I’m back! After spending a week in Mexico I return this evening to dish out some DraftKings NHL picks! We have a nine-game Thursday slate on tap so let’s make the first night back a profitable one!
C – Brayden Point (TB) – $5,500 vs. COL
The Lightning aren’t clicking at the same clip as they did at the start of the season, but they certainly have a nice opportunity ahead of them tonight as they host Colorado. The Avalanche yield 3.67 goals per game on the road, good for a tie for 27th. Tampa Bay also happens to score 3.93 goals per game at home, the third highest mark in the league. Enter Point who is having a beautiful season with ten goals and 23 points in 27 games while consistently seeing upwards of 20 minutes per night centering the team’s second line, a group that now includes league-leading scorer Nikita Kucherov, as well as the team’s second power play unit.
C – Paul Stastny (STL) – $4,900 vs. DAL
The Blues take on the Dallas Stars tonight on home ice, but they also take on backup Kari Lehtonen and not first string netminder Ben Bishop. Dallas already gives up 3.40 goals per game on the road this season, good for 21st while the Blues score 3.50 goals per game at home, good for 8th. Stastny has been reunited with Vladimir Tarasenko on the Blues’ first line which is a huge boost to his stock. He also gets second unit power play time where he has two of his six goals and he also has a very nice 20 points in 28 games for the season.
W – Ondrej Palat (TB) – $4,700 vs. COL
After a scoring lull to start the month of November, Palat has been rather productive. Since November 18th, Palat has recorded points in six of eight games with eight points during that stretch. He is playing on the Lightning second line with the aforementioned Point while he will also skate with the second year center on the team’s second power play unit where he has tallied two of his seven goals for the season.
W – Vladimir Tarasenko (STL) – $7,300 vs. DAL
Tarasenko hasn’t scored over his last six games, but that could very well come to a screeching halt tonight against the Stars. He is still shooting the puck plenty with 20 shots over that stretch. For the season, the Russian superstar has 12 goals, 29 points and 119 shots on goal, the last of which ranks him 4th in the league. A scoring binge is on the horizon for one of the league’s most prolific scorers and that should begin tonight in a favorable matchup.
W – Vladimir Sobotka (STL) – $4,000 vs. DAL
Sobotka is quietly having a decent season in his return to the NHL and has a nice opportunity ahead of him tonight against the Stars. He has 15 points in 28 games on the season but has a nice shot to pick up that scoring as he will skate next to Tarasenko and Stastny on the Blues’ top line tonight. He also skates with Stastny on the Blues’ second power play unit so we have solid exposure to both of the Blues’ power play groupings tonight.
D – Dustin Byfuglien (WPG) – $5,300 vs. FLA
Byfuglien’s price continues to slide as he amazingly still hasn’t scored a goal this season. However, Big Buff has still dished out 14 points and has fired 69 shots on goal as well. He continues to see first unit power play time on a group clicking at 26.7%, the third best mark in the league. The veteran rear guard has three assists over his last two games and 11 shots over his last three. Only a matter of time before this guy lights the lamp and he has an excellent chance against James Reimer who owns an .892 Sv% and the NHL’s 28th ranked defense.
D – Mikhail Sergachev (TB) – $4,600 vs. COL
Sergachev completes our low cost, three-man Lightning stack. The rookie defenseman doesn’t see a whole lot of ice time, just 14:33 per game, but he does skate on the team’s second power play unit with Palat and Point where he sees 1:45 of ice per game. Amazingly, despite the tiny ice time for a defenseman, he has tallied 19 points in 27 games. This includes two power play goals and he has also taken 51 shots on goal. Great upside at a small price tonight with Sergachev.
G – Tuukka Rask (BOS) – $8,000 vs. ARI
Rask has been anything but himself this season, but perhaps he is finally coming around. He has won his last two decisions and has allowed just two goals over his last two starts and allowed just one goal in a 31-minute relief appearance his last time out. That equals out to three goals against over his last two and a half games and he has worked his save percentage up to a more respectable .906 in the process. He also gets a home date against the NHL’s 30th ranked offense tonight so a win should be very attainable for the veteran netminder.
UTIL – Kyle Connor (WPG) – $5,000 vs. FLA
Kyle Connor has received an excellent opportunity and made good on it with the Jets. He skates on the team’s top line and top power play unit, spots that have helped him notch nine goals and 17 points in 22 games on the season. Connor has also taken 53 shots on goal while playing with the best players the Jets have to offer. He and Dustin Byfuglien skate together on that top power unit and could from a very productive mini-stack tonight should the Panthers’ defensive numbers hold true tonight in Florida.