NHL DFS – Wednesday Rivalry Night

Welcome back, as we are coming down to our last few weeks of NHL DFS.  Small sample size of games this evening with some heavy playoff implications.  The Chicago Blackhawks look to play spoiler against their bitter rival, St. Louis Blues, who are on the outside looking in.  Anaheim Ducks, current wild card team, are trying to remain in a playoff spot at home against the Minnesota Wild.  This should make for an interesting set of games tonight, so let’s look at who could produce.

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Ottawa Senators @ Buffalo Sabres

Chicago Blackhawks @ St. Louis Blues

Minnesota Wild @ Anaheim Ducks


C Jack Eichel – Sabres (DK $7,500/FD $7,700)

He may always be remembered as the guy picked after Connor McDavid, but he really has proven to be a superstar in this league.  His +/- is pretty ugly this season, but in 64 games, Eichel has 62 points and could be more had he not missed time due to injury.  Normally, I don’t like messing with players on bad teams, but this is a matchup of bottom feeders as the Sabres are playing at home against the lowly Senators.  Eichel had a ridiculous game against the defensively sound Predators with a five-assist game.  His CF% and FF% are the highest they’ve been since joining the NHL in 2015 as he has almost reached that 50/50.  He has eight points in his last four games and Ottawa ranks 28th against opposing centers.  Could be a big night for Eichel.

Vladimir Tarasenko – Blues (DK $7,600/FD $7,700)

I love this matchup for the Blues tonight.  Being a die hard Blackhawks fan, to my despair, I have had the opportunity to watch most Hawks games this season.  Needless to say it has not been pretty, especially since Corey Crawford went down with Vertigo. The Blues, fighting for a playoff spot, against Jean-Francois Berube, could be in for a field day.  I mean c’mon, the Hawks had to suit up accountant/beer league superstar Scott Foster to play goalie the other night!  Tarasenko is going against a weak Hawks defense, who rank 26th against opposing right wingers, and his blazing snap/wrist shot could prove deadly against Berube.  He is the top winger for the night averaging 4.2 FPPG.  The Blues may have lost three straight, but let’s look for them to turn it around tonight with the playoffs on the line.

C/W Dylan Sikura – Blackhawks (DK $2,700/FD $3,000)

OK, I know what you’re thinking, why pick a Hawks player right after bashing them in the previous paragraph.  With Jonathan Toews out of the lineup, youngster, Sikura could see an increase in ice time.  He has so much to prove in the NHL as he has only played in two games thus far, however he distributed two assists in his debut playing alongside Alex DeBrincat.  This might be a value pick so that you can spend bigger on your goalie and still be able to afford Eichel and Tarasenko.  DraftKings Sikura is a W and FanDuel he is at C.

D Joel Edmundson – Blues (DK $3,700/FD $3,700)

Another Blues player in my lineup for tonight, however not one of the top guys Alex Pietrangelo or Colton Parayko.  Sticking with the strategy of picking the line mate of superstar, 1st line defenseman, I went with Edmundson, who plays alongside Pietrangelo at a much cheaper price.  The hope is that he can get on the board with a goal or assist off a deflection in what could be a high scoring game.  But if he doesn’t, he is a safe bet for some blocks and hits.  Edmundson is second on the team in blocks with 144 and seventh in hits with 112.  I expect the hits to be high for the Blues tonight to send a message to a young and small Blackhawks team.  On top of that, the Blues spend a lot of time in the offensive zone with Edmundson on the ice as his CF% is 51.5 and FF% is 52.6.


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