Welcome to another solid slate of Tuesday night NHL action. There are nine games for us to sink our teeth into tonight with plenty of intriguing matchups on tap. Let’s exploit those matchups with tonight’s DraftKings NHL picks.
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C – Jack Eichel (BUF) – $7,500
This guy is on a tear right now. Eichel rides a ten-game point streak into tonight’s contest against the Flyers while accumulating 13 points in that stretch. I don’t see any reason why he should see that streak end tonight against a poor Flyers’ road team. Philadelphia enters play tonight having surrendered 3.32 goals per game on the road while killing less than 80% of their penalties away from home as well. The latter stat could be a big one tonight against a Sabres team that quietly ranks third in the league with 25.2% clip on the power play at home and tied for first overall with the Maple Leafs at 22.9%. There is plenty to like about Eichel heading into tonight’s contest, especially considering his floor of 4.26 shots per game at home is rather intriguing as well.
C – Auston Matthews (TOR) – $7,400
From the 2015 second overall pick to the 2016 first overall pick, Matthews becomes my second young shot on goal machine to enter this lineup. Matthews has recorded a whopping 227 shots on goal this season which ranks sixth in the league while his 31 goals is tied for third. Tonight opponent the Detroit Red Wings reside in the basement of the Eastern Conference thanks in part to their 2.97 goals against per game which ranks 26th in the league. That number rises to 3.22 on the road while the Maple Leafs rank sixth with 3.02 goals per game and are tied for first with their 22.9% clip on the power play. Matthews should have every opportunity to produce some serious offense this evening.
W – William Nylander (TOR) – $5,300
Nylander and Matthews have regained that unbelievable chemistry they displayed very early in the season that helped Nylander capture rookie of the month honors in October. Nylander has nine points over his last ten games of which four have come with the man advantage. Interestingly, Matthews and Nylander ranks first and third among rookie skaters in power play points as the two have become as lethal as a combination as you will see with the extra man. Nylander comes with an elite offensive skill set and he has 45 points in 63 games this season to show for it.
W – Sam Reinhart (BUF) – $5,100
Just like Matthews and Nylander, Reinhart and Eichel have found some chemistry as of late that has resulted in production for both players. Reinhart has four points in six games since returning from an illness that kept him out of two games, however it is the 22 shots (3.67 per game) that has me encouraged about Reinhart’s play as of late. He and Eichel are both members of that lethal Sabres power play unit that is tied for top spot in the league and they could feast on a Flyers team that has struggled defensively for the majority of the season, especially away from home.
W – Chris Stewart (MIN) – $3,300
Tonight’s value play up front, Stewart has been bumped up to first line duties next to Eric Staal and Zach Parise. That is certainly a boon to Stewart’s fantasy outlook after he posted a respectable 11 goals despite receiving bottom-six minutes for the majority of the season. Stewart has displayed offensive abilities in the past and could be a fine compliment to the star players he will skate with tonight. This is especially true considering the Wild are with league’s third-highest scoring team on home ice with 3.41 goals per game at the Xcel Energy Center this season.
D – Rasmus Ristolainen (BUF) – $5,700
I have said it before and I will say it again: this kid is the best young blueliner in the game today. He has been a monster on the Sabres blueline this year while tallying 39 points, 162 shots and 142 blocked shots all while logging an average of 27 minutes per game, the third-highest average ice time in the league. He’s also just 22 years of age. Ristolainen is the lone defenseman on that top Sabres’ power play unit and a force on the penalty kill to boot. Plenty to like about this young stud defenseman in tonight’s favorable home matchup against the Flyers.
D – ***Edit – We had Stollery in here, but he is a scratch. Replace w/ Jordan Schmaltz (STL).
G – Calvin Pickard (COL) – $7,000
Yes, I know this isn’t the ideal goaltender to own tonight, but could there be a better matchup for Pickard and the Avs to get a win tonight than the visiting Hurricanes? Carolina is a brutal road team this season, especially on the offensive side of the puck as they average just 2.25 goals per game away from home. The Hurricanes have scored two goals or less in eight of their last ten games and one goal or less in four of those ten games. They have also scored two goals or less in six of their last ten games against Colorado and just four regulation goals over their last three versus the Avs. This could be a sneaky GPP play to say the least tonight against a poor Carolina offense.
UTIL – Leon Draisaitl (EDM) – $5,900
Here is a guy with a very solid matchup tonight at home against the Islanders. You have to love Draisaitl lining up next to Connor McDavid at even strength and with the man advantage against an Islanders team that ranks 25th with 2.95 goals against per game this season. That number climbs to 3.17 per game on the road where New York has won just ten of 30 games this season. Draisaitl is a high-floor type of player with 55 points in 65 games this year on 141 shots on goal. He should get every chance for some production tonight in an extremely favorable matchup.