The teams that played last night that are also playing tonight are Ottawa, New Jersey, the New York Islanders, and Tampa Bay. Those last two teams face each other, while Ottawa going into Montreal seems to be a good matchup for the Canadiens.
The biggest favorite on the board is Pittsburgh, and it does look like they are indeed getting Chris Kunitz back. That said, Florida is a lot better than being massive underdogs to anyone in the NHL, so I wouldn’t go crazy on Pens tonight. The next two biggest favorites (via Covers Experts) are Montreal and Vancouver, so I would look there for cash game goalies.
As always, check Left Wing Lock for goalie confirmations.
Players will be in order of perceived value, by position, and there should be enough to mix-and-match for each type of game available on Draft Kings. Some positions might only have a few plays, some might have several. It all depends on the day, the matchups, and the price.
|Sedin (VAN) – $3800||Drouin (TBL) – $3800||Barrie (COL) – $4100||Price (MTL) – $8600|
|MacKinnon (COL) – $5900||Hornqvist (PIT) – $6000||Boyle (NYR) – $3300||Miller (VAN) – $7600|
|Galchenyuk (MTL) – $4900||Voracek (PHI) – $6900||Streit (PHI) – $4600||Pickard (COL) – $7600|
|Toews (CHI) – $6000||Pacioretty (MTL) – $6800||Subban (MTL) – $5800|
|Crosby (PIT) – $7900||O’Reilly (COL) – $4600||Rielly (TOR) – $3700|
|Bozak (TOR) – $5300||Saad (CHI) – $4400|
|Tavares (NYI) – $6700||St. Louis (NYR) – $5100|
|Backstrom (WSH) – $6400||Sedin (VAN) – $5100|
- Jonathan Drouin is a must-play in cash games, and Henrik Sedin isn’t very far behind.
- Montreal has a good matchup tonight, so even taking a couple guys from the top line isn’t a bad idea. Max Pacioretty’s price has dropped quite a bit over the last few weeks, and he is shooting just 7.7 percent over the last month (he was 12.4 percent from 2010 to November 20). I don’t like playing the “he’s due” game, but he’s due.
- Colorado has new lines, with Duchene-MacKinnon-Talbot on the top line and O’Reilly-Landeskog-Briere on the second line.
- There are good values on the blue line tonight, so it’s not really necessary to spend more than $7000-$8000 on defensemen.
Guaranteed Prize Pools/Tournaments
|Galchenyuk (MTL) – $4900||Pacioretty (MTL) – $6900||Subban (MTL) – $5800||Ward (CAR) – $6600|
|Giroux (PHI) – $8300||Gallagher (MTL) – $4800||Streit (PHI) – $4600||Kuemper (MIN) – $6600|
|Sedin (VAN) – $3800||Voracek (PHI) – $6900||Edler (VAN) – $4500|
|Filppula (TBL) – $4500||Raffl (PHI) – $3000||Hedman (VAN) – $5100|
|Toews (CHI) – $6000||Vrbata (VAN) – $6000||Barrie (COL) – $4100|
|Sedin (VAN) – $5100|
|Drouin (TBL) – $3800|
|Hossa (CHI) – $5200|
|Saad (CHI) – $4400|
- Montreal has a very good matchup with the Senators tonight, and their top line is extremely stackable because of their price.
- I like either side in Toronto/Philadelphia because it should be a fairly wide-open game. I’ll stack Philly’s top line just because Raffl makes them cheaper by about $2000.
- Vancouver has a very good matchup with Calgary, as does Tampa’s power play against the Islanders penalty kill. Using Tampa’s cheap options on the top PP is a good way to save money with high-upside plays.
- Because it’s relatively inexpensive in net tonight, and the forwards are fairly cheap as well, it’s viable to spend a bit more on the blue line than normal (even more so than cash games).
Slim’s Pickins (bargain plays)
Alex Tanguay (COL-W, $2800) – Moved to the third line, but a good line with Mitchell-Iginla. Should get favorable secondary matchups against Buffalo.
Anton Stralman (TBL-D, $2900) – He’s an auto-play as long as he stays at this price.