It was a solid but unspectacular night with our DraftKings NHL picks last night. Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel teamed up on a goal while Devan Dubnyk tallied his third straight shutout for the Wild. Bryan Little also bagged his second of the season while Oilers’ rear guard Mett Benning scored a goal at very low ownership. Decent night, but let’s improve on tonight’s three-game slate!
C – Artem Anisimov (CHI) – $4,800 vs. NYR
Anisimov is back onto a line with Patrick Kane and that should mean good things for the veteran center. He has six goals, three power play goals, and 39 shots in 18 games. The good news is he has one goal on ten shots over the last two games, so perhaps the connection with Kane is working once again. The two will skate together on the Blackhawks’ second line tonight as well as their first unit power play as well.
C – Dylan Larkin (DET) – $5,400 vs. CGY
The Red Wings could be a nice place to look for offense tonight as they take on the Calgary Flames. I do like Calgary’s top four defensemen, but they will start backup Eddie Lack tonight who sports an .857 Sv% in limited action this season. Larkin is having a nice campaign after a disappointing sophomore season with 15 points and 47 shots in 18 games. Just two of those 15 points are goals, but his 4.3% shooting percentage is due for a large increase moving forward.
W – Rickard Rakell (ANH) – $6,200 vs. BOS
The Bruins are struggling at the moment so let’s go ahead and grab some Ducks exposure as well. Rakell and Corey Perry are clearly the top offensive weapons on a Ducks’ team that has been ravaged by injuries as Rakell has six goals, 14 points and 47 shots in 17 games on the season. He now skates on the team’s top line as well as their top power play unit and will be deployed heavily tonight for a Ducks team that needs this hockey game.
W – Corey Perry (ANH) – $5,500 vs. BOS
Perry has just three goals on the season which isn’t exactly the rebound season he was hoping for after last year’s disappointing campaign, but he is in a nice spot for production tonight against the Bruins. The shorthanded Bruins are without their best penalty killer in Brad Marchand which should open up opportunities for Perry and co. on the Ducks’ top power play unit. The veteran does also have ten assists on the season so let’s look for him to continue to get on the scoresheet tonight on home ice.
W – Patrick Kane (CHI) – $7,700 vs. NYR
After going six games with just two assists, Kane has tallied three points over his last two games including his first goal in his last eight games his last time out against the Devils. Kane continues to shoot the puck plenty with 17 shots over his last four games so it would not be surprising in the least to see him take off on a scoring binge moving forward. The Rangers have tightened things up defensively, but I choose not to bet against Kane during what could very well be the beginning of a hot streak.
D – Cody Franson (CHI) – $3,200 vs. NYR
Plenty of value to be had here with Franson tonight against the Rangers. He skates on the Blackhawks’ top power play grouping with Kane as he continues to receive solid minutes alongside Duncan Keith on the Blackhawks’ top defensive pairing. Sounds like a very optimal situation to me at this price on home ice tonight.
D – Mike Green (DET) – $4,100 vs. CGY
I believe we are getting Green at a very reasonable price tonight against the Flames. While he has cooled some after his four-point opening night, Green still has 14 points in 18 games this season and forms an excellent three-man stack with Larkin and our utility player in this lineup. The three of them skate together on the Red Wings’ top power play unit and could enjoy a nice night against the weakest goaltender on the slate.
G – John Gibson (ANH) – $8,200 vs. BOS
With Brad Marchand out of the lineup and David Krejci remaining out of the Bruins’ lineup I like Gibson’s chances tonight against Boston. The Bruins have scored just five goals over their last three games so perhaps he is catching them at the right time as well. He enters play tonight with a decent .917 Sv% on the season and the Ducks have the league’s fourth best penalty kill at 85.1%, so let’s go ahead and roster Gibson with plenty of upside tonight.
UTIL – Andreas Athanasiou (DET) – $4,800 vs. CGY
Of course Athanasiou is the aforementioned utility player mentioned in the Green section. He skates with Dylan Larkin at both even strength and with the man advantage as he has tallied two goals and three points in eight games. Despite just two goals, his 25 shots on goal in those eight games is an encouraging sign and he has eight shots over his last two games. Look for this somewhat lower owned trio to do some damage tonight against Eddie Lack.