Welcome to the Saturday edition of Draftkings cash preview! We have an interesting 9 game slate tonight. With lots of options. Tonight looks to be a high scoring night. Let’s focus and get started!
CONNOR MCDAVID Edmonton Oilers $8100
McDavid is my top play tonight. I like him for a number of reasons. He is hot; that is the easy reason. He has 19 points in his last 10 games. He is getting so much ice time. He is averaging 21 minutes of ice time over the season. That is a huge amount of ice time for a forward. He is in a race to win the Art Ross trophy. He is building is resume to be awarded the Heart trophy.
SIDNEY CROSBY Pittsburgh Penguins $7500
Crosby has been scoring some great highlight goals and looking as though he could help the Pirates out this summer after the Penguins are done for the season. The Penguins are playing the Habs and the Habs are awful. They allow 3.50 goals a game this month. Expect the Penguins to score early and often tonight.
DEREK STEPAN Arizona Coyotes $4600
I was surprised when I saw how cheap the Coyotes are tonight. They have been playing above .500 since the New Year. Stepan is their first line center and has 10 points in his last 10 games. The Coyotes are hosting the Blues who played in Vegas last night. I think the Coyotes are in a great position to get another win and to score some goals tonight.
SEBASTIAN AHO Carolina Hurricanes $5900
Aho has been playing well with 12 points in his last 10 games. The Hurricanes are hosting the Rangers who have allowed a league-worst 3.68 goals against per game since the All-Star break. Aho also plays on the Hurricanes top power-play unit giving him some extra upside.
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS Edmonton Oilers $6500
Nugent-Hopkins has been moved to the Oilers top line with McDavid. He has looked good on the wing and has been producing on the top line averaging a point a game. The Flames have lost 7 in a row and the Oilers have been playing a lot better than the Flames recently.
CLAYTON KELLER Arizona Coyotes $5000
If you only count the teams Arizona history Keller is breaking all sorts of rookie records for the Coyotes. Keller is a nice value play and has 13 points in his last 10 games. He also had his point streak broken on Thursday. Look for him to start a new point streak tonight against a tired Blues team tonight.
JAKE GUENTZEL Pittsburgh Penguins $6000
Guentzel playing on the top line with the Penguins and Crosby makes him a great stack option tonight. The Habs allow a lot of goals. However, a lot of different guys score for the Penguins making it more difficult to project who is going to score for them each night. With how hot Crosby is right now I am going with the Crosby line on DK tonight.
VALENTIN ZYKOV Carolina Hurricanes $4600
Zykov is giving the Hurricanes hope for some forward depth next season. He has been playing on a line with Aho and over 6 games he has 6 points. With a matchup at home against the Rangers look for Zykov to remain hot.
RICHARD PANIK Arizona Coyotes $3700
Panik is a nice value play tonight. Panik is playing on the Coyotes top line tonight. The Blues are fighting for a playoffs spot but are going to be a more tired team tonight after playing in Vegas last night. The Coyotes have been playing very well since the New Year. Panik also plays on the Coyotes top power-play unit giving him some upside.
CRAIG SMITH Nashville Predators $5400
The Preds are hosting the Sabres tonight and they should not be left out of your lineups tonight. Smith plays a lot better at home with 29 of his 46 points scored at home this season. Smith also plays on the Preds top power-play unit giving him some upside tonight.
JAKOB CHYCHRUN Arizona Coyotes $3300
Chychrun plays on the Coyotes top power-play unit and at $3300 he is a great value. He offers us a great floor that we look for in cash games. He has 45 blocks and shots over his last 10 games. The Blues penalty-kill has struggled since the All-Star break ranking 23rd in the NHL.
ANDREJ SEKERA Edmonton Oilers $3000
$3000 for a player that is going to be on the ice with Connor McDavid during power-plays is too cheap. Sekera is a boom or bust player because he doesn’t get many shots or blocks but at his price, I am willing to take that risk.
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.
MATT MURRAY Pittsburgh Penguins $8500
With the Penguins hosting the Habs tonight the one thing that is easy to predict is that the Pens are going to win. Murray should get the start for the Pens and he is a fantastic option. He has a record of 16-6 at home. The Habs are 10-28 on the road this season. The Penguins are battling for home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs making this a meaningful game for them.
PEKKA RINNE Nashville Predators $8600
The Preds have a huge home-ice advantage. I like the Preds to win tonight against the Sabres. The Sabres are a terrible road team with only 13 road wins this season. Meanwhile, the Preds have 27 wins at home and Rinne has been in net for 24 of those wins.