Big night from our DraftKings NHL Picks last night! Alexander Steen led the charge with a goal and two helpers while Jaden Schwartz and Brayden Schenn also found twine for the Blues. The Blue Jackets’ Nick Foligno scored a goal and linemates Artemi Panarin and Cam Atkinson both recorded assists and Jake Allen got us a win in the Blues’ crease as well. After a nice night let’s make it two in a row on tonight’s 11-game slate!
C – Sidney Crosby (PIT) – $8,100 vs. WPG
Sidney Crosby and the Penguins will take on the Winnipeg Jets tonight at PPG Paints arena in Pittsburgh and with the total set at 6.5 for this game, expect plenty of scoring. While the Jets are more than capable, I’m going with the home side to do plenty of damage tonight beginning with Crosby. Crosby is having another Crosby-type season with five goals, ten points and 35 shots through ten contests this season. The Penguins’ power play has been absolutely lethal this season at an even 30% clip, and they were easily the league’s highest scoring home team last season. No brainer here.
C – Derek Stepan (ARI) – $5,000 vs. NYR
The Coyotes are a GPP play tonight due to the fact they will go low owned and they don’t score much, but I believe they have a nice opportunity for offense tonight against the Rangers. New York ranks 24th in the league while allowing 3.50 goals per game while their 77.8% penalty kill ranks 23rd. The Rangers will also be starting backup Ondrej Pavelec tonight who makes just his second start after allowing six goals on just 43 shots (.860 sv.%) in two appearances this season. Stepan has produced on the Coyotes’ top line and top power play unit with seven points in nine games to go along with 26 shots as well.
W – Conor Sheary (PIT) – $5,100 vs. WPG
Sheary comes at a nice price tonight considering the favorable matchup the Penguins have against the Jets. Sheary should take his spot on the team’s top line tonight next to Crosby and he should also get second unit power play time as well. The Jets rank 26th with 3.71 goals against per game this year and their 72% power play is 30th in the league. Sheary has four goals on 23 shots this season and skated a season-high 19:09 in Tuesday’s game against the Oilers.
W – Clayton Keller (ARI) – $5,000 vs. NYR
While it’s been a dark start to the Coyotes’ season, Keller has been an extremely bright spot in his first full season in the NHL. The former BU standout has six goals and ten points on 34 shots this season, excellent production considering the Coyotes have scored just 2.33 goals per game this season. Keller gets first line minutes as well as first unit power play time as well, culminating in an average ice time of 19:37 per game this season.
W – Patric Hornqvist (PIT) – $5,300 vs. WPG
Hornqvist doesn’t skate in the top six anymore at even strength, but he is part of that lethal Penguins’ top power play unit and comes at a very reasonable price tag tonight. He is a shot on goal machine with 19 through seven games this season after posting at least 220 shots in all of his seven non-injury-filled NHL campaigns. With the Jets killing penalties at just 72% so far this season, Hornqvist brings plenty of value to the table on that first unit man advantage.
D – Kris Letang (PIT) – $6,200 vs. WPG
Letang is healthy again and is producing in all categories while logging a ton of minutes on the
Penguins’ blueline. Through ten games, Letang has tallied six points, 35 shots and 16 blocks while averaging 26:05 of ice time which is the 7th highest mark in the NHL. Letang also sees 4:10 of power play ice per game as well as he is the lone defenseman on that aforementioned lethal Pens’ power play. Look for Letang and company to have a big night against a weak Jets’ defense and penalty kill.
D – Oliver Ekman-Larsson (ARI) – $4,400 vs. NYR
Ekman-Larsson is an absolute horse on the Coyotes’ blueline. He is averaging 24:20 of ice time per game, 3:46 of which comes on the power play. He has recorded five points in nine games this season while taking 19 shots as well. His lone goal on the season came on the power play and I have high hopes for this group tonight against a soft Rangers’ penalty kill and against one of the weakest goaltenders on the slate.
G – Carey Price (MON) – $7,300 vs. LA
I think Carey Price is an absolute must at his price tonight. At first glance it looks silly to take a goaltender from a team giving up lots of goals against a team in the Kings who have scored 3.44 per game to rank 5th in that category. However, with Jeff Carter out the Kings are going to struggle scoring moving forward. The Kings have scored just four goals over their last two games without Carter as they look to get some secondary scoring behind Anze Kopitar’s line. Price is coming off of his best performance of the year by turning away 26 of 27 Panthers’ shots in a 5-1 victory over Florida on Tuesday night. Look for price to build off that start after several rough outings to begin the season.
UTIL – Mark Letestu (EDM) – $3,400 vs. DAL
Letestu is a swiss army knife for head coach Todd Mclellan. He plays on the top power play unit, kills penalties, takes faceoffs and appears set to skate on the team’s second line with Milan Lucic and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Letestu has fired 19 shots on goal in eight games and is a big part of the Oilers’ top power play grouping after scoring 11 of his 16 goals on the power play last season. The Stars’ penalty kill has been good, but the Oilers have also scored 12 goals over their last two games against Dallas so let’s look for the offensive breakout the Oilers need and deserve tonight.