NHL DFS Primer: Tuesday (1/4)
While the National Hockey League continues to postpone select games due to Covid-19, it will have a much bigger slate on Tuesday, as eight games remain scheduled to play. Monday was a quiet night in the league, as only one game was held between the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers. However, the divisional jockeying is fully underway, meaning the next three months are going to be an absolute spectacle to watch unfold.
My goalie recommendations from this past Saturday fared exceptionally well, with Sergei Bobrovsky (G – FLA) and Thatcher Demko (G – VAN) each allowing two goals. In comparison, their offense scored five goals to give them the additional points for a win. Mats Zuccarello (RW – MIN), MacKenzie Weegar (D – FLA), and John Tavares (C – TOR) were able to each generate an assist, but a lot of the prospects who I thought would establish multi-point dominance were held in check. Hopefully, a more extensive slate will create more opportunities to add high-upside players with hidden value.
Here are a few of my favorite prospects to target in DFS lineups ahead of Tuesday’s eight-game slate.
Recommended Plays: DraftKings
DraftKings maximum salary is set at $50,000
Anton Lundell (C – FLA): $3,800
Rookie center Anton Lundell has been developing quickly for the Florida Panthers. It’s not every day that you can add a second-line center on one of the league’s most potent offenses for pennies on the dollar. That’s right, Lundell is available to add into DraftKings DFS lineups at $3,800, making him a high-upside, high-value prospect that is very cheap to acquire. Lundell has four points in his last three games entering Tuesday’s contest against the Calgary Flames and should be able to replicate a similar outing once again. While only attempting two to three shots on goal per game, Lundell is equipped with a powerful shot and effectively navigates the offensive zone. Lundell also earns additional minutes on the Panthers’ second powerplay unit, affording him lucrative opportunities due to the plus-man advantage. Grab Lundell as a high-upside, low-cost player in your lineups.
Gabriel Landeskog (LW – COL): $6,800
29-year old star winger, Gabriel Landeskog, has picked up right where he left off last season, burying ten goals and 18 assists despite now playing in his 11th season for the Colorado Avalanche. Landeskog scored a goal against Anaheim in his first game back from a lower-body injury that kept him out for three games before the suspension due to Covid-19 in mid-December. Landeskog earns close to 20 minutes average time on ice and is featured on the top powerplay unit. Still, he benefits from skating alongside Nathan MacKinnon (C – COL) and Mikko Rantanen (RW – COL) on arguably the league’s most explosive offense. The Avalanche will face veteran Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (G – CHI), who has allowed at least three goals in his previous two starts. Landeskog is the safest high-floor play on the slate, as he has at least one point in every single game he’s played in dating back to November 22nd. At $6,800, Landeskog is a must-add prospect in Tuesday lineups.
Devon Toews (D – COL): $6,100
Devon Toews is another player for the Colorado Avalanche who has been playing well and draws the juicy matchup against Chicago, who have dropped four straight games. However, the Avalanche are getting healthier and trending upward, going 7-2-1 in their previous ten games. The 24-year old defenseman skates on the top defensive line and earns close to 25 minutes average time on ice, staying active in the offensive zone while also collecting one or two blocked shots per game. Toews scored his fifth goal of the season during a win over Anaheim on Sunday, but he is a savant with assists. He has four multi-assist games across the last five weeks, which offers a vast ceiling for a talented defenseman surrounded by excellent personnel. Toews should fare well against the Blackhawks, so lock him into your lineups.
Linus Ullmark (G – BOS): $8,400
Boston has been the definition of inconsistent throughout the 2022 NHL season. 28-year old goaltender Linus Ullmark is the primary reason the Bruins continued to hang around in the Atlantic Division playoff race, as the team has only scored 80 goals, which is the third-lowest amount within their division. Ullmark has eight wins in 13 starts with a 2.55 GAA, which is good but not elite. Based on his recent six games, Ullmark has only allowed three goals in one outing while holding all other teams to two goals, earning three wins as a result. The New Jersey Devils are on a three-game winning streak and possess momentum heading into Tuesday’s game in Boston. However, Ullmark will be up for the task. He has defended the crease very well lately, so pay up and insert him as an anchor into your lineups. The Devils have only had one other three-game winning streak this season, so it’s more than likely this streak will come to an end against Ullmark and the Bruins.
Recommended Plays: FanDuel
FanDuel maximum salary is set at $55,000
Aleksander Barkov (C – FLA): $8,800
Throughout their depth chart, Florida is fully stacked with talent, but Aleksander Barkov is a noteworthy player to analyze. The 26-year old has three points across his last two games, including two goals, Centering their first-line attack. Goals are the currency to chase in DFS, and Barkov has scored 12 through only 19 games this season. He is exceptionally talented and arguably the Panthers’ best player on offense. He is sixth in total points (21) despite playing a dozen fewer games than his teammates ahead of him. Calgary Flames’ goaltender Jacob Markstrom (G – CGY) has been good in spots this season but has been more vulnerable lately, allowing four goals in two of his previous three starts. Barkov is too talented and earns too many good opportunities to pivot off of due to his high salary. So chase the goals and plug Barkov into your lineups with confidence against the Flames at home on Tuesday night.
Cam Atkinson (RW – PHI): $6,300
Cam Atkinson is prone to disappear for multi-game stretches but can unload multi-point games to counter his disappearing act. In his previous outing, the 32-year old winger poured in three assists with five shots on goal, delivering a massive ceiling performance against the Los Angeles Kings. The next stop on the Flyers’ road trip is against the Anaheim Ducks and goaltender John Gibson (G – ANA), who has been disappointing in recent games. Gibson is 0-2-2 in his last four starts, allowing at least three goals in three of these games. Atkinson skates on the Flyers’ second powerplay unit and earns roughly 20 minutes average time on ice, which is enough opportunity to be valuable. He benefits from skating alongside Claude Giroux (C – PHI) on the top attack line and has the most team goals (12). Atkinson is an excellent value despite some risk associated. He isn’t a must-start prospect, but he does offer intriguing upside against the Ducks on Tuesday.
Zach Whitecloud (D – VGK): $4,800
25-year old Vegas Golden Knights’ defenseman, Zach Whitecloud, has an assist in four of his last five games. While he does not earn powerplay minutes and is relegated to Vegas’ second-line defensive pairing, his talent on offense and ability to rack up blocked shots creates a high floor. It will undoubtedly be challenging to earn an assist or goal against Nashville goaltender Juuse Saros (G – NSH). However, Whitecloud has overcome great goaltending in previous games to earn an assist. Skating on the same line as Chandler Stephenson (C – VGK) and fellow defenseman Shea Theodore (D – VGK) elevates Whitecloud compared to other second-line defensemen across the league. He’s cheap and offers alluring upside at home on Tuesday night.
Andrei Vasilevskiy (G – TB): $8,300
The Tampa Bay Lightning looks every bit the part of the defending champions, scoring 109 goals and sitting atop the Atlantic Division despite enduring a three-game losing skid. Primary Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is 17-5-2 as a starter with a 2.21 GAA and .925 save percentage. These are both impressive numbers in a vacuum, but Vasilevskiy has kicked his play into a higher gear compared to the horrendous start to his season. He’s coming off of a four-goal game on only 21 shots against the Rangers on Monday night, so expect a significant bounceback against a sputtering Columbus Blue Jackets team on Tuesday night. Vasilevskiy is a lock to be one of the best goaltenders on Tuesday’s slate, so pay up to acquire the talented netminder.