Last night’s DraftKings lineup was decent but like wasn’t enough to be profitable. Fading the Tampa Bay Lightning backfired as they still managed five goals on the team’s second best defense. Tyler Bozak and Mitch Marner posted zeros despite playing good games for Toronto. The bright spots were our Bruins who combined for two goals and three assists which account for almost all of Boston’s point-getters on the night. Andrei Vasilevskiy also got a win while giving up just one goal. Let’s go ahead and improve on tonight’s seven-game slate!
C – Jonathan Toews (CHI) – $6,600 vs. PHI
Interestingly enough seven of the top ten defensive teams in the league are in action tonight, so there are a lot of offenses worth avoiding. While the Flyers are one of those seven teams, ranked 10th with 2.80 goals per game, I like the way Jonathan Toews’ line and the Blackhawks’ offense is set up tonight. Due to their recent struggles on offense, the Blackhawks will reunite Toews with Patrick Kane on the top line for tonight’s game. This could very well kickstart Toews’ offensive game as he has scored just one goal since October 12th, but has taken 31 shots since and scored just once. He is very due and Kane is the perfect player to get him off his schnide.
C – Connor McDavid (EDM) – $8,000 vs. NJ
No other reason needed here other than this is quite possibly the best NHL player in the world tonight. After New Jersey’s red-hot start, they have cooled some and now rank 21st with 3.14 goals against per game and give up the second most shots per game at 35.4. Enter McDavid who has not endured any offensive struggles despite the Oilers’ slow start as he enters play tonight with six goals and 17 points on 49 shots across 14 games this season. He is shooting the puck more and Edmonton has plenty of positive offensive regression awaiting them so look for McDavid to stay hot tonight.
W – Patrick Kane (CHI) – $7,500 vs. PHI
Given the explanation above for Toews you like saw Kane coming here. You know when you think Kane is having a down season with 14 points in 15 games that he is one the top players in the entire NHL. Kane hasn’t scored a goal on his last 15 shots spanning five games but as long as the shots continue he will be on the board imminently. I really believe Kane and Toews playing together tonight will reinvigorate the Blackhawks’ offense against Brian Elliott and his .892 Sv% for the season.
W – Vladimir Sobotka (STL) – $4,100 vs. ARI
Nice value here with Sobotka who completes our Blues’ forward exposure tonight against the Coyotes. The Russian has had a productive return to the NHL this season with three goals and ten points in 16 games, and although he only has registered 26 shots in those 16 contests you have to like his upside as part of this stack. He skates anywhere between 16 and 19 minutes per night and that should be more than enough ice time to get his name on the scoresheet tonight against the Coyotes.
W – Patrick Sharp (CHI) – $4,000 vs. PHI
Another player that could benefit from playing on a line with Kane is Sharp. Joel Quenneville has moved Sharp back with his old buddies on the Blackhawks’ top line for tonight’s contest in Philly and he should also play with one of or both of these guys on the power play. He has only two goals and two assists on the season, but has taken 33 shots in 15 games and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him manage five or more shots on goal in tonight’s favorable matchup.
D – Cody Franson (CHI) – $3,400 vs. PHI
While Franson has been a healthy scratch at times this season, head coach Joel Quenneville appears happy with his play as Franson’s role as increased to top pairing minutes with Duncan Keith as well as notable power play time as well. The Blackhawks’ power play units are scrambled at the moment and it’s hard to know who he will skate alongside with the man advantage, but it’s a safe bet it will be at least one of Toews, Kane or Sharp. Franson skated more than 22 minutes and fired six shots on goal his last time out, both of which were season highs.
D – Vince Dunn (STL) – $3,000 vs. ARI
The youngster Dunn should be a relatively underowned player on tonight’s slate but fits in nicely with Sobotka and the next player in this lineup in a Blues’ three-man stack. Dunn has managed just two points, both goals, in 16 games this season, but he is a speedy and offensively-minded defenseman who scored 13 goals and 45 points as a 20-year-old in the AHL last season. His skills are there and that should be apparent tonight on home ice against the Coyotes.
G – Cam Talbot (EDM) – $7,300 vs. NJ
This play isn’t without its risks, but Talbot’s price is right and he is coming off an excellent 36-save performance in Tuesday’s overtime win on the road against the Islanders. He will face a Devils’ team that has surprised offensively, but have averaged just 2.5 goals per game over their last four contests. After a rough start to begin the season brighter games are ahead for the third year Oiler and he looks to be playing much better and that last start could very well be the start of a nice run for the former Ranger.