NHL Picks: Best Bets, DraftKings Fantasy Hockey DFS Cheat Sheet for April 12
Tuesday includes a 14-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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Vegas Golden Knights vs. Vancouver Canucks -130
The Golden Knights are right behind the Kings in the standings and come into this game with the Canucks perhaps as healthy as they have been all season. They might even get Mark Stone back for this (debatable) match, which would be a huge morale boost. On the ice, the Knights have been good lately, winning in six of their last seven games. They blew themselves up in their only loss to Vancouver a few nights ago, which is probably the only reason this line is still so close. The Canucks have won three in a row, but two of those wins have come against the Coyotes and Sharks. Vegas looks like a good team to face tonight.
Predators -1.5 vs. Sharks +120
The Sharks have lost six games in a row and there have been signs of in-fighting recently that suggest this team is not about to come out of its slump. They face a Predators team that is in the middle of a playoff run and can’t afford to slip up anymore. Nashville has been terrific at home lately, winning six of its last seven home games, including four with two or more goals. They are also 9-1 against Nashville in their last 10 meetings against them at home.
Talk the two on DraftKings Sportsbook +289
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Florida Panthers vs. Anaheim Ducks
Sam Bennett ($5,500) — Claude Giroux ($4,900) — Jonathan Huberdeau ($7,500)
We have a massive 14-match slate available for today, so our options are somewhat limitless. That said, the Panthers are at home and have an implied team total of 4.6 goals today, so just looking back at their top six is always a great way to start the lineups. The Panthers’ second unit continues to be undervalued for day-to-day fantasy hockey purposes with Claude Giroux under a salary of less than $5,000 and acting as an easy stack alongside elite fantasy producer Jonathan Huberdeau. The two have combined for 14 points in their last four games and have topped 20.0 DKFP as a couple in three of those four games.
The Panthers face the Ducks today, so going for the home run and adding center Sam Bennett is a good way to get maximum exposure. Bennett is a bit short as a point guard, but he’s still well under $6,000 and is averaging over 3.0 shots per game. If he finds the net, he’ll almost certainly pay there and probably add to the assist tally for our productive wingers as well.
The Ducks have allowed 18 goals in their last four games alone and now rank seventh-last in shots against per game. There are plenty of great lines on the slate, but few offer the kind of value + benefit we get with this Florida unit. Keep stacking until the prizes go up or the Panthers decide to shuffle their top six again.
Superstar to target
Jack Eichel, Vegas Golden Knights vs. Vancouver Canucks ($7,900)
There are plenty of mid-range strikers we can build on today, but Jack Eichel’s spot is one I like to capitalize on. The former Saber has been terrific for the Golden Knights over the past seven to eight games, both from a real-world standpoint and for fantasy purposes. Eichel has averaged 16.0 DKFP in his last 10 games, but has shot the puck at an insane rate with four or more shots in each of his last five games. Eichel still has room for improvement (in his short-range shooting percentage) for a more positive regression, as he only hits around 13% of his shots, which is still lower than many elite forwards.
The Canucks remain a great, fantastic team to target with our top forwards given their shorthanded struggles and they might be a bit disappointed after a few easy wins and their playoff hopes were nearly dashed. Eichel should keep rolling today and a big night wouldn’t be shocking against a below average defensive team.
The Senators have owned the Red Wings lately, going 5-1 against them in their last six meetings. The over has also hit in 12 of the Red Wings’ last 13 games (over/under is pegged at 6.5+100 today on DraftKings Sportsbook). Targeting cheap value up front with Joseph on the Senators side seems prudent then. The former Lightning forward has averaged more than a point per game in his last 10 starts and plays in a definitive top-six role for Ottawa. You might think of taking the entire Senators top unit today for a value stack or a two-man combo play, but Joseph is by far the best punt option.
Victor Olofsson ($3,400)
The Leafs’ offense has obviously been going lately, but their defense is also something we can target for day-to-day fantasy hockey purposes. We also get a sighting from Eric Hallgren today in net, which is a good thing for the Sabers forwards. Hallgren has allowed three or more goals in five of his last six starts and has just a .904 save percentage in seven starts. Olofsson now has up to seven goals in his last 10 games and continues to be undervalued for a player who gets power-play time with the first unit and is averaging 12.6 DKFP in his last 10 starts.
Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes ($7,600)
Rangers have a tough game today against the Hurricanes and only rank as +105 home underdogs on DraftKings Sportsbook. That said, Rangers are also an insane 18-2 when they face the Hurricanes at home in their last 20 meetings between the two clubs, in New York. Shesterkin has been brilliant as usual lately, stopping 51 of the last 52 shots he has faced and would obviously like to finish strong with a few wins to seal what should be his first ever Vezina Trophy win.
From a daily fantasy hockey perspective, we could also pay for Robin Lehner ($7,900) there, as the Knights are -130 road favorites and Lehner has a similar advantage to Shesterkin. The Rangers keeper is expected to be less held today, but simply because of the game and offers the best value and GPP option, considering all factors.
Value on Defense
Tyson Barrie, Edmonton Oilers at Minnesota Wild ($3,900)
When looking for upside potential at $4,000 or lower, Barrie should be our prime target. The Oilers defenseman defines boom or bust for everyday fantasy hockey purposes, as he has posted two games with 15.0 or more DKFP and two games with less than 5.0 DKFP, in his last eight games alone.
Barrie still gets consistent time on the power play with two of the most skilled centers in the game and has shown his ability to cash in with that group, picking up four multi-point games since the start of March. Minnesota takes the second most penalties per game in the entire league and also has a last-10 shorthanded finish. The sub-$4,000 price tag — which is Barrie’s lowest price in more than 10 games — makes it fantastic value for Tuesday’s 14 players.
Power play defenders
Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Buffalo Sabers ($5,600)
The Leafs have an insane 4.9 implied goal tally today, so we couldn’t read the whole article without mentioning at least one of their players. Morgan Rielly looks like a solid target on the backend at well under $6,000 at this spot and has produced a solid 13.4 DKFP over his last 10 games, with 12 points over that span. The Leafs offense is a juggernaut right now and with the Leafs defensive corps now healthier, Rielly should be in line for more minutes on special teams.
Outside of paying for Roman Josi ($8,900), there aren’t a ton of options with more upside than Rielly today on defense, who not only belongs to one of the top five offenses, but also probably has the best matchup on the board. Buffalo allows the sixth-most shots on net per game and has the seventh-worst penalty kill. Take advantage of the discount and build your Toronto stacks around the defender.
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