There are four NHL games on Wednesday. The Maple Leafs host the Avalanche, St. Louis travels to Pittsburgh, Ottawa visits Edmonton, and the Capitals face off against the Kings at the Staples Center. Toronto, Ottawa and Washington will all hit the ice for the second consecutive night, and the Oilers project as the largest favorite of the slate. It’s also worth noting that with all the star power in the player pool, going with a stars-and-scrubs approach is probably a solid strategy.
Top Line Stacks
Oilers vs. Senators
Connor McDavid ($8,200) – Leon Draisaitl ($7,600) – James Neal ($4,400) – Sam Gagner ($3,200) An Edmonton power-play stack is a strong starting point on Tuesday. With McDavid and Draisaitl split between the top two lines there’s added coverage at even strength, and wingers Neal and Gagner drive down the combined cap hit. Additionally, the Oilers have the best power-play percentage in the league, and Ottawa has lost five consecutive games, including allowing 15 goals through its last three road losses.
Capitals at Kings
Jakub Vrana ($5,400) – Lars Eller ($4,700) – T.J. Oshie ($5,300) A mid-priced line in respectable offensive form, Eller, Vrana and Oshie have clicked for 3.9 goals per hour while driving possession with a 55.9 Corsi For percentage dating back to last season, including a combined four tallies and nine helpers through their past four contests. The Kings also allow a healthy 3.32 goals per game and own a 28th-ranked 74.7 penalty-kill percentage.
Superstar to Build Around
Nathan MacKinnon, COL at TOR ($8,600) – With six tallies and 10 helpers during his active seven-game point streak, MacKinnon has been as close to automatic as anyone in the league. He’s logging huge minutes, and Toronto surrendered six goals to the Flyers on Tuesday and now rank eighth last in goals against per 60 minutes.
Value on Offense
Brayden Schenn, STL at PIT ($5,100) – St. Louis’ top center continues to provide steady offense and has marked the scoresheet in 11 of his past 14 games while logging 19:18 of ice time with 3:02 on the man advantage. Pittsburgh has also lost consecutive games and allowed 16 goals through its past three outings.
Andreas Johnsson, TOR vs. COL ($4,700) – Outside of a three-point showing against Detroit, Johnsson has been quiet through six games with Sheldon Keefe behind the bench. However, the Swede has been on the ice for an impressive 15.15 high-danger scoring chances per hour while driving possession with a 55.9 Corsi For percentage, so the opportunities have been there.
Stefan Noesen, PIT vs. STL ($2,500) – The 2011 first-round selection has failed to fulfill his potential at the highest level to this point in his career, but he’s recorded 14 goals and eight helpers through 22 AHL games this season and is projected to skate in a top-six role with power-play looks on the No. 1 unit Wednesday. In a shallow winger pool, Noesen’s worth a look at minimum price.
Mikko Koskinen, EDM vs. OTT ($8,300) – As noted, the Sens are struggling and also playing their second road game in consecutive nights. Koskinen has also topped 20 Draftkings points in consecutive starts and owns a 10-2-2 record with a .921 save percentage and 2.52 GAA for the campaign.
Ilya Samsonov, WAS at LA ($8,000) – The rookie had a bounce-back win over Detroit last time out and stands to grab another victory over the Kings. Los Angeles has scored just 2.55 goals per hour this season (sixth fewest in the league) and only 2.36 through the past eight outings. Samsonov’s 6-2-1 record, .914 save percentage and 2.58 GAA for the campaign are solid marks, too.
Philipp Grubauer, COL at TOR ($7,400) – With the Maple Leafs traveling to play Wednesday’s game after a 6-1 loss in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Grubauer’s salary and potentially soft matchup make him an intriguing target. While his 9-5-2 record and .911 save percentage are respectable marks, they also highlight why his salary is low. Grubauer checks out as a risk-reward candidate.
Value on Defense
Morgan Rielly, TOR vs. COL ($5,500) – The Toronto blueliner’s salary has dipped considerably during his current offensive funk, as he’s recorded just four helpers through his past 12 outings. Rielly is locked into a go-to role, and he’s always a candidate to reach the shots or blocks bonuses, if he fails to find the scoresheet.
Adam Larsson, EDM vs. OTT ($2,900) – The veteran blueliner now has seven games under his belt after breaking his foot in the season opener, and Monday’s 23:40 of ice time was his most of the year. While Larsson is still looking for his first scoresheet of the season and has never been a notable offensive threat, his significant role and willingness to block shots should lead to a respectable showing.
Cale Makar, COL at TOR ($6,300) – With just a single point through his past four outings, Maker is mired in a mini-slump. However, a date with the defensively inept Maple Leafs should set up nicely for the rookie. He still ranks second among all regular defensemen in points per 60 minutes this season, and Toronto has surrendered the eighth most goals per hour in the league.
Oscar Klefbom, EDM vs. OTT ($5,700) – The power-play quarterback continues to post reliable fantasy numbers and offers the high-floor, high-ceiling profile worth spending up for. Klefbom’s recorded nine helpers, 25 shots and 43 blocks through his past 11 contests while logging 26:06 of ice time per game (3:05 with the man advantage).
I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is naparker77) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above. I am not an employee of DraftKings and do not have access to any non-public information.