Jan 24th NHL Main Slate Preview

 Dave Carey – @87_Carey gives you some players to focus on for the 7 game main slate tonight on DraftKings!

The Games

Odds provided by vegasinsider.com

DFS game stacks

  • NYR @ PIT +/- 6.5: Pittsburgh has been involved in a lot of high scoring games this year allowing a minimum of 3 goals against in every game this year while putting up 3+ goals in all but one of their games. Across the red line the Rangers have had similar problems keeping the puck out of their own net, they have allowed 4 goals in 3 of their 4 games played this season.
    • Players:
  • E. Malkin 6,100 B. Rust 6,500 K. Letang 5,900
  • A. Panarin 7,100
  • Pittsburgh: I’m deploying a 3-player stack from the Pittsburgh side of this game in Malkin, Rust and Letang. I view a line matching battle taking place where Sidney Crosby’s line matches up against the top line of NYR trying to keep Zibenejad, Kreider and 1st overall pick Alexis Lafreniere at bay. This opens up the offensive opportunity for Malkin and Rust to play well together and I’m adding Letang into the mix as the top option for Pittsburgh on defense. These 3 players all appear together on PP1 for the Penguins
    • NYR: I’m only supporting one player for the NYR today and that is Artemi Panarin. As mentioned above I believe that the top line for the Rangers gets neutralized by Sidney Crosby, one of the best 2-way center in the NHL. Panarin has stand alone value as one of the NHL’s best wingers who produces points in volume both 5 on 5 and on the top PP unit for New York.
  • EDM @ WPG +/- 6.5: The other game leading the way in projections by a full goal margin is the Oilers and the Jets. The Jets come into this game at less than full strength having played last night and recently trading Laine to the CBJ for PL Dubois. With Dubois still clearing the COVID-19 protocols the Jets are without a top 6 forward in the mix. Edmonton last played Friday night and with the extra day’s rest should have a slight advantage as the game progresses.
    • Players:
  • McDavid: 8,400 Draisaitl: 6,800 J Puljujarvi: 2,600 J Neal: 2,600
  • P Stastny: 4,400 A Copp: 3,700 N. Ehlers: 5,300
  • Edmonton: A few staples for the Oilers in DFS are Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. These are 2 of the top 3 players in the NHL, no matter how you slice it. You can’t go wrong rostering either today against the Jets. Outside of those two players a few interested options exist which I’m keen to mix in: RNH is inside the top 10 of the NHL for SOG but hasn’t found success yet. This is a night where I expect that to change. He appears alongside McDavid and and on the PP1 unit. James Neal was recently brought up onto the oilers PP1 unit where he found success early in the 2019-2020 season. Lastly, Jesse Puljujarvi is expected to play with RNH and McDavid today on L1 while also getting opportunities on PP2. Mix these choices in as you see fit in a game that should be successful.
  • Winnipeg: L1 and L2 were hot last night for the Jets, these two groups of players have extremely different prices ranges and for that reason we should look to pay down this evening. Andrew Copp scored twice for Winnipeg and provided a great return on value. In order to save some salary I’m going to look at a Stastny, Copp and Ehlers stack tonight as I expect this line to be successful seeing plenty of ice time with Paul Statsny also centering the Jets PP1 unit.

Hot plays!

Joel Eriksson Ek 4,100

  • 2G, 2A in his last 2 GP
  • Salary climbing per game from 2,900 to 3,900
  • Avg 4 SOG per game

Joe Pavelski 5,700 / Alexander Radulov 5,700

  • Combined for 7 points in their first game of the year on Friday night
  • Great cash game options for fair value against the same opponent they faced on Friday
  • PP1 Stack

Adam Larsson 3,700

  • Some of the best value plays on the 2021 season have come in the form of shot blocking defensemen, any offense Larsson produces tonight is a bonus as he chases the 5BS bonus from DK
  • 22 BS Leads the NHL
  • 3,700 salary helps afford other star players

Semyon Varlamov – 7,800

  • 3W 0.33 GAA – 0.988 SV% – 2SO
  • Plays NJ as a road favorite and clearly the hottest goalie in the NHL, lets look to take advantage of his depressed pricing!

Anton Khudobin – 8,000

  • 1GP 1 SO – Simple, effective and easy. A good cash game play with a safe floor
  • Implies with a high likelyhood to win tonight against Nashville who looked hopeless in their 7-0 defeat against Dallas friday night

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