The player pool is flush with talent all over tonight, thanks to a nine game slate of NHL action. There are great players all over at every position tonight, so DraftKings DFS players will have a plethora of talent to sift through to fill their lines. With so many options tonight let’s take a look at some of the best superstar and value buys on the night:
Jonathan Quick ($8,200) – Quick has been really good his last four starts and it has helped put his strong season back on track and he faces a Calgary team tonight whose number his has had his whole career. In 22 career starts vs the Flames, Quick is 11-7-4 and has posted a 1.79 GAA and .924 SV%. He has four straight starts allowing two goals or less and is now up to a tie for third in the league with 29 wins and has crept into the top-10 in the league in GAA at 2.19. He has played well against tough competition lately with his last four games coming against playoff contending offenses and going 2-1-1 against the Capitals, Bruins, Predators and Blues. The Flames aren’t going anywhere this season and in the heat of a playoff race, I fully expect Quick to put forward a great outing tonight.
Ben Bishop ($7,800) – There are only three goalies in the league at the moment who are in the top-10 in Wins, GAA and SV%. Bishop is one with Cory Schneider, who also plays tonight, and Braden Holtby the other two. Bishop has won consecutive games against the Hurricanes and Penguins allowing two goals against in each outing and he faces the Coyotes tonight who are on the second night of back-to-backs after they faced the Capitals last night in Washington and took the loss 3-2. This will be Bishop’s first time facing Arizona this season but, if history tells us anything, he has been very strong against Western Conference teams this year despite a 10-8-1 record with his posting of a 1.96 GAA and .928 SV% vs the West. Keep Bish on your short list for goalies tonight.
Craig Anderson ($8,000): There are so many stud goalies tonight it was hard to pick just one for this spot, but after a three-win week that garnered him one of three NHL “Player of the Week” honors I like Anderson this evening. His three wins were against Buffalo, Carolina and Detroit and he stopped 97 of the 102 shots his faced during the week. The win streak pumps him up to 25 on the year, tied for sixth in the league, and he faces the Oilers on Tuesday night. While he has been much better at home than on the road, he has an improved defense in front of him with the addition of Dion Phaneuf and Edmonton is a middle-of-the-road offense at home on the year. He is brimming with confidence coming off last week and should seriously be considered for your lineups tonight.
Others to Consider: Petr Mrazek ($7,700), Cory Schneider ($8,100), Henrik Lundqvist ($8,500), Pekka Rinne ($7,600)/Carter Hutton ($7,300), Jaroslav Halak ($7,400), Devan Dubnyk ($7,400)
Erik Karlsson ($8,000) – $8,000 is a lot for a defenseman but if you are going to pay that price, pay it tonight for Karlsson in a great matchup against the Oilers. There aren’t many games when a defenseman gets held off the scoresheet and still has a fantasy relevant game, but Karlsson had six SOG and a block against the Red Wings over the weeks for a 3.5 fantast point night. He had been on a tear before that with 13 points and 33 shots in his previous nine outings. He’s the front-runner for the Norris Trophy at the moment and is tied for Tyler Seguin for third in the NHL in scoring with 65 points, while leading the league with 54 assists. Karlsson is also third in the league in PPP with 23 on the year. The Senators face the Oilers tonight in Edmonton, and in their only matchup this year Karlsson had two assists, two blocks and four SOG.
Shayne Gostisbehere ($6,000): Ghost netter the game-winner in OT on Saturday night to extend his point streak to an incredible 15 games. Keep in mind he is a rookie, and a defenseman. He has 11 points in his last 10 games and 18 of his 34 points on the year have come on the impressive run. The Flyers face the Hurricanes tonight and Gostisbehere has already staked ownership of Carolina this season with two goals, two assists and six SOG in three games against. He comes in $2,000 less than Karlsson, with an equally good matchup, so if you would like to save some money with a top defenseman go with Ghost.
Kevin Connauton ($3,000): I had Connauton in my “Others to Consider” on defense yesterday after his three-point game on Saturday against the Blues and he followed that up with a goal and four SOG last night against the Capitals despite only seeing 11:35 of ice time against Washington. He has equally as tough of a matchup tonight against Ben Bishop and the Lightning, but he has goals in three of his last four games with 11 SOG in those games and at $3,000 is a top value pick on the blueline this evening.
