My apologies for not getting any DraftKings NHL DFS pieces out over the last handful of days as I’ve been under the weather. That said, I’m back and ready to take on tonight’s three game slate so let’s go into it!
C – Sidney Crosby (PIT) – $7,200 vs. PHI
There is a monumental tilt going down in the city of brotherly love tonight between the Flyers and visiting Penguins. The two rivals sit just one point apart in the Metropolitan Division standings so all hands will be on deck for this one. I like the Penguins side a little more tonight as they sport the league’s top power play while the Flyers sport the league’s 29th-ranked home penalty kill, so let’s roll out a Pens’ power play stack. It beings here with Crosby who has 70 points on the season, with 31 coming on the man advantage which is the third most in all of hockey.
C – Bo Horvat (VAN) – $6,200 vs. ARI
Another game where we could see some goals tonight is the Canucks and Arizona from Vancouver. The Coyotes enter play tonight sporting the league’s 26th-ranked road defense, so we can use a lower-owned Canucks’ stack tonight. With Brock Boeser out, Bo Horvat is easily the go-to guy up front for Vancouver. He will center the top line and skate on the top power play unit as well. He has scored 18 goals and added 18 assists for 36 points on 116 shots this season enter play tonight.
W – Patric Hornqvist (PIT) – $6,800 vs. PHI
Not only does Hornqvist skate with Crosby on that aforementioned power play, but the gritty winger also flanks him at 5v5. That will be a real nice spot for Hornqvist to add to his 18 goals on the season, 11 of which have come on the power play. Hornqvist also throws plenty of pucks on goal with 178 shots across 55 games this season. He will be a bulldog tonight and one that we want in our lineup.
W – Jake Virtanen (VAN) – $3,200 vs. ARI
Virtanen is going to be the beneficiary of the unfortunate injury to Brock Boeser in the sense that he will skate to the right of Horvat on the Canucks’ top line. Virtanen should also see time on the second unit power play as well. He’s scored just eight goals and added nine assists on 106 shots this season, but he’s also skated in a bottom-six role for the majority of the campaign. That said, he recorded a goal and an assist in his last game and with his top line role tonight he could very well add to that this evening.
W – Max Domi (ARI) – $4,600 vs. VAN
While the Canucks are in a nice spot tonight, I believe the Coyotes are too despite owning the league’s 30th-ranked offense. That’s because the Canucks sport the league’s 28th-ranked home defense as well as the league’s 24th-ranked home penalty kill. Interestingly, The Coyotes own the league’s fourth best road power play at a real nice 22.4% clip. Enter Domi who is due for some more puck luck moving forward considering he’s scored just five goals on a solid 128 shots, good for a 3.9% shooting percentage, well under his 8.2% career mark. He’s a member of the top power play unit which has clearly been a productive group.
D – Kris Letang (PIT) – $5,800 vs. PHI
Our first stack of the lineup is complete here with Letang. He forms a 5v5 and a PP1 stack with Crosby and Hornqvist, which is a good idea considering the Penguins top-rated power play and road power play along with the Flyers’ 29th-ranked home penalty kill. Letang has been productive again this season, racking up 40 points and 186 shots on the season across 64 games this season. He has two points over his last two games and is logging huge minutes on the Penguins blueline at the moment.
D – Jakob Chychrun (ARI) – $3,900 vs. VAN
While he’s scored just two goals and 11 points on the season, I really like Chychrun’s value for tonight’s contest. He will skate with Domi on the productive top power play unit for the Coyotes while he’s also added 67 shots and 47 blocks in his 35 games played this season. He’s not a flashy player, but he’s getting a nice opportunity here while he and Domi will form a nice low-owned mini-stack against a weak Canucks’ back end tonight.
G – David Rittich (CGY) – $7,600 vs. BUF
The Flames are slumping right now, but perhaps a meeting with the lowly Buffalo Sabres could cure what ails them. Calgary is actually much better defensively on the road than at home as their 2.74 goals against per game on the road ranks seventh while their 83% penalty kill on the road ranks fourth. Rittich has also been much better on the road, albeit with a 2.80 GAA and a .910 Sv% with most of the damage coming in his last two starts against excellent home teams in Vegas and Colorado. Against one of the league’s worst clubs, Rittich is worth a roll of the dice at this price.
UTIL – Brendan Leipsic (VAN) – $3,800 vs. ARI
Stack number two is complete with the addition of Leipsic. Leipsic, Horvat and Virtanen will form the Canucks’ top line tonight against the Coyotes. In his three games since being traded to Vancouver, the diminutive forward has notched two goals and added three helpers to go along with 12 shots. Against the NHL’s 26th-ranked defense, I very much like the upside of this low-owned, cost-effective stack this evening.