It’s a small four-game slate for this Monday on DraftKings with some interesting interconference games on tap. The Oilers and Connor McDavid ($7,500) travel out East to visit the Leafs in a bit of a homecoming game for McDavid. Meanwhile, the Avalanche will also be out East, but in New York where they’ll be hosted by the Islanders. There are no big names on the injury report as of now. For up-to-the-minute news and lineups, download the DK Live app to make sure nothing new pops up before lock. You also can follow DK Live on Twitter @dklive.
NHL PRICE CHECK
Top Line Stacks
Kings vs. Blue JacketsAnze Kopitar ($6,000) – Alex Iafallo ($4,300) – Tyler Toffoli ($4,600)
It’s a rare thing indeed, but a Kings stack on this smaller slate looks a bit enticing. LA has been slightly better offensively over the last month or so and that charge of late has mainly been led by more consistent offensive production from their first line. These three have totaled 11 points between them over their last three games and provide solid correlation for stacking purposes as they play together at even strength and as a regular part of the Kings PP1 rotation. Both wingers, who are extremely cheap, have hit over their season averages in terms of SOG over their last three games, and they will face off against a Columbus squad that will be without their starting goalie and have just a middling penalty-kill to rely on. The main attraction here though is price, as a Kings L1 stack allows you to go after the big names in the other games on slate while also providing decent upside given the opponent and their improved play of late.
Superstar to TargetConnor McDavid ($7,500), EDM at TOR– The Oilers travel to Toronto tonight to take on the Maple Leafs in what could be a great game to target for fantasy purposes. McDavid has struggled over his last 10 games, as he’s averaged just 10.4 DKFP over that span. There’s good reason to think a big night could be in the cards, however, as the Oilers showed some renewed push on offense over their last few starts. McDavid’s stats have suffered a bit since being separated at even strength from Leon Draisaitl ($6,600), but the two remain together on the power play and will be going against a Leafs penalty kill that ranks as the sixth-worst unit in the league. This will also be a homecoming game for McDavid, who has 11 points in eight career games against Toronto. At a more affordable price than normal, he’s a solid anchor here as a higher scoring game against the defensively challenged Leafs seems highly likely.
Value on OffenseNick Suzuki ($4,000), MTL vs. WPG– Suzuki is seeing ample playing time of late, as he’s now averaged over 20 minutes of ice time over the Canadiens’ last three games. While his production has been spotty, the 20-year-old remains a part of Montreal’s power play unit and has also been skating alongside Max Domi ($5,400) recently, who has picked up his play over the last month or so. The matchup against Winnipeg, who sports the worst penalty kill in the league, makes this a good spot to target some of the value forwards on Montreal. Suzuki has nine points over his last eight games and looks like a solid way to take advantage of this stellar matchup.
Kailer Yamamoto ($2,900), EDM at TOR – Yamamoto was called up for the Oilers recently as the team tries to find some offense and stem an ugly slide in the standings. The 20-year-old has been playing on a second line with Leon Draisaitl ($6,600) since getting called up and has looked sharp in spots. He’s played over 16 minutes in each of his last two games and already recorded two points in three games since getting recalled. At under 3k, in a game with a 6.5 puck total, he’s a solid punt candidate here and also someone to considering stacking with Draisaitl if you’re going that route.
Stud GoaliesPhilipp Grubauer ($7,700), COL at NYI– Grubauer has been up and down since returning from injury a few weeks ago, but the German netminder has recorded wins in each of his last two starts and stopped 28-of-30 shots in his last outing. Grubauer has also been quite a bit better on the road this year, where he’s averaged a very solid 15.1 DKFP and posted a .919 save percentage. With Colorado entering Monday as small -120 favorites, along with the Avalanche allowing the sixth-most SOG against per game, he makes for a solid target tonight in a thin slate for goalies.
Jonathan Quick ($7,500), LA vs. CLS– This will mark the first time I have written up a Kings goalie all season, so bear with me if I sound a bit nervous. Quick has actually put up decent stats at home this year, where he’s averaged 13.1 DKFP and a .914 save percentage. Making this an even better spot for Quick is the fact the Blue Jackets remain a terrible offensive team, ranking just 26th in goals per game, despite averaging 33 SOG per game–10th most in the league. Despite the Kings’ poor season and Quick’s incredibly poor stats, the veteran looks like a decent value target in net tonight against a weak opponent.
Value on DefenseSean Walker ($3,400), LA vs. CLS– Walker’s been getting consistent power play time for the Kings of late, averaging just under a minute of man-advantage exposure per game. He’s also recorded assists in two of his last three starts. In addition, Walker’s shown a bit of an uptick in other categories, as he’s now recorded two or more blocked shots in three straight games and has seen his TOI hit over the 20-minute mark in three straight games as his role on the Kings’ thin defensive core continues to grow. With decent peripheral stats, and a seemingly growing chunk of ice time, Walker looks like a decent value play on defense tonight as the Kings take on the Blue Jackets, who make for a solid matchup for their power play.
Power Play DefensemenNeal Pionk ($4,700), WPG at MTL– Pionk remains the Jets’ primary point-man on the power play and he comes into this game with four assists in his last three games—two of which have come on the power play. While he’s not a heavy shooter, Pionk has still averaged two SOG over his last 10 games and will get the luxury of facing off against the Canadiens here, who feature the seventh-worst penalty kill in the league. At under 5k in price, he’s looking far too cheap for a player in a great offensive role in a better than average matchup. He makes a nice stacking partner with one of the Jets’ red-hot L1 forwards tonight as well.
Oscar Klefbom ($6,200), EDM at TOR– Klefbom has been quiet for the last two games since returning from injury, but like McDavid ($7,500), there’s reason to think tonight could result in a big bounce-back game of sorts for the Swedish defender. Despite the slow two games, Klefbom still leads the league in blocked shots by more than 30 and faces off against a Leafs team here that averages the seventh-most SOG per game and allows the seventh-most SOG per game. The Oilers’ power play, which ranks first in the league in efficiency, is also in a good spot here against a weaker Leafs penalty kill, setting Klefbom up for what could be a night where his strong tertiary production gets matched by some power play points as well.
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