We have a heavy 11-game slate on our hands tonight in what is set to be a beauty night of NHL action. Let’s get our DraftKings picks locked in and enjoy the best sport in the world for the remainder of the evening.
C – Tyler Seguin (DAL) – $7,400 vs. VGK
The Seguin/Benn duo has been reunited atop the Stars depth chart and it’s going to be a beautiful thing. Seguin is an absolute monster in the shot on goal department with 120 for the season which ranks him fifth in the league while he has 14 goals and 27 points across 29 games as well. The good news tonight is Seguin is skating on home ice and he has been much more efficient at American Airlines Arena than he has been on the road. He has tallied 16 points across 13 games at home this season but has just 11 points in 16 games on the road. His shooting percentage is also 6% higher on home ice so let’s get Seguin and his very high floor into action tonight.
C – Kevin Hayes (NYR) – $3,700 vs. NJ
While it is David Desharnais who has technically been given the Rangers’ top line center job with Mika Zibanejad sidelined, it’s Hayes who is seeing more ice time with the Rangers’ top pivot out. Hayes also shoots the puck more than Desharnais and plays with Rick Nash who is a very heavy shot on goal guy, so expect some rubber to be sent towards backup Keith Kinkaid tonight from this line. Speaking of Kinkaid, he yielded five goals to the league’s second worst offense in Arizona in his last start, so the Rangers are catching a break tonight as they will avoid Cory Schneider as the Devils are on back-to-back nights. Hayes has just five goals and 11 points on the season, but the Rangers are a high scoring team on home ice (3.33 goals per game) so let’s get some blueshirt exposure beginning here with with Hayes.
W – Jamie Benn (DAL) – $6,700 vs. VGK
The Dallas Stars are a much better team on home ice which is exactly where they will be tonight as they take on the Vegas Golden Knights who are playing their second road game in as many nights tonight. Benn, as mentioned, has also been reunited with Tyler Seguin on the Stars’ top line after he has failed to score a goal over his last nine contests. However, the drought isn’t for a lack of effort as Benn has ripped 11 shots on goal over his last two games and has still been productive with three assists over his last four. Four of his 11 tallies on the season have come on a lethal Stars power play that has been cold lately, but obviously boasts some of the top talent in the NHL. He provides a nice floor with 90 shots for the season so let’s get the Benn/Seguin duo nicely into this lineup.
W – Rick Nash (NYR) – $5,400 vs. NJ
As mentioned, Nash puts plenty of pucks on goal with 86 shots on goal for the season, but continues to go unrewarded with just seven goals to show for it. His current 8.1% shooting percentage for the season is miles under his career mark of 12.2% and would go down as the lowest mark of his NHL career should the figure not improve. Nash was a threat all night long in last night’s loss in Washington and figures to be right in the middle of the Rangers’ offensive attack tonight on home ice. He and Hayes skate together on the Rangers’ second line as well as their second power play unit so let’s get our hopes up for this duo tonight.
W – Danton Heinen (BOS) – $4,200 vs. NYI
Heinen is a real nice GPP look tonight as the Bruins take on the visiting Islanders. While he skates on the Bruins’ third line, Heinen is part of the Bruins top power play unit which most definitely increases his value. The Bruins will also be taking on one of the NHL’s worst penalty killing teams as the Islanders sport a 73.3% clip on the penalty kill, good for 30th overall. Heinen has a solid 14 points in 22 games and could very well be in for some serious value tonight given his role on the Bruins power play.
D – John Klingberg (DAL) – $5,500 vs. VGK
Klingberg completes our three-man Stars’ stack tonight as he skates with the aforementioned Benn and Seguin on the Stars’ top power play unit. Klingberg has been a steady source of production from the Stars’ blueline as he has chipped in four goals and 20 assists across 29 games to go along with 63 shots on goal and 41 blocks as well. Should the Stars top power play grouping chip in a couple of goals tonight this lineup is certainly in for a nice boost.
D – Kevin Shattenkirk (NYR) – $5,600 vs. NJ
Whether this is considered a stack or not is up for debate but I believe Shattenkirk is in the best spot among defensemen on this slate against Kinkaid and the Devils. He won’t skate with Hayes and Nash on the Rangers’ second power play unit, but he does quarterback the top unit, so it never hurts to get exposure to both units of one of the best power plays in the NHL. Shattenkirk has recorded five goals, two power play goals, 15 assists, 63 shots and 44 blocks across 28 games for the season. I believe the Rangers are in for some offense tonight and you better believe one of the top pure offensive defensemen in the NHL will be in on that action.
G – Mike Smith (CGY) – $7,300 vs. VAN
The Canucks are already one of the worst offenses in the NHL, but without their top forward in Bo Horvat they are simply worse. The Canucks rank 27th with 2.72 goals per game this season, but they recorded just one goal in their first game without Horvat on Thursday against the Flyers and I expect them to struggle offensively moving forward without last year’s leading point getter. After a couple of tough outings, Smith was very good in a tough 2-1 shootout loss against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday and enters play tonight with a solid .918 Sv% for the season. If you enjoy sentimental value, Smith is playing in his 500th NHL game tonight, and his team will certainly be playing hard for him in a game that they should certainly win on home ice.
UTIL – David Krejci (BOS) – $4,200 vs. NYI
While Krejci doesn’t skate with Heinen at even strength or on the power play, I still wanted to add to my Bruins exposure against the visiting Islanders. The Islanders struggle defensively on the road as their 3.53 goals against per game away from home ranks 23rd overall. For a guy who has recorded 12 points in 14 games, I believe we are getting Krejci at a rather attractive price tonight. He centers the team’s second line as well as their second power play unit, so ice time isn’t an issue for the veteran pivot. There should be plenty of opportunities tonight for Krejci to exceed his value.