Back to a normal schedule of all night games tonight and that means a filled slate of eight NHL games for DraftKings DFS to choose from this evening. That being said let’s take a look at some of the top and bargain buys for today’s slate of games:
Ben Bishop ($7,700): Despite a much higher total in the loss column on the season, Bishop is making his case a strong one in his challenge to Braden Holtby for the Vezina trophy this season. He is eighth in the league in wins at 22 and sits fourth in GAA at 2.09. After a few rough outings Bishop posted a solid bounce back game on Sunday against the Blues, allowing two goals against in a strong effort while unfortunately taking the loss. They have a tough matchup with the Sharks on Tuesday night who are 6-2-2 in their last 10, but have been inconsistent this month with a 3-2-1 record in February. Bishop picked up the win in the Lightning’s game against San Jose earlier this season with a stellar performance allowing two goals.
Ondrej Pavelec ($6,600) – Pavelec returned to the Jets net on Saturday for the first time since mid-November and delivered a gem against the Oilers with a 21-save, 2-1 shootout victory. He had seemed to turn the corner right before his injury and it’s a good sign for the Jets that he was able to pick that up right away and put in a good showing in his first game back over the weekend. Pavelec should get the nod tonight and for those looking for a buy-low option tonight he’s a great target in a favorable matchup against the Hurricanes despite their improved play as of late.
Tuukka Rask ($8,200) – This is a high price to pay up to tonight for Rask but the matchup is worth it on paper. Rask got lit up early and often over the weekend against the Red Wings before being pulled in the second period in favor of Jonas Gustavsson. It was his second start in his last four allowing five goals against. Still, I like the matchup tonight with Rask’s history against Columbus. In seven games, five starts, against the Jackets Rask is 4-2-0 with a 1.99 GAA and .931 SV%. Columbus is playing better as of late behind the strong play of Joonas Korpisalo in net, but the Bruins are a playoff contender who are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games and I like Rask to pick up the W tonight.
Others to Consider: Brian Elliott ($8,400), Craig Anderson ($7,800), Cory Schneider ($8,300), Kari Lehtonen ($7,200), Joonas Korpisalo ($7,100)
Erik Karlsson ($7,800): Karlsson has been on an absolute tear since the All-Star break for the Senators with points in six of his seven contests. The stud blueliner has 11 assists in this current seven-game span as well as 24 shots and 12 blocks. He is currently tied with Tyler Seguin for third in scoring league-wide with 63 points and leads the league with 52 assists. He is producing in all situations, posting five power-play assists since the break as well. The Senators have given Karlsson a legitimate top-pair mate with the addition of Dion Phaneuf who will only serve to help Karlsson more offensively by opening up the point and they face the Sabres on Tuesday night, a team that Karlsson has done well against in his career.
Shayne Gostisbehere ($5,400): Many think that Artemi Panarin is a shoe-in for the Calder Trophy but there are a few players making cases for it, and a big one right now is the Flyers talented, young blueliner. “Ghost” is currently riding an unprecedented 12-game point streak, which broke the Flyers rookie scoring streak record. The streak started on January 19 against the Maple Leafs and has produced 15 points (3G, 12A) and 31 SOG. The rookie rear-guard has shown incredible poise this season for the Flyers, playing big minutes and filling in with a veteran presence. This streak has him up to 31 points in 37 games and Philly faces the Devils Tuesday night, against whom this season Ghost has a goal and an assist in two games.
Victor Hedman ($6,100) – Hedman is riding a nice three-game scoring streak for the Lightning and he brings it into tonight’s matchup with the Sharks with a goal and four assists. The puck-moving blueliner is now up to 35 points on the season, 30 assists, and has been putting up the numbers against some very stout goaltending. The Lightning welcome the Sharks tonight to Tampa Bay and in their lone matchup earlier this season in San Jose, Hedman notched an assist and added two blocks and three SOG.
