There are three games on tonight’s Main Slate, with the Blue Jackets, Wild and Blackhawks skating in the second half of back-to-back games. Today’s post will highlight some plays from both sites; additional options as well as goalies will be discussed in chat.
NOTE: Brent Burns is questionable for tonight.
WPG @ CBJ – 7:00pm EST
NSH @ MIN – 7:30pm EST
CHI @ SJS – 10:00pm EST
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Last night’s lines cashed on another bizarre night in DFS NHL. Though Tampa Bay scored five goals, most of the stars were not involved. Fortunately, Nikita Kucherov came through as usual, scoring a goal and an assist while adding five shots and a block for 29.6 fantasy points. Brayden Point was not involved offensively though his high ownership made up for the lack of production. Florida’s top line also did nothing as it was the Panthers’ fourth line that took over the game. That meant Aleksander Barkov’s point streak came to an end, which was certainly disappointing. Brad Richardson’s line had another strong game, though his contributions were not reflected on the scoresheet; Jordan Staal picked up another point in Carolina’s overtime win against Florida. Brad Marchand scored Boston’s lone goal, with Jake DeBrusk picking up an assist on the play; they finished with 17.3 and 10.1 FP, respectively (Danton Heinen earned just 1.6 FP). Ryan Donato extended his point streak to five games with a goal and 18.4 FP as he proved to be a strong value play once again. The same was true of Mikhail Sergachev, who scored a goal and earned 16.8 FP, which was a great return for his $3,700 price tag. Justin Schultz had a miserable game despite the fact that Pittsburgh scored five goals; however, his ownership was in the high 40’s and mid-50’s, so his dud performance wasn’t overly harmful. Lastly, Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves in a 3-1 win against Detroit, coming away with 25.6 FP. Andrei Vasilevskiy and Tuukka Rask picked up wins as well.
Though there is a lot of value at the winger position on tonight’s slate, I may not spend up at center since there are a few mid-range options that could yield similar point totals as the high-priced plays. One of those options is Dylan Strome ($5,800), who skates on Chicago’s second line and first power-play unit. Strome hasn’t been putting up big numbers but has been relatively consistent; considering how wild the last few nights have been, consistency is definitely not something to underestimate. He has points in back-to-back games and in six out of his last seven games, scoring two goals and eight points in that span. His shot volume is somewhat sporadic, as he’s had a few games with zero shots and a few with three, though the main reason to have him in your lineup is for the exposure to Chicago’s top power-play unit.
However, you could also go with Tomas Hertl ($6,200), who has been nicknamed Tomas “Hurtl” in chat (shoutout to Wake) because he has burned us several times. That being said, Hertl has earned at least eight fantasy points in four out of his last five games and skates on the Sharks’ top power-play unit. It’s unknown at this time whether Evander Kane will be back in the lineup, but Hertl and Kevin Labanc demonstrated strong chemistry the other night against Colorado, so Hertl could have a decent game.
There’s also Kevin Hayes ($5,200) of the Winnipeg Jets. Hayes has played two games with his new team but is coming off a three-point performance in which he earned 32.8 fantasy points. He skates on the team’s second line and second power-play unit. It’s possible Winnipeg will change up its line combinations since Adam Lowry has been suspended for two games, so that’s something to keep an eye on. Alternatively, you could always go with one of the Blue Jackets centers since all three present upside. Winnipeg has been giving up goals, and Columbus will look to bounce back from a 4-0 loss to the lowly Oilers.
DraftKings Play — Logan Couture ($5,800)
Couture skates on San Jose’s top line and top power-play unit and will have a favorable matchup tonight against the Blackhawks, who are coming off an ugly 6-3 loss yesterday afternoon. Chicago’s top line has given up plenty of chances in recent games, and the Sharks’ top line has been very effective. Considering how inexpensive Couture is tonight, he makes for a strong play. He has 10 points in his last 10 games with one goal and four points on his current three-game point streak, earning 5, 5 and 6 DK fantasy points in his last three games, respectively. Couture scored a goal and an assist on four shots for 7.5 DK fantasy points against Chicago earlier this season, and tonight’s game is projected to be a shootout.
Also consider: Matt Duchene (FD: $6,800; DK: $6,600), Eric Staal (FD: $5,900; DK: $4,900), Pierre-Luc DuBois ($5,600), Boone Jenner (FD: $4,800; DK: $4,300)
Elite Play — Patrick Kane (FD: $9,400; DK: $7,300)
Kane is a pretty safe cash play tonight on either site, though obviously he’s a better play on DraftKings considering the difference in salary. Kane has just one point in his last three games but continues to shoot the puck at an elite rate. He has recorded 31 shots in his last four games and has been on a tear since the start of 2019. He has 20 goals and 47 points in his last 25 games and is averaging 21.7 fantasy points per game this season.
Value Play — Ryan Donato (FD: $3,800; DK: $3,500)
Donato continues to put points on the board and therefore continues to be one of my favorite value plays in cash games. He scored a goal last night against Calgary, extending his point streak to five games; he has registered two goals and seven points as well as 14 shots in that span. Donato skates on the Wild’s third line and second power-play unit.
