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Highest Vegas Totals
– Ottawa Senators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets – 5.5
– Chicago Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers – 5.5
– Boston Bruins vs. Colorado Avalanche – 5.5
Stud Goalies (to avoid playing skaters against)
Corey Crawford ($7,600): Crawford is the most studly goalie going on Wednesday night and has a fantastic matchup with the lowly Flyers. Crawford has surrendered five goals in two starts so far this season but comes into Wednesday night’s game on five days rest against an offense that has managed only four goals in its first three games.
Top Line of the Night
Ryan Johansen ($6,200) – Brandon Saad ($5,700) – Nick Foligno ($6,000) – Team Name
Although the Blue Jackets have underperformed this season the top-line of Johansen, Saad and Foligno has been as advertised. Johansen has found the score sheet in all three of Columbus’ games this season while both Saad and Foligno have each scored in two games. All three in this trio are averaging over 3.5 points per game in DFS on DraftKings and they have a favorable matchup with the Senators on Wednesday in Columbus.
Top Upside and Value at Defense
Erik Karlsson ($6,800): It’s hard to argue against putting Karlsson in your lineup. Yes, he costs more than players like Giroux, MacKinnon, Toews and Voracek. And yes, he only has three assists on the season. But he’s going up against a Columbus team that is allowing over four GA per game through their first three games. Pay the premium and put Karlsson in your lineup.
Francois Beauchemin ($3,500): Beauchemin was an underrated defensemen for the Ducks last season but was buried behind a talented group of young blueliners. Now in Colorado, Beauchemin is seeing an increased role in the team’s offense and is reaping the benefits with five assists, six SOG and 12 blocked shots in the team’s first two games. Roll Beauchemin in a matchup with the defensively depleted Bruins.
Best Superstar to Build Lineups Around
Patrick Kane ($7,600): Kane has come out on a mission this season to prove that he current off-ice issues will not be a distraction and his play to date has proven that. Six points (3G, 3A) and 17 shots in three games, the only DFS forward with a higher DFS point-per-game average is Gabriel Landeskog (8.3.) Make room for Kane in your lineup against Philadelphia who is bottom-six in the NHL in goals against on the season.
Best Value Plays to Fill out your lineup with
Artemi Panarin ($3,700): Panarin has settled in nicely to life in the NHL since arriving from Russia this offseason. Panarin had a breakout offensive campaign in the KHL last season and has parlayed that into a top-six role with the Blackhawks. Playing on Chicago’s second line with Patrick Kane and Artem Anisimov, Panarin has four points (2G, 2A) and eight shots in the Blackhawks first three games. With that price tag and playing with Kane, he’s a must start against Philly.
David Pastrnak ($4,600):Pastrnak was one of the bright spots for the Bruins last season after being their first round draft pick in 2014 and forcing his way to a call up thanks to his his stellar play as an 18-year old in the AHL. He burst onto the scene and held his own for the Bruins last season and has kept that up nicely with three points (1G, 2A), four hits and 13 shots in the Bruins three games to date. He is one of the bright spots for Boston and will get plenty of chances to produce in their top-six.
Brad Marchand ($4,800) Marchand is the sparkplug and agitator for the Bruins, but after suffering a concussion last week he is questionable to play on Wednesday against Colorado. He is traveling with the team, which is a good sign, but he will only see the ice if he’s completely ready to go. Monitor his status throughout the day.
Steve Mason ($6,900) Mason took the last few days off due to personal reasons and ceded some playing time to Michael Neuvirth, who pitched a shutout Monday against Florida. Philly might roll the hot hand against Chicago and give Mason a day to get back to skating, check on this later in the day.
Make sure to check out the NHL Line Stacks and NHL Targets posts later today before finalizing your lineups. As always for any DFS Hockey questions or comments this season, find me on Twitter at: @JHarding_Hockey