Glad St. Patricks Day! Hopefully, the Irish’s turn will be with you as you make your NHL DFS picks. There are 10 NHL games on Thursday night. Here are some recommendations …
There’s a team on the other side of a back-to-back, and that’s Columbus. The Blue Jackets also happen to have the league’s third highest GAA. It will be a nice team to focus on. Of course, the two teams with higher teams – GAA – Montreal and Detroit – are also in action.
Vitek VanecekBE on CLM ($ 8,200): Blue Jackets are not as insecure offensively as they are defensively. In fact, they are in the top 10 in goals per game. That said, they are in the second stage of a back-to-back. In addition, Vanecek has a save percentage of 2.36 GAA and 0.917, and the capitals allowed only 29.2 shots online per contest. I like Vanecek’s chances to win in this one.
Juuse SarosNAS on PHI ($ 8,100): I really did not see the Flyers ranked 31st in goals per game this late in the season. And yet, here they are, with an average of just 2.51 goals per competition. Saros has a save percentage of 2.41 GAA and 0.924 and he has allowed one goal or less in four of his last five starts.
Igor ShesterkinNYR vs. NYI ($ 7,900): Yes, Shesterkin’s last couple of starts have been unserious. Despite that, he has 2.07 GAA and 0.938 save percentage in 39 games played. You’re not throwing away a likely Vezina finalist due to two free nights. The Islanders are not directly a threat either, as they have averaged 2.70 goals and 29.5 shots online per game.
Matt DucheneNAS on PHI ($ 6,100): Duchene is red hot. He has a points series of seven matches, and in five of these matches he has had several points. Flyers have a bad attack, but they are almost as bad defensively. They have posted a 3.42 GAA and have allowed 34.0 shots online per contest.
Brock BoeserVAN vs. IT ($ 5,200): Boeser may only strengthen the trade value at this point, but he has 11 points in his last 15 games. He also has 15 power-play points in this campaign. The Red Wings have collapsed defensively, so much so that they now have 3.77 GAA and the 31st ranked penalty.
Kailer YamamotoEDM vs. BUF ($): Connor McDavid, the leading goal scorer in the NHL, has scored two points in each of his last three games. Nowadays, Yamamoto plays on the edge of McDavid, and you would not know it but he has five points in his last three games? Ice skating with McDavid is a good place to be, especially against a team with 3.52 GAA.
LINE POORS TO THINK ABOUT
Capital on Blue Jackets: Nicklas Bäckström (C – 4,000 USD), TJ Oshie (W – $ 4,500), Anthony Mantha (W – 3,500)
The jackets, as I noted, are on the other leg of a back to back. They have also allowed 35.5 shots online per game, most in the NHL. Joonas Korpisalo will probably be in the net, and he has 3.95 GAA and 0.883 save percentage. It makes me look at Washington’s second line, three guys who have been hit this year but are all healthy now.
Backstrom has collected 20 points in 28 matches, including nine with the extra man. He has averaged 3:48 per game in power-play time, which is good in a team like this. Since returning from injury, Oshie has had three goals and three assists in nine games, and three of his points have been on powerplay. Mantha has started after a long injury, with three points and 12 shots on goal during his last four games.
Stars of the Canadiens: Roope Hintz (C – 6 100 USD), Jason Robertson(W – $ 6,800), Joe Pavelski (W – 6,000 USD)
Stars have some odd line combinations going on when they try to find deep points beyond this elite line, which made me not feel confident on any line except the top unit. This means that a lot of your salary will be distributed here, but it may still end up being worth it. The Canadiens have 3.82 GAA, the highest in the NHL, and have allowed 33.7 shots online per game /
Hintz sets career heights everywhere. He has 23 goals on 152 shots online with 26 assists in 56 games. The Finn also has 17 points with the extra man. Robertson has hit the 30-goal mark, and he has peppered the net with shots. In his last 12 games, he has shot 49 shots on goal. Pavelski has at least one point in six of his last eight games, giving him 60 points this season in 58 competitions.
Quinn HughesVAN vs. IT ($ 5,400): I mentioned that the Red Wings have the 31st ranked penalty. It can only make Hughes salivate over this match. He has established himself as one of the elite producers of powerplay in the NHL. Hughes has added 23 points to the extra in 57 games.
Evan BouchardEDM vs. BUF ($ 5,000): With five points from his last five games, Bouchard has 32 points from 59 games this season. He has also put 137 shots online. The Sabers have given up 34.1 shots on goal per game, not to mention their 3.52 GAA.
Rasmus DahlinBUF on EDM ($ 4,800): Yes, Dahlin has no points in his last four games, but before that he had nine points in ten competitions. In addition, he has been very active. In his last match, he had five shots on goal and two blocked shots. The Oilers start Mike Smith, who has a 3.57 GAA and 0.891 save percentage this season.
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