Welcome to a fresh week of NHL DFS! This fine Monday evening brings with it a seven-game slate, so let’s dive right in and get the week started on a positive note!
C – Ryan Johansen (NSH) – $6,800 vs. PHI
We will kick off tonight’s lineup with Johansen as he and his Preds teammates take on the Flyers on home ice. The Predators were one of the league’s highest scoring teams on home ice last season with 131 goals (4th) at Bridgestone Arena while they also connected on 22% of their power plays at home last season, good for 6th overall. Therefore, let’s fire up a Preds stack beginning with their top center at both even strength and on the power play in Johansen. He isn’t a huge shooter as he fired 154 shots on goal last season, but he led the team in assists by a wide margin with 47 and plays next to one of the game’s top young talents in Viktor Arvidsson so the helpers should pile up again this season.
C – Kyle Turris (OTT) – $5,200 vs. VAN
Turris is a one off in this lineup, but has himself a solid matchup tonight in Vancouver. The Canucks haven’t been poor this season, but last season they yielded plenty of offense with 2.94 goals against per game (24th) and killed just 76.7% of their penalties (28th). Their penalty kill is at just 80% this young season and this is where Turris can do his damage. Turris tied for second on the team last season with six tallies on the man advantage and is averaging three shots per game this young season after posting 185 last season.
W – Viktor Arvidsson (NSH) – $6,000 vs. PHI
As mentioned, Arvidsson is a budding young talent after tallying 31 goals on 246 shots last season, the latter of which led the team and the former of which was good enough for a share of the team lead. Interestingly, Arvidsson scored more shorthanded goals (5) than he did power plays goals (4) last season. That said, if the Predators can keep up their stellar power play Arvidsson should connect on some more power play markers while boasting a solid floor due to the shots on goal.
W – Vladimir Tarasenko (STL) – $7,700 vs. NYR
I believe we have a real nice concoction for success here as Tarasenko and the Blues visit the Rangers. The Rangers were pummeled for eight goals against on Saturday in Toronto and clearly looked very poor defensively in that contest. Henrik Lundqvist is not at his best these days as age concerns continue to linger for the Swedish netminder. Tarasenko on the other hand has come out of the gates hot with three goals (two on the power play) and an assist on seven shots through three contests. He scored 39 goals on 286 shots last season and a similar, if not better season is on the horizon for the Russian sniper.
W – Max Domi (ARI) – $5,000 vs. VGK
Domi and the Coyotes will head to Vegas tonight to take on the Golden Knights in their first ever home game. While they have started 2-0 and have surrendered only two goals on the season, they have averaged 37 shots against over those games and have been fortunate to have four points already on the young season. Domi had a goal and an assist on four shots in his season opener, but was held quiet against these same Golden Knights on Saturday. I expect a rebound game from the young forward as he takes on a weak Golden Knights’ blueline tonight on the road.
W – Clayton Keller (ARI) – $4,000 vs. VGK
Keller also scored in the Coyotes’ first game of the season and he has fired nine shots on goal in just two games already on the campaign. Keller will skate on the team’s top line with Domi and Derek Stepan at both even strength and on the power play, a spot where the young forward can thrive in his rookie season. Keller is my favorite to win the Calder Trophy this season and brings plenty of value to the table at his price tonight.
D – P.K. Subban (NSH) – $5,700 vs. PHI
Finishing off the three-man Predators stack is Subban who could be on the team’s top power play unit tonight as Roman Josi is a gametime decision, but if Josi does indeed play fortunately there is enough salary leftover here to pay up for him too. Subban had a quality season a year ago with 40 points in only 66 games played while recording 142 shots on goal as well. He ranked second on the team with 24:24 of average ice time per game and should exceed that mark tonight should Josi miss the game. We have cross-category upside with Subban tonight in this matchup.
D – Oliver Ekman-Larsson (ARI) – $5,400 vs. VGK
Ekman-Larsson also completes a three-man stack as the new Coyotes’ captain is in a nice spot tonight in Vegas. He ranked second on the team last season with 39 points, first by a wide margin with 27 power play points and first by a wide margin with 24:36 of average ice time per game. He also fired 145 shots on goal and is clear-cut anchor of this team’s top power play group. With more skill around him this season Ekman-Larsson should see a bump in production this time around.
G – Ben Bishop (DAL) – $8,700 vs. DET
Bishop left his start against Vegas with an injury, but he’s good to go for tonight’s contest against the Detroit Red Wings. He didn’t give up a goal over hid 43 minutes last week, and takes on a weak Detroit offense tonight. Detroit scored just 2.34 goals per game last season while their road power play was notoriously bad at just 11.4%. While I don’t believe they will be that bad on the man advantage away from home again, they have averaged just 30.5 shots through two games this season, 24th in the league. Bishop is in a nice spot tonight against a rebuilding Detroit squad.