NHL Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 2/25/19
A good chunk of you played daily fantasy football this year, and I'd be willing to bet a significant portion have also tried out daily fantasy basketball and baseball. But hockey? Hockey?
To help, let's take a look at some goalies, high-priced skaters, and lower-priced players to target for today's slate.
Goalie to Target
Andrei Vasilevskiy ($9,600): The Tampa Bay Lightning are expected to start Vasilevskiy against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night. Tampa has won eight straight while Los Angeles has dropped seven games in a row. The Lightning are 25-5-2 at home with a +1.68 goal differential. Vasilevskiy is 20 games over .500 on the year with a .931 save percentage. Tampa features a 74.1% chance of winning, which is the best on the slate. Frederik Andersen ($8.800) and Pekka Rinne ($8,600) are also good home options on Monday night for Toronto and Nashville, respectively.
Nathan MacKinnon ($8,000): MacKinnon draws a matchup against the Florida Panthers, and it's a good one; Florida yields 3.82 goals per game on the road. The Panthers allow nearly 32 shots per 60 away from home as well. Florida's recent games have seen them play better, but their homestand is over. The likelihood of Florida yielding three or more goals and 30+ shots is extremely high. MacKinnon averages 4.33 shots per game, which leads to a nice floor. And chances of a multi-point game are elevated. Aleksander Barkov ($7.400) and Brayden Point ($7,700) are wise choices on Monday, too.
Nikita Kucherov ($9,300): Kucherov is the lock for this slate. The winger has topped 24 FanDuel points in six of his last seven starts, and like MacKinnon, he fires four or more shots on net per game. Kucherov is the first player to 100 real-world points, while Los Angeles is giving up 3.09 goals per game on the road and kills penalties at 74.4%. Their road penalty kill hovers around 72% over the last 15 games away from Staples Center. Tampa Bay could easily score four-plus goals given that Florida tallied seven on the Kings over the weekend. Leon Draisaitl ($8,100) is a good play even without Connor McDavid. Viktor Arvidsson ($7,600) is an intriguing goal potential play for Nashville (26 goals in 40 games).
Scott Wilson ($3,200): This comes with risk, but Wilson can hit the net (4 shots in just 11 minutes in his season debut). Toronto can give up a lot of chances at times and Wilson had three or four quality opportunities on Saturday. His price is a punt play even with bottom-six ice time. Evan Rodrigues ($3,600) is a slightly safer Buffalo option and Nick Bonino ($3,800) has fired nine shots on net in his last three contests for the Predators.
Blake Coleman ($3,900): Ownership may be down on Coleman because he has had a few off games of late. His minutes are bouncing back up to top-six level and he has three scoring chances with two shots over the weekend against the New York Rangers. Montreal yields 3.21 goals per game on the road and kills penalties at a 78% rate away from Bell Centre. Miles Wood ($3,700) and Alexander Kerfoot ($3,500) present as reasonable value options on Monday night with good home matchups.
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