Our GPP-aimed DraftKings picks last night did not pan out. On short slates I like to mostly avoid the chalk and find some value, but that just didn’t work last night. We will give it another shot on tonight’s short three-game slate.
C – Brayden Point (TB) – $6,200 vs. CGY
Point is in a nice spot tonight for a handful of reasons. He got off a four-game pointless drought with a trio of assists in his last game against the Hurricanes. He also has moved up to the top power play unit alongside league-leaders Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos. Finally, Point has 13 points across 22 road games, but 26 points across 21 home games where he will be tonight against the Flames. A very valuable position to be tonight for the second year center.
C – Evgeny Kuznetsov (WAS) – $5,600 vs. CAR
The Capitals have rattled off ten straight wins at home and five straight wins overall, so it’s fairly safe to say they are rolling entering play tonight. While a lot of ownership will obviously go to Backstrom and Ovechkin tonight, we will try and avoid that here and go with Kuznetsov who snapped a three-game pointless drought with a goal in his most recent game against the Canucks. He has 40 points in 43 games this season and another hot streak could very well be in the cards as we speak.
W – Ondrej Palat (TB) – $5,200 vs. CGY
Palat hasn’t racked up points at the same clip as his linemates Point and Johnson have this season, but he, like Point, has been moved to the top power play unit. He isn’t having a terrible season by any means with 28 points in 43 games, including three over his last two, and that move to the top unit can only serve to increase his production moving forward.
W – T.J. Oshie (WAS) – $5,300 vs. CAR
While he isn’t entirely guaranteed to skate with Kuznetsov tonight, the duo do form a mini-stack on the Capitals’ top power play unit, a group going up against the league’s 24th-ranked penalty kill tonight. Oshie enters play tonight with 11 goals and 26 points in 37 games this season and could thrive on the power play considering seven of his 11 goals have come with the man advantage. He hasn’t scored in his last seven, but look for him to get off the schnide tonight in a favorable spot.
W – Sam Reinhart (BUF) – $3,300 vs. CLS
Call me crazy but I am going for a GPP stack tonight with the Sabres. Buffalo is coming off a four-goal game and it’s not like the Blue Jackets, Flames or Hurricanes are high scoring teams either, so why not the Sabres? Reinhart has just seven goals and 13 points on the season, but remains on the top power play unit and will be up against the league’s 21st-ranked penalty kill tonight. He will go overlooked tonight so if you are looking for value in GPPs this could be your guy.
D – Victor Hedman (TB) – $6,500 vs. CGY
This is the lone full chalk play in the lineup, but he completes a three-man Lightning power play stack so I can live with it. Hedman has 33 points and 124 shots on goal this season and is coming off a two-point effort his last time out against the Canes. He ranks sixth with 25:56 of ice time per game and is the lone defenseman on a Lightning power play that ranks third in the NHL. He is a fine play any time the Lightning take the ice.
D – Rasmus Ristolainen (BUF) – $4,700 vs. CLS
Ristolainen has registered just 16 points on the season, but considering seven of them have come over the last six games I like this play. Yes, the Sabres have a weak offense and weak power play, but Sergei Bobrovsky is notably worse on the road and, as mentioned, the Blue Jackets’ penalty kill is on the weaker side. Ristolainen is one spot ahead of Hedman in ice time and is also the lone defenseman on the top power play unit. A nice GPP look here.
G – Braden Holtby (WAS) – $8,200 vs. CAR
The Capitals are on fire at home and Holtby is a big reason why. He enters play tonight sporting a 2.14 GAA and a .932 Sv% at Capital One Arena to go along with a tidy 15-4-0 record. The Hurricanes are a bottom half offensive team both overall and on the road while their power play checks in at 23rd. Not much reason to worry about Holtby’s matchup as the Capitals look to win their 11th straight on home ice.
UTIL – Ryan O’Reilly (BUF) – $5,000 vs. CLS
O’Reilly completes the three-man Sabres stack tonight against the Blue Jackets. It is a power play stack, but it’s nice to get exposure to more than one line at 5v5 as well. He has a decent 29 points on the season to go along with 108 shots, six power play goals and two shorthanded assists. He has two goals and two assists over his last two games so let’s catch the veteran pivot during this hot stretch tonight at lower ownership.