DraftKings NHL Lineup Advice: Tuesday 11/12
Slowly but surely, things are starting to shake out in the standings. The Sharks are looking to build momentum off two consecutive wins. The Sabres are looking to get back on track after five straight losses. Edmonton is hoping to keep rolling and never look back. Let’s take a look at a jam-packed Tuesday night in the NHL
Evgeni Malkin (PIT): $6,400 @ NYR
The Penguins will be without Sidney Crosby tonight at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers. Evgeni Malkin always seems to step up in Crosby’s absence, since back in 2012 when he won the Hart trophy in Sid’s injury-shortened season. Malkin will certainly be the focal point of the Penguins offense and will bump up into the top power-play unit. The Rangers continue to surrender an absurd 36.2 shots per game, and find themselves in the bottom third of the league in goals against. New York will turn to the capable Alexandar Georgiev in goal, but their issues in the defensive end should be ripe for Malkin to exploit.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM): $5,100 @ SJS
After going 18 games with just one goal, Nugent-Hopkins’ puck luck is starting to turn around. He has four points in his previous two games, firing seven shots on goal in his last start. While the Sharks may be starting to stabilize with two consecutive wins, they still find themselves bottom five in the league in goals against. The Oilers continue to roll, and RNH is locked into one of the most lethal power plays in the league. For that reason, I am using him at this price.
Jonathan Drouin (MTL): $5,600 vs CBJ
Drouin is putting together a nice season thus far. He has seven goals and 15 points in 17 contests, pacing for the best season of his career. Of late, he has seven points in his previous seven games. Enter the Columbus Blue Jackets who have surrendered 3.43 goals per game and will turn to the young Elvis Merzlikins in goal, who is winless in three starts with a 3.91 GAA and .882 sv%. I expect Drouin to be on the score sheet this evening in a juicy matchup.
Matt Grzelcyk (BOS): $3,000 vs FLA
With Torey Krug declared out for tonight’s contest with Florida, it is Matt Grzelyck that will take his spot on the top power-play unit. I was surprised Charlie Mcavoy was not the first choice, but Grzelyck is more than capable to flourish in this spot. With an uptick in minutes on Sunday, he chipped in with an assist on a Brad Marchand third period goal. I expect Grzelyck will be up over 20 minutes of time on ice while quarterbacking the lethal top power play. For that reason, he should outperform his price tag.
Jordan Binnington (STL): $8,200 vs ARI
St. Louis is rolling on a seven-game winning streak, and Jordan Binnington has a lot to do with it. He has picked up this season right where he left off, currently posting a 2.39 GAA and .922 sv% with a 9-2-3 record. The Coyotes are in town having lost three of their last four and on the backside of a back to back, going to overtime with the Capitals last night. The Blues are heavily favored in this matchup (-165), and finding wins is most important when selecting a netminder in DFS.