A vital part of being a successful DraftKings DFS hockey player is being able to assemble a strong cash game or Double-Up team. I like to try to start with the goaltender because it helps to dictate your monetary average and direction you want to go with the rest of your team as you build it with the system you have set in place.
One of the more important parts of my personal system is looking at the matchups overall in Goals For and Goals Allowed. Then I go a step further and break it down by the Home/Away splits stats and sometimes you won’t believe the disparity of the two stats.
Sometimes refining a part of your system can be critical when fine-tuning your DFS strategy and G.P.P play on DraftKings. DraftKings is my number one DFS choice to play on daily. DraftKings doesn’t use Plus/Minus so you are always going in a forward direction, rather than skipping back and forth if your line or defenseman was on ice when a goal was scored.
DraftKings is just pure hockey: Goals, Assists, Blocked Shots, ad Shots on Goal. Penalty Minutes are not counted as points, so a penalty hurts because you can’t score from the Sin Bin. So if you are undecided, don’t think twice, DraftKings is your only decision.
On tonight’s five-game slate I focused on playing more of a contrarian play because on nights with games less than seven or eight games, the variance of choice and teams and chalk places increases exponentially. On smaller slates, I like to combine some chalk and a lot of second and third line combos play in G.P.P play.
In a cash game or Double-Up, I will vary it a little to get exposure to players in games that I think the most goals will be scored by that team. Shots on goal per game, Blocked Shots and a few other stats in put a ton of weight on. Tonight’s lineup is made for a cash game or Double-Up play.
G- B.Holtby- Washington- $5,100
Holtby has faced 1,354 shots this year and has posted an impressive .923 Save Percentage along with a healthy 2.22 Goals Against Average to lead to his team to a record-setting season. The Wild are without their captain Parise and are looking a bit ragged after being on the road for a while. I am looking for Holtby and the offense to get by the Wild at home tonight.
D- J.Carlson- Washington- $5,800
The Wild Power Play on the road is ranked 28th in the league. The quarterback on defense that runs the show will put up a few points tonight to add to 31 points this year. A 24 minute per game average, Carlson will plenty of looks tonight.
D- B.Burns- San Jose- $8,200
A monster on the point, Burns has 258 shots on net and averages 26-plus minutes of ice per game. Against a middle-of-the-road Buffalo team that is without one of their top scorers in O’Reilly, Burns will have a hand in the goals scored at home tonight as the Sharks roll through Buffalo.
W- C.Perry- Anaheim- $6,300
On paper, tonight the Oilers lead all team in goals allowed in both even strength and special teams combined. I am looking for the Anaheim Power Play to have some fun against the young bucks of Edmonton. I think Anaheim will score more than three goals tonight and keep their momentum and winning ways headed in the right direction.
W- B.Marchand- Boston- $6,900
Marchand leads the Bruins, the No.1 team in goals combined on special teams and even strength. Against a Columbus team who may have tired itself out after beating up on the Devils last night. Totaling 183 shots and 31 goals this year, Marchand will continue his scoring ways tonight on the road where Boston is one of the best road teams in hockey.
W- J.Williams- Washington- $5,300
On the top line with Ovechkin, Williams is a strong value play against a Wild team dead last on the road in Penalty Kill Percentage. I see big things for this line this evening. For extra motivation, Williams is one goal shy of 20 and will be pulling the trigger whenever he gets the chance.
C- J.Thorton- San Jose- $5,500
Thorton’s price is worth every penny, especially at home against a so-so Buffalo team. With 56 points on the year, Thorton sees a lot of time on the first Power Play unit along with his top line veteran status. They get it done at home tonight in San Jose.
C- E.Kuznetsov- Washington- $6,700
A plus 31 on the year and the leading scorer on what amounts to an All-Star team at times, the Washington Capitals Power Play is at the top of my list tonight against a tired Wild Penalty Kill that is already one of the worst on the league. I see Kuznetsov getting his 20th goal tonight, who like Williams, is one goal shy of that mark.
Utility- R.Getzlaf- Anaheim- $6,000
In the last game out West, I want extra exposure to the Anaheim game, by using Getzlaf who is on the other line opposite Perry, but plays with him on the Power Play. Still finding his stride with eight goals on the year, his 40 helpers are a nice boost to his stats as he adds 110 shots on goal through his 19 minutes of ice a game.