A crowded slate of NHL hockey action tonight for DraftKings hockey contests, so DFS hockey players will 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 game:
Roberto Luongo ($8,100) – Luongo has been a the cog for the Panthers success this season and is riding a five-game winning streak that coincides with the Panthers current six-game winning streak that has vaulted them to first place in their division. During his streak, Luongo has allowed only eight goals against and taken down quality offenses in the Islanders, Canucks and Senators. He gets the Canadiens tonight, who are on the second night of a back-to-back after a hard-fought, shootout winlast night against Tampa Bay, and is my top goalie of the night so ride the streak and put Luongo in your lineups.
Jhonas Enroth ($7,100) – With Jonathan Quick getting the nod last night, Enroth is expected to be in net for the Kings when they face the Oilers tonight. Should Quick ($7,900) get the start he should be considered a top-end option for tonight, but Enroth has been no slouch this year, either. In six starts as Quick’s backup Enroth has a 3-2-1 record with a 1.90 GAA and .939 SV% and one shutout. He’s settling in very well in his role on a very good Kings team and is doing his job when called upon. If he gets the nod tonight he’s a great option for those wanting to spend less in net for a great chance at a win, going against an Oilers team that has dropped five of their last six, and gives the ability to spend bigger elsewhere in the lineup.
Connor Hellebuyck ($6,800) – I have been high on Hellebuyck since he was called up by the Jets, and he has clearly shown why he was named the top goalie prospect in the world this past off-season. He’s had a few hiccup games so far, and that’s to be expected as a rookie making the jump to the NHL, but overall the results have been fantastic. He’s coming off his best games as a pro, blanking the Penguins on Sunday night in a 30-save effort for his first career shutout, and in nine starts so far is 6-3-0 with a 2.12 GAA and .926 SV%. He has been more solid on home ice so far, posting a 1.98 GAA at home, and the Jets welcome the Red Wings to Winnipeg on Tuesday night who have been up-and-down and have slipped to 18th in the league in scoring offense.
Others to Consider: Jimmy Howard ($7,300), Jonathan Bernier ($6,800), Corey Crawford ($8,000), Tuukka Rask ($7,900), Cory Schneider ($7,700), Thomas Greiss ($7,400)
Justin Faulk ($6,300) – Faulk continues to lead the Hurricanes in all major scoring categories, as well as power-play points (15) and 107 SOG. In addition to his offensive stats he also has amassed 42 blocked shots this season in 36 games. He’s the third-most expensive option on defense but has a favorable matchup against the Devils and Cory Schneider, who has allowed 11 goals against in his last four starts.
Mark Giordano ($6,000) – Giordano has turned his slow start around and, after only eight points in his first 25 games, now has 11 points in his last 10 games for a Flames team that is also beginning to turn things around. Giordano has points in seven of his last 10 games and on his current four-game point streak has three multi-point games to go along with 15 SOG and 10 blocked shots. He has been a Norris contender the last two seasons before injuries cut his year short, and while he may be too far out of contention this season, he’s on a lethal offensive team and he is capable of putting up scoring in droves. The Flames face a struggling Ducks team tonight so look at Gio as a prime target for your lineups.
Sami Vatanen ($4,800) – On the other blueline opposite Giordano tonight is Vatanen, one of the lone bright spots offensively this season for the Ducks. Vatanen sits third on the team in points with 19 and shots on goal with 70, fourth in goals with five and has four points on the Ducks potent first power-play unit. He’s coming off a very solid game on Sunday night against the Flyers when he had two assists, one on the power-play, two blocked shots and one shot on goal. He has three points in his last three games as well as five blocked shots and four shots on goal in that time span. The Ducks face the Flames tonight in what could be a high-scoring affair with both teams being in the bottom-half of the league in scoring defense and Vatanen a solid offensive option for your lineup coming in over $1000 less expensive than some of the top options available.
