FINALLY! It’s hockey season fellas! We get rolling with a nice sized five game main slate that starts a little earlier than usual at 4:30 pm CST, so make sure your lineups are set by then.
This article will discuss the one offs you can plug into your lineups to compliant your stacks and ensure your lineup finishes in the green.
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Nathan MacKinnon (COL) vs STL
Anytime Mac takes the ice, he is going to be someone we want to target. In other words, MacKinnon is one of the few players in the league that are considered “matchup proof”, which is a good thing because he pulls a tough one for opening night.
Last season the Blues were among the best in the league at suppressing shots and goals. Much of that was attributable to stud goalie Jordan Binnington. Still, MacKinnon was top 10 in points, goals and assists last season, so if you can fit him in your lineup, do it.
Leon Draisaitl (EDM) vs VAN
It has to be a daunting task playing in the shadow of one of this generation’s greatest players, but not only did Draisaitl thrive under the wing of McJesus, the student rose above the master. Hell, that might be an understatement.
Draisaitl led the NHL in points and assists last season, and finished fourth in goals scored. The matchup is solid too. The Canucks were a middle of the pack defense last year, and bringing over Braden Holtby and his 3.01 GAA from the Caps won’t help much.
THE FIVE HOLE
Here are some players that might not be household names and who might fly under the radar that are in great spots. Here are some less well known one offs that will save you some salary and bolster your stacks.
Ondrej Palat (TB) vs CHI
Most wingers would give their eye teeth to play on a line with Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos, but that honor falls to Palat to start the season. He racked up 59 points last season, and he won’t break the bank with his price on DraftKings or FanDuel. Plus, the matchup versus the Hawks is as juicy as it gets.
Kailer Yamamoto (EDM) vs VAN
I’m going back to the Oilers to point out a killer value play. Yamamoto was good for 26 points in 31 games last season and he looks primed to have a breakout 2021. The main thing he has going for him is skating on EDM2 with the aforementioned Leon Draisaitl, which means he could probably sleepwalk into a point or two per night. Throw in his $3900 salary on DK and Yamamoto becomes a no brainer one off.
Dylan Strome (CHI) vs TB
Strome recently inked a new $6M contract, and why would he want to go anywhere else? With Jonathan Toews out for an unspecified amount of time, he gets to center CHI1 between Alex Debrincat and Patrick Kane. On top of that, he gets a prime spot on the top power play unit. All that for a DK price of $3,100? Sign me up.