NHL Picks: Best Bets, DraftKings Fantasy Hockey DFS Cheat Sheet for April 14

Thursday includes a 12-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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Pavel Buchnevich on 2.5 SOG +125

The Blues get a soft game today against the Sabers who allow the sixth most shots on goal per game. As is often the case, value can be found on the board with the Blues forwards in the penalty shootout. Buchnevich has surpassed that total in just three of his last seven games, but he’s averaging 18.5 minutes and 2.9 shots on goal per game in his last 10 starts. With nice odds of +125, getting the upper hand today is good value.

Oilers money line -105

The Oilers are coming off an embarrassing 5-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild in their last game. It was a predictable disappointment for a team that had clung to Conference leader Colorado in its last outing. Edmonton is 6-1-1 in its last seven games and 5-0 against Nashville. Expect the Oilers to bounce back against a Nashville team that is just 5-4-1 in its last 10 games.

Talk the two on DraftKings Sportsbook +339

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Top stack

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Detroit Red Wings

Sebastian Aho ($6,900) – Andrei Svechnikov ($6,500) – Seth Jarvis ($3,300)

The Canes front line enters this game in solid form. They’ve combined 11 points over their last two games and get the Red Wings — a bottom-five team in shots against, goals against and shorthanded.

The Canes’ top-flight duo of Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov haven’t played together all season, but when they join the regular squad, the fantastic results can often be great. Both men scored and provided assists on each other’s goal in their recent 4-2 win over Rangers, with Aho also providing an assist on team-mate Seth Jarvis’ goal in that game as well. With Aho and Svechnikov under $7,000, you could be looking to target another member of the Canes’ top power play unit like Tony DeAngelo, but using Jarvis has its advantages.

Jarvis plays nearly all of his regular-strength minutes with the Canes’ top forwards, and he’s excelled in that role, picking up multiple points in two of his last four starts. If the Canes’ best players leave, Jarvis will be in a great position to at least offer us an assist and help pay that small salary. If he finds the net, which he did in his last game, he’ll probably be worth the night. Stack the top unit of rods for a nice mix of slate and value today.

Superstar to target

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs ($8,400)

The Capitals are coming off a nine-goal performance and have averaged 5.75 goals in their last four games. The Capitals can get hot at the right time, and they face a Toronto team that still looks very vulnerable defensively. The Leafs still have no answer in net as third stringer Erik Hallgren allowed the Sabers five goals in his last outing, and Jack Campbell (the starter today) allowed three or more goals in eight of his last games. nine appearances.

For his part, Alex Ovechkin now has goals in four consecutive games and is only four from the 50-goal mark. While both of these teams will be in the playoffs, the Capitals can still improve their positioning and would certainly like to continue their recent streak after a midseason slump. Ovechkin might not even be highly regarded there considering the Capitals are solid +140 underdogs, so relying on the talented scorer, against a Leafs defense that allowed five or more goals in two of their last four starts, looks like a prudent move in bigger fields.

Attack Value

Mark Stone ($4,000)

Stone returned for the Golden Knights in their final game and quickly played over 17 minutes. He didn’t contribute to the scoresheet in the tight loss to Vancouver, but you know the point-per-game player will soon. The Golden Knights aren’t in a position to rest Stone either given how tight the race is for the final playoff spot, and while the game may appeal to some people, Vegas has scored five or more goals in five of his last eight games. Look to Stone for an edge, and you might even consider pairing him with Max Pacioretty ($6,100) for a less held upside stack today.

Conor Garland ($4,100)

The Canucks are playing the Coyotes, so just about every forward in Vancouver has increased their potential today. Garland is one of the Canucks’ top forwards with six points in his last four outings. He gets plenty of starts in the offensive zone while playing alongside Elias Pettersson ($5,800) and fits easily into lineups at just over 4,000 as part of a value stack with the Swede or alone as a solo value option. Vancouver forwards will have some ownership, but will also give us one of the best values ​​on the slate.


Kaapo Kähkönen, San Jose Sharks vs. Chicago Blackhawks ($7,500)

The Sharks head to Chicago as minor road -115 favorites, which tells you everything you need to know about the Blackhawks right now. Chicago has scored two goals or less in five of its last six games and is the very definition of a team that’s just playing the ropes. San Jose can be viewed the same way, but they have a young keeper in Kahkonen who seems determined to make his mark with his new club before the end of the year.

The former Wild goalie has now stopped 80 of the last 81 shots he’s faced and stopped 40 of 41 against Nashville in his last outing, a chance-less 1-0 loss. The Sharks have a much weaker opponent today, and the team should be motivated for their goalkeeper to get his first win with the new club. For day-to-day fantasy hockey needs, Kahkonen looks like a decent value given recent form and great GPP play to deploy in large fields.

Value on defense

Evan Bouchard ($3,700)

The advantage with the Oilers’ top three defensemen is huge when they also come into play on the scoresheet, and the $3,700 price tag on Evan Bouchard seems worth bearing today. Bouchard is averaging 4.6 blocked shots + shots on goal per game and has taken more than six shots on goal in two of his last five outings. He’s not seeing the same ice time he had at the start of the year, but Bouchard is super efficient with his minutes.

As mentioned above, the Oilers have been very good against the Predators lately, and Bouchard is averaging 11.0 DKFP over his last 10 starts, all with just one goal scored over that span. Any offensive breakout would lead to great things. At this price, there are few better options on the upside, regardless of position.

Power play defenders

John Carlson ($6,800)

The Capitals have been stealing lately and winning four straight, while averaging 5.75 goals per game over that stretch. John Carlson was a huge reason for this recent spark as the Capitals power-play quarterback single-handedly put up nine points during Washington’s recent four-game streak.

The day-to-day fantasy hockey landscape on defense is such that we can either pay for Cale Makar ($7,900) or Roman Josi ($8,600), both of which are well above $7,500, or look for a better value on the table. If we go with Carlson, we get the best of both worlds as he is much more affordable but retains the monster upside of the aforementioned players. Stacking Washington’s best offensive players today is a way to access a bit of a contrarian build as well, with the Capitals being +140 underdogs.

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