With nine NHL games on the docket for this action packed night of DraftKings DFS Hockey contests, DFS hockey players have a deep player pool at their disposal 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.
Braden Holtby ($8,000) – Holtby is my top goalie of the night on the Cheat Sheet. He leads the league with 16 wins, and has a sterling 16-4-1 record overall. He currently sits third in GAA at 1.95 and is well inside the top-10 in SV% with a .928 marker. Holtby has already bested the Red Wings once this season in a 25 save, 2-1 win November 18. That win added to his already fantastic career record vs the Wings which now stands at 5-2-0 with a 1.99 GAA and .933 SV%. Pay the price to put Holtby in your lineup tonight at home, where he’s 10-2-0 this season for the Capitals.
Jaroslav Halak ($7,200) – Halak and the Islanders blew a late, two-goal lead on Saturday night in Ottawa and took the loss 3-2 in OT. Still Halak sits fourth in the league in GAA at 2.00 and is right outside the top-10 in the league with a .924 SV%. The Islanders travel to take on the Flyers on Tuesday night, and on the road this season Halak has been slightly better than at home with a 1.95 GAA away from home. He has been everything the Islanders have needed him to be this season, and is a great play for your lineup tonight after already posting a 17 save, one-goal against performance against Philadelphia two weeks ago in Brooklyn.
Garret Sparks ($6,300) – Sparks is the value buy of the night for those who like to spend low in goal and has stepped in to the Maple Leafs net in the absence of James Reimer and been very effective. Through three games he has split good and bad outings shutting out the Oilers and holding the Blues to one goal, with those outings sandwiching a 6-1 loss to the Jets. He looks very comfortable for the Leafs so far and faces the Devils at home who have been inconsistent as of late and sit 18th in the league in scoring offense.
Others to Consider: Petr Mrazek ($7,300), Craig Anderson ($7,300), Cory Schneider ($7,400), Pekka Rinne ($7,600), Corey Crawford ($7,700)
Erik Karlsson ($7,400) – Karlsson keeps plugging along on the Senators blueline and despite being held off of the scoresheet for the Senators over the weekend against the Rangers, he is tied with Patrick Kane for the league lead in assists with 26 and sits fourth overall in the league in scoring behind Kane and the Stars duo of Benn and Seguin with 32 points on the year. I’ve said before the putting Karlsson in your lineup is like putting an extra forward in there, and with some lower-priced defensemen putting up good production as of late, there are more than a few that you could plug in your lineup to off-set the high cost of Karlsson.
Drew Doughty ($5,600) – With points in three straight games for the Kings which has turned into two goals and two assists, as well as eight shots on goal, Doughty offers a great all-around solution for your defense without breaking the bank like some other defenders available on Tuesday night. He sits tied for fourth on the Kings with 16 points, fourth in shots on goal with 66, first in power-play points with seven and third in blocked shots with 35.
Stefan Elliott ($2,800) – Elliott is a little known defender for the Coyotes who came over in a trade with Colorado before the pre-season. He has seen sporadic play this season, but has been effective when he’s been on the ice with four points in 10 games on the year. He’s currently riding a two-game scoring streak for Arizona with a goal and two assists, while averaging almost 18 minutes of ice time in that span. He has also managed three shots on goal in those games and is putting up over two SOG and one blocked shot per game this season when he plays. He’s a great low-risk, high upside option to off-set putting someone like Erik Karlsson in your lineup.
Ron Hainsey ($3,500) – Hainsey isn’t the Hurricanes defender that people are turning to for fantasy production as of late, but he has seen in uptick in his production and with his value where it is, he’s another buy-low option for your DFS hockey lineup tonight. Hainsey has points in three of his last four games for the Hurricanes, is riding a two-game point streak, with nine shots on goal and seven blocked shots in that span. Take advantage of this high-value scoring form the Hainsey is showing in a favorable offensive matchup for the Hurricanes against the Stars on Tuesday night..
