FanDuel DFS NHL Strategy Advice: Saturday (2/27)
Saturday provides a massive 14-game slate with plenty of action to wrap up an intense month of play across the NHL. Will the Montreal Canadiens and the St. Louis Blues continue to spiral downward amidst their losing streaks? Will the Minnesota Wild extend their winning streak in the second game of a series back-to-back against the L.A. Kings? Can the North Division continue dominating with offense, or will their goaltenders step up and deliver stalwart net-minding? Let’s take a look at a few players to target during Saturday’s extended slate.
Jean Gabriel-Pageau (NYI): $4,600 vs. PIT
The Islanders are on a two-game winning streak after a series back-to-back against the Buffalo Sabres, with Islanders C John Gabriel-Pageau netting two goals on eight shots in that span. Despite centering the third-line between LW Austin Czarnik and RW Oliver Wahlstrom, Gabriel-Pageau gets afforded additional point opportunities on the second power-play unit, averaging over 17 minutes in time on ice across his last week of action. Pittsburgh is allowing an atrocious 3.33 GAA this season and presents a great opportunity for JPG to extend his point streak at home on Saturday. Available at an affordable price, the opportunities that Gabriel-Pageau will receive are just too sweet to pass on.
Jordan Greenway (MIN): $3,900 vs. LAK
The Wild are on a five-game winning streak, as they defeated an even hotter L.A. Kings team 3-1 on Friday night. LW Jordan Greenway registered an assist to break his two-game point drought and could be in line for more opportunities on Saturday. Greenway is averaging 15:56 of time on ice this season and has two goals and nine assists on 21 shots. Playing on the first power-play unit elevates Greenway’s value, particularly at his current price that reflects his eight-game goal drought. Kings G Jonathan Quick is playing well as of late but might be negatively impacted by both familiarity and endurance, as the Wild and Kings will play the latter game of their series back-to-back again in Minnesota on Saturday night.
Jonathan Drouin (MTL): $4,600 @ WPG
All seems to be breaking down up in Montreal, as the Canadiens’ coaching regime was shaken up due to a four-game losing streak following a hot start to the season. Hidden on the second-line but centering the first power-play unit, LW Jonathan Drouin has a goal and an assist across his last two games and could see increased time on the ice Saturday, albeit against a tough goaltending duo lead by Winnipeg Jets G Connor Hellebuyck. Drouin is a cheap investment with massive upside based on the 26 shots and 11 assists he has generated this season, making him a great value play as Montreal desperately seeks a win against a talented Jets team with a +15 goal differential in the offensive oasis that is the North Division.
MacKenzie Weegar (FLA): $3,800 vs. CAR
Mackenzie Weegar has been a big presence on the Panthers’ top defensive line alongside Aaron Ekblad. The 27-year old defenseman is averaging 22:47 of time on ice, resulting in his eight assists on 36 shots this season. Weegar has also forced 19 blocked shots, adding extra value on the defensive side of the puck. The Hurricanes have lost three games in a row and will be vulnerable in the net whether they opt to start G James Reimer (2.99 GAA) or reserve goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic (2.38 GAA) on Saturday. Don’t be hesitant to take a chance on Weegar at this low price, as his lack of involvement in the power-play does not do much to diminish the upside value he presents in a favorable matchup.
Jonathan Quick (LAK): $7,300 @ MIN
The Kings had their six-game win streak ended on Friday in Minnesota and will need to prepare for the second game of the series back-to-back on Saturday. Kings G Jonathan Quick surrendered three goals in the loss but has played exceptional in his previous week of action, posting two shut-out performances and allowing just two goals in a three-game span prior to Friday’s outcome. Quick still managed a 27-save performance in the loss, elevating his fantasy production in the process and growing familiarity against a red-hot Wild team. Even if Quick sits on Saturday, reserve Kings goaltender Calvin Peterson has an even better 2.28 GAA with a 93.082 save percentage across 10 games, as the team has utilized an even time-share with their goalies throughout the season. Finding a consistent goalie on a winning team is huge in fantasy hockey, and Quick or Peterson are affordable options with solid potential to achieve the ideal outcome of a shut-out win over the Wild on Saturday.