“Lighting the Lamp” – NHL Picks – 1/18/21

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Hopefully we won’t have a case of the Mondays as we attack the first slate of the week. While there are a couple of games earlier in the day, I plan on focusing on the eight game main slate that starts at the usual time of 6:00 pm CST. Therefore, make sure your lineups are set by then.

Also, please be sure to check services like Left Wing Lock or Daily Face Off to verify there has been no last minute line shuffling going on. 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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Kyle Connor (WPG) at TOR

I love this play tonight. I went back and forth between Connor and Patrick Laine, but Connor seems to be skating better to start this season. He just always ends up in the right place, at the right time to put pucks on net.

Auston Matthews (TOR) at WPG

Matthews has been as hot as goat in a pepper patch (credit jdeeness for that quote). The Jets defense and Connor Hellebuyk aren’t easy marks, but when you’re hot, you’re hot. Might as well surf that Matthews wave until it hits the shore.

Connor McDavid (EDM) vs MTL

So here we go:  let’s play the game of “Can we get McDavid right?” Usually it’s a toss up between playing him or Draisaitl, and most of the time we get it backwards. Well, that stops here. The Habs play solid defense, but McJesus has already notched five points and a whopping. 16 shots on goal in only three games. He’s pricey, but worth every nickel in my opinion.


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.

Kevin Hayes (PHI) at BUF

With Couturier sitting this one out due to injury, the Flyers move Kevin Hayes up to center PHI1. Since coming over from the Rangers last season, Hayes has thrived in his role in the middle of PHI2. I think playing between Claude Giroux and the scorching hot Joel Farabee will do nothing but elevate his game and give him multiple opportunities to torch the Sabres defense.

Kevin Fiala (MIN) vs ANH

The Ducks defense and John Gibson have been in a slow decline for quite some time. While I think just about anyone in the Wilds top 6 is in play today, I think it’s a Fiala type of night. Specifically, he’s fast, quick on his feet and is equally good at dishing out helpers and dropping goals. Kaprizov has been the shiny new toy everyone wants to play with, but I really like Fiala here.

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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