A second straight day/night of double-digit NHL games means DraftKings DFS Hockey hockey players have a hefty player pool to delve into to fill-out their lineups with both superstar and value plays. Remember that games start at 1 PM today, but there are contests for all games, just the early games and for only the late games. With that said, let’s take a look at some of top and bargain buys for this Friday slate of games:
Mike Condon ($7,500) – Condon came in on Wednesday in injury relief of Carey Price against the Rangers and looks like he will inherit the Canadiens crease for the time being with Price expected to miss at least a week after re-injuring his right knee. Condon looked strong with 11 saves in the third period against the Rangers after a few rough outings in his last few games before Price’s return. Now with a week on the bench to get rested, Condon should be a great start against the Devils on Friday night.
Mike Smith ($6,300) – Looking past his overall numbers, Smith has been solid this season and especially as of late. He’s won four of his last five games, and has surrendered only seven goals against in those wins. He has been able to shut down some high powered offenses lately that include Montreal and LA. The Coyotes face the Flames on Friday night and Smith is my value-buy of the night for your lineup in net.
Others to Consider: Jaroslav Halak ($7,400), Marc-Andre Fleury ($7,800), Petr Mrazek ($7,000), Antti Niemi ($6,900)
Justin Faulk ($5,900) – Faulk continued his hot streak on Wednesday night with two assists against the Oilers and now has points in seven straight games. On his current scoring run, Faulk has nine points (3G, 6A), five blocked shots and 22 SOG. The Hurricanes face the Sabres on Friday night and you should find a way to put Faulk in your lineup every day until he begins to cool off.
Rasmus Ristolainen ($4,700) – Ristolainen is quickly showing why he’s considered one of the best, young all-around defensemen in the NHL. On top of his 13 points this season, he is establishing himself as a great fantasy contributor. In his last 10 games the Sabres rear-guard has managed eight points, 15 blocked shots and 22 shots on goal, good for a 4.1FPPG average. His 3.5 FPPG average is good for ninth among all defensemen while coming in as the 23rd most expensive at his position on the evening.
Others to Consider: John Klingberg ($5,900), Kris Letang ($6,000), Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($5,400), Andrei Markov ($5,200), Oscar Klefbom ($4,000)
Jamie Benn ($8,400) – Benn was my superstar of the night in the Cheat Sheet, and it was close call between him and Patrick Kane ($8,500). Benn sits second to Kane in scoring with 32 points on the season, is coming off a three-point game on Tuesday against Ottawa, has back-to-back multi-goal games and is riding a six-game scoring streak. He has 11 shots in his last two games, 30 SOG in his last 10, and has six blocked shots in his last four games. Benn has 18 points at home this season and the Stars welcome the Canucks on Friday night who are giving up 2.7 goals against per game.
Daniel Sedin ($6,800) – Sedin is on-pace to break last season’s point total of 76 with 25 points through 23 games so far this season. He and twin brother Henrik ($4,900) are two of the hottest scorers in the league at the moment. Daniel is especially hot with a current six-game point streak and 15 points and 43 shots on goal put up over his last 10 games. The Canucks face the Stars on the road on Friday and Sedin has done is most damage away from home with 16 of his 25 points away this season.
Mikkel Boedker ($4,200) – Boedker has been overshadowed by the hype around Max Domi and Anthony Duclair in Arizona, but is currently on pace to shatter his career-highs in all major scoring categories. He has 15 points in 21 games this season, has points in three of his last four and has assists in back-to-back games. He has seven points in his last 10 games and has continued to put a lot of shots on goal with 31 in those 10 games, including 11 SOG in his last four. The Coyotes welcome the Flames and their 30th-ranked scoring defense on Friday night making Boedker a great value play for your lineup.
Others to Consider: Tomas Plekanec ($6,100), Tyler Seguin ($9,000), Henrik Sedin ($4,900), Max Pacioretty ($8,000), Frans Nielsen ($5,000), Martin Hanzal ($4,300)
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