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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DFS NHL Lineup

With twelve games on the NHL schedule tonight there is a wealth of talent to select from to form your DFS NHL lineup. 

In this edition I went with an expensive, high-flying offense, two value picks on D, and a fair value in goal.

The Minnesota Wild head to Toronto to face the reeling Maple Leafs. Toronto has won just 2 of their last 10, and have dropped their last 3 games.

The Wild need to win this game to remain in the playoff race out West, and the Leafs lineup is unrecognizable to most fans.

Minnesota’s Jason Pominville has 2 goals and 6 points in his last 3 games, and 12 in his last 8.

Matthew Dumba was my value pick. Rolling the dice on Dumba based on the matchup allowed me to afford Patrick Kane instead of Erik Karlsson essentially. (meaning Karlsson is still a great option tonight)

Devan Dubnyk could be priced higher based on the matchup, so I will take the fairly valued netminder over the 23 other starters tonight.

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Filip Forsberg had two hat-trick last week for me in my lineups, so I like my odds with him shooting against Devils backup goalie Keith Kinkaid. Not to mention the Devils don’t exactly have a shut down center. Playing at home will create mismatches for the talented young Swede.

Evgeni Malkin returned from injury last week and looked as dynamic as ever. He centers Phil Kessel and Carl Hagelin, a line that showed instant chemistry from day one and is constantly a threat to score.

The Flames’ Johnny Gaudreau is hot, with 17 points in his last 15 games. Buffalo isn’t exactly stacked defensively. I’m hoping for a multi-point game. I just think Gaudreau’s offensive zone dominance will eventually overwhelm the Sabres in defensive coverage, and the slick Flame will find the hole.

The Sharks’ offense is dynamic and Joe Thornton is playing like he should be wearing the C again. He was terrific against the Canucks earlier this week and has 21 points in his last 15 games. Playing with current captain Joe Pavelski helps. He has 29 goals and 61 points in 62 games. Tomas Hertl rounds out the trio.

Finally, Michael Stone is a tremendous value at $3800. He can play at both ends of the ice and should log close to 25 minutes against Anaheim. I’m hoping for a multi-category performance from him. An assist, and a couple of shots on goal and blocks.

 

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Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks

Another edition of our daily fantasy hockey picks. We’ll take a look at what strategy I employed tonight, and who I ended up with using the standard 50k salary cap.

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The secret’s out! I went with a well-balanced approach.

Filip Forsberg is the highest paid skater on this team, and while he didn’t score in Montreal last night I’m sticking with the Predators highly skilled forward. The Maple Leafs are in full liquidation mode right now and morale could not be lower.

Johnny Gaudreau is the prime pick, but as he is more expensive we will take the man of the hour, Andrew Ladd. The Winnipeg captain is the league’s top player available leading up to the NHL trade deadline and the lowly Jets are sure to deal him. It is most likely his last home game, so I’m banking on the emotions of the night to pay dividends.

Kyle Palmieri had a goal and an assist vs the Capitals on Saturday night, so he is well rested and confident.

Ales Hemsky has 5 points in his last 6 games, ride with him before he runs out of gas.

Steven Stamkos is hot, but Tyler Johnson is more affordable. Johnson should be surging back into the force he usually is, and is a nice gamble at home to Arizona.

Charlie Coyle has found the back of the net 3 times in his last 4 contests, and the Wild have woke from their season long slumber since the firing of former Head Coach Mike Yeo.

Matt Dumba has goals in consecutive games (3 pts) and has enjoyed a breakout season of sorts. He still has ways to go but he can contribute in fantasy, specifically in the goal department. A rare feat for any defender.

Cody Ceci has his ups and downs, but the acquisition of Dion Phaneuf takes some pressure off the young defenseman. He is playing more freely, so his points, shots on goal and blocks should continue to rise.

Kevin Connauton has been averaging 15 fantasy points per game over his last 4 contests – another great option.

Carter Hutton is 3-0-1 in his last 4 games with 2 shutouts. Predators vs Maple Leafs. Need I say more?

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Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks

Over the last few days I have been producing playable daily fantasy lineups. But I just wanted to take a second and state that these “lineups” could be more accurately described as “fantasy players to target”. I am giving you all the tools (players to target, value picks, streaks and matchups) for you to build your own winning DFS lineup. The guys who fit into my cap will be on my roster, but be sure to read below for guys who didn’t make the cut but could be the difference in your daily fantasy contest.

Today I am going to feature the stack technique. Meaning when you “stack” your roster with two (or more) players from the same team. Linemates whose production can be largely based off one another.

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Even though the Avalanche have been in a scoring slump for the past month, I almost took the chance and stacked the high-priced Nate MacKinnon with his immensely talented but low-cost teammate Mikhail Grigorenko. They aren’t playing together tonight, but a great showing versus the Canadiens earlier this season has me holding my breath. Grigorenko also has assists in consecutive matches. But due to the much lower salary hit, I will take Derek Stepan instead of MacKinnon and stack him with one of his wingers.

That winger being Mats Zuccarello. He’s been tearing it up lately with 4 points in his last 2 games.

In another stack I’m going with NHL scoring leader Patrick Kane and his linemate Artemi Panarin. Their numbers speak for themselves with 13 points in the last 4 games combined. Sven Andrighetto is also a great option at an ultra low cost.

Johnny Gaudreau had 3 points versus the Ducks in his last game, and 2 assists a game removed versus the Sharks. A matchup with the sinking Minnesota Wild can’t be a bad thing for Johnny Hockey.

Offensive D-man Tyson Barrie scored in that 6-1 beating the Avs put on the Canadiens back in November, and plays a ton on the PP. He is a solid option against the lowly Habs. Speaking of the Habs, Nathan Beaulieu has seen a big bump in ice-time since the injury to Jeff Petry. He is a skilled defender who can skate and plays the powerplay. He can provide you with the same results as someone like Mark Giordano, but at half the price.

I’m going with Calgary’s Jonas Hiller in net. A matchup versus the Wild, who have lost 8 of their last 9 games is great, and I like it a lot more than taking a guy like Lundqvist vs the high-flying Hawks or Crawford vs the streaking New York Rangers. Semyon Varlamov is a tempting option, but it could be a trap game. The Canadiens have switched their lines up and may actually have found something that works on offense to finally win a game.

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