What a night we had with our NHL DraftKings Picks! Mika Zibanejad had a big third period that included a goal and two assists, Mats Zuccarello contributed with a goal and an assist, while the Dylan Larkin/Anthony Mantha combo provide to be the right call as well. Despite allowing four goal Henrik Lundqvist got the win as expected as it was one of the best nights we have had all season on our DraftKings picks. Let’s make it two straight profitable nights on tonight’s five-game slate!
C – Connor McDavid (EDM) – $8,000 vs. PIT
There’s no fading McDavid on DraftKings tonight as he and his Oilers take on the visiting Penguins. McDavid’s team has scored just 2.20 goals per game this season, but there is optimism to be had. They rank second with 37.7 shots on goal per game this season, which means that their team shooting percentage is last by a longshot at 5.8%. McDavid has been firing plenty of pucks on net himself with 40 shots in ten games this season and has still managed five goals and 11 points despite his team’s overall offensive struggles. Let’s also not forget the Penguins have been very poor defensively this season, yielding 3.85 goals against per game, third worst in the NHL.
C – Nick Schmaltz (CHI) – $4,700 vs. PHI
After a five game stretch where Schmaltz recorded zero points and just two shots on goal, he has now recorded a goal and an assist on six shots over his last two contests. His biggest asset is Patrick Kane who he skates with at even strength and on the power play, a set up that should keep the production fairly consistent for Schmaltz over the course of the season. He averages a very solid 2:55 worth of power play time per game and also gets some time on the Blackhawks’ penalty kill as well.
W – Leon Draisaitl (EDM) – $7,200 vs. PIT
While Draisaitl skates on the wing alongside McDavid at even strength, it appears he has moved onto the team’s second power play unit in an effort to balance out the two groups. I’m okay with getting exposure to McDavid at even strength and cover both power play units as Draisaitl skates an average of 20:34 per game on the season, 3:50 of which has come with the man advantage. Somehow the Oilers rank 23rd with just 2.67 goals per game at home this season, but that will change soon as they lead the NHL with 41 shots per game on home ice.
W – Patrick Kane (CHI) – $7,500 vs. PHI
If you are expecting big things from the Blackhawks tonight Kane is just a real tough fade. He provides a real solid floor with his point-per-game and 3.25 shot per game average on the season, and Kane has upped that average to five shots per game over his last three contests. Chicago ranks 9th with 3.50 goals per game on home ice this season, and although they scored ten goals in a home game against the Penguins early in the season, that goes to show that is an explosive offense, especially at the United Center in Chicago.
W – Alex DeBrincat (CHI) – $3,900 vs. PHI
Here we have a cheap, lower owned player for tonight’s slate. DeBrincat is set to skate alongside Jonathan Toews on the first line and the first power play grouping. As mentioned previously in these articles, although DeBrincat has just one goal and four helpers in 12 games this season, he racked up three consecutive 100-point seasons his last three years of junior hockey and scored 65 goals and 127 points in 63 OHL games last season. He is also seeing a solid 2:46 of power play time per game on the season.
D – Duncan Keith (CHI) – $5,000 vs. PHI
While I don’t think shooting percentages are overly important for defensemen who take the majority of their shots from long range, Duncan Keith sports a 0.0% shooting clip thanks to zero goals over a whopping 34 shots on goal in 12 games. It’s not often you see a rear guard average almost three shots per game, and the fact that Keith has blocked 22 shots, averages 25:23 of ice per game and averages 4:36 of power play ice time per game makes him quite an attractive play tonight.
D – Derrick Pouliot (VAN) – $3,000 vs. NJ
Our lowest owned play of the night will be Pouliot who takes on the visiting Devils tonight in Vancouver. Pouliot is an offensive-minded defenseman who will skate on the Canucks’ second power play unit tonight. He doesn’t shoot the puck a ton but he does have as many as four shots in a game this season and has recorded three assists in eight games on the season. As far as defenseman in this price range go, I like Pouliot the most.
G – Jacob Markstrom (VAN) – $7,400 vs. NJ
There is certainly risk in this play as Markstrom takes on a Devils’ team that ranks 3rd in the NHL with 3.80 goals per game, but there is plenty of reason to believe the Devils have been lucky offensively. Their 12.6% shooting percentage ranks 2nd in the league, but their 30.1 shots per game ranks 24th. Their PDO (shooting % + save %) is 102.7 (5th), also due for regression. Also, while their home power play clicks at a whopping 40.9%, their power play on the road has fallen off a cliff to 11.1%, good for 25th overall. Markstrom is enjoying a solid season and sports a tidy 2.41 goals against average for a Canucks team that ranks 8th with an 87.5% penalty kill at home. I really like Markstrom tonight.
UTIL – Riley Sheahan (PIT) – $3,300 vs. EDM
Here we have a player who is a GPP play but one that I believe has real nice upside in tonight’s tilt against the Oilers. After coming over in a trade with the Red Wings, Sheahan has found himself centering the Penguins third line, but it appears that Phil Kessel and Jake Guentzel will flank Sheahan on that line. Those are two high quality offensive players that Sheahan is expected to skate with tonight, so I’m looking for the newest Penguin to score his first goal with his new team tonight in Oil Country.