It was a real solid evening with our DraftKings NHL Picks. Auston Matthews, William Nylander and Jake Gardiner combined for two goals and two assists in our Leafs stack. Our Florida stack produced a goal and an assist while lower owned Flyers like Travis Konecny and Michael Raffl both tallied assists. We also got a 31-save win out of Andrei Vasilevskiy. Let’s take the momentum and dive into tonight’s large 11-game slate!
C – Connor McDavid (EDM) – $7,500 vs. CHI
McDavid could be a high owned player on tonight’s slate but with Corey Crawford on the sidelines it’s open season on the Blackhawks. Backup Anton Forsberg yielded five goals in last night’s loss in Vancouver and no matter who gets the nod for the Hawks tonight this a very difficult back-to-back for them. McDavid is having another MVP-type season with 45 points in 37 games and he should carry the Oilers to plenty of offense in this matchup tonight.
C – Auston Matthews (TOR) – $7,600 vs. COL
Matthews is back from a concussion and doing immediate damage. He has goals in both games since returning from a six-game hiatus and has returned to form in the process. The Maple Leafs’ offense has picked it up around Matthews as well as they have tallied ten goals over their last two games including seven in Arizona last night. The Avalanche are a better defensive team at home, but when Matthews is hot he is one of the best players in the game. He enters play with 15 goals, 29 points and 86 shots in 28 games this season.
W – Milan Lucic (EDM) – $5,100 vs. CHI
Big-time value here with Lucic. He has been excellent lately for the Oilers with 20 points across his last 24 games and has yet to go back-to-back games without a point since the beginning of that 24-game stretch. He skates with McDavid at both 5v5 and on the power play and he should get plenty of looks tonight as a result. He is up to nine goals, 26 points and 72 shots across 37 games this season.
W – William Nylander (TOR) – $5,300 vs. COL
The biggest beneficiary of the return of Auston Matthews is none other than William Nylander. Although he was holding his own without Matthews, Nylander has four points in two games since his return and has three goals and three helpers across his last four contests. He is skating teams into the ground at the moment and playing with plenty of confidence as he and Matthews appear to be the lethal duo we witnessed last season.
W – Mikko Rantanen (COL) – $4,900 vs. TOR
The Maple Leafs yielded four goals in last night’s win over Arizona and have been forced to call up and start third string and former Avs goaltender Calvin Pickard for tonight’s game. With the Leafs looking vulnerable, some Avs exposure is a good idea. Rantanen is quietly having an incredible season with 11 goals, six of which have come on the power play, 21 assists and 80 shots on goal. Colorado ranks seventh in home offense and fifth with their 26% home power play, so some offense should be had on their part tonight.
D – Andrej Sekera (EDM) – $4,100 vs. CHI
Although he is playing just his fourth game since returning from ACL surgery, Sekera makes for a very fine play tonight against the visiting Blackhawks. Sekera has taken over first unit power play duties for the Oilers and is the lone defenseman on said unit. Of course, this means we have a three-man stack here with McDavid Lucic and Sekera on a night where the Oilers’ offense has a big opportunity to shine.
D – Erik Johnson (COL) – $4,800 vs. TOR
With Tyson Barrie sidelined due to hand surgery, Johnson has been thrust into a top offensive role on the blueline for the Avalanche. He takes over Barrie’s spot on the top Avalanche power play unit, and as mentioned, this is one of the top units in the league at home at 26%. The Avalanche score 3.44 goals per game at home as well, so some high hopes lie within the Rantanen/Johnson mini-stack tonight.
G – Ben Bishop (DAL) – $7,200 vs. STL
Bishop has had a turbulent season in his first year with the Stars, but he has been much better at home where he is tonight against the Blues. Bishop sports a 2.08 GAA and a .928 Sv% on home ice compared to a brutal 3.37 GAA and an .890 Sv% on the road. The Blues have also struggled offensively since Jaden Schwartz went down with an injury, scoring just 1.44 goals per game in the nine contests without him. Therefore, Bishop has real solid win and shutout upside at a cheap price tonight.
UTIL – Adam Lowry (WPG) – $3,400 vs. NYI
With the long-term injury to Mark Scheifele, it appears Adam Lowry has taken over the center ice spot on the Jets’ top power play unit. Winnipeg has the league’s fourth ranked power play overall, but second ranked power play on home ice at a whopping 32.8%. Despite receiving bottom-six minutes, Lowry has still managed seven goals and 11 points this season and should be in for an uptick in goals considering he will be the net front presence with the man advantage, especially against the Islanders and their 30th ranked penalty kill at 74.5%.