As we wake up today the NHL and the city of Las Vegas, have announced the name of the new expansion team. The Vegas Golden Knights. The name leaves a bit to desire, but I like the way they did the logo and the colors. With that said, the NHL did us another solid and gave us a 13 game slate today. Which is good, cause we only get two games tomorrow, which is ok because tomorrow is for Turkey and Football. Nonetheless, let's jump into this slate and find some winners for you to use in your DFS lineups.
Brandon Sutter - Wing - ($5100 FD / $4600 DK) - I did not think I would ever suggest a Vancouver Canuck this season. It is hard to overlook this team today and especially Sutter. Sutter is on a four-game goal scoring streak, and this streak happened to start when he got moved up to the first line. In his last four games, he has four goals and one assist. The Canucks head to Arizona tonight, in what should be a high-scoring game. The Coyotes are the worst team on the slate tonight when it comes to stopping the Wing position, and I will be targeting that fact in my cash games with Sutter and Daniel Sedin. I can see Sutter extending his streak to five games with a goal and an assist tonight and five shots on net.
Alex Ovechkin - Wing - ($8600 FD / $8600 DK) - There is a reason they call Ovechkin the "Great 8", he is just an offensive powerhouse. In 13 career games against the Blues, Ovie has ten goals and ten assists. How can you overlook such dominance against one team? I realize his price is a bit high, but he will be a cash game gem. This season Ovie has scored seven of his nine goals at home, and well, tonight they are at home. You will want to target that fact in your cash game lineups. I will have moderate to high exposure to him.
Sidney Crosby- Center - ($9100 FD / $8500 DK) - I feel like tonight is the night that the stars shine. Crosby had his worst game of the season on Monday when he was held pointless and had a -4 rating. He will come out mad, and ready to pounce. In 56 career games against the Rangers, Crosby has 25 goals and 46 assists; that is just over 1.25 points per game. The Pens head to New York tonight for the second half of a Home and Home series against the Rangers. Another important stat to consider is that Crosby has scored eight of his ten goals on the road this season, and I will have him in some of my cash lineups like Ovie. His line is in play for GPP tonight and also him and Sheary. Crosby will have one goal and two assists tonight, in a game I think the Pens win 3-1.
Cappy's Super Sleeper
Nic Dowd - Wing - ($3300 FD / $3100 DK) - I love Dowd tonight in a home game against the New York Islanders. Dowd and his Kings have started to shock the NHL with highly inspired play. The Kings have won their last three games while averaging 3.65 goals per game in each of the wins. Dowd should go very low owned as will his entire line. This will be a great GPP play, as the Islanders are horrible against the Center position. Consider that when setting your lineups if you target the Kings. Watch their lines as the Kings have not said if Anze Kopitar will be back tonight, if he is lines will move around.
Games To Target
I will be listing the teams you want to target in this slate with a little info on each team. These will be teams to consider in your core lineup highly.
Vancouver Canucks - As I mentioned above with Sutter, the Canucks should score a lot tonight against the Coyotes. Target their top two lines in GPP play tonight, as well as Edler and Hutton on Defense. Both sides of this game are in play, but I will be more focused on the Canucks side as I think they have better weapons and Miller is a better goalie then Smith.
Los Angelas Kings - The Kings have been on a great streak, and this is the fact they are missing two of their top goalies, and Kopitar has been hurt this season. They should beat the Islanders this evening, but not without a tough fought game. Use their top line in your Cash games, and top two lines in GPP, with a flier on their third line to be contrarian. Martinez and Doughty are great plays on defense tonight in any format, even as stand alones.
Washington Capitals - The Caps get a home game this evening, and have won two of their last three at home, scoring a combined ten goals in those games. Their top two lines are in play in cash games and top three in GPP play. I would even use Ovie as a stand alone in cash games on draftkings. I am not highly sold on their Defense, but Orlov is worth a flier in GPP and Carlson in both cash and gpp.
Minnesota Wild - The Wild host the Winnipeg Jets and this should be a high flying game. Most people will be off this team, as they have lost three of their last four games, but the Jets are just what the doctor ordered. I will be targeting them in mainly GPP play as they are huge favorites to win this game, with a team implied four goals. Suter is a great Defensive play in any format, and their top two lines are in play, with a flier on their third if you need cap space for a higher priced line
**As always check before puck drop to see starting goalies, as things change**
I will list a few goalies and if you want them in cash, gpp, or both.
Devan Dubnyk - GPP
Jimmy Howard - Cash/GPP
Braden Holtby - Cash
Sergei Bobrovsky - GPP
Ryan Miller - GPP
Peter Budaj - GPP
Matt Murray - Cash/GPP
Cappy's FanDuel Cash Game Lineup
I decided to offer you the start of a great Cash Game lineup. Fill in the rest, and I will give you my thoughts on the forums on your lineup if you have questions.
C - Sidney Crosby - $9,100
W - Conor Sheary - $4,400
W - Alex Ovechkin - $8,600
D - Karl Alzner - $3,300
G - Ryan Miller - $8,100
Cappy's Draftkings Cash Game Lineup
Same as above, as I know some people do play cash games on DK. This lineup is made with playing a 10x in mind. So use accordingly...
C - Henrik Sedin - $4,700
W - Brandon Sutter - $4,600
W - Alex Ovechkin - $8,600
D - Dmitry Orlov - $4,000
G - Jimmy Howard - $7,600