“Lighting the Lamp” – NHL Picks – 1/20/21

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Five game slates are by far my favorite sized slates, because whatever reason I always seem to do well on them. Selfish? Sure, but I figure if I do well, so will you guys (THAT’S the hope at least!).

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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. Our members will be discussing the slate, lineup construction and everything else NHL DFS related in our Discord, so do yourself a favor and find your way to our premium membership page and get signed up so you won’t miss out on the edge our membership provides!


Leon Draisaitl (EDM) at TOR

The Oilers offense has been cooking, and that’s pretty easy to do with players like McDavid, RNH and the aforementioned Draisaitl. Although he has yet to light the lamp this season, he has managed to dish out five helpers in four games.

While it is true that four of those assists came in one game versus the Canucks, it’s damn near impossible to keep a man with Draisaitl’s skill down. The goal drought will end sooner rather than later, and might be as soon as tonight against Freddie Anderson and the Leafs.

Auston Matthews (TOT) at EDM

Staying in the same game, we get Auston Matthews doing Auston Matthews things. Over his first four games of the season, Matthews is averaging 17 DK points per game, which are the result of generating one goal and three assists in that span.

He’ll likely be trying to get pucks past Mikko Koskinen, who is off to a brutal start this season. In his first four starts, he has allowed five, two, five and three goals. Lock Matthews in as the Alpha in your cash games tonight.

Thomas Tatar (MTL) vs VAN

Tatar has been a cash game go-to for us for as long as I can remember. He’s is, was and always will be a volume shooter. Firing pucks at the twine with impunity will yield results over time. It’s statistically impossible for some of those shots to not find the back of the net, and it’s “so far so good” this season.

In his first three games, Tatar has lit the lamp three times for the Habs. Tonight he will have the opportunity to add to that total when the Habs travel to Vancouver. They’ll most likely be facing goalie Braden Holtby, who has given up six goals in his first two starts.


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.

David Perron (STL) at SJS

Last season, the Sharks gave up 630 high danger scoring chances, which was the eighth most in the NHL, and this season their defense and goalie situation remains unchanged for the better:  Martin Jones is a disaster and Devan Dubnyk is used up. Although he’s gotten off to a slow start, I love Perron’s spot tonight, and his $4,800 DK price tag.

Max Comtois (ANH) vs MIN

Allow me to introduce the unfamiliar to Maxine “Max” Comtois. Only the most die hard of hockey fans have heard his name, even though he was actually in the NHL last season (where he scored a forgettable 11 points in 29 games). This season, however, he IS the Anaheim offense, having scored three of the Ducks four goals over their initial three games.

He definitely flies under the radar on ANH3, and the price is right at $3,800. He and the rest of the Ducks defend The Pond tonight against the newly acquired Cam Talbot and the Minnesota Wild. Talbot has been nails so far this season, but Comtois has shown a magic touch around the crease so far.

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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