Alright men, it’s "Movember", so let the Mustache Month begin, and may it be as successful as the Edmonton Oilers have been thus far.
Before I proceed, I have one small bone to pick with the NHL Media: Please stop trying to make every game between two stars the next rivalry in the league. The last great rivalry was with Detroit and Colorado, and was always Sid versus Ovi. Now it's Matthews versus McDavid. Please quit force feeding us rivalries to make the game more interesting, as it’s already compelling. So, please stop!
Anyway, Thursday night offers a puck bag full of great games, so let’s get to some good DFS picks for you to ponder.
Marcus Johansson ($4300): I absolutely love this pick. Johansson has been on fire of late with five goals and seven points over his last three contests, while skating with Evgeny Kusnetsov and Tom Wilson in the last game. Washington is at home, hosting the Winnipeg Jets who are 20th in Goals Against, which isn’t the worst, but is bottom third of the league. Washington should take full advantage of the Jets leaky defense and shaky goaltending. The Caps have won their last three while Winnipeg has dropped their last two, going 4-6-0 in the last ten games.
Kyle Turris ($5400): Hosting Vancouver on the back end of two in a row, against a team that has lost five straight (depending on what happens Wednesday night in Montreal), it could be six straight at the hands of a Vancouver team that was just as hot two weeks ago. Turris has points in his last three games, centering the Sens second line and second power play unit last game. This game screams stack to me, with Mike Hoffman, Bobby Ryan, Erik Karlsson, Mark Stone, Derrick Brassard and the Zinger, Ryan Dzingel, all viable options Thursday night, so feel free to load up, but Turris is my top forward for tonight.
Jimmy Vesey ($4400): I am now completely sold on all the Jimmy Vesey hype that dragged out over the summer, and am wishing my Red Wings had offered him more moolah, even though location was Vesey’s desire. His location is going to be on my DFS teams Thursday night, with three goals and three assists over his last four games. The Rangers are hosting the first-place Edmonton Oilers tonight and are probably facing their toughest test this young season. New York is 7-3 in the first ten and first in Goals per Game with Vesey second in team scoring with six goals, three assists and nine points. For his DraftKings price, Vesey is a great low-priced option.
Ryan McDonagh ($5600): With five assists over his last five games and nine in ten games, Mac anchors the Rangers defense while pairing off against the league's best players nightly. McDonagh does it all, including Hits (11) and Blocks (19). He is not the most expensive option, but a very steady contributor for your DFS team in the upper tier of pricing. He's in the top power play unit and is the Rangers leader in ice time as well with a 24:15 average per game. Even against a much improved and hot Edmonton team, McDonagh is a strong option tonight in a good matchup and a cheaper option than Erik Karlsson ($7800) and Brent Burns ($8300), who is coming off a five-day rest for the Sharks. McDonagh fills the scoring column in DFS, while the assists and goals are bonuses. New York is +18 in Goal Differential, first in Goals with 40, and first in SRS (Simple Rating System), a rating that takes into account average goal differential and strength of schedule. The rating is denominated in goals above/below average, where zero is average.
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