We had a solid night in terms of our position player DraftKings NHL Picks, however our goalie let us down. Devan Dubnyk and the Wild blew a late lead and that was costly. Our Bruins stack performed well and Aaron Ekblad notched us a goal on the back end, but it would have been tough to be in the money with Dubnyk in goal. We will look to improve on tonight’s 11-game slate.
C – Connor McDavid (EDM) – $7,600 vs. CAR
We are going to aim this lineup towards GPPs for the most part tonight and that begins with McDavid. Yes, he will see some ownership but the Oilers as a whole should go fairly overlooked tonight in Carolina. That said, the Hurricanes are starting Scott Darling who sports an .889 Sv% for the season and sports an .880 Sv% for the month of March. McDavid is chasing down Nikita Kucherov for the scoring lead as he’s notched 23 points over his last 15 games and should be in for more production in a sneaky-good road matchup tonight.
C – Derick Brassard (PIT) – $4,500 vs. NYI
The Penguins are bound for big-time ownership, but avoiding both Crosby and Malkin should lower than ownership to acceptable GPP levels. Brassard skates as the Pens’ third line center, but he centers Phil Kessel at 5v5 while also skating on the second power play unit. After slumping to begin his Penguins’ tenure, Brassard has notched a point in back-to-back games and should be able to get right back on the scoresheet tonight against the NHL’s worst overall and home defense.
W – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM) – $6,400 vs. CAR
Nugent Hopkins is enjoying life alongside McDavid at both 5v5 and on the Oilers’ top power play unit. He has tallied seven points over his last eight games and now has 20 goals and 38 points in 54 games on the season. He’s scored four goals on the power play and two on the penalty kill as the Oilers are set to face the Hurricanes and their 24th-ranked penalty kill tonight. He makes for a fine play as long as he is skating next to number 97.
W – Ty Rattie (EDM) – $4,000 vs. CAR
Rattie also seems to be enjoying life beside McDavid as well. He’s skating in just his fourth NHL game of the season, but Rattie has scored twice while adding an assist and nine shots on goal over his last two games. He is seeing excellent minutes which also includes time on the Oilers’ second power play unit. Against one of the league’s worst goaltender and alongside one of the world’s best player, Rattie brings nice value upside to the table in this stack tonight.
W – Phil Kessel (PIT) – $6,700 vs. NYI
One of the top goal scorers and point-getters in the league, I love Kessel’s upside tonight. He has scored 29 times this season while adding a whopping 50 assists in on 234 shots across 72 games this season. He’s very consistent with 13 points over his last 11 games. Kessel gives us exposure to the Penguins’ top power play unit tonight which happens to be the best group in the league overall at 25.8% and on the road at 25.5%. They will take on the Islanders and their league-worst 74.9% mark on the penalty kill.
D – Justin Schultz (PIT) – $4,400 vs. NYI
Rostering Schultz over Kris Letang should cut a big chunk off ownership levels tonight. Schultz actually still sees a little bit of time on the Penguins’ top power play unit, which would be great, but he would also form a PP2 mini-stack with Brassard tonight should he remain on that unit. He has just four goals and 20 points on the season, but the upside here comes from his opponent who owns the league’s worst defense and worst penalty kill. I like Schultz quite a bit tonight at an attractive price.
D – Thomas Chabot (OTT) – $3,000 vs. FLA
Speaking of defenseman at attractive prices, give Chabot a real good like tonight in GPPs. Erik Karlsson has been ruled out of tonight’s contest due to an illness, so it should be Chabot who takes over first unit power play duties as the lone defenseman. He’s enjoyed a real nice rookie campaign so far on a brutal Sens’ club with six goals and 20 points on 73 shots in 52 games. He’s notched a goal and two assists over his last six contests and will be a very low owned player on this large 11-game slate.
G – Craig Anderson (OTT) – $7,000 vs. FLA
Here is a strictly GPP-type play in goal. I believe Anderson does have some value upside tonight against a Panthers’ team that isn’t a great road offense that is playing on back-to-back nights. Anderson has also been really good lately, posting a .923 Sv% over his last four starts. The Panthers own the league’s 22nd-ranked road offense with just 2.68 goals per game away from home, so I’m okay to roll the dice with Anderson tonight.
UTIL – Mike Hoffman (OTT) – $6,200 vs. FLA
With Chabot and Hoffman we have a first unit power play mini-stack going tonight against the Panthers. Hoffman has been very productive on the Sens’ top line recently, notching three goals and three assists over his last four games. He’s now up to 22 goals and 29 helpers on the season, but has also taken a whopping 226 shots on goal as well. He could be a sneaky-good play alongside Chabot this evening.