“Lighting the Lamp” – NHL Picks – 1/14/21

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Day two of hockey season brings us a huge 10 game main slate that starts at the usual time of 6:00 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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TOP SHELF

Taylor Hall (BUF) vs WAS

After being shipped to Arizona from the Devils last season, Taylor Hall didn’t look very, well, Taylor Hall-like. However, an off-season move to the Sabres has him in a prime position to be the force we know and love. With all world center Jack Eichel alongside him, the sky is the limit for this duo. They should absolutely roll against the offensively minded Caps rush.

Sebastian Aho (CAR) vs DET

Guess what? The sky is blue, water is wet, and you should play Sebastian Aho against the Detroit Red Wings. Ranking at or near the bottom of most significant defensive categories last season, the Wings were the league’s whipping boy, and at least on the surface, history looks primed to repeat itself. The simple fact is that Aho and line mate Teuvo Teravainen are simply too fast and should cut up this defense with ease.

Brad Marchand (BOS) vs NJD

With David Pastrnak on the shelf for the Bruins opener, one might think it sharp to avoid rostering the remaining 2/3 of BOS1, but to me, the opposite makes sense:  Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand have hours upon hours of chemistry born out of shared time on the ice.  I fully expect Marchand to take advantage of his familiarity with Bergeron and the so-so Devils defense.

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.

Nick Bonino (MIN) vs LAK

Last season, Bonino thrived on Nashville’s depth lines. This season, he finds himself centering MIN2 alongside former Preds teammate Kevin Fiala, who had a breakout 2020. This should lead to plenty of points for Bonino. Throw in the matchup with Jonathan Quick and the Kings and he becomes almost a lock.

Paul Statsny (WPG) vs CGY

Man did this guy land in a sweet gig for the Jets. He should spend the lion’s share of this contest between Kyle Connor and Patrick Laine on what could end up being on of the league’s most productive second lines.

Connor Garland (ARI) vs SJ

The first thing that jumps out to me about this play is the matchup. Last season San Jose was among the league’s worst in goals allowed. Most of the blame for their atrocious defense can be split between the down seasons turned in by Karlsson and Burns, and the terrible goalie play. Now, I fully expect the Sharks two stud defenders to bounce back, but Martin Jones is still Martin Jones, and although they brought in Devan Dubnyk to shore up their goalie play, he’s coming off a down year too. Any way you slice it, it should be good for Garland and the rest of the Yotes offense.

That’s a wrap on today’s picks. Give us a follow on Twitter at @DFSHeadquarters, myself at @bellmar21 if you like what you see! Let’s go LIGHT THE LAMP!

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