Darcy Kuemper

This Friday has a nice and tidy six-game slate attached to it with a couple early starts, a couple late ones, and two more stacked in between. There’s not a ton of injury news to follow tonight as the three biggest names on the injury report—Hampus Lindholm ($5,300), Cale Makar ($5,500) and Mark Stone ($7,500)—all seem likely to miss tonight’s games for their respective squads. On the playoff front, the Avalanche take on the Canucks tonight in Vancouver while the Flames host the Coyotes in a couple of big Western Conference games with big playoff implications.

TOP OPTIONS TO CONSIDER


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Top Line Stacks

VAN vs. COL

Elias Pettersson ($6,300) – Tyler Toffoli ($6,000) – J.T. Miller ($5,600)

The Canucks come into this game reeling a bit, having lost four games in a row. Despite the poor recent record, their newly formed top-line has flashed some big upside of late, as the trade deadline acquisition of Toffoli has seen solid returns right from the get-go. This top-6 trio has now combined for over 50.0 DKFP between them on two separate occasions over their past four games and is setting up as one of the better correlation stacks in the entire league at the moment. The Avalanche are a bit of a neutral matchup, but they do allow the 15th most shots against per game and will be without both their starting goalie and a top-4 defenseman for this game. Considering the prices on all three players have dropped a little, this trio sets up as a solid under-the-radar stack on a slate with several good offensive matchups to consider.


Superstar to Target

Nathan MacKinnon ($8,700), COL at VAN McKinnon’s DraftKings price has risen with his recent offensive outburst, but there may be no price too high to consider paying for the Colorado stud tonight. The Canucks have received awful goaltending of late, having allowed 18 goals in their past four games, and will again be going with a non-Jacob Markstrom option in net. McKinnon has come alive of late and has hit the DK SOG bonus in four straight games. The center only has eight points in his past 10-games, but three of those came in his last two outings. He may have finally found a winger who he can gel with in Vladislav Namestnikov ($3,900)—who also represents a great value play tonight on McKinnon’s wing. McKinnon is expensive, but his price shouldn’t stop you from making him a core target on this medium-sized slate.


Value on Offense

Clayton Keller ($4,600), ARI at CAL Keller has been moved up onto the Coyotes’ top line alongside Taylor Hall ($6,900) and the results have been extremely solid thus far. He has now recorded four goals and six points over his last four games. While it’s been a little bit of feast or famine for Keller this year, there’s no doubt the winger has proven to have upside comparable to a lot of 6k-and-above wingers on DraftKings when placed in this top-line role. The matchup here isn’t terrible either, as Calgary’s goaltenders have been terrible at times this season. The Flames have ceded the eighth-most SOG per game this year as well.

Dylan Strome ($4,000), CHI at DET Strome has finally started to come alive of late for the Blackhawks, as he enters this game with four points in his last two games. The 22-year-old is centering a line with Patrick Kane ($7,700) attached to it at even strength, which definitely adds to his upside on a nightly basis. Even if he’s not seeing a ton of special teams work, the matchup against the Red Wings makes this a good spot to roll him, given the Wings still sport the worst GAA in the league and make for a fantastic match-up for the Blackhawks’ top-6 forwards. Strome’s a solid stacking target or standalone value here.


Stud Goalies

Darcy Kuemper ($7,200), ARZ at CAL Kuemper was a beast in his last outing for the Coyotes, stopping 36-of-38 SOG faced in a 4-2 road win. The Coyotes have a tough road matchup against the Flames tonight, but Kuemper’s price should make him a solid target here, nonetheless. Calgary has been an up-and-down home team this year, and come in with just a 15-12-4 home record. The Coyotes have found themselves on a bit of a roll of late with wins in three of their past four games led by an offense that is averaging 4.25 goals over that span. Kuemper’s been solid when healthy this year and is a nice pay-down target here, especially here given his team’s improved play of late.

Marc-Andre Fleury ($7,900) – Fleury has played well of late for the Golden Knights, who come into tonight’s game with the Jets as solid -135 road favorites. Despite coming off a poor game against the Kings, the veteran has recorded wins in five of his past six starts and gets a Jets team who has had trouble finding the back of the net of late, having failed to score more than three goals in six straight games. At under 8k in price and with some less appealing options priced above him in goal tonight, Fleury looks like solid value considering the production he’s provided on DraftKings over his past 10 games.


Value on Defense

Samuel Girard ($4,100), COL at VAN Girard has been thrust into a big role for Colorado with the injury to Cale Makar (upper body). The 21-year-old played over 28 minutes in the Avalanche’s first game without Makar and also took his spot on the PP1. That role contains a ton of upside for fantasy, as he’ll be alongside one of the best players in hockey in Nathan McKinnon ($8,700). The volume alone makes Girard a screaming buy at this price tag and his special teams role means you’ll be hard-pressed to find his kind of upside even with players priced well above him tonight. To round things out, the Canucks goaltending has been terrible ever since Jacob Markstrom went down and has now allowed 18 goals in their last four games. Girard is an extreme buy at this price.


Power-Play Defensemen

Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($4,700), ARI at CAL With injuries on the backend, Ekman-Larsson has stepped up his game for the Coyotes over the last little stretch and comes into this matchup with the Flames having scored five points in his last four games. Larsson’s always been a well-rounded defenseman, but his offensive production can be hit or miss. He’s now playing full-time for the Coyotes on the PP1, however, and has also recorded 11 SOG now in his last three games. The Flames are a neutral matchup, as they do have solid special teams but suspect goaltending. Larsson’s bigger role and the fact he’s averaging well over 23 minutes a night at the moment still make him a solid value target here.

Shea Theodore ($6,300), VGK at WPG Theodore remains a driving force the Golden Knights on their power play, as he enters this game in Winnipeg with 16 power-play points on the year. Even though his price has gone up, his peripheral stats have also risen of late, as he’s now averaging 4.0 SOG per game over his last 10 starts. The matchup here also makes Theodore very enticing as a pay-up target, as the Jets have the ninth-worst penalty kill in the league and are terrible at limiting shots against, currently allowing the seventh-most shots on goal per game. With an incredible floor due to his shot rate and a terrific matchup for Vegas’ 11th-ranked power play, this is as good a spot as any to pay up for the emerging D-man.


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