Thursday night offers up eight games for our DFS needs and a few of these games look to be high on the scoring front. Dallas heads to Brooklyn to face the Islanders, and neither team can keep the puck out of their net. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay will try to end their road woes against a very tough customer in San Jose. The New York Rangers in Toronto will be on my watch list tonight without a doubt, as they are two of my favorite teams. Let’s get to a few of the hotter players in the NHL.
Nicklas Backstrom ($6600, Washington Capitals): The dynamic Swede has found his mojo and has been on a tear during Washington's nine-game winning streak. He has four goals, nine assists and +/- plus 6 over his last seven games. Backstrom plays in every situation you want your DFS picks to play, with those four goals coming in his last five games. Top line center to the world’s greatest goal scorer and anchoring the Caps power play against a St. Louis team that has had their goalie pulled often of late.
Boone Jenner ($4700, Columbus Blue Jackets): Jenner has scored a goal in three straight games, and hopefully the line shuffling done by head coach John Tortorella after the 16-game win streak has ignited the former 30-goal scorer. On the second line now with Brandon Dubinsky and sniper Cam Atkinson, Jenner has been the hottest of DFS options this week. Facing an Ottawa team that is prone to letting other teams run up the score, I love this pick and game for that matter.
Devan Dubnyk ($8400, Minnesota Wild): Far from the cheapest goalie option tonight, but almost a sure thing as the Wild go up against the soon-to-be lottery picking Arizona Coyotes. It’s early and Dubes isn’t confirmed as the starter yet, but with no game on Friday, this seems like the logical pick for GM Polka. With five wins and three shutouts in his last seven starts, please play Dubnyk tonight, and even if he isn’t in the net, play backup goalie Darcy Kuemper at a much lower price and expect the win regardless.
Nino Niederreiter ($4700, Minnesota Wild): The sixth leading scorer on the Wild has been really finding his footing this year. Facing the struggling Coyotes, expect another strong performance. He could have had a hat trick in one 40-second shift on Tuesday night and I’ve really enjoyed watching him play this year. The 24-year-old Swiss born Nino has 17 shots on goal in his last five games, including seven on Tuesday night. He plays on the Minnesota second power play unit and third line with Erik Haula and Jason Pominville, and I’m booking on some DFS gold.