NHL DFS: The Point Shot - 1/31

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Key Three Skaters

Mark Scheifele (WPG)

The Jets came out of the break with back to back road games on the East Coast and looked like they were sleeping on their skates for the first game and a half or so. However, they picked it up late in their last game against the Bruins and look like they got their legs back. This is a great spot for the Jets at home where they are a completely different team and with Scheifele leading the charge against a shaky Columbus defense, production should be aplenty.

Patrice Bergeron (BOS)

Bergeron continues to be one of the better centers in the league and is someone who dictates the pace of the game extremely well, especially at home. Coming off a two-goal effort in his last game, look for Bergeron to continue the rock-solid play that he carried into and out of the all-star break.

Artemi Panarin (CBJ)

Heading into the all-star break the Jets were struggling with left-wingers and that's continued in two games coming out of the break as Winnipeg has allowed a goal and three assists to the position over that span. Panarin came into the break goals on five of six games and added to his point total against the Sabres the other night with two assists. Panarin's salary is more than manageable on DK in a game that could see some fireworks.

Favorite Line Stacks

Jets First Line

Connor - Scheifele - Wheeler

Very dangerous at home and after a lackluster game against the Flyers coming out of the break, they woke up late in their next game against the Bruins with a tremendous third period. Connor continues to be a major asset and net-front presence at even strength and on the power play. Blake Wheeler is one of the better playmaking wingers in the NHL once again this season averaging the second-most assists per 60 (2.96) in 21:30 of average ice-time which is also second-most among wingers. I spoke on Scheifele above and he'll likely be tasked with matching up against Columbus' first line center Pierre-Luc Dubois who still leaves a lot to be desired defensively. Winnipeg's strong 18-6-2 record at home is worth noting here as they are often led by their top line in their own building.

Bruins First Line

Marchand - Bergeron - Pastrnak

Speaking of being led by their top line in their own building, the Bruins are 17-7-2 at home this season and this line has done the bulk of the scoring as a whole. Even with Bergeron missing 16 games early on due to injury, he, Marchand, and Pastrnak has combined for 19 even strength goals as a unit. Furthermore, combined they have scored 63 of the Bruins' 133 goals this season which is roughly 47 percent. Boston is 6-2-1 in their last nine against the Flyers and even with how good Carter Hart has been, it's tough to bet against the "Dirty Water" line tonight.

Top Positional Plays

Center

Claude Giroux (PHI) - Has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in his last 11 games against the Bruins.

Mika Zibanejad (NYR) - After laying an egg the other night, expect Zib and the Rangers to come out with a lot of energy against the lowly Devils.

Pierre-Luc Dubois (CBJ) - Offensively, Dubois has quietly had a very good season ranking third on Columbus in points (45) with 18 goals in 49 games.

Bryan Little (WPG) - Great value as always at the center spot for a dynamic offense.

David Krejci (BOS) - Always overshadowed by Bergeron, but considering his value Krejci is as steady a second line center that you'll find.

Nico Hischier (NJ) - For a young player, his hockey sense is off the charts and his ability to make plays in deep makes him a play worth considering against the non-physical Ranger defense core.

Wing

Cam Atkinson (CBJ) - Cam continues to be a machine shooting the puck and scoring goals ranking in the top 10 in both shots per 60 and goals per 60.

Patrik Laine (WPG) - Played less than 11 minutes in his last game, clearly an eye-opening scenario for one of the better young scorers in the game. Look for him to come out with a sense of urgency at home where he's been unstoppable often early in his young career.

Kyle Palmieri (NJ) - Points in six of his last seven games against the Rangers.

Jake Voracek (PHI) - Clearly not the player he once was but he's still a good playmaker and is a great value on DK at $4,700 on the top power-play unit.

Nick Foligno (CBJ) - Positions himself in front of the net often skating on the second line and top power-play unit.

Chris Kreider (NYR) - Skated extremely well in the Rangers' last game and could've easily had a hat trick if not for being robbed on three occasions by Anthony Stolarz. Kreids has been solid all season long ranking in the top 10 among forwards in high-danger scoring chances per 60.

James van Riemsdyk (PHI) - Has seven goals in his last seven games and is skating on the top line and top power-play unit.

Jake Debrusk (BOS) - $4,100 on DK and $4,800 on FD skating on the second line making for a nice value pairing with Krejci and seeing time on the top power-play unit where he's scored five of his 14 goals.

Defense

Torey Krug (BOS) - Efficient with his ice time as he's in the top 10 among defensemen in points per 60.

Seth Jones (CBJ) - As he was the other night, he's the best all-around defenseman on the slate tonight. Whether or not you want to pay up for him is the tough call.

Jacob Trouba (WPG) Logging time on the top power-play unit with the continued absence of Dustin Byfuglien.

Value

I love the value at hand on defense tonight.

Zach Werenski (CBJ) - His salary is simply to low on DK tonight at $4,500. I'll gladly take this discount and not look back.

Will Butcher (NJ) - Second pairing and top power-play unit. Butcher has recorded 11 of his 19 points on the power play and the Rangers' penalty kill ranks 26th in the league overall while averaging the third-most penalty minutes per game.

Ivan Provorov (PHI) - Should continue to see more valuable ice time with Shayne Gostisbehere out. Even in a tough matchup, Provorov does enough to put him into consideration.

Charlie McAvoy (BOS) - Skating with more confidence coming out of the break after a rough first half with injury related issues.

Damon Severson (NJ) - Should see an uptick in minutes and be more of a factor on offense with Sami Vatanen out with a concussion.

Kevin Shattenkirk (NYR) - He's been a major disappointment since signing with the Rangers, but he still has ability offensively and skates on the top power-play unit.

Top Goalies

Tuukka Rask (BOS)

Keith Kinkaid (NJ)

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