Auston Matthews, TOR (DK $8,900)
- Matthews returned last game after a brief injury absence and looked like he hadn't missed a beat against Edmonton. The Vancouver Canucks continue to allow the most scoring chances per 60 minutes at 5v5 of any team in the league, and Toronto's offense is second in the NHL with 3.52 goals per game.
- In his last three games against Vancouver, AM34 has five goals and 13 shots. Even as the highest-priced skater on the slate, Matthews shouldn't be overlooked or considered too expensive because he won't be low-owned considering the matchup and the available value on the slate.
Brayden Point, TB (DK $6,100)
- The defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning haven't skipped a beat as they are off to a 15-4-1 start. Point is off to a modest start for his standards with seven goals and 19 points in 20 games thus far, as more focus has been centered around him with the absence of perennial Hart Trophy candidate Nikita Kucherov out for the season.
- Considering how dangerous the Tampa offense and forgiving the Blackhawks' defense is, Point can be considered a value at just $6,100, less expensive than 12 other centers on the slate.
Patrick Kane, CHI (DK $8,500)
- In that same game with Point, Patrick Kane finds himself in a favorable position against a Lightning team that allows the eighth-most scoring chances per 60 minutes at 5v5. Now obviously, Tampa has an all-world goaltender in Andrei Vasilevskiy bailing them out more often than not, but Kane is no slouch, obviously.
- The future Hall of Famer has found his way on the score sheet in five of his last six games while recording multiple points in three of those contests. This game should have some really good pace and scoring chances on both sides throughout.
Sean Monahan - Johnny Gaudreau - Matthew Tkachuk - Elias Lindholm
Is it possible that one of the worst teams in the NHL, if not the worst, could be the kryptonite of one of the most talented offensive Canadian teams, at least on paper? Well, considering that the Senators have outscored Calgary 14 to seven in three games this season, there could be something to it.
Or, it could just be a matter of time before Calgary rights the ship on their season and against Ottawa. At an uninspiring 10-11-2, the Flames come in with just 2.52 goals scored per game (27th in the league) and have just been visible on the ice.
However, the Senators are BRUTAL defensively near the bottom in virtually every defensive category, including goals against per game where they are dead last. Monahan, Gaudreau, and Lindholm are all on the top even-strength line and top power-play unit together. Tkachuk joins them with the man-advantage and is tied for second with three power-play goals. Monahan also has three, and Gaudreau leads Calgary with four. Something has to give for Calgary as they've been my Achilles-heal all season.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Auston Matthews - Mitch Marner - Joe Thornton - Morgan Rielly
- With top-line and top power-play correlation for Matthews, Marner, and Thornton, it's hard not to consider the trio against one of the worst defenses in the league. Vancouver is also one of the most penalized teams in the league on a per-game basis (10.7 penalty minutes per game), and Toronto's power-play is second-best in the league percentage-wise.
- Rielly had a goal last night and now has four on the season with 19 points total. The 26-year-old defenseman is an offensive threat every time he's on the ice and is just two seasons removed from a 20 goal, 72 point season.
Other Stacks to Consider
New York Rangers
Mika Zibanejad - Pavel Buchnevich - Alexis Lafreniere - Chris Kreider
New York Islanders
Mathew Barzal - Anders Lee - Jordan Eberle - Ryan Pulock
Nick Suzuki - Tyler Toffoli - Jonathan Drouin - Shea Weber
Top Positional Plays
*Note: The last skater listed at each position is my top value play.
- Jack Eichel, BUF (DK $6,900)
- Aleksander Barkov, FLA (DK $7,000)
- Sebastian Aho, CAR (DK $6,200)
- Jack Hughes, NJD (DK $5,800)
- Yanni Gourde, TB (DK $3,500)
- Patrik Laine, CBJ (DK $6,800)
- Brendan Gallagher, MTL (DK $6,000)
- Andrei Svechnikov, CAR (DK $5,900)
- William Nylander, TOR (DK $5,100)
- Blake Coleman, TB (DK $4,200)
- Frank Vatrano, FLA (DK $3,800)
- Roman Josi, NSH (DK $6,900)
- Victor Hedman, TB (DK $6,700)
- Adam Fox, NYR (DK $6,600)
- Ivan Provorov, PHI (DK $5,700)
- Ryan McDonagh, TB (DK $4,000)
- MacKenzie Weegar, FLA (DK $3,600)
- Noah Hanifin, CGY (DK $2,700)
- Semyon Varlamov, NYI (DK $8,300)
- Sergei Bobrovsky, FLA (DK $7,800)
- Carter Hart, PHI (DK $7,900)
- David Rittich, CGY (DK $8,400)