With such a small sample size of games thus far, DFS picks are still based upon last year’s stats along with gut feelings. I’ve been ok so far on DraftKings, and Saturday night offers a tasty slate of games, with players in prime spots to produce for us, so let’s go shopping.
Logan Couture ($6700): I absolutely love this pick and actually a San Jose Stack for this matchup (at Columbus) if the rules permit. Columbus allowed six goals Thursday night versus the Boston Bruins, where the Bruins top unit destroyed all hope in C-Bus. Expect more of the same from a very skilled and hungry playoff bound Sharks squad, so feel free to add any of these guys: Pavelski - ($7400), Thornton - ($5700), Donskoi - ($3900), Hertl - ($5500), and Joel Ward – ($3700) and let’s not forget Martin Jones between the pipes ($8000).
Alex Galchenyuk ($5300): Ottawa allowed four goals by Auston Matthews alone, and the Habs have a top heavy skilled team. Galchenyuk centers Max Pacioretty, the Habs leading scorer the past five years and Brendan Gallagher, who potted two goals Thursday night against the already injury riddled Buffalo Sabres. Draft the Canadians confidently and reap the rewards from their front end talent.
David Pastrnak ($4500): In that 6-3 drubbing of the Blue Bonnets Thursday night, this young Czech scored two goals and added two assists on top line duties with Brad Marchand and David Backes, and is a must own for Saturday. Backes was slotted there with Patrice Bergeron a bit dinged up. Either way, Pastrnak needs to be owned with the Bruins headed to Toronto in this Original Six clash. He was a whopping +6 in that game against Columbus, with eight shots as well, and expect similar against the Leafs as a cash game option and GPP for sure.
T.J. Brodie ($4600): Led the Flames in ice time Wednesday night when they got hammered by Edmonton at over 26 minutes, and will most likely continue to be a minutes leader Saturday when Calgary is heading to Vancouver, hopefully with a better defensive effort. Brodie had three shots on goal and added a helper in the Wednesday night loss, but Vancouver is defensively lacking, and the high flying Flames will take full advantage of the lottery bound Canucks. For the price, Brodie is a nice cash and GPP pick, allowing you the flexibility to spend more elsewhere.
John Klingberg ($5100): Should be firing away all night on the newly coached Colorado Avalanche, whose Penalty Kill was ranked 23rd last season and puck possession metrics even worse. Only one shot on goal against a stingy Anaheim defense on Thursday night, the swift skating Swede will have much more space to roam against Colorado. Klingberg led the Stars team in minutes played as well. His price isn’t the cheapest, but the production will be there in Denver Saturday night.
Zach Werenski ($2700): Second in ice time and tops with five shots on goal in that Boston loss Thursday night, Werenski and partner Seth Jones give the Jackets fans something to smile about, and this team has a bright future with all its stud youngsters. The former Michigan Wolverine picked up an assist and two big hits in that game as well, so if you’re looking for cheaper options that will most likely end up in the money column, look no further.
Al Montoya ($7200): Montreal sounds like they will be in need of super back-up goalie Alvero Montoya once again due to flu complications to all-world starter Carey Price. After making light work of the Sabres, Montreal should not have much trouble with Ottawa. The Senators have more skilled players than the Sabres and won’t be pushovers, but the Habs should again handle their business. Look for another former Wolverine to provide you with a cheaper option in the net, which allows you to go out and add higher priced forwards.
Tukka Rask ($8200): The Bruins are heading to Toronto to stop all-world Auston Matthews after his four-goal night on Wednesday. Boston plays a much more tight defensive style compared to the leaking sieve Senators, and Rask will give us a great chance at the win Saturday. I’d bet you anything the Leafs wish they never traded away their first-round pick from the 2005 Entry Draft, instead of facing him six times per season. Draft Tukka comfortably for your DFS teams on Saturday. He will not disappoint us.