Stars vs Blackhawks highlights just one of the 10 NHL games on the docket for this Tuesday night of DFS hockey contests, and DraftKings hockey players have a stacked 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 games.
Henrik Lundqvist ($7,800) – Hank is due. We all know Lundqvist has been very shaky as of late giving up 20 goals against in his last five starts but he’s due to have a great game and he has a perfect shot for that against the Ducks tonight. His peripheral stats have ballooned as of late posting a goals against at 2.43 and a SV% hovering around .925, both historically uncharacteristic for the Rangers star net-minder. The Ducks had their hands full with Jaroslav Halak last night and playing on a back-to-back against an equally as physical Rangers team bodes well for Lundqvist and the Rangers at home tonight. It a hard call based on his play as of late, but Lundqvist is my pick of the night for goal on Tuesday.
Brian Elliott ($7,500) – Elliott should get the nod tonight in the net for the Blues after Jake Allen took the loss last night against the Flyers. Elliott has seen sporadic play with Allen having the grip on the net duties but has put forth three solid performances in his only three starts during the month of December. In December Elliott is 1-1-1 in three starts and has allowed only six goals against on 91 shots against (.934 SV%). He had a great outing on Saturday against Calgary allowing two goals against and picking up the win for the Blues. He has a tough task against the Bruins second-ranked scoring offense, but Elliott’s solid play his last few outings bodes well for St. Louis.
Ben Bishop ($7,400) – With the peripheral stats that Bishop is posting the fact that he’s the 14th most expensive goalie tonight while posting the third best goals against average (2.00) in the league and a top-10 SV% to boot. He had a shaky outing against the Capitals on Friday giving up four goals against, but outside of that game he has allowed more than two goals against only once in his last 10 starts. That equates out to a 6-3-0 record, 1.90 GAA and .931 SV% in that span. He is well inside the top-10 in the league in wins with 14 and should heavily be in the discussion for your lineup on Tuesday night.
Others to Consider: Petr Mrazek ($7,000), Cory Schneider ($7,500), Roberto Luongo ($8,000), Louis Domingue ($6,100).
Mark Giordano ($5,800) – Giordano is starting to turn his game around and flash the offensive side that we know he possesses. He had posted back-to-back 47+ point seasons the last two seasons despite missing significant time thanks to injury. He has avoided the injury bug so far this season but has failed to have the offensive impact that he has had in past years. He is beginning to come on stronger as of late with eight points in his last 10 games, adding 24 blocks and 28 SOG along the way. He’s got points in back-to-back games and has a juicy matchup with the Jets and presumed starter Michael Hutchinson’s 2.88 GAA.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($5,300) – I have talked about OEL in that past and I love him tonight against Toronto and he was my top defender of the evening today on the Cheat Sheet. He snapped out of a brief scoring drought against Columbus last week and now has points in back-to-back games. He added a goal on Saturday in the Coyotes win against the Islanders and has six shots on goal in his last two games. He’s been fantastic all-around this season putting up 93 shots and adding 24 blocks. Arizona has a great matchup on Tuesday night against the Maple Leafs and OEL is a prime candidate for a big game from the blueline.
Johnny Oduya ($3,500) – Never known for his offensive prowess, Oduya is not the Stars blueliner you probably expected to see on this list. However the two-time Cup winner has never had a 30-point season and is unlikely to crack that mark this season, but DFS players should take advantage of his low salary and recent offensive outburst of seven points in his last 10 games. He doesn’t shoot much, but he has been very effective in that stretch with three goals on seven SOG. He’s a reach for your lineup, but outside of John Klingberg the Stars haven’t seen consistent production from the rear-guards, so take a flier on Oduya in what should be a high-scoring affair in Dallas tonight.
