With eight teams in action and only one (Sharks) on the second of a back-to-back, there should be a pretty even playing field Wednesday. Remember: name value is only worth so much on a light night for large contests, so get creative. Take a stab at a high-upside third-liner or a guy who has been struggling in order to differentiate your lineup from the pack. Invest in high-floor defensemen with point potential who cover categories, and also trust your instincts in arranging a forward group comprised of players with multipoint potential any given night. Don’t be afraid to spend up for a goalie if the matchup is right.
Henrik Lundqvist ($8,100) – Hank may be the most expensive goalie of the night, but, with so many value picks out there at the other positions, he can easily be rostered ahead of a winnable road game in Vancouver. After a couple of shaky outings on each side of the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., he has responded with a total of two goals allowed over his past two games and has six-plus DraftKings points in three straight. The Canucks are in the bottom-third of the NHL in terms of surrendering DraftKings points to goalies, so look for Hank to keep the good times rolling, shoulder the load, and get the road trip started right for the depleted Rangers.
Reto Berra ($7,000) – Berra hit a rough patch after his unbelievable start, but has settled down nicely in his past two outings (39 saves on 41 shots faced) and is a cheap flier for Wednesday. He’s still among the League leaders in save percentage and shutouts, and hosts the Pens in the final game of their road trip, which is a notorious spot for teams to come out flat. The Avalanche’s top line has been consistent and their depth scorers and defensemen are chipping in as well of late. Berra might allow a couple goals, but has a great chance at the win bonus. He deserves a victory if he has a strong outing too, considering he’s 0-2-0 in three home games despite only three goals allowed (.941 home SV%).
Zdeno Chara ($5,000) – Chara has shown his age at points in recent years, but he’s still been a formidable DFS option in road games this season and is worth rolling out against the rival Canadiens. The veteran giant has three goals and seven assists with strong peripherals (25 blocks, 24 SOG) in 13 road games this season and is third among Wednesday defensemen in DraftKings points per contest (3.3) with the same average as P.K. Subban — who will cost you $1,200 more. Carey Price remains out for Montreal, so these high-stakes games could continue to wear on interim goalie Mike Condon, who has allowed three or more goals in seven of his past 10 outings.
Tyson Barrie ($4,900) – Barrie has 11 points in nine home games and nearly two SOG per game on the season (49 in 25 games). The young defenseman also has points in three of his past four games, highlighted by a multipoint effort against the Wild on Monday (one goal, one assist, one block, one SOG). Not a ton of defensemen in this contest pack offensive punch, so Barrie could lift your squad into the money range if he keeps the ball rolling against the Penguins, who are in the final game of a 4-game road trip (1-2-0) and without Kris Letang. Fellow Avs defenseman Erik Johnson ($4,900) is going for the same price and is a bit safer because of his coverage, but the higher upside lies with Barrie.
Others to consider: Andrei Markov ($5,000), Oscar Klefbom ($4,100), Kevan Miller ($3,200), Olli Maatta ($3,100)
Tomas Plekanec ($5,800) – Plekanec has been one of the most reliable top-liners in the League this season, but his goal-scoring has gone silent in recent weeks; he hasn’t scored one since Nov. 7. But sometimes on these light gamenights, you need to recognize potential value in those that others may be avoiding because of cold spells. Plekanec has played alongside Max Pacioretty ($7,700) and is now flanked by Dale Weise ($3,900), who has had all kinds of success on the Habs’ third line this season, with a chance to pounce on a Bruins team that is allowing 2.85 goals per game (9th-most in NHL). Plekanec has been strong at home this season (12 points, 30 SOG in 15 games at Bell Centre) and could get off the goal-scoring schneid in this rivalry clash.
Oscar Lindberg ($4,000) – With Derek Stepan injured, Lindberg saw an elevated role with a season-high 17:15 of ice time his last game against the Senators. He’s centering Chris Kreider ($4,500) and Rick Nash ($7,100), and his price tag is conducive to low-risk stacking on the road in Vancouver, who’s allowing the most DraftKings points to wings this season. Lindberg, who’s fourth in points (17) and tied for second in goals (10) among rookies, has a decent chance to combine on a goal or two with his linemates against the Canucks, who have been vulnerable at Rogers Arena (4-6-3).
Others to consider: Matt Duchene ($6,100), Derick Brassard ($5,700), Henrik Sedin ($5,000), Ryan Spooner ($3,900), J.T. Miller ($3,100)
Taylor Hall ($7,100) – Hall ranks third among wings in price and faces the Sharks, who are struggling and on short rest. Alongside cheap stacking options Leon Draisaitl ($4,400) and Teddy Purcell ($3,600) of late, Hall has points in two straight (two goals, one assist) and three-plus SOG in nine of his past 10 games. He has been a menace at Rexall Place this season with 18 points and 56 SOG in 13 home games, and is a superstar worth building your lineup around Wednesday. He also has 18 points in 21 career games against the Sharks.
Chris Kunitz ($4,200) – The Penguins got sad news that Pascal Dupuis will no longer play hockey because of his medical condition, but his former linemates Kunitz and Sidney Crosby ($7,500) will be even more motivated to keep their good thing going heading into Colorado. Since being reunited with Crosby, Kunitz has one goal, five assists, one SOG and three blocked shots in three games to start Pittsburgh’s road trip. The Avalanche are still the worst possession team in the NHL (44.15 Shot Attempts percentage) and Kunitz is tied for 18th among wings in price. If you don’t draft Berra, stack Kunitz with Crosby in cash games and take your chances.
Others to consider: Loui Eriksson ($5,100), Joel Ward ($4,700), Chris Kreider ($4,500), Jannik Hansen ($3,700)