We got a little bit of production with last night’s inaugural 2018-19 DraftKings NHL DFS Picks, however we didn’t get a Capitals or Ducks stack in which made it tough to get into the money.
That said, hopefully you were able to use some of our productive picks on top of picks of your own choosing to notch some profits.
Our top stack of the Maple Leafs yielded a goal from John Tavares and an assist from Morgan Rielly as well as a win from Frederik Andersen. Tavares also fired five shots on goal and had three blocks to boot. Not bad production here.
Our Flames mini-stack of Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau also produced as Monahan scored a goal with Gaudreau picking up an assist. They also combined for five shots on goal.
Our Canucks mini-stack provided some real nice value, mostly all on the back of Nikolay Goldobin. Goldobin scored a goal and added an assist to go along with two shots on goal. Unfortunately Derrick Pouliot had just one shot to his credit despite being on the ice for four of the Canucks goals scored.
Lastly, our one-off winger Brett Connolly failed to hit the scoresheet despite the Capitals scoring seven goals on the night. He did contribute five shots and a block, but considering the score we definitely wanted more here.
Let’s get a more consistent lineup going on tonight’s 10-game NHL slate!
C – Jack Eichel (BUF) – $6,900 vs. BOS
The Bruins took a 7-0 lashing on opening night in Washington last night, and their back-to-back tonight won’t be an easy one against an improved Buffalo Sabres club. Eichel has always brought a real nice floor with him into play as he’s just shy of a point-per-game player over the last two seasons, but also because he’s a shot on goal machine, averaging 3.9 shots per game over that same stretch. This season, Eichel finally gets an excellent left winger on his line in the form of Jeff Skinner at both even strength and on the top power play unit. He’s in for a big season and with the Bruins on a back-to-back and starting their backup goaltender Jaroslav Halak tonight, Eichel’s floor is a high one.
C – Pierre-Luc Dubois (CLS) – $5,300 vs. DET
The Red Wings are absolutely decimated on the back end at the moment and could be rolling out as many as four rookies on the blueline this evening, making them one of the most targetable teams despite playing at home. Dubois is the Blue Jackets’ top center this season after breaking out with 20 goals and 48 points as a 19-year-old last season while he will resume top unit power play duties as well. The Jackets as a team were one of the NHL’s highest scoring groups over the last month and change of last regular season, showing the kind of upside that they can carry offensively. Their matchup is an excellent one tonight and I think Dubois is poised for a big one tonight.
W – Jeff Skinner (BUF) – $5,600 vs. BOS
Skinner and Eichel are going to team up to be one of the top duos whenever they hit the slate. Yes, Buffalo has not been good one offense in recent years, but like Eichel, Skinner’s floor is a rather attractive one. He fired a whopping 277 shots on goal last season, and although he scored only 24 goals, he also suffered from a big drop in shooting percentage at just 8.7%. The fact is Skinner is a three-time 30-goal scorer on some mediocre offenses in Buffalo, and playing alongside one of the best young centers in the game in Jack Eichel, he could very well enjoy a huge season in his first year in Buffalo.
W – Artemi Panarin (CLS) – $6,700 vs. DET
The Blue Jackets don’t stand out as a high-upside offense, but given the matchup and the state of the Wings’ blueline, it would not surprise me to see Panarin among the leaders in DraftKings points tonight. He has a massive second half to last season as Panarin posted 43 points over his final 32 games of the regular season a year ago. Panarin did so while seeing a large drop in shooting percentage, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him over 30 goals and approach 90 points this time around. He and Dubois will skate together in all situations tonight, and their ceilings are extremely high against this Red Wings group.
W – Valentin Zykov (CAR) – $3,800 vs. NYI
If you want low ownership and high upside, I would give Zykov a strong look tonight. The new-look Hurricanes will likely take some time to set their lines in stone, so while Zykov is projected on the third line, that placement could change in a hurry. Where he will likely remain for the foreseeable future is on the Canes’ top power play unit alongside young star Sebastian Aho. Zykov notched seven points in 10 games at the NHL level last season in Carolina and gets a favorable matchup against the league’s worst defense from last season in the New York Islanders on home ice. I think there’s plenty of value to be extracted here as a one-off winger.
D – Zach Werenski (CLS) – $5,800 vs. DET
With Seth Jones sidelined for the next few weeks, Werenski get back his spot on the top power play unit where he will form a three-man stack with Panarin and Dubois. Werenski has been an offensive beast since entering the league as his 16 goals from last year tied him for second in the league among defenseman. He is going to log a ton of ice time on that Jackets blueline tonight with Jones out, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him approach 25 minutes to open the season. The smooth-skating blueliner should have plenty of ice to work with against a very inexperienced Red Wings club.
D – Trevor Daley (DET) – $3,300 vs. CLS
While the Jackets have themselves a nice matchup tonight, I think we can sneak a very low-owned mini-stack into this lineup tonight beginning here with the Red Wings’ Daley. The Wings will avoid two-time Vezina winner Sergei Bobrovsky tonight as Joonas Korpisalo is tonight’s confirmed starter for Columbus. Korpisalo posted a horrific 4.11 GAA and .872 Sv% on the road last season in nine games, and with their top defenseman Jones out of the lineup, perhaps the young Red Wings can create offense themselves. With Mike Green out on the Detroit blueline, Daley should take over top power play duties while logging some healthy minutes himself. Daley does have some offensive instincts and his opportunity has him carrying some nice value upside into this one tonight.
G – Ben Bishop (DAL) – $8,400 vs. ARI
I’m going to roll with the highest-priced goaltender on the slate tonight in the form of the Stars’ Ben Bishop. Bishop was excellent at home last year in his first season as a Star as he produced a stout 2.12 GAA and .931 Sv% across 33 games at American Airlines Arena in Dallas last year. Bishop’s first matchup of the season is a favorable one against the league’s 30th-ranked offense last year in the form of the Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes will be better than that this season, but the Stars are the heaviest betting favorites at -185 tonight, so I think Bishop’s win upside is tops on this slate tonight.
UTIL – Michael Rasmussen (DET) – $3,700 vs. CLS
Rasmussen completes our lineup and our Red Wings mini-stack as he makes his NHL debut tonight against the Blue Jackets. The 2017 ninth-overall pick 59 points in his final junior season across 47 games and is a very high-upside player in the long-term for Detroit. In terms of tonight, Rasmussen is projected to skate on the second line while he is also projected to skate on the Red Wings’ top power play unit, which is where the mini-stack with Daley gets some more upside. This mini-stack is going to see tiny ownership, but I am liking the value upside it brings with it.