Last night’s FanDuel NHL DFS Picks were of the productive variety and even the players that didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet brought at least something to the table.
Our three-man Sabres stack didn’t light the world on fire in a 3-2 Buffalo win, but Sam Reinhart tallied a goal and an assist to go along with five shots on goal, Jack Eichel registered an assist and five shots on goal while Rasmus Dahlin also recorded an assist to go along with a pair of blocked shots.
Our three-man Devils stack also produced and gave us nice value Jack Hughes and Kyle Palmieri both scored a goal for the Devils while combining for five shots on goal while defenseman Damon Severson notched an assist, three shots and three blocks as part of a big night. His assist and Hughes’ goal came on the power play.
Our Penguins mini-stack were held off the scoresheet in a 2-1 OT loss to the Lightning, but Jason Zucker registered five shots on goal in that one while Patric Hornqvist put three shots of his own on goal and added a block as well. We could certainly have done better here, but they at least provided something despite missing the scoresheet.
Finally, we made a good call in goal as Philipp Grubauer stayed white-hot against the visiting Senators. Grubauer turned aside all 34 shots he saw and posted a shutout in the Avs’ 3-0 win, the fourth straight start in which he’s allowed one goal or fewer.
It was a profitable lineup on a big slate, so now let’s see if we can deliver more profits on tonight’s small three-game slate!
FanDuel NHL DFS Picks & Breakdowns
C – Patrice Bergeron (BOS) – $7,600 vs. MON
Tonight’s lineup is going to a cash-oriented group that is built for cash and head-to-head matchups, beginning here with the Boston Bruins as they take on the Montreal Canadiens at the TD Garden.
The Canadiens were dealt a big blow recently when captain Shea Weber went down with a lower-body injury during a Norris Trophy-esque campaign, and the Canadiens blueline all the sudden thins right out in his absence, a scary proposition against a hot Boston Bruins club.
The Bruins dropped a 3-1 decision in Detroit their last time out despite outshooting them 40-19, but won their previous six games and averaged 3.50 goals per game in the process. They’re averaging 3.37 goals per game at home on the season to rank 10th in that category while their home power play sits fifth with a potent 27% clip. That power play went 0 for 4 on Sunday, but posted a whopping 38.1% clip over their previous six games.
Bergeron kicks off a three-man Bruins stack as he enters this one with 23 goals and 47 points in 48 games on the season but remains a shot-on-goal machine with 169 shots in that time. He’s bagged 10 of his 23 goals on the power play and his home splits are favorable for this one with 26 points in 24 home games on the campaign. With a goal and five points in five February contests and facing a depleted Canadiens back end, I’ll look for Bergeron’s line to lead the Bruins to victory tonight.
C – Bo Horvat (VAN) – $6,100 vs. CHI
The Bruins stack I am using tonight certainly costs a pretty penny, so I will be rolling out a more cost-effective Canucks stack as they take on the visiting Blackhawks tonight.
The Blackhawks will be playing their second game in as many nights after allowing five goals in a 5-3 loss in Edmonton on Tuesday night, pushing them down to a tie for 17th with 3.21 goals against per game on the road this season. Furthermore, after a quality stretch of penalty killing, the Blackhawks have stumbled in that department of late, going just 6 for 9 (66.67%) on the penalty kill over their last two games after allowing two power play goals on just three opportunities last night.
The Canucks present a real tough back-to-back for the Blackhawks defense as they are potent home offense with a potent home power play. Vancouver ranks fourth with 3.67 goals per game on home ice this season and sixth with a 26.4% mark on the man advantage at Rogers Arena. They’re coming off a six-goal blasting of the Predators their last time out – snapping a cold offensive stretch – and went 2 for 4 on the power play in that one, the second time over their last three games that they’ve done so.
For his part, Horvat enters this one with 17 goals and 45 points in 57 games on the season with another seven goals and 11 points on the power play. He’s put 147 shots on goal to boot. He’s notched just one assist in his last six games, so while he’s cold I believe he’s in a position to break of this slump here in this one tonight.
