Don’t look now but there are a whopping 12 games on tonight’s NHL slate! Very few times this season have we had such a large slate on our hands as there is a plethora of options on that never-ending draft board. Careful selection is a must so let’s dive into tonight’s slate and see where our top DraftKings picks take us!
Want to win more money at DraftKings? Click here for a FREE lineup tool
C – John Tavares (NYI) – $7,000
In my opinion there isn’t a superstar with as favorable of a matchup as Tavares has tonight. The Islanders will welcome the Winnipeg Jets to town tonight, likely with open arms given the road struggles the Jets have dealt with all season. Winnipeg has given up an average of 3.27 goals per game on the road this season while killing just 79.4% of their penalties away from home. On the other hand, only the Penguins and Capitals have scored more times at home than the Islanders this season as New York averages 3.31 goals per game at the Barclays Center. Tavares has tallied 59 points in 68 games this season to go along with a whopping 230 shots which ranks him eighth in the league. Could be a very productive evening for Johnny T.
C – Brayden Point (TB) – $4,700
Point was thrust into first line center duties after Tyler Johnson went down with an injury and the rookie has passed the test with flying colors. Point has three goals over his last two games while skating over 21 minutes in each contest. He has developed some serious chemistry with Nikita Kucherov at both 5v5 and on the power play, the latter of which is clicking at 23.6% on home ice this season, the fifth best mark in the league. He wasn’t shooting the puck much earlier in the season, but the rookie has recorded three shots on goal in four of his last six games and is only getting better with the increased ice time as the team’s top pivot.
W – Josh Bailey (NYI) – $5,000
Flanking John Tavares at both 5v5 and on the power play has lead Bailey to a career-year offensively. His 49 points, 154 shots and 18:54 of overage ice time are all easily career highs for the veteran. Amazingly Bailey was held scoreless in back-to-back games against the Hurricanes earlier in the week despite the Islanders tallying seven goals over those two contests. I don’t expect the drought to last much longer as the Islanders take on the defensively-poor Jets at home tonight. Winnipeg has surrendered five goals in each of their last two road games and boast a team save percentage of just. 896 on the road, good for 26th in the league.
W – Taylor Hall (NJ) – $6,200
I am expecting big things from Hall tonight as the Devils play host to the Flyers. Philly is on the back end of back-to-back contests after shutting out the Penguins last night at home, but it’s been a different story for the Flyers on the road this season. They have surrendered 3.29 goals per game away from home on the season while killing just 76.7% of their penalties on the road, tied for 25th in the league. Hall should be able to capitalize on the Flyers’ defensive woes tonight as he fires plenty of shots on goal (190) and has a solid 48 points in 60 contests. He is on the first line as well as the top power play group while averaging a solid 19:30 of ice time per game.
W – Joshua Ho-Sang (NYI) – $3,300
I remember drafting Ho-Sang in his NHL debut a couple of weeks ago at just $2,700 as I saw him play junior hockey a few seasons back and liked very much what I saw. It’s no surprise his price is rising along with his production as the rookie has five points over his last three games. He actually doesn’t shoot the puck a lot so far with just ten shots in eight games, but he is making the most of his opportunity under Doug Weight. He is averaging a very solid 16 minutes of ice time per game while playing on the second line and second power play unit. It makes me wonder just how long it will take him to make his way onto that top power play unit, and I think it happens as soon as tonight as the Islanders can’t afford to ease him in given their desperation as they aim for the final wild card spot in the east.
D – Victor Hedman (TB) – $6,500
Most years the season Hedman is putting together would garner plenty attention in the Norris Trophy race. Due to the season Brent Burns is having Hedman’s odds are almost extinct, however I like his odds of production tonight against the Maple Leafs. Hedman ranks third among NHL defensemen with 59 points on the season while his 27 points on the power play are tops in the league among rear guards. The Lighting will welcome the Maple Leafs to town tonight who gave up seven goals in a loss in Florida on Tuesday and who Tampa Bay scored seven on earlier in the season. As the lone defenseman on the Lightning power play Hedman should be able to add to those 59 points and his 142 shorts in a favorable matchup this evening.
D – Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI) – $4,800
Gostisbehere has really found his fame as of late after a slow start to the season. He was the subject of scrutiny and healthy scratches at times this season, but with eight points over his last ten games it’s good to see him back producing again. Interestingly, he is in the minority of players whose splits favor the road. He has 18 points, 41 blocks and 89 shots on the road this season compared to 14 points, 39 blocks and 69 shots at home in one less game. He is the quarterback of the Flyers’ top power play unit, a group that clicks at a solid 20.4% clip away from home. The Flyers will get backup Keith Kinkaid in goal tonight for the Devils so look for Gostisbehere to keep up the production in a favorable road situation tonight.
G – Mike Smith (ARI) – $7,800
After shutting out the Avalanche on Monday Smith will take a crack at another weak offense in the form of the Detroit Red Wings tonight. Smith yielded just one goal to Detroit in his start against them earlier in season on 38 shots while nabbing the win. Detroit scores just 2.35 goals per game which puts them 26th league-wide. They also score on just 8.2% of their power plays on the road, dead-last in the league by a wide margin. The Coyotes, although poor defensively overall, have surrendered just two goals over their last two games so I see no problem in running with the hot hand here in a favorable matchup on home ice.
UTIL – Bo Horvat (VAN) – $4,700
I had to get a Canuck in here due to the Stars’ defensive issues on the road and I am ecstatic to get their leading scorer in this lineup. Horvat is enjoying his breakout season with 48 points in 68 games to pace all Canuck skaters. He is averaging just shy of 18 minutes as the team’s second line center at both 5v5 and on the power play, both of which could be very productive spots consider the Stars’ issues on the back end. Dallas has given up 3.73 goals per game on the road while killing just 72.3% of their penalties on the road, both of which are dead-last in the league. Horvat is in line for a productive night at a very reasonable price this evening.