With five NHL games on tap to kick off this week of DraftKings DFS Hockey contests, DFS hockey players have a solid player pool to delve into to fill-out their lineups with both superstar and value plays. Let’s take a look at some of top and bargain buys for tonight’s game.
Jonathan Quick ($7,700) – Quick held the Penguins in check on Friday night and pulled out a 3-2 shootout win to extend his current winning streak to six games. He pushed his win total to 16 on the season and his GAA and SV% just keep improving. You’d be hard-pressed to find a hotter goalie in the NHL at the moment as Quick has allowed more than two goals against in only one game on his current streak and in only two games in his last 10. Quick has a tough test on Monday with Ottawa’s fourth-ranked scoring offense, but the Senators are mired in a slump coming off a 1-3-0 road-trip that saw them put up only seven goals in four games.
Braden Holtby ($8,100) – Holtby continues to power the Capitals in net and increased his league-leading win total to 18 with a dominating 35-save performance against Tampa Bay on Saturday. He’s perhaps the only goalie in the league hotter than Quick at the moment with wins in nine of his last 10 games and he hasn’t lost in regulation dating back to mid-November. Holtby’s win also pushed him back on top the stats page for the lead in GAA now sporting a 1.90 and he sits tied for sixth in SV% with a .930 mark. Roll Holtby right now as the top goalie in the league going forward.
Ben Bishop ($7,800) – Despite taking the loss on Saturday to the Capitals, Bishop has been playing fantastic as of late and is having the best season of his career so far. Looking past his record of 12-9-2 for the defending Eastern Conference Champs, Bishop’s 1.96 GAA sits second in the league behind Holtby and his .930 SV% is tied with Holtby for sixth in the league. He’s allowed more than two goals against in a game only twice in his last 10 starts and faces Columbus on Monday, a team that he’s posted a 1.57 GAA and .938 SV% against in his career.
Others to Consider: Petr Mrazek ($7,100), Tuukka Rask ($7,700), Marc-Andre Fleury ($7,900).
Zdeno Chara ($5,100) – Chara has put up five points in his last six games for the Bruins. Chara is getting toward the end of his career but he’s still a decent all-around producer. His 16 points are second on the Bruins for defensemen behind Torey Krug and he’s averaging almost two shots on goal and blocked shots per game. He has put up 16 shots on goal in his last six games so take a shot on him while he is producing at the level he is with a great offensive matchup against Edmonton on Monday.
Rasmus Ristolainen ($5,400) – Despite the ups and downs of the Sabres this season, Ristolainen has been very consistent and has quietly put together a 22-point season, good for fifth in the league in scoring for defensemen. He has points in his last two games, including a hat-trick last Thursday against Calgary, and has eight points in his last six games overall. The last time Ristolainen faced Detroit in Detroit was two weeks ago and he had an outstanding a three-assist performance.
John Carlson ($6,600) – Carlson continues to power the Capitals defensive scoring with 21 points in 28 games. Thanks to the scheduling the Capitals have only played five games in December so far and Carlson has points in three of the five, and has points in back-to-back games. On top of the points he has been hitting fantastic on all-around stats for DK with 15 SOG and 21 blocked shots in five December games so far. He has not put up great career numbers against Pittsburgh, however he has nine points in 12 road games this season and Washington’s offense is clicking as of late.
Niklas Kronwall ($4,000) – Kronwall has stepped up and has begun to produce on Detroit’s anemic defense corps. He has come on strong lately with points in five of his last six games that has produced a goal and four assists. He leads the Red Wings blueliners with 13 points on the season and is putting up roughly one shot on goal and one blocked shot per game as well. He has points in back-to-back games for Detroit and has a great matchup against Buffalo on Monday night.
Others to Consider: Erik Karlsson ($7,300), Torey Krug ($6,100), Victor Hedman ($4,800), Alec Martinez ($3,800), Ryan Murray ($3,600), Darnell Nurse ($3,400), Brian Dumoulin ($3,100).
Steven Stamkos ($7,100) – With Sergei Bobrovsky set to miss considerable time for Columbus, Stamkos’ matchup against the Blue Jackets makes him almost a must start on Monday going against Curtis McElhinney’s 3.11 GAA and .891 SV%. Stammer has points in four of his last six games, including in back-to-back games, and now has 11 goals and 11 assists in 30 games this year. Despite the inconsistencies this season, Stamkos is beginning to find his offensive stride and for his career has seven points in nine games against Columbus.
Evgeny Kuznetsov ($5,900) – Kuznetsov is having the breakout season that many expected and is producing at a point-per-game pace with 28 points in as many games this season. Much of his production came from playing with Alex Ovechkin early in the season, but after the drop to the second line with Justin Williams ($4,800) and Marcus Johansson ($4,000) he has not seen a drop-off in his level of production. He has three multi-point games in his last 10 games and as the Caps travel to Pittsburgh for a road tilt with the Penguins, Kuz has been fantastic on the road this season with 14 points in 13 road games.
Taylor Hall ($7,300) – Hall continues to be one of the elite scorers in the league this season and has been a major cog in turning Edmonton into a Wild Card contender in the West. He is riding a solid four-game point streak and has three straight multi-point games, including a four-point game against Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers on Friday night. His 34 points in 30 games this season sit fourth in the league in scoring and Hall is on pace for a career season.
Ryan O’Reilly ($5,800) – O’Reilly has helped to stabilize the top-six rotation for the Sabres and, along with Jack Eichel, has set up Buffalo down the middle for years to come. He’s currently one of the hottest scorers in the league riding a solid seven-game point streak, with back-to-back multi-point games and three total on his current hot streak. O’Reilly leads the Sabres in goals (10), assists (17), points (27) and sits third on the team in shots on goal (74). He also sits tied for fourth in the league in power-play scoring with 13 points on the man advantage this season. O’Reilly has a good matchup against a Detroit team that has allowed almost three goals against per game in six December games.
Ryan Spooner ($4,100) – Spooner has settled in nicely on the Bruins third line with Frank Vatrano and Jimmy Hayes and has a solid 16 points in 28 game this year. He has come on strong as of late with four points (2G, 2A) in his last three games, and found the scoresheet in all three. He has eight shots on goal and two power-play points in those games as well despite only seeing about 13 minutes of TOI in that span. Spooner is an intriguing value play on Monday night when the Bruins take on the Oilers in what could turn into a high-scoring affair.
Cam Atkinson ($4,300) – Atkinson has looked very good lately on the Blue Jackets second line with Alexander Wennberg and has three goals in his last two games. He has 40 points in back-to-back seasons and has hit the 20-goal plateau in both and is well on his way to those numbers again this season. He is tied for third on the Blue Jackets with 18 points and 78 shots. Columbus has a difficult tilt with Tampa Bay on Monday night but with his three goals and seven shots in his last two games, Atkinson is a solid value play in a top-six forward role.
Others to Consider: Leon Draisaitl ($4,700), Patrice Bergeron ($6,700), Chris Kunitz ($4,200), Dylan Larkin ($5,400), Alexander Ovechkin ($9,000), Justin Williams ($4,800), Mike Hoffman ($5,800), Tomas Tatar ($5,300), Marian Gaborik ($4,600), Anze Kopitar ($5,100), Teddy Purcell ($3,700), Jonathan Marchessault ($2,600).
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