It was a pitiful night with our DraftKings NHL Picks. There was almost no production through the lineup and our goaltender took the loss. Let’s immediately put this one behind us and move on to tonight’s 12-game slate!
C – Tyler Seguin (DAL) -$7,500 vs. FLA
I believe the Stars are the top stack of the evening tonight as they play host to the Florida Panthers. The Stars are lethal at home, ranking sixth with 3.43 goals per game while the Panthers are a weak defensive group, yielding 3.22 goals per game, good for 27th overall. Furthermore, Seguin has been dynamite on home ice this season, scoring 26 points across 23 games compared to only 15 across 25 road contests. Look for the Seguin line to do plenty of damage this evening.
C – Nolan Patrick (PHI) – $3,100 vs. DET
The Stars are an expensive group and I don’t want this lineup to be complete chalk we so we have a low-owned mini-stack coming up beginning here with Patrick. While his nine points on the season are a disappointing, but he gets a nice opportunity tonight against the Red Wings. Detroit owns the NHL’s 21st-ranked defense and the Flyers score slightly more on the road. He centers the third line while getting a spot on the second power play unit as well.
W – Jamie Benn (DAL) – $7,200 vs. FLA
I fully expect the Benn/Seguin duo to light it up tonight against the Panthers. Benn has been an insanely consistent and elite point producer lately, carrying a seven-game point streak into action with nine points over that stretch. He also has 20 points over his last 17 contests. While Benn’s home/road splits aren’t as drastic as Seguin’s the two play together in all situations and I will take Benn’s consistency any day of the week.
W – Jordan Weal (PHI) – $3,100 vs. DET
Weal and Patrick form what should go down as a very low-owned mini-stack tonight in Detroit. They skate together at 5v5 as well as on the second unit power play, and although the Flyers get plenty of production from their first unit, this duo still averages almost two minutes of power play time per game. Weal has six goals and 14 points for the season and recently scored five points over his last six games. If these two can produce at their expected ownership it could go a long way for this lineup.
W – Patric Hornqvist (PIT) – $6,400 vs. CAR
The Penguins have the NHL’s top power play at 26.4% for the season, and the Hurricanes have the NHL’s 27th-ranked penalty kill, so I want to get some exposure to the Penguins’ first power play unit tonight. Hornqvist is a beast on the man advantage where he has scored eight of his 15 goals for the season. He also has 146 shots on goal for the season and has four points over his last four games.
D – John Klingberg (DAL) – $6,300 vs. FLA
Klingberg is leading all defenseman with 46 points in 48 games this season and has a big-time opportunity to improve on that number tonight against the Panthers. After having a nine-game point streak snapped, Klingberg racked up three assists in the Stars’ 7-1 over the Sabres and now has 15 points over his last ten games. With the Stars’ offense coming in red hot, let’s have some high hopes for this stack.
D – Justin Schultz (PIT) – $3,700 vs. CAR
It appears Schultz has taken Kris Letang’s spot on the Penguins’ top power play unit, and if that’s the case, I love his value upside tonight in this matchup. His numbers aren’t great this season as he has fought through injury, but he has two points over his last three games while playing more than 22 minutes his last time out. Considering the Penguins top-rated power play, rostering Schultz at this price seems like a no-brainer tonight.
G – Jonathan Quick (LA) – $8,200 vs. VAN
Quick is in a real nice spot tonight in Vancouver. The Kings recently dropped six straight games, but got back on track with a 4-2 over the Rangers on Sunday which has me thinking a reversion to the mean could take place here. Quick enters play with a solid .924 Sv% for the season, but the Kings are the NHL’s best defensive group and boast the NHL’s top penalty kill as well. Quick will take on a Canucks group that ranks 27th with 2.57 goals per game on the season.
UTIL – Conor Sheary (PIT) – $4,500 vs. CAR
The utility spot was the last spot I filled in this lineup, but why not go with Sheary as he skates with Sidney Crosby on the Penguins’ top line and also gets second unit power play time as well. There is an outside chance Sheary and Schultz could combine for offense to boot. He enters play tonight with 12 goals and 91 shots on the campaign and snapped a seven-game goalless drought his last time out against the Sharks.