NHL DFS (1/19)
Hey all my fellow DFS NHL players! Thank you for checking out my article for the 3 game slate tonight with lock at 7:30 PM ET/6:30 PM CT. In this article, I will detail my top plays, good plays, and value plays. I will include both Draftkings and FanDuel pricing for your convenience. Now let’s take a look at the matchups tonight and their start times (Eastern Time):
VGK@ FLA at 7:30pm
MON@ WAS at 7:30pm
LA@ ANH at 10:00pm
These games have the potential to be high scoring and my favorite matchup is the Capitals against a struggling Montreal Canadiens (18-21-6) who have lost three in a row heading into tonight.
Now let’s get into the plays of the day!
Top Center Plays:
Vincent Trocheck vs Vegas Golden Knights ($6800 FD/$6300 DK)
The Panthers are well rested as they have not played a game since last Friday. It’s a plus for the panthers because they are getting Vegas on the road where they are 12-9-1. Trocheck is on the #1 Powerplay which makes him most effective. I like him more than Barkov tonight against the Golden Knights.
Eric Haula @ Florida Panthers ($5600 FD/$5900 DK)
Haula is one of the players for the Vegas Golden Knights who seems to be talked about less but puts up fairly good numbers. He’s averaging 12 FD Points and 3.3 DK points this season. Against the panthers tonight he could be one to see a couple goals or assists.
Nicklas Backstrom vs Montreal Canadiens ($7000 FD/$6600 DK)
Niemi is starting in net tonight for the Canadiens and this automatically boosts Backstrom to a top play tonight. Niemi hasn’t had the best career but does have a good record against the Capitals but I feel tonight that the PP for the Caps score a couple and put this game away early.
Adam Henrique vs Los Angeles Kings ($4700 FD/$4300 DK)
The ducks have won 6 of their last ten games (6-3-1) and Henrique has had some success over that span averaging 2.3 DK points. He is coming off a big game Wednesday against the Penguins where he scored 5.5 DK points and I look for him to continue his hot streak tonight against a Kings team who has been struggling as of late.
Lars Eller vs Montreal Canadiens ($4500 FD/$4000 DK)
Lars Eller is one of my favorite value plays overall tonight because he is on a serious hot streak with three 5 DK point performances in the last 4 games. He is also averaging 3.0 points over the last 10 games. Against a struggling Montreal team, he is a must play tonight in at least one of your lineups!
Top Winger Plays:
Alex Ovechkin vs Montreal Canadiens ($8800 FD/$8100 DK)
Ovechkin has 5 Goals, 7 Assists and 33 SOG in the Caps last 10 games. Fit him in with a few value plays tonight and you should be in the cash tonight because he is my cash play of the day.
Jonathan Marchessault @ Florida Panthers ($7300 FD/$7400 DK)
Marchessault has been on one of the hottest streaks in the NHL and it earned him a nice contract extension earlier this month. The Golden Knights are one of the top scoring NHL teams in the league and he is one of the major reasons why. I personally am not high on him tonight but you can’t go wrong with putting him in your lineup.
Good Winger Plays:
Evgenii Dadonov vs Vegas Golden Knights ($5000 FD/$4700 DK)
Dadonov is on the top line with Barkov and Huberdeau and after an explosion of offense last game, I expect him to be the top scorer tonight on this first line. Great price for Dadonov on both platforms tonight.
David Perron @ Florida Panthers ($5800 FD/$5400 DK)
Perron has been playing well this season for the Knights averaging 3.1 DK points in 38 games. His production has fallen off a little bit as of late but I look for him to rebound tonight against the Panthers.
Value Winger Plays:
Artturi Lehkonen @ Washington Capitals ($3400 FD/$3600 DK)
Lehkonen is a punt play tonight against the Capitals. If you look at his numbers they aren’t the best but he’s on the second line and has some potential. I have a good feeling that he can get one past Grubauer tonight.
Ondrej Kase vs Los Angeles Kings ($4500 FD/$4300 DK)
I am a fan of Kase lately. He is so cheap and has been having some serious production over his last 10 games. He is averaging 4.1 DK points in that span. The kings have not been playing well lately and I think Kase racks up the points against them tonight.
Top Defensemen Plays:
Cam Fowler vs Los Angeles Kings ($5200 FD/$4600 DK)
Fowler is on the first line as well as the number 1 PP unit. At his price and with his production over the last few games, he is one of my favorite defenseman in this 3 game slate.
John Carlson vs Montreal Canadiens ($5900 FD/$6600 DK)
Carlson is another top play tonight against the Canadiens as he is a great two way player who plays great defense and also put up some great offensive numbers for the Caps which always makes a defenseman more valuable.
Good Defensemen Plays:
Jeff Petry @ Washington Capitals ($4100 FD/$4900 DK)
Even though the Canadiens have been struggling, Jeff Petry hasn’t. He is averaging 3.1 DK points over his last 10 games with 37 SOG in that span. 37 shots from a defenseman in 2 games!! That alone makes him a valuable defensemen play.
Value Defensemen Plays:
Colin Miller @ Florida Panthers ($4200 FD/$3900 DK)
Miller is another one of these defensemen who make a living off blocking shots and SOG. He doesn’t have a lot of offensive production but blocked shots are the best way for a defensemen to rack up the fantasy points.
Dmitry Orlov vs Montreal Canadiens ($3800 FD/$4000 DK)
Orlov is so cheap and with my style of playing NHL DFS, I like to go low on D and spend up on other top players for other positions other than defense. He has blocked 19 shots over a span of 10 games and at less than 4k price, I think he’s a top defenseman play.
Top Goalie Play:
John Gibson vs Los Angeles Kings ($8800 FD/$7800 DK)
Gibson is my favorite goalie tonight against the Kings because the Kings have been struggling to put the puck in the net lately. They have scored less than 3 goals in 6 of their last 10 and with how hot Gibson has been lately, he is a must play in your cash lineups.
Good Goalie Play:
Malcolm Subban @ Florida Panthers ($8100 FD/$8200 DK)
The Golden Knights goaltending has been one remarkable story. Going through three different goalies, they still have managed to be one of the top teams in the NHL. Subban is 8-2 in his last 10 games with a 2.55 GAA. Vegas is so hot right now, you couldn’t go wrong playing him.
Value Goalie Plays:
Philipp Grubauer vs Montreal Canadiens ($7900 FD/$8100 DK)
It’s no surprise the Capitals goalie makes it in this article tonight because until Montreal can show that they are a team who can put together a good win/win streak, any goalie going up against them will be a good goalie play.
Antti Niemi @ Washington Capitals ($7300 FD/6900 DK) *GPP Only*
Niemi is strictly a GPP play tonight. It’s known Niemi has struggled throughout his career and against a powerful Washington Capitals team, its not ideal to play Niemi. However, Niemi is 5-0-3 in his career against the Caps of all teams. Therefore, he is a GPP value play for this 3 game slate.
This article is meant to help you put together your lineup for the slate. If this helps you out tonight please post your winnings on twitter and tag me @DFSDevotee and @FanCaveDFS
Thanks for reading and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on twitter!