Despite heavy ownership in a game that saw seven goals scored, it was a disappointing night with our DraftKings NHL Picks. Jamie Benn scored a goal and added two helpers, but Tyler Seguin, Radek Faksa and Esa Lindell were amazingly all held pointless despite the Stars scoring five goals. Right idea, wrong picks. The Islanders stack of Barzal, Eberle and Leddy were also held pointless. Let’s aim for some big-time improvement on tonight’s big 12-game slate!
C – Patrice Bergeron (BOS) – $6,900 vs. WAS
The Bruins are a red-hot team right now, thanks in large part to the play of their top line. Bergeron saw his four-game point streak snapped in last night’s win in Detroit, but his continues to bring a solid floor with him and his matchup against the visiting Capitals is a good one. Bergeron has 18 points in 23 games for the season and has a hefty 77 shots on goal as well. The Capitals yield 3.79 goals per game on the road, the second most in all of hockey, and Braden Holtby owns a brutal .885 Sv% away from home.
C – Sean Couturier (PHI) – $6,500 vs. BUF
The Flyers will see some ownership tonight against the visiting Sabres but for an optimal or cash lineup Couturier is a great play. The Flyers’ top line has been dominant this season as Couturier enters play tonight with 15 goals and 30 points in as many games this season. The Sabres continue to be one of the worst defenses in the NHL as their 3.71 goals against per game on the road ranks 29th while their 74.1% penalty kill on the road checks in at 28th.
W – Brad Marchand (BOS) – $7,100 vs. WAS
There may not be a better player in hockey right now than Brad Marchand. The Bruins’ superstar winger enters play tonight riding a six-game point streak with ten points over that stretch. He single-handedly got the Bruins two points last night with a beauty assist to tie the game late and filthy overtime goal to win it. He and Bergeron have the opportunity to be the highest scoring duo on the slate given the Capitals’ struggles on the road and the momentum the Bruins carry into play tonight.
W – Wayne Simmonds (PHI) – $5,500 vs. BUF
On the surface it feels like Simmonds is having a quiet season, but he still has tallied ten goals, 19 points, 68 shots and is riding a four-game point streak into tonight’s game with five points over that stretch. He has been moved up onto the Flyers’ top line with Couturier, switching spots with Jakub Voracek to give the Flyers’ forward group some more balance, and Simmonds is taking full advantage.
W – Dmitrij Jaskin (STL) – $3,400 vs. ANH
Jaskin and his mini-stack partner yet to be revealed are value plays tonight, and ones that carry upside. With the injury to Jaden Schwartz, Jaskin has moved up the Blues’ depth chart onto their second line, but more importantly their top power play unit as well. Both of those lines contain Brayden Schenn who is the Blues’ leading scorer, so his value gets a boost right there. He has 11 points and 54 shots in 29 games this season, but also has 11 shots over his last two games.
D – Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI) – $5,300 vs. BUF
Gostisbehere is enjoying a much more production season this year than last. He has tallied 22 points on the season and forms a great power play stack with the aforementioned Couturier and Simmonds. He continues to put plenty of pucks on goal with 71 shots across 27 games and is as dynamic a defenseman as you will find with the man advantage. Considering Buffalo’s brutal road penalty kill, Gostisbehere is a very attractive target on this slate.
D – Vince Dunn (STL) – $3,000 vs. ANH
The Anaheim penalty kill is a good one, but considering Dunn has also been bumped up onto the Blues’ top power play unit there is some value to be had here. With Alex Pietrangelo on IR, Dunn is set to play a bigger role for the Blues, one that includes quarterbacking the top power play. He still isn’t going to skate a ton of minutes, but the 21-year-old boasts an excellent offensive skill set and has the opportunity to exceed value on home ice tonight.
G – Connor Hellebuyck (WPG) – $7,900 vs. CHI
Hellebuyck isn’t a slam dunk play tonight, but he and the Jets are so good at home that I like his upside. The Jets are 11-2-1 at home for the season and are the NHL’s second highest scoring team at home as well. Hellebuyck is a cool 11-0-1 at the Bell MTS Centre this season while sporting a 2.09 GAA and a .930 Sv% at home to boot. He takes on a weak Blackhawks’ road offense, one that is in a 25th-place tie with just 2.53 goals per game away from home.
UTIL – Danton Heinen (BOS) – $4,200 vs. WAS
If the Bruins’ top power play unit can have a big night it would give this lineup a bit-time shot in the arm. Heinen skates on the Bruins’ third line, but he has a spot on the team’s top power play unit along with the aforementioned Bergeron and Marchand, giving us a three-man Bruins power play stack. He is enjoying a nice rookie season with six goals and 15 points in 24 games with 40 shots and 24 blocks thanks to his time on the Bruins’ penalty kill.