Ten games are presented to us on Saturday night. As February draws near the end, we see the writing on the wall for many teams and whether or not they have the makings of being Stanley Cup contenders. The scores over at DraftKings are sure to be high on this slate, with players such as Connor McDavid, Patrick Kane, and others in tremendous matchups.
Patrick Kane, CHI (DK $8,300)
- The aforementioned Patrick Kane has been red-hot of late, recording a goal in each of his last three games while riding a four-game point-scoring streak which has seen him compile three goals and six assists in total. When a player the caliber of Kane gets hot, I have a hard time shying away from him in this type of matchup and especially on this slate where he, as a winger he sees as much ice time as most top-tier centers.
Aleksander Barkov, FLA (DK $7,100)
- Barkov has been on a mission of late with goals in three of his last four games and five shots on goal in each of his last three.
- Carolina has been middle of the pack thus far in scoring chances allowed, high-danger scoring chances allowed, and expected goals against per 60 at 5v5, but Barkov has led the Panthers through a stretch that has seen them score 23 goals in their last six games, winning five of those contests. This game should have a good pace and some good scoring chances, which will benefit an ice-time hog like Barkov.
Mark Scheifele, WPG (DK $7,500)
- You'd be hard-pressed to find a hotter skater in the NHL right now than Mark Scheifele. The Jets' pivot has scored a goal in each of his last six games, totaling 11 points over that stretch.
- Against Montreal, a team in flux, to say the least, Scheifele recorded a goal and an assist on Thursday as Winnipeg rolled to a 6-3 victory.
St. Louis Blues
Brayden Schenn - David Perron - Mike Hoffman - Torey Krug
With the San Jose Sharks being a tremendous liability defensively, the St. Louis Blues should be able to put the puck in the net with regularity in this spot.
The Blues and Sharks have split four games this season, with the emerging victorious the last time these foes met 5-4. Schenn, Perron, and Hoffman all correlate at even strength for the Blues and have combined for seven goals and eight assists in the four games against the Sharks this season.
Torey Krug is the power-play quarterback on the top unit and has three assists and 10 shots against San Jose this season. All four skaters here see power-play time on the first unit, except Hoffman, who has been moved to the second unit. The Sharks have been one of the most heavily penalized teams in the league while boasting one of the worst penalty kills.
Mark Scheifele - Blake Wheeler - Pierre-Luc Dubois - Kyle Connor
- The Canadiens have been in a tailspin, and Scheifele has been on fire while his linemates haven't been slacking one bit. The Jets have four or more goals in three of their last five games, with Blake Wheeler and PLD combining for four goals and six assists in their last two games.
- Kyle Connor is the one-off here as far even-strength goes, but he does join Schiefele and Wheeler on the top power-play unit, a unit with a 23 percent success rate on the season. Connor lit the lamp twice in the last matchup with the Canadiens and has recorded four or more shots on goal in three of his last four games.
Connor McDavid - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jesse Puljujarvi
- The top line for the Oilers, obviously led by McDavid, has been one of the more productive even-strength lines in the league. Among forward lines that have skated together for at least 100 minutes, they are the third-best line as far as expected goals per 60 minutes go.
- In a game that should see a ton of pace, Edmonton's top line will have to be the driving force against the Leafs.
Other Stacks to Consider
New York Islanders
Mathew Barzal - Anders Lee - Jordan Eberle
Patrick Kane - Alex Debrincat - Duncan Keith
Los Angeles Kings
Anze Kopitar - Dustin Brown - Alex Iafallo - Drew Doughty
Top Positional Plays
*Note: The last skater listed at each position is my top value play.
- Nathan MacKinnon, COL (DK $8,800)
- Brayden Point, TB (DK $6,700)
- Evgeni Malkin, PIT (DK $5,700)
- Sebastian Aho, CAR (DK $5,500)
- Carl Soderberg, CHI (DK $3,300)
- J.T. Compher, COL (DK $3,000)
- Max Pacioretty, VGK (DK $8,100)
- Mitch Marner, TOR (DK $7,900)
- Brendan Gallagher, MTL (DK $5,600)
- Patric Hornqvist, FLA (DK $6,100)
- Andrei Svechnikov, CAR (DK $5,600)
- Blake Coleman, TB (DK $4,400)
- Joel Armia, MTL (DK $3,200)
- Victor Hedman, TB (DK $6,900)
- Alec Martinez, VGK (DK $5,700)
- Tyson Barrie, EDM (DK $6,500)
- Dougie Hamilton, CAR (DK $6,000)
- Shea Weber, MTL (DK $4,800)
- Justin Holl, TOR (DK $3,200)
- Erik Cernak, TB (DK $3,200)
- Andrei Vasilevskiy, TB (DK $8,400)
- Semyon Varlamov, NYI (DK $7,800)
- Connor Hellebuyck, WPG (DK $7,400)
- Jonathan Quick, LA (DK $7,000)
- Malcolm Subban, CHI (DK $8,100)