It was a very unpredictable result in the NHL last night, but bottom line is our DraftKings lineup did not produce. Winnipeg scored five goals but from expected sources from the most part while the Penguins and Islanders combined for just four tallies. Let’s put Monday behind us and move on to tonight’s nine-game slate!
C – Artem Anisimov (CHI) – $6,100 vs. FLA
The Chicago Blackhawks get an excellent matchup tonight as they play host to the lowly Florida Panthers. The Panther sit in the NHL’s basement defensively with 3.43 goals against per game, so brings on the Hawks. Anisimov is having a Cy Young season with 13 goals but just three assists, but he has been a beast on the power play with seven goals. While DraftKings doesn’t reward power play points, it’s nice to see the veteran center producing with the man advantage as Florida’s penalty kill ranks 26th at 77.3% for the season.
C – Pierre-Luc Dubois (CLS) – $4,800 vs. EDM
The emergence of Dubois has been a big boost for the Columbus Blue Jackets. After a quiet first six weeks to the season, Dubois has erupted for eight points over his last seven games and has taken hold of first line center duties as a result. He isn’t a big shooter with just 47 shots in 30 games, but Dubois is one of the quietest producers down the middle in the league right now and could be a great GPP look against the Oilers and their 3.26 goals against per game (26th).
W – Patrick Kane (CHI) – $7,700 vs. FLA
If I were to place a bet on the highest scoring skater on tonight’s slate, Kane would be my pick. He has taken 103 shots for the season and should fire plenty of rubber on goal tonight against a Panthers team that yields 35.5 shots per game, second highest in the league. He has 29 points in 30 games for the season and with the Panthers’ goaltending situation in shambles it isn’t a bad idea to lock in one of the games most skilled players tonight.
W – Artemi Panarin (CLS) – $6,400 vs. EDM
Although he is no longer playing with the aforementioned Kane, Panarin is no doubt enjoying his first season as a Blue Jacket. He has 26 points in 30 games for the season to go along with 84 shots on goal and is the Blue Jackets’ top offensive weapon at both five on five and on the man advantage. With Panarin and Dubois we get first line exposure and exposure to both of the Blue Jackets’ power play units tonight on home ice against the Oilers.
W – Brett Connolly (WAS) – $3,100 vs. COL
The Washington Capitals are another team in a favorable spot tonight so let’s make sure to get some exposure. They take on an Avalanche team that is playing road games on back-to-back nights tonight, and a team that is no good on the road to begin with despite last night’s win in Pittsburgh. Connolly has been the biggest beneficiary of the T.J. Oshie injury as he has moved onto the Capitals’ top power play unit, a major boost to his stock. Let’s see him bag a power play goal tonight and exceed value in the process.
D – Zach Werenski (CLS) – $5,300 vs. EDM
We have a complete three-man Blue Jackets’ stack tonight as Werenski should team up with Dubois and Panarin for some offense tonight. Let’s keep in mind Oilers’ goaltender Laurent Brossoit has a 3.27 GAA and an .887 Sv% for the season, a very targetable netminder on this slate. Werenski is following up his excellent rookie season with nine goals and 16 points on the season to go along with a whopping 88 shots on goal as well.
D – Brent Seabrook (CHI) – $4,000 vs. FLA
Duncan Keith is obviously the go-to guy on the Blackhawks’ blueline, but Seabrook and Keith will both be on the Blackhawks’ top power play unit tonight so let’s use the lower owned and cheaper Seabrook. He has just one goal and ten points on the season but has also blocked 61 shots. He isn’t a great play most nights, but against the NHL’s worst defense, a poor penalty kill and what will be a poor goaltender Seabrook has a nice shot to exceed value tonight.
G – Braden Holtby (WAS) – $8,100 vs. COL
Last night’s start in Brooklyn didn’t go well for Holtby, but this guy is miles and miles better on home ice this season. His 2.07 GAA on home ice is lightyears better than his 3.76 mark on the road while he has posted a dominant .938 Sv% at home, which blows his .885 mark out of the water. The Capitals are 12-5-0 at home this season and Holtby has won ten of 14 home starts, so let’s roll with the veteran netminder tonight in a favorable matchup.
UTIL – Tom Wilson (WAS) – $3,900 vs. COL
We get another piece of Capitals’ exposure tonight with the resurgent Tom Wilson. Wilson was moved onto the top line alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom and has thrived. He has recorded seven points over his last four games, albeit there was a four-point game mixed in there. Regardless, he is producing consistently, his ice time is much higher than it was, and he is playing with some of the top players the NHL has to offer. This is a nice concoction for some value to be exceeded tonight in a favorable matchup.