With a huge 10 game slate on the docket for tonight, DraftKings DFS players will have a stacked player pool flush with talent to choose from. Top teams like the Stars, Blackhawks, Lightning, Kings and others are all in action tonight meaning there are some great superstars on the ice tonight. Let’s take a look at some of the top and bargain buys for today’s slate of games:
Ben Bishop – TB vs DET – $8,100: Bishop continues to have one of the best seasons for goalies in the league this year. In his last nine starts he has been fantastic, allowing only 13 goals against which is good for a 1.45 GAA and a .952 SV%. He has posted two shutouts in his last three starts which have bookended a four-goal against loss to the Stars. He has allowed three goals or more in three of those nine games and the other six have been one goal or less. On the year Bishop is well in the Vezina discussion, backstopping the Lightning into playoff contention, currently sitting at the top of the league in GAA with a 2.04 mark, second in SV% with a .928 posting and is seventh in the league in wins with 35. He has a tough matchup against the Red Wings tonight who are fighting off the Flyers and Islanders in the Wild Card standings, but on the season Bishop has been great vs Detroit posting a 1.69 GAA and a .935 SV% against the Wings on the year.
Frederik Andersen – ANH @ MON – $7,900 – Andersen has been extremely formidable lately for the Ducks and along with John Gibson have formed one of the best goaltending duos in the league. The starter for tonight has not been announced and if it is Gibson tonight ($7,700) he should be considered a top starter tonight in place of Andersen. The stats for Andersen are eye-popping lately. He is 9-1-0 in his last 10 starts with a 1.81 GAA and a .935 SV%. Andersen bounced back from a four-goal against loss to the Blues with a win against the Devils, allowing only one goal, and filling in on an emergency basis for Gibson on Friday when Gibson was sick and posting a shutout against the Bruins. The Ducks have a very favorable matchup tonight against the Canadiens and as was said above whichever goalie gets the nod tonight will be a top starter on the evening.
“I picked Talbot in the Targets post on Friday against the Canucks and he went out and stoned them cold, stopping all shots that came his way en route to a 40-save shutout…”
Cam Talbot – EDM @ ARI – $7,300 – This was a toss-up for me between Talbot and Chad Johnson of the Sabres, but based off his solid play of late for the Oilers I went with Talbot. I picked Talbot in the Targets post on Friday against the Canucks and he went out and stoned them cold, stopping all shots that came his way en route to a 40-save shutout. The fantastic outing pushed him to 7-2-1 in his last 10 games and dropped his GAA in that span to a sterling 1.69. His SV% has shot up to .948 in that span with the outing as well and is putting a staple on the bouceback in the second half of the season that he is posting. He is 1-1-0 on the year against the Coyotes, his opponent tonight, and is as hot as any goalie in the league.
Others to Consider: Braden Holtby ($8,700), Brian Elliott ($8,200), Scott Darling ($8,000), Martin Jones ($7,500), Chad Johnson ($7,200), Ryan Miller ($7,100).
Brent Burns – STL @ SJ – $8,400: Burns is my top defender of the night with his recent strong play compared to Erik Karlsson and his more favorable matchup against the Blues, vs Karlsson facing the Caps. He has been great for the Sharks, powering their offense from the blueline all season. He has put up 11 points in his last 10 games while adding 40 SOG and 13 blocked shots. After posting a nine shot game against the Rangers with no points he snapped a two-game on Sunday against the Coyotes with an assist and two shots. He faces the Blues tonight and Brian Elliott who is starting his second game since returning from injury.
Alec Martinez – LA @ MIN – $4,700: Martinez is the third wheel on a very solid and deep blueline in LA behind Drew Doughty and Jake Muzzin. He gets overlooked sometimes by the latter two but he has solidly put up 30 points in 71 games on the year. He has six points in his last 10 games and currently has scored a goal in back-to-back outings for the Kings against the Bruins and last night against the Predators. He has put up nine SOG over the two games and is averaging three blocks per night meaning that he is getting fantastic category coverage and comes in $3,700 cheaper that a top option like Burns.
Hampus Lindholm – ANH @ MON – $4,600 – With Sami Vatanen still banged up and not playing a game in over two weeks, Lindholm has been the Ducks defenseman to step up the production from the Anaheim blueline. In the five games without Vatanen, Lindholm has managed four points with two coming on the PP. He has points in back-to-back games at the moment posting a multi-point game against the Bruins and following that up with and assist against the Jets. He has also added four shots and three blocks in the two games giving him solid category coverage. With a favorable matchup against the Canadiens tonight, expect Lindholm to be heavily involved in the Ducks offense giving him a great matchup to put up some production for your fantasy roster.
Niklas Kronwall – DET @ TB – $3,900 – Kronwall made his return to the Red Wings lineup on Saturday after missing a handful of games with an injury. He was immediately slotted back into their top-four as well as on the point of the Wings top power-play unit. He made his presence known right off the bat with two assists in the Wings victory over the Panthers and added two shots and three blocks for a solid 6.5 fantasy point night. Overall he has three points in his last three games played. The Wings have a very tough matchup tonight against the Lightning but Kronwall is in a great position to produce and already has one assist against Tampa in two games this year.
