DraftKings DFS NHL Strategy Advice: Thursday (2/25)
The season rolls along tonight with an eleven-game slate. I will be focusing on Montreal as they look to get back into the win column after firing Coach Claude Julien.
Nick Suzuki (MTL): $4,800 @ WPG
The Montreal Canadiens got off to a great start this season. A big reason for that was players like Nick Suzuki, Josh Anderson, and Tyler Toffoli. Once the team started faltering, it was Claude Julien who paid the price. We should expect to see a short-term bump in play after the coaching change. I am relying on that tonight. Claude Julien is known for rolling out all four lines more than any other coach in the NHL. I expect to see an increase in minutes for the top-six with Julien’s departure. That means more minutes for Suzuki, who is already skating in a top-line role as well as the top power-play unit.
Pavel Zacha (NJD): $3,700 vs. BUF
Pavel Zacha is red hot. He is riding a seven-game point streak. Zacha has recorded four goals, five assists for nine points in just 14 games. Four of those points have come on the power play. Zacha is playing the left side of Nico Hischier and Jesper Bratt. He is featured on a power-play unit with Kyle Palmieri, Nico Hischier, Andreas Johnsson, and Pk Subban. Tonight the Devils host a Sabres team that has surrendered 2.88 goals per game this season.
Eeli Tolvanen (NSH): $2,700 @ DET
Tolvanen was a first-round pick of the Predators in 2017. This is his first full season with the team. The 21-year-old Finn has just two goals in nine games this season. However, John Hynes recently promoted Tolvanen onto the top power-play unit. Since that promotion, the Preds have doubled their power-play efficiency. Tolvanen recorded a power-play goal against this same Red Wings squad on Tuesday. This Detroit team is penalized often, and their 70% PK is fourth-worst in the league. This is a nice spot to grab some value from one of the cheapest players available.
Tyler Myers (VAN): $4,000 vs. EDM
The Canucks are on the ropes. They have dropped nine of their last eleven games, including three straight heading into tonight. They need a big effort at home against the Oilers this evening. Expect Tyler Myers to play a lot of minutes tonight. Myers leads the Canucks in time on ice this season. With time on the ice come shots and blocks. In 23 games this season, Myers has recorded 11 points, 39 shots, and 33 blocks. He is a reliable asset in any lineup, but particularly in head to head. Myers will continue skating alongside the young Olli Juolevi as well as the second power-play unit.
Mackenzie Blackwood (NJD): $7,200 @ BUF
I will continue going back to the well on Mackenzie Blackwood, especially when facing the Buffalo Sabres. Blackwell boasts a 2.25 GAA and sparkling .935 save percentage this season. The Sabres are near the bottom of the league with 2.44 goals per game. Las Vegas is calling this game a “pick ’em,” with neither team favored. However, the over/under goal line is 5.5, and the under is juiced to -125, suggesting this will be a low-scoring affair. Considering this is one of the cheaper options available, I am more than happy making this play.