Joe Pavelski ($6,600) is too cheap on DraftKings and has been very productive in recent games. Like Couture, Pavelski has a favorable matchup against Chicago’s top line, so he should get plenty of chances to find the scoresheet tonight. He skates on the Sharks’ first line and first power-play unit and has 13 points in his last 10 games, including five points in his last three. Though there have been a few games in which Pavelski has come up empty, his price tag on DraftKings makes him an appealing stack with Couture, though either is fine as a one-off for cash.
Columbus wingers Artemi Panarin ($6,500) and Cam Atkinson ($6,800) are also way too cheap on DraftKings. Both wingers will look to bounce back tonight after getting held off the scoresheet yesterday against Edmonton. Atkinson tends to be a popular FanDuel cash play, though both wingers are very accessible on DraftKings tonight. Both skate together on the team’s top line and top power-play unit and are generally very reliable cash plays. Panarin scored a goal and an assist against Winnipeg earlier this season and has 11 points in his last 10 games. He is averaging 4.2 DK fantasy points per game this season. Atkinson has just five points in his last 10 games but is always a threat to find twine; plus, his shot volume generally makes him a safe floor play. He is averaging 4.7 DK (16.9 FD) fantasy points per game this season.
FanDuel Play — Timo Meier ($5,200)
Meier is the third member of San Jose’s top line and should have solid ownership in FanDuel contests. He’s still a fine play on DK but will be a more valuable option on FD given the price tags on all of San Jose’s forwards. Meier does not skate on the top power-play unit but often provides a solid floor through his shot volume. Plus, he offers exposure to both Couture and Pavelski and should have relatively high ownership in tonight’s contests.
NOTE: See above re: Panarin, Atkinson
DraftKings Value Plays
Kevin Labanc ($4,100) is a solid value option on DraftKings, though he’s a bit pricey on FanDuel. He skated on the team’s second line with Hertl the other night against Colorado in Evander Kane’s absence, though the lines would likely change if Kane is able to return tonight. However, Labanc skates on the team’s top power-play unit, which always makes him a solid investment. He has 10 points in his last 10 games and scored a goal and an assist against the Blackhawks earlier this season. He has been hit or miss in his most recent games, however, so he does come with some risk.
If you’re looking for a low-risk option, consider Marcus Sorensen ($2,800), who is coming off a two-goal performance. It’s extremely unlikely he’ll repeat that effort, but assuming he remains in San Jose’s top nine, he’s a solid punt play on tonight’s slate.
Another solid value play on tonight’s slate on DraftKings is Columbus’ Oliver Bjorkstrand ($3,600), who is extremely affordable (and is playable on FanDuel as well at $4,400). Bjorkstrand had goals in back-to-back games and points in four straight games (3G, 1A) before Columbus got shut out yesterday afternoon. Bjorkstrand skates on the team’s second line with Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel as well as on the second power-play unit.
Mikael Granlund (FD: $5,900; DK: $5,500) and Kevin Fiala (FD: $4,800; DK: $3,500) will face their former teams for the first time since getting traded for each other this past Monday ahead of the trade deadline. Both are more affordable on DraftKings, especially Fiala, though Granlund has more upside. It might not be necessary playing either, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind.
Also consider: Viktor Arvidsson (FD: $7,600; DK: $6,100), Alex DeBrincat (FD: $7,500; DK: $6,400), Cam Atkinson (FD: $7,200; DK: $6,800), Patrik Laine (DK: $6,100), Kyle Connor (FD: $5,800; DK: $5,500), Josh Anderson (FD: $5,200; DK: $5,000), Jordan Greenway (FD: $3,200; DK: $2,600), Brendan Perlini (FD: $3,000; DK: $2,500)
Elite Play — Brent Burns (FD: $7,400; DK: $6,900)
Burns is a top play every time he’s on the slate, though he has failed to come through several times in recent games. However, he remains to be a very popular cash play, and it’s often dangerous to fade him on a small slate considering his ability to make or break a slate. Burns skates on San Jose’s top power-play unit and generally provides a steady floor through peripheral stat coverage while bringing the capabilities of most of the elite forwards in the league. That being said, Burns is under the weather, so his status for tonight’s contest is questionable. Since this game starts well after the other games lock, it will be tricky to figure out whether he’s worth rostering in case he’s able to play. Hopefully we will know more this afternoon.
Value Play — Tyler Myers (FD: $4,000; DK: $3,900)
Myers is an interesting value option on both sites given his steady floor. He skates on Winnipeg’s second power-play unit but has provided some solid value performances in recent games. He’s by no means a lock for a certain number of fantasy points, but he’s been able to hit value in 12 out of his last 15 games (though earning 2.0 DK fantasy points or 6.4 FD fantasy points is not terrible given his price tag). Myers isn’t a great play but is affordable and does present upside from time to time.
I also really like Jonas Brodin ($3,300) on DraftKings given his consistent floor of late.
Also consider: Roman Josi (FD: $6,700; DK: $6,000), Erik Gustafsson (FD: $6,100; DK: $5,600), P.K. Subban (FD: $5,800; DK: $5,200), Duncan Keith ($4,900), Jacob Trouba (FD: $4,700; DK: $4,800), Ben Chiarot (FD: $3,700; DK: $3,600), Jonas Brodin (FD: $3,500; DK: $3,300), Tim Heed (FD: $3,500; DK: $3,000), Brad Hunt (FD: $3,500)
Goalies will be discussed in chat later today once confirmations have been announced.
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