We finally made it through another long week. It is Friday, and we can kick back, enjoy some sports, and win some money in DFS. One day the NHL will get it, and start scheduling more games on a Friday, instead of the small four-game slate we have. With people starting to get their money from Uncle Sam, tonight is a perfect night to win some more. On Tuesday all of our picks paid off for us, and tonight I plan on it happening again. So come and jump on the Zamboni with me, and let's enjoy the ride.
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.
Radim Vrbata (Az) -Wing- ($5700 FD / $5100 DK)
I know, a player from Arizona? What am I thinking? I think that he will win us some money. The ‘yotes head into Dallas to take on a Stars team coming off their bye week. Teams coming off their bye have been bad. Vrbata is currently on a seven-game scoring streak and will extend it to eight. Vrbata is a 15 year NHL vet and knows he has a chance to be traded to a contender. I expect him to continue to drink from the fountain of youth and score a goal while having an assist and five shots on net. In his last game against the Stars he had a goal off three shots, and in his long, tenured career he has 20 goals and 21 assists against the Stars.
Sean Monahan (Cgy) -Center- ($6400 FD / $5600 DK)
Get ready for the Flames to torch the Panthers tonight. Monahan has had a subpar season to his standards. He has scored in his last two and six out of his last 11. He will end his Florida trip with one if his best nights of the season. I see him getting a rare hat trick while adding an assist and getting four shots on goal. I'm feeling very good about him and his linemates tonight.
Alex Ovechkin (Was) -Wing- ($8800 FD / $8300 DK)
Like every season for almost the past 10, Ovie is near the top of the NHL in nearly all offensive categories. 13th in points at 54, 9th in goals at 27, and tied for 7th in assists at 27. He knows how to score and win. In only 13 career games against Edmonton, he has ten goals and seven assists. He will continue to pad that total tonight. He should score a goal and add two assists while taking five shots (which is his career average against the Oilers).
Mr. Pucks’ Sleeper play of the night
Alex Goligoski (Az) - Defense - ($4500 FD / $3500 DK)
Other than Carlo of Boston, Goligoski is the only other defensive player to make my sleeper picks. Alex spent five and a half seasons in Dallas after being traded from Pittsburgh in the 2010-2011 season for James Neal and Mats Niskanen. The Stars traded him to the Yotes in the offseason this year. This will be a return home and beat your former team kinda game. He does not score goals (only two this year), what he does do is dish the puck (20 on the season), shot the puck (1.25 per game), and block shots (1.45 per game). I see an assist, three shots on goal and three blocked shots. He might even score.
Teams To Target
A few teams to target and build your lineups around.
Arizona Coyotes - As you can tell, I like the ‘Yotes tonight. The line of Vrbata-Hanzel-Domi will be lights out. I will have heavy exposure to it. Ekman-Larsson and Goligoski on defense. Consider also Burmistrov as a nice sleeper as well.
Dallas Stars - I like both sides of this game. I'm more interested in the second line of Shore-Spezza-Seguin or the third line of Roussel-Faksa-Sharp then the top line. Those two lines are the ones I will mainly target. Love Klingberg and Benn on defense.
Carolina Hurricanes - Carolina should score tonight. Aho-Rask-Lindholm will be popular but should come through. Hanafin and Faulk on defense. Consider Staal's line as a one-off
Also Consider - Was 1st and Cgy 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.
Holtby - Cash/GPP
Johnson (cgy) - Cash/GPP
Ward - GPP