Welcome to the Friday Draftkings preview. We have an interesting slate of games with lots op good options to choose from.  I am going to find you what I think are the best plays tonight.

 

Center

BLAKE WHEELER Winnipeg Jets $7500

Wheeler has filled in at center for Mark Scheifele since his injury. He has 4 goals in those three games.  The Jets have won 2 of the 3 games as well and scored 10 times.  With the Sabres coming to town tonight the Jets are in a great position to put a lot of pucks in the net tonight.  Wheeler should be a big part of that.

 

DYLAN LARKIN Detroit Red Wings $6100

Larkin has been playing much better recently and has 10 points in his last 9 games.  He has at least a point in 6 of 7.  He gets the Panther that have not been getting good goaltending lately and I expect the Wings to score some goals tonight against the Panther.  Larkin is hot, and one of the fastest skaters in the league.  He can score anytime he has the puck.

 

MATHEW BARZAL New York Islanders $5400

Rookie Barzal has been playing well of late and his price is a bit of a bargain.  The Penguins are 4th in goals against on the road this season.  Look for Barzal to stay hot tonight and to put a point or two up on the board.

Wing

PATRIK LAINE Winnipeg Jets $7200

The Sabres are allowing the second most goals per game on the road in the NHL.  The Jets score the most goals at homer per game in the NHL.  The Jets are super chalky tonight and for good reason.  Liane will be highly owned tonight as well but in cash, he needs to be in your lineups.

 

PHIL KESSEL Pittsburgh Penguins $7100

Tonight we have the best power play in the NHL going up against the second worst penalty kill in the league.  Kessel leads the Penguins with points on the power play and also leads the Penguins in points so far this season.  

 

JOE PAVELSKI San Jose Sharks $5700

I am not sure why Pavelski is only $5700 right now but I am going to take advantage of that price.  He is on the first line and the first power play for the Sharks, which has been the best in the league recently.   Using him as a second winger tonight provides us with great savings to spend up elsewhere.  Let’s take advantage of this price drop and the plus matchup for the Sharks tonight.

 

TIMO MEIER San Jose Sharks $3700

Meier is playing on the Sharks top line and has been producing.  His price is still very low and likely will go higher soon.  He has points in 3 of his last 4 games and the Sharks get a plus matchup against the Sens who are not a good home team.  They have won 7 of their 19 games played at home.  

 

ANDREAS ATHANASIOU Detroit Red Wings $4600

The Red Wings second line is heating up.  They are young and they are fast.  Athanasiou scored both goals for the Red Wings against the Sens and is in a great spot to score again at home against the Panthers.  The Red Wings have won 3 games in a row and have been a hot then cold team this season.  I think they are going to continue their hot streak tonight.

 

Defense

BRENT BURNS San Jose Sharks $7000

This guy is as much of a lock right now as you can get.  Even if he doesn’t have a multi-point night he still gets enough shots and blocked shots in order to be worth spending the money on him.  Get him into your lineups if you can find the room for him.

 

KRIS LETANG Pittsburgh Penguins $6100

Given the huge plus matchup, the Penguins have tonight on the power play Letang has to be considered for your lineups tonight.  This is a big game for both teams tonight as they fight to get into the playoffs but I expect the Penguins to take advantage of the Islanders on the power play tonight.

 

JORDAN OESTERLE Chicago Blackhawks $3600

Oesterle has a point in 3 straight games and his ice time has increased by close to 5 minutes a game recently.  He is getting time on the Hawks power play. He also is getting enough shots and blocked shots to make him a safe play in cash.

 

RASMUS RISTOLAINEN Buffalo Sabres $5000

This guy is starting to heat up and although his team isn’t he is.  He has a goal and an assist in 2 of his last 3 games. He plays 26 minutes a night giving him lots of opportunities to build up fantasy points.

 

Goalie

 

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.

 

Connor Hellebuyck Winnipeg Jets $8400

The Jets are a -300 favorite tonight at home against the Sabres.  I can’t remember the last time a team was such a big favorite in the NHL.  Hellebuyck has been great in the net for the Jets and took over the starting job from Steve Mason early on in the season. He is also 14-2 at home this season.  He is going to be chalky and likely more than 50% owned in every contest tonight but he is the top play in net tonight.

 

AARON DELL San Jose Sharks $8000

Ottawa is 29th in the NHL in points.  They have not had a period of time since November where they looked anything like a playoff team or a team interested in making the playoffs.  The Sharks are on the road tonight but should be good for a win tonight if you are looking to get away from the chalk at goal tonight.

 

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