After a nice sized slate last night, the NHL hits us with a small slate of only three games tonight. I suggest you focus on cash games and single entry today. It's hard to get to contrarian with so few teams to choose from.
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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.
Sebastian Aho (Car) -Center- ($5900 FD / $4800 DK)
First, his price in Draftkings is a steal. I’m going to have close to 100% exposure to him on DK. With five goals in his last five games, all this kid does is score. Currently slated on the top line with Staal and Lindholm, look for him to produce tonight. I can see a goal and an assist while chucking three shots on net. At under 6,000 on both sites, the value will be easily exceeded.
Cam Atkinson (CBJ) -Wing- ($7000 FD /$7300 DK)
This is a pick I have gone back and forth on. With only three goals at home in 2017, he is a bit if a risk at his price. Tonight, against a tough Penguins team, Cam will want to show he belongs on the ice with Crosby and Malkin. I feel he tries to showcase his talent and give the home crowd a show. I will have him in a good portion of my lineups as you should as well.
Evgeni Malkin (Pit) -Center- ($8500 FD / $7700 DK)
With Crosby hitting the 1000 career points plateau last night, it's time for Geno to take center stage. He has not had the season he has hoped for, and this is the time of year he will need to step it up. With a goal and an assist in both of his two games back from injury, Geno is chasing down the points lead in the NHL. I look for him to get in on the action a hit two goals tonight.
Mr. Pucks’ Sleeper play of the night
Jussi Jokinen (Fla) - Wing - ($4800 FD / $4200 DK)
Jussi has quietly started to heat up and play hockey. He has scored a goal in three straight games and seems always to be low owned. Tonight he could well be the only player to score against the Ducks. A nice standalone guy to consider while building a winner.
Teams To Target
A few teams to target and build your lineups around
Columbus Blue Jackets - Atkinson-Dubinsky-Jenner will be chalk, but should score. Love my boy Bjorkstrand on the second line with Wennberg and Saad. Werenski is a defensive machine, and Jones has provided a ton of spark.
Pittsburgh Penguins - Malkin and Hornqvist should provide a nice one-two punch. Sid and his line will be higher owned. Consider Kessel as well. Letang or Daley on defense.
Carolina Hurricanes - Top line of Aho-Staal-Lindholm will be popular, but worth it. Rask and Skinner on the second should also produce. Hainsey and Hanafin on defense.
Also Consider - Ana 1st line, Fla 2nd Line, Col 1st
**As always check before puck drop to see starting goalies, as things change**
I will list a few goalies that I like tonight, and if you want to play them in cash, gpp, or both.
Ward - Cash/Gpp
Gibson - Cash/GPP
Murray - GPP