FanDuel and DraftKings NHL DFS – Tuesday 4/2/19


There are 10 games on tonight’s slate, the final Tuesday slate of the season. Toronto, Tampa Bay, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Colorado and Los Angeles are all skating in the second half of back-to-back sets, though none of the teams on tonight’s slate are set to play tomorrow.

TONIGHT’S SCHEDULE: Today’s schedule is color-coded based on the significance of each game for the teams in action.

NSH @ BUF – 7:00pm EST
BOS @ CBJ – 7:00pm EST
CAR @ TOR – 7:30pm EST
PIT @ DET – 7:30pm EST
TBL @ MTL – 7:30pm EST
WPG @ MIN – 8:00pm EST
PHI @ DAL – 8:30pm EST
EDM @ COL – 9:00pm EST
SJS @ VAN – 10:00pm EST
LAK @ ARI – 10:00pm EST

Out of playoff picture
Clinched specific seed in round one
Playing for playoff positioning
Fighting for playoff spot

LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Connor McDavid scored a goal on three shots for 16.8 FanDuel and 4.5 DraftKings fantasy points; Leon Draisaitl assisted on McDavid’s goal, finishing the game with 11.2 FD and 3 DK FP. Jonathan Marchessault scored a goal for Vegas, coming away with 4 DK FP, but Reilly Smith managed just one shot and one block for 1 DK FP. Fortunately, the Tampa Bay skaters in both cores came through. Nikita Kucherov didn’t score his 40th of the season but tallied three assists and one shot for 25.6 FD and 6.5 DK FP, while Mikhail Sergachev scored a goal and an assist on six shots for 29.5 FD and 8 DK FP. Below are the results from my two FanDuel cash lines.


Center

Nathan MacKinnon (FD: $8,700; DK: $7,700) enters tonight’s game riding a four-game point streak, recording two goals and five points on 19 shots in that stretch. He skates on the Avalanche’s top line and top power-play unit and is averaging roughly 21 minutes of ice time per game. He and the Avs could really use the two points tonight against Edmonton, and he’s in a strong spot to draw closer to the 100-point mark this season. MacKinnon has four assists in two games against the Oilers this year.

Tyler Seguin (FD: $8,200; DK: $7,300) and the Dallas Stars host the Philadelphia Flyers tonight; the Flyers were eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday and got shut out by the Rangers on Sunday. While that would suggest the Flyers may come to play tonight, the Stars have a lot more riding on this game, so I expect that Seguin will be all over the ice. He has had a few underwhelming games of late, but Seguin is always capable of putting up big numbers, especially given his propensity to get pucks at the net. He tallied an assist on three shots in a game against Philadelphia earlier this season. Seguin is averaging 16.7 FanDuel and 4.6 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season.

Dylan Larkin (FD: $7,400; DK: $6,900) likely will go head to head against Sidney Crosby, which is certainly not an ideal matchup. Regardless of the matchup, however, it’s difficult to overlook Larkin’s recent success. He has goals in four straight games and points in five straight; plus, he’s recorded a goal and an assist in back-to-back games as part of three straight multi-point efforts. Larkin has collected five goals and eight points on 26 shots over his last five games, good for an average of 25.4 FanDuel and 6.9 DraftKings fantasy points per game. He scored a goal on five shots and added a block in a game against Pittsburgh earlier this season. Detroit’s second-line center, Andreas Athanasiou (FD: $5,700; DK: $5,500), could have a better matchup and is also worth considering tonight.

Also consider
FanDuel: Patrice Bergeron ($8,500), Logan Couture ($7,300), Tomas Hertl ($6,600), Elias Pettersson ($6,600), Max Domi ($6,500), Ryan Johansen ($5,600), Derek Stepan ($5,200), Phillip Danault ($4,900)

DraftKings: Patrice Bergeron ($7,400), John Tavares ($7,000), Tomas Hertl ($6,600), Logan Couture ($6,300), Elias Pettersson ($6,200), Max Domi ($5,900), Derek Stepan ($4,900), Eric Staal ($4,700), Ryan Johansen ($4,600), Joe Thornton ($4,200), Phillip Danault ($3,700), Roope Hintz ($3,500), Jordan Weal ($2,900)


Winger

Nikita Kucherov (FD: $9,200; DK: $7,600) may not be the best option on tonight’s slate since he and the Lightning are skating in the second half of a back-to-back and will face an opponent that is desperate to win tonight’s game. A Montreal loss essentially eliminates the Canadiens from the playoffs, so one would expect Carey Price will be at the top of his game. That being said, Kucherov doesn’t get shut down too often. He picked up another three assists last night against Ottawa and continues to put up points game after game. He skates on the Lightning’s second line and first power-play unit.

