DraftKings NHL Lineup Advice: Thursday (2/7)
With almost a full sleight of games for Thursday’s action, there are so many options to choose from when setting up your daily fantasy lineups. Below is a list of some of the many options that fantasy managers will be able to choose from for tonight’s games. This list contains some pretty obvious names, but it also has some less obvious ones that fantasy managers may want to consider when drafting their teams this evening. Let’s dive in and take a look at what is available.
Nathan MacKinnon (COL): $7,500 vs. WSH
What’s more to say? One of the best centers in the game to date with 27 goals and 45 assists this season looks to continue to build upon a phenomenal career. MacKinnon is on pace for over 100 points this year (113) which would be a career-best if he reaches that feat. He’s also had four power play goals in his last six games heading into a showdown with Washington who is the most penalized team in the league right now. He’s worth the payout if you can figure a way to fit him in your budget.
Sebastian Aho (CAR): vs. $7,100 BUF
By far Carolina’s best offensive weapon, Aho is currently averaging over a point per game (1.13/game). He is on pace for 92 points this year would be the best he has had in his short three-year career thus far. Lastly, Aho has had nine points in his last six games as well. He has proven to be a trustworthy number one type of fantasy center throughout the duration of the season. Try and target this young star for tonight’s action.
Jonathan Toews (CHI): $6,300 vs. VAN
The veteran captain has been playing some of his best hockey as of late for the Chicago Blackhawks. Toews has managed to contribute 11 points in his last six games and is currently on pace for a career-high 80 points this season. The Blackhawks are beginning to surge a little bit going 5-3-2 in their last ten games and are only three points out of a playoff spot. Toews will look to continue to lead the way on offense for a team that looked dead in the water just a few weeks back.
Tomas Hertl (SJ): $6,300 vs. CGY
It is interesting to note that Tomas Hertl has the third-most goals amongst centers since January 15. During that span, he has scored six goals and dished out two assists for the San Jose Sharks offense. In an anticipated high scoring battle with the Flames tonight, Hertl is an attractive drafting prospect in terms of centers.
Pierre-Luc Dubois (CBJ): $6,100 vs. ARZ
Though the Columbus Blue Jackets have been struggling lately going only 5-5-0 in their last ten games, Dubois has been one player still finding a way on the stat sheet consistently. He’s had six points in his last five games, two of which came on the power play. Columbus did win their most recent game against the Avalanche 6-3, so it will be interesting to see if the team has finally found their groove once again. If that is the case, it can only benefit Dubois.
Mikael Backlund (CGY): $4,800 vs. SJ
Backlund has had five points in his last four games and a plus-five rating during this span as well. The last time the Flames squared off with the Sharks both teams combined for a total of 13 goals. Backlund provided two goals in that game and looks to be heavily involved in another high scoring affair tonight for the top spot in the Pacific division.
Alex Ovechkin (WSH): $7,900 vs. COL
It’s hard to not feel tempted to draft a highly expensive player like Alex Ovechkin. What’s not to love? With 37 goals in 52 games, he is well on his way to scoring close to 60 goals this season. Ovechkin is also currently tied with Mike Hoffman and Gabriel Landeskog for the most power play goals amongst left wingers in the NHL (10). Colorado is the second-most penalized team in the league and has the fourth-worst penalty kill (76.4%) to date. This spells a recipe for success tonight for the veteran winger.
Viktor Arvidsson (NSH): $7,300 vs. DAL
Arvidsson is on pace for 39 goals this season would be a career high. This stat is even more impressive because of the fact that he missed 24 games this year as well. In addition, Arvidsson has had seven goals in his last eight games played. Despite getting shut down by Arizona on Tuesday night, I expect Arvidsson to bounce back against Dallas.
Alex DeBrincat (CHI): $6,200 vs. VAN
DeBrincat has been quietly having a very good stretch of hockey recently. He has managed to produce 15 points in his last 11 games for the Blackhawks. Furthermore, during this span, DeBrincat has had five power-play points in this span as well. Vancouver is the third-most penalized team with a middling penalty kill of only 79.7%. DeBrincat looks to continue contributing in big ways for a surging Chicago team now only three points outside of a playoff spot.
Kyle Connor (WPG): $6,100 vs. MTL
The young third-year winger has been holding his own with all the other forwards in the league right now. With nine goals, five assists, a plus-nine rating, and an average ice time of 20:29, Connor is definitely turning heads.
