There are six games on the NHL schedule Wednesday, with a bulk of Western Conference teams in action. As far as skaters go, only the Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane is priced above $8,000. DraftKings lineups can be comprised of fair-priced players with high production potential, and there also should be plenty of value picks to consider. The New York Rangers at Anaheim Ducks is the featured game of the night but owners shouldn’t discount the fantasy impact of lower-tier Western Conference games like the Winnipeg Jets at Calgary Flames or the Colorado Avalanche at Vancouver Canucks. Here are some players to target tonight.
Jake Allen – STL vs. EDM – $7,700 – While Allen had a six-game winning streak end when he was pulled in a 7-4 loss at the Calgary Flames on Monday, DraftKings owners shouldn’t hesitate rolling with him at the Edmonton Oilers if St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock taps him as his starter Wednesday. The third-year goaltender had a 2.50 goals-against average over the six-game hot streak, and if he’s able to maintain that output at Edmonton then he should be close to a sure thing. The Oilers are averaging just 1.2 goals for in their past five games. If Hitchcock goes with backup Anders Nilsson ($6,800) tonight then owners may want to consider choosing Rangers backup Antti Raanta ($7,800) at the Ducks instead. But considering the Oilers’ offensive struggles recently, it’s not a terrible idea to stick with whoever mans the crease for the Blues tonight.
“The third-year goaltender had a 2.50 goals-against average over the six-game hot streak”
Ryan Miller – VAN vs. COL – $7,000 – Owners should always proceed with caution when considering the Canucks goalie but the Avalanche shouldn’t be too tough of an opponent. Miller is 3-4-3 with a 2.95 GAA in 10 career games against Colorado but is coming off a 37-save effort in a 5-1 win at home against the Avs on Feb. 21st. It’s never a lock with the veteran goalie but Miller should be your choice if you’re looking to go the bargain route with your netminder tonight.
Others to Consider: Scott Darling ($7,900), Robin Lehner ($7,500), Ondrej Pavelec ($6,700)
Andrei Markov – MTL vs. BUF – $4,800 – There is no better time than now to get the most bang for your buck with Markov. Considering that P.K. Subban, the Canadiens top defender, will miss at least the next two games with a neck injury; Markov is the direct beneficiary. The veteran defenseman should continue seeing top minutes at regular strength and the power play, so owners could get a great return on investment. Markov has done most of his damage on the road this season with all four goals and 22 of his 35 assists coming in 35 away games.
Shayne Gostisbehere – PHI vs. CHI – $6,000 – No longer an under-the-radar bargain option, Gostisbehere still provides an incredible value for the price. The rookie defender will face the Blackhawks for the first time Wednesday, but owners shouldn’t be deterred by the difficult opponent. Gostisbehere has four goals and 14 shots on goal (SOG) in the past four games, so owners should definitely consider him on the road.
Others to Consider: Kevin Shattenkirk ($6,700), Keith Yandle ($5,200), Tyler Myers ($4,500), Dennis Wideman ($4,300)
Rick Nash, LW – NYR vs. ANA – $6,800 – Various reports indicate that Rangers coach Alain Vigneault will place Nash back on a line with Mats Zuccarello ($6,100) and Derick Brassard ($5,700) at Anaheim tonight, and owners should jump at the opportunity for a big game from the veteran forward. Nash averaged four SOG but zero points in two games with Eric Staal ($4,900) as his center after missing 20 games with a leg injury. If owners budget correctly, it’s possible to link up Nash with either of his linemates for a potentially potent one-two punch. Nash has been excellent against Anaheim in his career with 36 points (19 goals, 17 assists) and 118 SOG in 37 games.
“The second-line center plays on the second power-play unit for Vancouver, so the opportunity is there for a few supplemental fantasy points”
Bo Horvat, C – VAN vs. COL – $4,000 – Horvat is priced cheap enough to warrant taking a flyer on. The second-line center plays on the second power-play unit for Vancouver, so the opportunity is there for a few supplemental fantasy points. Horvat has played his best hockey at home this season with seven of his 11 goals and 74 of his 121 SOG coming in 35 games at Rogers Arena.
Others to Consider: Johnny Gaudreau ($6,900), Corey Perry ($6,300), Alex Galchenyuk ($5,100), J.T. Miller ($4,600)