Viktor Arvidsson (FD: $7,600; DK: $6,200) and the Nashville Predators have a favorable matchup tonight in Buffalo against a Sabres team that went 2-12-2 in March. Arvidsson enters tonight’s game with points in three straight, scoring two goals and an assist on 13 shots in that span, good for an average of 19.6 FanDuel and 5.7 DraftKings fantasy points per game. He skates on the Preds’ first line and first power-play unit.

Another winger who has a lot on the line tonight is Gabriel Landeskog (FD: $7,400; DK: $6,900). The Avalanche have not clinched a playoff berth and need every point they can get, especially after falling short in a shootout last night. The Avs will take on an Oilers team that also played last night. Given the favorable matchup and Landeskog’s recent production upon returning to the lineup, he seems like a solid choice on tonight’s slate. Landeskog skates on Colorado’s second line and first power-play unit and has three points in two games since returning from an injury. He has two goals and five points in two games against the Oilers this season.

Alexander Kerfoot (FD: $4,300; DK: $3,400) is also worth considering. He skates on Colorado’s first line and first power-play unit and extended his point streak to five games with a key game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation last night in St. Louis. Kerfoot has two goals and six points in his last five games, averaging 14.5 FanDuel and 3.7 DraftKings fantasy points per game in that stretch.

It wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t highlight Alexander Radulov (FD: $7,100; DK: $7,200) at least one more time this season, and since he has a favorable matchup against the Flyers tonight, it seems like a perfect time to do so. Radulov has goals in three straight games and points in five straight, collecting three goals and six points in that stretch, good for an average of 18 FanDuel and 4.8 DraftKings fantasy points per game. Radulov has earned at least 8 FanDuel and 2.5 DraftKings fantasy points in 10 straight games and in 12 out of his last 13 contests, making him one of the more consistent cash plays in the league.

Anthony Mantha (FD: $5,600; DK: $5,600) and Tyler Bertuzzi (FD: $4,700; DK: $3,900), like Larkin, will have a difficult matchup against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins, especially since Matt Murray has been particularly stingy of late. That being said, it’s hard to ignore what this line has done over the last few games. Mantha is coming off a five-point performance in which he earned 65.8 FanDuel and 18.5 DraftKings fantasy points, and he has points in five straight, scoring five goals and 12 points in that stretch. Bertuzzi is riding a four-game point streak, scoring three goals and 10 points in that stretch. He has recorded a multi-point game in three straight, averaging 33.8 FanDuel and 8.7 DraftKings fantasy points per game in that stretch.

Oliver Bjorkstrand (FD: $4,600; DK: $4,200) has goals in five straight games and in six out of his last seven, scoring seven goals on 26 shots in that span. He skates on Columbus’ third line and second power-play unit.

Also consider
FanDuel: David Pastrnak ($8,300), Brendan Gallagher ($7,300), Brock Boeser ($7,300), Zach Parise ($6,600), Tomas Tatar ($6,300), Timo Meier ($5,900), Justin Williams ($5,400), Andrew Shaw ($5,400), Craig Smith ($5,000), Yanni Gourde ($4,200), Andrei Svechnikov ($4,100), Ryan Donato ($3,700), Jordan Weal ($3,700), Taro Hirose ($3,600), Mathieu Joseph ($3,400)

DraftKings: David Pastrnak ($7,700), Brad Marchand ($7,400), Jake Guentzel ($6,800), Brock Boeser ($6,500), Zach Parise ($6,300), Brendan Gallagher ($6,200), Artemi Panarin ($5,900), Filip Forsberg ($5,800), Jamie Benn ($5,800), Justin Williams ($5,400), Nino Niederreiter ($5,300), Tomas Tatar ($5,200), Andrew Shaw ($5,100), Yanni Gourde ($4,800), Craig Smith ($4,600), William Nylander ($4,500), Kevin Labanc ($4,100), Taro Hirose ($3,000), Mattias Janmark ($2,900)


Defense

Alex Edler (FD: $5,600; DK: $6,100) is mainly a FanDuel option for me, though there are value plays with similar upside. Edler skates on Vancouver’s first power-play unit and will face a Sharks team that has very little to play for since San Jose is locked in as the second seed in the Pacific Division. Edler has earned at least 8 FanDuel fantasy points in 14 out of his last 15 games, averaging 16.4 FanDuel fantasy points per game in that stretch.

