We only have three games played tonight in the NHL, so we’ll dig in to help find the key players to draft for your DFS lineups. Finding some of the best stacks will be our goal here, and if you aren’t familiar with stacks, I’ve talked about them before and how stacking is a strategy we use for our DFS lineups.
You want to find players who will be on the ice together, leading them to be able to acquire your team more points with any given play.
The NHL Games
The Chicago Blackhawks at the Detroit Red Wings
The Minnesota Wild at the Winnipeg Jets
The Anaheim Ducks at the Vancouver Canucks
This slate doesn’t provide us with the most high-powered offense the league has seen this year, but there still lies some value, so let’s go ahead and help you find that value.
The Vancouver Canucks might not have the best overall record, but one thing they can do is score goals, with 3.32 goals per game, good enough to be tied for 10th in the league. We love a cheap first-line draft, so the first thought is to take Elias Pettersson, Anthony Beuvillier, and Andrei Kuzmenko.
Elias has ten assists in his last ten games and five tallies, leading him to be a solid pick and probably your most expensive on the night at $8,100. The two wingers are the value here, as Beavilloier is only $4,800 and Kuzmenko at $5,500. Beauvillier is heating up, with 4 points in his last five games played.
The next team averaging the most goals per game is Winnipeg, who is at 3.09 on the year, good for 18th in the NHL. Once again, we will stack three players from the first line, along with defensemen who’s been hot on the board.
Josh Morrissey is the D-man with four goals, and four assists in his last five games played, making him an easy pick here. The rest of the first line should be considered here with Kyle Connor ($8,000), Mark Scheifele ($6,900), and Nino Niederreiter ($4,600).
The last stack I’d consider here would have to come in the Detroit vs Chicago game, and of course, we are leaning towards the Wings here, as Chicago shipped out most of its fantasy production at the deadline.
No one here in this game has wowed us, so we’ll again stick with the first line, with each player averaging over two shots per game. Dylan Larkin ($7,400) and David Perron ($4,700) would be my personal plays here.
Again, I don’t love players in this game, so if you can avoid it, I would, but you always have to consider that even someone scores for the bad teams.
Using some of these value plays, you should have the budget to go ahead and draft whatever goalie you want tonight. Might as well spend your money on Connor Hellebuyck at $8,400, considering he is the clear-cut best on the list. Minnesota only averages 2.78 goals per game, and Hellebuyck has a solid 2.62. Goals-against-average heading into tonight. Good luck tonight!