NHL Picks: Best Bets, DraftKings Fantasy Hockey DFS Cheat Sheet for April 5
Tuesday includes a 10-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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Minnesota Wild -125 Moneyline
The Wild travel to Nashville today and face a Predators team struggling to keep the puck out of their own net. Juuse Saros has posted a well-under .900 save percentage in three of his last four starts and the Predators also allow a ton of rubber every night. It’s a bad combo and Minnesota is playing like a possessed team, winning nine of its last 10 games. The line in this one doesn’t seem to give the Wild’s run much credit and that means Minnesota is worth a bet tonight.
Flyers over 3.5 goals +130
It’s been tough times for the Flyers and Blue Jackets lately, but recently the Flyers’ young offensive core has been scoring at a much more consistent rate. Philly has scored three or more goals in five of its last six games (and four or more in three of its last six games). The Blue Jackets’ defense is ripe for choice here as they played last night against Boston and allowed four or more goals in seven of their last nine games. The Flyers at +130 are a bet for four or more goals today.
Parlay both on DraftKings Sportsbook = +314
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Edmonton Oilers vs. San Jose Sharks
Connor McDavid ($9,400) – Evander Kane ($6,700) – Jesse Puljujarvi ($4,200)
The Oilers’ offense has been a beauty lately, scoring 22 goals in their last four games alone. There’s a sense of urgency among their stars right now, as the threat of potentially missing the playoffs elevated Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl’s games ($8,800).
Although both Oilers stars are playable, it’s the front row with McDavid that looks like the best fantasy target. Evander Kane comes into this game with 11 points in his last 10 games and is shooting nearly 20% in his last 10 as well. The winger is in a strong position for revenge against San Jose, against whom he scored in their last meeting. A breakout game with McDavid – who has racked up more than 30.0 DKFP in each of his last three games – looks imminent and the Oilers star center should also be in the mood to respond to Auston Matthews’ game last night. who tries to steal his MVP award in stride.
You can always try to fit in a defender with the Oilers top-notch combo (for a PP1 stack), but San Jose’s penalty is actually decent. Going with top winger Jesse Puljujarvi saves you more money and the Finnish winger seems to have gained the trust of new head coach Jay Woodcroft recently. He’s been playing solid minutes and has caught four shots and a point in two of his last four games. It’s not the cheapest stack, but the Oilers are on a tear and that line has all sorts of slate-breaking potential on a night when there are big daily fantasy hockey contests in the lobby. of the DraftKings.
Superstar to target
Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs ($8,200)
The Panthers and Leafs are playing today in a game with an over/under that’s pushing 7.0 goals right now (and could even go higher!). Toronto has shown some life lately, but Florida is still -165 favorites and has an implied team total over 4.0. Aleksander Barkov is also in a position to take advantage of a tired top six from the Leafs, with Toronto picking up a thrilling victory last night against the Lightning.
Perhaps Barkov’s main draw is his property. He has the potential to be well underheld on this list with the Oilers and Matthews stallions playing, and has produced multiple runs in each of his last three games. The room for Florida’s offense to reach six or seven goals looks high and if they do, building around a likely underheld Barkov will look like a solid move in the big fields. He is a good center of what will probably be a popular Auston Matthews, who has just scored a hat-trick.
Cole Caufield, Montreal Canadiens vs Ottawa Senators ($4,300)
Caufield has been tremendous since earning another top-six shot for Montreal and has scored six goals in his last 10 games, shooting percentage over 20% in that span. Caufield gets plenty of top-six playing time and faces a Senators team that’s seventh in shots allowed per game. Montreal’s offense has been much tougher lately and is up against a weaker Eastern Conference team today. The price we are getting on Caufield at under $4.5,000 makes it one of the best value targets for this big slate.
Kevin Hayes, Philadelphia Flyers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets ($4,000)
We mentioned the Flyers offense above as one to watch today, and like Montreal, their lack of power means we get good value going after a lot of their top six forwards. Kevin Hayes has been thrust into a bigger role thanks to the Claude Giroux trade and the fact that Sean Couturier is now injured. Hayes has responded well, with 12 points in his last 10 games, and is playing more than 19 minutes a night. The Blue Jackets are an A+ game and the bottom five defensively pretty much everything. Hayes is top value and can even be mini-stacked today with James van Riemsdyk ($3,200) for some serious savings.
Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils ($8,100)
The Rangers keeper hasn’t been very good in his last few outings and was even bombarded with seven goals in a recent clash against the Devils last week. However, this price seems far too low for Vézina’s favorite who should be in the mood to quickly make up for his sloppy performance against said division rival. Shesterkin could also get the Devils without their main offensive threat in Jack Hughes today (debatable), which only increases his chances of giving us a shutout.
Rangers are still solid -155 favorites on DraftKings Sportsbook and Sheterkin’s 17.3 DKFP average on the road this season makes his salary more than appealing. Look for a rebound from the Rangers goaltender that was better than his save percentage indicated in his last start (a 4-3 overtime loss to Philly).
Value on defense
Jared Spurgeon, Minnesota Wild vs. Nashville Predators ($3,800)
The Wild face a Predators team that hasn’t been very defensive lately, allowing four or more goals in four of its last five games. The shots on net allowed by Nashville have also been troublesome and that could mean trouble against a wild team today that is rolling.
Jared Spurgeon isn’t much talked about, but he’s the Wild’s leading power-play quarterback and he’s made the top flight shine in that role. His floor isn’t there with the best fantasy defensemen in hockey, but he’s been a solid blue-line scorer throughout his career and heads into this game with Nashville with points in four straight games, including two. came on power -play. Spurgeon is perfect for GPPs today and the kind of player who has over 20.0 DKFP on the rise given his role with Minnesota PP1. He should be your first stop when looking for under $4,000 in defense.
Power play defenders
Charlie McAvoy, Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings ($5,500)
Rinse and repeat. McAvoy has been our target in this section for the last four articles and there is absolutely no reason to make him disappear again today. The Red Wings give us all sorts of advantages with their penalty kill being one of the worst in hockey (they are actually now the absolute worst at 72% efficiency) and McAvoy continues to see great minutes with the advantage man, producing power play assists in three of his last five games.
Value is really the main draw, as the $5,500 salary is just too low for a player who has become one of the best blueline entertainers and has had multiple assists in four of his last five. matches. One day his salary will exceed $6,000 and we will have to think twice, but that day is not today. Take the value and get a solid part of the Bruins offense with McAvoy tonight.
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