Welcome to latest edition of the Saturday Slapshot where we’ll be focusing on tonight’s 9 game main slate of NHL on DraftKings and FanDuel. Teams are now at the point where they are jockeying for playoff positions. Thankfully, hockey is not like the NBA and we rarely see major players sitting out in the tail end of the season
Let’s dig in and see if we can make some money.
James Reimer ($7.9K DK/$7.2k FD) vs. Anaheim Ducks – Reimer is far from a sexy name, but the man’s been getting the job done and won’t cost us an arm and a leg, especially if you’re playing NHL DFS on FanDuel where he’s only $7.2k. If we look at Reimer’s play of late, it hasn’t been that bad as he back-to-back wins with one of them coming against a solid Flames team. Reimer hasn’t allowed more than 3 goals in more than a month and with the Ducks’ offense now anemic, he stands a good chance of being one of the higher scoring goalies on the night.
Sergei Bobrovsky ($8.5k DK/$8.8k FD) vs. Ottawa Senators – If you find yourself with some extra cash laying around tonight, Bob should be your guy. He’s riding a 4 game winning streak and gets to face a Senators team scoring just 2.3 goals per game over the past month. With how powerful of a lineup the Panthers have built, I just don’t see a scenario tonight where Bob doesn’t get at least the W tonight. He’s probably more suited though for cash games if you’re a cash game player.
We have some pretty clear spots for offense tonight. Toronto is in as good of a spot as they can be against a Canadiens team giving up more than 3.5 goals per game over the past month. The top line for Toronto will be extremely popular tonight, and rightfully so. I’m not going to write them up as a stack because they are an obvious play. They are just super expensive. My goal with my top 3 stacks tonight will be to find a way to be a little different than your competition in tournaments.
Montreal 1 (Suzuki, Caufield, Anderson) + Petry vs. Toronto
This game between 2 historic Canadian franchises has the makings of a high-scoring slate. We already know what the Maple Leafs can do on offense, but did you know that of all the teams playing tonight, no team is giving up more goals per game than the Leafs over the past month? That’s right, and tonight they turn over the crease to Erik Kallgren who met Mr. Regression in his last NHL start.
This top-line for Montreal is pretty good and pretty cheap. MSL has really tapped into the talent of Caufield as he has 4 goals in his last 5 games and has a very bright future in the NHL. The combo of Suzuki and Caufield will cost just a shade over $10k over on DK tonight. That same combo has combined for over 30 scoring chances in their last 5. They may go overlooked on the slate tonight, but they should do well.
Minnesota 1 (Hartman, Kaprizov, Zuccarello) vs. Columbus
Absolutely love this spot for the Wild tonight. The Wild really haven’t been blowing away the competition of late, but they are in a great spot tonight. Columbus is giving up 4 goals per game over the past month and will more than likely have Berube in net tonight. On the year, Berube has a 3.25 GAA a the NHL level. Although he has a small sample size, he doesn’t have a single game giving up less than 3 goals.
My core with the Wild tonight will be Hartman and Kaprizov as Zuc is in a little bit of a funk with his game offensively right now. Hartman and Kaprizov have combined for 6 goals and 10 points in their last 5 games. They should be able to put up a few goals tonight against a poor defensive team.
Florida 2 (Huberdeau, Duclair, Bennett) vs. Ottawa
I’ve actually used Forsberg this season more than I’ve stacked against him. He’s been extremely solid this year. That said, he’s in for a tough task tonight. This Florida team is stacked from top to bottom. Their top 3 lines can all take over a game. Tonight I’m going to go with their second line. Although their top line is one of the best in the game, Barkov is expensive and isn’t exactly playing his best hockey of late.
This second line has been really good. Over their last 5 games, they’ve combined for nearly 40 scoring chances and a handful of goals. While Bennett is solid, my core will be Huberdeau and Duclair. They are the guys with the offensive prowess and should do well against Ottawa.
Other stacks (Tor 1 and 2, Florida 1 and 3, Edm 1, Cgy 1, SJ 1)
Top Value Defenseman
Jeff Petry – $4k on DK – Keep an eye on his status as he’s a GTD, but always good for shots and blocks.
Alexander Romanov – $2.9k on Dk – 4 out of his last 5 games he’s had double digit points
Jaycob Megna – $2.5k on DK and has 16 blocked shots in his last 5
Vince Dunn – $3.4k on DK – becoming a bigger part of the offense in Seattle
There should be a ton of offense on tonight’s slate. Toronto should score a ton of goals and although they aren’t in my top stacks section, they are 100% in play. I just wanted to be a bit different since they will be chalky. Florida should also score a ton of goals tonight. Don’t sleep on Edmonton either tonight as they are facing a Calgary team that played last night.
Good luck and hope to see you in the green!
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