DFS NHL PICKS

Sadly, the NHL season is coming to a close so we’re here to present to you our last regular season edition of our DFS NHL picks.

Not to worry, we will still be providing fantasy picks throughout the playoffs. But as every team is in action, this is a big night.

Important note: Word came out of Pittsburgh earlier today that superstars Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang would not be dressing for their season finale, so be weary of any last minute scratches around the league.

As we’re all aware of professional sports contracts are laced with incentives. In other words, statistical plateaus that athletes must attain to cash in on big money bonuses.

To break it down, as major league sports season’s come to a close these plateaus often become the focus of individual players as they step into action. Wouldn’t you try your luck if a million dollars was the difference between you taking the shot (and scoring) or passing it off to a teammate? 30 goals on the season puts you into the upper-echelon of performers, whereas 29 goals gets you in the milder “20-goal scorer” category.

So as time is of the essence for these contracts, I’m aiming for players who will be extra motivated to reach these milestones.

If you doubt this theory and need proof, just look up how Jamie Benn won the NHL scoring title last season. Spoiler: He scored four points (a hat-trick), including the last one with 8.5 seconds left in the game (and season) to surpass John Tavares and Sidney Crosby to win the Art Ross trophy. Not to mention he did it without the other half of Dallas’ dynamic duo as Tyler Seguin sat out with an in-house suspension.

Finally, let’s take a look at my DFS NHL picks.

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If you can’t tell just by looking at it, this is pretty much a young stars team balanced out by the ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr, and Chicago’s 2015-16 dynamic duo of rookie Artemi Panarin and current NHL leading scorer Patrick Kane.

The strategy is to have hungry young guns with a lot to prove, plus a few guys on hot streaks to bring some stability.

Panarin sits at 28 goals on the season, needing two to hit the 30-goal plateau. One single point would be nice as well, as the 75-point mark would be awfully impressive for a rookie (albeit a 24-year-old rookie)

Winnipeg rookie Nik Ehlers is a nice value at $4800, and has 1 goal and 5 assists in his last 10 games while skating on the Jets’ top line with Blake Wheeler and breakout star Mark Scheifele.

The heavily scrutinized Alex Galchenyuk managed to turn a nearly lost season around just in time to be named the Montreal Canadiens player of the year. The electric American also sits at 28 goals, and you can bet his teammates (namely Max Pacioretty) will be doing everything they can to get him to 30 goals. A nice team dinner and a couple of bottles of wine is in the best interest for everyone, especially since the Habs have nothing else to play for.

19-year-old phenom Connor McDavid is arguably the best player in the NHL already. He leads the league (ahead of Jagr and Kane) with 2.71 points-per-60-minutes during 5-on-5 play. The former two come in at 2.61. While the Oilers were a disaster this year (again), the Canucks have been down right awful for the past month and are ripe for the picking. McDavid has at least one point in all but two of his previous 10 games (2 goals + 11 assists), including 3 against these very same Canucks just 48 hours ago. Did I mention he sits at 48 points (44 games) on the season? Two points in the season finale seems fitting for the young icon.

 

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NHL Cash Draft Vancouver Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers

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The Edmonton Oilers will say goodbye to Rexall Place on tonight against the Vancouver Canucks. The team will miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 10th consecutive season, are playing their final contest at the arena before ending the 2015-16 season in Vancouver on Saturday. The Oilers competed at Rexall Place, originally known as Northlands Coliseum, since 1974 when they were in the World Hockey Association. They will be moving into a new arena situated in downtown Edmonton called Rogers Place, beginning next season. More than 150 franchise alums will be in attendance during the game. A list that includes Hockey Hall of Fame members Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, Paul Coffey, Glenn Anderson and Grant Fuhr.

Edmonton his on a slump. They are on a three-game losing streak (0-3-0) and have lost five of their past six games (1-5-0). Edmonton’s Connor McDavid put up two goals and nine assists in his last 11 games.

The Canucks, who also won’t be part of the post-season tourney, are on a three-game winning stretch.

Goaltender Cam Talbot will get the nod for the Oilers. While on the other side it will be Ryan Miller for the Canucks. Vancouver’s Jannik Hansen has two goals and three assists in his past three match-ups, while teammate Bo Horvat collected two goals and two assists during the same span.

Top Fantasy Picks

C Connor McDavid (EDM)

C Bo Horvat (VAN)

RW Jannik Hansen (VAN)

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Daily Fantasy Hockey Value Picks

It’s a relatively light Saturday schedule for the NHL today, as only 16 teams will be taking to the ice for action. There will be five puck-drops at 7 pm ET, one at 8 pm ET, and two more at 10 pm ET to close things out.

As usual, we’re here to provide you with a little extra nudge when assembling your roster, so take a glance at our daily fantasy hockey value picks below to help make your squad a winner!

