DraftKings DFS NHL Strategy Advice: Thursday (2/11)
There are four games postponed tonight but still a massive ten-game slate to look forward to. Let’s get to the action.
Chandler Stephenson (VGK): $4,300 vs ANH
Stephenson is off to an excellent start this season with four goals and three assists for seven points in ten games. At this rate, he is sure to eclipse his career highs, even in a shortened season. Stephenson’s recent breakout mainly derives from his spot in the lineup. He is playing on the top line between Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone. He is also centering the second power-play unit. Against this same Ducks team on Tuesday, Stephenson recorded a goal and an assist.
Jack Roslovic (CBJ): $4,100 @ CHI
The “throw in” of the Laine for Dubois trade has made the most significant impact of them all thus far. Jack Roslovic, an Ohio native, was happy to get a fresh start in Columbus after requesting a trade out of Winnipeg. Roslovic’s biggest gripe with the Jets was his inability to crack the top six. A skilled forward can quickly find himself in no man’s land if they are not playing at the top of the lineup. Fortunately, he has found that opportunity in Columbus. Roslovic is centering the top line between Patrik Laine and Cam Atkinson. He is also centering the top power-play unit. It has paid immediate dividends as Roslovic has recorded seven points in his first five games, including a highlight-reel beauty on Monday against Carolina. Tonight the Jackets head to Carolina to take on a sub-par Chicago team.
Jonathan Drouin (MTL): $3,700 vs EDM
Why is no one talking about Jonathan Drouin? He has 11 points in 13 games this season. Perhaps players like Nick Suzuki, Josh Anderson, and Tyler Toffoli have overshadowed him. Regardless, priced at $3,700 in DFS and only 36% owned in fantasy hockey just seems too low to me. Drouin is locked in on the left side of Nick Suzuki and Josh Anderson and the top power-play unit. His biggest drawback is his lack of shot production. Drouin has only shot the puck 13 times this season. Nevertheless, his name has been on the scoresheet often, and tonight the Habs host an Oilers team that surrenders their fair share of goals.
Tyson Barrie (EDM): $5,600 @ MTL
Things are finally coming together for Tyson Barrie. After a nightmarish season in Toronto last year, Barrie signed a one-year deal in Edmonton. Running the point on the lethal Oilers power play is a sure-fire way of padding your stats. Barrie has 11 points in 15 games this year, but nine of those points have come in the last seven games. Barrie is also third amongst defensemen in shots on goal. Tonight the Oilers are in Montreal taking on a Habs team that is on the second half of a back-to-back, having played their biggest rival in the Maple Leafs the night before.
Pekka Rinne (NSH): $8,000 vs DET
There is a seesaw battle ongoing for the net in Nashville. When the Predators season began, it appeared to be Juuse Saros’ job to lose. Saros looks to be doing exactly that, with a 4.34 GAA and a .856 save percentage in the last two weeks. On the other hand, Rinne has posted a 2.43 GAA, and a .930 save percentage over that same span. For that reason, I expect John Hynes to go with Rinne tonight against Detroit. The Red Wings are dead last in the NHL with 1.93 goals per game, the only team under 2.00. Be sure to double-check who is starting in goal later in the day.