With six NHL games on tap to start this week of DraftKings DFS Hockey contests, DFS hockey players have a large 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 games.
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Jaroslav Halak ($7,400) – Yes, Halak has lost his last three starts, but he has kept the Islanders in every game and received no goal-support giving up seven goals against in those three games. When you look at his stats on the season he is fantastic, sitting top-10 in the league in SV% (.926) and third in the league in GAA with a sparkling 1.90 mark. The Coyotes are a tough matchup, sitting 10th in the league in scoring offense, but Halak is one of the best in the crease right now and the Islanders as a team have managed to hold opponents to two goals scored or less in seven of their last 10 games.
Mike Condon ($7,400) – Condon had his first blemish of the season in his last start against Colorado on Saturday, giving up four goals on 11 shots. He is still putting up formidable numbers and is top-10 in the league in GAA (2.06) and is just outside the top-10 in SV% with a .921. The Canadiens have a tough matchup with the Canucks on Monday night, but Vancouver has only managed to score more than two goals in a game three times in the month of November.
Jake Allen ($7,500) – Allen has had back-to-back round outings, giving up six goals against in his last two starts. However he has been fantastic all season, and will get the nod in net for the Blues on Monday night against Winnipeg and should be a great roll for your lineup. He is fourth in the league in both GAA and SV%. On top of that he sits second in the league behind only Henrik Lundqvist in even-strength SV% with a .945 mark when playing 5v5. Allen has been fantastic this year at home with a1.59 GAA on home ice and should seriously be considered for your lineups.
Others to Consider: Petr Mrazek ($7,200), Ben Bishop ($7,700), Frederik Andersen ($6,900).
Erik Karlsson ($7,200) – Having Karlsson in your lineup is almost the equivalent of adding a sixth forward in DFS fantasy hockey with the level of production that he is capable of giving players. Aided by a current three-game scoring streak, Karlsson has moved into sole possession of second place in scoring amongst defensemen in the league with 17 points. He has a goal in each of those three games, has put up nine shots on goal and added seven blocked shots in that span as well. He comes in pretty expensive, but there are great value options on defense and at forward to off-set putting Karlsson in your lineup while he’s riding his hot streak.
Andrei Markov ($5,200) – Markov sits fourth among defensemen in scoring in the league and is seeing great levels of production with defensive mate PK Subban. He will give any DFS lineup a great chance to put up a lot of points, and his previous 10-game line of six points, 18 blocked shots and 13 SOG only bolster his case. The fact he comes in as the seventh most expensive defenseman in DK DFS makes him more appealing.
Aaron Ekblad ($4,800) – Last season’s Calder Trophy winner, Ekblad had a slow start to the season for the Panthers with only three points through his first 14 games. He’s seen an uptick in production lately however, riding a three-game point streak with three points (2G, 1A) and 10 SOG in that span. The Panthers take on the Lightning on Monday night after losing the Tampa 5-4 on Saturday, so expect the possibility of a high-scoring affair and for Ekblad to be involved for Florida.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($5,400) – OEL is one of the best, young offensive defensemen in the league and that is showing with nine points in his last 10 games. Those numbers are being aided by a current five-game scoring streak, that has seen him produce two goals and three assists in that span, and is complimented by 14 SOG in those five games. On the season he is tied for sixth in the league in scoring for defensemen, and will be looked upon to push the offense in a tough matchup with the Islanders on Monday night.
Others to Consider: Justin Faulk ($5,700), Kevin Shattenkirk ($4,600), Alexander Edler ($4,800), Jeff Petry ($3,700), Victor Hedman ($5,200), Dustin Byfuglien ($6,200), Sami Vatanen ($5,200), Colton Parayko ($4,200), Mike Green ($4,400).
