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

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Before the calendar had a chance to flip to Tuesday, we had already lost the NJD v PIT game. With that one gone, we are left with an eight game slate.

Rosters lock at the usual time of 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

Tyler Toffoli (MTL) vs VAN

The Canucks are still allowing 3.36 goals per game, and just finished allowing eight goals to this very same Habs team. Toffoli loves, loves, loves to shoot the puck: last night he shot seven times and notch’s a goal. It’s kind of like Carmelo Anthony in his heyday: if he shoots 40 times a game, it’s easy to put up 20 points. In other words, eventually some of those shots will hit the twine.

Leon Draisaitl (EDM) vs OTT

Last year’s goals scored leader is off to a fast start this season, and him and his teammates demolished this Senators team the night before last. How’d Draisaitl do? A mere six apples. The fact of the matter is that Ottawa allows a ton of goals. Their defense is soft, especially with Chabot out, and their goalies are trash. Two nights ago stuffing as many Oilers in your lineup was a GPP winning strategy, and I wouldn’t be shocked if history repeats itself tonight.

Nathan MacKinnon (COL) vs MIN

The saying goes like this:  the only certainties in life are death and taxes. Well, they should add “…and playing the Colorado Avalanche at home.” With MacKinnon steering the ship, Colorado’s top line considered the best offensive line in the NHL. On top of that MacKinnon rarely leaves the ice. As usual, this is where you start your cash builds.

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.

Anze Kopitar (LAK) vs ANH

It’s easy to forget about the Kings these days. Despite their history being dotted with Stanley Cups and Wayne Gretzky sightings, they just aren’t considered one of this era’s “sexy” teams. Still, Kopitar has been one of the more consistent performers in the league. This season, he’s already notched 12 points, which is top 10 in the NHL. His ownership level should be in the single digits, so if you have the salary, take a chance here.

Vincent Trocheck (CAR) vs CHI

This former Panthers center has found a home on the Canes second line. Through Carolina’s first six games of the season, Trocheck has accounted for six points (four goals, two assists). Further, his stellar play has earned him a spot on the Canes top power play unit, where he should see plenty of opportunities to add to his point totals. They take on the Blackhawks tonight, and they aren’t scared to be careless with the puck as they’ve already allowed 80 high danger scoring chances on the young season.

That’s a wrap on today’s picks. Give us a follow on Twitter at @DFSHeadquarters and myself at @bellmar21 if you like what you see! Let’s go LIGHT THE LAMP!

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