DraftKings NHL DFS Strategy Advice: Tuesday (3/23)
Week 11 in the NHL is upon us, delivering a five-game slate on Tuesday. There is a greater emphasis on finding deeper value within second and third-line skaters during nights that feature fewer teams in action. With teams like the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning emerging as contenders for Lord Stanley’s Cup in 2021, others within the division scramble to adjust their game plans. Here are a few players to get into your lineups ahead of Tuesday night based on their recent play and upcoming opponent.
Ryan Johansen (NSH): $3,900 vs. DET
The 28-year old centers the Predators’ first-line, averaging 19:25 time on ice across his last four starts. Johansen broke a two-game point drought against the Stars on Sunday. He lit the lamp on a power-play goal and chipped in on an assist to elevate his production in fantasy lineups while leading Nashville to a 4-3 win over Dallas. With Johansen hitting his stride and riding his previous game momentum into Tuesday against projected Red Wings G Thomas Greiss, fantasy managers should be scrambling to get him into starting lineups. Greiss has a horrendous 3.43 GAA with a .885 save percentage in 16 starts for Detroit this season, going just 2-14 as a starter in between the pipes. Johansen is valued extremely low and has the potential to generate another multi-point game in your lineups on Tuesday night.
Yanni Gourde (TB): $4,900 @ DAL
Yanni Gourde is priced extremely low for the amount of production he has generated across his last three games, where he has totaled four points (three goals, assist) against formidable goaltending. Although the 29-year old centers Tampa’s third-line, he gets additional minutes as the second power-play unit center. Even better is the fact that the Lightning are the league’s best on the power play, converting 28.57 percent of their one-man advantage opportunities into goals. This bodes well for Gourde, who will attempt to extend his point streak against Stars’ G Anton Khudobin. Khudobin posted a shutout against the Red Wings on Saturday before allowing three goals in a loss to the Predators during his last start in net. Gourde is a great play at under $5,000 and should accrue solid fantasy production in your Tuesday lineups.
Gabriel Landeskog (COL): $7,000 @ ARI
Gabriel Landeskog is on an absolute tear across his last five games, scoring two goals and dishing seven assists to yield nine points and a whole lot of production for fantasy managers. The Avalanche are one of the league’s premier rosters this season, with Landeskog benefiting from skating on the first-line alongside C Nathan MacKinnon and RW Mikko Rantanen. Although priced higher than the typical value skater on most nights, the matchup Landeskog gets in net for the Arizona Coyotes is way too juicy to pass on, as projected G Adin Hill has allowed three goals in each of his last starts with a 1-4 record for the Coyotes this season. The Avalanche top-line should see immense success, and Landeskog is the cheapest option to secure in your lineup ahead of Tuesday’s action in the desert.
Mattias Ekholm (NSH): $5,700 vs. DET
The Predators have seen their 30-year old defenseman step up to carry their top defensive unit, as Ekholm has generated four points (goal, three assists) across his last four games and gets a struggling netminder in Detroit Red Wings G Thomas Greiss on Tuesday. Skating on the top power-play unit, Ekholm has 64 shots on goal across 25 games for Nashville this season and can take advantage of the extended time he has earned on the ice (25:51 ATOI) across his last week of play. The Swede will likely get several good looks at the net against Greiss, who averages an abysmal 3.43 GAA and a sub.900 save percentage, earning just two wins across 16 starts for Detroit in a lost season for the storied franchise. As it stands, Ekholm is a good value on defense and should be rostered and plugged into lineups based on his sure-handed play in tightly contested areas of the ice.
Mackenzie Blackwood (NJ): $7,200 @ PHI
Mackenzie Blackwood is a young netminder with immense talent, allowing just three goals on 71 shots and earning two consecutive wins when starting in goal for the Devils. The Flyers are coming off a 2-1 loss against the Islanders and will not have the extra rest Blackwood and other New Jersey players are afforded leading up to Tuesday’s game in Philadelphia. The 24-year old Canadian is relatively cheap as goalies are concerned in DFS and should be rostered and started in hopes of extending his great play in the net. The Flyers rank 19th in points per game and will be weakened coming off an emotional 2-1 overtime loss to the Islanders on Monday. This puts Blackwood in a prime position to succeed as the foundation of your fantasy lineup on Tuesday.