Daily Fantasy Hockey Value Picks

G Garret Sparks TOR $6500 – The Red Wings are 5-5 in their last 10, including a 1-0 loss to these same Maple Leafs (Mar. 13), a 4-3 loss to the lowly Montreal Canadiens, and a 7-2 shellacking courtesy of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Of course there’s the flip side to all this. Jimmy Howard is an option at $6700 if you see this as an opportunity for Detroit to break-out, but goaltending is right at the top of the list of reasons for their struggles over the past month so proceed with caution.

G Cam Talbot EDM $6700 – As I stated earlier this week, “The Flames are merely a flicker on the road” moments before Calgary took to the ice for an 8-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Now, the Oilers are certainly no Ducks, but Calgary’s road record speaks for itself (12-24-3). Edmonton is considerably better at home (though it’s still nothing to brag about; 18-19-2), and Connor McDavid will produce tonight. The rookie phenom just had a seven game scoring streak snapped, and hasn’t gone more than two consecutive games without registering a point all season.

D Niklas Kronwall DET $3700 –  Kronwall has returned to form since being activated off the injured-reserve on February 23rd. Detroit’s defensive leader has scored 7 points in his last 10 contests, and has collected assists in three straight.

RW Jaromir Jagr FLA $6300 – The grizzled super-vet posted 15 points in March alone, including a point-per-game over his last 10 games. The Panthers are home to the Canadiens who are coming off a 3-0 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Mike Condon is getting the start for the Habs again, and rarely does he play two strong games in a row. Florida has a nice opportunity here, especially since Joel Hanley is penciled in as the Canadiens number four defenseman this evening.

C Riley Sheahan DET $3600 – I’m aware I put Garret Sparks in the value column, but Sheahan’s recent production cannot be denied. The Red Wings centerman has four goals in his last 5 games, after only recording nine in his first 72.  That price tag is a hell of a steal when considering Sheahan has the same amount of goals as Henrik Zetterberg (13). 

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DFS NHL Picks: Goalies

Here is a special edition of my DFS NHL Picks, a goaltenders only version. A few of them stuck out to me in the talent pool today, as we have some intriguing matchups on tap.

With Antti Raanta in for Henrik Lundqvist (vs ANA), and Scott Darling in for Corey Crawford the pot has been stirred. Not to mention the Flyers are hot, and the Hawks are not.

 

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Luxury:  Jake Allen ($9200)

The Blues were red-hot a minute ago, and head to Edmonton to face the youthful Oilers. St-Louis has slowed of late, but tonight is a perfect opportunity to right the ship. Their tight defensive game may be too much for Connor McDavid and co. to overcome, and with some pretty evenly matched teams and backup goalies in the paint tonight Allen leads this list.

Cam Talbot will be back in the crease tonight for the Oilers, after riding the pine on Monday. He let in four goals on 29 shots against the Coyotes on Saturday night.

 

Value: John Gibson ($8100)

At a quick glance, a game against the Rangers may not seem like a walk in the park. But upon closer inspection, it may be fantasy gold. The Ducks have won 12 of their last 15 games, and have only lost two in regulation in their last 10.

Most importantly perhaps, is the fact that Anaheim is 9-0-1 in their last 10 at home. While the Rangers are a very concerning 16-15-4 on the road. They’ve also lost two in a row and three of their last four.

Gibson is fresh and hungry to redeem himself after dropping his last two starts and plays behind a very deep Ducks lineup.

He is a great value at $8100, as even his opposing netminder tonight Antti Raanta is priced higher.

 

Discount Bin: Joni Ortio ($6500)

The Flames are tremendously better at home than on the road, and face a Jets team with nothing to play for. It’s Ortio’s sixth consecutive start, and of course Dustin Byfuglien always brings his lunch pail to work, and Mark Scheifele has been hot (6 points in last 5 games), but Johnny Gaudreau and Mark Giordano should led Calgary to victory with a gritty effort in front of the home-crowd tonight.

 

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Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks

Another edition of our Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks is here. There were six games on the NHL schedule tonight, but the Islanders and Panthers had the only 7 pm start so let the puck drop there and we’re going to play with the remaining 5 games in the “express” pool.

Headlining the soiree is an 8 pm start between the LA Kings and Chicago Blackhawks. The two rival powerhouses will do battle in what could (hopefully) be a playoff preview.

Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty are the usual suspects on LA’s side, while the dynamic duo of Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin are always fantasy candidates for Chicago.

Marian Hossa is now back in the lineup and playing with captain Jonathan Toews and Andrew Ladd on what could be a very productive line in a game with a playoff-like atmosphere.

St-Louis plays Calgary at 9 pm, and Johnny Gaudreau has been nothing short of phenomenal at home this season for the Flames this season. Calgary always plays tough against the Blues, so I expect Gaudreau to score multiple points.

