It’s a light night of DFS NHL action, with only three games on the docket. Things are murky on the goalie front, so construct your lineup starting with forwards and D-men and roll out whichever netminder fits your price point and team matchups because each of the six options could feasibly bring home the win bonus. Remember to go against the grain with second or third-liners where possible to avoid hefty price tags and high ownership percentages. Look for strong foundational coverage from your defensemen and don’t hesitate to break the bank on one or two superstar forwards.
John Gibson ($6,900) – Gibson ranks third among projected Wednesday goalies in DraftKings points per contest, yet is priced sixth of six at his position. He’s lost two straight but will look to help the Ducks finish their eight-game homestand on a high note against the struggling Wild. Minnesota has lost four straight and has been blanked in back-to-back games, which makes Gibson an attractive option. Gibson has strong peripherals (.923, four shutouts) and should be worth the price of admission in DraftKings.
Petr Mrazek ($7,600) – Through the ups and down of the Red Wings’ season, Mrazek has been their rock. Of the 21 goalies League-wide with 30 or more games played, Mrazek’s .931 save percentage is tied for the best with Corey Crawford of the Blackhawks. He’s lost his past two home games but was outstanding on Detroit’s recent road trip and should bounce back in this spot after a 30-save showing in a shootout loss to the Flyers on Sunday. He’s posted 5.0 or more DraftKings points in each of his past six outings and is as sure of a thing as you’re going to find on this light gamenight.
Tyson Barrie ($5,500) – Barrie has been a beast on home ice this season, racking up 21 points with 19 blocks and 47 shots on goal in 20 games at Pepsi Center. He has eight points, 13 blocks and 26 SOG in his past 10 games and is seeing a leading offensive role in the absence of injured Erik Johnson. The top-priced defenseman of the night, Kevin Shattenkirk ($6,600), is over $1,000 more expensive than Barrie, so roll out the fifth-most expensive blueliner if you can squeeze him onto your roster for a favorable matchup against the Sabres.
Mike Green ($4,500) – In a similar situation to Barrie, Green’s time could be now with Niklas Kronwall out for at least a few weeks because of a knee injury. Green is not the elite-level point producer he once was, but can certainly still anchor a top power-play unit. Green had two assists last Thursday against the Coyotes and has multi-block outings in four of his past six games. He only has two goals on 69 SOG this season, so greater exposure to power-play time and offensive opportunities in general could do wonders for his low shooting percentage.
Others to consider: Jared Spurgeon ($4,800), Nick Holden ($3,800), Brendan Smith ($2,700), Nikita Zadorov ($2,500)
Ryan Getzlaf ($5,600) – Getzlaf has been a big underachiever in fantasy this season, but is beginning to turn the corner of late. He has assists in five straight games and suits up at Honda Center, where he has 19 points in 23 games on the season. He came on strong in the third period of the Kings game alongside Chris Stewart and newcomer David Perron, who was just acquired from the Penguins. Getzlaf assisted on Perron’s first goal with the Ducks, chemistry that could get stronger if coach Bruce Boudreau continues to roll out those two on the same line. While others stack Getzlaf with Perry by default, pay attention to the morning skate and projected lineups and stack Getzlaf with Perron for similar upside and much better value.
Carl Soderberg ($4,800) – Soderberg has 23 points in his past 28 games, leading the Avalanche in scoring in that span. His shot volume on the season is more than two per game, and three of his seven points in his past 10 games have come with the man advantage. He’s playing on the top power-play unit right now for Colorado, who faces Buffalo’s weak road penalty kill and needs a win to stay in Stanley Cup Playoff position. Soderberg also has 37 blocked shots on the season, tied for 12th among forwards League-wide.
Others to consider: Pavel Datsyuk ($5,900), Paul Stastny ($4,900), Mikko Koivu ($4,700), Sam Reinhart ($3,800), Robby Fabbri ($3,300)
Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,800) – Tarasenko is the most expensive skater of the night, but remember he has a higher ceiling than most players on a regular basis. Tarasenko has been the fifth most-productive fantasy forward this season behind Patrick Kane, Alex Ovechkin and the Dallas duo of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. The rest of those high-end options have the night off, so spending up for Tarasenko and offsetting his price by stacking him with affordable linemates Jori Lehtera ($3,700) and/or Robby Fabbri ($3,300) is a great strategy to employ. Tarasenko has 22 points and 73 SOG (3.3 per game) in 22 road games this season, giving him against-the-grain upside if you decide not to roster Mrazek.
Ryan O’Reilly ($6,000) – O’Reilly is returning to his former stomping grounds and could easily end up with a multipoint game against the Avalanche, who have allowed 71 goals in 23 road games (tied for most in NHL). He’s playing alongside Evander Kane and Sam Reinhart, forming some of the best value stacks of the night. O’Reilly has 20 points in 21 road games this season and points in six of his past seven games for Buffalo, and is priced sixth among wings and $1,800 cheaper than Tarasenko.
Others to consider: David Perron ($4,100), Tomas Tatar ($5,000), Troy Brouwer ($3,800), Blake Comeau ($3,600)