We had a fairly productive lineup last night with our DraftKings NHL Picks, but as a whole, it likely wasn’t enough to get you into the cash. We got two goals and two assists from our four-man Blues stack and a win from Ryan Miller in goal as he turned aside 26 of 27 Minnesota Wild shots. We did get a low-owned assist from Casey Mittelstadt, but Jaden Schwartz, Alex Nylander, Marco Scandella and Ryan Kesler we all held pointless, making it tough to cash. Let’s turn things around on tonight’s massive 12-game slate!
C – John Tavares (NYI) – $7,100 vs. NYR
I am of the opinion that this Rangers/Islanders game is going to be a high scoring affair, so buckle up for some ownership here beginning with Tavares. Of course, Johnny T is going see a lot of ownership tonight, but for good reason considering his 36 goals on 251 shots this season. The Rangers are the league’s 27th-ranked road defense and the Islanders are the league’s seventh ranked home offense with the fifth-ranked home power play, so offense should be had tonight with the soon-to-be free agent.
C – Filip Chytil (NYR) – $3,800 vs. NYI
This Rangers stack isn’t going to be a traditional one, but we are going to get some cheap, low-owned exposure to the Rangers tonight against the league’s worst overall and home defense tonight. Chytil won’t likely see much, if any power play time, but he is set to skate as the Rangers’ second line center. He has posted a goal and an assist over his last two games while skating over 16 minutes in his most recent game, a season high for the rookie. He will fly under the radar on a huge slate tonight.
W – Anders Lee (NYI) – $5,600 vs. NYR
You have to like Lee’s upside considering the amount of scoring and shot taking he has done this season. He enters play with 39 tallies on the year to go along with an even 200 shots on goal. Lee has been quiet lately with just one goal over his last six games, but he scored five in his previous three games before those six, providing a glimpse of how good he can be on any given night. Lee and Tavares skate together in all situations and I am expecting big things from the duo tonight.
W – Pavel Buchnevich (NYR) – $3,500 vs. NYI
Buchnevich doesn’t skate with Chytil at 5v5 or on the power play, but again, he is cheap and low owned exposure to the league’s worst defense tonight in Brooklyn. Buchnevich boasts plenty of talent and skill as he posted 14 goals and 29 assists on 133 shots this season. It stands to reason that if he were facing this Islanders’ defense in all of those 72 games he’s played, those numbers would look a lot different. In other words, it’s the matchup, not his season-long numbers that has my on the Buchnevich bandwagon tonight.
W – Jakub Voracek (PHI) – $6,200 vs. CAR
The Flyers are scoring a lot of goals lately, so I want some Philly exposure tonight on home ice against the visiting Hurricanes. Philly has scored four goals in back-to-back games and are averaging 4.67 goals per game over their last three at home. Enter Voracek who has tallied 83 points on the season while he sits just one goal shy of the 20-goal plateau for the season. He’s notched three points over his last two games, numbers that should be in for an increase this evening.
D – Nick Leddy (NYI) – $4,600 vs. NYR
We have our first three-man stack complete here with Leddy teaming up with Lee and Tavares against the Rangers. He has been fairly quiet lately, but a matchup against the league’s 27th-ranked defense should cure what ails him. He has reached double digit goals with 10 on the season, throwing in 32 assists and 152, shots and 102 blocks on the year as well. This is a 5v5 and PP1 stack, so let’s roll with this high ceiling trio this evening.
D – Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI) – $6,300 vs. CAR
He isn’t cheap, but I love Gostisbehere’s upside tonight. He is a beast on the point for the Flyers this season, notching 13 goals and adding 49 assists on 217 shots and 112 blocks for the year. Gostisbehere has also tallied seven assists over his last five games. He is a weapon on the man advantage, and that Flyers power play should be able to click tonight against the Hurricanes and their 26th-ranked road penalty kill tonight in the city of brotherly love.
G – Antti Raanta (ARI) – $8,100 vs. VAN
There isn’t a goaltender in the NHL who hasn’t been better than Raanta since the calendar flipped to 2018. Since that time, Raanta has posted an unconscious .942 save percentage, the best mark among goaltenders with at least nine starts. He is fresh off a month of March where he posted a .952 Sv% in eight outings while he has won nine of his last 10 starts. Let’s ride Raanta while he is hot tonight against the league’s 26th-ranked offense in Vancouver.
UTIL – Vladislav Namestnikov (NYR) – $4,400 vs. NYR
I wouldn’t call it a three-man stack, but Namestnikov and Buchnevich form a 5v5 and PP1 mini-stack tonight for the Rangers in Brooklyn. The latter could be very important as the Islanders own a brutal home power at just 75.2%, good for 28th in the league. The Rangers sport a decent road power play at 19.4%, good for 14th in the league. Given his opportunity on the top power play unit and his opponent tonight, let’s roll with another Russian Ranger in tonight’s optimal lineup.