Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: Top DFS DraftKings NHL Picks, Values, Lineup Strategy for Jan. 31

Monday includes a five-game NHL slate, which begins at 7 p.m. ET on DraftKings. In this article you will find DFS tips for DraftKings queues, plus a few DraftKings Sportsbook bets to target.

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Anaheim Ducks vs. Detroit Red Wings over 5.5 goals (-110)

Both of these teams tend to end up lately. Anaheim has seen the most hits in four of its last five games while the Red Wings have allowed an incredible 26 goals against in their last five games alone (or 5.2 per game). The Ducks’ offense has improved lately and they arrive having scored five goals in three of their last five games. The fact that we get a total of 5.5 to get the upper hand makes this one interesting.

Oilers puckline (-1.5) +120

The Oilers have been one of the worst teams to bet on this season from an overall performance perspective, but that seems like a place where we’re getting some value. The Oilers have owned the Senators lately as they are 9-1 against them in the last 10 meetings between those clubs (along with being 5-0 when they played in Ottawa). Edmonton has won four straight and has the added depth of Evander Kane ($5,100) to help them in the goals department. Edmonton has beaten weaker teams lately and that trend looks likely to continue tonight.

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Top stack

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New Jersey Devils

Auston Matthews ($9,000) – Michael Bunting ($3,500) – Mitchell Marner ($6,300)

The Leafs’ first line is rolling. The duo of Marner and Matthews have combined 16 points and six goals alone in their last five games and recently helped teammate Bunting to a career night when he notched a hat trick against the Red Wings.

The Leafs have another softer opponent tonight in the Devils, who have been terrible on the road. New Jersey has a -27 goal differential in just 20 road games this year and has also allowed 3.9 goals against per game in those 20 starts. There are a lot of big lines in good places tonight, but the value we’re getting with Toronto is unmatched. For DFS, wages still haven’t caught up with Marner’s recent production surge, making him an excellent value proposition.

We could make the final piece here a defender like Morgan Rielly ($6,200) for complete focus on the power play, but Bunting saves us even more money on a night where we want to pay for another expensive stack like Florida or Edmonton. Take the discount on the Leafs’ front line, which is in a great place to keep producing.

Superstar to target

Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers at Columbus Blue Jackets ($7,500)

The Florida forwards are also in a great position tonight as the team comes in with a 4.2 implied goal total (the second-most on the slate). The Panthers face a Columbus team that sits near the bottom of the league in most defensive categories. Huberdeau played alongside Alexander Barkov ($7,800) and this combo is hard to top from a bullish perspective. Huberdeau has been the better fantasy producer of the two this year, and it’s generally been more profitable to target him when forced to choose.

The winger has scored seven points in his last four games and is on a clear upward trend, averaging 17.2 DKFP in his last 10 starts compared to 14.4 for the season. Columbus allows the most shots on net per game of any team in the league and faces a Panthers team that is second in the league in expected 5-to-5 goal ratio. Huberdeau is still affordable and in a place to challenge as well the top fantasy scorer on a roster full of big names and potential.

Attack value

Evander Kane, Edmonton Oilers vs. Ottawa Senators ($5,100)

The Oilers wasted no time putting on their new acquisition. The former Shark played over 17 minutes in his first game with Edmonton and had one goal and three shots on goal in a blowout win over the Canadiens. Kane plays alongside Connor McDavid ($9,200), so we really have no reason to think his minutes will go down. Although he’s not yet exposed to the power play (and that could change soon), he faces a Senators team that allows the seventh-most shots and the fifth-most goals per game. Kane is huge value until his salary starts to reflect the opportunity he gets in Edmonton’s top unit.

Brandon Hagel, Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks ($3,200)

Another winger who gets prime minutes and is even cheaper than Kane is Hagel of the Blackhawks. The 23-year-old is averaging well over 0.6 points per game this year and has averaged over 18 minutes of ice time in his last 10 games. The winger acted as a trigger on a line with the talented Patrick Kane ($6,200) and that has seen him score goals in each of his last two games. The game against Vancouver – which allowed the second most scoring chances against this year – is a plus-one and makes Hagel the optimal clearance play at striker today.


John Gibson/Anthony Stolarz, Anaheim Ducks at Detroit Red Wings ($7,600)

The Ducks visit the Red Wings tonight, a team that’s outscored 26-17 in its last five games (including four losses). The Ducks have gotten some solid goaltending lately, especially from Gibson who is averaging 18.5 DKFP in his last 10 starts. Gibson has posted a .932 save percentage in that span and faces a Detroit team that isn’t good at converting chances as they only rank 21st in goalscoring rate. expected and goals per game.

The Ducks are only -110 on the money line at DraftKings Sportsbook, but anyone who starts for them at net today will be available at a very good price for daily fantasy considering the poor performance of the Red Wings lately. The value and advantages of this spot make the Ducks goaltender worth paying in big-field GPPs, especially on a roster where there are plenty of high-priced forwards in big matchups.

Value on defense

Damon Severson, New Jersey Devils vs. Toronto Maple Leafs ($4,300)

Severson looks like good value tonight as his team takes on the Maple Leafs. Game-wise, there are better teams we could target today, but Severson is also locked into an important role that includes anchoring the premier power play unit for the Devils. The 27-year-old is now averaging one point per game in his last 10 starts and has four power-play points in his last five games.

The efficiency of the Devils’ power play has increased lately and even if they face a solid penalty kill in Toronto, being able to nab a big chunk of it at well under $4,500 should be of our interest. Severson is one of the best values ​​on defense and a good way to start stacking the Devils if you want a more upsetting lineup for tonight’s big GPPs.

Power play defenders

Seth Jones, Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks ($5,900)

The Canucks have changed their season since hiring Bruce Boudreau, but one thing that has remained constant in Vancouver is their inability to kill penalties. The Canucks are still ranked the league’s worst penalty kill, nearly 2% lower in efficiency ratings than second-worst Arizona. So this game gives a big boost to a player like Jones, who has had power play points in two of his last four games.

Realistically, every time Jones gets less than $6,000 in salary, we should have interest. He is averaging 5.1 blocked shots + shots on goal per game, playing more than 26 minutes per game and ranks among the best in the league in minutes played and shots blocked among defensemen. Jones is too cheap in this spot and saves us money to chase the big hitters.

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