With NBA action paused due to the All-Star break, it was primarily a hockey night on DraftKings. However, there was some smaller scale NBA and NFL news.
Report: DeMarre Carroll to be bought out by Spurs, expected to sign with Rockets — This was a move that seemed relatively easy to anticipate. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, San Antonio has agreed to buy out the remainder of Carroll’s contract and Houston is the frontrunner to sign the 33-year-old veteran. Carroll would make a lot of sense in the Rockets’ new system, as he profiles in a very similar manner to P.J. Tucker and Robert Covington. In fact, Carroll’s played a considerable amount at the four in recent seasons and he owns a career 35.9% shooting rate from 3-point range. Carroll’s logged only 135 minutes for the Spurs in 2019-20, last appearing in a game on Jan. 8. Houston has already added Jeff Green, per Tim MacMahon of ESPN. Green averaged 7.8 points and 2.7 rebounds in 30 games this season with Utah. — Garion Thorne
Anthony Firkser signs a one-year contract with the Titans — The Titans agreed to a one-year deal with Firkser, who would have been an exclusive rights free agent next month. Firkser played 12 games and caught 19 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown during the regular season. He also became the first TE from Harvard to catch a touchdown in the postseason with a touchdown against New England. Firkser will rejoin Jonnu Smith on the TE depth chart along with possibly Delanie Walker, who could reportedly be a cap casualty this summer or choose to retire after another injury-shortened season in 2019. — Zach Thompson
Before all of the NHL games finished up, the Canucks announced that two of their wings would be down for an extended period. Brock Boeser has a rib cartilage fracture and will be re-evaluated in three weeks, while Micheal Ferland (concussion) will miss the remainder of the season. It helped explain the trade they made on Monday night with the Kings:
Tyler Toffoli traded to Canucks — Toffoli has been traded to Vancouver for Tim Schaller, a 2020 second-round pick and prospect Tyler Madden. Toffoli finished his eight-year stint in Los Angeles in style, picking up a hat trick in the Kings’ win over Colorado on Friday, just his second multi-goal performance of 2019-20. Still, he’s easily been a bright spot in what’s been a down offensive season for Los Angeles, as Toffoli will exit leading the team in goals (18) and ranking third on the squad in total points (34). The 27-year-old’s best campaign came back in 2015-16, when Toffoli netted a career-high 31 goals in 82 games. The Canucks can certainly use the forward, as it was revealed following the acquisition that Brock Boeser (ribs) will miss at least three more weeks. — Garion Thorne
NIGHTLY RECAPThe NHL had five games, and here’s how DK Live recapped some of the night’s most noteworthy performances. To read all of these recaps in real time, download the DK Live app.
Andrew Mangiapane nets a hat trick in win vs. Ducks — Despite entering Monday afternoon’s slate as heavy favorites over Anaheim, Calgary found itself in a shaky situation three minutes into the third period. The team looked flat and the Flames were trailing the Ducks by a 3-1 margin. However, five unanswered goals tends to be a solid solution to most problems. Calgary eventually took down Anaheim by a score of 6-4, with Mangiapane ($3,500; 41.0 DKFP) doing most of the heavy lifting. The former sixth-round pick collected his first career hat trick in the win, a feat made all the more impressive by the fact that Mangiapane had only mustered two goals in his previous 20 games. Matthew Tkachuk ($6,000; 28.5 DKFP) was also productive, finishing with two points on eight shots. — Garion Thorne
Bread is rising. pic.twitter.com/TUmzLpqjse— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) February 17, 2020
Brent Burns collects a pair of assists in loss vs. Panthers — Burns’ ($7,200; 23.1 DKFP) DFS production is way down in 2019-20 after averaging more than a point per contest last season; however, he has seemed to turn a corner as of late. In fact, coming into Monday’s tilt with Florida, the former Norris Trophy winner was riding a five-game point streak. Burns would extend said point streak in San Jose’s 5-3 loss at the hands of the Panthers, assisting on the team’s final two goals of the afternoon. He’d also reach the bonus by getting five shots on net. Still, despite the recent personal success, this was just the fourth-time this season that Burns has exceeded the 20.0 DKFP plateau. — Garion Thorne
💰🏦💰 @Str8ToTheBanc | #SJSharks pic.twitter.com/VtOBqhlHUO — San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) February 17, 2020
Mikko Rantanen (upper body) injured in Monday’s game; expected to miss multiple weeks — It’s been a tough week for Colorado. After losing Nazem Kadri (lower body) and Matt Calvert (lower body) in the past seven days, Rantanen ($6,600; 7.8 DKFP) was forced to leave this evening’s contest against Tampa Bay due an upper body issue. The ailment appeared to occur following a collision with Erik Cernak ($3,600) that sent Rantanen crashing into the boards. The Avalanche announced after the game that Rantanen would be out for weeks due to the injury, and Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now is reporting that Rantanen has a broken collarbone, which would sideline him for 6-8 weeks. It’s a huge blow to Colorado, as Rantanen is currently second on the team in goals (19) and is on the heels of consecutive 80-point seasons. — Garion Thorne
A LOOK AHEADTuesday has a seven-game NHL slate on DraftKings. The featured contest is the $150K Hockey Week Dangle. Set your lineups here: NHL $150K Hockey Week Dangle [$25K to 1st].
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