The NHL season is nicely underway now, and there is no shortage of story lines to pay attention to including: Montreal being off to the best start in their illustrious franchise’s history, rookie Auston Matthews scoring 4 goals in his first ever game which is a new modern day NHL record, Dubnyk having three shut outs in a row, the Penguins picking up right where they left off after winning the Stanley Cup last season, and there are many others too.
Tonight we have 12 games on the slate with the Flyers vs Islanders, Maple Leafs vs Sabres, Oilers vs Rangers, Jets vs Capitals, Devils vs Panthers, Bruins vs Lightning, Canucks vs Senators, Blues vs Stars, Avalanche vs Blackhawks, Predators vs Coyotes, Penguins vs Kings, and the Flames vs Sharks. I think all of these games should be great, but I’m most excited about the Flames vs Sharks since I think there will be a bunch of goals, and be quite entertaining.
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 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 – Braden Holtby ($8,300) – He has been dominant the past two games allowing just three goals combined for the wins, has a combined save percentage of .956, and had 9.6 and 6.2 fantasy points in each of the games. His opponent tonight is the Winnipeg Jets who are 9th in the league with 31.3 shots/game, but are only 23rd in goals scored with just 2.4.
Other good options to consider: Lundquist ($8,300), Schneider ($7,700), and Crawford ($8,200).
2. Defense: My Pick – Ryan McDonagh ($5,500) – He has points in 8 straight games, and with Yandle out of town and Boyle retired he gets loads of PP time now, and lots of puck touches. He’s always good for shots and blocked shots and I don’t think his point streak will end tonight vs Edmonton at home.
Other good options to consider: Boychuk ($5,200), Martinez ($4,600), and Gudas ($3,400).
3. Center: My Pick – Artem Anisimov ($5,800) – Is also on an 8 game point streak, and has 13 points during that torrid span including 7 goals. He currently is tied for the league lead in scoring and being on a line with P.Kane and Panarin he likely won’t slow down anytime soon.
Other good options to consider: Giroux ($6,900), Duchene ($6,500), and Richardson ($3,800).
4. Winger: My Pick – Chris Kreider ($6,700) – He currently has 1.5 PPG this season with 9 points in 6 games. 4 out of 6 of those games he has 2 points. He’s averaging 6.3 FPPG which is 1.2 fantasy points higher on average than the 2nd highest winger available for tonight. He is starting to become what the Rangers hoped he would become when they drafted him 19th overall in 2009.
Other good options to consider: Marchessault ($5,800), Nylander ($5,900), and Johansson ($4,700).
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