It’s pretty insane that tonight will mark the second-last Tuesday slate for the NHL regular season. While another exciting hockey season has flown by, we still have some business to take care of tonight. Let’s take a look at tonight’s DraftKings NHL picks for this large 11-game slate.
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C – Philip Danault (MTL) – $4,100
This lineup kicks off with a value play as Danault and the Canadiens welcome one of the league’s worst road defenses to the Bell Centre tonight in form of the Dallas Stars. Dallas’ 3.54 goals against per game on the road rank 29th while their 72.2% rate on the penalty kill away from home ranks 30th. Danault will likely skate in between Max Pacioretty and Alexander Radulov in a favorable spot on that number one line while also seeing some reps on the Habs’ second unit power play. He’s tallied 35 points on 115 shots this season and is set to deliver some more value this evening.
C – Auston Matthews (TOR) – $7,800
Matthews is on another hot streak entering tonight’s game against the visiting Panthers, having recording three goals and six points over his last five contests. He’s now up to 34 goals, 61 points and a whopping 250 shots this season across 74 games. Those 250 shots are the eighth-highest mark in the league and gives the rookie a solid floor every night he takes to the ice. The Maple Leafs’ 3.05 goals per game rank sixth in the NHL while their 23.7% clip on the power play is good for second. This is a very dangerous offense with Matthews being one of the main cogs on a nightly basis.
W – Max Pacioretty (MTL) – $6,700
Pacioretty should be another player with a very high floor for tonight’s contest against the visiting Stars. Like Matthews, Pacioretty fires a ton of pucks on goal and interestingly has 249 shots on the season, just one shy of Matthews. He is also just a single goal shy of Matthews as well with his 33 tallies on the season, 18 of which have some on home ice. He has also exposed this Stars’ defense in his only other meeting with them earlier in the season where he scored twice and took six shots in over 20 minutes of ice time.
W – Cam Atkinson (CLS) – $7,200
The shots on goal theme continues here with Atkinson who enters play tonight with 222 of them to go along with 33 goals in 74 contests this season. Atkinson and the powerful Blue Jackets’ offense will play host to the visiting Sabres tonight who are playing their second games in as many nights and their third in four nights. Atkinson is the top player on a Blue Jackets’ first unit power play that clicks at a solid 20.8% clip at home, which could mean good things considering the Sabres’ road penalty kill ranks 28th at just 74.4%.
W – Kasperi Kapanen (TOR) – $2,500
You have to love ultra-skilled players at the minimum price don’t you? Kapanen will make his season debut for the Maple Leafs tonight after recording 43 points over 43 games this season with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. While his ice time will be somewhat limited on the Maple Leafs’ fourth line, linemates Brian Boyle and Matt Martin have combined for 18 goals this season, so it’s not like this line doesn’t contribute offensively. The former first round pick has more skill than most NHL forwards and could be an absolute steal at this price tonight.
D – Jeff Petry (MTL) – $3,900
Petry has some of the best peripheral numbers you will see at this price range. While he has a solid eight goals and 28 points this season, he also has 154 shots and 139 blocks to boot. He is also a member of the Canadiens’ second power play unit, which could come in handy should he and Danault combine for some production tonight on that unit. Regardless, he stands to add to those totals against a Stars team that yields those 3.54 goals per game on the road and have just one victory over their last six trips to the Bell Centre.
D – Jake Gardiner (TOR) – $4,200
Gardiner figures to see some production tonight as the lone defenseman on the Maple Leafs’ top power play unit. That means that he will be on the same group with Auston Matthews, giving this lineup two center-defense combos on the power play. Gardiner checks in with 36 points on 117 shots in 74 games this season and makes for a solid play at a reasonable price tonight.
G – Curtis McElhinney (TOR) – $7,900
With Frederik Andersen ruled out for tonight’s contest it will be McElhinney getting the nod in the Toronto crease for a home date against the Panthers. Florida scores just 2.41 goals per game on the road while they have tallied just three goals combined over their last two trips to Toronto. He has a solid .921 save percentage on the season and a .958 mark in two starts at the Air Canada Centre on the year. This is certainly a game Toronto should win tonight and McElhinney could provide solid value as a result.
UTIL – Jakub Voracek (PHI) – $5,700
This utility spot was the final spot in this lineup to fill and I am ecstatic to be able to fit Voracek in perfectly thanks to his reduced price. Voracek has some of the most lopsided splits in the league, favoring home games where he will be tonight against the visiting Senators. He has 34 points in 36 home games on a whopping 146 shots compared to just 23 points in 39 road games on 88 shots. He is clearly a shot machine on home ice and he fits perfectly within the theme of this lineup which has a very high floor for tonight’s slate of action.