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

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Yesterday I mentioned that five game slates are by far my favorite sized slates, but today we get six games. Heyyyy, wait a minute, that’s just one more than five. Thus, in the immortal words of Carl Spackler “So I got that goin’ for me.”

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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!


Nathan MacKinnon (COL) at LAK

Nate Mac spends more time on the ice than anyone in the league. He’s big, strong, fast and loves nothing more than to shoot the puck. Jonathan Quick should be manning the crease for the Kings, and he has allowed four goals in each of his first two starts. I can’t imagine how high his ownership percentage will be tonight, so in cash games he’s a must have.

Steven Stamkos (TB) at CBJ

What’s the saying? The unstoppable force meets the immovable object (or something like that). In this example, the unstoppable force is Stamkos and the Lightning offense. You’d think losing someone as valuable as Nikita Kucherov would be stifling, but Stamkos and company have picked up the slack. In the first three contests, Stamkos has five points. However, the immovable object takes the form of Joonas Koripalso and the Jackets defense. Something’s gotta give, and my money is on Stamkos.

Thomas Tatar (MTL) vs VAN

So it was Tyler Toffoli’s turn to shine last night, but I’m going back to the Habs and Tatar tonight. He has been a cash game go-to for us for as long as I can remember. He loves to shoot the puck, and even picked up an assist last night giving him four points in the first four games of the season. Montreal once again plays the Canucks, and these two teams put up 11 total goals last night, and I look for the goalfest to continue.


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.

Miles Wood (NJD) at NYI

Woods price on DraftKings has crept up above the $5k mark to $5,200, but that’s still a bargain for what Wood has been doing. Over the first three games of this season, he’s lit the lamp in every one. Still, he plays for New Jersey, which should keep his ownership down, at least for the time being.

The matchup against the Islanders is a tough one, especially if Semyon Varlamov starts in net for NYI, as he has not allowed a goal in two starts (which is, of course, unsustainable). That’ll only further drive Woods ownership down and make me like the play more.

Paul Statsny (WPG) vs OTT

I don’t have any stats that will blow you away for Statsny, at least not from this season. Since coming over from Vegas, he was dropped in the middle of a great situation, i.e. centering Patrick Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers on WPG2. Although he has yet to record any point so far, you play the matchup, and that is as sweet as it gets. The Sens defense is soft, and they will likely start former Penguins net minder Matt Murray, who has allowed at least three goals in each of his starts this season.

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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