It was a real big night for our NHL DraftKings Picks. We had two guys score two goals last night as the Capitals’ Evgeny Kuznetsov and the Predators’ Filip Forsberg each found the back of the net twice. We also got a low-owned goal from Travis Zajac while Will Butcher assisted said goal on low ownership as well. Pekka Rinne also got us a win in goal so we will take the nice night and move onto tonight’s three-game slate!
C – Evgeni Malkin (PIT) – $7,500 vs. PHI
Despite notching just one point in Game 1’s 7-0 blowout win, I think Malkin comes back with a big game tonight. After all, he ranked fourth in the league this season with 42 goals while his 98 points also checked in at fourth league-wide. Malkin may seem quiet lately, but the fact is he has a goal and five assists over his last five games. The Flyers easily have the worst goaltender on the slate so let’s attack that theory tonight.
C – Nolan Patrick (PHI) – $4,300 vs. PIT
Call me crazy but I think the Flyers can go toe-to-toe with the Penguins in the goal scoring department tonight. If they do, we will look to get some lower-owned exposure to that theory beginning here with Patrick. Patrick struggled in the first half of the season in his rookie year, but has come along nice with eight goals over his last 25 games. He has also been moved up to the top power play unit while centering the second line so let’s roll with the rookie here in Game 2.
W – Patric Hornqvist (PIT) – $6,600 vs. PHI
Hornqvist and Malkin skate together at both 5v5 and on the Penguins top-ranked power play so let’s fire up the gritty Swede again tonight. He scored a goal in each of his last five regular season games and has 11 goals over his last 15 contests. He is a beast in the shots on goal department with 247 of those in just 70 regular season games this season. He will be more involved in the offense tonight after just one assist in Game 1’s blowout win.
W – Jakub Voracek (PHI) – $6,000 vs. PIT
We are going to grab the Flyers’ second line in this lineup and that includes the assist-machine Voracek. His 68 helpers this year tied Blake Wheeler for the most in the NHL. He also cracked the 20-goal barrier while throwing a real healthy 228 shots on goal to boot. Voracek and Patrick will skate together in all situation tonight and I’m really looking to pick on Matt Murray here as he posted an .896 Sv% across his last nine appearances prior to his Game 1 shutout.
W – Oskar Lindblom (PHI) – $3,200 vs. PIT
Here is the final member of that Flyers’ second line. I’m looking for a little value upside out of Lindblom tonight as he skates with the Patrick/Voracek duo at 5v5 play while giving us exposure to both power play units down on the second group. Lindblom posted just two goals and six points in 23 regular season games, but he skated over two minutes on the power play in Game 1 and is always surrounded by good offensive players, so let’s look for some production at low ownership tonight.
D – Kris Letang (PIT) – $5,400 vs. PHI
Letang is simply the top option on the Pens’ blueline. Justin Schultz is a nice option too as he cuts into Letang’s PP1 time here and there, but he just doesn’t bring the same floor into play that Letang does. Letang scored nine goals, added 42 assists and took 222 shots on goal during the regular season. He also blocked 108 shots to boot, so let’s get some cross-category contribution from the veteran blueliner tonight on home ice.
D – Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI) – $5,600 vs. PIT
If the Flyers can get themselves a healthy amount of power play time tonight Gostisbehere could have a huge night. He is a beast on the man advantage as he scored seven of his 13 goals on the power play while he also added 52 overall assists on 221 shots on goal. He also blocked 116 shots as well, so like with Letang, Gostisbehere is giving us real good cross-category upside in what I believe will be a high-scoring game for both clubs tonight.
G – Jonathan Quick (LA) – $7,500 vs. VGK
This is a calculated risk. The Kings are certainly an underdog in this game, but Quick was outstanding in Game 1 while yielding just one goal, a seeing-eye shot that he did not see that got past him. Aside from that he was at the top of his game, turning away 27 of 28 shots in tough-luck 1-0 loss. The Kings are the best defense in the league, so giving up plenty of goals is not something he does very often at all. I feel this is a safe play and perhaps he can get some goal support and provide big-time value with a win at a very attractive price.
UTIL – Bryan Little (WPG) – $3,800 vs. MIN
The Jets are the highest scoring home team in the league, and although Minnesota gave them a nice run in Game 1, I still wanted at least some Jets exposure here. I believe Little will give us that exposure at low ownership tonight. He skates on the third line, but also centers the second power play, a nice spot considering the Wild were the league’s 22-ranked road penalty kill and the Jets were the league’s fifth-ranked home power play. He still scored 17 goals this season, so let’s look for number 18 at nice ownership tonight.
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