Another day, another chance for Patrick Kane to extend his point streak. We’re back to another busy night in the NHL with seven games on tap for Thursday. There are plenty of favorable matchups to pounce on and proven players who have displayed consistent DraftKings production for most of the season. As always, be wary of line changes and injury implications as you look to build a winning lineup. Here are some targets at each position:
Ben Bishop ($7,800) – After the Lightning’s successful California road trip (2-1-0), it’s about time Bishop gets the goal support he deserves — and what better time for it to come than against a divisional foe on home ice. Bishop has allowed two goals or fewer in 16 of his 22 games this season (nearly 75 percent), and is among the top five goalies League-wide in goals-against average and save percentage. Ottawa’s offense is red-hot, but the Sens are also allowing the most shots on goal per game in the NHL. With the Lightning getting healthy and sitting on the outside looking in on the Stanley Cup Playoff race, the time is now for Bishop to keep it going and for his teammates to give him a lift at Amalie Arena, where he’s only 6-4-1 despite a .927 save percentage.
Brian Elliott ($7,100) – Elliott is no longer in a timeshare situation — he’s fighting for respect and playing time. Jake Allen is the No. 1 goalie in St. Louis, and Elliott being confirmed for Thursday is simply a spot start. But you have to like the matchup here for Elliott, who hasn’t won since Oct. 18 (0-2-2 since opening season on four-game win streak) but is among the League leaders in shutouts per game since joining the Blues in 2011-12. The Blues are killing 86.9 of their opponent’s penalties this season (2nd in NHL), which could certainly neutralize the potent Flyers’ power play.
Others to consider: Philipp Grubauer ($6,800), Chad Johnson ($6,600), Connor Hellebuyck ($6,400)
Kevin Shattenkirk ($5,400) – With a relatively unaltered price, Shattenkirk is a guy you should roll out every night in DFS. His last game was a perfect example of why he can be so dangerous: one goal, one assist, four blocked shots and three shots on goal for 9.5 DraftKings points. Shattenkirk, who has racked up blocked shots (28) and SOG (39) through 18 games this season, has 10 points in his past 10 games and 14 on the season. He has nine points in as many home games this season and is tied for ninth on the defenseman price scale — $2,000 cheaper than most expensive blueliner Erik Karlsson, who visits Tampa Bay in a much tougher matchup.
Rasmus Ristolainen ($5,000) – Ristolainen has the same DraftKings points per contest average (3.5) as Shattenkirk, but is cheaper and has done it over a longer stretch (28 games) with a strong blocked shot peripheral and more than 2.5 SOG per game. He’s done most of his damage on the road, with 10 points in 13 games away from home (4.1 DraftKings points per contest on road). The Flames have won seven straight at home against a tough stretch of opponents, so this nightcap has letdown written all over it with a gutsy, healthy Sabres squad in town. It’s been mostly assists of late for Ristolainen (no goals in past 13 games), but expect one of his strong wristers to eventually find twine.
Others to consider: Shea Weber ($5,800), Victor Hedman ($4,900), T.J. Brodie ($4,700), Jacob Trouba ($3,900), Shayne Gostisbehere ($3,800)
Evgeny Kuznetsov ($5,900) – Kuznetsov has been one of the season’s breakout stars, and has been at another level in road games. He has 13 points and 29 SOG in 11 away games and 4.4 DraftKings points per contest in those spots as opposed to 3.1 at home. He presents a nice stacking option on the road in Florida alongside Marcus Johansson ($4,100) or Justin Williaams ($4,800), who has also been strong on the road with 10 points in 11 road games.
Alex Galchenyuk ($4,800) – There are new lines in Montreal with Brendan Gallagher still out because of injury: Galchenyuk is getting an opportunity with Max Pacioretty and value pick Sven Andrighetto ($2,800), who has three goals on 12 SOG in seven games — all on the road. I really like the Galchenyuk-Andrighetto value stack on the road in Detroit, who has seen mostly wins from their goalies of late but not without their share of goals allowed (Petr Mrazek: eight goals allowed in past two games; Jimmy Howard: 15 GA in past six games). Galchenyuk has been heating up of late with nine points (five goals, four assists) in his past nine games, so this opportunity to play alongside Pacioretty on the top line is well-deserved.
Dylan Larkin ($5,400) – If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been throwing a lot of praise at this rookie of late, and he continues to flourish regardless of his linemates. He’s with Henrik Zetterberg ($6,300) again, with whom he combined on a goal on Tuesday. Larkin has points in three straight games and eight of his past 10, and is averaging 3.5 DraftKings points per contest, very close to the contest lead among centers (3.6) but remains in the mid-$5,000 range.
Others to consider: Claude Giroux ($6,700), Ryan Johansen ($5,700), Bryan Little ($5,400), Paul Stastny ($5,200), Sam Reinhart ($3,200), Calle Jarnkrok ($2,900)
Evander Kane ($5,500) – The Flames have allowed two or fewer goals in five of their seven straight home wins, but they still have the worst goal differential in the League (minus-27) and suspect Karri Ramo between the pipes. Kane, who’s DraftKings points per contest average is up to 3.5, will be back with Jack Eichel ($5,100) on the road in Calgary, and should provide a high shot volume and physical presence alongside the rookie. I love the prospect of this stack, which will probably have low ownership, to combine on a multipoint game. Kane has three multipoint outings in his past five games and is averaging 3.6 SOG per game, making him a tremendous value priced 17th among wings.
Ondrej Palat ($4,200) – Palat, who hasn’t played since Nov. 7 because of injury, practiced Wednesday alongside usual linemates Tyler Johnson ($5,000) and Nikita Kucherov ($5,300) and could return Thursday against Ottawa. Palat, a grinder along the boards for Tampa Bay, has averaged more than 60 points per season over the past two campaigns, so monitor the morning skate and consider buying low on Palat and Johnson at a huge discount if he returns from injury.
Teuvo Teravainen ($4,000) – All the talk is about Patrick Kane’s 23-game point streak and whether it can continue on the road in Nashville. There’s no reason to think it won’t, but I’m still more inclined to spend less and invest in Teravainen, who’s back with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. Teravainen has goals in two straight games and is coming off a multipoint showing at home against these same Predators with one goal, one assist, two SOG and one block. For this price, he’s a no-brainer against a familiar opponent.
Others to consider: Mike Hoffman ($5,800), Nikita Kucherov ($5,300), Marian Hossa ($5,100), Drew Stafford ($3,900), Sven Andrighetto ($2,800), Magnus Paajarvi ($2,800)