We have a five-game slate on tap for this Monday as we head firmly into the second-half of the season. Injury-wise the biggest name to keep an eye on is likely Brendan Gallagher (head) who could return tonight for Montreal. On top of Montreal vs. Calgary, we also have solid inter-conference match-ups in Washington vs. Carolina, Philadelphia vs. Boston, the Rangers vs. the Islanders and one later start in St. Louis vs. Anaheim. Without a ton of obvious plays to anchor our lineups with, it should be an interesting slate for DFS purposes.
OPTIONS TO CONSIDER
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Top Line Stacks
CAR at WAS
Sebastian Aho ($6,200) – Teuvo Teravainen ($5,800) – Dougie Hamilton ($7,000)
The Hurricanes ride into this meeting with Washington coming off of back-to-back shutout wins. The conference rivals combined for seven goals or more in two of their three meetings so far this year and on tonight’s slate this game is the only one as of writing with a puck total of 6.5. The Hurricanes’ power play has been one of the better units in the league this season and comes into this game ranked eighth in efficiency. With Aho and Teravainen playing together at even strength, pairing them with Hamilton here makes sense as the three form the core of the Canes’ PP1. While the Capitals have a solid penalty-kill, they’ve been slacking defensively and in net of late, having allowed three or more goals in six of their past seven games. With the Canes on a three-game win streak, and Washington struggling of late, tapping this underrated Canes trio for a big game makes some sense on this smaller slate as the offense has been easy to come by in past meetings between these teams this season.
Superstar to Target
Artemi Panarin ($7,000), NYR vs. NYI – Paranin has been on a tear over his past 20 games or so, yet his DFS price remains extremely affordable. The Russian has surpassed 20.0 DKFP in five of his past eight starts and is averaging a healthy 18.3 DKFP over his past 10 games while averaging 3.6 SOG over 19 minutes of ice per game as well. The Islanders aren’t the greatest matchup in the world, but they haven’t been quite as stifling defensively as they were last season. The Islanders rank just 16th in penalty-kill efficiency and have allowed over 31 SOG per game this year. With the Rangers up to eighth in the league in goals scored per game, and with a power play that has hit at a 30% clip over their past six games, Panarin looks like a solid anchor play here and one that won’t cost you a ton of salary either.
Value on Offense
Ilya Kovalchuk ($4,300), MTL vs. CAL – Kovalchuk has been hard to ignore for daily fantasy of late, as he’s been inserted right into a top-six, heavy minutes role with the Canadians. Surprisingly enough, the 36-year-old has shown that he indeed does have some gas left in tank as he’s now recorded four points over his past four games and has averaged 2.8 SOG with Montreal thus far. Considering Kovalchuk’s usage on the top line and power play, we almost don’t have to worry about matchup given how cheaply he’s available for. For what it’s worth though, the Flames have allowed the eighth most SOG this season and are coming off an emotional win on home ice and could be vulnerable here. Kovalchuk’s a great value target again tonight.
Oskar Sundqvist ($3,300), STL vs. ANH – Sundqvist was bumped up to St. Louis’ top line in their last game, where he played alongside Brayden Schenn ($4,900) and Jaden Schwartz ($5,400). The move paid off for St. Louis, as Sundqvist landed five SOG and an assist in a 5-2 win. He’s recorded three points in his past four games and seems likely to get more opportunity in the top-six tonight against a weak Anaheim squad that has allowed three or more goals against in each of their past six games. Sundqvist, and many of the Blues top-six forwards, are nice value tonight.
Tuukka Rask ($7,800), BOS at PHI – Rask has rebounded after a rough patch and comes into tonight with wins in four of his past five games. The veteran has also posted save percentages of .939 or better in three straight games and will be facing off against a Philly squad which has had issues scoring of late and only has one win in its past six games. There are bigger favorites on the board tonight, but Rask’s affordability and his recent form make him a top target in net no matter what game format you’re making lineups for on DK.
Carey Price ($7,300), MTL vs. CGY – Price is coming off one of his best games of the season when he stopped 41 of 42 shots in a 2-1 win over Ottawa. The Canadians are essentially even money on the puck-line tonight but it’s worth noting the Flames are coming out East off of a hard-fought win at home over the Oilers and could be ripe for the pickings here. Calgary’s been better of late, but has struggled to score goals all season, averaging just 2.7 per game. Price shapes up as a solid GPP target here given the cheap, affordable price tag and the matchup against a bottom-tier offense.
Value on Defense
Noah Hanifin ($3,700), CGY at MTL – Hanifin hasn’t had a great season by any means, but he may be turning a bit of corner here and deserves a look as an extreme value at defense on this slate, which doesn’t have a ton of great defenseman to choose from. He’s managed to average two blocked shots per game over his past five starts and also has three or more SOG now in three of his past five games. Still a fixture on the Flames’ PP2 unit, his special teams exposure could be beneficial on this slate as the Canadians have the eighth-worst penalty kill in the league at the moment. If you’re into stacking Flames tonight, or just want a cheap punt play at defense, Hanifin’s worth a look given the matchup and his slight uptick in production of late.
Anthony DeAngelo ($4,700), NYR vs. NYI – DeAngelo absolutely broke the slate two games ago when he recorded an insane 56.3 DKFP against the Devils. While the matchup with the Islanders isn’t likely to produce the same kind of results, the Rangers’ defenseman remains quite cheap for a player who has moved into a solid PP1 role on a good offensive unit. As mentioned above, the Islanders’ penalty kill is only about league average and with DeAngelo’s price still well below $5K, he’ll remain a good stacking target for those going after the Rangers’ PP1 players here.
Alex Pietrangelo ($6,000), STL vs. ANH – Pietrangelo has been solid for fantasy purposes of late as the Blues’ defenseman has averaged 3.4 SOG and 17.1 DKFP over his past 10 starts. Despite those elite numbers he’s still going a little under the radar in DFS and is available at his lowest price point in his past four starts tonight against the lowly Ducks. Anaheim has the eighth-worst penalty kill in the league, making the St. Louis power-play specialists good targets here in a game where they roll in as -220 favorites as of the time of writing. Despite the lack of flash, Pietrangelo and the Blues’ power play is definitely one to look at tonight, and the defenseman makes for a solid upper-tier target on the backend.
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