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DraftKings NHL Picks – January 18th

We had another real successful lineup with our DraftKings NHL picks last night. The lone player to miss the shoresheet was the Penguins’ Olli Maatta, but everyone else delivered contributions. Our three-man Boston stack performed very well, Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin teamed up for a goal and the duo of Adam Henrique and Ondrej Kase combined for two goals and an assist. Tuukka Rask also grabbed us a win to put the icing on the cake. Let’s keep the good times rolling on tonight’s ten-game slate!

C – Mika Zibanejad (NYR) -$6,500 vs. BUF

After a blistering start to his season, Zibanejad has cooled off some due to injury, a trend that was continued from last season. Nonetheless, the Rangers’ top center has himself a real nice matchup tonight on home ice against the basement-dwelling Sabres. Buffalo enters play tonight with the NHL’s 28th-ranked defense and 28th-ranked road penalty kill, so the six goals and 12 points Zibanejad has accumulated on the power play this season could be in for an increase this evening.

C – David Krejci (BOS) – $4,700 vs. NYI

Krejci enjoyed a two-point night last night to give him four points over his last three games, so let’s go with him tonight against the defensive struggles of the New York Islanders. The 3.63 goals the Islanders yield per game is by far the most in the NHL, and all of the sudden the Bruins’ offense sits sixth league-wide. Krejci is quietly having a real nice campaign with 21 points in 25 games, numbers that have a real opportunity to improve tonight in Brooklyn.

W – Rick Nash (NYR) – $5,500 vs. BUF

Nash has unfortunately been the recipient of some of the worst puck luck in the NHL this season, but is in a nice spot tonight coming off a two-goal effort in his last game against the Flyers. He is up to just 11 goals for the season despite taking 145 shots on goal so far. I continue to believe that 7.6% shooting percentage is due for an increase moving forward towards his career mark of 12.1%.

W – Ryan Spooner (BOS) – $4,200 vs. NYI

The Bruins’ surge up the standings has had a lot to do with their secondary scoring, and Spooner has recently joined in on that party. He has only six goals in an injury-shortened 23-game season so far, but five of those six goals have come over his last seven games. He and Krejci have formed a solid duo on the Bruins’ second line as well as their second power play unit and I have no problem going with him tonight against a very poor defensive group.

W – Kevin Fiala (NSH) – $5,600 vs. ARI

I believe Fiala’s price holds more value over at FanDuel, but considering his opportunity and matchup tonight against Arizona, I don’t mind him one bit here either. He scored the only goal of Tuesday’s win over Vegas, his first point after an eight-game drought. Considering his first line minutes and first unit power minutes he’s getting courtesy of injuries to Nashville’s top forwards, we have to believe Fiala gets some nice looks tonight against the NHL’s 30th-ranked defense.

D – Roman Josi (NSH) – $6,600 vs. ARI

I don’t want a full Preds stack tonight, but I don’t mind a mini-stack at all. This is an even better stack when it comes to the power play as Josi has scored five of his eight goals for the season on the man advantage. Overall, he has 25 points on 132 shots in 40 games this season while receiving ice time in all situations. He should be able to move freely tonight against that Coyotes defense on home ice.

D – Kevin Shattenkirk (NYR) – $5,100 vs. BUF

We have completed a three-man Rangers’ stack here with the addition of Shattenkirk. While it will see some ownership, this stack has big-time upside against a brutal Sabres’ back end. For his part, Shattenkirk has just one point over his last 12 contests, but that point happened to come against the Sabres on New Year’s Day. He has more than half his points for the season on the power play where he should get plenty of looks tonight as the Rangers’ quarterback for that top unit.

G – Pekka Rinne (NSH) – $8,300 vs. ARI

We have an excellent combination here with Rinne. The Coyotes enter play tonight averaging just 2.30 goals per game, good for 30th overall. The Predators enter play surrendering just 2.56 goals per game, good for fourth overall. Rinne has been excellent for the Preds as of late, yielding just ten goals over his last five starts combined. He also enters play with a stout .925 Sv% for the campaign and should be in good hands on home ice tonight against the Coyotes.

UTIL – Chris Kunitz (TB) – $3,400 vs. VGK

On a normal night I would not consider rostering Kunitz for the most part, but tonight doesn’t appear to be a normal night. It appears Kunitz could skate on Tampa’s lethal top line with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov for tonight’s matchup against the Golden Knights. While Vegas is clearly a dynamite team, they give up 3.19 goals per game on the road, good for 22nd overall. Considering he is playing with a couple of Hart Trophy candidates, I like Kunitz’s chances of exceeding value this evening.

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