NHL Picks: Best Bets, DraftKings Fantasy Hockey DFS Cheat Sheet for March 10
Thursday includes a 13-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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Arizona Coyotes 2.5+ goals +155
It’s the same bet we made two days ago in this column but at better odds. The Coyotes scored over 2.5 goals in the first period of their last game and scored 17 goals in their last two games alone. The odds are stacked against them today as they remain +310 underdogs on the Money Line against Toronto. The Leafs have won games, but they’ve also allowed four or more goals in five of their last six games. The Coyotes are very lively dogs today, but they probably make better overgoals than outright targets given the quality of the Leafs offense.
Blue Jackets vs Islanders over 5.5 goals -115
The Columbus Blue Jackets are another team involved in constant shootouts lately. Columbus has allowed an average of 4.25 goals per game in its last four starts, and going back even further, nine of its last eleven starts have featured final scores where seven or more goals have been scored. The Isles’ offense has improved lately, and six of their last eight games have featured seven or more goals. The total of 5.5 seems worth supporting, even if we have to pay a little more juice to do so.
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Vegas Golden Knights vs. Buffalo Sabers
Jack Eichel ($6,700) – Max Pacioretty ($6,600) – Nicolas Roy ($2,900)
The Golden Knights have had their ups and downs lately, but there should be some optimism around their front line for fantasy purposes. Jack Eichel adapted quickly and is already playing big minutes as the center of the Knights’ first line. Eichel has exceeded 20 minutes in three of his last four games and has averaged 5.5 shots on goal in those four games as well. That kind of volume can only lead to good things for our daily fantasy hockey rosters, and Eichel has topped the 20.0 DKFP mark in two of his last four games.
Although the Knights are still missing Mark Stone, they did get Max Pacioretty back, and he looked healthy (finally) in his last two starts. The winger has been one of the league’s heaviest forwards since joining the Knights and now has 12 shots in his last two games. The Sabers are a great game for these two high-volume shooters given that Buffalo has allowed more than 34.0 shots on net per game this year, and also has the eighth-worst penalty kill in the league.
With such a good game, targeting both Eichel and Pacioretty gives us access to plenty of advantages at quality prizes, and we can even go for extreme value by going for Nicolas Roy. Roy was promoted to the top line a few games ago and has skated over 16 minutes in three of his last four games. Any type of dominant play from Eichel and Pacioretty could easily make him fantasy-relevant, and his sub-$3,000 salary means a mere assist will be enough to pay off his near-minimum prize pay.
Superstar to target
Jack Hughes, New Jersey Devils vs. Winnipeg Jets ($6,500)
There’s a lot of choice today in terms of big names, but I like to look more at the value side of things when choosing a superstar to build around the Devils’ Jack Hughes. Hughes really came into his own in the second half of the season and enters this game with 18 points in his last 10 outings. The former first overall pick has been a big spark for a Devils team that has now scored five or more goals in four of its last seven starts.
Despite the big game of late and increased upside, Hughes remains reasonably priced, and he’s also not someone you necessarily have to pile on for day-to-day fantasy purposes. The Devils’ top wingers don’t play much on special teams, but Hughes himself averages well over 20 minutes of short-term ice time. The Jets are coming off a thrilling win over Tampa but have allowed three or more goals in 11 straight games. Targeting Hughes and this entire Devils offense today makes a lot of sense in the lineups.
Andreas Athanasiou, Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks ($3,200)
The Kings offense has been playing well lately, and they’ve gotten good production from secondary sources like Andreas Athanasiou. The former Red Wing and Oiler has played in the back six roles for much of the year in Los Angeles, but some recent injuries have allowed him to sneak into a second-line role, where he excels. Athanasiou has now scored three goals in his last five games and, more importantly, won more ice time thanks to his improved game, playing more than 18 minutes in his last outing, which was the second most of all Kings forwards. He’s a great roster as a one-time clearer at just over 3,000 in salary.
Anthony Beauvillier, New York Islanders ($3,800)
The Islanders’ top forwards remain very cheap as daily fantasy hockey targets on DraftKings with many of their top wingers making less than $4,000 in salary. Anthony Beauvillier remains a fixture with the Islanders PP1 and has averaged 3.0 shots on goal over his last 10 games. He and the Isles’ other top forwards have a great game today against the Blue Jackets, who are last in shots allowed per game and scoring chances allowed. Beauvillier is considered great value with plenty of one-time advantages in this game over with Columbus.
Juuse Saros, Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks ($8,400)
The slate today is huge and we have a wide range of goalkeeper salaries to choose from. The Predators are one of the biggest slate favorites at -200 on the DraftKings Sportsbook, and they face a Ducks team that is just 2-4 in their last six games. Juuse Saros of the Predators rebounded nicely from a mini-fall and heads into today on a two-game winning streak and having stopped 42 of the last 43 shots he’s faced.
Many of the other top goaltenders on this list cost well over $8,500, and Saros has also been a better returner in the Daily Fantasy at home, where he’s averaged 16.8 DKFP this year. Saros is a great way to maintain some salary flexibility while still getting a solid net upside today.
Value on defense
Damon Severson, New Jersey Devils vs. Winnipeg Jets ($4,600)
As mentioned above, the Devils offense looks to be in good shape today against a Jets team that is having trouble limiting their opponents on the scoresheet. Although Dougie Hamilton ($6,500) is back from injury, it was still Damon Severson who scored the point on the Devils leading unit’s power play. Severson has also been successful in that role, having now scored two power-play goals in his last 10 games.
The Jets’ penalty kill remains one unit below average. Severson looks undervalued today given the game and the recent increase in production by the Devils offense. He’s a good target on his own at these levels, especially if you want to call this position. He’s also a great way to stack up alongside Jack Hughes, who plays big PP1 minutes for New Jersey.
Power play defenders
Jakob Chychrun, Arizona Coyotes vs. Toronto Maple Leafs ($5,300)
The Coyotes offense is in full swing right now. Arizona has scored 17 goals in its last two games and is heading into a matchup with the Leafs, who have been one of the worst defensive teams in hockey lately. Toronto has now allowed just under 5.0 goals per game in its last six starts, making Coyotes players worth targeting again today in the Daily Fantasy.
Jakob Chychrun has seemingly found his groove lately in the Coyotes’ upsurge as an offensive defenseman. He was one of the most reliable everyday fantasy hockey defensemen in the league last year and has now scored six points in his last four games and notched a monstrous 40.0 DKFP in his last outing. Chychrun doesn’t see much time on the power play, but that exposure could increase today given his recent form. He’s a great full-back, regardless, given the game and the fact that he’s starting to show the same kind of attacking flash he showed every night last season.
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