Nathan MacKinnon

There are four games in the NHL on Wednesday, and only the matchup between the Coyotes and Canucks is projected to be close. Washington and Calgary are both receiving notable chalk on home ice, whereas the Avalanche are significant favorites over Anaheim. The Ducks are also the only team playing the second leg of a back-to-back set.


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Top Line Stacks

Flames vs. Blue Jackets

Johnny Gaudreau ($6,400) – Sean Monahan ($6,000) – Elias Lindholm ($5,800)

With the Blue Jackets riddled with injuries and reeling along a 2-5-5 stretch with 3.4 goals against per 60 minutes, Calgary’s No. 1 line is positioned to continue playing well. The trio has clicked for 15 tallies and 18 helpers through the past 12 games and combined for a rock-solid 5.11 goals per hour dating back to the beginning of last season.

Canucks vs. Coyotes

J.T. Miller ($6,000) – Elias Pettersson ($7,100) – Tyler Toffoli ($6,700)

The Canucks are struggling along a 4-7-2 stretch, which includes three consecutive losses. They return to home ice following a four-game road trip and draw the struggling Coyotes (active 7-11-4 record), so expect a rebound showing from Vancouver. Pettersson, Miller and Toffoli have been carrying the weight offensively with 10 goals and 12 assists through the past six games, which adds up to a reasonable cap hit considering their current form.

Superstar to Build Around

Nathan MacKinnon, COL vs. ANA ($8,500) – The price is steep, but it’s impossible to overlook the matchup MacKinnon lands in Wednesday. Plus, he’s only scored three goals — 4.1 shooting percentage — through 16 games since the beginning of February. Anaheim surrendered five goals to Chicago on Tuesday, and the Ducks have now allowed 3.32 goals per hour on the road this season. It’s also worth noting, that while the goals have dried up, MacKinnon has still recorded double-digit DraftKings points in 13 of the noted 16 games.

Value on Offense

Evgeny Kuznetsov, WAS vs. PHI ($5,800) – The Russian has five assists through his past six games and is currently centering Alex Ovechkin ($8,500) at even strength. The duo has clicked for 5.56 goals per 60 minutes over the past three years, and the Flyers have been significantly worse defensively on the road this season with the third-most goals allowed per game in the league.

Nick Schmaltz, ARI at VAN ($3,800) – While never a high-volume shooter or prolific goalscorer, Schmaltz is still too talented to go 25 games with just a single goal. The 24-year-old forward is projected to continue skating with Christian Dvorak ($4,800) and Taylor Hall ($6,900) on Wednesday, which positions him atop the Arizona depth chart in all offensive situations. Vancouver has also allowed 17 goals through its past four games, so it could prove to be a favorable matchup, too.

Martin Kaut, COL vs. ANA ($2,600) – The rookie has produced a respectable two goals and an assist through his past six games and is skating in a middle-six role and receiving occasional power-play looks. As noted, Anaheim has been a mess defensively, but depth is also a major issue for the Ducks. Expect Kaut to see a lot of favorable on-ice matchups.

Stud Goalies

Pavel Francouz, COL vs. ANA ($8,500) – Rarely does spending this much in goal provide a strategic advantage, but there’s definitely a strong case for rolling out Francouz on Wednesday. He’s won six consecutive starts with just eight goals against, and Anaheim is in a vulnerable schedule spot and scored the fourth-fewest goals in the league over the past 25 games. Additionally, the hefty cap hit could help keep the rookie’s ownership in check.

Thatcher Demko, VAN vs. ARI ($8,100) – As noted, the Canucks are in need of a bounce-back win, and this should be a favorable matchup. The Coyotes have scored just 1.85 goals per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 on the road this season — third-fewest in the league, and Vancouver is significantly better on home ice (20-7-4 with just 2.65 goals against per game). Demko is also 7-1-1 at Rogers Arena.

Value on Defense

Erik Gustafsson, CGY vs. CLS ($3,900) – It’s been a relatively quiet start to his Calgary tenure for Gustafsson. He’s recorded just two assists through four games, but his salary is also reasonable, and he continues to skate with the No. 1 power-play unit. As a result, Gustafsson checks out as a solid addition to a Calgary stack, and especially out of a shallow defense pool.

Samuel Girard, COL vs. ANA ($3,800) – Another Av to target, Girard’s value could skyrocket if Cale Makar ($6,000) misses another game. Anaheim’s struggles have been hammered home, and Girard’s been solid of late with four points through his past four games.

Power-Play Defenseman

John Carlson, WAS vs. PHI ($7,600) – The Flyers’ road struggles also include an underwhelming 77.0 penalty-kill percentage, so Carlson and the Caps land in a favorable matchup. While he’s cooled off slightly with just four assists through his past eight outings, the power-play quarterback paces all defensemen in points per 60 minutes this season and has reached the shots and/or blocks bonuses in 26 of 65 games to affirm his high-floor, high-ceiling profile.

Alexander Edler, VAN vs. ARI ($6,400) – With Quinn Hughes ($5,700) projected to miss Wednesday’s contest, look for Edler to skate with the No. 1 power-play unit. It’s a notable value boost for the Swede, and he already offers a high floor. Edler’s collected nine points, 20 shots and 29 blocks through his past 11 games.

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