W – David Pastrnak (BOS) – $8,700 vs. MON
Of course, if we’re rostering a cash stack revolving around the Bruins it’s probably a good idea to get Pastrnak into this lineup as he’s in the thick of a heated race for the Rocket Richard Trophy as the top goal-scorer in the NHL.
He sits behind both Alex Ovechkin and Auston Matthews in that race, but still has 38 tallies on the season and his 78 points remain in the Art Ross race, although he’s now 11 points behind the white-hot Leon Draisaitl who has 89 after a three-point effort last night. Nonetheless, the man known as ‘Pasta’ has been a cash game staple this season as he’s also put 222 pucks on goal this season which ranks him fifth in the NHL in that department. A guy that ranks in the top five in goals, points and shots on goal should probably be involved in any and all cash lineups tonight.
Pastrnak has been an absolute monster on the power play as well where he’s tallied 17 goals and 34 points on the season, leading the NHL in power play goals and sitting behind only Draisaitl and Connor McDavid in power play points. His home splits are also quite favorable with 22 goals and 42 points in 30 home games on the season while 12 of his 17 power play tallies have indeed come at the TD Garden in Boston. In other words, sign me up all day for the 23-year-old superstar against a vulnerable Habs back end tonight.
W – Brad Marchand (BOS) – $7,500 vs. MON
Completing our three-man Bruins stack is Marchand who, of course, skates with Bergeron and Pastrnak on the team’s top line and top power play unit.
He’s not getting the same attention this season thanks to the elite season his linemate is enjoying, but Marchand has racked up 69 points in 57 games on the season while he’s tallied 23 goals on 153 shots on goal. He hasn’t been as lethal on the power play as Pastrnak, but there’s some serious skill on that unit and it’s hard for one guy to get a huge share of the power play points. Nonetheless, his five goals and 24 points on the power play are nothing to scoff at.
Marchand is enduring a rare cold stretch – if you can call three games a stretch – as he’s pointless in his last three despite putting 11 shots on goal in that time. The 31-year-old actually hasn’t been as productive at home than he has been on the road, but still has 12 goals and 33 points in 30 games on home ice this season with 76 shots on goal in that time. It’s a no-brainer to roll out this first line and top power play unit trio if we’re looking for high floors in cash games tonight.
W – Zack MacEwen (VAN) – $3,000 vs. CHI
Next man up in our three-man Canucks stack is MacEwen who has a real nice spot in the lineup tonight as the Canucks take on the Blackhawks.
The 23-year-old MacEwen is skating in just his 11th NHL game of the season tonight and the 15h of his career, and he has just two goals in three points in 10 games this season after notching five goals and 11 points in 20 games at the AHL level prior to his promotion. For good measure, MacEwen was a big AHL contributor last season when he recorded 22 goals and 52 points in 69 AHL contests.
That’s all well and good, but the opportunity needs to be there and for MacEwen it is as he is projected to skate to the right of Horvat on the Canucks’ top line – a line that also includes a player in J.T. Miller who is enjoying the best season of his NHL career. He’s actually been quite productive of late, scoring a goal his last time out against the Predators and he’s now tallied both his goals for his season over his last four games. He saw a solid 13:08 in ice time in that blowout of the Preds thanks to his spot next to Horvat, and I was expect as much, if not more ice time in this one tonight. At the minimum price, MacEwen makes perfect sense as a cost-cutting player in a cash lineup tonight.
W – Andrew Mangiapane (CGY) – $3,700 vs. LA
The Flames road offense has not been very good on the whole this season, however they’ve scored six goals in back-to-back road games entering tonight’s matchup with the Kings, so it’s a group riding a ton of confidence into this one.
The Kings have actually been solid on the back end at home this season, sitting tied for 12th with 2.79 goals against per game on home ice, although their home penalty kill has struggled big-time with a 75% mark that ranks them 29th in the league.
Nonetheless, on a short slate, I figure the Flames are an appropriate place to go for a mini-stack tonight considering the offensive momentum they’ll bring into this one.