Others to Consider: Erik Karlsson ($8,300), Dustin Byfuglien ($6,700), Drew Doughty ($6,200), Duncan Keith ($6,000), Seth Jones ($5,100), Mike Green ($4,900), Zach Bogosian ($4,600), Paul Martin ($3,000), Jordan Oesterle ($3,300).
Connor McDavid, C – EDM @ ARI – $7,200: There are a ton of top players on the market tonight for DFS hockey players to choose from, but McDavid is the one I would roll with. Since he returned from his injury on Feb. 2 he has been one of the most productive scorers in the league. He is currently riding a four-game points streak with five assists spread over the Oilers last four outings and he has found the scoresheet in seven of his last 10 games overall. In those last 10 games he has also chipped in three PPP and put up 27 shots on goal. He is over a point-per-game player on the season with 40 points in 38 games and has a great matchup tonight against the equally-lowly Arizona Coyotes, who are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games and have lost two in a row.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW – STL @ SJ – $7,500 – After being named player of the week at the beginning of last week Tarasenko followed that up with another solid week for the Blues. In three games last week he had a goal and an assist and added 13 shots on goal, putting up 11 fantasy points total over his last two games of the week. The Blues superstar winger is having himself another solid season and with 34 goals, tied for fourth in the league, he is establishing himself as one of the best snipers in the NHL. He is right outside the top-10 in the league overall in scoring with 63 points on the year in 71 games, down slightly from his season last year but he could pass his goal total of 37 set last season. He faces the Sharks tonight and in two games against SJ this season he has three points, two PPP, and seven shots on goal.
Nikita Kucherov, RW – TB vs DET – $6,900 – Kucherov continues to go toe-to-toe with Steven Stamkos for the Lightning team lead in points with 58 on the season. Kuch has netted four points in as many games and has nine points in his last 10 games overall. He has scored a goal in each of his last two games against the Stars and Coyotes, adding an power-play assist and seven shots in those games. He has done his fair share of damage against the Red Wings this season averaging a point-per-game against them on the year with three points, all on the PP, in three games. And speaking of point-per-game, he is also a PPG player at home this year with 34 points in as many games as well. Kucherov is playing on the Lightning’s potent top line with Stamkos at the moment and the two are doing damage heading into the playoffs.
“[Schenn] has 10 points in his last 10 games (6 Goals/4 Assists) and is playing on the Flyers potent first line..”
Brayden Schenn, C – PHI @ CLS – $5,500 – Schenn has blossomed into one of the key cogs in the lineup for the Flyers this season, and his breakout has greatly helped them into the mix for Wild Card contention and he continued that last night against the Islanders. He’s jumped all the way up to third on the team in scoring with 49 points, a new career-high, and is only a point back of linemate Wayne Simmonds for second on the team. He has been great for the Flyers all season but as of late he has been wreaking havoc on the opposition. Schenn has 10 points in his last 10 games (6G, 4A) and is playing on the Flyers potent first line with Claude Giroux and Simmonds (more on them on the Line Stacks). Schenn is a great mid-level value tonight against the lowly Blue Jackets.
Joonas Donskoi, RW – SJ @ STL – $4,200 – Playing in mostly a middle-six role, and primarily a third liner, all season Donskoi has seen solid production in his rookie campaign. The 23-year-old has 34 points in 67 games on the year and is currently playing on the Sharks second line with Melker Karlsson and Logan Couture. Donskoi is coming off a solid outing against the Coyotes in which he posted two assists, one on the PP, and added three SOG. It was his third game in his last four with points and it was his second multi-point game in that span. He has added a power-play point in each of the three games as well. Despite the slightly limited level of production on the season, he has done his damage against the Blues with two points against St. Louis in two games.
Cody Eakin, C – DAL @ CHI – $3,800: Talk about taking advantage of an opportunity. Eakin has been tasked with filling in for the injured Tyler Segin and is occupying the center position between Jamie Benn and Patrick Sharp. Seguin last played on St. Patrick’s Day, the night that Eakin had three assists and he followed up his first game on the top line with a goal in 18 minutes. He’s riding a four-game point streak at the moment and has points in five of his last six overall. The Stars have a tough matchup against the Blackhawks in a matchup with divisional implications on the line, but it will be easier should backup Scott Darling get the nod again for Chicago with Corey Crawford still on the mend.
Others to Consider: Patrick Kane ($8,500), Jamie Benn ($7,900), Steven Stamkos ($7,400), Claude Giroux ($7,000), Blake Wheeler ($6,800), Anze Kopitar ($6,600), Jaden Schwartz ($5,800), Mike Hoffman ($5,700), Dylan Larkin ($5,300), Jori Lehtera ($4,000), Nino Niederreiter ($4,400), Erik Haula ($4,000), Ales Hemsky ($3,800).
Make sure to check out the 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.