Another solid slate on tap tonight for DraftKings NHL action with eight games scheduled for this evening. There are some top teams and players that DFS participants will have at their disposal with the Penguins, Islanders, Rangers, Stars and more all in action tonight. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the top and bargain buys for today’s docket of games:
Pekka Rinne – NSH vs. WPG – $8,100 – Rinne is my top goalie of the night from the Cheat Sheet and, thanks to his recent form, it’s easy to see why. He has regained his old form and has a fantastic matchup tonight. In his last eight starts, Rinne hasn’t lost in regulation. He has gone 6-0-2 in that span with two shutouts while only allowing 14 goals against. He had a four-game winning streak snapped with an overtime loss (OTL) to the Devils on Thursday but turned right around and picked up the win against the Avalanche on Saturday on the road. The Predators face-off against the Jets on Tuesday night in a very winnable matchup, and in four prior starts against the Jets this season Rinne is 2-1-1 with a 2.30 GAA.
Jimmy Howard – DET vs. CLS – $7,300 – Howard will get the nod in net tonight for the Wings against the Blue Jackets, and for those who want a great mid-level goalie tonight, he’s the guy you look at. He has been very solid in his last three appearances for the Wings, allowing only five goals against in those games. He came in on Sunday in relief of Petr Mrazek allowing four goals against the Blackhawks and played solid despite allowing two goals of his own. Overall, he has allowed only five goals against on his last 98 shots faced, good for almost a .950 SV% in that span. The Blue Jackets are coming off a 6-0 loss over the weekend and are a bottom-10 offense in the league, making Howard a really solid option tonight for your goalie slot.
“Overall he has allowed only five goals against on his last 98 shots faced, good for almost a .950 SV Percentage in that span”
Ben Bishop – TB vs. BOS – $7,800 – Both the Lightning and Bruins are on the second night of back-to-backs, but with as good as Bishop has been lately, he is one of the top goalies out there tonight. The Lightning had their nine-game winning streak snapped last night in their 4-2 loss to the Flyers. Bishop is now near the top of the league in all three major goaltending categories sitting second in GAA, fourth in SV% and sixth in the league in wins. He is riding a personal six-game winning streak and has allowed nine goals against in those six games with a shutout and two one goal games. He gets the nod tonight against the Bruins, and so far this season in three games against Boston he has been great, posting a 2-1-0 record and stopping 90 of 96 shots faced, good for a 2.01 GAA and .938 SV%.
Others to Consider: Jaroslav Halak ($7,700), Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,200), Antti Raanta ($7,600), Kari Lehtonen ($7,200), Cam Talbot ($7,100), James Reimer ($6,700)
Andrej Sekera – EDM vs. SJ – $4,400 – Sekera has had a decent season for the lowly Oilers with 24 points on the year. He has gone long stretches without having any production, and that was the case recently. He has points in his last two games which snapped an eight-game pointless drought. Sekera had two assists against the Blue Jackets and one against the Jets while adding six shots on goal (SOG). The Oilers get the Sharks tonight on the second night of a back-to-back, and Sekera could see a decent chance to produce, especially seeing time at even strength and on the power play (PP) with the likes of McDavid, Hall, Eberle and Draisaitl.
Shea Weber – NSH vs. WPG – $6,100 – Weber continues to be one of the top defensemen in the league, and, surprisingly to some people, he is third in the league in goals-scored among defensemen with 17 on the year. He is up to 41 points in 63 games, but it’s the run in his last three games that’s been impressive. He has points in all three outings for Nashville (2G, 3A) with two points coming on the PP and has added nine SOG and eight blocked shots to total 20.5 fantasy points. He only has one point against the Jets this season, an assist, but had put up seven blocks and 14 SOG in four matchups, and with his recent run of offense is a great play tonight against a weak scoring defense.
Alex Goligoski – DAL vs. MON – $4,700 – With John Klingberg banged up and nursing a lower-body injury that prevented him from traveling with the team over the weekend, look to Goligoski as the go-to defenseman for the Stars against the Habs tonight. Gols has points going back to before the Klingberg injury, recording at least one assist in each of his last four games. He has also added seven blocked shots and seven shots on goal in those four games. He is the focal point right now on the Dallas blueline for offense running the top pair and as the point man on their number one power-play unit with Klingberg out. At $4,700 he is a great mid-level value for those not wanting to spend big on defense.
