“Lighting the Lamp” – NHL Picks – 2/22/21

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Today we get eight whole 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!


Auston Matthews (TOR) vs CGY

Sometimes the plays are so obvious this article will damn near write itself. Matthews is an absolute monster whose notched 29 points already this season, including a mind boggling eight over his last two appearances. Any cash build should start here.

Nathan MacKinnon (COL) vs VGK

Although the Avs matchup against Vegas has me leaning toward Auston Matthews as the top cash play of the slate, I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t mention this guy. In fact, Colorado just finished taking on the Golden Knights in Denver, and Mac went off for a goal and two assists, which equated to 33.3 DK points.


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.

Kirill Kaprizov (MIN) vs SJS

After a bit of line shuffling, this super rookie has landed on Minnesota’s second line with Johansson and Zuccarello, and that, along with a plus matchup against the Sharks has me chomping at the bit to play this kid. He’s already put up 11 points in just 14 appearances, including a two point performance his last time out.

Nino Niederrieter (CAR) vs TB

Quite possibly my favorite value play on this slate. Niederrieter has thrived on the Canes second line this season, and while rostering players against the Bolts, this isn’t the same stout Tampa Bay defense we’ve become accustomed to over the last couple of seasons. Plus, Nino has put up four points over the last two games, and at only $4,900 on DK, I’ll gladly take my chances.

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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