Worth noting – Mikael Backlund has recently seen success next to Gaudreau on the top line since Hudler departed.

Let’s take a look at the rest of my lineup. As always I strive for value picks and have $500 leftover.

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Jaden Schwartz is so often the choice for me at LW. His consistent production and price tag are a great fit for my lineups. He plays on a good team, with highly-skilled players, on the top-six and gets powerplay time. Oh yeah, and he’s really slick with the puck. Perhaps the premier playmaker on the St-Louis team.

But, teammate Robby Fabbri is on a 4 game point streak of his own (5 points), and has 7 in his last 6. He makes for a solid choice tonight and is cheaper than Schwartz.

More Hawks – Tervainen has been on a tear of late, and Christian Ehrhoff sees a ton of ice-time with the man advantage.

Connor McDavid has scored at over a point-per-game pace as a rookie, so not breaking the scoresheet two games in a row sounds like crazy talk.

Let’s see how this lineup does with such limited choices.

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DFS NHL Lineup

Another edition of our Fanpicks.com DFS NHL Lineup is here. Our experts’ picks were in the money again last night, so we’re not going to give it away too easily. Sometimes we give you the picks and the easy money, but we’re going to make you work for this one. That is the fun of it after all! Let’s compare rosters.

  • My Lineup

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With a whopping $1300 leftover there’s still lots of room for flexibility. Every player chosen is on a hot streak of sorts, with multiple points over their last 10 games.  The one exception to the rule is LW Charles Hudon of the Montreal Canadiens. The star prospect will be skating in his third game for the injury-plagued Habs, on the second line next to speedsters Thomas Plekanec and Paul Byron. It’s a huge gamble but I’ve been scouting the kid for years and I like him more than the other options, even up to $4300.

The tough decisions were choosing Joe Thornton over Evgeny Kuznetsov and Connor McDavid. While the latter two are mega explosive and on nice runs of their own, Jumbo Joe has just been too consistent since the holiday season.

Alex Galchenyuk has been the leagues leading goal scorer since late February with 11 goals in his last 8 games. Yes, goals, not points. But I’m sure you’re well aware of that.

Jaden Schwartz and his Blues are facing the struggling Dallas Stars. Vlad Tarasenko is simply too pricey, so the steady Schwartz will have to do. He is a slick playmaker who makes things go on the powerplay and is never too far from Tarasenko.

TJ Oshie has been rolling for the Capitals lately. They’re on the west coast to face the San Jose Sharks tonight, so with no Ovechkin or Kuznetsov in this lineup, Oshie was easy pickins’.

The Flyers are red-hot, and Claude Giroux is the leader offensively but they have pretty widespread scoring. That made Shayne Gostisbehere an easy choice. Without any Philly forwards on the squad, the rookie had to be in my lineup.

Erik Karlsson has been colder than normal but with 70 points in 69 games this season, you can’t really go wrong with the star d-man, A matchup with the Leafs definitely works in his favor as well.

 

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Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks

Last night we introduced you to the Point-Spread Contest of daily fantasy hockey, but tonight we’ll keep it simple and take a look at the classic Salary Cap version on FanPicks.com. We’re using a 50k cap as is the standard and doubling up at each position except goaltender of course. Let’s take a look at my roster and what strategy I employed this time to win my daily fantasy hockey league.

  • My Roster

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On this classic night for hockey, we went with a classic hockey recipe. Your franchise players in net and up the middle, with support roles being filled on the wings and backend.

Taking our opening faceoff would be John Tavares. Johnny T has been on fire lately and just netted his 20th of the season. Milestones are often mental benchmarks for scorers and I expect his success to continue versus Carolina.

Connor McDavid spent his week drawing comparisons to Wayne Gretzky after his spectacular outing against his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs, so I’ll let it ride against the Winnipeg Jets. Plus, it’s a pretty exciting night watching the superstar 18-year-old.

On the left wing we took moderate discounts with Arvidsson and Burakovsky. The youngers play with talented linemates (Ribeiro, Forsberg – Kuznetsov, Williams) and have been rolling. Keep it going. It’s worth the game if you need a mid-level winger. Of course LW Taylor Hall, RW Patrick Kane, and RW Jordan Eberle should be terrific tonight if you can afford them.

With Tavares and McDavid counting for nearly 30% of the cap, we couldn’t play DFS beasts Erik Karlsson and John Klingberg. Karlsson has a favourable matchup with CLB, and Klingberg should get some chances in a fast paced thriller vs the mighty Capitals. So we found other suitable candidates to do the job. We found major bargains on D with Vatanen and Phaneuf. Phaneuf’s price tag, and potential to match Karlsson in the point column tonight has him in premium discount bin. The powerplay is where I’m banking on a couple of points in the former Leafs revival.

