A solid seven-game slate on this Friday night of NHL action to get the weekend started provides DraftKings DFS hockey players with some great teams and players on the ice this evening. Let’s take a look at some of top and bargain buys for tonight’s docket of games:
Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,100) – Fleury has posted back-to-back strong games for the Penguins after two consecutive rocky ones where he allowed nine goals against in the two games. He has posted two straight games with two goals against in a win against the Ducks and loss to the Rangers. Despite the inconsistent play as of late, he has a great matchup against the Hurricanes tonight. On the season vs Carolina he is 1-0-1 and has posted fantastic splits with a 1.46 GAA and .930 SV%. I like him to continue his strong run against a team he has dominated in the past.
Brian Elliott ($8,200) – In the absence of Jake Allen, Elliott has stepped up big-time and back-stopped the Blues to a 5-3-2 record in his last 10 games. He has crept all the way up to third among all goalies in the league in both GAA (2.07) and SV% (.932). His splits in his last 10 have been excellent with a 1.72 GAA and an astounding .948 SV%. He has a tough matchup with the Panthers tonight but with the way he has played as of late, it’s hard to go against him.
Others to Consider: Petr Mrazek ($8,000), Ben Bishop ($7,700), Henrik Lundqvist ($8,300), Mike Condon ($7,300)
Victor Hedman ($6,100) – The Lightning rear-guard is heating up and is coming off a great game against the Canadiens on Tuesday night. In that game he had a goal, an assist and four SOG. He’s up to 32 points on the season and faces an inconsistent Nashville team on Friday night. In his last 10 the smooth-skating Swede has been fantastic all-around in DK fantasy with nine points, 25 blocks and 32 SOG.
Jake Muzzin ($5,200) – Muzzin has been on fire lately for the Kings despite their losing effort last night against the Islanders. In his last 10 games the LA blueliner has put up eight points. He has two multi-point games in his last four. He had a solid game last night against the Islanders even though he was kept scoreless with four shots and four blocks. In his last 10 games overall aside from his eight points he has 32 SOG and 18 BS, as well as adding three points on the Kings power-play.
Alex Petrovic ($2,900) – Petrovic isn’t known much for being an offensive threat for the Panthers, but the 23-year-old defenseman had a breakout game in his rookie campaign against the Sabres on Tuesday. He posted a goal, an assist and had three fights with Evander Kane, the latter not counting for anything in DK but still an impressive accomplishment. He won’t be counted on for much more than the occasional point but he has four points, 11 SOG and 13 BS in his last 10 games and if you’re looking for a cheap option on the blueline he’s worth a look as a flier.
Others to Consider: Roman Josi ($7,000), Kris Letang ($6,700), Kevin Shattenkirk ($6,500), Drew Doughty ($6,000), Francois Beauchemin ($5,800), Keith Yandle ($4,900), Dougie Hamilton ($4,800), Colton Parayko ($4,600), Mattias Ekholm ($4,000), P.K. Subban($6,300)
Pavel Datsyuk ($6,000) – Datsyuk continues to be one of the best all-around playmakers in the league and is having a strong resurgence to his season at the moment. He missed a lot of time early but is now up to 39 games played and has netted 29 points. He has eight points in his last 10 games and is currently riding a three-game point streak. He posted back-to-back multi-point games against the Panthers and Islanders and then followed that up with an assist against the Senators. He faces his old divisional rival the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night and in his career against the Avs he has 45 points in 42 games.
Jussi Jokinen ($5,300) – Jokinen has been a force for the Panthers as of late and is one of the hottest scorers in the league over his last 10 games. He has put up 13 points in that span with four multi-point outings. Jokinen had a six-game point streak snapped against the Red Wings on Monday but got right back to things with a three point night (1G, 2A) against the Sabres on Tuesday. At $5,300 he’s a mid-range play for centers but is worth a heavy look tonight with his recent run of offense despite the difficult matchup with the Blues.
Johnny Gaudreau ($7,000) – Johnny Hockey has hit a wall his last few games with no points in his last two outings, and a benching for showing up late to practice earlier this week, after a strong showing at the All-Star game and then a multi-point game against the Hurricanes his first game back. He is expected to be back in the lineup, Sean Monahan as well, on Friday night when the Flames face the Coyotes and it is a great matchup for him to come across his scoring ways again. In two prior matchups this season with the Coyotes he’s managed two points (1G, 1A) on five SOG. He’s my top winger of the evening tonight in a fantastic fantasy contest.
Brendan Gallagher ($5,900) – Gallagher, like Gaudreau, has hit a wall lately with his production but is beginning to turn things around for the Canadiens. After only three points in seven games he has managed four in his last three outings, with all four coming courtesy of two multi-point games. He has two goals and two assists in his last three games with 11 SOG in that span and is now up to 30 points in 38 games on the year. He is settling in with his linemates Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk on the Habs top line and looks to be turning things around. Despite his low points output he has 35 SOG in his last 10 games and in two games against the Sabres this season he has two goals scored.
Others to Consider: Sidney Crosby ($8,100), Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,400), Tyler Toffoli ($6,100), Ryan Johansen ($6,100), Steven Stamkos ($6,800), Nathan MacKinnon ($6,600), Dylan Larkin ($5,600), Jack Eichel ($5,400), J.T. Miller ($4,500), Chris Kunitz ($4,700), Filip Forsberg ($5,800), Jaromir Jagr ($5,800), Ryan O’Reilly ($5,900), Milan Lucic ($4,600), Justin Abdelkader ($4,600), Craig Smith ($4,100)
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