Others to Consider: Justin Faulk ($6,000), John Klingberg ($5,800), Roman Josi ($6,500), Shayne Gostisbehere ($3,500), Jake Muzzin ($4,400), Duncan Keith ($5,400), Aaron Ekblad ($4,800), Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($5,400), Kevin Shattenkirk ($5,300), John Carlson ($6,400).
Patrick Kane ($8,800) – Kane is the best player in the league right now, and is on a historic scoring streak and should absolutely be in your lineup every night that he’s playing right now. He keeps adding to his record setting point-streak thanks to his empty-net assist on Sunday that pushed the streak to 22 games. That’s a record for both American-born skaters and the Blackhawks franchise. Kane has pushed his lead in the scoring race to seven points over Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, now sitting atop the NHL with 42 points in 27 games. With the struggles of Pekka Rinne lately, Kane could have a great opportunity to continue to put up points despite it being a tough divisional matchup for the Blackhawks.
Nicklas Backstrom ($6,400) – Backstrom continues to be one of the most effective point-producing centers in the game, and having Alexander Ovechkin on your wing certainly doesn’t hurt that. The Swedish play-maker is a point-per-game player so far this season with 22 points in 22 games, despite not playing with Ovechkin at full-strength for about the first dozen or so games. He has managed at least a point in five straight games for the Capitals, who welcome the Red Wings to D.C. on Tuesday, and at home this season he has put up 13 points in 11 games.
Anze Kopitar ($5,100) – Kopitar is starting to find his old scoring form after a sluggish start to his season. He has produced points in seven of his last eight games and currently has a modest four-game point streak that has seen him put up a goal and four assists. He has managed at least two SOG in his last five games, ahead of his season average of 1.7 SOG per game. The Kings travel to Ohio on Tuesday night, and Kopitar has feasted on Columbus in his career with 29 points in 30 career games against the Blue Jackets.
Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,700) – Tarasenko is on pace to break his scoring numbers from last season. His 15 goals through 26 games puts him on pace for almost 50 this season. His production as of late has been great with 10 points in his last 10 games and four points in his last four outings, however it’s the matchup against Arizona that puts him on this list tonight. He has four points against the Coyotes in seven career games with Arizona, he has put up 13 points this season at home in 12 games, and the Coyotes sit 29th in the league in both goal against per game and road goals against per game. Roll the Blues sniper tonight in your lineup.
Gustav Nyquist ($5,200) – Despite a matchup with Braden Holtby tonight, Nyquist has been too good lately to not consider for your lineup. With points in four of his last five games, including three multi-point efforts, he is a solid play tonight while he is currently riding a nice three-game point streak including a goal and an assist against Nashville on Saturday night. His 65 shots sit second the Red Wings behind Dylan Larkin and is seeing a creating plenty of offensive chances at both even strength and on the Red Wings first power-play unit.
Andrej Nestrasil ($2,600) – Through 20 games for Carolina he has managed to put up seven points and is seeing major time at the moment in their top-six forward rotation. He has picked up his scoring lately with six of his seven points this season coming in his last six games, including two multi-point games in that span. He’s riding a two-game scoring streak right now and at $2,600 is a great low-risk, high-reward play in what could turn into a high scoring affair in Dallas tonight.
Others to Consider: John Tavares ($7,900), Tyler Seguin ($8,700), T.J. Oshie ($5,900), Artemi Panarin ($5,900), Mikhail Grabovski ($3,100), Joe Pavelski ($7,600), Evgeny Kuznetsov ($5,800), Alex Ovechkin ($9,100), Bobby Ryan ($5,800), Milan Lucic ($4,700), Ryan Johansen ($5,700), Jeff Skinner ($4,100), Anthony Duclair ($4,000), Joe Thornton ($4,400), Paul Stastny ($5,200), Claude Giroux ($6,600), Logan Couture ($6,500).
Make sure to check out my NHL 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