Draftkings hockey preview for February 2nd

 

Welcome to the Friday Draftkings preview! We have a small 4 game slate tonight. I am going to do my best to find you the best plays tonight. There are some interesting of options. Let’s get started!

 

Center

 

SIDNEY CROSBY Pittsburgh Penguins $7200

Crosby has an 11 game point streak going right now and I expect that he will keep it going tonight at home against the Caps. The Penguins are on a roll winning 3 in a row and 8 of 10 games. They have climbed up into 3rd in their division and they should be the more desperate team tonight as they play the first play Caps tonight.

 

MIKKO KOIVU Minnesota Wild $4700

The Pickings at center get pretty slim after the Pittsburgh vs Washington game. Koivu is a much safer play at home compared to the road.  With a tired Knights team coming off an emotional win in Winnipeg last night they should be right for a defeat.   

Wing

 

MIKAEL GRANLUND Minnesota Wild $6000

The Wild are a much better home team then they are on the road and Granlund has been much more productive at home then he has been on the road.  At home, he is a more than a point per game player with 11 goals and 28 points in 24 games. The Golden Knights played last night and should be the tired team tonight in Minnesota.  I expect them to take advantage of a tired team at home tonight.

 

ARTEMI PANARIN Columbus Blue Jackets $6100

The Breadman has really turned around his season.  He is starting to be the player the Jackets thought they got when they acquired him.  I like to use the Jackets at home on Fridays. I know they have been struggling to score recently but they are 10th in the NHL in scoring on Fridays which is a huge difference since they are 28th in the NHL in scoring overall this season.  

 

NICK FOLIGNO Columbus Blue Jackets $4400

Is the guy I am going to pair with Panarin.  He is a much better cash option then is another linemate Wennberg because Wennberg doesn’t get very many shots on goal.  Foligno can be a sniper. So he has upside as well.

BRYAN RUST Pittsburgh Penguins $3300

Rust got moved onto the Penguins top line after the all-star break and had an impact right away. He had 2 goals and an assist Tuesday night against the Sharks.  He is going to be very highly owned in cash and GPPs tonight.  Use him in cash and fade him in GPPs.

DOMINIK SIMON Pittsburgh Penguins $4700

Simon has been on the Penguins top line with Crosby for a few games now and his price has gone up $1000 He will be a lot less owned then Rust and will be the guy you want in GPPs.  However, his price is still cheap enough that he is useful in cash as well.

 

TYLER BERTUZZI Detroit Red Wings $4100

Bertuzzi has been a good addition to the Red Wings since being called up from the AHL.  The Hurricanes played last night and will be the more tired team tonight.  You guys know how I like to use second line player on the road and that is what I am going to do against the Canes tonight.

 

Defense

 

BRENT BURNS San Jose Sharks $7200

Tonight is definitely a night that you can fit Brent Burns into your lineup if you want and why wouldn’t you want to? Even though he didn’t get a point two nights ago he still managed to get 5 DK points with 9 shots and one blocked shot.  I don’t expect him to get 9 shots on goal again he has been scoring points.  He has 12 points in his last 10 games.

 

JOHN CARLSON Washington Capitals $6200

If Brent Burns is a little out of your price range then maybe Carlson is your guy.  He has been playing well all season and is 3rd among defensemen in scoring. He came out of the all-star break with 2 assists on Wednesday night and should be able to keep that going against the Penguins who have had trouble keeping the puck out of their net for large amounts of the season.

 

JUSTIN SCHULTZ Pittsburgh Penguins $3800

Schultz is just too cheap to pass up on.  He has been producing the floor that I look for in defensemen with 31 shots and blocks in his last 10 games. Also, he plays on the Penguins second power-play unit.  I know that it doesn’t get on the ice for very long most power plays but he does have 2 power play assists recently.

 

Goalie

 

SERGEI BOBROVSKY Columbus Blue Jackets $8200

There is something about a Blue Jackets home game on a Friday.  I think I have written that before.  The Blue Jackets are just better on Fridays at home.  They get the Sharks who lost to the Red Wings on Wednesday night and I think that they are going to struggle against the Jackets tonight.

 

PETR MRAZEK Detroit Red Wings $7600

Mrazek will be in net for the Red Wings tonight and he gets to face a tired team that played last night.  Mrazek is actually pretty good on the road with a 5-4 record which is pretty good for a non-playoff team.  I think he is in line to get the win tonight.

 

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.

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