You can throw last night’s DraftKings lineup as there were only two productive player involved in the form of Jakub Voracek and Shayne Gostisbehere of the Flyers. Other than that, it was a rough night at the office. We will look for much more consistency on tonight’s four-game slate!
C – Evgeni Malkin (PIT) – $7,600 vs. OTT
The Penguins are now the league’s second highest scoring team on home ice and it’s nice to see they have a solid matchup tonight against the visiting Ottawa Senators. It’s been a fruitful year for Geno, as he’s notched 42 goals to go along with his 55 assists on 235 shots on goal. Malkin has been a beast for the majority of the season, but by his standards, he’s been quiet lately with only five assists over his last five games. Look for him to get back into the goal department tonight.
C – Anthony Cirelli (TB) – $3,600 vs. BUF
The Lightning are going to see big-time ownership tonight like the Penguins, but we are going to avoid the big guns and duck some of that ownership. The stack begins here with Cirelli who will center the Lightning third line tonight. He’s notched three goals and six helpers in 16 contests on the season, but he’s seeing upwards of 15 minutes per night these days. He would give this lineup a good shot in the arm at low ownership this evening.
W – Patric Hornqvist (PIT) – $6,700 vs. OTT
Hornqvist has been an absolute beast for these Penguins as of late. He’s scored a goal in four straight games and now has 10 goals over his last 13 contests. He’s up to 28 goals for the year on 245 shots, which become even more impressive when we realize he has missed 12 games with injuries. He’s also scored 15 goals as part of a Penguins’ power play unit that leads the league with a 27.1% clip on home ice.
W – Phil Kessel (PIT) – $6,600 vs. OTT
Kessel had scored just once over his previous five games, but busted out with a pair of goals including the overtime winner in last night’s contest against the Blue Jackets. The two tallies gave Kessel 33 goals on the season to go along with his 57 assists. He sports some real nice home/road splits for this matchup as he’s notched 1.35 points per game at PPG Paints Arena as opposed to 0.88 points per game away from home.
W – Yanni Gourde (TB) – $5,100 vs. BUF
Gourde has come out of nowhere to notch 24 goals in his first full season in the NHL. He was played up and down the lineup for head coach Jon Cooper, but tonight he should flank Cirelli on the team’s third line while also seeing second unit power play time as well. He hasn’t scored in a month, but Gourde has still tallied seven assists over his last eight games. He will be part of a low-owned four-man Lightning stack tonight, a group that has real nice upside.
D – Justin Schultz (PIT) – $4,200 vs. OTT
Schultz may not have the same high floor as Kris Letang, but I believe they both have real nice ceilings in this matchup so I will nab Schultz at a cheaper rate and lower ownership. Despite Letang being listed as the PP1 defenseman, Schultz still sees time on that unit from time to time. He’s an offensive minded defenseman who is in a very favorable matchup in all situations tonight so don’t be afraid to roster Schultz over Letang and net the cost savings.
D – Mikhail Sergachev (TB) – $3,900 vs. BUF
I think Sergachev has huge upside at this price tonight. He’s enjoyed an incredible rookie season as a 19-year-old for the Lightning as he’s bagged nine goals and added 30 assists on 133 shots. He forms a PP2 three-man stack with Gourde and out utility player in tonight’s lineup. The Sabres own the league’s 29th-ranked overall defense and the Lightning own the league’s top overall offense, so let’s hope the support guys do the damage in this matchup.
G – Ryan Miller (ANH) – $8,000 vs. DAL
The way the Ducks defend at home and the way Ryan Miller has played at home I am liking him as my top netminder of the night. Andrei Vasilevskiy would have something to say about that, but Ryan Miller has posted a 1.80 GAA and a .941 Sv% at home this season. The Ducks are just outside the league’s top 5 in home defense while they have plenty to play for as they try and hunt down the Kings for the third spot in the Pacific Division.
UTIL – Alex Killorn (TB) – $4,200 vs. BUF
With Killorn we get a four-man 5v5 stack in this lineup as well as a three-man PP2 stack alongside Gourde and Sergachev. Killorn isn’t a consistent producer, but he’s managed 15 goals and 29 assists on 147 shots for the season. He is a player that Jon Cooper can slide up and down the lineup, but for now I am happy to have him on the third line while I look for some low-owned production from this group in a very favorable home matchup.