DraftKings NHL DFS Strategy Advice: Thursday (3/18)
Thursday ushers in a 10 game slate as division races become tighter down the stretch of the 2020-21 NHL season. The night’s marquee matchup occurs in the West Division, with the Minnesota Wild looking to extend their five-game winning streak against red-hot Colorado Avalanche G Philipp Grubauer. In the North Division, star C Connor McDavid will look to keep the Edmonton Oilers firing on all cylinders against the Winnipeg Jets, as the two teams battle to stay in the top-four of arguably the deepest division in the league. Here are a few players to target when constructing your lineups on Thursday.
Alexander Wennberg (FLA): $3,500 vs. NSH
Alex Wennberg broke out of his 11-game goal slump with an empty-netter against the Chicago Blackhawks earlier in the week, adding an assist with three shots on goal to elevate his typical fantasy production. The second-line C for the Panthers has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) across 17:10 average time on ice in 28 games this season. Earning additional opportunities on their second power-play unit, Wennberg is an inexpensive add ahead of Thursday’s matchup against a Predators team that has seen disappointing performances from G Pekka Rinne and G Juuse Saros. Neither goalie has managed to get below a 3.00 GAA nor above a .900 save percentage this season, putting Wennberg in a great position to collect a point or two at a very low price.
Kailer Yamamoto (EDM): $5,000 vs. WPG
The Oilers’ second-line RW Kailer Yamamoto has totaled two points (two assists) across his last four games on nine shots. Although these aren’t the most attractive, eye-popping numbers that other wingers in the league have generated, Yamamoto is priced low enough to risk in starting lineups on Thursday. Winnipeg G Conor Hellebuyck has allowed three or more goals across his last seven starts, providing a good opportunity for the 22-year old winger to get a point, as he earns additional minutes skating on Edmonton’s second power-play unit.
Jason Robertson (DAL): $4,300 @ DET
Jason Robertson broke out of his three-game point drought against Tampa Bay earlier in the week, netting two points (two assists) with a shot on goal across 16:36 time on ice. Utilized on the Stars’ second-line and their top power-play unit, the 21-year old F has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in 20 games for Dallas and will look to light up the lamp on Thursday in Detroit. Projected netminder Jonathan Bernier has seemingly replaced G Thomas Greiss in the Motor City but could be winded after making three consecutive starts in net. Robertson’s price reflects the five straight games he has gone without a goal, but it is simply too sweet of a deal not to take advantage of in your Thursday lineups.
Filip Hronek (DET): $4,600 vs. DAL
Hronek is a 23-year old defenseman who has seen a surge in point production across the last week, earning eight points (one goal, seven assists) across four consecutive games for Detroit. Despite facing a talented Dallas goaltending tandem comprised of Anton Khudobin and Jake Oettinger, Hronek should be able to overcome the challenge to extend his point streak on Thursday, as he was able to rack up seven assists against Tampa Bay and Carolina in previous outings. Available at this low price, plugging Hronek into your lineup is a no-brainer and the definition of a value play.
Philipp Grubauer (COL): $7,900 vs. MIN
The Avalanche have won four consecutive games largely due to the elite play of G Phillip Grubauer. The 29-year old German netminder has allowed just two goals across his last four starts, including two shutouts that add significant value to lineups when they occur. Due to the poor play of reserve Avalanche G Hunter Miska (4.16 GAA, .838 save percentage) and the lower-body injury hampering G Pavel Francouz, Grubauer is worth the high price tag as he will certainly help increase your overall point total. Although matched up against a Minnesota Wild team that has won five in a row, Grubauer’s elite play between the pipes should take precedence, despite the odds favoring the over on 5.5 goals in Thursday’s marquee matchup.