We are officially in the dog days of hockey right now, but with all of the recent high scoring games, and significant NHL coach firings (like Boston’s coach getting canned hours before the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory parade) there’s certainly still lots of entertainment these days!
Tonight we have a busy Thursday with 11 games on the slate, so 22 teams will do battle against each other. We will see the Blues vs Maple Leafs, Kings vs Panthers, Sharks vs Bruins, Ducks vs Sabres, Predators vs Rangers, Islanders vs Flyers, Red Wings vs Capitals, Canucks vs Blue Jackets, Stars vs Senators, Penguins vs Avalanche, and Canadiens vs Coyotes. I think most of these games should be quite entertaining overall, but I’m most excited about the Stars vs Senators game from a fantasy perspective since both teams tend to give up lots of goals, and both teams can certainly score lots of goals too. A 6-5 final wouldn’t surprise me in the least.
If you are trying to decide which players to select tonight for your NHL daily fantasy sports contests on DraftKings, you have come to the right place. Below I list my favorite player for each position tonight based on the most fantasy points I feel can be earned at a salary that offers good value, and suggest other good player selections that fit that same criteria too. I include all player’s salaries for tonight as well.
Good luck everyone, may your lineups be hot, your fantasy points be high, and your earnings be amazing!
1. Goalie: My Pick – Braden Holtby ($8,500) – He is absolutely on fire right now with 8 wins in a row if you count the All Star games he shone in. He is coming off a 9.6 fantasy point shutout game of the Hurricanes, and could very well shut out the Red Wings tonight at home.
Other good options to consider: Henrik Lundqvist ($8,100), Robin Lehner ($7,500), and Sergei Bobrovsky ($8,300).
2. Defense: My Pick – Kris Letang ($6,000) – I like one of the top dmen in the league at this price compared to a Burns or a Karlsson at $8.5K and $7K respectively. Colorado are giving up 3.3 goals per game which is last in the league, they are 29th in shots against, and 29th in save percentage. The Penguins can score with the best of them and despite the Avalanche having a shut out last game, I don’t see positive results this time around in the mile high city with Crosby and company in town. Letang’s fantasy points have ranged from 5 to 6 over the past three games and his salary has remained flat so I like him as a high end value player tonight.
Other good options to consider: Seth Jones ($5,300), Matt Niskanen ($4,700), and Morgan Rielly ($4,200).
3. Center: My Pick – Patrice Bergeron ($6,500) – He had a bad start to the season, but is on fire now with 3 goals and 5 assists in his last 5 games, and went off last game vs Toronto for 10.5 fantasy points with a three point effort.
Other good options to consider: Tyler Seguin ($7,700), Evgeny Kuznetsov ($5,600), and Tyler Bozak ($4,700).
4. Winger: My Pick – Mitch Marner ($6,100) – The rookie of the month for January is going gang busters these days with a fantasy point range of 4 to 8.5 over his past 5 games. He scored last week vs St.Louis in Missouri, and I expect another strong outing tonight in Toronto.
Other good options to consider: Mike Hoffman ($5,700), Jamie Benn ($7,200), Evander Kane ($5,300), Brad Marchand ($7,100), J.T. Miller ($5,200), and Michael Grabner ($5,100).
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