We had some real nice picks with last night’s DraftKings NHL DFS Picks, however our goaltender let us down as the Edmonton Oilers rallied back to beat the Winnipeg Jets in overtime.
Our four-man Penguins stack was a little bit quiet, but Carl Hagelin scored a goal that was assisted by Malkin and Kessel, so at least Hagelin gave us plenty of value at low ownership.
Speaking of value at low ownership, Tyler Johnson netted us a hat trick, and what’s more, he even scored one of those goals while short-handed, giving him a monster night in our lineup. We also had Ondrej Palat in alongside Johnson, and he logged one assist on the night.
Our Panthers mini-stack of Denis Malgin and Aaron Ekblad combined for just one assist, however that assist came from Malgin at tiny ownership while Ekblad logged three shots and a block.
Lastly, Connor Hellebuyck was looking excellent in goal through two periods with a 4-1 lead on home ice before the Oilers rallied to score three third period goals and cap the comeback on Darnell Nurse’s OT winner. That put a big damper on what was a solid lineup.
Hopefully you were able to use some of last night’s picks to notch some profits as we move onto tonight’s four-game main slate.
C – Evgeny Kuznetsov (WAS) – $7,300 vs. NYR
We are going to cover four teams with our lineup tonight, however I want to give this group a strong foundation to work from and that begins here with Kuznetsov who appears to now be one of the very best players in the Eastern Conference this season. He’s off to a white-hot start to the season as he’s bagged four goals and notched nine points in just five games while taking 17 shots and is approaching 21 minutes of ice time per game. He’s the top center for the Caps at both even strength and on the top power play unit where he’s scored all four of his goals this season. Kuznetsov’s Capitals take on a Rangers team that has allowed 3.33 goals per game this season.
C – Adam Henrique (ANH) – $5,500 vs. NYI
As good of a matchup as the Capitals have against the visiting Rangers, the Ducks have themselves a fine matchup as well as they take on the visiting Islanders tonight at the Honda Center. Anaheim has scuffled a little bit with just 2.67 goals per game on the season, good for 22nd, however I think they can pot a few tonight and I am going to roll out a three-man stack that will be both an even strength and top power play unit stack. Henrique is the team’s top offensive center with Ryan Getzlaf still on the shelf, and he’s off to a solid start with two goals and four points in six games. He doesn’t take a ton of shots with just eight on the season, however the Islanders are going to end up as a poor defensive club despite allowing just 2.50 goals per game in four games, so look for Henrique’s line to do some damage tonight.
W – Alex Ovechkin (WAS) – $7,200 vs. NYR
Ovechkin brings one of, if not the highest floor in the league into action pretty much every time he hits a slate, so I am going to use a Kuznetsov/Ovechkin mini-stack to give us a solid floor tonight. He’s blasted home four goals in five games this season with a pair of helpers and almost four shots per game. Expect plenty of shots from the Great 8 tonight as New York has allowed the seventh-most shots per game this season and Ovechkin led the league with 355 shots on goal a season ago. Washington has scored an even four goals per game in five games this season and 4.67 per game in three games at Capital One Arena in Washington on the young season. You’ve got to like the high floors and sky-high ceiling with this duo tonight.
W – Jakob Silfverberg (ANH) – $6,100 vs. NYI
With injuries decimating the Ducks up front again this season, Silfverberg is being relied upon to produce offense and he’s delivering so far with three goals and seven points in six games on the campaign. He’s scored those three goals on just 10 shots, a rate that cannot be sustained, however he’s being deployed in offensive-friendly situations and it’s paying off for the 28-year-old. Silfverberg left his last game against the Blues with an upper-body injury, however he hasn’t been ruled out for tonight’s game, but it’s something to keep an eye on. If he can’t go, Rickard Rakell would be the guy to move up to the top line alongside Henrique.
W – Austin Czarnik (CGY) – $3,300 vs. BOS
We have some pricey pieces in this lineup, so we’re going to need to extract some value from some low-cost players as well, beginning here with Czarnik who takes on his former team tonight against the Bruins. Boston has been pretty solid defensively again this season, however they are being slightly outshot slightly on an average basis and are a middle-of-the-pack possession team whereas the Flames are one of the top possession teams in the NHL. Czarnik had a big preseason for the Flames and has followed that up for a goal and a pair of assists in five regular season games. He is projected to skate on the Flames’ second line tonight and second power play unit which gives him a nice opportunity despite facing a tough defensive club tonight.
D – Cam Fowler (ANH) – $4,900 vs. NYI
I like the price we are getting Fowler at tonight as the Ducks’ top defenseman again what will end up being a weak defensive club in the form of the New York Islanders. Fowler has two assists in six games this season, but he’s also the quarterback of the Ducks’ top power play unit, a spot that has helped him surpass 25 minutes of average ice time per game on that blueline. He logged a whopping 27:48 of ice time in the Ducks’ 3-2 win over the Blues on Sunday and he also notched an assist to boot. He’s going to be relied upon heavily, but for tonight’s matchup, I am liking his sub-$5K price tonight.
D – Noah Hanifin (CGY) – $3,600 vs. BOS
We get ourselves a low-cost, very low-owned mini-stack with Hanifin pairing up with Czarnik for tonight’s underdog matchup against the Bruins. Keep in mind Boston has already allowed seven goals in a road game this season, and faced a weak Sabres offense in their only other road game this season. The Flames rank eighth in offense so far and scored seven goals in their only home game this season, so I think we have something to work with here. Hanifin will quarterback the Flames’ second power play unit where he skates with Czarnik while he’s recorded one assist on nine shots in five games this season.
G – John Gibson (ANH) – $8,300 vs. NYI
Maybe it’s because he plays on the west coast, but Gibson has been one of the best goaltenders in the NHL this season and he does not get the recognition he should. Among goalies with at least four starts, Gibson’s .944 Sv% is the third best mark in the league while the 178 shots he’s faced so far is the third-most in the league. Keep in mind this was a goaltender that posted a 2.43 GAA and .926 Sv% last season, numbers that are Vezina-worthy. I expect him to be in that conversation this season and he’s certainly off to a quality start. Given the Ducks are -167 favorites in this one, I like Gibson’s win upside tonight on home ice.
UTIL – Jordan Kyrou (STL) – $3,200 vs. MON
The Blues are in Montreal tonight to take on the Canadiens, and it appears Kyrou will have himself a nice opportunity if the projected lines ring true come game time. Kyrou is projected to skate alongside Ryan O’Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko on the Blues’ top line this evening, a spot that gives him a ton of upside at a very attractive price tag. Kyrou was a huge point producer in his final season in the Ontario Hockey League as he posted 39 goals and 109 points in 56 games with the Sarnia Sting a year ago. He’s notched one assist in his first five NHL games this season, but Kyrou’s move to the top line could pay immediate dividends.