It’s Monday night and the means a fresh week of NHL DFS starts here! We have a solid six-game slate on our hands this evening so let’s not waste any time and get right into tonight’s picks!
C – Nazem Kadri (TOR) – $5,600 vs. VGK
If there is any team that needs a big effort on tonight’s slate it’s the Maple Leafs. Toronto is coming off of back-to-back losses and given that their hot streak to begin the season is now a distant memory, this will be a hungry team tonight. Also, with Auston Matthews questionable for tonight’s game, Kadri could get big-time minutes for the Leafs. He is off to a real nice start this season with six goals and 11 points on 39 shots in 15 games and plays on the Maple Leafs’ top power play unit as well. He is developed into an excellent 200-foot center and is coming off a career high 32 goals and 61 points last season.
C – Tyler Seguin (DAL) – $7,500 vs. WPG
The Jets are finally getting some real good goaltending from Connor Hellebuyck, but he was lit up for five goals in a loss to the Canadiens on Saturday and faces a very stiff test tonight against Seguin and the Stars. Dallas scores 3.33 goals per game on the season and they also have the league’s best power play at a whopping 32.5%. Seguin is having another Seguin-like season so far with eight goals, five power play goals, seven helpers and 60 shots through 14 games this season. He should be right in the thick of the Stars’ scoring again tonight.
W – James van Riemsdyk (TOR) – $5,500 vs. VGK
I am expecting a big offensive night for JVR. With five goals, ten points and 40 shots on goal in 14 games this season he is always an offensive threat, but after not having scored in his last six games he’s certainly due. The Maple Leafs’ defensive struggles are well documented, but let’s not forget they rank second with 3.80 goals per game, a number that increases to 4.14 on home ice to rank fifth. They also have the league’s sixth best power play at 24% on the season, so these Leafs could be a very dangerous team tonight at home.
W – Mitch Marner (TOR) – $4,600 vs. VGK
It’s been a trying season for Marner after an excellent rookie campaign, but I will take him at his very low price tonight in a nice offensive matchup. Marner is still one of the most dangerous Maple Leafs with the puck on his stick, especially on the power play. He hasn’t scored since opening night, a 14-game stretch, but will be a lower owned player with plenty of upside tonight on a lethal Maple Leafs’ power play.
W – Alexander Radulov (DAL) – $6,100 vs. WPG
He came out of the gates a little slow to begin the season, but the first year Star has caught fire with four goals and four assists across his last five games. The pre-season hype surrounding his connection on the top line with Seguin and Jamie Benn appears to be coming around nicely now as he has also been shooting the puck more this season with 36 shots in 14 games. Look for the top line of Dallas to do some damage tonight.
D – Morgan Rielly (TOR) – $4,800 vs. VGK
Completing our Maple Leafs’ four-man stack is Rielly who is taking a nice jump forward in his offensive game this season. He has already tallied 11 points in 15 games this season while taking 38 shots and blocking 12 as well. Rielly will skate on the Maple Leafs’ top power play unit with Kadri and van Riemsdyk as well tonight so a big night from that unit could mean a big night for this lineup.
D – Nate Schmidt (VGK) – $4,100 vs. TOR
Schmidt is the type of player that could give a suspect Maple Leafs’ back end trouble tonight. He is an excellent skater and handles the puck well and his speed could simply overwhelm the Leafs defense. He skates on the team’s top power play unit and has recorded one goal, seven assists, 21 shots and 22 blocked shots across 13 games this season. I will take those excellent counting stats against a Leafs’ squad that has yielded 3.67 goals per game (27th).
G – Jacob Markstrom (VAN) – $7,800 vs. DET
Markstrom has quietly been one of the NHL’s most consistent goaltenders this season. He enters play tonight sporting a nice .921 save percentage, but he also hasn’t given up more than two goals over his last six appearances. The Canucks aren’t giving him much goal support as he has just four wins in 10 appearances this season, but as a team they are giving up only 2.31 goals per game, the second best mark in the NHL. They are also killing 83.3% of their penalties, good for seventh overall. Look for another steady performance from Markstrom tonight against a Red Wings’ team that is scoring just 2.67 goals per game, good for 23rd overall.
UTIL – Devin Shore (DAL) – $3,700 vs. WPG
If the Stars’ lethal power play can keep it going tonight then this lineup is in business. Shore is fortunate to skate on the top unit with the Stars’ big guns, but unfortunately he hasn’t logged a power play goal as of yet. That could very well change tonight against a Jets’ penalty kill that ranks 26th at 76.6% this season. Otherwise, Shore skates on the team’s second line and has tallied seven assists in 14 games this season.