It’s a light game night, so you know the drill. Ride the hot hand when possible but also consider promising against-the-grain options for larger contests. Make sure you monitor who could return from (Jaromir Jagr) or be absent (Marian Hossa, Ryan Getzlaf) because of injury for these games, because there are not a ton of high-end options out there. Updated line combinations and high ceilings based on price should be your priority on this four-game Wednesday slate. With that in mind, here are your DFS targets at each position:
Frederik Andersen ($6,900) – Regression to the mean should be coming soon for the Ducks and their starting goalie, who has allowed two goals or fewer in seven of his nine games this season but has only one win to show for it. Anaheim’s win against the Predators kicked off a do-or-die stretch of six home games in their next seven. On Wednesday, the Ducks host the Panthers, who are expected to have Jaromir Jagr back in the lineup but have been a hit-or-miss road team this season. I expect the Ducks to recognize what’s at stake and take care of business in a low-scoring affair at Honda Center.
Ondrej Pavelec ($6,600) – The Jets have been a strong road team this season (4-2-0) but were grounded Sunday at Montreal with Michael Hutchinson in net. Pavelec, who relieved Hutchinson, is 11th among goalies in price and sports a .929 road save percentage this season in four outings. Winnipeg is allowing 32 shots on goal per game (fourth-most in NHL), and Toronto is tied for 11th with 30.5 SOG per game. With two days of rest in between games for the Jets, expect a bounce-back win in a 30-plus save outing from Pavelec with likely two goals or fewer allowed.
Brent Seabrook ($5,000) – With Duncan Keith still sidelined for the Blackhawks, it’s a no-brainer to invest in Seabrook — especially with him priced fourth among defensemen but averaging more DraftKings points per contest (3.8) than anyone at his position for Wednesday. Even with Marian Hossa likely out again for Chicago, there are so many explosive young forward options around Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Seabrook on the top power-play unit. Seabrook is riding a six-game point streak (two goals, six assists in span) and has also provided blocked shots (20) and SOG (29) consistently through 12 games.
Morgan Rielly ($4,200) – The Maple Leafs face another tough task at home against the Jets, but Rielly has ignited their offense from the blue line of late with points in four of his past five games and a three-point effort his last time out against Dallas. The 21-year-old is tied for 12th League-wide in scoring among defensemen this season and tied for third in even-strength points (seven) behind only P.K. Subban and Erik Karlsson, neither of whom play Wednesday. While Rielly only sees a touch of power-play time (1:31 per game), he’s logging more than 22 minutes per game this season and has also contributed blocks (18) and SOG (21) through 11 games.
Others to consider: Sami Vatanen ($5,300), Colton Parayko ($3,700), Christopher Tanev ($3,500)
Artem Anisimov ($4,200) – With Hossa likely out again, Artemi Panarin should remain with Jonathan Toews on Chicago’s top line. But the even more explosive stacking option is Anisimov with Teuvo Teravainen ($3,900) and/or Patrick Kane ($7,900). Anisimov has two goals, one assist, two blocked shots and four SOG in his past two games, and is always a threat for a shorthanded point bonus (two this season, T-NHL lead). He’s been a mainstay with Kane, who’s tied for third in League scoring (16 points in 12 games), so there’s a good chance the splash effect continues for Anisimov.
Jori Lehtera ($4,000) – Like Anisimov with Kane, DFS owners should be equally intrigued by Lehtera and his right wing Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,500; 4.9 per contest), who returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing one game with injury. Tarasenko has eight points (four goals, four assists) with a whopping 29 SOG in six road games this season, so Lehtera with him and/or Alexander Steen ($6,500) present against-the-grain plays on the road in Chicago. It’s always a high-floor decision to roll with Lehtera to offset Tarasenko’s cost.
Others to consider: Bryan Little ($5,200), Ryan Kesler ($4,800), Vincent Trocheck ($3,800), Bo Horvat ($3,300)
Radim Vrbata ($5,800) – Vrbata has exploded offensively since re-joining Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin on a loaded top line for Vancouver. He has at least a point in five of his past six games after a slow start, and is a goal-scoring threat every night out — as evidenced by three goals on 25 SOG during this recent onslaught. He has four-plus DraftKings points in each of his past four games, the type of consistency you should sign up for ahead of the Canucks’ home game against a thin Penguins defense.
Nikolaj Ehlers ($4,800) – If Winnipeg has its way with Toronto, chances are each of the Jets’ top two lines will be involved in the scoring. Ehlers, a second-liner, leads all rookies — in an incredibly deep class — with 43 SOG and at least a point in nine of his 12 games this season. The only forwards League-wide who have been more consistent in their point production out of the gate than Ehlers are Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Kane and Blake Wheeler. Stack Ehlers conveniently with linemate Mathieu Perreault ($3,900) and/or Mark Scheifele ($4,700).
Others to consider: Patric Hornqvist ($5,900), Jaromir Jagr ($5,700), Artemi Panarin ($5,000), Teuvo Teravainen ($3,900), Jake Virtanen ($2,700)Feel free to send me DFS NHL lineup questions all season long via Twitter, Facebook and Swayy (NHLJensen). Subscribe to The Daily Fantasy Hockey Edge podcast on iTunes or Android.