Mikhail Sergachev (FD: $4,300; DK: $4,200) is coming off a strong performance in which he scored a goal and an assist and earned 29.6 FanDuel and 8 DraftKings fantasy points. He has recorded three straight multi-point games, scoring one goal and six points in that stretch. Sergachev has taken over for Victor Hedman on Tampa Bay’s top power-play unit, putting him in a strong spot despite the difficult matchup tonight.

But there are a few options on the other side of the matchup that are worth considering. One of those options is Jeff Petry (FD: $4,300; DK: $4,800), though he is a FanDuel-only option for me because of the price tag(s). Petry skates on Montreal’s second power-play unit, though the unit is a much more skilled group than the top unit. He has goals in back-to-back games and points in three straight; Petry has earned 20, 18.4, 17.6, 9.6 and 13.3 FanDuel fantasy points in his last five games, respectively. Brett Kulak (FD: $4,000; DK: $3,600) is another Montreal value defenseman who has been returning value in recent games. Kulak has points in three straight games and in four out of his last five, collecting two goals and six points in that stretch.

Though he’s coming off a disappointing performance, David Savard (FD: $3,800; DK: $3,500) remains a solid value rearguard, especially considering his price tags on both sites. Savard has earned at least 8 FanDuel and 2.5 DraftKings fantasy points in seven out of his last nine games.

Also consider
FanDuel: Tyson Barrie ($6,500), Shea Weber ($6,200), Seth Jones ($6,100), P.K. Subban ($5,400), Jared Spurgeon ($4,700), Miro Heiskanen ($4,500), Jaccob Slavin ($4,100), Brett Pesce ($3,900), Jason Demers ($3,500)

DraftKings: Tyson Barrie ($6,200), Seth Jones ($6,000), Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($5,500), P.K. Subban ($5,000), Miro Heiskanen ($4,300), Jaccob Slavin ($4,200), Jason Demers ($3,000)


Goalie

Darcy Kuemper (FD: $8,200; DK: $8,300) and the Arizona Coyotes must win tonight’s game; fortunately for them, their opponent is a Kings team that is skating in the second half of a back-to-back after suffering an ugly loss last night. Kuemper is coming off a 39-save shutout against the Wild and has given up a maximum of two goals in five straight games. He’s averaging 20 FanDuel and 5.1 DraftKings fantasy points per game this season and is 1-1 against Los Angeles, stopping 58 of 62 shots in the two starts.

Anton Khudobin (FD: $7,800; DK: $7,900) and the Dallas Stars also need to win tonight. The desperation level isn’t quite as high, but it’s definitely a factor. Khudobin and the Stars are -175 favorites against the visiting Flyers, who will have Cam Talbot in net. Khudobin is definitely in a good spot to pick up the win and is affordable on both sites, though Kuemper should have much higher ownership in cash contests tonight.

Pekka Rinne (FD: $8,400; DK: $7,900) and the Nashville Predators will take on a Sabres team that has lost 14 out of its last 16 games. Rinne isn’t always a top cash play for me since he often sees a low shot volume and can give up several goals even against inferior opponents. That being said, the Predators need to win tonight, and Buffalo has been inept in recent games. Rinne defeated the Sabres earlier this season, stopping 21 of 22 shots.

Sergei Bobrovsky (FD: $9,400; DK: $7,700) is a worthwhile GPP play, especially on DraftKings. He and the Jackets will take on a tough Bruins squad, but Bob has been solid of late and will have home-ice advantage in tonight’s game. Another similarly risky GPP option for tonight is Carey Price (FD: $8,800; DK: $7,300). He and the Habs must win tonight, but it’ll be a very tall task against a dominant Lightning club that has already come out on top in two games against Price this season.

Additional options will be discussed in chat once starters have been confirmed.

Also consider
FanDuel: Matt Murray ($9,000), Philipp Grubauer ($8,600), Petr Mrazek ($8,200), Semyon Varlamov ($7,600)

DraftKings: Semyon Varlamov ($8,100), Philipp Grubauer ($7,900), Matt Murray ($7,900), Petr Mrazek ($7,100)




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