It’s a four-game night in the NHL, so you probably know the DFS drill by now. There are far fewer options to choose from, so looking at players who could snap out of slumps or other against-the-grain values are highly encouraged for larger contests, because those unique picks can set you apart from the pack. Coming off a night where the Sabres won in Minnesota and the Hurricanes beat the Penguins, remember how crucial goalies prove to be on light game nights. Spending up for one can be worthwhile, but can also come back to bite you. Here are some targets for Wednesday:
Steve Mason ($7,100) – Mason’s home save percentage (.921, two shutouts) this season is much better than on the road (.905), so roll him out with confidence for an affordable price against the Bruins in a key January game with Stanley Cup Playoff implications. The New Year has not been kind to the once-powerful Bruins offense, which has only mustered nine goals in five games this month (1-3-1). The Flyers have their top two lines clicking of late, and Mason (confirmed starter for Wednesday) is tied for eighth in DraftKings price.
James Reimer ($6,500) – Reimer’s strong season been sidetracked because of so much time missed to injury, but he’s back in the crease Wednesday for the well-rested Leafs, who haven’t played since Jonathan Bernier got tagged for seven goals Saturday at the Sharks. Look for a motivated Toronto team, even without James van Riemsdyk, to take advantage of the last-place Blue Jackets, who are on the second of a back-to-back. I like Reimer’s chances at the win bonus considering he has the second-best even-strength save percentage (.951) among goalies with more than 10 games played this season. The Blue Jackets are also at a disadvantage without Ryan Johansen, who was traded to Nashville last week, and Nick Foligno, who’s on injured reserve.
Others to consider: Roberto Luongo ($8,200), Frederik Andersen ($6,800)
T.J. Brodie ($4,900) – Brodie ranks eighth in the League in ice time per game (25:32), and has overcome a slow, injury-plagued start to post 22 points, 50 blocks and more than one shot on goal per game (38) through 32 games. He has eight assists in his past 10 games and is coming off a sound DraftKings outing with one assist, two blocks and three SOG (4.5 DraftKings points). On a light night few defensemen worth spending up for, draft Brodie, the fifth-most expensive defenseman, for $2,600 cheaper than Erik Karlsson ($7,500). As strong as the Panthers have been, they will likely be without defenseman Aaron Ekblad on the road.
David Savard ($3,900) – It’s been a forgettable season for Savard, who finally scored his first goal of the season Tuesday against the Islanders in his 38th game (67 SOG). On a brighter note, he has points in two straight with four blocks and four SOG in that span. He’s a high-floor defenseman playing another road game on the second of a back-to-back, but don’t sleep on his upside as his ownership in DraftKings will likely be low because of his struggles. He’s facing the Maple Leafs, who allow the most DraftKings points League-wide to opposing defensemen.
Others to consider: Morgan Rielly ($4,300), Seth Jones ($4,200), Dmitry Kulikov ($3,400), Colin Miller ($3,400), Evgeny Medvedev ($3,000)
Sean Monahan ($5,700) – Monahan has been dynamite at home this season with 19 points and 61 SOG in 22 games at the Saddledome. He’s playing with usual sidekick Johnny Gaudreau ($6,900) and likely under-the-radar Micheal Ferland ($3,100) unless Jiri Hudler returns. The Panthers, as mentioned above, are coming off their first loss in 13 games and could fall flat as their Western Canada road swing continues. On a night where Tyler Seguin, Sidney Crosby, Nathan MacKinnon and John Tavares are not in action, it’s better to save some money and invest in Monahan for $1,700 cheaper than top-priced pivot Patrice Bergeron ($7,400).
Ryan Getzlaf ($5,600) – Getzlaf is only on pace for 52 points after scoring 70 in 2014-15 and 87 in 2013-14, but don’t let that prevent you from taking advantage of the likely the lowest price we’ve seen for him since DFS originated. He has assists in two straight games but has gone five games without a goal. The Ottawa Senators are in the bottom-third of the League in terms of allowing DraftKings points to opposing forwards, and allow the fifth-most goals per game in the League (2.95). Don’t be surprised to see a two or three-point night on home ice from Getzlaf, who has been solid at Honda Center with 16 points and 40 SOG in 20 games. Stacking him with Corey Perry ($6,800) could pay large dividends like the good old days.
Others to consider: Claude Giroux ($6,600), Ryan Spooner ($4,600), Brandon Dubinsky ($4,100), Sean Couturier ($3,900), Alexander Wennberg ($3,600), Shawn Matthias ($2,500)
Jakub Voracek ($5,800) – Voracek didn’t play over his head last season despite his career-high 81 points, as he converted on an average shooting rate (10 percent). Luck has certainly turned against him in the first half of the season, where he has shot 3.4 percent, tied for lowest among all NHL forwards who have at least 100 SOG. With the Flyers inching closer to postseason contention and huge Rivalry Night matchup against the Bruins, what better time for Voracek’s fortunes to turn around? He’s playing with Giroux and Wayne Simmonds on a stacked top line and had two assists, two SOG and three blocks in his earlier game against the Bruins this season (6.5 DraftKings points). He has 10 points over his past 10 games with 35 SOG, and is tied for seventh among wings in price.
Mark Stone ($5,200) – On paper, the Ducks-Senators game looks to favor the home team. But it’s worth noting that Stone, who plays with Kyle Turris and Bobby Ryan, has some against-the-grain upside with stats to back it up. He has 20 points and 38 SOG in 21 road games this season, and is coming off a rare game without a SOG. The Senators offense has been hit-or-miss, but the Ducks have not been so hot themselves lately, dropping two of their past three games with nine goals allowed in that span.
Others to consider: Jaromir Jagr ($5,800), Loui Eriksson ($5,400), Cam Atkinson ($4,600), PA Parenteau ($3,700), Michael Raffl ($3,500)