We made some quality picks with last night’s DraftKings NHL DFS Picks and it would have been real close to profit territory had our goaltender notched a win after being staked to an early lead
Our high-ceiling mini-stack of Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine did not reach that ceiling, although Schiefele scored a goal on four shots while Laine was held pointless on four shots.
Our three-man Golden Knights stack saw a little bit of production as Max Pacioretty and Erik Haula teammed up for the first goal of the same, scored by Pacioretty. Shea Theodore recorded four shots on the night, but we were looking for more production here in what was a favorable matchup and a disappointing 3-2 loss for Vegas.
Our Maple Leafs mini-stack also didn’t get a ton of production, although Mitch Marner had a beauty of an assist with four shots on net while Morgan Rielly also logged four shots.
Brock Nelson was a one-off play in a favorable matchup against the Panthers, and he came through with a first period goal, but it was on his lone shot of the game. Still, so nice lower-owned production there.
Unfortunately, Robin Lehner ended up in the loss column in this one as the Panthers erased a 2-0 deficit and came back to beat the Islanders 3-2 in overtime.
This lineup hovered right around the money line so hopefully you were able to use some these picks to get into the money!
Let’s make sure we get well into profit territory on tonight’s big 10-game main slate!
C – Connor McDavid (EDM) – $7,900 vs. WAS
He’s always going to see some ownership, but I am going to roll with the top center on tonight’s slate as McDavid and the Oilers take on the visiting Capitals. Washington allowed just two goals in Vancouver on Tuesday, however prior to that they had allowed 13 goals in their previous two road games, continuing a trend from last season when they were the league’s 21st-ranked road defense. While it’s likely Braden Holtby starts again tonight, it’s also possible that Pheonix Copley gives Holtby a breather as he’s made just one start this year, a road start where he allowed seven goals on a whopping 55 shots. Regardless, we have a super-high ceiling with McDavid tonight as the two-time Art Ross winner has tallied five goals and 13 points in seven games after leading the league with 108 point a season ago. Liking the matchup here for the most dangerous even strength player in the world.
C – David Krejci (BOS) – $5,100 vs. PHI
We will duck some ownership by fading the Bruins’ top line tonight in hopes that the much cheaper second line gives us some value in a fantastic home matchup against the Flyers. Philadelphia has struggled big-time on the back end with 4.11 goals against per game on the season (30th), a number that creeps up to 4.25 against per game on the road. While a lot of attention has been on the big line, Krejci has notched two goals and six helpers for eight points in nine games this season. Just don’t look for a high shot total as he has just 10 shots in those nine games and has never exceeded 169 shots in his NHL career. With seven points over his last six games, the Bruins’ second line center should be in for some more production while he gives us exposure to the Bruins’ second power play unit to lead off a three-man stack tonight.
W – Kailer Yamamoto (EDM) – $4,300 vs. WAS
There aren’t too many spots you’d rather be in this league than on a line with Connor McDavid, and that’s the position Yamamoto has found himself in as of late while he should remain there for tonight’s contest against the Capitals. He’s recorded just one goal this season, however Yamamoto skated well over 17 minutes in Tuesday night’s overtime loss to the Penguins, showing what type of opportunity he gets alongside McDavid. It shouldn’t be long before the Oilers’ captain gets Yamamoto on the scoresheet while the youngster also gives us exposure to the Oilers’ second power play unit tonight against the Capitals and their 25th-ranked penalty kill tonight.
W – Danton Heinen (BOS) – $3,800 vs. PHI
Heinen gives us fantastic value upside in tonight’s home matchup with the Flyers. Not only is Heinen a linemate of Krejci on the Bruins’ second line, he should remain a member of the Bruins’ top power play unit alongside the trio of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak. He has just two assists in seven games this season, but both of those have come over the last three games while he’s skated almost 17 minutes in two of those three contests. The 23-year-old is coming off a solid rookie season where he scored 16 goals and notched 47 points in 77 games, and he’s likely to surpass those totals if he can maintain this advantageous spot on the second line and top power play unit. Plenty of value to extract here at this sub-$4K price.
W – Patrick Kane (CHI) – $7,500 vs. NYR
The Rangers are coming off a solid 5-2 home win over the Panthers on Tuesday, however they are running into a productive Blackhawks offense to this point in the season. Chicago has come of the gate hot up front as their 3.67 goals per game is tied with the Devils for fourth in the league. Kane is enjoying a huge year so far with eight goals and 13 points in nine games on the campaign while he’s already taken a whopping 48 shots on goal, or 5.33 per game. The Rangers haven’t been horrible defensively, but they rank 20th overall with 3.33 goals against per game. That said, their five goals against per game on the road is tied for dead last in the league, something Kane can take advantage tonight to kick off a Blackhawks mini-stack.
D – Oscar Klefbom (EDM) – $5,400 vs. WAS
Klefbom might have only three assists in seven games this season, but he is logging a ton of ice time on that Oilers blueline, 25:23 per game to be exact. In Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Nashville, Klefbom actually eclipsed the 30-minute mark, and that came in a regulation time game. He followed that up by skating 28:16 in the Oilers’ overtime loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday. All three of Klefbom’s assists have come over the last four games and I think he has some serious upside tonight playing those big minutes against a poor Caps road defense. He has 20 shots on goal and 10 blocks in seven games this season and is the lone defenseman on the Oilers’ top power play unit, so I like the fact he will skate with McDavid for the vast majority of tonight’s contest. Let’s be there for his first goal of the season tonight.
D – Matt Grzelcyk (BOS) – $3,800 vs. PHI
Grzelcyk is taking advantage of the early-season opportunity he has been given with the injury to Torey Krug as he’s logged five points in nine games, albeit all coming in assist form. Three of those five helpers have come on the power play where Grzelcyk resides as the lone defenseman while he and Heinen form a mini-stack on this group and at fantastic prices as well. He’s notched an assist in three straight games and while he’s not a big shooter, I would certainly take a couple of helpers from the young blueliner tonight as a fairly low-owned commodity on a 10-game slate. Simply loving the value upside we are getting with this three-man Bruins group tonight.
G – Antti Raanta (ARI) – $7,900 vs. VAN
Raanta missed the start on Tuesday in Columbus because he was sick, but he could be good to go for tonight’s home start against the Canucks, but it’s something to keep an eye on as we approach lock. The Coyotes have been a very good defensive club this season with just 2.25 goals against per game, tied for the third-best mark in the league. They are also the league’s fourth-best possession team with a 54.5% Corsi For% at even strength while the Canucks rank 29th with a 42.4% mark on the season. Raanta has been solid against this season on the heels in which he posted a 2.24 GAA and a .929 Sv%. He owns a 2.32 GAA and a .911 Sv% so far this time around. The Coyotes are around -177 favorites in this one and the Canucks are playing their second game in as many nights, so I will take Raanta and his attractive price in what I believe to be an excellent home matchup against a banged up Canucks offense.
UTIL – Artem Anisimov (CHI) – $4,100 vs. NYR
Can’t argue with this price either as Anisimov is projected to center Kane on the Blackhawks’ second line as well as the top power play unit against a weak Rangers back end. He has a goal and two assists in nine game this season, but Anisimov skated over 19 minutes in the Blackhawks’ Tuesday night win over the Ducks. That’s what skating with Kane will get you. Anisimov has scored at least 20 goals in each of his last four full NHL seasons while he has been just about a half point-per-game player in his NHL career. I certainly think Anisimov could be in for a big night alongside Kane against a Rangers team that has been brutalized on the road this season. Huge value to be extracted here in this one.