pack defensive team this season and they don’t give up many shots, but they have received just an .876 Sv% from their goaltenders this season, good for 30th league-wide. Therefore, I think Schmaltz can deliver us some production tonight as he’s notched seven points in 14 contests this season. He has just one goal, but with a shooting percentage of only 5% and miles under his 13.7% career mark, the pucks are going to start going in soon for the 22-year-old former first-round pick.
D – Brent Seabrook (CHI) – $4,900 vs. CAR
Our second three-man stack is complete here with the addition of Seabrook. It’s been a rather strong bounce back season for the veteran as he enters tonight’s contest with two goals and eight points in 15 games, very much on pace to shatter his seven goals and 26-point season from a year ago when it looked like his best days were behind him. While that still may be true offensively, he’s bounced back quite well and gives us solid cross-category upside tonight as he has fired 33 shots on goal and blocked 35 shots as well. Seabrook and Schmaltz line up together on the Blackhawks’ second power play unit while this trio is a five-on-five three-man stack. I like the low-cost coverage we have with the Blackhawks tonight against a team that has not received any sort of goaltending for the vast majority of the season.
D – Mikhail Sergachev (TB) – $4,000 vs. NYI
This certainly isn’t the same horrendous Islanders defense that we witnessed last season as they rank fourth in defense this season, however the Lightning are such a lethal offense on home ice that I still want a piece of that pie tonight beginning here with Sergachev. He’s still not logging a ton of ice time with just an average of 17:22 per game, a small number for a defenseman, but Sergachev is coming off a 40-point rookie season as a 19-year-old despite having just four assists in 15 games this time around. Still, he’s taken 25 shots on goal and still hasn’t scored, so expect that to change soon. He does the majority of his damage on Tampa’s second power play unit where three of his four points have come as he kicks off a mini-stack tonight.
G – Jaroslav Halak (BOS) – $8,200 vs. VAN
With the way Halak has performed this season, we have to like his upside tonight against the Canucks, especially considering the Bruins are heavy -224 favorites at the time of this writing. Entering tonight’s contest, Halak has produced a stout 1.45 GAA and a .952 Sv% in seven starts and eight appearances on the season. He’s playing so well that he and Tuukka Rask are almost sharing the Bruins’ crease at this point, and obviously that makes sense considering the production. He’s allowed one goal or less in four of his seven starts this season, so I am going to roll with the numbers and relative safety of the veteran tonight on home ice.
UTIL – J.T. Miller (TB) – $4,700 vs. NYI
Miller continues to bring solid value upside at this price considering he skates on the Bolts’ top line alongside Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov. The result so far has been four goals and 12 points in 15 games, although he has moved around the lineup a little bit. He and Sergachev give us exposure to both of the Lightning power play units as Miller remains alongside his superstar linemates on the top power play unit as well. He’s been a fairly consistent producer this season and with Tampa Bay ranking second in home offense with 3.60 goals per game, I like the upside of this mid-priced mini-stack tonight against the Islanders.