The NHL season is slowly heating up now, it is giving fans lots of viewing entertainment, and fantasy poolies tons of enjoyment or pain depending on their team’s player injuries and performance.
Tonight we have just 5 games on the slate with the Blues vs Bruins, Hurricanes vs Maple Leafs, Senators vs Canadiens, Flyers vs Panthers, and Islanders vs Ducks. I think most of these games should be good overall, but I’m most excited about the Flyers vs Panthers from a fantasy perspective since both teams can rack up the goals. I would advise against taking a goalie in this game since it could be a 5-4 final, unless Roberto Luongo plays solid which is entirely possible.
If you are trying to decide which players to select tonight for your NHL daily fantasy sports contests on DraftKings, you have come to the right place. Below I list my favorite player for each position tonight based on the most fantasy points I feel can be earned at a salary that offers good value, and suggest other good player selections that fit that same criteria too. I include all player’s salaries for tonight as well.
Good luck everyone, may your lineups be hot, your fantasy points be high, and your earnings be amazing!
1. Goalie: My Pick – Carey Price ($8,400) – It’s hard not to pick Price since he is clearly the best goalie in the world, and has stellar numbers with a record of 11-0-1, 1.6 GAA, .950 SV%, and 7.5 FPPG. If you want money in the bank go with Carey.
Other good options to consider: Cam Ward ($7,300), Jake Allen ($7,600), and Frederik Andersen ($7,700).
2. Defense: My Pick – Shea Weber ($7,100) – Has been brilliant so far this season with 7 goals and 8 assists in 19 games, and 4.4 FPPG. Is coming off a 9.5 FPTS night on Saturday vs Toronto with 2 assists, 3 shots on goal, and 8 shot blocks, wow! Don Cherry said a few years ago that if Shea played in Canada he would be winning Norris trophies, and now that he’s in Montreal that may be finally coming to fruition.
Other good options to consider: Radko Gudas ($4,000), Morgan Rielly ($4,800), and Keith Yandle ($5,100).
3. Center: My Pick – Nazem Kadri ($5,400) – I don’t like many of the center options for tonight, but I’m going with Kadri since his price tag isn’t too bad, and he has performed quite well at home this season. He consistently puts up 4 or 5 shots per night, and has 13 points in 18 games this season overall, 7 of those points being goals.
Other good options to consider: Brock Nelson ($4,800), Ryan Kesler ($6,100), and Victor Rask ($5,900).
4. Winger: My Pick – James van Riemsdyk ($6,000) – It seems a bit crazy to go with another Maple Leafs player, but JVR has been on fire at home lately with 10 points in his last 5 games at the ACC, and in those games had a tilt with 9.5 FPTS, and another with a massive 14.5 when he scored a hat trick vs Nashville just last week. He’s almost a point per game player, and has 4.3 fantasy points per game.
Other good options to consider: Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,600), Rickard Rakell ($6,300), and Mitch Marner ($6,300).