“Lighting the Lamp” – NHL Picks – 2/18/21

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I think (fingers crossed) my neck of the woods might finally be done with the freezing, power outages, water outages, etc. It has been a stressful time, but that doesn’t mean the NHL takes a break so I can’t either. Today we have nine games of hockey action. Contests lock at 6:00 pm CST, so 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 have been no last minute line shuffling or goalie changes.

This article will discuss the one offs you can plug into your lineups to compliment your stacks or with which to start your cash games. Also, 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!

TOP SHELF

Auston Matthews (TOR) vs OTT

For the second straight day, this will be a very short write up:  Despite the fact he didn’t fully do his job in a smash spot yesterday, the winner for most obvious cash game play on a Thursday night NHL slate goes to….

David Pastrnak (BOS) vs NJD

After going on a tear when he came back from injury that resulted in him notching seven points in his first three games played, Pastrnak slowed down a bit, as evidenced by him only scoring three points in his last four outings. Still, much like Nathan MacKinnon, I’d recommend playing Pasta anytime he’s on the slate. He’s capable of putting up 30 DK points each time he takes the ice.

Anders Lee (NYI) vs PIT

I love playing Lee as a cash game option or as a one off in a GPP tonight. He’s not he’s double digit DK points in six of his last seven games. The Penguins defense can be had, and tonight they’ll stick Tristan Jarry between the pipes. He’s allowing 3.74 goals per game, and has allowed less than three goals in only 1 of his 9 appearances this season.

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.

James Van Riemsdyk (PHI) vs NYR

Van Riemsdyk has been absolutely amazing over his last four games. In that span, he’s accounted for nine points, including two goals and seven assists. The Rangers aren’t quite the pushovers on defense as they have been in the past, but with Philly playing at home, I’ll definitely take a chance on PHI1 or at least Van Riemsdyk as a one off/cash game play.

Kevin Stenlund (CBJ) vs NSH

Stenlund joined the Jackets on January 23, and has played six games so far. In that span, he has gone for six points, including three goals. We’ve talked an nauseum about the Predators shaky defense and shoddy goaltending. Stenlund is in good hands with Max Domi and Oliver Bjorkstrand playing on either side of him. In fact, aside from playing Stenlund as a one off, I really like a two max mini of Stenlund and Bjorkstrand tonight.

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