NHL: Slap Shot - Jan 27th

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We are back with only SIX games but enough juice to get the blood flowing for some PUCK action over the second half of the season. Obviously everyone playing tonight has had a week or more off and so we have no perceived rest issues but you certainly can expect some rust issues.

You should make sure that you double check line combinations for tonight. Teams were really shaking things up before the All-Star break and while we should be able to assume reliable practice information from yesterday, it's been proven time and time again that teams will adjust their lines without notice in the pre-game skate.

KEY SKATERS

Nico Hischier - C - $5,000 - Devils

It's not so much that he is just too cheap, he's just ... well, too cheap? Price and matchup along with expected performance all match-up tonight for Hischier against the Senators.

Evander Kane - W - $5,900 - Sharks

Love the Sharks/Ducks game tonight not only is it your late night hammer but this is a good sneaky game to go over the total. The Hertl-Kane combination is my favorite C-W play on the board for DFS as they accounted for 3 goals in their prior meeting with these two teams back in November and many prior Ducks-Sharks games have had 6+ goals in them. Two teams who I feel aren't stout defensively as the perception is for them and we'll get some good value here.

Thomas Chabot - D - $6,300 - Senators

There's quite a few bigger name defenseman on the slate tonight (Hedman, Carlson, Burns, Josi, etc...) but the one who has the best statistical match-up is Chabot. I think it's a long shot to consider fading all the high priced D-Men, so get one in tonight and with this game being a good DFS target I would start here.

Other Skaters to Target

  1. Seguin-Rad/Benn (Stars) ... Sneaky, affordable and equal the upside of the Toronto top two lines in my mind.
  2. JGP / Tkachuk (Senators)
  3. Rakell / Getzlaf (Ducks)
  4. Schenn / Schwartz (Blues)
  5. Horvat / Pearson (Canucks

STACKS

Ducks vs Sharks

Getzlaf/Rakell, Hertl/Kane and Fowler/Burns as third pairings for each stack are the plays from this game. Getzlaf-Rakell should be a low owned value combination today.

Update: Timo Meier is the third leg of the Hertl-Kane line tonight and that's a perfect third player to lock in on this spot. I'm sticking with the original LINE LOCK because I just don't like to change it but I will have 3 Sharks on my main lineup and not 3 Stars on my main lineup if that tells you anything.

Devils vs Senators

Hischier, Tkachuk and Chabot are the main focal points in this game. This is obviously going to be a target game tonight and the Devils give up most goals to opposing left wingers which benefits Tkachuk. Game is going over and Sens One line is my target from Ottawa.

Dallas Stars

Seguin-Benn-Radulov ... In terms of a full line for a good price you can't beat this one tonight.

GOALIES

Pekka Rinne and Freddie Andersen

The Leafs and Predators game will be a tempting DFS spot but this is my get risky game of the night for netminders. Both teams should give up plenty of shots giving Rinne and Andersen some nice ceiling upside if the game goes as expected. Since I am not playing much in terms of skaters on this game, it's my goalie spot.

Jacob Markstrom

Nothing sexy but this is also a "safe" type game to look at for goalies.

SLAP SHOTS ...

LINE LOCK OF THE NIGHT: Seguin - Radulov - Benn (Dallas Stars)

ONE OFF WINGER: Brady Tkachuk (Senators)

ONE OFF VALUE WINGER: Rickard Rakell (Ducks)

TOP DEFENSEMAN: Thomas Chabot (Senators)

FAVORITE BET: Ducks/Sharks OVER 5.5

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