First off, Congratulations to Team USA for winning the World Juniors tournament yesterday. One streak ended last night in embarrassing fashion when the Blue Jackets got swamped by the Caps. Tonight we have a nice sized slate with great matchups. Time to keep our personal streak going and win some money.
Mr. Pucks’ Profound Three
I was asked if these are three players people should use. What I suggest is building around at least one of my three choices. Let us take a look at my top three.
Auston Matthews (Tor) - Center - ($7600 FD / $7900 DK)
It is rare when Draftkings has a player priced higher than on FanDuel. Even DK knows this kid is a beast. Matthews heads to New Jersey to give the Devils fans a show tonight. Currently on a seven-game scoring streak, Matthews should extend that streak easily against the Devils 23rd ranked defense. He has a high ceiling and even a high floor. He is almost a must have.
Artem Anisimov (Chi) - Center - ($6800 FD / $6300 DK)
With four goals in his last five games, Anisimov has cemented himself as one of the top underrated centers in the NHL. I see him continuing his dominant play tonight with another goal and an assist while taking five shots on net.
Josh Bailey (NyI) - Wing - ($4900 FD / $4800 DK)
Some will look at this as a punt play based on his price, but not so fast. Bailey is a top line winger, going against an Avs team that is last in the NHL when it comes to stopping the wing position. He has six assists in his last five games, and seven shots in that same span. I can see him getting a much-needed goal tonight and an assist while taking a few shots on net.
Mr. Pucks’ Sleeper Play of the Night
Vinnie Hinostroza (Chi) - Wing - ($3800 FD / $3700 DK)
Hinostroza is one to watch on a very good Blackhawks team. He loves to shot the puck as he has 18 shots in his last five games. Those coming with averaging around 12 mins of ice time per game. Tonight one of his shots will find the back of the net and help your DFS lineup excel.
Teams To Target
A few teams to target and build your lineups around.
Anaheim Ducks - Top line and second line. Fowler is a great play on defense
Toronto Maple Leafs - Top two lines in cash/gpp include the third line in gpp play. Gardiner and Zaitsev on defense.
Florida Panthers - Jagr line and 3rd line. Yandle a great defensive play.
Chicago Blackhawks - Anisimov line will dominate this game, but all lines in play in gpp format. Keith is a defensive play.
New York Islanders - I love their top line, as they are easy on your wallet. Calvin de Haan and Seidenberg on defense.
Calgary Flames - Top two lines and Giordano on defense.
Nashville Predators - Heating up. Top two lines are great plays. Josi is my favorite defensive play.
**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.
Anderson - GPP
Gibson/Bernier - Cash/GPP
Darling - GPP
Greiss - Cash/GPP
Johnson - Cash/GPP if he starts
Elliott - GPP if he starts.