We put together another real nice DraftKings lineup last night. The Tampa Bay Lightning top line put up a monster night while Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle got together for the Wild’s only tally of the night. That said, Andrei Vasilevskiy was torched for six goals in a blowout loss to the Senators, so if you used Vasilevskiy there’s a chance he could have single-handedly taken you out of the money despite some quality position player picks. We will move on to tonight’s five-game slate!
C – Evgeni Malkin (PIT) – $7,900 vs. NYR
The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers write another chapter in their Metropolitan Division rivalry tonight from Madison Square Garden. While the Penguins’ offense has been real good lately, the Rangers defense hasn’t been, yielding 3.75 goals per game over their last four. Malkin is having a monstrous season with 87 points, good for second in the NHL, while his 39 goals are ranked third in the league. He has 11 points over a six-game point streak entering play tonight so roster Geno with confidence.
C – Vladislav Namestnikov (NYR) – $4,200 vs. PIT
While the Penguins have a solid matchup, I believe the Rangers do as well. Pittsburgh is enduring some issues in goal as Matt Murray continues to be sidelined, and the Rangers have scored 12 goals over their last three games and at least three goals in six of their last seven. Namestnikov scored a goal in the Rangers’ win over the Hurricanes on Monday while taking three shots on goal. He centers the Rangers’ third line and second power play unit and is in a good spot at low ownership this evening.
W – Patric Hornqvist (PIT) – $6,300 vs. NYR
Hornqvist rides shotgun to Malkin at both 5v5 and on the Penguins’ lethal top power play unit. He has scored a goal in back-to-back games while taking a whopping 12 shots in that span. Hornqvist has been shooting the puck a ton lately, averaging just short of five shots per game over his last eight games.
He’s taken a whopping 195 shots in 58 games this season and should be primed for further production against a thin Rangers’ back end tonight.
W – Pavel Buchnevich (NYR) – $4,000 vs. PIT
Buchnevich seems to be enjoying life beside fellow Russian Namestnikov on the Rangers’ third line and second power play unit. Buchnevich assisted on Namestnikov’s tally on Monday but he also added another pair of assists in the 6-3 win as well. He is a rising star in this league as he enters play tonight with 14 goals and 25 helpers on 120 shots across 62 games. This should be a low-owned duo, but I like their spot as the Rangers’ offense has been hot lately.
W – Timo Meier (SJ) – $4,500 vs. EDM
Here comes another low-owned duo beginning here with Meier. He is quietly enjoying a fantastic season out in San Jose as he scored his 18th goal in a win over Detroit on Monday on home ice. On top the 18 goals, Meier has fired 175 pucks on goal this season, which is a good thing in a game against the Oilers. The Oilers home defense ranks 28th and their home penalty kill ranks dead-last at just over 61% for the season. Meier should be able to produce either at 5v5 or when he skates on the Sharks’ second power play unit.
D – Kris Letang (PIT) – $5,700 vs. NYR
When using a defenseman in a Penguins’ stack tonight Letang is the easy choice. He’s recorded 41 points in 67 games on the season but has also taken a real healthy 192 shots on goal. He is the lone defenseman on that lethal top power play unit where he’s scored three of his six goals and 17 of those 41 points this season. If the Penguins’ power play can have a big night then this trio is set to dominate in cash and optimal lineups tonight.
D – Dylan DeMelo (SJ) – $2,900 vs. EDM
Here is the second half of the San Jose mini-stack tonight. DeMelo is set to be a very, very low-owned defenseman tonight but he has a big opportunity against a brutal home defense and an even worse home penalty kill. He should skate as the lone defenseman on the Sharks’ second power play unit tonight, a group that also includes the aforementioned Meier. He has seven assists over his last five games so he’s been providing plenty of value as of late.
G – John Gibson (ANH) – $8,400 vs. VAN
With the way the Canucks have been producing offensively as of late, I like Gibson as my top goalie of the night. The Canucks offense has been poor all season, but they’ve taken that to a new level lately by tallying just three goals over their last four games combined. Gibson has been stellar in the Ducks’ crease this season, posting a 2.53 GAA and a .924 Sv%. Against one of the worst offenses in the league, Gibson could go for the shutout tonight on home ice.
UTIL – Mitchell Marner (TOR) – $6,100 vs. DAL
The Stars are not a poor defense at all, but they are playing on back-to-back nights tonight after yielding four goals to a poor offense in Montreal last night. Marner has been the Leafs’ top offensive player as of late, notching 10 points over his last seven games and 24 points over his last 20 games. He is essentially the quarterback of the Maple Leafs’ top power play unit where he has scored two goals over his last two games while adding an assist with eight shots on goal. He should be able to create some offense for the Maple Leafs tonight in a favorable home matchup where they’ve won 10 straight games.