Last night’s DraftKings NHL DFS Picks delivered some real good results and hopefully you were able to use these picks to get yourself into profit territory!
Our top stack of the Flyers against the Senators worked extremely well. Philly scored seven goals in last night’s win while the trio of Couturier, Voracek and Gostisbehere combined to score three goals to go along with five assists, 12 shots on goal and two blocks. The group was led by a two-goal, five point effort from Voracek.
Our Capitals three-man stack also produced some results, but not to the same extent. T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom both scored a goal while Backstrom added an assist to his ledger. The third member of the stack Jacob Vrana didn’t record a point, but he did chip in five shots and three blocks to provide some value on the night.
Our Senators mini-stack is where we got let down. Chris Wideman and Bobby Ryan both went pointless despite the Sens producing some offense as expected with four goals on the night. Pretty disappointing result here.
Lastly, our goaltender got the job done as Braden Holtby provided fantastic value at his price as he turned aside 29 of 31 shots to notch the win in a 5-2 victory over the Golden Knights in a Stanley Cup Final rematch.
Let’s build on this night and get back into the money on tonight’s big 12-game slate.
C – Steven Stamkos (TB) – $6,400 vs. VAN
In my opinion, we are getting the Lightning’s top players tonight at very nice discounts as they present an excellent matchup tonight at home against a Vancouver Canucks team that has allowed 4.67 goals per game over their first three games of the season. The Canucks were the league’s 26th-ranked defense last season, and with the same cast of characters this year, I expect them to be weak on the back end one again. I like the fact 10 centers on this slate are more expensive than Stamkos who scored 27 goals and 86 points on 212 shots on goal last season for the league’s highest scoring offense with 3.54 goals per game. The Lightning have the best matchup on the slate in my opinion so let’s roll out a three-man stack.
C – Jack Eichel (BUF) – $6,900 vs. COL
The lower cost of the Lightning stack is allowing us to afford some other high-floor, high-ceiling players, one of which is Eichel who gets a home date with the Avalanche tonight. The Avs tied for 26th in terms of road defense last season, and that trend continued on Tuesday when they allowed five goals at Carolina. Enter Eichel who is off to a nice start with three goals and an assist in three games to go along with 12 shots, or four per game. He shoots the puck a ton 246 shots in just 67 games last season, or 3.67 per game. Given the matchup and his high floor, I think we can lock in a Sabres top line and top power play mini-stack tonight.
W – Nikita Kucherov (TB) – $7,500 vs. VAN
Kucherov still costs a pretty penny, and of course that’s going to be the case. He was the NHL’s leading scorer for much of last season before finishing with an even 100 points which ranked third in the league behind Connor McDavid and Claude Giroux. Kucherov also bagged 39 goals on a whopping 279 shots, giving the Russian superstar a real high flooring and ceiling tonight. The Lightning are poised to lean heavily on the top line despite boasting quality forward depth as Kucherov skated just shy of 22 minutes in the Tampa Bay season opener on Saturday against the Panthers. There is only one game to speak of for Tampa this year, but they’re going to be a dynamite offense and we should expect a truckload of points from Kucherov again this season.
W – Sam Reinhart (BUF) – $4,600 vs. COL
I love the price we are getting Reinhart at tonight as he is set to skate with Eichel at both even strength and on the Sabres’ top power play unit in their favorable home matchup against the Avalanche. Reinhart enjoyed the best year of his career last year as he notched 25 goals and 25 assists while taking 188 shots on goal across 82 games. He has a pair of assists through three games this year, but more importantly is being given a huge opportunity as he’s averaging a couple ticks over 20 minutes of ice time per game over those three games this season. I think there’s plenty of bang for our buck here.
W – Kyle Palmieri (NJ) – $5,400 vs. WAS
If there is only player I think can fly under the radar as a potential 35-goal scorer this season, Palmieri is the guy. Last season, Palmieri skated in only 62 games, but he scored 24 goals and took 181 shots on goal, the latter of which equates to 2.92 per game. He got his season off to a wonderful start in Sweden against the Oilers as he potted two goals, one of which came on the power play. While DraftKings doesn’t reward power play points, Palmieri is a key cog on that man advantage and he will form a mini-stack with one of our defenseman on that Devils power play tonight.
D – Victor Hedman (TB) – $5,900 vs. VAN
It wasn’t often last year that we got Hedman at a sub-$6K price tag, so let’s take advantage of that tonight as he completes our three-man Lightning stack against the Canucks in Tampa Bay. Hedman enjoyed another huge year last year offensively as he tied for the league lead among defensemen with 17 goals while his 63 points ranked him fifth among blueliners. He’s an absolute horse on the back end with his 25:51 of average ice time per game ranking him fifth in the entire league last year, which of course includes quarterbacking the top power play unit. He’s my favorite defensemen on this slate and I love the price we are getting him at.
D – Will Butcher (NJ) – $3,400 vs. WAS
Butcher doesn’t exactly bring a high floor but if the Devils can capitalize on a power play or two tonight there’s a good chance Butcher will be in on it. He enjoyed a very successful rookie year last year that included 39 assists which ranked 17th among defenseman and first among rookie defensemen by far. He’s the lone defenseman on the top power play unit where he will form that aforementioned mini-stack with Palmieri. Also working in this mini-stack’s favor is the fact they will get Capitals backup Pheonix Copley on their back-to-back tonight. Copley posted a poor .896 Sv% at the AHL level last season, so the opportunity for Devils offense tonight is rather big in my opinion.
G – Casey DeSmith (PIT) – $7,300 vs. VGK
Another reason we are able to fit in such high-end talent in this lineup today is because I decided to pay down for goaltending and nab the Penguins’ Casey DeSmith as he sets up for a home matchup against the Golden Knights. DeSmith is pushed back into duty thanks to yet another concussion suffered by Matt Murray, and he should provide plenty of value if last season’s relief duty is any indication. DeSmith posted a stout 2.40 GAA and .921 Sv% in 11 starts and 14 games at the NHL level last season, winning six games in the process. The Golden Knights are in a back-to-back situation and will start backup Malcolm Subban while the Penguins are -185 betting favorites in this one, the second-biggest favorites on the slate. I will roll with DeSmith’s value upside at this price any day of the week.
UTIL – Brandon Leipsic (VAN) – $2,600 vs. TB
When I had just $2,600 leftover for a utility player, I didn’t think I was going to be able to find someone whose value I liked, but that changed when Leipsic’s name appeared at a silly-cheap price. As it stands right now, Leipsic is projected to skate on the top line alongside Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser, which in itself gives him plenty of value upside. He enjoyed a quality stint late in the season with the Canucks last year with nine points in 14 games while he’s scored a goal in three games this season. He isn’t averaging a ton of ice time, but Leipsic’s spot on the top line makes him a very attractive asset at this price tag regardless of opponent.