Others to Consider: Brent Burns ($8,200), Erik Karlsson ($7,900), Dustin Byfuglien ($6,600), Ryan McDonagh ($5,200), Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($5,100), Johnny Boychuk ($5,400), Nick Leddy ($4,600), Zach Bogosian ($4,300), Justin Schultz ($3,500), Slater Koekkoek ($2,600)
Sidney Crosby © – PIT vs. NYI – $7,800 – Crosby is one of the top players available tonight and is going against a team that he has owned throughout his career. It will be a tough matchup against the Islanders tonight, who are coming off a 6-1-0 road trip, but the Penguins offense has been looking very good lately and the Islanders defense has been inconsistent despite their success. Crosby is always a top pick against the Isles, posting 91 points in 51 career matchups vs NY. Earlier this year Crosby and Malkin had a field day against the Isles when they combined for all five of the Penguins goals in their January 5-2 win. Sid the Kid is one of the hottest scorers in the league right now, as well riding a five-game point streak at the moment with three goals, six assists and three multi-point games. The Penguins are chasing the Islanders in the standings so expect Crosby and Co. to come out strong in a pivotal division matchup.
Jack Eichel © – BUF vs. NYR – $6,000 – Eichel has been overshadowed by some other stud rookies this season, and especially in the last month by the explosive return of Connor McDavid, but he has put together a very good rookie season considering the struggles of the Sabres. He’s hit the 20/20 plateau this season racking up 20 goals and 25 assists in 67 games and should easily break the 50-point barrier before year’s end. He has a goal in each of his last three games for Buffalo, including a multi-point game on Saturday against the Wild, with three points coming on the PP and putting up 13 shots in the process. The Sabres have a matchup tonight with the Rangers who are coming off a 6-4 loss to the Islanders and are missing Henrik Lundqvist for the third straight game, making this a more favorable fantasy contest for Eichel, who had a multi-point outing against NY in his only other game against the Rangers this season.
“He’s hit the 20/20 plateau this season racking up 20 goals and 25 assists in 67 games”
Filip Forsberg (LW) – NSH vs. WPG -$6,500 – This is the Filip Forsberg that everyone was expecting to see this season after his impressive 60+ point rookie season last year. The scorer has come alive lately with 10 goals and 15 points in his last 10 games, and the stats have been impressive. 40 shots on goal, two three-point games, one four-point game, 25% shooting and four power play points. This offensive explosion has propelled him up to 51 points on the year to lead the team and his 10 goals have jumped him up to the team lead there with 28. He’ll easily break the 30-goal barrier and thanks to the offensive explosion is on-pace for his second-consecutive 60+ point season. Despite only posting a single point against the Jets (tonight’s opponent) Forsberg is a borderline ‘must start’ against a very weak defensive team.
Tyler Johnson © – TB vs. BOS – $5,600 – Injuries and inconsistencies have hampered the “Triplets” line in Tampa Bay this year, the trio of Johnson, Palat and Kucherov who all posted over 60 points last season. Johnson is a far cry from the team-leading 72 points that he had last year, but he is beginning to find his groove with Kucherov and Palat, especially on the Lightning’s recent nine-game winning streak. Johnson did his part to help the team with 10 points in his last 10 games. He is currently enjoying a four-game point streak that has seen him produce seven points with three goals, four assists, and three multi-point games. .
Lee Stempniak (RW) – BOS vs. TB – $4,400 – Stempniak has settled in nicely on the Bruins top line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand and is proving the Bruins right for picking him up at the deadline. He was held in check his first outing with the B’s on the 1st, but since then he has been on fire. In the following three games he put up point in each outing. He had two assists against the Blackhawks, a helper against the Capitals, and then posted the OT game winning goal and added two assists last night against the Panthers.
Patrick Maroon (LW) – EDM vs. SJ – $3,200 – Like Brett Ritchie playing with Seguin and Benn, Maroon is enjoying his playing time with top-flight playmakers since his trade from Anaheim to the Oilers and has found himself settled nicely on the Edmonton second line with Taylor Hall and Leon Draisaitl. In his first 56 games of the year with the Ducks, Maroon managed to put up 13 points. He has scored in all three contests in Edmonton so far with two goals, two assists, 10 SOG and has even added three blocked shots. He is getting an opportunity to produce offense that he did not see in Anaheim, so take advantage of him now while he is in such a premium playing position at a great value price.
Others to Consider: Tyler Seguin ($8,300), Jamie Benn ($8,000), John Tavares ($7,700), Evgeni Malkin ($7,500), Joe Pavelski ($7,400), Patrice Bergeron ($7,300), Connor McDavid ($7,200), Patric Hornqvist ($6,700), Taylor Hall ($6,600), Evander Kane ($6,500), Kyle Okposo ($5,900), Joe Thornton ($5,700), Mike Hoffman ($5,600), Mark Scheifele ($5,600), Eric Staal ($4,900), Chris Kunitz ($4,800), Ondrej Palat ($4,700), Gustav Nyquist ($4,700), Craig Smith ($4,600), Sam Reinhart ($4,200), Victor Rask ($4,000), Colton Sceviour ($3,000), Casey Cizikas ($3,500)
Make sure to check out my NHL 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