Cam Fowler ($4,000) – Fowler never really has lived up to his billing as a strong offensive defenseman, but he is very good all-around and does add the points occasionally. Right now is one of those occasions. Fowler has posted back-to-back multi-point games for the Ducks with two assists against the Blackhawks on Saturday and an impressive three assist game last night against the Flames. He also added two blocks and five SOG in the two games. He’s anchoring the Ducks top defensive pair right now and is seeing over 22 minutes of ice time per outing on the year. With the rejuvenated top-six for the Ducks starting to produce right now, expect Fowler to get great opportunities at both even strength and on the power-play (four points in last 10 games).
Others to Consider: John Klingberg ($6,300), Brent Burns ($8,300), Sami Vatanen ($5,000), Seth Jones ($4,800), Jake Muzzin ($5,200), Colton Parayko ($4,700)
Tyler Seguin ($8,600) – Seguin pushed his scoring streak to five games picking up the primary assist on the Stars game-winning OT goal last night against the Predators while also posting three shots. This gives him points in six of his last seven games with five goals, five assists and 27 SOG in that span. Seguin is now up to 63 points on the season, one behind teammate Jamie Benn who also had an assist last night, and is up to 33 assists on the year with his helper last night. The Stars face the Blues on Tuesday night and in three matchups against St. Louis this year Seguin has a goal and nine shots.
Connor McDavid ($7,000) – 10 days ago McDavid was less than $6,000 a night, so that should tell you all you need to know about how he’s producing at the moment. He’s one of four players in the league at the moment who have 12 points in the month of February, the other three are named Tavares, Crosby and Getzlaf. He is proving night in and night out that the hype around him was real and he is making the players around him better and valuable. So far in the month the 19-year-old has four goals, eight assists and 19 SOG in seven games. He had the best game of his young career last Thursday against the Maple Leafs when he had a five-point game with two goals and three assists, good for a 16.5 fantasy point evening. He gets a tougher matchup tonight with the Ducks, but Anaheim is on the backend of a back-to-back slate after playing in Calgary last night so I like McDavid to jump on the Ducks early this evening.
Brad Marchand ($6,800) – Marchand is in the middle of his best scoring year of his career. Up to 28 goals on the season, Marchand sits fifth in the league in goals scored ahead of the likes of Tarasenko, Crosby and Pavelski. He has stepped things up lately with 10 goals and 13 points in his last 10 games. He’s riding a solid seven-game point streak at the moment with at least a goal in each game and three multi-point games during the streak. He’s one of the hottest scorers in the league at the moment and he faces the Blue Jackets tonight who earlier this season he had a goal and four SOG in the lone matchups between the teams this year.
Patrick Eaves ($4,000): Eaves has found himself in prime real estate in the Stars lineup, sitting pretty on the Dallas top line with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. He was help off the board last night in the Stars win against the Predators and that snapped a five-game scoring streak. He had four goals, one hat-trick, four assists and 16 shots during the streak and much like TJ Oshie he will have fantasy value, especially at that price, as long as he continues to be in such a prime position with top playmakers.
Mike Santorelli ($2,700): Santorelli has been buried down the Ducks lineup for most of the season despite showing an offense flash with 33 points last season. He has come alive as of late and he too is seeing time in his team’s top-six forward rotation and is making the most out of the opportunity. In 50 games on the season he has 14 points, but six have come in his last 10 games and he’s currently riding a three-game point streak with three goals and an assist playing with Ryan Getzlaf and David Perron on the Ducks top line. He is coming off one of his best games of the season with a two goal, two SOG performance yesterday against the Flames and has another favorable matchup tonight against the Oilers.
Others to Consider: Alex Ovechkin ($8,900), Jamie Benn ($8,400), Logan Couture ($6,300), Ryan Getzlaf ($5,800), Anze Kopitar ($6,300), David Perron ($4,500), Jack Eichel ($5,500), Nikita Kucherov ($6,800), Jordan Eberle ($5,700), Cam Atkinson ($4,800), Andre Burakovsky ($4,600), Ryan Spooner ($4,700), Victor Rask ($4,000)
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