Corey Crawford has been great all season, and though the Ducks have talent, they are dead last goals for across the NHL. He’s at home in a near must-win for the the Blackhawks if they want to be considered elite.

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Daily Fantasy Hockey rookie watch – 2015/16 Season

A new season of Fantasy Hockey is upon us. So who from the new breed will stand out this year in the NHL? Here’s a list of new players looking to make their mark in Daily Fantasy Sports.

C Connor McDavid (Age 18) – Edmonton Oilers

Junior: 200 Games, 122 Goals, 231 Assists, 353 Points, 118 Penalty minutes

The Edmonton Oilers had three first overall pick in the past six years (Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov), but none come better  than Connor McDavid. He`s the most decorated player in the Ontario Hockey League, and his talent will transcend into the NHL. Even Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill said that he`ll definitely be a franchise player for 15-20 years. Edmonton’s fan will have a lot of “McLovin” for McDavid, that’s for sure.

C Max Domi (Age 20) – Arizona Coyotes

Juniors: 302 Games, 150 Goals, 241 Assists, 391 Points, 335 Penalty minutes

Grit runs in the Domi family. The son of former NHL enforcer Tie Domi has all of his father’s gene and even more. He has electrified the town of London, Ontario for 4 years, and now he’s ready to do it in Arizona. The only gripe about his game is his habit to dangle with the puck from one end of the ice to the other. It’s something that will come to hurt him in the NHL. Head coach Dave Tippett will need to teach him how to implement teammates in his game.

LW Anthony Duclair (Age 20) – Arizona Coyotes

Juniors: 247 Games, 130 Goals, 161 Assists, 291 Points, 190 Penalty minutes

Duclair is the main return in the trade that sent All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle to the New York Rangers, so a lot of pressure will be on his shoulders to perform. The speedy goal scorer built off some early experience during his stint in the NHL, early on last season.

LW Nikolaj Ehlers (Age 19) – Winnipeg Jets

Juniors: 144 Games, 107 Goals, 157 Assists, 264 Points, 150 Penalty minutes

There is a new generation of Danish talent, and Ehlers is one of them. He’s a natural sniper who will score a lot of goals for the Jets. He will need to incorporate more physicality into his game to play in the NHL. The Dane is a nice addition to Winnipeg’s roster, who needs a nice offensive prospect since Evander Kane was traded.

C Jack Eichel (Age 18) – Buffalo Sabres

NCAA: 99 Games, 59 Goals, 84 Assists, 143 Points, 62 Penalty minutes

Second overall behind McDavid pick in the 2015 draft, Eichel is the second freshman to win the Hobey Baker award since Paul Kariya, in 1993. He led the NCAA in scoring with 71 points, as well as in goals with 26. Buffalo has a really nice consolation prize after missing out on McDavid in the draft.

C Robby Fabbri (Age 19) – St. Louis Blues

Juniors: 177 Games, 94 Goals, 110 Assists, 204 Points, 166 Penalty minutes

Fabbri saw his best season in 2013-14 collecting 87 points during the OHL regular season and 28 more when the playoffs came around. The Blues have produced high-end prospect over the year. You can put Fabbri to this list.

D Joe Morrow (Age 22) – Boston Bruins

Juniors: 283 Games, 43 Goals, 147 Assists, 190 Points, 319 Penalty minutes

After Dougie Hamilton was traded in the offseason, Boston left a spot open in their defensive core. That hole is likely going to be filled by Joe Morrow. He’s an aggressive two-way defenseman who will fit perfectly in the Bruins organization.

C Nicolas Petan (Age 20) – Winnipeg Jets

Juniors: 340 Games, 136 Goals, 306 Assists, 442 Points, 253 Penalty minutes

Don’t be fooled by his size, Petan is one of those players that plays big. He doesn’t shy away from having a physical game too. The Winnipeg Jets were impressed by his play during development camp.

C Sam Reinhart (Age 19) – Buffalo Sabres

Juniors: 286 Games, 133 Goals, 221 Assists, 354 Points, 69 Penalty minutes

Reinhart is another second overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres, but he came a year earlier than Jack Eichel. He’s good at making his teammates good. Can’t wait to see him on the same line with Eichel. The Sabres future looks bright.

G Andrei Vasilevskiy (Age 21) – Tampa Bay Lightning

KHL: 54 Games, 18 Wins, 2.21 Goal against average, 0.923 save percentage, 4 Shutouts

Vasileskiy made waves with his performance in last year’s Stanley Cup finals. Tampa Bay knows that entering this season, Vasilevskiy and Ben Bishop make for a great pair. The Russian could quickly dethrone Bishop as the starting goalie though. His athleticism and big body make him a near future all-star.

 

 

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