Justin Braun ($3,500) – Another defenseman who is blocked by better offensive options, Braun has begun to produce as of late for the Sharks. All of 13 points in 31 games this season, Braun has at least a point in four of his last six contests. He has put up solid all-around DFS stats in those six games with six points, 12 shots on goal and 10 blocked shots. He forms a solid defensive pair with Marc-Edouard Vlasic and is third on the Sharks in TOI/G making him a solid value for your lineup tonight.
Others to Consider: Duncan Keith ($5,600), John Klingberg ($5,900), Torey Krug ($5,900), Jared Spurgeon ($4,500), Dougie Hamilton ($4,700), Keith Yandle ($4,700), Tyler Myers ($3,900).
Blake Wheeler ($7,000) – Wheeler continues to be one of the more underrated players in the league and continues to put up solid, top of the league numbers. After an assist on Bryan Little’s goal last night he sits tied for fifth in the league with 24 assists and is eighth overall in scoring at 34 points on the year. He’s currently riding a three-game point streak with six assists and has points in eight of his last 10 games. He is averaging almost three shots on goal per game and has 11 special teams points this season, including three short-handed points. He has a great chance to continue his offensive run on Tuesday night against Calgary’s 30th-ranked scoring defense.
Patrick Kane ($8,800) – Kane didn’t let his record-setting scoring streak coming to an end bother him for long as he bounced back immediately and started a new one. In the three games since the streak ended Kane has points in all three, including a multi-point effort on Sunday against the Sharks and has added 14 shots on goal in that span. He leads the league with 50 points and 29 assists and is second to Jamie Benn in goals with 21. The Hawks and Stars square off tonight in Dallas in what should be a thrilling, and high-scoring affair featuring the league’s top three scorers.
Dylan Larkin ($5,700) – One of my favorite players to follow this season is Larkin who is currently leading all rookies with 12 goals, sits second to Jack Eichel with 94 shots on goal and is third in rookie points scored with 23. He has slumped a bit with only five points in the month of December but he netted his 12th goal of the year on Sunday and in nine games this month still has a solid five points and an impressive 30 shots on goal. He has shown great presence and prowess for a 19-year-old this season, holding down a top-line role on a playoff contender and leads the league in +/- with a phenomenal +20 rating.
Anthony Duclair ($4,000) – Duclair has had his struggles this season putting up consistent numbers for the Coyotes but he has put up points in three of his last five games and has points in the last two games that he has played for Arizona. He missed a couple of games lately thanks to an injury but he has four points in his last two games and is a very solid, value play tonight going against the Maple Leafs and their presumed starter Jonathan Bernier, who has surrendered 12 goals against in four starts this month.
Leo Komarov ($4,000) – Komarov has come out of nowhere and exploded onto the scene for the Leafs. The European import is already on pace for a career season in only his third year in the league and leads the Leafs with 15 goals. He is riding a modest four-game point streak at the moment, that has produced five goals, and he has back-to-back three point games for Toronto. He has an even split on the season with 12 points at both home and on the road and he has a very good contest looming against the Coyotes and their backup goal-tending tandem filling in for the injured Mike Smith.
Ryan Spooner ($4,300) – Spooner has turned into a nice surprise for the Bruins, centering their third line, and sitting fifth on the team in scoring behind the Bruins biggest offensive skaters. Before being held off the scoresheet on Sunday against the Devils, Spooner had 10 points in his previous six games with 14 shots on goal and two blocked shots in that span. The Bruins have a tough matchup with the Blues on Tuesday but Spooner, now with 22 points on the season, is turning into a formidable offensive option for one of the top offenses in the league.
Others to Consider: Jamie Benn ($8,500), Vladimir Tarasenko ($8,100), Tyler Seguin ($8,800), Steven Stamkos ($7,400), Patrice Bergeron ($7,100), Patrick Sharp ($6,500), Jaromir Jagr ($5,400), Justin Abdelkader ($4,800), Teuvo Teravainen ($4,200), Jannik Hansen ($3,800), Brad Marchand ($6,400), Alex Galchenyuk ($4,500).
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