Johnny Gaudreau

It’s a solid six-game slate to wet your whistle with on this Monday and there’s plenty of roster news to keep an eye on if you’re making DraftKings lineups. Defenseman Shea Weber is out for Montreal against the Coyotes tonight, as is Mark Giordano for Calgary as they visit San Jose. The news gets worse for the Flames, as Travis Hamonic is also questionable. Ryan Pulock of the Islanders is also looking questionable to suit up as they visit Washington tonight. Be sure to look for some potential value to open up on the backend as injuries have hit the defense position hard of late.


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Top Line Stacks


Christian Dvorak ($4,800) – Taylor Hall ($7,100) – Conor Garland ($5,600)

The Coyotes are reeling, having lost five of their past six games coming into to tonight’s match-up with the Canadians. The good news for Arizona is that they’ll be catching Montreal without their best defender in Shea Weber, and that could open up things a bit for their top line tonight. Taylor Hall enters on a six-game scoreless drought, but should find some opportunity to break that slump here as the Canadians allow over 31 SOG per game and feature the 13th worst penalty kill in the league, a unit that won’t have one of its best defenseman to rely on tonight. Wing-mate Conor Garland actually looks too cheap at under $6K here as he’s been lighting the lamp consistently of late and comes in with three goals in his past four games and is averaging three SOG over his past 10 games as well. The Coyotes are desperate and their top line, which plays together in all situations, looks awfully affordable here against a weaker defensive team. I like them as a nice correlation stack in GPPs tonight.

Superstar to Target

Johnny Gaudreau ($6,300), CGY at SJS Gaudreau has had somewhat of a disappointing year as he’s well off the 1.2 ppg pace he set last year when he scored 99 points in 82 games. Still, Gaudreau has shown some signs of life for the Flames of late and has averaged 3.3 SOG per game in his past 10 starts, and a hefty 19.5 mins played over his past three games as well. With captain Mark Giordano out, the Flames should be leaning on Gaudreau and their offense more to carry the load and the matchup tonight for Gaudreau is a promising one. The Sharks beat the Flames soundly, 3-1, a couple games ago but overall the Sharks have been terrible defensively for most of the year and still sport the eighth-worst GAA in the league. Even if Calgary’s special teams are affected by Giardano’s absence, this is a great matchup for Gaudreau to work against 5-on-5 and, at under $6.5K in price, he’s sitting at near his lowest price-point of the year.

Value on Offense

Jakub Voracek ($4,800), PHI vs. FLA With the Flyers taking on the Panthers tonight, it’s a great time to start looking at the cheaper options up front for Philly. Florida has allowed the eighth-most SOG against per game so far and also feature the seventh-worst penalty kill in the league. Voracek has been a bit of an enigma the past five games, but he’s still working with the PP1 for the Flyers and averaging 2.6 SOG over his past 10 games. With that kind of opportunity and shot volume Voracek’s sub-$5K price begins to look awfully tempting in this spot in one of the best possible fantasy matchups out there for a forward. He’s a solid value target for this medium-sized slate.

Mikael Granlund ($4,300), NAS at VAN The Predators have shuffled their lines around a touch since the All-Star break and Granlund has been a beneficiary. The Swede is now working extensively on the top line with Matt Duchene ($4,600) and Ryan Johansen ($4,100) while also seeing decent time on the power play. Granlund comes into this game with five goals in his past 10 starts and is averaging over 1.5 DKFP more per game in that span than his season average. The Canucks have been poor defensively of late, allowing four or more goals against in four straight games, making Granlund appear like a terrific upside play here at under $4.5K.

Stud Goalies

David Rittich ($7,800), CGY at SJS As mentioned above, the Flames should be looking for some revenge tonight against San Jose, who beat them at home a few games ago. Rittich has actually been a better DFS play on the road this year as he’s averaged 15.9 DKFP per game in away starts vs. just 12.1 at home. This slate doesn’t carry a lot of mismatches and with Calgary set as small -115 favorites, as of writing, targeting Rittich — who is coming off a solid road win three days ago — makes some sense against the Sharks. He feels even slightly underpriced given that most of the goalies priced above him don’t carry a much smaller price in win odds tonight.

Adin Hill ($6,900), ARZ at MTL Hill looks likely to get the start here for the Coyotes who have now lost five of their past six games. Hill has lost each of his past three starts, but has posted save percentages above .905 in all three of those games and has hardly been the reason for Arizona’s slide. The Canadians are also a little banged up for this game and present a decent upside opponent for a goalie in DFS as they lead the league in SOG per game. At under $7K in price, Hill should have a decent shot at hitting the DK save bonus against an average offensive team who loves to rack up SOG.

Value on Defense

Noah Hanifin ($3,600), CGY at SJS The Flames are dealing with some serious injury issues on defense and there’s no doubt that there could be some good value opportunities that arise in DFS because of those issues. Hanifin has taken over as the de facto PP1 defenseman for Calgary with Mark Giordano out and has now played over 23 mins in three of his past four starts, which is a solid two minutes above his season average. While he’s not been having the best season offensively, he’ll certainly be getting longer shifts on the power play, as the Flames lack of a ton of other offensive options at this position. It’s also worth noting that T.J. Brodie ($2,700) could also see an uptick in special teams work and overall ice time, although if you’re planning on stacking the Calgary power play, Hanifin is likely the better option.

Power-Play Defensemen

Jeff Petry ($5,200), MTL vs. NAS With Shea Weber out for this game and likely much longer, Petry should be set to see a ton of ice time on Montreal’s power play. The 32-year-old already has 11 power play points on the season and could be set to see upward of three to four minutes per night with the Canadians PP1 unit over the next little stretch. Through the first two games without Weber, Petry has averaged 27.5 minutes of ice time, which is up bigly from his season average of 23.2. Set with an elite workload and a growing offensive role, Petry’s setting up as a near must roster at this price for the foreseeable future, even against a stronger defensive opponent like the Coyotes.

Quinn Hughes ($4,300), VAN vs. NAS Hughes has been a strong part of the Canucks’ power play this year, as he enters this game with 19 power play points and nine points overall in his past 10 games. The rookie has been great in his special teams role and has a fantastic matchup here to add to his growing totals, as the Predators feature the third-worst penalty kill in the league. Despite a strong recent trend, Hughes’ salary is actually at its lowest price-point in his past 10 games on DraftKings, which only adds to his appeal as a target. Pairing him with one or more of the Canucks’ PP1 forwards presents you with a nice low-cost stacking option, and also features a matchup which has potential to produce some ceiling-type games from Vancouver’s best players.

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