We didn’t have a great DraftKings lineup going last night, but we did grab both OT winners from last night’s two-game slate. William Nylander scored on an OT penalty shot before Tanner Pearson won the game from the Kings in the extra frame. We also got a 30-save victory from Darcy Kuemper. Other than that, the lineup was a little unproductive and we will look to improve on tonight’s massive 15-game slate.
C – Nicklas Backstrom (WAS) – $6,200 vs. FLA
The Florida Panthers are a poor defensive club that is on their third string goaltender tonight against a powerful Capitals’ offense. Harri Sateri will start for Florida tonight, two nights after being shelled for six goals against the Stars. Backstrom has had better offensive seasons with 37 points in 47 games, but his opportunity tonight is one of the very best on the slate. He will slide down to the second line tonight and pair up with T.J. Oshie.
C – Eric Haula (VGK) – $5,900 vs. NYI
It’s been an incredible season for the Golden Knights and Haula has been no exception. Entering play tonight, the former Wild has scored 16 goals, 18 assists and has taken a healthy 98 shots on goal. The Golden Knights are the NHL’s best home team, have the second best home offense at 3.70 goals per game and face an Islanders club that ranks dead last in team defense and yields 3.73 goals per game on the road. A very nice matchup indeed.
W – T.J. Oshie (WAS) – $5,500 vs. FLA
If folks are on the Capitals tonight they will likely go right towards Alex Ovechkin, but with the Backstrom/Oshie duo we get exposure to Ovi on the power play while fading him at 5v5 play. Oshie has struggled to score lately, but he does have three helpers over his last five games and, as mentioned, has huge upside against a vulnerable Panthers’ back end. His spot on the top power play unit will give him a goal sooner than later.
W – James Neal (VGK) – $6,000 vs. NYI
Neal’s price has slid well down the winger board, which we will gladly take. He has scored 22 goals on the season and should get plenty more looks with the Islanders in town tonight. Neal flanks Haula both at 5v5 and on the man advantage. The Islanders bring with them the NHL’s 30th-ranked penalty kill on top of their 31st-ranked team defense, so the offensive upside for Neal seems to be extremely high tonight.
W – Tyler Bertuzzi (DET) – $4,000 vs. CHI
Bertuzzi is looking like he is going to be a player in this league. He has rattled off five points over his last five games and now has nine across 14 games in his rookie season. Bertuzzi is playing in a top-six role for the Red Wings as he skates on the second line as well as the second power play unit. Tonight the Red Wings get a favorable matchup against a Blackhawks team that is playing on back-to-back nights and will start Anton Forsberg who sports a brutal 3.66 GAA on the road this season.
D – John Carlson (WAS) – $6,700 vs. FLA
Carlson’s price is steep and his ownership will be high even on a 15-game slate, but he completes a three-man Capitals power play stack in this lineup. He ranks third among defenseman with 37 points for the season while he has two points on 11 shots over his last two games. Florida ranks dead last in the NHL with 35.1 shots against per game, so look for Carlson to add to his 137 shots for the season and quite likely get on the scoresheet in a favorable matchup.
D – Brad Hunt (VGK) – $3,500 vs. NYI
Here is a nice GPP look tonight in a favorable matchup. Hunt enters play tonight with 12 points across 24 games with 46 shots on goal to boot. He rarely sees more than 16-17 minutes of ice time per game, but he does skate on the second power play unit where Haula and Neal reside, so there is another three-man stack going here. With the Islanders sporting the worst defense and second worst PK in the league, Hunt is certainly in a nice spot to eclipse value tonight.
G – Jacob Markstrom (VAN) – $7,800 vs. BUF
Markstrom is in a nice spot tonight as a GPP look against the Sabres. First, he will face the NHL’s worst offense tonight as the Sabres enter play with just 2.29 goals per game for the season. Second, Markstrom has been solid lately as he has allowed two goals or less in five of his last seven starts. Lastly, although the Canucks offense hasn’t been good overall, they are coming off a six-goal outburst and they are at full health while taking on the NHL’s 28th-ranked defense this evening.
UTIL – Gustav Nyquist (DET) – $4,400 vs. CHI
I like the Red Wings as a low owned play that is in a favorable spot tonight. While Nyquist doesn’t skate with Bertuzzi at 5v5, the two do skate together on the Red Wings’ second power play unit. Nyquist enters play tonight with a solid 14 goals on the season and has taken 119 shots on goal as well. His speed and skill level should make it tough on a suspect Blackhawks defense that likely won’t be bailed out by goaltending tonight.