It was a pretty frustrating night for our FanDuel NHL picks as we stacked four Flames and Calgary scored seven goals. The frustrating part is the lineup only got one of these seven goals and the four Flames combined for just four points. Again, right idea, wrong players. Ben Bishop was also torched by the Carolina Hurricanes which helped sink our lineup. Let’s go ahead and rebound on tonight’s eight-game slate!
C – Connor McDavid (EDM) – $9,000 vs. VGK
Today’s lineup can be used in both cash and GPPs and begins here with McDavid. Of course McDavid has easily been the Oilers’ most reliable offensive threat despite their early season struggles as he has tallied seven goals and 19 points in 17 games played. McDavid is also shooting the puck more often this season with 54 shots as he and Leon Draisaitl form one of the top duos in the NHL. Edmonton ranks last in offense this season, but major positive regression lies ahead as they lead the NHL with 40.1 shots per game at home.
C – Bryan Little (WPG) – $4,500 vs. ARI
Big time value here with Little as he and the Jets prepare to take on the visiting Arizona Coyotes. Little has been amazingly quiet this season with just a single goal and five points in 16 games with just 16 shots on goal during that span. However, this is a guy that has scored 0.77 points per game over the last two seasons and has been a reliable scorer his entire NHL career. Little is going to have a big game and take off soon, and we would be wise to scoop him up at a very cheap price, especially given his linemates in Nikolaj Ehlers and Patrik Laine.
W – Leon Draisaitl (EDM) – $7,600 vs. VGK
I mentioned earlier that McDavid and Draisaitl have some serious chemistry and therefore it makes little sense not to include him in this lineup. Draisaitl has five goals, 12 points and 37 shots on goal in 13 games this season and skates with McDavid in all situations for head coach Todd Mclellan. This will in all likelihood by a highly owned duo tonight but let’s go ahead and be there for when this offense takes off.
W – Patrick Maroon (EDM) – $5,500 vs. VGK
For a player that also skates with McDavid all night I think we are getting Maroon at a real nice price. He has a decent ten points in 17 games on the season and has taken 44 shots on goal to boot. He used to skate on the Oilers’ second power play unit but now resides on the top group alongside McDavid and Draisaitl. He hasn’t scored in seven games but he has fired 14 shots on goal over his last two games so let’s look for the big man to get on the board tonight.
W – Nikolaj Ehlers (WPG) – $5,700 vs. ARI
Ehlers’ price has dropped steadily since his big month of October, but I don’t have much of a problem picking him up playing alongside Little at a discounted price. He has eight goals in 16 games on the season with 44 shots as well and has at least two shots on goal in each of his last six contests. He skates with Little at even strength and on the team’s second power play unit, so perhaps we have somewhat of a contrarian stack here against the NHL’s worst team and defense.
W – Carl Hagelin (PIT) – $3,100 vs. BUF
A speedy winger playing with Malkin and Kessel against one of the NHL’s worst defenses at a near-minimum price? Sign me up. The reason Hagelin is so cheap is the fact he has just one goal and two points on the season, however he is still getting shots on goal with 37 of them in 18 games while he continues to skate over 15 minutes per night. The boost to the Malkin line is an effort to get Hagelin going and it could certainly work against the Sabres and their 28th-ranked defense.
D – Oscar Klefbom (EDM) – $5,500 vs. VGK
Klefbom provides a solid floor and a high ceiling should the Oilers’ top power play unit or their big guns in general get it going tonight against Vegas. His floor comes in the form of 55 shots and 40 blocks across 17 games this season. His ceiling is high as well as he has just a 1.8% shooting percentage, a number that is sure to increase moving forward. Let’s make sure we include the Oilers’ top offensive defenseman in a favorable matchup against Vegas.
D – Jacob Trouba (WPG) – $4,600 vs. ARI
Trouba also brings a nice floor with him as he completes our three-man Jets’ contrarian stack tonight. Like Klefbom, Trouba has plenty of shots on goal with 38 on the season to go along with 36 blocks across 16 games. He has six assists in those 16 games and is a part of the Jets’ second unit power play and is certainly due for his first tally of the season considering the healthy shot total.
G – Jonathan Quick (LA) – $9,100 vs. VAN
I don’t see much reason to steer clear of one of the NHL’s top defenses tonight in Los Angeles as the Kings host the Canucks. After a nice start the Canucks are slumping and have scored just one goal over their last two games. Enter Quick who sports a brilliant .933 save percentage on the season and plays in front of the league’s second best defense at just 2.41 goals against per game. This is a fairly easy play tonight and the safest one on the board.