For his part, Mangiapane enters this one with 10 goals and 19 points in 55 games this season to go along with 79 shots in that time. He’s actually been a little more productive on the road where he’s tallied seven of those goals and 11 of those points in 29 games while he actually tallied his first power play point of the season in the Flames’ 6-2 blowout of the Sharks in San Jose on Monday, a point that snapped a mini three-game pointless drought. He’s getting reps on the second power play unit where he will form that mini-stack tonight but also skating on the second line with Matthew Tkachuk and Mikael Backlund, so the opportunity to increase his totals appears there for the 23-year-old tonight.
D – Quinn Hughes (VAN) – $5,200 vs. CHI
Completing our three-man Canucks stack tonight is Hughes who is making a compelling case for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year as he’s been more than expected in his first season with the Canucks after getting a late-season sniff last year.
The Canucks brought up Hughes for a five-game stint at the end of the playoff-less season last year, and he did well to recorded three assists and two power play assists in that time. However, he’s become the team’s most important blueliner in a hurry on a team that leads the Pacific Division entering this one tonight. Hughes has tallied eight goals and 44 points in 56 games on the season and has been a monster on the power play in registering three goals and 21 points on the man advantage, all in a solid 21:38 worth of ice time per game.
Hughes has been absolutely lights out since returning from the All-Star break, tallying three goals and 10 points over his last seven games while he’s coming off a three-assist effort in the aforementioned win over the Predators. At the ripe old age of 20, Hughes has been one of the better offensive defensemen in the NHL this season and it appears the Canucks made the correct choice on taking the Orlando native with the 7th overall pick in the 2018 draft.
D – Rasmus Andersson (CGY) – $4,000 vs. LA
Completing our Flames mini-stack tonight is Andersson who will skate with Mangiapane on the Flames’ second power play unit on top of their 5v5 time spent together.
The Flames are currently without reigning Norris Trophy winner Mark Giordano on the blueline, meaning all the Flames regular defensemen will need to step up in his absence. Andersson has been a big player for the team this season as he’s taken a big step forward in his game and was recently rewarded with a long-term contract as a result. The 23-year-old Swede has notched four goals and 16 points in 57 games, but he also brings some quality peripherals to the table in the form of 105 shots on goal and another 62 blocked shots to boot. He’s averaging less than 20 minutes per game on the season, but he’s also skated at least 20:20 in each of his last four games and at least 22:01 in three of those four as he sees an uptick in usage with Giordano sidelined at the moment.
Andersson has registered a goal and an assist with eight shots on goal over his last three games and he too registered a power play assist his last time out, so perhaps we can expect more power play production from the young defenseman but also an opportunity for increased 5v5 production given the uptick in ice time of late.
G – Tuukka Rask (BOS) – $8,700 vs. MON
He’s the highest-priced netminder on the slate so there’s certainly no trickery here as Rask lines up against the Canadiens tonight.
The Canadiens are actually a real good road offense with a real good road power play as they sit fifth with 3.38 goals per game on the road this season and first with a 27% mark on the power play on the road, but both of those departments take a hit with Weber out, especially the power play. That Canadiens power play is also ice cold in going just 1 for 17 (5.9%) over their last five games and just 2 for 24 (8.3%) over their last nine contests.
There’s also the fact that the Bruins rank fourth with 2.30 goals against per game at home this season where their penalty kill sits in a share for seventh with an 85.9% mark.
There’s also the man himself as Rask is scorching-hot entering this one. The veteran netminder owns a sensational 2.14 GAA and .929 Sv% on the season in 32 starts, but also a 2.07 GAA and .930 Sv% at home where he’s undefeated in regulation across 18 starts. After posting an eye-popping 1.72 GAA and .951 Sv% in the month of January, Rask has upped those numbers to a 1.35 GAA and .947 Sv% in three February starts to this point.
Add in the Bruins with their -220 odds to win this one on the moneyline and Rask has a ton of upside to post a big game against the visiting Canadiens tonight.