“Lighting the Lamp” – NHL Picks – 2/23/21

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We made it through Monday, and what does Tuesday bring us? A perfectly sized six game slate! 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

Connor McDavid (EDM) vs VAN

This play cuts two ways:  (1) everyone knows the Oilers fare much better when playing in Edmonton, but (2) you have the opportunity to roster one of the most prolific offensive players of his generation against one of the consensus worst three defenses in the league. That’s an easy one right? I’d suggest starting your cash builds with McJesus.

Patrick Kane (CHI) vs CBJ

Patrick Kane is one of those “matchup proof” players we discuss from time to time, it just so happens that tonight he and the Hawks have a plus matchup as they travel to Columbus to take on Elvis Merzlikens and the Blue Jackets. In 19 games this season, Kane has notched 26 points, including nine in Chicago’s last five games.

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.

Jasper Kotkaniemi (MTL) vs OTT

Although many hockey pundits expected a little more production out of the Habs young center at this point in the season, Kotkaniemi has been a serviceable third line center for the team that’s averaging the most goals per game thus far. Plus, if there’s one thing DFS has taught me, it’s that you play the matchup and not the game log, and the matchup he has with the Sens tonight couldn’t get any better.

Jesper Bratt (NJD) vs BUF

Having been sidelined under the league’s COVID-19 protocols since January 28th, Bratt is just now getting into game shape. Still, he has managed to pocket four points over his first seven games. Now, I know that’s not exactly considered setting the world on fire, there are other reasons that make me love Bratt tonight:  he’s dirt cheap at $3,900 on DK, he has a plus’s matchup at home against Buffalo, and most importantly, center Nico Hischier is back centering Bratt on NJD1.

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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