The calendar has flipped to 2018 after an exciting first three months of the season and tonight we have our first small-slate of the year. There are just two games on the schedule tonight, so there aren’t a lot of options out there. However, Daily Fantasy Sports takes no days off so I’ve took a dive into some high-priced and value targets for tonight’s slate.
Patrick Kane – W- Blackhawks ($8,100)
With Jeff Glass in net for the Blackhawks and the Senators on tonight’s short slate, the Blackhawks will likely be lower-owned than normal. If you want to fade the Rangers, Kane is a great option as he provides one of the most stable floors on the two-game slate. In his last nine games, Kane has picked up 11 points (6G / 5A) with 34 shots on goal (3.78 S/PG)—averaging 5.11 DraftKings points per game.
Dylan Larkin – C – Red Wings ($6,400)
Jeff Blashill has quickly become one of the most hated coaches in the DFS community because of his constant line tinkering and usage of his bad players *cough* Justin Abdelkader *cough*. However, one thing you can be certain of is that Larkin will play HUGE minutes in all situations . He will start the game with Tomas Tatar and Andreas Athanasiou but don’t be surprised if Anthony Mantha replaces Athanasiou at some point.
Larkin hasn’t bee afraid to shoot the puck this season, putting him on-pace for a career-high 222 shots and giving him a stable floor. In his last nine games, Larkin has nine points (2G / 7A), 32 shots on goal and is averaging 4.56 DK/PG. The Senators have been absolutely terrible since the middle of November and rank third worst in the NHL in goals against per game (3.32)
Mats Zuccarello – W – Rangers ($6,100)
The Rangers come in playing good hockey, winning five fo their last eight (5-1-2) and draw a strong matchup tonight. On a small slate, they’re likely to be heavy chalk and for good reason. The Blackhawks give up the eighth most high-danger scoring chances for per game and the Rangers are first in high-danger scoring chances for.
Zuccarello is playing on a line with Mika Zibanejad who leads the team in HDCF/60. Zuccarello has been playing some of the best hockey among Rangers forwards and is one of their most consistent producers. The 30-year-old is averaging 3.4 shots on goal per game in his last nine and 3.61 DK/PG, making him the safest chalk to eat tonight.
Mike Green – D – Red Wings ($4,600)
Green is by far the Red Wings best defenseman and tonight he makes for an excellent play. Green is tied for 11th among defensemen in power-play points (11) and the Red Wings 12th ranked power-play (20.2%) will look to take advantage of the Senators 28th ranked penalty-kill (77.1%).
Green also blocks a fair-amount of shots, averaging over one block per game and 2.11 shots on goal.
J.T. Miller – W – Rangers ($3,800)
Miller scored the overtime winner in the Winter Classic and his recent stretch of strong play had head coach Alain Vigneault move Miller to the top line (with Zibanejad-Zuccarello) and top power-play unit. Miller is averaging 2.25 shots per game in his last eight games, collecting four goals, one assist and 3.06 DK/PPG. At his price, it is hard to find a better value play up front tonight—although his owned percentage will likely be very, very high.
Kevin Hayes – C – Rangers ($3,300)
Hayes has been steady for the Rangers this season and has elevated his game recently and has seen an expanded role as a result. He has a terrific playin the Winter Classic, showcasing his talent level and comes into tonight’s juicy matchup with some impressive numbers as of late. Hayes has three goals, two assists, 23 shots and 3.19 DK/PG in his last eight contests.
Vinnie Hinostroza – W – Blackhawks ($3,100)
After serving as a healthy scratch for two games, Hinostroza got back into the lineup over the weekend, picking up an assist in each game with five totals shots and 7.0 DK points. Hinostroza gets a boost in value tonight as he moves to the Blackhawks’ top-line with Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad. With the Rangers looking very chalky, Hinostroza may be the lowest owned of these value picks.
In just eight games, he has an impressive 54.7 CorsiFor% and is second among Blackhawks skaters in HDCF/60 (13.51).
Thomas Chabot – D – Senators ($2,900)
Chabot is one of the best young offensive-defensemen in the NHL but his usage has been sporadic this season. However, he is expected to see more ice-time going forward, especially since the Senators are struggling mightily. Chabot was recently handed the keys to the Senators’ top power-play unit. He will quarterback the PP with Erik Karlsson on his left and Mark Stone on his right. At $2,900, you won’t find this kind of value anywhere else.
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