It’s the first Tuesday Special of the year on DraftKings, a $20 entry paying $10,000 to first place, with 5780 entrants. DraftKings does this every Tuesday of the NHL season, and it’s great, since hockey doesn’t garner some of the larger payouts as some of the other sports.
Looking at tonight’s slate we have 12 games and with a bunch Vegas seems to think are going to see high goal team totals.
Colorado @ Washington
Nicklas Backstrom $6,000
Andre Burakovsky $4,200
John Carlson $6,000
I wanted to start with the Washington Capitals tonight who are looking at the highest projected team goal total of 3.31 (according to the guys at Rotogrinders). We want to target this team because of the travel schedule that has Colorado on the road playing their second game in two nights.
I see a still hungry Caps team that has all the fire power to put the puck in the net. While I would always love to have a shoot-first think-later mentality in Ovechkin, paying up for him is a bit much. I am instead looking to differentiate myself, so I will focus on using two players from the same line.
Nicklas Backstrom is a wily playmaker with deft hands, and feeding Ovi on the power play has become second nature. Burakovsky is playing alongside Backstrom and has become one of the premier skaters in the league. This line will have a juicy match-up against a tired second- and third-line as well as time on their respective power plays. This may be one of the highest scoring games of the evening after its all over.
On the back end is John Carlson, who will be quarterbacking this team effort. He is already averaging upwards of 22-plus minutes a game. I feel that tonight he gets on the board or logs a few assists as he collects his “junk” points in shots on goal and blocked shots. This game has the highest money line, so I wanted to target a defenseman as well.
Dallas @ Nashville
Filip Forsberg $6,600
Mike Fisher $3,900
Nashville is hosting Dallas tonight at home and has an implied goal total of just shy of 3 goals. Dallas loved to give up goals last year on the road and I see nothing changing this year. I like Nashville to fire away on Lehtonen and I wanted to get exposure to both lines here.
Forsberg is a one man wrecking crew and when he gets hot, he stays hot. He’s been skating strong and this confident Nashville team with the addition of PK Subban on defense may emerge as one of the top contenders to come out of the West come April. New captain Mike Fisher looked strong last game, logging almost 20 minutes of ice.
These two play on the same power play so there is a nice overlap to points there.
Buffalo @ Calgary
Kyle Okposo $6,100
Sean Monahan $6,100
Here we have a few one-off picks from a game I want exposure to. Buffalo looks like they have found some nice cohesion despite playing without superstar Jack Eichel who has a high-ankle sprain. Kyle Okposo brings some top-notch talent to an already young and hungry team.
It’s a shame that the Islanders had to let him go, but it’s Buffalo’s gain as Okposo already has a goal and assist and is logging almost 20 minutes per game. Tonight will be the same as he roll into Calgary in a game Vegas likes for over 5.5 goals, with a money line favoring Calgary to win.
Since this game could see another high total,I want to have exposure to the top line for both teams. Without paying up for Gaudreau, I want to target Sean Monahan who is also talented but has a cheaper price tag. Monahan has posted a goal this season while playing a solid 20 minutes every game alongside Gaudreau the whole time. I think this game sees upwards of 5 to 6 goals with the top lines here factoring in heavily.
Anaheim @ New Jersey
Yohann Auvitu $2,900
Our final piece of the puzzle comes to us from the Devils — Yohann Auvitu, who won best defenseman in his Finnish league last year. Playing on the first power play unit and seeing ice time in the range of 18 minutes each game, Auvitu has already hit the score sheet with an assist and is one of the better value plays you can find. He makes you able to fit a higher priced player while not taking too much of a chance on a punt.
St. Louis @ Vancouver
Jake Allen $8,200
In net, I wanted to use Jake Allen from the St. Louis blues who are playing a Vancouver team that has struggled to score goals. Allen has looked good this year and in a game that has Vancouver targeted to only score 2.28 goals I am looking to St. Louis to continue their strong form they finished with last season. With a wily tactitioner in Head Coach Ken Hitchcock, I think Allen gets the win as the Blues blow through Vancouver on their road trip.