Sidney Crosby

It’s a busy 10-game slate for this Thursday with lots of player news to keep an eye on. Both Chris Kreider (foot) and Steven Stamkos (core) are out for a prolonged period of time, which means there will be some opportunity for bottom-six players on both teams to take on bigger roles. The Rangers host the Capitals tonight, while the Lightning host the Canadiens. Tomas Tater (upper body) of the Canadiens is also out, and Jeff Carter ($4,500; lower body) of the Kings are is day-to-day and questionable for tonight. The Kings will host the Leafs tonight in Los Angeles


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Top Line Stacks

Oilers at Blackhawks

Leon Draisaitl ($7,800) – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($6,200) – Kailer Yamamoto ($5,200)

With Yamamoto back from injury, the Oilers recently reunited this line and the three haven’t missed a beat. They combined for 10 points two games ago against Nashville with Draisaitl picking up five points and four goals. The Oilers stud looks to be leading the Hart trophy race at the moment and gets a great matchup tonight against a Blackhawks team that allows the most shots against per game and features the 10th-worst goals-against average (GAA) in the league. On his wing, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ DraftKings price remains insanely reasonable for a player that comes into tonight’s game in a great matchup and having averaged 17.1 DKFP per game now over his last 10 starts. Nugent-Hopkins and Draisaitl will also combine on Edmonton’s league-leading and historically good power-play — giving them immense upside pretty much every night.

Superstar to Target

Sidney Crosby ($7,600), PIT at BUF Crosby and the Penguins are coming off a strong bounce-back performance in which they pummeled the Senators, and Crosby posted a 33.5 DKFP game. They get an equally bad opponent tonight in the Sabres, who feature the league’s worst penalty-kill and have allowed three or more goals against in four straight games. The Penguins’ new acquisitions look to finally be getting comfortable in the offense, and Crosby should be in a spot, where he can focus on being aggressive in the offensive zone again against such a weak team. At well under $8K, he’s setting up as a solid core play in a matchup you should 100% be looking to target tonight in DFS.

Value on Offense

Evander Kane ($5,700), SJS vs. MIN Kane has started to show life after a slow start from his return after a mid-year, 10-game suspension. The streaky goal-scorer now has three goals and six points in his last three games. Skating on a line with Logan Couture ($5,600) — who makes for a fantastic stacking target with Kane — his upside looks tremendous here against a Wild team who features the fifth-worst penalty-kill in the league and has been a poor road team most of the year. Kane’s not super cheap, but at under $6K, he should be looked at as tremendous value considering his recent form.

Adrian Kempe ($3,600), LAK vs. TOR Kempe hasn’t seen a huge bump in his role with the Kings, even after they made some moves at the deadline, but the third-liner remains a vital part of their first-unit PP and is averaging three SOG and 17 minutes of ice time per game over his last 10 starts. The Kings’ offensive players get a great matchup, as well, as the Leafs have the sixth-worst penalty-kill in the league and allow the 11th-most SOG per game. Kempe’s a solid, cheap way to get exposure to the LA skaters tonight.

Stud Goalies

Anton Khudobin ($7,300), DAL at NAS Khudobin has been seeing increased action lately with the injury to Ben Bishop (day-to-day) and looks likely to get the start tonight in Nashville. The Russian netminder has only allowed more than three goals once in his last five appearances and has averaged 17.2 DKFP in 20 road appearances this year. The Nashville offense has been stagnant most of the season and features the fifth-worst power-play in the league. Even though Dallas is just slight favorites on the moneyline, Khudobin looks like a great value given his recent form and the Preds’ offensive weakness.

Frederik Andersen ($7,900), TOR at LAK Anderson has been solid of late, recording wins in each of his last three starts. The Leafs’ goalie has also been better on the road this year and comes into this game flashing a .912 save percentage and a 16-6 road record in 23 road starts this year. The L.A. offense is averaging just 2.5 goals per game, and just traded away two of their more skilled offensive players, so even the Leafs’ shoddy defense should be able to limit the number of dangerous scoring chances here. Anderson’s decent value at under $8K in this spot.

Value on Defense

Mike Reilly ($4,200), OTT vs. NYI Reilly has continued to produce in DFS, as he’s taken on a larger role for the Senators in the second portion of the season. The former Canadian has been seeing consistent power-play time for the Senators of late and now has three power-play points over his past 10-games. Averaging 9.7 DKFP and over 21 minutes of ice-time over his last 10-games, his upside in both the SOG and blocked shots categories has been evident of late, as he’s now hit these bonuses five times (combined) over his last 10-games as well. The Islanders aren’t a terrible matchup either, as they sit just league average this year in both shots allowed and penalty-kill. Even though his price is up a bit, Reilly looks like a solid target here in the low 4k range.

Power-Play Defensemen

Torey Krug ($5,200), BOS at FLA The Bruins take on the Panthers tonight, who feature the league’s 11th-worst penalty-kill and come into tonight’s game having allowed three or more goals in five of their last six games. Krug sees well over three minutes of power-play time per night on the league’s second-best power-play unit and remains a great upside play in matchups like this, even if he doesn’t see as much ice time as some of the other elite defenseman in the league. He’s a solid stacking target if you’re going after the Bruins potent PP1 unit tonight.

Darnell Nurse ($5,500), EDM at CHI The Oilers will be facing off against a solid penalty-kill here, as the Blackhawks feature the seventh-best penalty-kill in the league. As mentioned above, however, Edmonton’s power-play is a cut above the rest, hitting at a near 30% clip right now. Nurse is still seeing big minutes on special teams given the injury to Oscar Klefbom (shoulder) and comes into this game averaging over 26 minutes of ice time and three blocked shots per game over his last 10 starts. At well under 6k, he’s been producing like an elite D-man of late and makes for a great target here, regardless of whether you decide to stack him with an Oilers forward or not

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