As is usually the case on Wednesdays, the NHL slate is condensed down to five games. It does however feature several exciting matchups, including the Maple Leafs taking on the Oilers in what promises to be a high-flying, high-scoring affair. There are still plenty of contests to partake in at DraftKings and all the info below will help you build your lineups.
Connor McDavid, EDM (DK $8,500)
- McDavid and the Oilers have been nothing but disappointing to this point on both the offensive and defensive end of the ice. Edmonton has a lot of talent offensively with McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and others but have gone back to back games with one goal and have just one win on the season.
- McDavid does have five points (three goals) in four games but four of those points all came in one contest. We're used to being spoiled by McDavid producing multi-point efforts night in and night out so it's odd to see him off to a slower start than expected.
- Toronto has been very giving defensively playing at their usual fast pace surrendering plenty of scoring chances resulting in 12 goals allowed in four games. Any of the stars here are in play in what looks to be the most exciting game of the night but McDavid will be a cornerstone for me that I don't mind paying up for.
Brendan Gallagher, MTL (DK $5,600)
- It's no secret that I'm a Gallagher fan and as long as his salary keeps dropping and he's getting pucks to the net, I'll keep rostering him because the goals are going to come.
- Threw three games Gallagher has 11 shots on goal but is yet to bury one. Vancouver has struggled early on defensively allowing three or more goals in all four games and five tallies in two of those contests. They're also surrendering a healthy amount of high-danger scoring chances and an average of 36 shots on goal per game, both of which play right into Gallagher's wheelhouse. Getting a winger who has scored 31, 33, and 22 goals (in 59 games) over the past two seasons at this salary in a good matchup is more than favorable.
Mark Stone, VGK (DK $6,700)
- Stone finds a way to fill the stat sheet when it comes to DFS seemingly every game. Stone has at least one point in every game this season totaling one goal and four assists. Seeing time on the top line at even strength, top power-play unit, and penalty kill, the captain of the Golden Knights is as versatile a forward that there is in the NHL.
- Arizona, generally a tight team defensively is without one of their better defensemen in Oliver Ekman-Larsson and had been sluggish on the defensive side early on regardless. The Coyotes are yielding over three goals per game on 33 shots on goal per contest. Two nights ago Vegas took care of Arizona 4-2 and saw over 18 minutes of productive ice-time. Look for a productive output tonight.
*Note: Lines are subject to change depending on morning skate lines. Revert to the chat and/or look for updates here for any impact they may have.
Vegas Golden Knights
William Karlsson - Max Pacioretty - Mark Stone - Alex Pietrangelo
- If it ain't broke don't fix it and this combination of skaters have made their marks early on the season. Karlsson, Pacioretty, Stone, and Pietrangelo will cost you a pretty penny but with all three correlating on the top power-play unit and Pacioretty and Stone correlating on the first even-strength line, there's a ton of upside collectively.
- These four skaters for Vegas have combined for five goals and six assists in three games to this point with 34 shots.
- With high-dollar skaters and the public likely gravitating towards the Oilers - Maple Leaf game for goals, Vegas could sneak under the radar in a high-leverage spot on a short slate.
Phil Danault - Tomas Tatar - Brendan Gallagher - Shea Weber
- The combination of Danault, Tatar, and Gallagher has been one of the best trios in 5v5 situations over the past two seasons. All three are very affordable collectively and Tatar correlates with Gallagher on the second power-play unit. Montreal tends to spread their two power-play units evenly so the fact that they're on the second unit isn't anything to look into.
- Shea Weber is averaging close to 24 minutes of ice time per game on the young season and has a goal to go with two assists and eight shots. Weber has been a force on the power-play for years and he's featured on Montreal's top unit running the point. Weber would be the most expensive skater in this stack but his impact can be massive in this spot.
Top Positional Plays
*Note: Last skater listed at each position is my top value play.
Auston Matthews, TOR (DK $8,400)
Leon Draisaitl, EDM (DK $7,400)
Tomas Hertl, SJ (DK $6,200)
Brayden Schenn, STL (DK $4,100)
Evander Kane, SJ (DK $6,600)
Mitch Marner, TOR ($6,900)
Jonathan Marchessault, VGK (DK $5,000)
Tyler Toffoli, MTL (DK $3,900)
Morgan Rielly, TOR (DK $6,000)
Erik Karlsson, SJ (DK $5,500)
Matt Dumba, MIN (DK $5,200)
Alec Martinez, VGK (DK $4,600)
Tyson Barrie, EDM (DK $4,000)
Travis Hamonic, VAN (DK $3,600)
John Gibson, ANA (DK $7,300)
- Gibson shutout Minnesota two nights ago stopping all 34 shots he faced. While I don't necessarily expect him to record another shutout, I do expect him to see a lot of work in net as far as shots on goal go.
- In three games Gibson has seen 28, 33, and 34 shots against. After a rough first start of the season against Vegas, Gibson has allowed just two goals on his last 67 shots faced including the aforementioned shutout.
- At $7,300, Gibson's salary is in the ballpark of where I generally like to invest in goaltenders. While there's some bust potential, the upside outweighs the potential negatives for me.
Carey Price, MTL (DK $8,000)
- Price is coming off of a 34 save victory against the Oilers in a game where he was nothing short of fantastic in net. Price has seen 34 and 35 shots in two games this season and should see some heavy volume in this spot against Vancouver.
- Montreal is very much a "bend but don't break" team defensively in my eyes early on. In three games they've allowed an average of 32 shots on goal but there hasn't necessarily been a ton of high-danger chances outside of one period in the first game of the season against Toronto.
- Vancouver has gotten 34 shots on goal per game through four contests and I see Price being up to the task between the pipes on Wednesday.