Monday features a two-game NHL schedule starting at 7:00 p.m. ET DraftKings. This article provides DFS advice for DraftKings Lineups, plus some DraftKings Sportsbook Betting to target.
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Carolina Hurricanes Moneyline +115
The Hurricanes are up against a red-hot Leafs team today, but it’s a spot the experienced Hurricanes could easily take advantage of. Carolina is going 15-5-1 this season and has conceded fewer than 28 shots in those 21 games. The Hurricanes and Leafs both enter this game on long winning streaks, so we should expect competitive play. As well as Toronto are playing, the line we’re taking against them with a quality team like Carolina is worth taking.
Brady Tkachuk over 3.5 shots on target +135
The Devils are still missing their best defenseman in Dougie Hamilton and could do without their best center in Jack Hughes. The Devils have allowed well over 32 shots per game in their last five starts, all of which have been losses. For his part, Tkachuk has also averaged 4.6 shots at the net in his last 10 games and far exceeded that mark in three of his last five starts. The big plus money on the over is worth progressing.
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Carolina Hurricanes with the Toronto Maple Leafs
Sebastian Aho ($7,200) – Andrei Svechnikov ($6,500) – Jesper Fast ($2,500)
The Leafs and Hurricanes meet today in a duel between two of the best teams in the east. Both the Hurricanes and the Maple Leafs rank in the top 5 for goals per game and the top 10 for power play efficiency. Realistically, these two teams’ top lines are great fantasy targets, so rolling the line that may be in lesser possession today has some validity.
The Canes are +115 underdogs today and their forwards should have far less ownership as a group in big GPPs. The duo of Aho and Svechnikov haven’t been in the role of Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews lately, but they’re no slobs either. Svechnikov has averaged over a point per game in his last 10 games with 3.3 shots at the net and could be the best stat on this small board among the big names.
Using the explosive Canes duo with Jesper Fast – playing at her side with even strength – also gives us the opportunity to play both sides of this game if we want, and throw in a couple of Toronto studs on the other side. Despite the lines favoring Toronto, Carolina will also have an advantage in the nets today as former cane Petr Mrazek is scheduled to start for Toronto and has just a .902 save rate in six starts this season. You’ll likely see both sides of this game on a two-game board today, but charging to the top line of canes first is a great way to get started with tournament lineups.
Superstar to the goal
Mitchell Marner, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Carolina Hurricanes ($6,400)
Fading Auston Matthews ($9,500) hasn’t been very productive lately, but fading his linemate Mitchell Marner – who’s been regularly listed below $7,000 for a while – has probably hurt even more. Marner has scored 24.0 or more DKFP in four straight games and is averaging just under 2.0 points per game over his last 10 starts.
That doesn’t suggest leaving out Marner’s high-priced center, but if you’re in a position to make a choice, Marner is clearly the more valuable fantasy game right now. His salary gives us a lot more flexibility and his current form and role with the Leafs means his benefits are on par with those on the board. Get your Leafs presence by rolling with Marner today.
emphasis on offense
Tim Stuetzle, Ottawa Senators vs. New Jersey Devils ($4,900)
The Senators are battered at numerous positions leading up, which means they’re forced to play second-year center Tim Stuetzle in a more prominent role at the helm. While he’s probably not ready to carry this team offensively just yet, the greater opportunity has resulted in better fantasy production. Stuettle has averaged just under 3.0 shots on goal per game and has six points (with three goals) in his last 10 games.
He’s not a screaming value, but the matchup with New Jersey is more than solid. The Devils have conceded 4.4 goals per game in their last six starts and gave up the 11th-best scoring chances this season. As mentioned above, they’ve allowed shots into the net at a greater rate and are still very thin in the backend without Dougie Hamilton munching minutes. Stuetzle is a great way to fill out lineups and looks underrated for this matchup given his new role on the top line.
Matt Murray, Ottawa Senators vs. New Jersey Devils ($7,600)
The senators as furnished Biggest favorites on today’s board at -135 on DraftKings Sportsbook, which feels like an odd statement in and of itself. The Senators are 3-3 in their last six games – and have been close against top-flight sides lately – and a big reason for this recent surge is Matt Murray’s game. The veteran has stopped 96 of the last 100 shots he has faced and posted over 27.0 DKFP in two of his last three starts.
The Devils offense will be hampered without Dougie Hamilton in the lineup to anchor their power play and will almost certainly be without Jack Hughes as well. Ottawa has allowed over 33 shots on the net per game this season. So when their goalkeepers are playing well, great fantasy plays often come out of their net. Murray’s price is super inviting and he’s paid well in DFS making him a great player today.
emphasis on defense
Brady Skjei, Carolina Hurricanes at Toronto Maple Leafs ($3,500)
We have two games and one of them has two very thin defensive cores in New Jersey and Ottawa. That makes the decision to target Brady Skjei today pretty easy as he has shown he can easily beat those smaller salaries on a consistent basis this season. The Carolina defenseman has now averaged over 21 minutes of ice time in his last 10 starts and has averaged 0.5 points per game over that span. He’s cooled off from an offensive standpoint after a hot spell in January, but Skjei has scored 10.0 or more DKFP six times in his last 14 starts.
Both games are 6.0 over/unders, but the offensive quality is much higher in the Carolina-Toronto game. Value mining on positions like defending from these two high-value rosters should lead us to Skjei today, available in eight games at his cheapest price.
Power play defender
Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Carolina Hurricanes ($5,700)
The Leafs’ power play is on at the moment as they moved up to first place in overall efficiency with man advantage. A big cog in this machine for Toronto is Morgan Rielly, who has 11 points in his last 10 games in the competition – five of them on special teams. The Leafs will almost certainly need their power play to prevail against a quality team like Carolina today, and with the Leafs considered a minor favorite it’s something you’ll want to load up on this unit to explore some positions.
It’s also worth noting that all three of the top defenders on this list have averaged between 10 and 11.00 DKFP over their last 10 starts, and yet Rielly is by far the cheapest of the three. Get some exposure to the TO power game and some great value in one fell swoop with the underrated Rielly.
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