With the way the NHL has scheduled this season, they’re making my job easier and more difficult at the same time. With the same teams facing each other night after night, you’d think it’d be easy to make a pick and just stick with it for a few slates (and sometimes it is), but subtle changes in goalies, line shift makeups, etc. throw monkey wrenches in the system. Still, we’ll keep grinding.
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Mark Schiefele (WPG) vs VAN
Sometimes when deciding who to play on a certain slate, the hockey gods are kind enough to shine a bright light on a player such that the choice is, in many ways, made for you. That’s how I feel about Schiefele tonight. He’s been a machine and Vancouver is among the league’s worst in GAA and has already allowed 94 high danger scoring chances this season.
Pierre Bergeron (BOS) vs WAS
Bergeron is on fire as he takes up the slack for the injured David Pastrnak. The Caps are missing some key pieces still, which has resulted in them landing in the bottom 1/3 of the league with a CORSI for percentage of 48.5%. With the way the Bruins top line has been clicking, I love a Bergeron one off.
Steven Stamkos (TB) vs NSH
The Predators 61.5% penalty killing rate is by far the worst in hockey. On top of that, both Saros and Rinne haven’t exactly been all world at keeping pucks from blasting past them. That’s why I love Stamkos tonight: he’s an integral part of TBPP1 and is not afraid to shoot the puck.
Mikko Rantanen (COL) vs MIN
Rantanen has been killing it. He’s racked up 8 points in 8 games (6 goals, 2 assists), and that’s led to him averaging 14.5 DK points per game. The Wild are missing some pieces, including Kevin Fiala, and bell, I think I could pick up a point or two skating with Nathan MacKinnon.
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. They are some less well known one offs that will save you some salary and bolster your stacks.
Carter Verhaeghe (FLA) vs DET
Why does DraftKings still have this kid priced at $3800? He’s garnered six points in four games, and in his last three contests has gone for 14.3, 19.5 and 23.0 DK points. And the matchup? It doesn’t get much better. The Red Wings have allowed 18 goals, which is the sixth most in the NHL.
Craig Smith (BOS) vs WAS
David Pastrnak being out of commission has opened things up for many Ovi the Bruins. One such recipient of this windfall has been former President winger Craig Smith. Skating on BOS1 with Bergeron and Marchand has elevated his game, but not his price (yet).