Last night’s DraftKings NHL picks were a success! The Sharks put four goals up on the board against the Rangers, and Logan Couture and Tim Heed were two of the four goal scorers. Joe Paveslki also chipped in an assist as did Nazem Kadri when he set up Patrick Marleau for a tally as well who was also in the lineup. Frederik Andersen had a nice game while allowing just two goals and grabbed the win as well. Let’s build off a solid night last night and keep improving on tonight’s 11-game slate!
C – Mikko Koivu (MIN) – $5,000 vs. VAN
I have spread out the salary fairly evenly across tonight’s lineup beginning here with the veteran Wild pivot. Koivu centers the team’s top line and top power play unit, both of which will get a boost offensively with the return of Mikael Granlund. Koivu is off to a nice start with three goals and five points in six games while skating upwards of 20 minutes a night. He is part of that Wild power play that ranks first in the NHL at a 33.3% clip on the young season.
C – Nick Schmaltz (CHI) – $5,000 vs. VGK
Schmaltz doesn’t have the elite individual stats to blow you away, but the simple fact he skates with Patrick Kane at even strength and on the power play makes him an enticing play tonight in Vegas. Schmaltz has just three points on the season, all coming in the season opener, but he also has played only four games due to injury. With the Golden Knights’ crease decimated with injury they will be relying on third string goaltender Oscar Dansk for this tough matchup against the high-powered Blackhawks.
W – Patrick Kane (CHI) – $7,400 vs. VGK
Kane is an easy play tonight in a favorable matchup against the Golden Knights. Kane is having a standard Pat Kane-like season so far with 11 points across nine games including 24 shots on goal and 11 over his last three games. Kane has seen over 23 minutes of ice time on multiple occasions this season and will have plenty of opportunities tonight against a weak goaltender and a team that ranks 23rd by yielding 34.1 shots against per game.
W – Jason Zucker (MIN) – $5,000 vs. VAN
With a lot of high-powered offenses going on tonight’s slate the Wild could go down as a lower owned play with plenty of upside tonight. Zucker gives us fantastic bang for our buck as he is a productive player who receives a ton of ice time. Zucker has recorded two goals and four assists in six games this season while skating an average of 19:34 per game and 2:13 of power play ice time per game as well. The Wild power play is clicking at that aforementioned league-leading 33.3% clip this season so we have a great value opportunity with Zucker at home against the Canucks tonight.
W – Mikael Granlund (MIN) – $5,800 vs. VAN
Like his teammate Zucker, I think we are getting an excellent price on a player that has plenty of upside tonight. Granlund has played just one game this season, but recorded four shots in that contest, continuing a trend from his breakout season a year ago. Granlund tallied 26 goals and 69 points last season on 177 shots on goal. He recorded 20 of his points on the power play, so if Vancouver gets into penalty trouble tonight this Wild stack could be in for a big night on the team’s top unit.
D – Duncan Keith (CHI) – $5,200 vs. VGK
We have a real solid three-man Blackhawks’ stack in this lineup with the addition of Keith. Keith is obviously an absolute workhorse on the Hawks’ blueline as he is averaging 25:11 of ice time per game, 13th most in the league, and skates an average of 4:38 per game on the power play. He skates on the same power play unit as the aforementioned Kane and Schmaltz and offers excellent cross-category upside with seven assists, 25 shots and 14 blocks in nine games this season.
D – Victor Mete (MON) – $3,400 vs. FLA
It’s a calculated risk taking a defenseman on the lowest scoring team in the league to be certain. However, the Canadiens aren’t going to average 1.50 goals per game all season long and Mete could be a real nice GPP play tonight. His offensive instincts are the reason he is in the NHL this season and the reason he gets power play time, albeit now on the second unit. Mete has averaged a solid 19:57 of ice time this season, 3:09 of which has come with the man advantage. The Panthers rank 25th with 3.57 goals against this season, so perhaps the Canadiens can break out of their scoring slump in this matchup.
G – Corey Crawford (CHI) – $7,900 vs. VGK
Crawford is likely to see some high ownership tonight due to his price and his opponent in the Vegas Golden Knights. Vegas has averaged 3.29 goals per game to rank 12th in the league, but they are certainly expected to lose this game and that’s the reason Crawford will see some elevated ownership. Also contributing to ownership will be his .945 save percentage and the fact the Blackhawks rank 5th with 2.44 goals against per game on the season. Nonetheless, we will roll with the steady Blackhawks netminder in a game that should bring him his 6th win of the season.
UTIL – Anders Lee (NYI) – $5,000 vs. ARI
A player that has been doing plenty of scoring this season for the Islanders is winger Anders Lee. Lee enters play tonight with five goals in eight games this season on 21 shots. Lee enjoyed a three-point night on Saturday against the Sharks and now has four points over his last two contests. He and the Islanders welcome the woeful Arizona Coyotes to town tonight, a team that ranks 30th with 4.25 goals against per game while ranking 28th with a 72.7% mark on the penalty kill.