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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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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