Steven Stamkos ($7,500) – Stamkos has not had the most Stamkos-like start to the season he, or the Lightning, were expecting as the star center and the team have seen their struggles all around. He has managed 14 points on the season in 19 games, but has seen his most successful stretch of production over his last three games where he has managed points in all three and put up two goals and two assists. His shooting numbers are down with only 47 (2.47 per game) shots on the season, vs his career 3.22 SOG per game, but he is averaging three SOG per game over his last four outings so expect those numbers to steadily rise. He had a multi-point effort on Saturday against Florida and will have a great opportunity to add to that against the Panthers again on Monday night.
Brock Nelson ($4,100) – Since being moved up to the Islanders top line with John Tavares ($8,100) and Kyle Okposo ($5,900), Nelson seems to have found his scoring touch with points in all three games (2G, 2A) and he has netted goals in back-to-back games against LA and Anaheim. He has also managed 10 SOG in those games and has found a new confidence with his offensive game for the Islanders. He has formed a good chemistry with Tavares and Okposo and the Islanders have been leaning on this line to give the team some much needed production as of late and that is exactly what they have done. The Isles are scoring almost three goals per game at home and will look to pounce on the Coyotes 22nd-ranked scoring defense on Monday night at Barclay’s Center.
Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,700) – Tarasenko is one of the elite-level scorers in the league right now, sitting with 10 on the season just behind Jamie Benn and Patrick Kane’s league-leading 12. The young Russian sniper has three goals in his last two games and is averaging well over four SOG per game. His 68 shots on goal this season are good for seventh in the league. The Blues haven’t been great at home this year, but Monday night they welcome a Winnipeg team that is 27th in the league in scoring defense, and are surrendering 3.36 goals against per game on the road this season. Tarasenko is almost a must play in your lineup with his production as of late and with that matchup.
Brendan Gallagher ($5,900) – Gallagher was pegged by many as a prime breakout candidate this season, now that he is getting the chance to produce on the Canadiens top line and he has taken that role and run with it. To date he has 16 points in 18 games and has settled in well with Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec. He is riding a four-game scoring streak that has produced six points and goals in back-to-back games. He has put up 11 SOG in those two games, and is currently firing at an over three SOG per game clip. The Canadiens have a favorable matchup on Monday against the Canucks who are giving up 2.6 goals against on the road this season, so expect Gallagher and the Habs top-line to be heavily involved.
Vincent Trocheck ($4,100) – Trocheck has been a surprise for the Panthers this season with 13 points in 17 games played. He is not known to be a scorer with only a career high of 22 points before this season, but is on pace to break that before the all-star break. He is tied with Jaromir Jagr ($5,500) for the team lead in goals (7) and points (13). He has an incredible 23.3 shooting % but that number will drop once his SOG numbers pick up (only 1.76/G this season), and he has started to put the puck on net more with seven shots in his last two games. He is riding a three-game scoring streak, and is seeing plenty of chances to produce skating in the Pathers top-six as well as on the power-play where he has six points on the season.
Mike Hoffman ($4,900) – Hoffman had a two-game scoring streak snapped on Saturday against the Rangers, but is back on the top-line with Kyle Turris and Mark Stone and that line is finally healthy again after a hot start to the season. Ottawa is capable of dialing up the scoring, thanks to possessing the 10th-ranked offense in the league, so look to Hoffman and his linemates to be leaned on big to produce against Detroit’s 11th-ranked scoring defense. Hoffman is almost a point-per-game player with 12 points in 13 games, so roll him Monday night at his affordable price before his production continues to take his salary higher.
Others to Consider: Jori Lehtera ($3,900), Nick Bjugstad ($5,700), Frans Nielsen ($5,000), Kyle Turris ($6,300), Pavel Datsyuk ($5,300), Dylan Larkin ($4,400), Max Pacioretty ($8,000), Blake Wheeler ($7,100), Max Domi ($5,400), Nikolaj Ehlers ($4,700), Jaromir Jagr ($5,500), Troy Brouwer ($4,400).
Make sure to check out today’s Cheat Sheet and NHL Line Stacks posts before your lineups are finalized and as always for any DFS Hockey questions or comments this season, find me on Twitter at: @JHarding_Hockey.