Auston Matthews

There are five games in the NHL on Wednesday. The Golden Knights are the biggest favorite on the docket, and New Jersey is also receiving notable chalk. The marquee matchup is between Washington and Philadelphia, whereas Toronto will look to slow down the red-hot Islanders.

Top Line Stacks

 

Devils vs. Senators

 
Taylor Hall ($7,100) – Jack Hughes ($4,400) – Kyle Palmieri ($5,600)
 
New Jersey’s recently formed top line has impressed with 5.1 goals and 19.84 high-danger scoring chances per hour while also driving possession with a 55.1 Corsi For percentage at 5-on-5. Obviously, the matchup is equally as attractive here. Ottawa was shelled for eight goals Monday in Carolina, after all.

Blackhawks at Golden Knights

 
Alex DeBrincat ($5,900) – Dylan Strome ($4,600) – Patrick Kane ($7,200)

Dating back to last season, Strome, Kane and DeBrincat have clicked for a dominant 7.42 goals per hour and combined for two tallies and six helpers in Sunday’s win over Toronto. The Golden Knights have lost five of their past six games with 20 goals allowed, too.

Capitals at Flyers

 
Jakub Vrana ($6,300) – Evgeny Kuznetsov ($6,900) – Tom Wilson ($5,300)

It’s been a scorching stretch for Washington’s second line, and while the trio is going to slow down eventually, Kuznetsov, Vrana and Wilson should remain on your radar. They’ve combined for 13 goals and 14 assists through the past five games, and there’s potential for a letdown showing from the Flyers. Philly has won five of its past six outings, including road victories over Toronto and Boston.



 

Superstar to Build Around

 
Auston Matthews, TOR at NYI ($7,900) – With an elite 2.06 goals and 3.95 points per hour this season, Matthews is taking his game to the next level this season. He’ll face a tough task Wednesday with the Islanders surrendering the fewest goals per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 in the league. However, the matchup is built into the price, and Matthew’s recent form (six tallies, 10 helpers and 42 shots through his past 10 contests) positions him to reward.


Value on Offense

William Nylander, TOR at NYI ($5,000) – A potential stack option alongside Auston Matthews ($7,900), Nylander has been a force of late with five tallies, five helpers and 26 shots through his past 10 outings. There could also be a bit of contrarian appeal because of the Islanders’ noted strong run.

Jordan Eberle, NYI vs. TOR ($4,100) – It’s hard to overlook Eberle at this price. He’s slotted into a top offensive role, and the Maple Leafs have been as inconsistent of ever lately and allowed a healthy 3.39 goals per hour on the road this season. Eberle’s also recorded a respectable three assists and 15 shots through six games this season.

Mikael Backlund, CGY vs. DAL ($3,400) – The No. 2 center has collected a goal, three assists and eight shots while logging 18:00 of ice time (2:10 with the man advantage) through his past two outings. His salary hasn’t caught up to his recent production, and the veteran has a long track record of supplying secondary offense for the Flames.



 

Stud Goalies

MacKenzie Blackwood, NJ vs. OTT ($7,900) – While the 22-year-old netminder has been hit or miss to start the campaign, he’s coming off a 30-save win that produced 24.2 DKFP. Blackwood also draws a cushy matchup with Ottawa scoring a pedestrian 2.35 goals per 60 minutes on the road this season. Just note that Blackwood has also had a number of blowup starts.

Frederik Andersen, TOR at NYI ($7,400) – Since joining the Maple Leafs, Andersen has been fantastic in November, and he’s started this month off with a 3-0-1 record, .948 save percentage and 1.66 GAA. His price definitely doesn’t match his current form, either. This is definitely a daunting matchup, though. The Islanders enter with an active 11-0-1 record.



 

Value on Defense

Duncan Keith, CHI at VGK ($4,400) – No team has been shorthanded more than Vegas this season, so Keith’s role on the No. 1 power-play carries more weight Wednesday. He’s also a cost-effective option to add to a Chicago stack.

Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI vs. WAS ($3,700) – While it’s been a down season offensively to date, Gostisbehere is beginning to show signs of his old self with six points through his past 11 contests. It’s rare to find a player with Gostisbehere’s resume in this price range, too.



 

Power-Play Defenseman

John Carlson, WAS at PHI ($7,700) – If you’re looking — and able — to spend up on the blue line, Carlson’s been more reliable than most forwards this season. He’s posted double-digit DraftKings points in eight of his past nine games and collected five goals, six assists, 34 shots and 15 blocks during the stretch. His price may also keep his ownership in check.

P.K. Subban, NJ vs. OTT ($5,100) – As noted, the Sens stand out as a favorable matchup, and Subban’s recorded 23.2 DraftKings points through the past two contests without marking the scoresheet. Additionally, his current 0.78 points per hour are well below the 1.56 mark he posted over the previous three years.



 
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