It wasn’t a great night for our DraftKings picks as Sidney Crosby’s line was held in check while the Islanders managed just one goal, albeit Barzal received an assist on it. It didn’t help that Jonathan Drouin left last night’s game in the second period with an injury either. Let’s aim for some improvement on tonight’s three-game slate!
C – Patrice Bergeron (BOS) – $7,000 vs. NYR
Despite his linemate Brad Marchand being out for tonight’s game in New York we will roll with Bergeron and hope Marchand’s absence brings down his ownership. Besides, he has an excellent young winger in David Pastrnak to work with as Bergeron carries eight points, 30 shots and 11 blocks with him into tonight’s contest. Clearly, he is a shot on goal machine and brings with him a solid floor with his cross-category production. That productions should be there tonight against a Rangers team that ranks 25th with 3.38 goals against per game.
C – Tyler Bozak (TOR) – $4,000 vs. MIN
The Maple Leafs will be without Auston Matthews tonight, which means all centers move up the depth chart and Bozak is in a nice spot tonight. He and Mitch Marner have played their best hockey over the last few games and the duo will line up together tonight on the Leafs’ third line and first power play unit. Toronto is the league’s second highest scoring team with 3.75 goals per game and average exactly four goals per game on home ice where they will be tonight against the Wild.
W – David Pastrnak (BOS) – $7,100 vs. NYR
As mentioned, Bergeron and Pastrnak should form a productive mini-stack tonight on Broadway. Pastrnak has already tallied eight goals in 13 games this season and has also averaged more than three shots per game with 40 shots in those 13 contests. He has added six helpers and three power play goals this season and could notch another power play marker for a Bruins’ group that ranks fourth with a 25.5% clip with the man advantage.
W – Mitchell Marner (TOR) – $4,600 vs. MIN
At these prices I feel very confident in the Bozak/Marner duo to hit value tonight. As mentioned, Marner’s game has picked up a couple notches as of late as he has recorded three assists over his last two games and skated 18:12 in Monday’s win over Vegas, his second highest total of the season. With Matthews out tonight head coach Mike Babcock will rely heavier on his second and third lines and that means Marner could play a big role again tonight.
W – Mikael Granlund (MIN) – $5,100 vs. TOR
After missing some time early in the season, it appears Granlund has found his game. He scored his first goal of the season in Monday’s loss to the Bruins but also has three points over his last three games and has recorded 14 shots over his last four games. The Wild rank in the middle of the pack offensively, but take on a Maple Leafs’ team that ranks 29th with 3.63 goals against per game this season. Granlund should have some room to create some offense tonight.
D – Ryan Suter (MIN) – $4,900 vs. TOR
Suter logs so much ice time and Toronto gives up so many goals you have to think he will be in on the action tonight. He skates 26:25 per game which is the fourth highest mark in the NHL. Suter has tallied eight points, 31 shots and 27 blocks in 13 games this season which gives him plenty of cross-category upside tonight in a road matchup against the Maple Leafs.
D – Torey Krug (BOS) – $5,000 vs. NYR
Completing a three-man Bruins stack is Krug who has seriously heated up as of late. After a slow start to the season, Krug has recorded six points over his last four games and has taken ten shots in that span as well. He is the quarterback of the Bruins’ top power unit and as mentioned, that group is one of the best in the entire NHL. Look for Krug to keep the offense coming tonight in New York.
G – Andrei Vasilevskiy (TB) – $7,500 vs. SJ
With the way the pricing is set I like Vasilevskiy tonight in San Jose. The Sharks have been a poor offensive team this season with just 2.69 goals per game, good for 22nd overall. Tampa Bay is tied for seventh with just 2.83 goals against per game this season and with the way the Lightning have played on offense this season it has enabled Vasilevskiy to lead the league with 11 wins. It won’t be easy, but there is nice bang for your buck here as Vasilevskiy plays behind the league’s top offense.
UTIL – Nino Niederreiter (MIN) – $4,700 vs. TOR
Neiderreiter hasn’t had a great season to date with just two goals and an assist in seven games, but perhaps with Granlund picking it up he can start to get going too. Like Granlund, he scored in the Wild’s most recent game on Monday as he and Granlund skate together on the team’s second line and top power play unit. He also skates with Suter on that group so a big night from the Wild first unit power play could mean a big night for this lineup.