There are only three games on the docket Wednesday in DraftKings fantasy hockey, and the marquee matchup is a repeat of last spring’s Stanley Cup Finals between the Golden Knights and Capitals. It’s also worth noting that Philadelphia plays the second leg of a back-to-back set in Ottawa, and the Coyotes will look to score their first goal of the campaign during their road date with the Ducks.
Top Line Stacks
Flyers at SenatorsTravis Konecny ($5,000) – Sean Couturier ($6,500) – Claude Giroux ($6,200)
Philadelphia’s top line has combined for a modest goal and five assists through the first three games of the season, but the trio connected for 4.55 goals per 60 minutes last season and draws a favorable matchup against Ottawa on Wednesday. The Sens have allowed 13 tallies through three games and ice one of the most inexperienced lineups in the league. It also helps that Konecny, Couturier and Giroux don’t break the bank.
Senators vs. FlyersRyan Dzingel ($5,100) – Zack Smith ($4,300) – Mark Stone ($5,200)
This is a low-priced line to target. The Flyers enter this road contest on the wrong end of back-to-back games after being shelled by San Jose 8-2 on Tuesday. It would be shocking if there wasn’t some pushback from Philadelphia, and this is a new-look line combination for Ottawa, so there’s a lot of risk. However, all three Sens project to see power-play time, and the trio opens cap space to spend up elsewhere. Additionally, this could be a low-owned stack.
Superstar to Build Around
Alex Ovechkin, WAS vs. VGK ($7,800) – No. 8 has started the season how he finished off 2017-18 with two tallies, a helper and eight shots on net, and Ovechkin also fared well against Vegas in the finals last spring recording three goals, five points and 19 shots during the five-game series. The high-volume shooter provides a high floor, and in a small player pool, that’s all the more valuable. The Golden Knights are off to a slow start with 3.33 goals allowed per game and are also playing the front end of a back-to-back road set.
Value on Offense
Clayton Keller, ARI at ANA ($5,300) – The sophomore put the NHL on notice last season with an impressive 65-point campaign last, and he’s primed to mark the scoresheet Wednesday after failing to register a point in consecutive games to start 2018-19. The Ducks are dealing with a number of injuries, and Keller is locked into an offensive role, including skating with the No. 1 power-play unit. Keller attempting 11 shots through two games is encouraging, too.
Brett Connolly, WAS vs. VGK ($4,700) – Skating with Alex Ovechkin ($7,800) and Evgeny Kuznetsov ($6,200) on the top line, Connolly has registered an assist and eight shots through the first two games of the season. The Golden Knights have looked shaky to begin the year with 3.16 goals allowed per 60 minutes, so Connolly’s new role and an uptick in shot volume stand out.
Derek Stepan, ARI at ANA ($4,200) – It’s rare to find a No. 1 center in this price range, and while the veteran has gone consecutive games without finding the scoresheet, he recorded nine shots and 13 shot attempts last time out against the Ducks. It also helps that Anaheim is without a number of regulars, and Stepan doesn’t even need a huge offensive showing to return value on his salary.
Braden Holtby, WAS vs. VGK ($7,800) – Coming off a disastrous 7-6 overtime loss, Holtby’s a bounce-back candidate with a discounted salary. He went 22-7-2 with a .921 save percentage and 2.41 goals-against average at home last season and also shut down an admirable Boston offense on Opening Night with a 25-save shutout. Vegas enters scoring just 1.19 goals and generating only 11.1 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes at five-on-five to start the campaign, too.
Antti Raanta ($6,900) – Since joining Arizona, Raanta owns an elite .930 save percentage and 2.23 goals-against average through 49 games. The Coyotes are off to a 0-2 start and haven’t scored a goal yet, so the Finish netminder definitely carries a degree of risk. Still, at this salary, Raanta also offers contest-winning upside from a shallow goalie pool.
Value on Defense
Colin Miller, VGK at WAS ($4,300) – The 25-year-old defenseman had a sneaky good showing in 2017-18 with 41 points and an eighth-ranked 15.9 shot attempts per 60 minutes among defensemen. Miller is also skating with the No. 1 power-play unit and has averaged 23:01 of ice time through the first three games of the season. He’s a potential contrarian play if fading Braden Holtby ($7,800).
Dmitry Orlov, WAS vs. VGK ($4,000) – A high-floor option at a manageable price, Orlov has yet to find the scoresheet through two games but has buoyed his fantasy value with six shots and four blocked shots. The Russian is playing top defensive minutes (23:11 per game) and skating with the No. 2 power-play unit, so his significant role also offers a dash of upside — especially in the noted potentially favorable matchup.
Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI at OTT ($5,700) – A top option to turn to — and especially as part of a Philadelphia stack — Gostisbehere’s 2.33 points per 60 minutes topped all regular defensemen last year. He finally found the scoresheet with a goal during Tuesday’s loss to San Jose, and Gostisbehere also registered an impressive six shots. It wouldn’t be surprising if he was highly owned, though.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI at ANA ($4,800) – Offense has been hard to come by for Arizona thus far, as the Coyotes have been shut out in consecutive games to start the season. It sets up Ekman-Larsson as the perfect buy-low candidate, however. The 27-year-old Swede has logged 26:01 of ice time per contest (3:29 with the man advantage) and recorded four shots and two blocked shots. Taking a flier on a breakout showing from Ekman-Larsson and the Coyotes at this price has plenty of upside.
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