With six NHL games on tap to start this weekend of DraftKings hockey contests, DFS hockey players have a solid player pool to delve into to fill-out their lineups with both superstar and value plays. Let’s take a look at some of top and bargain buys for tonight’s game:
Ben Bishop ($7,600) – Bishop is in the middle of a career season for the Lightning putting up the best numbers he has since becoming a starter. His 2.00 GAA sits fourth in the league and his .926 sits just inside the top-10 and he is coming off his second shutout of the season with a 21-save effort against the Avalanche on Tuesday night. Bishop has been consistent all season and in his last 10 games he’s posted a solid 2.10 GAA and .917 SV%, allowing more than two goals against in only three of those starts. The Lightning have a tough matchup against the Penguins on Friday night but Bishop has been one of the more solid goalies in the league this season and as of late and is a top pick tonight in net.
Devan Dubnyk ($7,800) – It would have been hard, and almost unrealistic, to expect Dubnyk to match his production from last season after he joined the Wild. That being said he has been very good for Minnesota this season and if a big reason they are where they are in the standings. His stats, 2.32 GAA and .920 SV%, are middle of the pack but above average and his 18 wins are inside the top-10 in the league. But I’m picking him tonight because I love his matchup with the Jets. Winnipeg has been playing inconsistent hockey lately and they are coming off a very hard-fought divisional matchup last night against the Predators, a game they were leading and then had to hold off Nashville and win in OT. The Jets will be tired and physically worn out after that game and Dubnyk and the Wild will have a great opportunity to pounce and come away with a win tonight.
Others to Consider: Scott Darling ($7,400), Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,000), James Reimer ($6,600), Tuukka Rask ($7,700)
Ryan Suter ($6,100) – Suter continues to be one of the better all-around defensemen in the league and now sits seventh in the league in scoring among defensemen with 30 points in 43 games. With Dustin Byfuglien unsure to play tonight Suter is the third-best defenseman available tonight from a fantasy point perspective averaging 3.6 FPPG on the year. On top of the points he has added 103 SOG and 76 blocked shots and in his last 10 games he has six points. Three of those points have come in his last two games, including a multi-point game against the Sabres on Tuesday with a goal and an assist. With Winnipeg coming off a game last night Suter and the Wild offense will have a great opportunity for production tonight.
Brent Seabrook ($5,700) – Seabrook has seen a dip in production since Duncan Keith came back from his injury but he has still been producing and still leads the Blackhawks blueliners with 29 points on the year. He was shutout from the scoresheet last night against the Canadiens but still managed a solid 3.0 FPPG thanks to three SOG and three blocked shots. Over his last 10 games he’s added eight points, 14 blocks and 19 SOG and before being held pointless last night had points in his previous two games.
Victor Hedman ($5,400) – Hedman was primed for a breakout production season this year and because of inconsistencies in his game and the Lightning overall that has not happened. However he is beginning to turn his production around as of late and is now up to 23 points on the season thanks to five points in his last three games. That scoring has come in the form of two multi-point games, a three-point game against Edmonton and a two assist game vs Colorado, while adding 10 SOG in that span. The Lightning face the Penguins tonight and for his career against Pittsburgh Hedman has been very solid with 10 points in 18 games.
Others to Consider: Justin Faulk ($6,400), John Klingberg ($6,000), Rasmus Ristolainen ($5,800), Jared Spurgeon ($4,700), Kris Letang ($6,000), Dion Phaneuf ($4,200), Olli Maatta ($3,500), Shea Theodore ($2,700)
Steven Stamkos ($7,600) – Stamkos continues to turn things around after his slow start to the season, eight goals in his last 10 games, and has moved into the top-10 in the league in goals scored this season. He is also shooting the lights out with almost 50 SOG in that time span. He added two goals on seven shots against the Avs on Tuesday night and has four goals and 19 SOG in his last four games. He enters tonight’s contest against the Penguins with 22 points in 24 career games vs Pittsburgh and at home this season he has 20 of his 33 points with 10 goals and 10 assists. Roll Stammer tonight in your lines.
Leo Komarov ($4,400) – With the devastating blow of losing JVR to the Maple Leafs offense, the onus to score now fall on Komarov who is in the middle of a breakout campaign for the cellar-dwelling Leafs. He leads the team with 15 goals and his assist against Columbus on Wednesday tied him for the team lead with JVR at 29 points. He has found a solid chemistry with Nazem Kadri and Michael Grabner on the Leafs second line but he will be looked at to shoulder the load offensively going forward with JVR sidelined for up to two months. Toronto has a difficult matchup with Chicago tonight but Komarov is a very solid value play thanks to his production and extended on-ice role.
Blake Wheeler ($6,700) – Still one of the least talked about top players in the league, Wheeler added a goal and assist last night against the Predators to bring him into a tie for sixth in the league in scoring with 43 points in 44 games played. He has eight points in his last 10 games and has three multi-point games in that span bringing his total to 10 on the year. He is tied for second in the league in multi-point game scoring with 31 points in his multi-point games. He added three blocked shots and a shot on goal last night and with an assist last weekend against Buffalo he has three points and eight SOG in his last three games. The Jets travel to face Minnesota tonight and in 19 games against the Wild in his career Wheeler has five goals and 13 points.
Jeff Skinner ($4,600) – Don’t look now but the Hurricanes are above .500 and are tied for the final playoff spot at the moment in the Eastern Conference with Boston and New Jersey and are a point ahead of Pittsburgh. Skinner has been a big part of their improved play this season and is having his best season in two years with 17 goals and 25 points to date while posting his best shooting (13.8) since his rookie season. He has three points in his last two games against the Penguins and Blues, is coming off a multi-point game against St. Louis with a goal and an assist and has a great matchup tonight against the Canucks who boast a bottom-10 scoring defense who are allowing almost three goals against per game.
Others to Consider: Tyler Seguin ($8,400), Evgeni Malkin ($7,500), Sidney Crosby ($7,100), Patrick Kane ($8,900), Jamie Benn ($8,600), Jack Eichel ($5,500), Ryan O’Reilly ($6,000), Evander Kane ($5,800), Loui Eriksson ($5,500), Patrice Bergeron ($7,300), Corey Perry ($6,900), Nikita Kucherov ($6,200), Jakob Silfverberg ($4,000), David Perron ($4,000), Ondrej Palat ($3,900), Andrew Shaw ($3,800), Nikolaj Ehlers ($3,600)
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