Just like last Tuesday, the NHL gives us a healthy eight-game slate to make our lineups with after a light four-game Monday night slate. The Dallas Stars opened up as one of the highest favorites of the night, as they were -160 at home against the struggling Los Angeles Kings. Columbus also opened at -160 and slid up to as high as -165, as they too are on home ice facing the Arizona Coyotes. No team is on a back-to-back, but we do have the classic Crosby vs McDavid matchup as the Pittsburgh Penguins travel to Edmonton to take on the Oilers. This game as well as Florida at the New York Rangers and the Boston at Ottawa game opened at a 6 O/U goal total, which is the highest on the board.
With the Penguins, Oilers and Bruins all in action tonight there will be no shortage at the middle ice position this evening. This is the exact reason why Tyler Seguin ($7,900 on FanDuel, $7,600 on DraftKings) of the Dallas Stars may slip through the cracks. Not only are the Stars at home against the Los Angeles Kings, he may also be missing his high-scoring winger in Alexander Radulov, who has been out since Friday with a lower-body injury. This alone may keep Seguin’s ownership down, but the Kings have been playing some awful hockey of late. The power play should be in full force this evening, as the Kings are killing penalties at a 71 percentage rate, which was tied for 26th best in the league. To further the case for Seguin, he had the most shots on goal in the league going into last night, and he has totaled three goals and seven assists in the first seven games.
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Artemi Panarin ($7,800 on FanDuel, $7,000 on DraftKings) of the Columbus Blue Jackets is another point-getter that may fly under the radar this evening for the sole fact that they are playing the Arizona Coyotes. Arizona has been stingy defensively, giving up just 17 goals in the first seven games. Panarin skates on the team’s top line with Pierre-Luc Dubois and Cam Atkinson while getting to see a good chunk of ice time when the Blue Jackets have the extra attacker. Look for Panarin to improve on his three goals and six assists in front of the home crowd this evening.
While Patrick Kane will be strictly chalk this evening as the Chicago Blackhawks host the Anaheim Ducks, the same probably can’t be said for his teammate in Alex DeBrincat ($6,400 FanDuel, $6,300 Draftkings). Yes, Debrincat is just one point shy of Kane’s team-leading 12 points, but what he doesn’t have is the ‘household name’. Skating on a line with the rejuvenated Jonathan Toews and Dominik Kahun, Debrincat has been able to stay under the radar and be very productive in the process by lighting the lamp seven times so far, which was tied for fourth in the league going into last night’s action.
Okay, so who leads all defensemen in goals scored this season? If you guessed Morgan Rielly, John Klingberg, Kris Letang or John Carlson, give yourself a pat on the back and move to the head of the class. What’s that? You said Maxime Lajoie ($4,200 on FanDuel, $5,100 on DraftKings) of the Ottawa Senators? Who? While those of you that have been paying attention already know this, Lajoie has been a pleasant surprise so far this season, as he has grabbed four goals to go along with three assists. This isn’t bad when you consider that Ottawa has lit the lamp 28 times in seven games, which has the team sitting at 4-2-1. Lajoie gets a crack at the extra ice time as he is the quarterback of the team’s second power play unit. Ottawa has scored six goals with the man advantage, while the Bruins have been killing penalties at a rate of 73%. Boston has also lost all three road games on this four-game road trip so far, and although they could win this one, the bet here is that the Senators will pump a few in before all is said and done.
As you can see, Sergei Bobrovsky ($8,900 on FanDuel , $8,400 on DraftKings) of the Columbus Blue Jackets is one of the highest priced goalies of this eight-game slate. This should easily keep his ownership down this evening, considering a lot of folks refuse to pay top dollar for a goaltender in GPP situations. Above I talked about Arizona’s ineptness of putting the puck in the net, so couple that with their 36 shots per game and the Columbus goaltender could be in for a big night. The Coyotes have scored just 11 goals in seven games as they wrap up their four-game road trip at Nationwide Arena this evening. Bobrovsky has been having a bit of trouble this season, as his .876 save percentage reflects on his 2-3 record, so keep an eye on the starting goaltenders page to make sure he is starting this evening. If Joonas Korpisalo ($7,600 on FanDuel, $8,200 on DraftKings) gets the call, I would not hesitate to plug him in either.