Last night’s DraftKings NHL Picks were very solid. Our Penguins stack along with goalie Casey DeSmith produced very well, however the Coyotes’ top line did most of the damage last night which left our second line stack without much production in their game against Buffalo. Ryan Donato did score a goal in St. Louis, so perhaps you snuck into the cash for the night. Let’s move onto tonight’s 10-game slate!
C – Sean Couturier (PHI) – $6,700 vs. NYR
The Flyers find themselves in a nice spot tonight as they play host to the visiting New York Rangers. The Rangers enter play as the league’s 26th-ranked road defense with 3.37 goals against per game while they’ve surrendered 12 goals over their last three games and seven in their last game against Philly. Couturier has had an excellent breakout season, scoring 30 goals and adding 40 helpers in 74 games. He has plenty of upside in a favorable home matchup tonight.
C – Dylan Larkin (DET) – $5,200 vs. WAS
It may surprise you to know that the Capitals sport the league’s 29th-ranked road defense, so the Red Wings are sneaky-good play at home this evening. They broke out with four regulation goals on Tuesday after averaging just 1.50 over their previous six games. Larkin was the driving force in that game, scoring twice and adding an assist while throwing eight shots on goal. He should be a low owned player on the slate, but his upside is attractive.
W – Claude Giroux (PHI) – $6,500 vs. NYR
One of the best duos in the NHL this season has been Couturier in Giroux. While Couturier is enjoying a breakout year, Giroux is enjoying a nice bounce back season with 26 goals and 87 points after posting just 14 goals and 58 points last season. He ranks sixth in league scoring and he’s been red-hot as of late. He’s scored three goals and added four assists over his last six games and has 29 points over his last 21. Look for this duo to keep the good work up this evening.
W – Anthony Mantha (DET) – $4,500 vs. WAS
I’m really liking the Red Wings tonight as a low-owned source of production, so why not roster their top pure goal scorer in Mantha. He’s notched 23 goals on the season and thrown 169 pucks on goal as well. He went six games straight without a point, but notched an assist in Tuesday’s win, so let’s hope that gets him going for tonight. He will skate with Larkin at both 5v5 and on the Red Wings’ second (or 1B) power play unit tonight.
W – Tyler Bertuzzi (DET) – $3,000 vs. WAS
We have completed our three-man Red Wings stack with the addition of the valuable Bertuzzi. He was held pointless on Tuesday, but Bertuzzi has a solid 18 points across 39 games in his rookie season. He is a capable offensive producer as the 23-year-old posted 14 points in 16 AHL games prior to his call up. Bertuzzi skates on the top line with Henrik Zetterberg at 5v5, but also on the same power play unit as Mantha and Larkin, so let’s use this three-man stack in a sneaky-good spot tonight.
D – Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI) – $6,100 vs. NYR
Our second three-man stack is complete here with the addition of Gostisbehere. Like Giroux, he is also enjoying a bounce back season with 13 goals, 42 assists and a whopping 201 shots on goal as well. He has scored in back-to-back games while also adding an assist on seven shots on goal. If the Rangers get into penalty trouble tonight Gostisbehere becomes a beast and someone you want in your DraftKings lineup.
D – Nick Leddy (NYI) – $4,500 vs. TB
The Lightning once sported a scary-good defense to go with their unreal offense, but that notion has taken a hit as of late. Tampa Bay has yielded 3.5 goals per game over their last four and almost four goals per game over their last nine. Leddy and his Islanders as the league’s seventh best home offense at 3.46 goals per game, and he is the quarterback of their very productive top power play unit. His price is an attractive one considering the Lightning have the league’s 21st ranked road penalty kill, a number that has dropped to 62.5% over their last five games overall.
G – Cam Talbot (EDM) – $7,500 vs. OTT
Goaltending is a bit of a wild card position tonight, so I will pay down and go with Talbot who has a favorable road matchup tonight in Ottawa. The Senators have been a very poor home team this season and Talbot has been excellent of late. He sports a .936 Sv% over eight starts in March, and has won five of his last six decisions. He is a GPP-type play still, but Talbot sports some ice upside against a weak Senators’ offense.
UTIL – Mathew Barzal (NYI) – $6,000 vs. TB
I really like the upside of this Islanders mini-stack between Leddy and Barzal. The two are a PP1 mini-stack for the Islanders which is a good thing considering their impressive power play and the Lightning’s weak penalty kill. Barzal is chasing down the Calder Trophy with 20 goals and 55 points in 73 games this season and has scored twice while adding four assists over his last four games. He should see fairly low ownership against Tampa Bay on a large slate.