With eight NHL games on tap tonight, highlighted by some great matchups that include the Blackhawks, Penguins, Panthers and Stars, DraftKings DFS Hockey contests, DFS hockey players have a deep 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:
Roberto Luongo ($8,200) – The Panthers and Luongo keep rolling on as the team is the hottest in the league at the moment riding a nine-game winning streak with Luongo personally having a seven-game winning streak. He’s coming off arguably his best game of the season with a 3-0, 40-save shutout win against the Rangers on Saturday night. Luongo has been fantastic as of late on top of the win against the Rangers by posting a 7-3-0 record in his last 10 games with a 1.79 GAA and a .931 SV% in that span. The win streak has bumped him into the fifth in the league in wins and he has jumped up firmly into the top-10 in the league in both GAA and SV%. Thanks to their play as of late the Panthers have jumped up to the best scoring defense in the league thanks in large part to Luongo and have the Sabres, averaging just over two goals per game, on Tuesday night in Buffalo.
Devan Dubnyk ($7,700) – I wrote about Dubnyk in the Cheat Sheet and was between him and Luongo for that slot, even with Braden Holtby playing tonight, but I like Dubnyk’s matchup tonight with He’s been very good as of late with a 4-4-1 record and posting a 1.90 GAA and .937 SV% in his last 10 starts. He is up to 16 wins on the season, good for eighth in the league, and has allowed a total of six goals against in his last four starts holding offenses like the Blues, Lightning and Panthers to less than two goals against. Despite the improved play of the Blue Jackets they still rank in the bottom-third of the league in scoring offense making Dubnyk, who is the sixth-most expensive goalie on the night, a great play tonight.
Connor Hellebuyck ($6,900) – Hellebuyck has come in as a rookie and has shown the poise and presence of a seasoned veteran. He hasn’t accrued enough starts for his stats to count towards the league leaders but if his numbers were being counted he would be fourth in the league in GAA (2.01) and tied for fifth in SV% (.929). On the season so far he is 8-4-0 and he has won three of his last four starts, shutting down some dynamic offenses in Pittsburgh, Detroit and San Jose. The Jets face the Predators on Tuesday night and it is a great opportunity for Hellebuyck against a team that has struggled for offensive consistency sitting in the bottom-half of the league in scoring offense. He bounced back nicely with a one goal against win against San Jose after allowing three goals in a loss to Arizona on New Year’s Eve.
Others to Consider: Braden Holtby ($8,300), Marc-Andre Fleury ($7,800), Pekka Rinne ($7,500), Corey Crawford ($8,100), Ben Bishop ($7,500), Mike Condon ($7,300).
Duncan Keith ($5,900) – With a solid crop of front-line defensemen available tonight, Keith is one of the top blueliners to choose from in spite of a tough matchup against the Penguins. He has put up nine points in his last 10 games with 22 SOG and 20 blocks in that span. He is currently riding a nice three-game point streak (2G, 3A) with nine shots and eight blocks in those games. He is one of the best all-around defensemen in the league and with a game against the Penguins and Marc-Andre Fleury, Keith and the Hawks will have a great chance to see production and jump on Fleury in his second game back from injury.
P.K. Subban ($5,800) – Subban should see an uptick in production now that the Canadiens high-scoring top line of Pacioretty, Gallagher and Plekanec is back to together at even strength and on the power-play, 20 of Subban’s points have come this season in games that line has been together. He has points in three straight games and has five blocked shots and nine shots on goal in those contests. On the season Subban is eighth in the league in TOI, including being in the top-five in the league in power-play TOI with almost 4:30 of PP time per game.
Alex Goligoski ($4,700) – Goligoski isn’t the Dallas defenseman that many people have been keying in on this season for fantasy, but he has been a consistent blueliner and should garner a lot of attention right now for your lineups. He has seven points in his last 10 games and is coming off a multi-point outing against the Islanders over the weekend along with three shots on goal. He has begun to shoot the puck more after nine shots in his previous seven games Goligoski has six in his last three. On top of being on their first pairing with Klingberg, he is seeing a good chunk of time on the Stars second power-play unit as well that has produced four PPP this year. He has three points in his last three games and the Stars are facing the Rangers on Tuesday night who are struggling to 3-6-1 in their last 10 games.
Matt Niskanen ($4,400) – John Carlson is still not ready to return to the blueline so Niskanen continues to be the offensive option for the Caps. He has points in the three straight games without Carlson in the lineup, two coming on the power-play, as well as eight shots on goal and three blocked shots. With a guaranteed spot on the Caps top defense pairing, as well as running the point on Washington’s first PP unit until Carlson returns, he is a top defensive option tonight at a price almost $2,000 less than other top blueliners available tonight.
