NHL DFS: Wednesday Night Rivalry Night

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  While some of you are enjoying flowers and chocolate with significant or insignificant others, the rest should be watching hockey as this is an excellent opportunity to fill out your NHL DFS lineups. As we race (or stumble) towards the end of the NHL season, teams are looking to either cement themselves as playoff contenders, fight to move into a playoff spot, or tank for the upcoming draft class.  There are three games tonight, so let’s take a look at which players to plug into your lineup.

Columbus Blue Jackets (60 points) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (73 points)

Montreal Canadiens (51 points) @ Colorado Avalanche (64 points)

Florida Panthers (54 points) @ Vancouver Canucks (50 points)

Toronto’s 1st line – (C) Auston Matthews (DK $7,700/FD $8,300), (W) William Nylander (DK $6,400/FD $7,000), and (W) Zach Hyman (DK $4,300/FD $5,200)

At even strength, this trio is responsible for 65 points.  Against the top team in the NHL, Tampa Bay Lighting, Matthews finished with 3-assists.  His line mate, Nylander, netted two goals and had an assist.  Hyman is the beneficiary of being on the ice with these two young studs.  This season, Hyman has 30 points and a +24, which is 2nd best on the team behind Matthews.  For a team as high in the rankings as they are, this is absolutely one of the most efficient lines in the NHL.  On top of their effectiveness as a group, they are playing a team that will be on the second night of a back-to-back, which may help the Leafs avoid going against Sergei Bobrovsky.

(G) Carey Price (DK $7,400/FD $8,600)

In all honesty, hockey can be a tough sport to predict outcomes.  Goalie, Carey Price is having a down year with a .906 SV% on the season for the struggling Canadiens.  However, if you look back to recent seasons, Price has always been one of the top goalies in the NHL and finished 3rd in the Vezina Trophy Award last season.  Price is a safe option with a high floor for what you have to pay to play him.  He is averaging only .4 FPPG less than the second most expensive goalie tonight which makes him a good value play.  Colorado will be playing without leading point-getter Nathan MacKinnon, who is out with a shoulder injury

(D) Aaron Ekblad (DK $5,600/FD $5,900)

The Panthers have won five out of their last six games and Ekblad has a four-game point streak running.  As their main point man on the offensive end of the ice, he ranks third on his team in shots on goal at 143.  Ekblad also blocks the second most shots taken against them trailing only Mark Pysyk by two.  In his previous ten games, Ekblad has nine points and is heavily involved when they are on the power-play scoring three goals in that time.  Although Ekblad is below 50 in CF% and FF%, he will be going against a poor Vancouver squad that is struggling mightily this season outside of Hart Trophy candidate, Brock Boeser and the 37-year-old Sedin brothers (Insert picture of twins from “The Shining” with Henrik and Daniels’ faces photoshopped over).

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