The NHL has just three games on the schedule Wednesday with the Philadelphia Flyers against the Detroit Red Wings, as the only game featuring teams fighting for a spot in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. But DraftKings owners should not hesitate to jump at the opportunity to enter a contest or two tonight as the limited choices mean that big money can be won by carefully assembling a mix of higher-priced players with a selection of under-the-radar picks. Here is who to target.
Cam Talbot – EDM vs. VAN – $7,300 – Owners will have to wait to see who Oilers coach Todd McLellan goes with in goal tonight after his team turned in a thoroughly uninspired effort Saturday with Talbot taking a 5-0 loss at home against the Calgary Flames. It’s important in daily fantasy that an unconventional pick or two comes through, as a great performance from a likely lesser-owned goaltender like Talbot can send you soaring to the top of your respective contest. McLellan went on a rant about eliminating bad habits after the loss Saturday, so it’s likely that the Oilers will turn it up against the Pacific Division-rival Canucks. Talbot is 2-0-2 with a 1.93 goals-against average in four career starts against Vancouver, including a shutout in his last game against the Canucks on Mar. 18.
Jimmy Howard – DET vs. PHI – $7,600 – Since the Red Wings have made the playoffs for 24 straight seasons, history would indicate that they should be able to claim the last playoff spot in either the Atlantic Division or the Wild Card. The veteran Howard has stepped up in place of struggling starter Petr Mrazek ($7,900) with a 3-1-0 record and 2.14 GAA in his past four appearances. Owners should do well with either goalie in a very important home game against the Flyers.
Others to Consider: Garret Sparks ($7,000)
Mike Green – DET vs. PHI – $5,300 – The veteran defender should provide owners with plenty of production without breaking the bank when the Red Wings host the Flyers. Although he has been far from a fantasy stud this season; Green has turned it on when it mattered most with six points (three goals, three assists) and eight shots on goal over the past six games. Owners might as well ride it out with the depth defender as another good game by Green can do wonders for your fantasy team.
“The Flyers power-play point man has 12 points (one goal, 11 assists), 17 blocked shots and 16 SOG in 13 career games against Detroit”
Mark Streit– PHI vs. DET – $4,500 – For owners that don’t choose their goaltender from the Red Wings, going with one defender from the Red Wings and one from the Flyers should be a sound strategy. Based on the recent scoring pattern by Streit, the veteran defender should be due for registering at least a point tonight. Streit has been held scoreless in three straight games, but the last time he went cold for more than three games was a six-game stretch from Feb. 13-23. Rolling with Streit at the Red Wings brings tremendous potential for a huge return; the Flyers power-play point man has 12 points (one goal, 11 assists), 17 blocked shots and 16 SOG in 13 career games against Detroit.
Others to Consider: Seth Jones ($5,200), Niklas Kronwall ($4,000), Ryan Murray ($3,900), Jordan Oesterle ($3,500)
Connor McDavid, C – EDM vs. VAN – $7,300 – The end of the season for a perpetually struggling team like the Oilers means that the rookie McDavid should continue showcasing his superb skills and giving fans something to look forward to next year. McDavid has been held scoreless in two straight games after a seven-game point streak, but it’s safe to assume he’ll get back on track in a no-pressure, home game tonight. The Oilers center has 24 points (six goals, 18 assists) and 52 SOG in 23 home games this season.
“Either of the Sedin twins can be counted on to provide great value for DraftKings owners”
Daniel Sedin, LW – VAN vs. EDM – $5,900 – Either of the Sedin twins can be counted on to provide great value for DraftKings owners, so tonight is as good a time as any to get the winger in your lineup. While a goal, assist and 10 SOG over the past three games is reason enough to go with Daniel, his 80 points (36 goals, 44 assists) in 82 career games against Edmonton makes him as close to a sure thing as you can get on the light night Wednesday.
Others to Consider: Jakub Voracek ($6,000), Brandon Saad ($5,600), Henrik Zetterberg ($5,300), Henrik Sedin ($4,600)