It was a solid night again with our DraftKings NHL Picks. Rick Nash notched a pair of goals, Ryan Spooner tallied a goal and an assist while Roman Josi recorded a pair of helpers. Pekka Rinne also secured a win on 27 saves. Let’s keep up the momentum from a nice week on tonight’s three-game slate.
C – Nicklas Backstrom (WAS) – $6,600 vs. MON
The Capitals will be a highly owned group tonight on home ice against the Montreal Canadiens, but they are a must in an optimal or GPP lineup tonight. Backstrom enters play with 35 points on the season, but he should have plenty of opportunities to add to that total against Montreal’s 24th-ranked defense this evening. Furthermore, the Canadiens will be starting backup Antti Niemi in goal, a guy who owns a 4.85 GAA for the season. Roster some Caps tonight.
C – Trevor Lewis (LA) – $3,700 vs. ANH
The Capitals are an expensive group, so we have to find some value and I believe we have some here with Lewis. Despite playing most of the season in a bottom-six role, Lewis has tallied 11 goals and taken a healthy 95 shots as well. He is set to center the team’s second line in a road matchup against the Ducks, a line that includes 18-goal scorer Tyler Toffoli as well.
W – Alex Ovechkin (WAS) – $8,100 vs. MON
Of course, here’s Ovi. His 28 goals for the season are the most in the NHL entering play tonight while he has also taken a whopping 195 shots on goal, the second most in the league behind only Vladimir Tarasenko. The floor is clearly solid, but Ovi also has an extremely high ceiling as it isn’t out of the question to see him record double digit shot totals on any given night. He’s easily the top player on this slate.
W – Tyler Toffoli (LA) – $5,200 vs. ANH
Toffoli continues to go under the radar as one of the most underrated goal scorers in the game. As mentioned, he enters play tonight with 18 tucks for the season, and has taken 142 shots on goal as well. He skates on the second line at 5v5, however Toffoli has a spot on the top power play unit of the Kings too. It would be real nice to see Toffoli and Lewis team up for some offense tonight at what should be lower ownership.
W – Radim Vrbata (FLA) – $3,300 vs. VGK
Here is where the GPP portion of the lineup really kicks in. Vrbata has recorded just five goals and 13 points for the season, but it appears he will skate on the Panthers’ second line with leading scorer Vincent Trocheck. This is likely a move to see if it can get Vrbata scoring again while he retains his spot on the team’s second power play unit as well.
D – John Carlson (WAS) – $6,600 vs. MON
Carlson is also a must in any cash or optimal lineup tonight. He is likely to be the highest owned blueliner on the slate, but for good reason. His 35 points are behind only the Stars’ John Klingberg in terms of defenseman scoring in the NHL. He also ranks fifth in ice time which, of course, includes anchoring the Capitals’ top power play unit. Look for a big night from number 74.
D – Alec Martinez (LA) – $4,700 vs. ANH
Martinez has turned himself into a nice two-way defenseman in this league. His 12 points in 42 games isn’t going to jump off the page at you, but he sees a boatload of ice time which includes second unit power play time, so production is always possible for Martinez. Plus, he brings a nice floor with him into play in the form of 120 blocked shots on the season. He has a tough matchup tonight, but the Kings’ three-man stack should be a real low owned one this evening.
G – Philipp Grubauer (WAS) – $8,100 vs. MON
Grubauer gives Braden Holtby the night off, but the Capitals are a dynamite team at home regardless of who is in goal. Washington’s home defense ranks third in the league as they yield just 2.25 goals per game at Capital One Arena. Furthermore, Grubauer has been absolutely sensational across four home starts with a 1.56 GAA and a .946 Sv%. Lastly, the goal support shouldn’t be a problem against Canadiens’ backup Antti Niemi.
UTIL – Nick Bjugstad (FLA) – $3,700 vs. VGK
Bjugstad doesn’t skate with Vrbata at 5v5, however the two do skate together on the Panthers’ second power play unit, making them a decent GPP look at against the Golden Knights. He enters play tonight with a solid nine goals and 20 points on the season, but has also fired a real healthy 115 shots on goal as well. Some under the radar production from our value Panthers could go a long way for this lineup tonight.