Last night’s DraftKings NHL Picks were a success and hopefully you were able to get into the cash using these picks. The Bruins did some damage against the Canucks as Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand combined for a whopping seven points while the Islanders did some damage as well with Ryan Pulock delivering on his value early in that contest. Let’s build on last night’s success on tonight’s six-game slate!
C – Jack Eichel (BUF) – $6,900 vs. VAN
Eichel and his Sabres will welcome the Canucks to town tonight, a team that yielded six goals last night and will likely be a vulnerable team again this evening. Eichel has enjoyed a quality start to the season while recording nine points through his first seven games to go along with 19 shots on goal. This kid is a shot on goal machine as he fired 249 shots on goal in only 61 games last season, good for just over four shots per game which would be 334 over the course of a full 82-game season. While they are off to a so-so start at 18.5% this season, Buffalo had the NHL’s top power play last season and should be able to get some tallies tonight against the Canucks and their weak 77.8% penalty kill.
C – Bryan Little (WPG) – $4,700 vs. MIN
Little is a stark contrast to Eichel where he doesn’t shoot the puck much with just nine shots through six games, but this guy plays with a couple of the top offensive players in the league right now in Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers. Little is usually good for 17-19 minutes per game and is one of the most underrated producers in the league. Last season, Little put up 21 goals and 47 points in just 59 games after 17 goals and 42 points in 57 games the prior season. This guy can put up points with some of the best pivots in the league and I will take him at a lovely price considering his upside tonight against the Wild.
W – Patrik Laine (WPG) – $6,700 vs. MIN
Laine hasn’t quite got it going with just two goals through six games, but this guy has 40-goal upside and the goals will begin to come in bunches for a player with one of the top few shots in the league. Laine can expose you in many ways, one of which is on the power play. While the Jets power play has clicked at only 10% this season, they are a very dangerous group and like the Sabres, the Jets are up against a penalty kill that sits at 77.8% entering play tonight. The Wild have also been uncharacteristically porous defensively with 3.75 goals against per game (25th).
W – Kyle Connor (WPG) – $3,800 vs. MIN
Connor will again skate on the Jets’ top line next to Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler while he will also get second unit power play time next to Little and Ehlers as well. He scored a goal while skating over 17 minutes in his first game since being recalled from the AHL and given his spot in the lineup I don’t see the offensive production coming to a halt any time soon. We have some of the best value on the slate here given Connor’s upside in this matchup.
W – Evander Kane (BUF) – $6,800 vs. VAN
Kane has come out of the gates hot as he has been a headline for all the wrong reasons over the last few seasons, but this year it is his production that garners the attention. Kane has five goals and ten points to go along with an incredible 39 shots through just seven contests on the season. He lines up with Eichel on the team’s top line while he skates on Buffalo’s second power play unit as well. It’s somewhat of a mystery why he wouldn’t be on the team’s top grouping, but I will take his solid floor and high ceiling tonight against a vulnerable Canucks squad.
D – Rasmus Ristolainen (BUF) – $5,100 vs. VAN
Ristolainen is one of my favorite defensemen to use in all of DFS. The future Norris Trophy winner plays in all situations for the Sabres while averaging an NHL-leading 26:58 of ice time on the season. He is a cross-category producer with three points, 15 shots and ten blocks through seven games, but last season he tallied 45 points and 186 shots on goal. He also had really nice home splits last season where he recorded 27 points in 39 home games compared to 18 points in 40 games on the road. Lock this guy in tonight in a favorable matchup.
D – Damon Severson (NJ) – $3,100 vs. SJ
While Will Butcher has taken Severson’s spot on the Devils’ top power play unit, he still skates on the team’s second unit and has a good offensive skill set. He has taken eight shots on goal over his last three games while skating at least 20 minutes in all three contests. The Devils are one of the NHL’s biggest surprises this season, especially on the offensive end of the ice where they have scored 4.29 goals per game which is the second best mark in the league next to the Maple Leafs. It’s nice to get some exposure to that offense here with Severson.
G – Braden Holtby (WAS) – $8,000 vs. DET
Despite the Capitals playing in back-to-back games beginning tonight in Detroit, Holtby will start tonight’s contest against the Red Wings. Detroit is a middle of the pack offensive team so far this season with 3.14 goals per game, but their power play has continued their struggles from last season at just 14.8% which ranks 24th in the league. Holtby has gotten back to his elite goaltending ways by allowing just three goals over his last two starts and will make it tough on a weak Red Wings offense tonight in Detroit.
UTIL – Jason Pominville (BUF) – $4,900 vs. VAN
The four-man Sabres stack is complete here with Pominville. He is producing at a career-best clip right now thanks to his spot on the team’s top line with Eichel and Kane while he is the trigger man on the Sabres’ top power play unit as well. Pominville has four goals and nine points in just seven games this season, and while I’d like to see him increase his shot totals, it’s a very comfy spot on that top line and top power play unit so let’s look for a big night from the Sabres’ top guns.