There is a default turbo contest Wednesday with just two games on the NHL schedule. Owners will want to employ a line-stacking strategy due to the limited amount of players to choose from. The Ottawa Senators will play their second game in as many nights when they host a New York Islanders team trying to snap a three-game losing streak, while the New York Rangers will try to build upon their second place standing in the Metropolitan Division when the Original Six-rival Boston Bruins visit Madison Square Garden. Here are some players to target.
Henrik Lundqvist – NYR vs. BOS – $8,600 – A two-game night leaves very little choice for goaltenders, but Lundqvist offers the greatest opportunity for a big night since he’s played his best hockey at home this season. The Rangers veteran is 20-5-2 in 27 starts at MSG with a 2.18 goals-against average but owners will understandably be hesitant to spend the money since Lundqvist is just 1-3-2 in his past six games. Although The King has definitely hit a rough patch recently, his 22-12-2 record with a 1.95 GAA and six shutouts in 36 career starts against Boston should be reason enough to blow a chunk of your budget on the superstar goalie. Owners should also take into account that Bruins starter Tuukka Rask ($8,400) missed practice Tuesday due to illness, making it likely that Lundqvist faces backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson ($6,900) on Wednesday.
Thomas Greiss – NYI vs. OTT – $8,000 – Unless owners roll the dice with Gustavsson, there is no true bargain goalie available tonight. If spending up on Lundqvist is not in the budget, then going with Greiss as a contrarian pick is the next best option. The Islanders goalie has lost three in a row with a 2.66 GAA but has been good against Ottawa in his career with two wins in two starts. Since the ownership percentage on Lundqvist will likely be high, owners can get the most return on investment with a strong performance from Greiss.
Keith Yandle – NYR vs. BOS – $5,000 – Consistency is the name of the game with Yandle as the veteran defender has registered at least 30 assists in five consecutive seasons, not including the lockout-shortened season of 2012-13. While Yandle followed a five-game point streak with a current four-game scoring drought, he could prove a key contributor against what should likely be a backup goaltender for the Bruins tonight. Yandle has nine points (one goal, eight assists), 10 blocked shots and 26 shots on goal in 12 career games against Boston.
“Bargain picks are key to a successful night…”
Calvin de Haan – NYI vs. OTT – $4,000 – Bargain picks are key to a successful night in turbo contests as under-the-radar players like de Haan can rack up respectable numbers while not being owned by too many teams. While the Islanders second-unit defenseman does not see power-play time, he has chipped in with an average of 3.12 DraftKings points in the past three games. Getting an assist or a rare goal from the young defender would be a bonus but owners can expect at least a few supplemental points to come as a result of his strong shot-blocking skills; de Haan leads the team with 168 blocks in 62 games this season.
Others to Consider: Ryan McDonagh ($5,100), Kevin Klein ($3,900), Kevan Miller ($3,400)
John Tavares, C – NYI vs. OTT – $7,500 – The Islanders captain has been excellent at home this season with 32 points (12 goals, 20 assists) and 99 SOG in 32 games. While the ownership of Tavares will likely be high, it’s tough to pass on a player with such great potential. Owners should spend the high price on Tavares and hope he picks up where he left off last with Ottawa; the veteran center had a goal, assist and five SOG in a 5-2 at the Senators on Jan. 22.
Ryan Strome, C – NYI vs. OTT – $3,600 – Owners can employ their line-stacking strategy while also saving a ton of money with Strome. The third-year forward is stuck in a six-game pointless streak, but has been nearly as solid at home this season as his teammate Tavares. Strome has 19 (five goals, 14 assists) of his 24 total points in 28 games at Barclays Center.
Others to Consider: Mats Zuccarello ($6,000), Derick Brassard ($5,600), Mark Stone ($5,700), Jean-Gabriel Pageau ($4,200)