DraftKings NHL Lineup Advice: Saturday (2/9)
A split schedule is on tap for today with 7 early games, 6 late and one in between. I will focus on the later games here, but if you’re looking for advice on the early games, load up on Bruins. Boston is the heavy favorite at home against the Kings and Rask, the top line, DeBrusk, Backes, Krug, and John Moore all solid options. Let’s get to my picks for the later starts.
Joe Pavelski (SJ): $6,200 @ EDM
Pavelski is as consistent as they come, averaging between .80 and .95 points per game over the past six seasons. He is currently riding a hot streak, with eight points in his last five games and faces a porous Oilers defense that has given up the third-most goals in the league.
Auston Matthews (TOR): $6,900 @ MTL
Strange stat of the day: Matthews has just one power-play point in his last 23 games. Not goal, but POINT. Tonight, he goes up against Montreal and the 21st best penalty-kill in the league and I think he adds to his point total. Matthews has five points in his last five games.
Paul Stastny (VGS): $4,700 vs. CBJ
The 33-year-old Stastny has been a great fit on Vegas’ second line with Alex Tuch and Max Pacioretty and they have been the Knights best line recently. Stastny has ten points in his last nine games and comes in at a very attractive price point on DraftKings.
Tomas Hertl (SJ): $6,100 @ EDM
The Sharks make a great stack tonight, with any combination of Hertl, Meier and the aforementioned Pavelski along with Burns being desirable. Hertl centers the second line and plays wing alongside Pavelski on the top PP unit. Red hot, he has eight points in his last four games.
Matthew Tkachuk (CAL): $6,100 @ VAN
Tkachuk, with just two points in his last six outings, is a bit of a contrarian pick. But he plays on the top PP unit with Gaudreau and company and has a high floor. Tkachuk is always involved, picking up shots, hits and penalty minutes along with a solid plus/minus. The Canucks are also missing their best D-man, Alex Edler.
Alex Ovechkin (WAS): $7,300 vs. FLA
If you’re going to pay up for someone tonight, why not make it the NHL goal-scoring leader? Ovechkin has eight points in his last five games and plays at home against a Florida team that has allowed the third-most goals in the league this season.
Andreas Johnsson (TOR): $3,600 @ MTL
Johnsson is a risky pick as he is currently on the Leaf’s fourth-line, but he does see power-play time and is talented enough to produce. If you’re looking to save dollars for other positions, Johnsson makes a nice play.
John Carlson (WAS): $6,100 vs. FLA
Carlson checks all the boxes that you want for a defenseman- ice time, shots, power-play time, plus/minus, etc. He is a stud performer and I expect him to have a good game tonight against the Panthers.
Morgan Rielly (TOR): $5,900 @ MTL
Rielly has, predictably, cooled a bit after his scorching start to the season, but he is still averaging a point per game and is a main cog in the Toronto machine that averages over three and a half goals a game. He is currently sporting a streak of five points in his last five games.
T.J. Brodie (CAL): $4,000 @ VAN
It seems as though nobody wants to buy into Brodie being this good, but he is. He had a 45- point season just three years ago and has averaged 38 points over the last four seasons. As long as he’s being paired with Giordano, he’s a great pick at this price. In case you need more persuading, Brodie has 13 points in his last ten games.
David Rittich (CAL): $8,000 @ VAN
Rittich is coming off a poor performance Thursday, when he was pulled after allowing two goals in six shots against the Sharks. However, Rittich sports a 20-4 record and hasn’t been beaten in regulation in his last 13 starts. The Flames are road favorites tonight at Vancouver.
Fredrick Andersen (TOR): $7,700 @ MTL
Andersen is the closest thing to a value pick on DraftKings tonight. He is on a nice little run of late, going 7-2-1 in his last ten starts. This game features two high possession teams, so something must give. Expect Andersen to see a decent number of shots and come away with a win.
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