Andrei Markov ($4,400) – Markov, like the Canadiens roster as a whole, hit a wall offensively after a superb start to his season and was eventually demoted off the first defensive pairing with PK Subban. Now back with Subban he seems to be finding his offensive stride again and has recorded a point in back-to-back contests after having only two points in his previous 13 games. He added four SOG and a blocked shot last night against the Lightning and now faces a tough division matchup against the scorching Panthers. Still, Markov and Subban are more than capable of putting up a lot of offense from the blueline and at $4,400 he is a very intriguing option as a mid-range defenseman.
Others to Consider: Roman Josi ($7,100), John Klingberg ($5,900), P.K. Subban ($5,900), Morgan Rielly ($4,300), Kevin Shattenkirk ($6,100), Erik Karlsson ($7,600), Alex Goligoski ($4,400), Tyler Myers ($4,000), Nick Leddy ($3,700).
Ryan Getzlaf ($5,800) – Getzlaf has been inconsistent this season but is always one of the best assist producers in the league, at least 45 assists in seven of the last eight seasons, and is currently riding a three-game point streak that has seen him produce three assists and a goal, while also putting seven shots on goal and four blocked shots. He’s coming off a multi-point game against the Flyers on Sunday and despite the Ducks struggles Getzlaf has been good for them this season and has a favorable matchup against the league’s worst scoring defense on Tuesday night against the Flames.
Anze Kopitar ($5,300) – I wrote about Kopitar yesterday on the targets and said I expected him to have a larger offensive role without Jeff Carter in the lineup and he responded with a four point night against the Canucks in the Kings shutout win. The Kings are one of the best teams in the league right now and Kopitar, who has 34 points in 36 careers contests against the Oilers, face Edmonton on Tuesday night who are losers of five of their last six games. Put Kopitar in your lineups tonight.
James van Riemsdyk ($6,200) – The Maple Leafs have won three of their last four games and have put up 17 goals in that span. JVR has five points in that span and faces the Islanders tonight who he had a goal and six shots against on Sunday night. JVR has points in six of his last seven games since Coach Mike Babcock moved him back alongside Tyler Bozak, after playing most of the season with Nazem Kadri, and the results have been what the Leafs were hoping for. Van Riemsdyk has six goals, three assists and 34 SOG on his current blistering seven-game stretch.
Brandon Saad ($5,900) – Saad has settled in well on the Blue Jackets second line with Alexander Wennberg and Scott Hartnell after failing to establish the chemistry the team had hoped for with Ryan Johansen when he was acquired. Saad has had his inconsistencies this season but has come on strong lately with points in four of his last five games (3G, 4A) as well as 18 SOG on the current torrid streak. Saad faces his former division rival from his Blackhawk days when Columbus hosts Dallas tonight and Saad has nine points in 16 career meetings with the Stars.
Jamie Benn ($8,500) – Benn has been one of the hottest scorers in the league all season and behind Johnny Gaudreau has the most points in the league in his last 10 games with 14. He now sits with 49 points on the year and is only one behind Patrick Kane for the overall scoring lead in the race for the Art Ross trophy. Benn is currently riding a five-game scoring streak, has points in eight of his last 10, and is coming off a multi-point effort against the Blues on Sunday. Benn and the Stars face their former division rival Columbus on Tuesday night and in 19 career games against the Blue Jackets Benn has 16 points, including an assist against Columbus two weeks ago.
Mike Ribeiro ($3,500) – Ribeiro has quietly put up 24 points this season for the sometimes offensively challenged Predators. Ribeiro has been put back on a line with Filip Forsberg and the two have found their chemistry from last season. Ribeiro had another great outing last night racking up three assists against the Rangers in the Predators 5-3 win and has now put up points in four straight games. With the level of production as of late and his now salary playing in a top-line role, find a way to get Ribeiro into your lineups tonight despite the tough matchup against the Blues.
Others to Consider: Tyler Bozak ($4,200), Vladimir Tarasenko ($8,000), Patrick Kane ($8,600), Filip Forsberg ($5,900), Mikkel Boedker ($4,800), Tyler Seguin ($8,400), Kyle Turris ($6,100), Pavel Datsyuk ($5,700), Blake Wheeler ($6,900), Johnny Gaudreau ($7,000), Aleksander Barkov ($5,500), Victor Rask ($4,800), Ryan Spooner ($4,300), Josh Bailey ($3,900).
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