A pretty listless effort from our DraftKings NHL Picks last night. Aside from Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat teaming up for a goal there wasn’t much else going on. The Sabres scored three goals but none of our three Buffalo skaters were in on the action. Let’s put this behind us and move on to tonight’s five-game slate!
C – Connor McDavid (EDM) – $8,100 vs. ARI
It doesn’t take a genius to see that McDavid is in quite a nice spot tonight against the Coyotes. Arizona’s defense checks in at 30th league-wide and the reigning Art Ross Trophy winner enters play tonight with 48 points across 44 games for the season. He and Leon Draisaitl have been reunited on the Oilers top line as they both are at their best when playing with each other. Could be a fun night for number 97.
C – Max Domi (ARI) – $4,000 vs. EDM
The Coyotes are a real nice GPP look tonight against the visiting Oilers. Arizona doesn’t score much in general, but the Oilers defense checks in at 26th overall. Domi becomes an even bigger GPP play when we factor in the youngster has just three goals on the season across 43 games. He is still shooting the puck with 98 shots on goal, however. Avoid him in cash games, but if you are looking for a GPP play he has a nice opportunity tonight.
W – Leon Draisaitl (EDM) – $6,300 vs. ARI
His production when he isn’t skating with McDavid just isn’t close to where it is when he’s with him. Draisaitl enters play tonight with 34 points in 40 games but he has just two points over his last six. With McDavid, Draisaitl has big-time opportunity tonight against the Coyotes. They will likely be a highly owned duo, but we will eat that ownership and use the Coyotes as the GPP portion of the lineup tonight.
W – Clayton Keller (ARI) – $5,700 vs. EDM
Keller has cooled down some since his red-hot start to the season, but he skates with Domi at both 5v5 and on the power play so we will go ahead and roster the rookie tonight. He has 32 points in 43 games for the season and has taken 118 shots on goal to boot. He recently rattled off an eight-game point streak so let’s look for the consistent point produce to keep it going tonight.
W – Evgenii Dadonov (FLA) – $4,400 vs. CGY
The Panthers are in a nice spot tonight as they host the visiting Flames. Their offense on home ice ranks 9th in the league while they host a Flames team that is playing on back-to-back nights and will therefore start rookie backup David Rittich in goal. Dadonov has the fortunate spot on the lineup next to Sasha Barkov at 5v5 and on the power play where he has scored three of his seven goals this season. He also has 24 points as a rookie so he makes for a real nice one off play tonight.
D – Oscar Klefbom (EDM) – $5,100 vs. ARI
Like most Oilers, Klefbom is enduring a tough campaign after a nice campaign a season ago. He has just ten points on the season, but he brings a nice floor with him in terms of his counting stats. Klefbom has 121 shots on goal this season and 84 blocked shots, so he is getting it done elsewhere. He is also the lone defenseman on the top power play unit, a boost to any defenseman’s stock.
D – Oliver Ekman-Larsson (ARI) – $4,700 vs. EDM
Ekman-Larsson completes a three-man Coyotes stack for us in what I expect to be a high scoring game. He enters play tonight with 19 points and 113 shots in 43 games this season, but four of his six goals have come on the power play. The Coyotes power play is going up against the worst penalty kill in the league tonight as the Oilers sport a brutal 71.4% clip on the penalty kill this season. Nice upside for the Coyotes’ trio tonight.
G – Sergei Bobrovsky (CLS) – $8,400 vs. VAN
Bobrovsky isn’t confirmed as tonight’s starter, but if he does get the start he is in an excellent position. He is resembling last year’s Vezina-winning form at the moment with a .945 Sv% in the month of January after a disappointing December. He would face the league’s 28th-ranked offense tonight against the Canucks, a certain boost to his stock tonight.
UTIL – Jack Roslovic (WPG) – $3,000 vs. CHI
Roslovic is virtually unknown at this point, but he has a real nice spot in the Winnipeg pecking order. It’s not at 5v5 where he will likely be on the fourth line, but on the top power play unit with the best offensive players the Jets have to offer. He has received an average of 2:11 of power play time over his first two career NHL games which is actually just two second less than Nikolaj Ehlers. Regardless, for a value play, the former first rounder makes perfect sense tonight in Chicago.