Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: Top DraftKings NHL DFS Picks, Lineup Strategy for April 24
Saturday will feature a nine-game NHL Main Slate starting at 7 p.m. ET on DraftKings. In this article, you will find DFS tips for DraftKings queues, plus a few DraftKings Sportsbook bets to target.
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Arizona Coyotes -105 Silver Line at Los Angeles Kings
The Coyotes suffer back-to-back losses against the Wild. These losses are a bit misleading, however, as the team probably deserved a better fate than in Game 2 (a 4-1 loss), as they shot over 40 shots on goal but only passed one. just one. Cam Talbot. Arizona managed to get into a playoff race here, and with Darcy Kuemper ($ 7,500) back and having a few departures under his belt, I expect them to show up at this location. As slight underdogs here, they seem slightly undervalued in ML against a Kings team that has lost seven of their last 10 games.
Phil Kessel on 2.5 SOG (+150)
The Coyotes shot over 40 shots on goal in their last game against the Wild and now face a Kings team that allows over SOG 31.0 per game, ranking 21st in shots allowed. Kessel has shot 17 SOGs in his last five games alone (3.4 on average), so the big odds make the surge very appealing. Arizona need this game to stay in the playoff race, and you should see more aggression from them on offense here again.
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Top Line Stacks
Ottawa Senators at the Vancouver Canucks
Josh Norris ($ 4,600) – Brady Tkachuk ($ 7,400) – Drake Batherson ($ 4,300)
The Senators clocked a 3-0 time against the Canucks in Game 1 of this series, and their suddenly competent offense now gets a second hit against one of the weaker defensive teams in the league. Vancouver allows the most SOGs per game of any team in the league, gave up the 10th most scoring chances and has the ninth worst shots on goal in this game. It’s a great game for any team, and the fact that the Sens top line has been producing lately makes it an even better place than normal.
Ottawa’s top trio, who also form the basis of their PP1, have now scored 19 points and eight goals in their last five games and are clearly playing their best hockey of the year. Tkachuk continues to be the team’s most dangerous player, averaging just under 4.0 SOG per game over his last 10 starts. He’s hit the DK SOG bonus in four of his last eight starts and brings the ‘goal and bonus’ type in a game like this at a very affordable price. Both Norris and Batherson are great values here too, particularly Norris, who averages over 17 minutes per night as the de facto No.1 center of the Senses and has now produced 10.0 DKFP or more in five of his last six starts. With a top notch fantastic match on tap, the top line of the Sens makes an excellent stack at a very attractive price.
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Superstar to target
Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs at the Winnipeg Jets, $ 9,200
We’ve got a nine-game roster today, and with more value to choose from, paying off the expensive Matthews here should be a little easier than normal. The game is also a big factor as the Jets are a fantastic good opponent, offering the 12th most SOGs per game and the fifth most scoring chances against this year. Matthews scored several points against Winnipeg in four of his six games in 2021 and notched one goal and two assists (with seven SOGs) in the last meeting between the two teams. With only a difference of $ 600 between him and Max Pacioretty ($ 8,600), anchoring with Matthews here seems like the logical choice. He’s averaged 22.2 DKFP over his last 10 games (vs. 13.7 for Max) and is in an above-average game as well.
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Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets vs Toronto Maple Leafs ($ 4,500)
Wheeler returned to the game after missing nearly three weeks of play and quickly played over 19 minutes against the Maple Leafs, securing an assist in a 5-3 loss. The Winnipeg winger was back in his usual front row role and is well placed here against Toronto, which has the league’s fifth-worst penalty shootout and has given up the 14th most scoring chances of the season. Wheeler is just too cheap for a front row winger here, especially one with 33 points in 40 games. Enjoy it while you can.
Alex Tuch, Vegas Golden Knights vs. Anaheim Ducks ($ 5,100)
Tuch isn’t super cheap, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t represent good value in today’s top fantasy game against Anaheim. The winger fills the second row for the injured Reilly Smith ($ 3,700; undisclosed) and his opportunity could earn him a permanent place in the top six, even when Smith returns. Tuch is averaging well over 16 minutes per game and averaging 3.3 SOG per game as well (which makes him a good supporting target as well). He has scored in three of his last five games and should continue to have positive looks with Smith.
Darcy Kuemper, Arizona Coyotes at Los Angeles Kings ($ 7,500)
Kuemper is admittedly a bit of a wild card tonight, as he made three starts after coming back from injury, but only produced one win. Still, he looked pretty solid against a tough Minnesota team in his last outing and faces a weaker attacking opponent tonight. This game is almost playing out at a pick’em in the odds, so the $ 7.5K prize money makes it a viable GPP contender in a highly winnable match against a team that ranks 25th in xGF% and 19th in goals scored per game. .
Kaapo Kahkonen, Minnesota Wild at San Jose Sharks ($ 8,100)
With Cam Talbot having played last night – and having faced over 40 SOGs – Kahkonen looks likely to get the Wild’s call here. They come in as the -127 road favorites, but face a Sharks team that shouldn’t scare anyone off as San Jose has been terrible at burying their chances this year, placing 26th in both power play efficiency and performance. goals per game. Despite a few hiccups lately, Kahkonen is averaging 14.8 DKFP in his last 10 games and still has a pretty solid 0.910 save percentage over the year. It’s a good payment option assuming he gets the call.
Value on defense
Danny Dekeyser, Detroit Red Wings ($ 3,000)
For its great price, Dekeyser has produced some fantastic big returns lately. The veteran only plays 19-20 minutes per game for the Red Wings, but he’s now put in a 10-game 8.6 DKFP average and continues to be a top shot blocker. Dekeyser has hit the blocked shot bonus in five of his last six starts, and although he’s not an elite offensive player, he contributes every now and then on the scoresheet with five points in his 10 last matches. The Wings have a slim backend, so expect Dekeyser to remain part of their top four and maybe even pick up a few more minutes as the season progresses. It’s a good payback target, and the price and blocked shot potential make it a bit match-proof.
Shea Theodore, Vegas Golden Knights at Anaheim Ducks ($ 6,600)
When Theodore is priced under $ 7K and faces off against one of the West Division’s weaker opponents, it is an easy payout goal. The former Duck continues to shoot the puck more than almost any defenseman in the league and is averaging 3.8 SOG over his last 10 games. Considering he hasn’t scored in more than 10 games, to say it’s due to a positive regression in goals is an understatement. Vegas is a huge -265 favorite today, and with Anaheim allowing for the second-most scoring chances against (in any league), a Theodore breakout game wouldn’t be shocking.
Quinn Hughes ($ 5,200), Vancouver Canucks vs Ottawa Senators
The Canucks’ PP1 could be a sneaky stack tonight against a weak Ottawa team that allows the fourth most shots per game and has the 12th worst kill in the league. Hughes is certainly one to target here if you take that route as the second-year defenseman has continued to be a prolific points producer (even if Vancouver is struggling) and is only one game away from one. three-point exit against Toronto. Price and game dictate Hughes is a good target tonight as the Sens-Canucks remain only one of the two games with a 6.0 total and also make it a good game to stack (both sides) .
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