With seven NHL games on tap for this Monday of DraftKings DFS Hockey contests, DFS hockey players have a sizable player pool to delve into to start their Thanksgiving week of hockey action off. Let’s take a look at some of top and bargain buys for tonight’s game:
Henrik Lundqvist ($8,200) – Lundqvist has been fantastic all season and despite his rough outing, a four goals against game, on Saturday night against the Panthers he leads the league with a 1.85 GAA and a .943 SV% and sits in a four-way tie for the league lead in wins with 11. He has been near flawless at home posting a 6-1-1 record with a 1.74 GAA and .944 SV% on the Garden ice and the Rangers welcome a Nashville team on Monday night that is averaging only 2.11 goals scored per game on the road this season, good for 25th in the league. Henrik is the least cap-friendly goalie available tonight but, if you’re willing to pay the price to put a high-end netminder in your lineup, he’s the one to go with.
Brian Elliott ($7,100) – Elliott had one of his strongest outings of the season his last game out against Columbus. Despite taking the loss, he only gave up two goals on 37 shots and was not saved by St. Louis’ potent offense. With Jake Allen ($7,500) surrendering four goals to Detroit on Saturday, look to Ken Hitchcock to roll Elliott on Monday night against Buffalo.
James Reimer ($6,600) – Reimer had his five-game win streak snapped over the weekend, but not for lack of trying. He took the loss to the Bruins on Saturday giving up one goal on 36 shots against. He has given up only one goal against in each of his last three games and currently sits second in GAA with a 2.01 mark and third in SV% with .936. He has been particularly fantastic over his last 10 games, posting a 6-2-2 record and an incredible 1.57 GAA and a .953 SV%. He kept the Bruins in check on Saturday and wasn’t bailed out by his offense, but he’s one of the best goalies in the league at the moment and is outplaying his DFS value by leaps and bounds, so roll Optimus Reimer on Monday night.
Others to Consider: Jhonas Enroth ($7,300), Pekka Rinne ($8,100), Braden Holtby ($8,000), Tuukka Rask ($7,600), Reto Berra ($6,800), Steve Mason ($6,800).
Kevin Shattenkirk ($4,900) – Shattenkirk has found the scoring touch that he flashed last season before his injury when he posted 44 points in 56 games. He missed an extended period of time this season and looked rusty his first few games back, but has come on strong as of late. He has managed points in five straight games, putting up seven of his eight points this season in this current streak. Entering the season he was pegged as one of the best offensive defensemen in the league and he is proving his worth as of late, so put him in your lineup against Buffalo on Monday and take advantage of his reasonable pricing before it rockets up.
Justin Faulk ($5,800) – The Hurricanes are one of this worst teams in the Eastern Conference, but Faulk has been one of the most consistent performing defensemen so far this season. He has points in five straight games, and six of his last seven overall. Faulk is coming off a two power-play goal game last night against the Kings, and currently is tied for the league lead in goals by defensemen with eight. He sits tied for seventh in scoring among defensemen with 15 points on the year and is second to Brent Burns in shots with 71. He has nine points and 35 shots on goal in his last 10 games and is averaging the second highest FPPG of all defensemen on Monday night with 4.2 FPPG.
Aaron Ekblad ($4,900) – The reigning Rookie of the Year, Ekblad has found his offense as of late with points in five of his last six games. The Panthers are up and down at the moment but Ekblad is starting to find the offensive game that propelled him to 39 points last year. He is coming off a two assist game against the Rangers on Saturday, has six points in his last six games and 19 shots on goal over that span. The Panthers take on the Kings on Monday who have lost two straight games and have given up seven goals against in those games.
Matt Niskanen ($4,400) – Niskanen sits in the shadow of John Carlson on the Capitals blueline, but has found his scoring touch with five assists in his last six outings including his first multi-point game since the beginning of the season last week against the Red Wings. Carlson is the primary offense on the Capitals blueline, but Niskanen is coming on strong as of late and checks in $2,000 less expensive on the night going against the Oilers.
Others to Consider: John Carlson ($6,400), Rasmus Ristolainen ($4,700), Tyson Barrie ($4,700), Morgan Rielly ($4,500), Zdeno Chara ($5,000), Dan Girardi ($3,400), Ryan McDonagh ($4,800), Shea Weber ($5,800), Shayne Gostisbehere ($2,700), Oscar Klefbom ($4,000).
Matt Duchene ($5,600) – Duchene has had a fire lit underneath him since his promotion to the Avalanche’s top-line with Nathan MacKinnon ($7,500). He has 16 of his 18 points on the season in his last 10 games. In those 10 games he has points in nine, and is currently riding a six-game points streak that has seen him put up six goals and six assists with four multi-point games. He has 36 SOG and is averaging 6.1FPPG in those 10 games and is almost a must-start in your lineups against the porous defense.
Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,900) – Tarasenko was my superstar to build around on Monday’s Cheat Sheet. He sits tied for second in the league in goals with Patrick Kane at 13, one behind Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars. Tarasenko has back-to-back multi-point outings, and has points in four of his last five games, all of which have been multi-point games. He has seven goals in his last 10 games and is posting a career-best 16.5 shooting % so far on the season. He sits eighth in the league with 79 shots on goal and faces the Sabres on the road Monday night, where he has managed 12 of his 22 points away from home ice this season. .
Nicklas Backstrom ($6,700) – Since being moved back up to the Capitals top-line with Alexander Ovechkin ($9,500) and T.J. Oshie ($6,100) Backstrom has four points in three games. Backstrom is not known for his shooting prowess, only 29 SOG in 16 games this season, but playing with Ovie and Oshie will see him playing with two elite scoring options and he should see a bevy of chances to find the scoresheet. Backstrom has six points in eight road games this season and the Caps visit the Oilers, 3.2 goals against at home per game this season, on Monday night.
Jeff Carter ($6,300) – Carter has found his past scoring touch and is a point-per-game player with 19 points in 19 games so far this year. He has points in seven of his last 10 games and is coming off of a two goal, seven SOG game against Detroit on Friday night. The Kings take on the Panthers on Monday night who have given up eight goals against on their current two-game losing streak. Carter has settled in with Tyler Toffoli ($6,100) and Milan Lucic ($4,700) and the trio has become the Kings top-scoring line at the moment.
Mats Zuccarello ($5,600) – Zuccarello has continued his hot start and is the Rangers leader in goals (10), assists (11) and points (21) and is fifth on the team in shots with 40. He has three, three-point games in his last five contests and he has found the scoresheet in four of his last six games overall. With linemates Rick Nash ($7,200) and Derick Brassard ($5,300) beginning to find their offensive rhythm Zuccarello could see a greater amount of production on a top line.
Loui Eriksson ($5,200) – Eriksson has points in four straight games, including a hat-trick on Thursday against Minnesota. He stayed on his streak thanks to an assist on Brad Marchand’s empty-net goal. He has managed four goals, two assists, five blocked shots and eight shots on goal during this current hot streak.
Others to Consider: Leon Draisaitl ($4,000), Nathan MacKinnon ($7,500), T.J. Oshie ($6,100), Blake Wheeler ($7,000), Ryan O’Reilly ($5,300), Justin Williams ($4,800), Evgeny Kuznetsov ($5,800), Nazem Kadri ($4,900), Patrice Bergeron ($6,300), Anze Kopitar ($5,200), David Krejci ($6,000), Oscar Lindberg ($3,600), Eric Staal ($5,400), Kevin Hayes ($4,100), Mark Scheifele ($4,600), Drew Stafford ($3,900), Mikhail Grigorenko ($2,900).
Make sure to check out my 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.