Jakub Voracek (PHI): $6,000 vs. LAK
Since the Flyers have improved their play, Voracek has as well. During Philadelphia’s winning streak, Voracek has concocted a goal and eight helpers. The Kings do not get penalized very often, but when they do, they are the third-worst on the penalty kill (75.9%). As an added bonus, Voracek has a plus-five rating dating back to January 13. Look to see Voracek be a major contributor as Philadelphia tries to claw its way back into the playoff conversation.
Max Pacioretty (VGK): $5,800 vs. DET
Pacioretty got off to a rough start this season with his new team only scoring two goals and providing no assists in this span. Since then, he has had 27 points in his last 28 games for the Golden Knights. Pacioretty is doing extremely well alongside Alex Tuch and Paul Statsny. Vegas will be going up against a Detroit defense allowing the eighth-most goals this year which is a good sign for a strong performance by Pacioretty.
Daniel Sprong (ANA): $3,800 vs. OTW
Not much has gone right for the Anaheim Ducks this season, and they look to be sellers come the trade deadline. One bright spot for the Ducks this year is the acquisition of Daniel Sprong from the Pittsburgh Penguins. In Sprong’s first 16 games with the Penguins, he only had zero goals and four assists. Since being traded to Anaheim, he has managed to produce nine goals and four assists. Lastly, he possesses a plus two rating since January 13 despite being on a team with a minus 47 goal differential which is by far the worst in the league. If it is anyone possibly worth taking a chance on from Anaheim, it is Sprong.
Victor Hedman (TBL): $6,300 vs. STL
Arguably the best defensemen in the game today, Hedman has seven goals, 28 assists, a plus 13 rating and 20 power play points. The Blues are a below average penalty-killing unit (78.9%). Expect Hedman to have yet another fine performance, especially if Tampa Bay goes on the power play.
John Carlson (WSH): $6,200 vs. COL
Carlson would be a strong defensive option since he is tied with Victor Hedman and Brent Burns for the third-most power play points in the league (20). Colorado is the second-most penalized team right now which could mean Carlson might have a bounty of power-play opportunities. Lastly, Carlson has a plus 19 rating which sits within the top-15 amongst defensemen in the NHL this season.
Dougie Hamilton (CAR): $5,100 vs. BUF
Hamilton has been a big contributor for Carolina’s offense the last five games as he has provided three goals and two assists during this span. Buffalo is in the bottom half of the league for goals scored (2.94/game). This could potentially be a foreshadowing of good things to come tonight due to the fact that Hamilton has a plus-eight rating dating back to January 21.
Ryan Suter (MIN): $5,000 vs. EDM
If you are looking for an offensive producer at the blue line look no further. No, it is not Brent Burns or Erik Karlsson but it is Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild. He has managed to produce six points in his last five games for the Wild. An efficient assist producer averaging 0.57 per game, bodes well since Edmonton has allowed the third-most goals this season (3.36).
Dylan DeMelo (OTW): $3,400 vs. ANA
The Ottawa defense has struggled all season long with a minus 36 rating. DeMelo is one of the few silver linings on this team as he has a plus 12 rating right now. Lastly, the Ducks have scored the least amount of goals this year (2.31/game) making DeMelo a fine candidate to have on defense this evening.
Andrei Vasilevskiy (TBL): $8,300 vs. STL
On track to be a Vezina Trophy finalist once again, Vasilevsky has had four shutouts in his last nine starts. The Blues have scored the fifth-least amount of goals this season (2.86/game). Look for another strong performance between the pipes from Vasilekvskiy.
Robin Lehner (NYI): $8,100 vs. NJD
Lehner is having a fantastic season for the New York Islanders as he has posted a 16-8-4 record with a 2.02 GAA and a 0.932 SV%. The Devils are an average offense at best averaging 2.94 goals per game. Lehner should have no problem taking care of New York’s Metropolitan division rivals tonight.
Devan Dubnyk (MIN): $8,100 vs. EDM
Despite going 3-2-1 in his last six starts, Dubnyk will be squaring off with Edmonton who is in the bottom half of the league in terms of goals scored (2.89/game). He currently has a 2.59 GAA and a 0.913 SV% so it will be interesting to see how Dubnyk fairs. If all goes well, he could finish as a top-end goaltender by the end of the evening.