After a very quiet two-game slate last night the NHL action heats up with nine-games for us to sink our teeth into tonight. DraftKings is ramping up their GPPs as tonight you can take down $25K in their top GPP. There is plenty of money to be made tonight so let’s put together a profitable lineup as the home stretch to the postseason continues.
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C – Auston Matthews (TOR) – $7,400
Matthews’ dynamite rookie season continues. He sits in a four-way tie for third in the league with 28 goals while ranking sixth with 205 shots on goal. He also has a favorable matchup at home tonight against the visiting Jets. The Maple Leafs rank sixth in the league with 3.10 goals per game while their 23% clip on the power play is the best mark in the NHL. Those numbers look even better when you see that the Jets rank 27th with 3.11 goals against per game and rank 26th with a 77.1% penalty kill. There is plenty to like about Matthews and his gaudy totals tonight.
C – Mark Scheifele (WPG) – $6,500
On the other side of the coin, Scheifele and the Jets’ offense looks attractive tonight too in what should be a high-scoring game tonight in Toronto. Scheifele is enjoying a breakout season, one where he has racked up 1.02 points per game, the eight best mark in the league. He has 33 points in 31 road games and lines up next to super rookie Patrik Laine at even strength and on the power play. Also of note, the Jets have scored at least four goals in eight of their last nine games against the Maple Leafs. Could be a track meet tonight at the Air Canada Centre.
W – William Nylander (TOR) – $5,300
With Mitch Marner out again tonight with a shoulder issue, the Maple Leafs had some line juggling to do and William Nylander ended up next to Matthews, a spot where he began the season and won rookie of the month honors in October. Nylander has six goals and nine points over his last ten games while also recording at least three shots on goal in seven of those ten contests. Nylander has excelled on the power play this season, recording 17 points with the man advantage which is same amount as players like Patrick Kane, Connor McDavid and Brad Marchand. He is part of that Maple Leafs’ number one ranked power play going up against one of the worst penalty kills in the league this evening.
W – Patrik Laine (WPG) – $6,600
The Calder race is about to heat up as Laine and Matthews meet for the second time in their young careers tonight. They enter tonight’s game tied with 28 goals apiece while Laine enters red-hot with five goals over his last four games. He has averaged 8.25 fantasy points in that same stretch thanks in part to averaging 4.5 shots on goal in those four games. He and Mark Scheifele are every bit as attractive as Matthews and Nylander in what could be a very high scoring game this evening.
W – Matt Nieto (COL) – $3,200
Nieto has some solid upside tonight as a value play at home against the Kings. While Colorado ranks last in the league with just 1.98 goals per game, Nieto is set to skate next to Colorado’s top offensive player in Nathan MacKinnon on the team’s top line. He will also see some power play time tonight on the Avs’ second unit. It’s also important to note that Nieto does almost all of his damage on home ice, having scored four goals and five points in ten home games compared to just two points in 25 road contests.
D – Ryan Ellis (NSH) – $4,300
Ellis should have a solid opportunity for success tonight at a reasonable price. Nashville scores a solid 2.97 goals per game at home while the Flames are a sketchy defensive team, especially on the road having surrendered 3.14 goals per game over their last seven road contests. Ellis has a solid 24 points in 50 games this season while taking 90 shots and blocking 92 to boot. He sees over 24 minutes of ice time per game on the team’s top pairing with Roman Josi while also seeing solid power play minutes on the Predators’ second unit.
D – Dustin Byfuglien (WPG) – $6,200
Byfuglien is a beast in every sense of the word. He has 38 points in 62 contests this season while taking 187 shots and blocking an even 100 as well. Those 187 shots ranks second among all defenseman while his 27:26 average ice time is the highest mark in the NHL. He has points in each of his last three games while taking 13 shots in that span. He is certainly in a spot to produce tonight against a Maple Leafs team that struggles defensively more often than not.
G – Cory Schneider (NJ) – $7,400
I believe Schneider is severely underpriced tonight given his matchup. The Senators are going to be without Bobby Ryan, Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman for tonight’s contest, leaving them without three of their top four wingers. Ottawa ranks 17th with 2.67 goals per game, so it’s not like they are a high-octane offense to begin therefore these injuries really hurt. Schneider is a far superior goalie on home ice where he has crafted a 2.38 goals against average and .921 save percentage compared to marks of 2.89 and .908 on the road. Simply put the veteran is a bargain at this price.
UTIL – Dwight King (LA) – $3,100
There are a couple of things working in King’s favor tonight. First, he takes on the NHL’s worst team tonight in Colorado where the Avalanche surrender 3.39 goals per game. Second, he has been moved to the Kings’ top line next to Anze Kopitar and Tyler Toffoli. King has scored three of his eight goals within the last ten games and sees a solid average of 15 minutes of ice time per game. He is a solid value play tonight in a very favorable matchup.