Our DraftKings lineup was full of both hits and misses last night. The hit was the Avalanche stack which dominated with three goals and three assists on 12 shots, but the miss was the Flyers stack that didn’t manage a shootout or overtime goal against the lowly Habs. Let’s even out our results on tonight’s nine-game slate!
C – Evgeni Malkin (PIT) – $7,800 vs. NJ
No one in hockey is as hot as Evgeni Malkin is right now. The Penguins themselves have been white-hot as of late, scoring at least five goals in four straight games and in seven of their last 11 contests. For his part, all Malkin has done lately is rack up 13 points over his last six games and 27 points over his last 13 games. He will take on a Devils teams sporting the league’s 20th-ranked defense and backup Keith Kinkaid who sports an .899 Sv% on the road this season.
C – Evgeny Kuznetsov (WAS) – $5,900 vs. OTT
The Capitals have a real nice matchup themselves tonight against the visiting Senators. Ottawa enters play tonight sporting the league’s 30th-ranked road defense as well as the 29th-ranked road penalty kill. Aside from a four-point game against the Sabres on the weekend, Kuznetsov has been fairly quiet as of late. However, he does have 17 goals and 42 helpers on the season on 139 shots. This is a real nice matchup to get going again for the Russian.
W – Patric Hornqvist (PIT) – $6,600 vs. NJ
Riding shotgun to Malkin at both 5v5 and on the power play certainly has its benefits, and that’s exactly where Hornqvist will be tonight against the Devils. In his most recent game, the gritty Finn scored a power play goal while taking a whopping nine shots on goal. If the Devils get into penalty trouble tonight Hornqvist could have a field day as he’s scored 10 of his 17 goals on the power play this season while the Penguins own the league’s top man advantage at 27.2%.
W – T.J. Oshie (WAS) – $4,700 vs. OTT
Oshie is another Capital that hasn’t been too productive of late, however as mentioned, the Senators are welcoming sight for anyone in a slump. Oshie got off the schnide with an assist in last night’s loss in Columbus so hopefully he can put together another fruitful night tonight. He has scored 12 goals and added 22 assists on the season with eight of his 12 goals coming on the Capitals’ fifth-ranked power play.
W – Mikkel Boedker (SJ) – $3,700 vs. EDM
We have some high-priced assets in this lineup tonight so we will need some value and I have identified what will definitely be a low-owned mini-stack beginning with Boedker. He isn’t producing at the same clip as he did prior to his days in San Jose, but Boedker still has 12 goals and 12 assists on the season. The Sharks take on the lowly Oilers tonight in a favorable home matchup against the NHL’s 29th-ranked defense.
D – John Carlson (WAS) – $6,300 vs. OTT
Carlson makes perfect sense as one of the top defenseman on the entire slate. I have already documented the favorable opponent, but Carlson is also tied for third in defense scoring, skates more than 25 minutes per game and has three points over his last two games. As a three-man stack, I really like the upside this trio has as it’s also a three-man power play stack against a very poor penalty kill.
D – Justin Schultz (PIT) – $4,000 vs. NJ
It appears Schultz is going to be the lone rearguard on the Penguins’ top power play unit, so let’s roll with him at a very, very reasonable cost. I already mentioned that the Penguins have the league’s top power play unit, which gives Schultz the utmost of value upside at this price. He has just 17 points on the season, but it appears he is earning more ice time as he skated over 23 minutes Saturday in Florida, much higher than his 19:08 of average ice time per game.
G – Casey DeSmith (PIT) – $7,500 vs. NJ
I expect the Penguins to win this contest tonight against the Devils, which in my opinion gives DeSmith real nice value at this price. The Penguins have been flat out dominant at home and DeSmith enters play sporting a 2.24 GAA and a .926 Sv% across five starts and seven appearances on the season. The Devils have been surprisingly good offensively on the road, but at this price it’s too hard to ignore the upside DeSmith brings to the table.
UTIL – Chris Tierney (SJ) – $3,600 vs. EDM
The second part of the Sharks mini-stack is Tierney who has quietly enjoyed a real nice season, mostly in a bottom-six role for the Sharks. He’s scored 15 goals and added 16 assists for the season. Furthermore, he’s scored twice short handed and added a short handed assist as well. He’s skating over 16 minutes a game as he and Boedker form both a 5v5 and a second unit power play stack for the Sharks tonight.