There were some picks that hit, but it was mostly a disappointing night with our DraftKings NHL picks. Brett Connolly notched us a goal at low ownership, Patrick Kane and Artem Anisimov combined for the overtime winner in Chicago and Braden Holtby notched a win while yielding just one goal. However, our Blue Jackets stack missed the scoresheet as they were crushed by the Oilers. Let’s move forward to tonight’s four-game slate.
C – Radek Faksa (DAL) – $3,700 vs. NYI
The Stars/Islanders game is prime to be a high scoring affair tonight so get ready for plenty of exposure to this contest. The blender is out for Ken Hitchcock, and that blender has benefited Faksa as he is set to center Jamie Benn at even strength tonight. Despite playing a bottom six role with very little power play time this season, Faksa still has ten goals and 17 points on the season, numbers that stand to improve now that he’s skating with the Stars’ top winger tonight.
C – Mathew Barzal (NYI) – $5,600 vs. DAL
A lot of ownership is going to go to John Tavares tonight, so let’s go contrarian and roster the Islanders’ second line in a stack tonight. Barzal is enjoying an impressive rookie campaign with 28 points in 30 games, but also has 64 shots on goal as well. Better yet, Barzal skates on the Islanders’ top power play unit, a group that has clicked at 22% on home ice for the season.
W – Jamie Benn (DAL) – $7,100 vs. NYI
Benn hasn’t scored in 11 games, but boy is he trying. He has peppered opposing goaltenders for 21 shots across his last four games. It’s not like he hasn’t been producing as he has points in five of his last six games, but the puck hasn’t found twine as much as the former Art Ross winner likes. He has a nice matchup to get things going tonight against the NHL’s 27th ranked defense.
W – Jordan Eberle (NYI) – $5,100 vs. DAL
Eberle and Barzal have found some chemistry on the Islanders’ second line, chemistry that has aided Eberle in recording points in seven of his last nine contests. The Stars rank 20th with 3.24 goals against per game on the road and the Islanders are the NHL’s highest scoring home team at 4.50 goals per game this season. There should be plenty of opportunities for Eberle to do some more damage tonight.
W – Ryan Dzingel (OTT) – $3,200 vs. NYR
The Ottawa Senators are struggling more than any NHL team right now and as such their ownership should sit pretty low against the Rangers tonight. Dzingel will go down as a very low owned player tonight, but I believe he has a great opportunity to exceed value. The visiting Rangers rank 28th with 3.70 goals against per game on the road this season, Dzingel has nine goals on the season and he skates on the team’s second line and second power play unit as well.
D – Nick Leddy (NYI) – $5,700 vs. DAL
Leddy will be one of, if not the highest owned defenseman on the slate tonight but he is clearly in a real nice spot. He has tallied 24 points in 30 games for the season and is the lone defenseman as well as the quarterback of the Islanders’ top power play grouping. Therefore he forms a power play mini-stack with Barzal and a three-man stack once we throw in Eberle.
D – Esa Lindell (DAL) – $3,900 vs. NYI
Lindell has a real nice opportunity to exceed value tonight. First, he is having a good season with 12 points, 74 shots and 43 blocks for the season, but it appears he will skate on the Stars’ top power play unit tonight with Benn and Tyler Seguin, a spot that certain increases his stock. He skated over 24 minutes in his last game and should be in for similar ice time tonight thanks to that move up the power play depth chart.
G – Tuukka Rask (BOS) – $8,100 vs. DET
Like his team, Rask has been red-hot lately. He sports a 1.10 GAA and .955 Sv% over his last five appearances and has been the winning goaltender in each of his last four decisions. The Red Wings offense has struggled immensely as of late, scoring just one goal in four of their last six contests. They are also just 1-5-4 over their last ten games, so a win tonight for Rask appears very much in the cards tonight.
UTIL – Tyler Seguin (DAL) – $7,600 vs. NYI
I feel more ownership is going to the Islanders tonight than the Stars so we will go somewhat contrarian and load up on Stars. Seguin brings a very nice floor with him into play tonight with his 14 goals, 28 points and 132 shots on goal for the campaign. As mentioned, the Islanders are a weak defensive team, have a suspect goalie in Jaroslav Halak and their home penalty kill is tied for 26th at just 75%. A big night for the Stars’ power play means a big night for this lineup.