“Lighting the Lamp” – NHL Picks – 2/5/21

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Nearly every time I hear the word “Friday”, one of two things happen. I either get that stupid “It’s Friday” song by that talentless teenage gasbag Rebecca Black (possibly the most annoying song ever) or I think of Katt Williams as Money Mike from Friday After Next. OK, I’m done.

We have a perfectly sized five game slate to analyze. 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!


David Pastrnak (BOS) vs PHI

The Bruins winger has been absolutely crushing since he came back from an injury several games ago. You would think being one of only a few people who can legitimately carry the label of “Best Player in the World” at any given time would start to wear on you, but not Pasta. He has a plus matchup versus Philly tonight, but as we all know, no goalie is safe while BOS1 is on the ice.

Brayden Point (TB) vs DET

Since many of the matchups we talk about on a Monday are being repeated that Wednesday, I end up feeling like every time I write this article, I’m giving a test reviews for students to study with. Like if I were to ask who has the worst PK rate in hockey, you’d enthusiastically say “Detroit!” Point not only centers TB1, but also runs point of the Bolts top power play unit.

Max Pacioretty (VGK) vs LAK

Vegas on home ice is a real thing. Vegas on home ice taking on a weak defense starts to boarder on criminality. The Kings are in the bottom 10 in the league with regard to high dander scoring chances allowed, as well as CORSI for rate. The entire Vegas top six are in play here, I love Pacioretty to shine bright like a Diamond amidst the dull brown of desert sand.


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.

Patrick Hornqvist (FLA) vs NSH

Hornqvist has put up double-digit DK points in every game he has skated in this season. I think he has flown under the radar for the most part, maybe as a result of him being on the Panthers 2nd line. Up until now, that’s been enough to keep his salary in check although it’s starting to creep up somewhat. Still, even with the slight uptick in cost, I’ll still play Hornqvist where I can.

Ryan Donato (SJ) vs ANH

When you factor in the matchup against Anaheim, at only $3600, Donato is almost a lock in your cash games tonight. The Sharks Right Winger has notched five points in eight games, which has him averaging over nine DK points per contest. Playing alongside veterans like Patrick Marleau and Tomas Hertl has added a measured maturity to the way Donato skates that simply was not there when he was in Minnesota. I love matchup he’ll get versus the aducks depth lines tonight.

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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