Nick Leddy ($4,500) – The Islanders kick off a long road trip tonight in Minnesota and Leddy has been a big part of their strong play as of late. In his last 10 games, that started in early February against this Minnesota club, Leddy has points in eight of the 10 games and is currently riding a five-game point streak that has produced a goal and four assists. He has also added nine SOG and 10 blocks. Leddy is up to 28 points on the year and is showing the offensive game that Leddy has always been known to possess after starting the season slow. For those not wanting to spend up for the big-time defenders on the evening roll Leddy as a great mid-level play.
Others to Consider: Mark Giordano ($6,800), Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($6,400), John Klingberg ($6,300), Ryan Suter ($6,200), Victor Hedman ($6,100), Jake Muzzin ($5,200), T.J. Brodie ($4,900), Matt Dumba ($4,300), Jason Demers ($4,000), Jaccob Slavin ($3,800), Danny DeKeyser ($3,700), Ryan Murray ($3,600)
Steven Stamkos ($7,200): Much like the goalie position, there are a ton of top players that could be considered for this slot tonight. Stamkos has been re-united with Ryan Callahan and Alex Killorn and the three have picked up chemistry again quickly. Stammer was fantastic last week with goals in his last three games of the week on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. He capped the week with a multi-point game against the Hurricanes on Sunday. The Lightning face the Coyotes tonight who are on the second night of a back-to-back after losing 3-2 last night in Washington and having to travel from DC for the game this evening. Roll Stamkos tonight as your superstar of the night in a highly-favorable matchup.
John Tavares ($7,9000) – Tavares had a strong game on Friday night against the Devils with five shots despite getting being held off the scoresheet and having his seven-game point streak snapped. He has been one of the leading scorers in the league in the month of February with 13 points (6G, 7A) and 39 SOG in 10 February outings. He kicked his month off with a multi-point game against the Wild, the Islanders opponent tonight, and has been very good against Minnesota in his career with six points in eight games.
James Neal ($5,900) – Neal has continued his strong play since coming out of the break with seven points in his 10 February games. After his three-point outing in the All-Star game, Neal has played with a renewed confidence the last three weeks for the Predators. He has assists in his last two games for Nashville and has continued to shoot the puck with 29 shots in those 10 games, adding to his team-leading total of 187. The Predators face the Maple Leafs tonight and Neal looks to extend his point streak to three games against a team that he registered an assist against in their only meeting earlier this season.
Andrew Ladd ($4,900) – Ladd is certainly helping the Jets heading into the trade deadline by keeping his value high with his strong play recently. He has six goals in his last 10 games and three of come in his last two outings alone. It is clear that the Jets Captain will be moved by the deadline so expect him to keep this level of play up to keep his value at peak levels. In his last two games his has the three goals, with two coming on special teams, and nine shots while playing with Mark Scheifele on the Winnipeg second line. The Jets face the Stars in what could become a high-scoring affair tonight and on the season in three games vs Dallas Ladd has a goal and an assist to go along with 10 SOG.
Nino Niederreiter ($3,900) – Niederreiter looks to continue his strong play as of late when he faces his former team the Islanders tonight. Coming off a strong multi-point outing in the Stadium Series game against the Blackhawks on Sunday, Nino has five points in his last four games and seven on the month. The month starts against the Islanders in Brooklyn three weeks ago where Nino also had a multi-point night despite the Wild taking the loss. He has always played well against the Islanders in his young career, looking to prove them wrong for trading him, with six points (3G, 3A) in five career outings vs NY.
Sam Gagner ($3,100) – With Claude Giroux expected out again tonight for Philly against the Hurricanes Gagner will once again stand in for him on the Flyers top line with Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds. This line was really good over the weekend against the Maple Leafs, more on that in the Line Stacks, and Gagner filled in admirably for the Philadelphia Captain when he netted his third goal of the season and added two shots on goal. He’s seeing prominent minutes in scoring situations in this role and in a favorable matchup is a great value play tonight.
Others to Consider: Tyler Seguin ($8,600), Jamie Benn ($8,400), Connor McDavid ($7,000), Jeff Carter ($5,800), Zach Parise ($7,500), Johnny Gaudreau ($7,100), Blake Wheeler ($6,900), Wayne Simmonds ($6,900), Derick Brassard ($5,900), Jason Spezza ($5,800), Mike Hoffman ($5,700), Pavel Datsyuk ($6,300), Scott Hartnell ($5,100), Boone Jenner ($5,000), Brayden Schenn ($4,900), Ryan Callahan ($4,800), Kyle Turris ($4,700), Lee Stempniak ($4,500), Jason Pominville ($4,400), Ales Hemsky ($4,000), Reid Boucher ($3,300), Erik Haula ($3,200), Casey Cizikas ($2,900)
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