Welcome to the Saturday Draftkings preview and happy hockey day in Canada! We have a nice 9 game slate tonight. I am going to do my best to find you the best plays tonight.  Let’s get started!

 

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PATRICE BERGERON Boston Bruins $7400

Sometimes teams or lines are so hot that you just to figure out a way to get them into your lineups.  This is one of those times.  The Bruins haven’t lost in a month.  Through that month their first line has been unstoppable, at home and on the road. In the last 5 Bruins road games, Bergeron has 5 goals and 2 assists.  The Bruins travel to Montreal tonight.  The Habs played last night in Washington and will be a tired team taking on the hottest team in the NHL.  Get as many Bruins into your lineup as you can.

 

SIDNEY CROSBY Pittsburgh Penguins $7000

Crosby has been playing his best hockey of the season.  He has at least a point in his last 6 games and 5 of those games he has at least 2 points. The Penguins players are a little cheaper than the Bruins players and are your next best option if you don’t like taking players against Carey Price.  

 

EVGENI MALKIN Pittsburgh Penguins $6900

If you like the idea of stacking guys from the same line then Malkin and Kessel are your options from the Penguins.  Malkin has points in 5 of 6 and with the Sharks weak penalty kill as of late he is another great option for tonight.

 

TYLER BOZAK Toronto Maple Leafs $4800

The Maple Leafs get Ottawa tonight in Ottawa.  The Sens have been a disappointment all season and I expect that to continue tonight. Since we are spending up to get the hot Bruins players into our lineups one way to have money tonight will be using the Leafs power play.  Bozak plays on the Leafs top power-play unit. The Leafs only have 2 power play goals this month but the Sens have allowed 7 power play goals in 21 chances.  With the talent on the Leafs, I feel that they are a good play tonight.

 

HENRIK ZETTERBERG Detroit Red Wings $5500

The Red Wings get the Carolina tonight.  Zetterberg has 4 points in his last 5 games and plays on the Red Wings first power play unit. Carolina is on a cold streak allowing 21 goals in their last 5 games. Both teams are in danger of falling out of the playoff race.  I expect the Red Wings to play well at home tonight.

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BRAD MARCHAND Boston Bruins $7500

Continuing with the theme of you must have the Bruins top line tonight against the Habs.  Marchand is the Bruins best goal scorer and has 20 already this season. In the Bruins, last 5 road games Marchand has been almost unstoppable with 4 goals and 4 assists. We need to have these guys in our cash lineups tonight as they are going to be really high owned and are very likely to have a multiple point night.

 

PHIL KESSEL Pittsburgh Penguins $7100

The Penguins power play continues to be hot and Kessel continues to be the Pens best offensive player.  They are in San Jose tonight and the Sharks penalty kill hasn’t been as strong as it has been all season. If you want to fade the Bruins the Pens are your next best option tonight.

 

JAMES VAN RIEMSDYK Toronto Maple Leafs $5900

Van Riemsdyk is the trigger guy on the Leafs power play and I expect him to score tonight. He has 7 goals and 12 points so far this season on the power play and with the Maple Leafs going up against the weak Sens PK he should be able to take advantage of it.

 

GUSTAV NYQUIST Detroit Red Wings $4700

Nyquist who plays on the Red Wings top line with Zetterberg should be in a good position for a goal tonight. He is a bit of a stronger fantasy option at home.  

 

PATRICK MAROON Edmonton Oilers $4800

Maroon will be on a line with McDavid and he has been able to produce at times in this situation for the Oilers and on other teams in previous seasons.  Also, he does get power-play chances on the Oilers second unit.

 

DRAKE CAGGIULA Edmonton Oilers $3500

Caggiula got a chance to play with McDavid and the top line of the Oilers before their 5-day break.  Caggiula took advantage of his opportunity and scored a goal and had an assist.  Caggiula is a great way to get a piece of the Oilers top line going against the weak Canucks tonight.

Defense

 

BRENT BURNS San Jose Sharks $7100

Brett Burns continues to be hot with 11 points in his last 10 games and 50 shots on goals.  He has a very high floor.  If you are looking for a safe 3 DK points this is where you find them.  He is more likely to get 5 though but it is going to be difficult to get him into our lineups tonight.

 

JAKE GARDINER Toronto Maple Leafs $4100

My theme of taking the value of the Leafs top power-play unit here with Gardiner.  With Morgan Rielly out for a bit, Gardiner should be on the power play more. Another guy to keep an eye on for future Leafs games is going to be Borgman.  He might get a chance on the power play and he is really cheap.  Tonight is too soon to take a chance on him in cash but he is a gpp option.  Also if he is on the power play tonight he is going to be in my cash lineup the next time the Leafs play.

 

KRIS RUSSELL Edmonton Oilers $3800

Russell’s price has dropped below $4000 for some reason.  He continues to block shots.  He has 12 in his last 4 games.  Add in that he is capable of scoring the odd goal or assist he is a great option to save some money tonight.

 

Goalie

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Keep in mind that this article is written before all starting goalies are announced.  Please keep an eye out to make sure that your goalie is going to start.

 

TUUKKA RASK Boston Bruins $8100

Tuukka has 8 wins in his last 10 starts and the other two were losses in overtime. He has a 1.86 GAA over that time and just might be in line for a shutout tonight after the Habs played and traveled last night.

 

CARTER HUTTON St. Louis Blues $8300

Hutton has been excellent all season and may not have played a bad game yet. With a GAA of 1.72 and a save percentage of .943 this season he is very reliable to have a great game tonight against Arizona at home.

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