With seven NHL games on tap to start this weekend 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 the best top and bargain buys for tonight’s game:
Thomas Greiss ($7,000) – Greiss gets the call in net tonight for the Islanders and is riding a two-game winning streak the last two games that he has started. Greiss has helped to greatly solidify the Islanders backup goaltending issues of the last few seasons and has posted sparkling numbers this year with a 2.30 GAA and .925 SV% in 12 appearances. He,and the Islanders when he starts, has been very good as of late, allowing only nine goals against in his last five outings, and shutting down some high-powered offenses and faces another on Friday when the Islanders welcome the Blues.
Sergei Bobrovsky ($7,000) – Bobrovsky seems like he is turning it around after an absolutely horrendous start to this season for him and the Blue Jackets. The former Vezina winner has found his form and has posted four straight outings allowing two goals against or less, and in his last 10 games is posting a 1.80 GAA and .937 SV%. Everyone predicted that Bob would turn around his shaky start and he has done exactly that. The Blue Jackets welcome the Panthers on Friday night who are riding a four-game winning streak but sit 17th in the league in road scoring this season.
Others to Consider: Roberto Luongo ($7,800), Cory Schneider ($7,200), Martin Jones ($7,100), Antti Niemi ($7,000), Mike Smith ($6,300)
Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($5,400) – I’ve written about Ekman-Larsson being one of the best, young offensive defensemen in the league and he is having a strong season to date with 17 points in 25 games. His 17 points put him in the top-10 in scoring among defensemen this season. He has managed a point in three of his last four games, has two points (1G, 1A) and six shots on goal in his last two games, and sits fourth in shots on goal among defensemen league wide with 74. The Coyotes travel to Buffalo on Friday and OEL has put up 12 of his 17 points this season on the road.
Shayne Gostisbehere ($3,400) – Gostisbehere has completely changed the dynamic of the Flyers offense since his call up. In nine games this season “Ghost” has managed six points (4G, 2A) and 24 shots on goal. He has point in four of his last five games and has managed 14 shots in that span, and three of his four goals have come on the power-play where he has four PPPs total so far. He is seeing action in different circumstances and situations and has quickly gained more playing time. Gostibehere is completely out-playing his value and should be in your lineup tonight.
John Klingberg ($5,900) – Klingberg, despite being held scoreless his last two games, is a great play tonight for Dallas against Edmonton. He continues to be one of the top producing defensemen in the NHL, second in points to Erik Karlsson, and before this recent slump was riding a five-game scoring streak. He is still seeing time at both even strength and on the power-play with the Stars top scoring units and is the best bet for production from their blueline on a nightly basis.
Others to Consider: Brent Burns ($7,500), Torey Krug ($6,100), Mark Giordano ($5,700), Rasmus Ristolainen ($4,800), Sami Vatanen ($4,800), Alex Goligoski ($4,300), Michael Stone ($3,700), Johnny Boychuk ($5,400), Kevin Shattenkirk ($5,200)
Jason Spezza ($5,800) – Spezza is a somewhat forgotten man in the rotation in Dallas with the notoriety of their top line, but he is still a lethal contributor. His 19 points are good for fifth on the team behind the first line and John Klingberg, and he has three goals in his last four games, including a goal in each of Dallas’ last two games. He continues to put up great shooting numbers with 15 shots in those four games and is second on the Stars in shots this season with 83, and third in goals with 11. He is centering the Stars second line and is helping the run the point on their first power-play unit. With his production as of late, six goals and seven points in his last 10 games, and his modest salary among centers Spezza is a great play for your lineup tonight against Edmonton.
Ryan Johansen ($5,700) – Johansen is another Blue Jacket that is picking up his game as of late. With 10 points through his first 14 games, Johansen has come on strong with nine points and two multi-point games in his last 10 games for Columbus. He is currently on a three-game scoring streak that has produced two goals, an assist and an impressive 15 shots on goal. Johansen leads the Blue Jackets with 13 assists and 19 points and is the cog that drives this offense, especially on Friday night in a matchup with the suddenly streaking Panthers.
Taylor Hall ($6,900) – Despite being held scoreless his last two games, Hall is one of the most lethal scorers in the NHL and his 25 points place him just outside the top 10 in the scoring race. He is a fantastic play on Friday night when the Stars visit Edmonton. At home this season Hall has 15 points in 10 games and the Stars, despite owning one of the best records in the league, are in the bottom half of the league in goals against average and have given up 18 goals against in their last five games. Take Hall tonight in what should be a high-scoring affair.
Adam Henrique ($5,000) – After back-to-back 43 point season, Henrique is beginning to show the scoring touches he flashed his rookie season when he managed 51 points in 74 games for the Devils. Just past the quarter way mark of the season, he has 20 points in 25 games and is on pace to set career highs in all the major scoring categories. He leads New Jersey with 12 goals and is third on the team with 61 SOG. He had a four-game point streak snapped on Tuesday against Colorado but bounced back with a goal last night against the Hurricanes. The Devils face the Flyers tonight at Prudential Center and Philly sits in the bottom-third of the league in road GAA giving up 2.92 goals against per game.
Others to Consider: Leon Draisaitl ($4,300), Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,800), John Tavares ($8,000), Joe Pavelski ($7,700), Tyler Seguin ($8,800), Jamie Benn ($8,400), Cam Atkinson ($4,300), Mike Cammalleri ($5,300), Ryan Strome ($4,300), Rickard Rakell ($3,700), Cody Eakin ($4,100), Jaromir Jagr ($5,200), Max Domi ($5,100), Martin Hanzal ($4,400), Evander Kane ($5,300), Claude Giroux ($6,600), Patrice Bergeron ($6,400)
Make sure to check out the Cheat Sheet and NHL Line Stacks posts today as well and as always for any DFS Hockey questions or comments this season, find me on Twitter at: @JHarding_Hockey