Welcome a fresh week of NHL DFS! We have a six-game Monday slate to sink our teeth into tonight, so let’s get the week started on the right note!
C – Sidney Crosby (PIT) – $7,900 vs. COL
The most expensive skater on tonight’s slate will be a popular one, but Crosby also has one of, if not the best matchup on tap against the visiting Avalanche. While Colorado has played well at home this season, they have been a train wreck on the road to the tune of 3.71 goals against per game, good for 29th in the league. Crosby has been simply excellent as of late, racking up a whopping 19 points over his last 12 games. He is coming off a game where he fired seven shots on goal so look for the hot hand to stay hot tonight on home ice.
C – Mark Scheifele (WPG) – $7,500 vs. VAN
The Winnipeg Jets take on the struggling Vancouver Canucks tonight, and considering how powerful the Jets offense is on home ice I am digging Scheifele tonight. The young pivot is enjoying another excellent campaign with 14 goals and 34 points on the season with those 34 points checking in at 11th in the NHL. He skates on the team’s top line and top power play unit while seeing a whopping 21:20 of ice time per game. Lock the superstar into your lineup tonight.
W – Conor Sheary (PIT) – $5,100 vs. COL
Sheary is back to flanking Sidney Crosby on the Penguins’ top line, a spot that should be very productive considering how hot Crosby has been of late. Sheary hasn’t had the same fortune as his center lately, but he does have nine tallies on the season on 62 shots. He skated over 16 minutes in Saturday’s loss to Toronto but clearly has a much more advantageous matchup tonight against the Avalanche.
W – Kyle Connor (WPG) – $5,200 vs. VAN
Connor has been put in a great spot by head coach Paul Maurice in the form of first line duties as well as first unit power play duties with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler. Connor has responded with ten goals and 18 points in 24 games and has four goals and six points over his last six. Vancouver is a solid defensive team, but the Jets score 4.31 goals per game at home, second most next to the Islanders. The Scheifele/Connor combo should be a fruitful one up front for the Jets tonight.
W – Jordan Eberle (NYI) – $5,000 vs. WAS
Here is a guy who has been finding the back of the net with regularity as of late. Over his last eight games Eberle has notched five goals while adding two assists as well. He is now up to 12 goals on the season after a slow start while he has taken 65 shots on goal and tallied a couple of those 12 goals with the man advantage. With his center Mathew Barzal a playmaker by trade, Eberle has a nice matchup tonight to stay hot in the goals department, especially given the Capitals yield 3.85 goals per game on the road, the most in the NHL.
D – Tyler Myers (WPG) – $4,100 vs. VAN
Dustin Byfuglien is out for a few weeks and expect Tyler Myers to get first crack at his spot on the Jets’ top power play unit. That immediately increases Myers’ value quite a bit, but let’s also not forget he’s having a solid offensive season himself. Myers has five goals this season, three of which have come on the power play, nine assists, 46 shots and 35 blocked shots as well. Those power play goals have come on the second unit so it should be exciting to see what he can do when he skates with Scheifele, Wheeler, Laine and Connor on the top grouping.
D – Ryan Pulock (NYI) – $2,900 vs. WAS
After hovering around the 15-16 minute mark in terms of ice time for most of the season, Pulock has been getting up over 18 minutes with regularity now. That is certainly good news, and better news is the fact that Pulock forms a second power play unit mini-stack with Jordan Eberle for this lineup. He snapped an 11-game pointless drought with an assist two games ago, but he shoots the puck plenty with eight shots over his last two games. This guy has an absolute bomb from the point so let’s look for the low owned rear guard to exceed value tonight.
G – Connor Hellebuyck (WPG) – $8,300 vs. VAN
Simply put, Hellebuyck stands out to me as easily the best goalie option on the slate. He hasn’t been at his best lately, but he takes on a reeling offense tonight on home ice. The Canucks have scored just three goals over their last two games since Bo Horvat went down with injury, and they are already the NHL’s 26th ranked offense. Also, the Jets have outscored opponents by an average of 1.62 goals per game at home this season, the best mark in the NHL. Let’s ride Hellebuyck and his high-octane offense to victory tonight.
UTIL – J.T. Miller (NYR) – $3,900 vs. DAL
I wanted to get some Rangers’ exposure into this lineup tonight due to the fact they are playing a weak defensive road team tonight in the form of the Dallas Stars. Better yet, the Stars are starting backup Kari Lehtonen in goal who sports a poor .903 save percentage for the season. Although he has just four goals for the season, Miller still has 22 points in 29 games thanks to 18 assists. He also has a goal and four helpers over his last five games and has a point in seven of his last eight games.