Others to Consider: Roman Josi ($7,100), John Klingberg ($6,000), Dustin Byfuglien ($6,200), Kris Letang ($5,900), Mark Giordano ($6,100), Keith Yandle ($4,600), Shayne Gostisbehere ($4,600), Jack Johnson ($3,900), Matt Dumba ($3,500), Dmitry Kulikov ($3,400).
Sidney Crosby ($7,100) – Sid the Kid is back to his old scoring ways and that’s a bad thing for the league, but a good thing for DFS Fantasy Players. At this time last season Crosby was around $1,000 more expensive than he is and with his current level of production is shouldn’t be long before he back to that salary level again, so take the opportunity to get him in your lineups now for a lesser price than where he should be. He has 10 points in his last nine games and is averaging almost four shots a game over that span. He’s riding a three-game point streak, including two multi-point games, has scored at least one goal in all three and had one of his best games of the season on Saturday against the Islanders with two goals and seven SOG, with both goals coming on the power-play. The Penguins welcome the Blackhawks tonight and Crosby has been a PPG player at home with 19 points in as many home games this season.
Jason Spezza ($6,000) – Spezza is beginning to produce after a slower start to his season and is on pace right now to at least match his 62-point season from last year, his first in Dallas. The difference is Spezza is shooting and scoring more this year with 14 goals (17 last year) and 119 shots (204 last year) and he has 11 points in his last 10 games. Spezza currently is riding a decent four-game point streak with a goal, four assists and 10 shots in those games. The Stars travel to MSG on Tuesday and face the Rangers to finish their tri-state road trip and in 34 career games against NY (mostly with Ottawa) Spezza is a near point-per-game player with 31 points.
Jack Eichel ($5,400) – When you look at who Eichel has around him compared to some of the other rookies he is competing with, what he is doing proves the hype about him was well deserved with 11 points in his last seven games for the Sabres. The majority of those points have come in his last five games with three multi-point outings, including a four-point game against the Bruins. In this seven game outburst he has four goals, seven assists and 25 shots on goal. He now sits second in goals scored among rookies with 13 and fourth in rookie scoring with 25 points. He has a tough matchup against the Panthers on Tuesday night but he has been effective against some very tough defenses and goalies as of late and should be considered for a slot on your rosters.
Brendan Gallagher ($6,300) – Gallagher made quite the splash coming back from his finger injury at the Winter Classic with a goal, an assist and three SOG after being reunited with Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec on the Habs first line. With 19 points in 22 games he was having the breakout season that most were expecting him to have before the injury cost him 17 games. Gallagher is priced around $2,000 less than some of the top wingers available tonight, and $1,000 less than Pacioretty, and should be considered a top-end wing option for your lineups tonight.
Brandon Saad ($6,100) – Saad has found his new Jonathan Toews in the form of Alexander Wennberg on Columbus’ second line. He has been on an absolute tear as of late with 11 points (6G, 5A) and 35 shots on goal in his last nine games, and all but one of those points have come at even strength. Saad is riding a seven-game point streak that has produced three multi-point games, has goals in three straight games and is coming off a two-goal, four shot performance against the Capitals on Saturday night. Despite a tough matchup against the Wild on Tuesday night, Saad is a great candidate right now to find the scoresheet and should be ridden until he cools off.
Jaromir Jagr ($5,600) – The ageless one just keeps chugging along for the Panthers who are the hottest team in the league at the moment. Jagr has seven points in his last nine games and recorded a two goal game on Sunday against the Wild. The 43-year-old winger has now put up six points and his last six games despite only putting 68 shots on goal this season. Jagr now leads the Panthers in both goals (13) and points (28) and is tied for second on the team in PPP. The Panthers face the Sabres on Tuesday night, and he has been in the league for such a long time so much of this production came in past years, but in his career against Buffalo Jagr has 102 points in 85 games.
Others to Consider: Tyler Seguin ($8,600), Jamie Benn ($8,500), Patrick Kane ($8,800), Alex Ovechkin ($8,700), Max Pacioretty ($7,300), Sean Monahan ($5,500), Evgeny Kuznetsov ($5,800), Claude Giroux ($6,500), Jakub Voracek ($5,900), Nino Niederreiter ($3,700), Patrice Bergeron ($7,200), Ryan Spooner ($4,500), Valeri Nichushkin ($3,700), Ondrej Palat ($3,600), Tyler Johnson ($4,600).
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