DraftKings NHL Picks – October 17th

NHL DFS hockey returns with a beautiful 11-game slate this Tuesday evening after an almost-silent one-game schedule last night. There are plenty of options on this draft board but I have narrowed in one a few teams that I believe have the upside to take us to the top tonight. Let’s go!

C – Kyle Turris (OTT) – $5,700 vs. VAN

The Senators (minus a player to be named later) are somewhat of a GPP play with a lot of top offenses in action tonight, but I believe Turris has excellent upside in this matchup. First, he has been all over the scoresheet over the last three games, tallying seven points during that stretch to go along with seven shots and a couple of blocks as well. He sees a heavy dose of power play time, and that power play unit he plays on gets Erik Karlsson back tonight, so let’s roll with Turris as a lower owned option at the center ice position tonight.

C – Ryan Johansen (NSH) – $5,600 vs. COL

Another centerman at a reasonable price with nice upside tonight is Predators’ top line pivot Ryan Johansen. The Preds will rely heavily on their top line tonight as Filip Forsberg, Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson should see the bulk of power play time as well as offensive zone starts. The Preds haven’t been a lethal offense as of yet, but last season on home ice they ranked 4th with 3.20 goals per game and 6th with a 22% power play on home ice. While he is a one off in this lineup, Johansen should get plenty of opportunities for production in this matchup tonight.

W – Devin Shore (DAL) – $4,200 vs. ARI

Like Turris, Shore should also see some lower ownership tonight but his value upside is just huge in this matchup against the visiting Coyotes. Arizona is once again struggling to prevent goals as they have yielded 4.40 goals per game which is dead last in the NHL. They are also yielding 34.6 shots per game (24th) and their penalty kill sits at 76.5%, good for 25th overall. That last point is an important one for Shore as he has a spot on the Stars’ top power play unit with Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and John Klingberg and is coming off a two-assist, three-shot effort on Saturday where he skated over 17 minutes. At this price Shore boasts some of the top value on the entire slate.

W – Jamie Benn (DAL) – $7,300 vs. ARI

Of course we need to roster Benn here against the listless Coyotes’ defense. After a couple of quiet games to begin the season, Benn has found his groove with two goals, two assists, nine shots and a pair of blocked shots over his last three contests. Benn is due some high ownership on tonight’s slate but he can be used in a cash line or an optimal cash/GPP line which I believe this one is tonight.

W – Ryan Dzingel (OTT) – $4,300 vs. VAN

Another player I believe has immense upside tonight is second year winger Ryan Dzingel. Coming off a 14-goal, 32-point rookie season, Dzingel is off to a nice start with two goals over his last three games to go along with eight shots and a block over that stretch. That said, the best thing about Dzingel (other than his price) is his opportunity. Dzingel skates next to Turris on Ottawa’s second (or 1B) line and also skates with him on the team’s top power play group, so he too will see his value increase with the return of Karlsson. He is averaging a whopping 18:20 of ice time per game, 4:36 of which comes on the power play. Big time value here with Dzingel.

D – John Klingberg (DAL) – $6,300 vs. ARI

Klingberg completes a high-upside stack tonight alongside Shore and Benn on the Stars’ top power play unit. Klingberg has come out of the gates hot with five points and 16 shots across five games this season after a disappointing campaign a year ago. This is impressive considering the Stars have averaged only 2.20 goals per game so far this season but they have an excellent chance to get their offense into gear tonight against the aforementioned porous defense of the Coyotes this evening on home ice.

D – Christian Djoos (WAS) – $3,100 vs. TOR

We had to go with some super value somewhere in this lineup so let’s roll with Djoos who should see an increased opportunity tonight against the Maple Leafs. With Matt Niskanen out for the foreseeable future, Djoos should take his spot on the team’s second power play unit. He will also face a Maple Leafs team that has struggled on the back end this season, ranking 29th with 3.80 goals against per game and 20th with a 79.2% clip on the penalty kill. Look for the offensively-minded Djoos to push the pace tonight.

G – Carey Price (MON) – $7,400 vs. SJ

While he sports just an .885 save percentage entering play tonight, Price is up against a poor offensive club in the form of the San Jose Sharks. San Jose has struggled to score this season to the tune of two goals per game (T-27th), but they rank a respectable 15th with 31.8 shots per game. The problem with Price is the Habs struggle to score as well which could hinder his chances at a win, but rostering one of the world’s top goalies against a weak offense at a nice price isn’t a bad move by any means on this slate.

UTIL – Jakub Voracek (PHI) – $6,100 vs. FLA

Voracek had a down season last year but has come out of the gates at a very productive clip in the early going. Voracek hasn’t found the back of the net as of yet, but he does have five assists and 13 shots on goal through just five games this season. Also with Voracek, we have a player that just loves playing on home ice. Last season, Voracek had 37 points at home compared to 24 on the road while he recorded 161 shots at home compared to just 92 on the road. Let’s look for some more home cooking from Voracek and the Flyers tonight. Very glad to get some Flyers’ exposure here with Voracek tonight.

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