We had some real nice picks in last night’s DraftKings NHL DFS Picks, but the Washington fade certainly came back to bite us.
Our three-man Avalanche stack did some notable damage, although Tyson Barrie was held pointless on the night. That said, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen stayed white-hot and combined for two goals, one assist, four shots and three blocks on the night.
Unfortunately, our Canucks mini-stack of Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser combined for just two assists with fives shots and a block.
Our low-owned Red Wings mini-stack of Michael Rasmussen and Dennis Cholowski combined for only three shots and four blocks with zero points on the scoresheet with the Red Wings scoring just one goal against the visiting Hurricanes.
Lastly, our goaltender picked up a win in overtime as Connor Hellebuyck’s Jets edged the visiting Blues, however he also allowed four goals and posted just an .882 Sv%. Not an ideal performance from last year’s Vezina Trophy candidate.
Let’s move past an uneven four-game slate and tackle tonight’s bigger eight-game slate!
*Tonight’s lineup is aimed at GPPs*
C – Evgeni Malkin (PIT) – $7,500 vs. EDM
Malkin won’t be the lowest owned guy on the slate, but in a road matchup in Edmonton I think the Russian superstar’s ownership will still make sense in GPPs while he should also give our lineup a solid foundation with which to work from. He enters play tonight with a cool three goals and nine assists in just six games to go along with 12 shots. The Penguins offense hasn’t hit full stride yet, but they have score 3.33 goals per game on the young season while the Oilers have allowed 3.17 per game, roughly a middle-of-the-pack number. I like the fact that Malkin has produced on the road so far with five points in two road contests, so I think we can plug him in here at a high price and give our lineup a solid foundation tonight.
C – Kevin Hayes (NYR) – $4,200 vs. FLA
The Rangers will be a low-owned team tonight, especially the second line and second power play unit which will be centered by Hayes. New York ranks 26th with just 2.25 goals per game this season, however they are facing a Panthers team that ranks 28th in defense with 3.83 goals against per game. Tonight’s confirmed starting goaltender for Florida is Michael Hutchinson who owns an ugly 3.67 GAA and .853 Sv% in two starts and three appearances on the year. Enter Hayes who has just one goal and one assist in eight games this season on 16 shots. However, this is a guy who bagged 25 goals last season and has at least 17 in three of his four NHL seasons. He’s more than a half point-per-game player in his NHL career, and I think the Rangers can get some offense going tonight on home ice against a struggling Panthers back end. He could provide some nice value at low ownership.
W – Phil Kessel (PIT) – $6,700 vs. EDM
Along with Malkin, I’m looking for Kessel to give this lineup a nice floor that we can build on with our GPP picks throughout the lineup. Kessel is off to a fine start to the year with four goals and four assists through six games to go along with 14 shots on the campaign. What I like about Kessel is the fact he skates alongside Malkin at both even strength and on the Penguins’ lethal top power play unit, making this one of the highest-ceiling duos on the slate. Pittsburgh is 10th with a 26.7% clip on the power play and the Oilers are a mediocre 77.8% on the penalty kill this year after finishing dead last a year ago. I am willing to pay a hefty price tonight for a couple of players that I think can tally a couple of multi-point efforts at relatively high ownership to complement our GPP picks.
W – Filip Chytil (NYR) – $3,800 vs. FLA
Chytil and Hayes form a stack on that Rangers second line as well as the second power play unit, so I think we have something to work with here at what should be minuscule ownership on an eight-game slate with some attractive names within. Chytil is still looking for his first goal of the season with two assists in eight games, but he’s seen an uptick in ice time over the last three games thanks to his spot on the second line. The former first-round pick notched a goal and two assists in nine games with the Rangers last year while he also notched 31 points in 46 AHL games at the age of 18 last year. There’s no doubt there’s a steep learning curve ahead for the youngster, however for tonight’s matchup Chytil is in a good spot to notch some low-owned production and I want to take advantage.
W – Brendan Gallagher (MON) – $5,600 vs. CGY
Gallagher and his Montreal teammates may see some ownership tonight as the top line and top power play unit for a surprising Montreal Canadiens team this year, but on an eight-game slate I certainly believe they are eligible for GPP lineups as well. The pesky winger has scored four goals and five points in seven games to start the season while he loves to shoot the puck with 22 shots in seven games, slightly more than three per game. The shots on goal are nothing new as Gallagher fired 278 shots on goal last season and has eclipsed 200 shots or a 200-shot pace in all six of his NHL seasons. The Flames are roughly a middle-of-the-pack defense this season with three goals against per game, but the Canadiens surprisingly rank 14th with a solid 3.29 goals per game on the young campaign. Gallagher has been dangerous all season long and I will take his solid floor and high ceiling tonight at home.
D – Jeff Petry (MON) – $5,700 vs. CGY
Petry will form a three-man stack at even strength and on the top power play unit with Gallagher and our utility player tonight, a trio I think can do some damage at a reasonable ownership level. Petry doesn’t have a goal yet this year, however he has tallied six assists in seven games this year while firing 13 shots on goal. He’s also logging north of 23 minutes per game on that Habs blueline. With Shea Weber on the IR still, Petry is the Canadiens’ best offensive defenseman which was evidenced when he tallied a career-high 42 points last season while taking over for Shea Weber on the top power play unit as he missed a good chunk of last year too. There’s simply no other blueline to use with this duo tonight so I will look for some production from that Canadiens top power play unit this evening.
D – Brady Skjei (NYR) – $3,500 vs. FLA
Skjei doesn’t have a point over his last four games, although he is logging a ton of ice time on that Rangers blueline which is what I love against a weak Florida Panthers defense. Skjei slated just shy of 25 minutes in the Rangers’ most recent game against the Flames while he’s skated at least 26 minutes in two of his last four games. It’s disappointing to see he’s not currently getting any power play time at the moment, but perhaps David Quinn switches things up for tonight’s game to get things going. Regardless, with that much ice time, Skjei is going to see a solid amount of even strength time alongside Hayes and Chytil which makes this a very, very low-owned three-man stack that could give this lineup a huge boost with some production tonight.
G – Antti Raanta (ARI) – $6,900 vs. CLS
This lineup takes a big GPP turn thank to this play in goal as Raanta and the Coyotes take on the Blue Jackets tonight in Columbus. First, the Coyotes have been a solid defensive club in the early going as they rank fifth with just 2.43 goals against per game. Raanta owns a 2.32 GAA and a .911 Sv% so far across six starts. The Blue Jackets have been solid on offense with 3.29 goals per game this season and they are heavy -165 favorites in this one, however I think the ‘Yotes can hang tough thanks to their stout defense early in the year. In a GPP lineup I certainly see value in Raanta’s sub-$7K price in goal and I think he can steal one from the Jackets tonight on the road.
UTIL – Tomas Tatar (MON) – $5,600 vs. CGY
Completing our lineup and three-man stack tonight is Tatar who is off to a real nice start with his newest club in Montreal this season. He didn’t fit in very well with Vegas after being acquired from Detroit at the trade deadline last year, but Tatar is enjoying his new digs in Montreal to the tune of three goals and eight points in seven games. He’s firing an even three shots on goal per game while his ice time is north of 17 minutes per game, so it’s clear Tatar is taking advantage of the opportunity presented to him so far. Whether it be on the power play or even strength, I like the upside of this three-man Habs stack against a so-so Flamed defense this season.