With 10 NHL games on tap for the first day of December DraftKings DFS Hockey contests, DFS hockey players have a massive player pool to weed through and 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:
Jake Allen ($7,700) – Allen was my top goalie of the night on today’s Cheat Sheet. The Blues face the Panthers on Tuesday night in a matchup for Allen that I like very much. The Panthers posted a sub-.500 for the month of November and are middle of the pack offensively, sitting 16th in the league in scoring. Allen currently sits in a cluster of goalies tied for fourth in the league with 11 wins, is third in goals against with a 2.03 GAA and sixth with a .930 SV%. He’s one of the more expensive goalies available on the night at $7,700, but he’s tied with Marc-Andre Fleury for highest FPPG among full-time starters tonight with 5.4 FPPG per night.
Petr Mrazek ($7,000) – Mrazek, despite three overtime losses in his last four games, has been everything that the Red Wings and Jeff Blashill had hoped he would be going into the season. His win-loss record of 6-4-3 notwithstanding, his major category numbers are great with a 2.19 GAA that sits just outside the top-10 in the league and a .932 SV% that sits fifth. Among goalies with at least 14 appearances on the season Mrazek is sixth in even-strength SV% with a .935 mark. The Red Wings welcome the Sabres on Tuesday night who currently rank 27th in the league in scoring offense at just 2.2 goals scored per game.
Cory Schneider ($7,100) – Schneider is the cog in the wheel for the Devils and has been fantastic ever since he arrived there from Vancouver. He’s currently tied for fourth among goalies with 11 wins, tied for third with a 2.03 GAA and is seventh with a .928 SV% on the season. The Devils welcome the Avalanche on Tuesday night, coming off a tough 5-3 loss to the Islanders last night, who are 0-2-0 this season with three goals scored when playing on the second night of back-to-back games. Schneider has been fantastic on home ice this season posting a 1.88 GAA and .925SV% at The Rock.
Others to Consider: Craig Anderson ($7,300), Corey Crawford ($7,600), Pekka Rinne ($7,800), Marc-Andre Fleury ($7,800), Mike Condon ($7,500).
Erik Karlsson ($7,400) – Karlsson at the moment is like adding another forward to your lineup by putting him in. He’s currently tied for fifth in the NHL in scoring with 26 points and has managed at least a point in nine straight games for the Senators. His 21 assists sit tied for third in the league with Tyler Seguin, and he’s getting fantastic category coverage with 48 blocked shots and 57 shots on goal this season. The Senators welcome the Flyers on Tuesday night and so far at home this season Karlsson is a point-per-game player with 12 points (4G, 8A) in 12 games on home ice.
John Klingberg ($6,000) – The argument can easily be made that Klingberg is the most productive defenseman at the moment, and he absolutely out-playing his value. He currently leads all defensemen in the league in points with 27 (T-4th in the league), and sits one behind Patrick Kane in the assist column with 22. He has points in eight of his last 10 games that has seen him put up 14 points and is currently riding a modest five-game point streak for the Stars. Dallas is a difficult team to keep off the scoresheet thanks to their high-powered offense and Klingberg is seeing both even strength and power-play time with the Stars high-scoring top line. He comes in at $1,400 cheaper than Karlsson and is putting up almost equal the production.
Duncan Keith ($5,100) – Keith is another to make the argument about that he’s more valuable than his price indicates at the moment. In his eight games since returning from injury he has eight points and is currently on a three-game point streak with back-to-back multi-point efforts against Anaheim and LA. Always a fantastic all-around contributor, Keith has 13 blocked shots and 13 shots on goal since his return and is a fantastic play against Minnesota on Tuesday night.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($4,200) – Despite not putting up kind of numbers that teammate Brent Burns puts up, Vlasic is still a top-pairing defenseman who is seeing over 23 minutes of ice time per night. After only putting up five points in his first 13 games, Vlasic has put up six points in his last 10 games and is coming off a multi-point game on Saturday against Calgary. He gets fantastic category coverage with 18 blocked shots and 15 shots on goal in those 10 games as well and is averaging 2.9 FPPG per night on the season..
Others to Consider: Kevin Shattenkirk ($5,200), Brent Seabrook ($5,500), Rasmus Ristolainen ($4,700), P.K. Subban ($6,400), Kris Letang ($6,100), Shayne Gostisbehere ($3,100), Erik Johnson ($4,900), Michael Stone ($3,700)
Patrick Kane ($8,600) – Kane was my top superstar of the night on the Cheat Sheet and it’s easy to see why. The current NHL points leader with 37 on the season, just set the record for consecutive games with a point by an American-born player at 19 with a multi-point outing (11th of the season, T-1 in the NHL) against the Kings on Saturday. Kane is a must start right now for your DFS hockey lineup, especially with a home matchup, 22 points in 11 home games this season, against Minnesota tonight.
Joe Pavelski ($7,700) – Pavelski sometimes gets overlooked when talking about the elite players in the league at the center position, but he certainly deserves to be in the conversation. His 12 goals and 23 points leads the Sharks and he sits just outside the top-10 overall in the league in total points. His eight power-play points are second on the Sharks to Brent Burns’ nine, and he gets very good category coverage with 23 blocks and 71 SOG this season. He has solid career numbers against the Penguins with seven points in 11 career games vs Pittsburgh and is a great option for your lineup tonight.
Kyle Turris ($6,300) – Another very underrated player at the center position, Turris has solidified the Senators top line since he arrived in Ottawa. His 11 goals lead the team and he’s one of five Sens players who have already hit the 20 point plateau on the season. He has points in four of his last five games, putting up three goals and three assists, and two-multi point games in that span. He has nine points on the season at home and the Senators welcome the Flyers on Tuesday night who are allowing three goals per game on the road this season.
Mikkel Boedker ($4,500) – I bet Boedker wishes he could play the Senators every night after posting his second hat-trick this season against Ottawa on Sturday night, and has points in three of his last four games overall. Boedker is enjoyinig a great bounce back season after he was limited to only 28 points in 45 games last year. He ranks third on the Coyotes in scoring with 18 points and is currently on-pace to break his previous career-high of 51 points in a season.
Thomas Vanek ($5,300) – Vanek took the reins of the Minnesota offense after Zach Parise went down in early November and had a solid month putting up nine points in his last 10 games. He has three goals and two assists in his last four games and put up a two-point game against the Stars on Saturday night. With the return now of Parise to the Wild lineup, it will be interesting to see where Vanek is shuffled to, but he has been producing and from different spots in the Wild’s top-nine forward rotation and should continue to see great chances for putting up points.
Cam Atkinson ($4,400) – Atkinson had his modest four-game point streak snapped over the weekend against St. Louis but he still had a solid game with three shots on goal and two blocked shots. He has been solid as of late with two goals and two assists on that streak and seven points (3G, 4A) overall in his last 10. The Blue Jackets have a difficult matchup with the Habs on Tuesday night but catch a slight break with Mike Condon starting in place of the injured Carey Price.
Others to Consider: James Neal ($6,200), Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,800), Ryan Johansen ($5,700), Joel Ward ($4,600), Jamie Benn ($8,500), Tyler Seguin ($8,900), Artemi Panarin ($5,700), Evgeni Malkin ($7,400), Tomas Plekanec ($6,100), Mike Hoffman ($5,400), Martin Hanzal ($4,500), Dylan Larkin ($5,000), Tomas Hertl ($4,500), Wayne Simmonds ($5,200).
Make sure to check out my Cheat Sheet and NHL Line Stacks posts today and as always for any DFS Hockey questions or comments this season, find me on Twitter at: @JHarding_Hockey