With the first DraftKings DFS Hockey contest of the week being a five-game, Monday-Tuesday double-dip, NHL Targets for this Monday is going to focus on what players to consider putting in your Monday-Tuesday lineup who are eligible to be played only in that contest. Let’s take a look at some of top and bargain buys for tonight’s game:
Frederik Andersen ($7,000) – Andersen continues to be fantastic this year and is now riding a three-game winning streak. Andersen remains top-10 in the league in both GAA and SV%. Right now he sits ninth in GAA with a 2.03 and seventh in SV% with a .935 mark. He is taking on the Coyotes on Monday night, who have lost three of their last four games, and is my value-buy of the night at goalie for DK DFS players.
Jake Allen ($7,400) – Allen seems to be finally having the breakout that the Blues, hockey experts and fans have been waiting years for. On the season he’s 6-3-0 with two shutouts, is second in the league with a 1.71 GAA and is tied with Henrik Lundqvist and Michael Neuvirth for first in SV% with a .945. With Brian Elliott struggling as of late, Allen should see the bulk of the time in the St. Louis net. Allen and the Blues have a great matchup on Tuesday against the Devils and their 21st-ranked scoring offense.
Others to Consider: Anders Lindback ($6,000), Henrik Lundqvist ($7,900), Ryan Miller ($7,400), Semyon Varlamov ($6,900).
Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($5,200) – Ekman-Larsson continues to be one of the best all-around defensemen in the NHL. Despite the struggles of the Coyotes as of late, OEL has managed five points in his last six games and has put 20 shots on goal in that span. A tough matchup with the Ducks on Monday night looms, but Ekman-Larsson is a huge part of the blueline offense in Arizona and is worth the price to put him in your lineup.
Alex Pietrangelo ($5,100) – Hockey people forget that Pietrangelo has posted two 51-point season in his career and is one of the most offensively gifted defensemen in the NHL but has never been able to have the breakout impact most expected him to have. Through 14 games this season, Pietrangelo has managed eight points thus far. He potted his first goal of the season on Saturday against the Predators and has put up five points (1G, 4A) over his last six while averaging three SOG over that span.
Tyson Barrie ($4,900) – Barrie had a huge breakout year last season for the Avalanche, finishing eighth in the NHL in scoring amongst defensemen with 53 points. He now has eight assists in 11 games on the season, with six of those coming in the last four games. He is manning the point on Colorado’s first power-play unit, where he has amassed four assists on the year. Colorado has a favorable matchup on Tuesday against the Flyers, and Barrie is a great play for your lineup.
Others to Consider: Justin Faulk ($5,700), Colton Parayko ($4,000), Cam Fowler ($3,800), Mark Streit ($4,900), Alexander Edler ($4,700), Keith Yandle ($5,000), Nick Holden ($3,000).
Nathan MacKinnon ($7,500) – MacKinnon is having a stellar start to the year for the Avalanche. He is leading the team in most offensive categories with six goals, nine assists, 15 points, 51 shots on goal, is tied for second on the team in power-play points with four and is leading all Avalanche forwards in TOI with 19:39 minutes per night. He’s the most expensive center in this contest but is also the high scoring in FPPG with 5.0. Pay the price and put him in your lineup against the Flyers.
Martin Hanzal ($4,100) – The Coyotes sorely missed Hanzal the 10 days or so he missed. Now back and healthy Hanzal has two points, one blocked shot and six shots on goal in two games since returning. He is back centering the Coyotes top-line and their top power-play unit and has 12 points on the season in 11 games. Take advantage of his low price and level of production at center and pair him with someone like MacKinnon to off-set the cost.
Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,600) – Tarasenko is the most expensive skater in this contest and is second in FPPG with 4.8 right behind MacKinnon. The young Russian sniper is the cog of the Blues offense and has 13 points on the season. He has nine of those points (5G, 4A) in his last 10 games and has managed 40 shots on goal in that time period. Tarasenko has scored 11 of his 13 points this season on the road and the Devils are middle of the pack defensively (2.5 GA/G), so feel comfortable rolling Tarasenko on the road in New Jersey on Tuesday.
Kevin Hayes ($4,200) – Hayes has looked strong this season with 10 points through 14 games. He is riding two separate three-game scoring streaks over his last seven games that has seen him put up seven points (3G, 4A) and 18 SOG during those games. He has been shuffled around the Rangers lineup with Rick Nash injured and the Rangers desire to spread out their scoring and he has not seen a drop-off in his production.
Corey Perry ($6,900) – He has really tried to not look like a former MVP this season, but Perry is starting to find his scoring touch and that is a good thing for both the Ducks and DFS Hockey players. He went scoreless his first four games of the season, but has come on strong with eight points in his last 10 games including a current three-game, five-point scoring streak with two goals and three assists. He has eight blocked shots and 30 shots on goal on the season and is beginning to heat up for a Ducks team that was considered by many a Stanley Cup contender entering the year. Perry has a matchup with the lately struggling Coyotes on Tuesday and is a good play for your DFS Hockey lineup.
Others to Consider: Derek Stepan ($5,300), Alexander Steen ($6,600), Claude Giroux ($6,700), Travis Zajac ($3,600), Jarome Iginla ($5,300), Scott Hartnell ($5,300), Kyle Palmieri ($4,000), Brayden Schenn ($4,100), Oscar Lindberg ($3,400).
Make sure to check out the Cheat Sheet and NHL Line Stacks posts today before setting your lineups and as always for any DFS Hockey questions or comments this season, find me on Twitter at: @JHarding_Hockey.