Tuesday night once again brings us a massive NHL slate as we have 11 games to sort through this evening. Within those games are some favorable matchups that I plan to exploit, so let’s get right to it and see what tonight’s DraftKings NHL Picks look like.
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C – Alex Galchenyuk (MTL) – $5,800
Galchenyuk has been reunited with Max Pacioretty on the Canadiens’ first line and it makes good sense considering the Russian pivot has tallied eight points over his last ten contests. He is now up to a very solid 41 points in 50 games for the season and has an appetizing matchup on hand tonight against the visiting Red Wings. Detroit is playing their second game in as many nights tonight and will be in tough against a Canadiens team that has found their offensive groove, having scored four goals in three of their last four games. Look for the Habs’ top line to click for some more offense this evening.
C – Brian Little (WPG) – $5,600
Little and the Jets are another club with a solid matchup on their hands tonight against the visiting Flyers. While the Jets score 3.17 goals per game at home, the Flyers are one of the NHL’s worst road defenses by surrendering 3.37 goals per game away from home and four per game over their last three road contests. Little will line up next to super rookie Patrik Laine tonight at both 5v5 and even strength, an enviable spot for the veteran pivot. It has also been a productive spot considering he has five points over his last three contests. Ride him while he is hot.
W – Adam Erne (TB) – $2,800
Tonight’s value play up front, Erne has a solid chance for production against the visiting Coyotes. Arizona ranks 29th by surrendering a pitiful 3.57 goals per game on the road while their overall penalty kill ranks 27th at 77.6%. Erne could take advantage of the latter tonight as he is a member of the Bolts’ second unit power play and considering the Lightning score on 23.3% of their home power plays that is a good spot to be. He will certainly be a very low-owned player tonight, making him a sneaky value play in GPP formats.
W – Patrik Laine (WPG) – $7,300
Winnipeg won’t be taking part in the postseason this season but it isn’t for a lack of scoring, something Laine has done better than any of his teammates this season. His 33 goals paces all Jets’ skaters, as does his eight power play markers, while his 60 points is second to only Mark Scheifele, his linemate for most of the season. Laine should be able to take aim at the poor Flyers’ defensive group while capitalizing against their 23rd-ranked penalty kill of just 79.2% for the season.
W – Max Pacioretty (MTL) – $6,700
Pacioretty should certainly be able to team up with Galchenyuk for some offense tonight against the Red Wings. Interestingly, Pacioretty hasn’t been involved in the Habs’ last ten goals despite taking ten shots over his last three games. That should change tonight as he is easily Montreal’s top offensive player and leads all Montreal forwards by a wide margin with his 19:11 average ice time per game. His 33 goals and 60 points also both handily pace all Montreal players so he is a must-have for tonight’s home contest.
D – Dustin Byfuglien (WPG) – $6,500
Byfuglien also checks in as a must-have on the blueline. The hulking defenseman leads all NHL skaters with an average ice time per game of 27:26 while taking 223 shots for the season, tied for second among NHL defensemen. Byfuglien also owns some favorable home splits as 28 of his 47 points have come at home while 123 of those 223 shots have been fired at the MTS Centre. Look for Big Buff to be in on the fun tonight against the visiting Flyers.
D – Jake Dotchin (TB) – $3,000
Tonight’s value play on the back end, Dotchin has a solid opportunity for success against the visiting Coyotes. As a member of the Lightning second unit power play Dotchin could possibly team up with the aforementioned Erne for some production tonight, giving this lineup a massive boost as a result. He has a decent six assists in 24 games while averaging over 18 minutes per game, but his value increases significantly against that brutal road defense displayed by the Coyotes this season.
G – Craig Anderson (OTT) – $7,400
While not confirmed as of the time of this writing, Anderson should be a solid option in goal tonight at a very reasonable price. He takes on the Bruins tonight on the road where he has excelled this season. Anderson boasts a 2.23 goals against average and a .935 save percentage in 14 road starts on the season while going 2-0-0 against the Bruins with a 1.50 goals against average and a .936 save percentage in two starts this year. Boston is playing on back-to-back nights and could not be at their best offensively after managing just two goals in Toronto last night.
UTIL – Brayden Point (TB) – $4,900
Point has taken the number one center job in Tampa Bay and ran with it. He has five points over his last four games while skating over 20 minutes in five straight contests. He has also taken exactly three shots on goal in four straight and in five of his last six, giving him a solid floor. As the number one center on the power play Point now skates with superstar Nikita Kucherov in all situations, giving his fantasy value a monumental boost. His recent hot streak shouldn’t subside tonight against the Coyotes and I am looking for some serious value out of Point tonight as the Lighting are in must-win mode from here on out.