Tonight’s featured DraftKings contest has a $3 entry fee or FREE if you are a new user. The top 3,840 finishers will split a prize pool of $50,000 with first place taking home $4,000! Do you have what it takes to turn $3 into $4,000?
Are you new to DraftKings or Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS)? (If so, SIGN UP for an Account HERE) Here’s a quick explanation on how to build your lineup an play! You have $50,000 in Salary space, to build a team that consists of 2C, 3W, 2D, 1G and 1 Util. Below you will find how skaters and goalies scoring works!
• Players will accumulate points as follows:
- Goal = +3 PTS
- Assist = +2 PTS
- Shot on Goal = +0.5 PTS
- Blocked Shot = +0.5 PTS
- Short Handed Point Bonus (Goal/Assist) = +1 PTS
- Shootout Goal = +0.2 PTS
- Hat Trick Bonus = +1.5 PTS
• Goalies only will accumulate points as follows:
- Win = +3 PTS
- Save = +0.2 PTS
- Goal Against = -1 PTS
- Shutout Bonus = +2 PTS
• Goalie Scoring Notes:
- Goalies WILL receive points for all stats they accrue, including goals and assists.
- The Goalie Shutout Bonus is credited to goalies if they complete the entire game with 0 goals allowed in regulation + overtime. Shootout goals will not prevent a shutout. Goalie must complete the entire game to get credit for a shutout.
Below I’ve listed my top DFS plays at each position as well as my ideal DraftKings lineup for tonight.
PAVEL DATSYUK – vs. LA – $5,300
It seems like every night that I am required to do a DraftKings cheat sheet, the Red Wings are in action. They certainly have not been scoring a lot this season and Datsyuk only has one assist in four games since returning to the lineup, so his price is still sitting at $5,300. He has arguably the most gifted hands in the NHL and I like him as a cheap stack with Teemu Pulkkinen, who shoots a tonne, tonight vs. Jhonas Enroth.
ARTEM ANISIMOV – @ CGY – $4,300
It is tough not to pick this line every night they way they are playing right now. Anisimov has two goals and four assists in his last five games and they take on a Flames team that is giving up the most goals per game in the NHL (3.65).
LEON DRAISAITL – vs. NJD – $3,700
Draisaitl is cheaper than the players I have in the Value Options section, but that’s because I wanted to talk about him a little bit. Since being called up he has 14 points (6G / 8A) in nine games and is playing nearly 19 minutes per night, yet he sits at just $3,700 and he is a borderline must-play vs. Keith Kinkaid.
VALUE OPTIONS: TYLER BOZAK – @ CAR – $4,200 / BROCK NELSON – vs. MTL – $4,200
PATRIK KANE – @ CGY – $8,600
There is simply no one playing better than Patrick Kane right now. He has 30 points (13G / 17A) in 19 games and he comes into play with a 14-game point streak, registering 10 goals and 14 assists (24 points) over than stretch. He is scorching hot and draws a beauty matchup tonight.
TAYLOR HALL – vs. NJD – $6,800
Hall seems to like having Draisaitl at centre and he is playing his best hockey of his NHL career. He currently sits fourth in the NHL in shots (80) and comes into play with points in his last four games and 21 (8G / 13A) in 19 games on the year. He also has a digestible price tag for someone with as high of a floor as he has.
JAMES NEAL – @ CBJ – $6,500
The Predators have really blown up for some big games recently and no forward on that team has been as good as James Neal. He has two goals and three assists in his last four games and his 3.65 shots per game provide him with a stable floor. Nashville is in Columbus to take on an improving Blue Jackets team. However, the matchup is strong when you consider the Blue Jackets are playing their second game of a back-to-back.
ARTEMI PANARIN – @ CGY – $5,700
Panarin rounds out the Blackhawks forward stack as he comes into play with 21 points (7G / 14A) in his first 19 NHL games. The 24-year-old rookie oozes with skill and his linemates make it easy for him to play. He has five goals and six assists (11 points) in his last six games and if that doesn’t sway you to play him, I don’t know what will.
VALUE OPTIONS: JEFF SKINNER – vs. TOR – $4,400 / LEE STEMPNIAK – @ EDM – $3,700 / TEEMU PULKKINEN – vs. LA – $3,000
SHEA WEBER – @ CBJ – $5,900
Weber has scored three goals in his last four games while firing 14 shots over that span. He has one of the best shots in the NHL and he comes cheaper than fellow Predator Roman Josi. It was a slow start for Weber, but five goals and one assist in his last eight show that he is heating up.
JUSTIN FAULK – vs. TOR – $5,800
Faulk is third among defensemen with 61 shots this season and comes into play tonight with two goals and three assists in his last five games. Faulk plays massive minutes at even strength and on the power-play so a nice home matchup vs. the Leafs should yield positive results.
OSCAR KLEFBOM – vs. NJ – $3,900
With Andrej Sekera out, Klefbom should carry the vast majority of the offence from the blueline for the Oilers. He has been hot as of late, picking up two goals and three assists in his last six games. The only knock on Klefbom is his lack of shots but he makes up for it with a healthy amount of blocked shots.
Value Options: DARNELL NURSE – vs. NJD – $3,200 / NOAH HANIFIN – vs. TOR – $3,200
PEKKA RINNE – @ CBJ – $8,200 – LIKELY
Rinne has posed back-to-back strong performances, stopping 58 of the last 60 shots he has faced. Rinne is a top-5 fantasy netminder and catches the Blue Jackets on a back-to-back. Their offence might be clicking right now, but the fatigue should set in for Columbus.
BE CAREFUL THOUGH, RINNE IS NOT CONFIRMED.
SCOTT DARLING – @ CGY – $7,200 – CONFIRMED
Darling hasn’t been great this season, but he stopped 25 of 26 shots in the Blackhawks win over the Flames last Sunday, so I like him in Calgary tonight. Even if they squeeze a couple past him, his offence should do enough to guarantee him a victory.
PETR MRAZEK – vs. LA – $7,200 – CONFIRMED
Detroit catches a small break with Jhonas Enroth starting instead of Jonathan Quick, making Mrazek a solid play tonight. His .934 SV% is fifth best in the NHL and the Kings aren’t an offensive juggernaut.
VALUE OPTION: JAMES REIMER – @ CAR – $6,500
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