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 in Goals For and Goals Allowed. Then I go a step further and break it down by the Home/Away splits stats and trying to take advantage of any disparity there.
Sometimes refining a part of your system can be critical to DFS strategy. DraftKings doesn’t use plus-minus, so you are always going in on offense. Your main categories are Goals, Assists, Blocked Shots, and Shots on Goal. Penalty minutes aren’t counted as points, so a penalty hurts because you can’t score from the sin bin.
On a huge slate like this evening’s, it’s important to have your line combinations correct. Sometimes leaving out a single player can ruin your night so always double check your system stats and check your player lines.
G: C. Schneider, New Jersey – $7,900
In the Brick City tonight, Schneider will look to regain his form and shut down the Winnipeg Jets as the Devils try to find a solution to their scoring woes. With a healthy 0.924 Save Percentage and stingy 2.18 Goals Against, the Devils are desperate to find a way to get points and stay in contention for a Wildcard spot.
D- R. Ristolainen, Buffalo – $5,700
In a game featuring the top 2 picks in last years draft, I want exposure to a possible shoot-out with Ristolainen. Toting 8 goals this year, Ristolainen has 27 assists and 149 shots on goal to add to his stats. Tonight he will be a big part of the scoring on special teams as well as even strength.
D: R. Josi, Nashville – $6,900
Josi is a shooting machine totaling 148 shots this year along with 146 blocked shots. Adding to that average is 46 points and that formula adds up to points tonight against Dallas who has their defensive troubles.
W: V. Tarasenko, St. Louis – $7,200
Tarasenko has been playing well lately and tonight I want exposure through him against a terrible Ottawa defense. With 29 goals and 230 shots on goal, Tarasenko likely gets #30 tonight on the Power Play. Ottawa has been giving up goals by the truck load and tonight may be no different. With Tarasenko on the power play alongside Schwartz, the two of them will get on the board tonight.
W: L. Eriksson, Boston – $5,400
Now that he is staying put in Boston, Eriksson will unload his frustrations on Calgary tonight after they come off a loss at the hands of the Flyers. With 23 goals this year, look for Eriksson to get going tonight on the power play with Krejci.
C: P. Bergeron, Boston – $7,100
Again, I want maximum exposure to this game and whether it is Marchand or Bergeron, they both make great arguments for who is better. With 53 points this year only second to Marchand, Bergeron is a natural scorer with the ability to win the game single-handedly.
C: J. Eichel, Buffalo – $5,600
I want the number 2 pick at home against McDavid tonight as the two prepare to do battle in Buffalo. In what may be a shoot-out, this game will yield a substantial amount of goals and it is a must to get a piece of as much of it as you can. Eichel has 17 goals and 182 shots on goals and will get plenty of solid scoring chances tonight especially on the Power Play.
Utility: F. Forsberg, Nashville – $6,300
Forsberg had 2 hat trick”s last week. Two. I want him in my line-up against a suspect Dallas defense as the Predators host the Stars tonight in Nashville. Forsberg has 26 goals and 20 assists along with a healthy 3.7 FPPG average. Stay with the hot hand.