NHL Picks: Best Bets, DraftKings Fantasy Hockey DFS Cheat Sheet for April 7
Thursday includes a 10-game NHL slate, which begins 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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Canucks puck line (-1.5) +110
The Coyotes are a favorable target most nights when they’re on the slate. They are 2-8 in their last 10 games and are also 10-23-1 at home, having lost three of their last four home games by two or more goals. The Canucks are 19-14-4 and have beaten strong teams like Vegas and Dallas by wide margins in two of their last three road starts. The extra money available for puck line coverage is like a gamble. Vancouver may not be the world champion. but they’re respectable, and it’s good enough to bet they’ll cover against the Coyotes.
Moneyline Circulars +115
We targeted the Flyers over the total a few days ago against the Blue Jackets and got “Merzlikin-ed”. Philadelphia took 49 shots on goal, but goaltender Elvis Merzlikins saved 47. The effort has been there lately for the Flyers, however, who kept it tight in this game until very late. Their young core has been the best unit lately, picking up wins over the Islanders, Blues and Rangers in their last 10 games. Taking the +115 to pressure for a money line win makes sense.
Parlay both on DraftKings Sportsbook +351
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Dallas Stars vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Roope Hintz ($6,000) – Jason Robertson ($5,800) – Joe Pavelski ($5,600)
I’ve probably written more about the Stars’ best unit this year than any other line in hockey. That’s for good reason though, as it’s hard to match their mix of benefit and value. Dallas’ top unit looks very affordable again today, with all three men at $6,000 or less, and they have an underrated game against the Leafs, which will likely see a high number of owners of each other. side of this game.
The Stars front row gives you solid leverage in GPPs and more importantly will save us salary space to pay in other positions like defense where we have the top fantasy producer in the background in play today. The Stars’ top three have been useless in their last three games, but the Leafs are at the end of a big Southern swing, which has seen them play against top teams for the past week or so. Dallas’ top unit still ranks fifth in overall goal production this year, and all three men have had strong home splits, with Hintz and Pavelski much more effective scorers at home.
This match has a total of 6.5 goals which is increasing as we speak. The close point spread and cheap wages mean stacking Dallas up in the GPPs is likely the way to go tonight and a good way to start the daily fantasy hockey rosters.
Superstar to target
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks vs. Seattle Kraken ($8,100)
It certainly looks like a slate where Patrick Kane is likely to get a bit overlooked. The Oilers and Leafs both play, so most people will be looking to get up against Auston Matthews or Connor McDavid, which will leave them with no room for Kane. The veteran winger arrives having notched over 20.0 DKFP in three of his last seven games and still has plenty of upside for us in places like this. Seattle has been abysmal shorthanded the past half of the year, and the Blackhawks have a higher implied goal total than Edmonton at 3.6.
Kane is cheaper and is going to be in a great position to pick up easy points on the power play against the Kraken, who have allowed four or more goals in four straight road games.
Joel Farabee, Philadelphia Flyers at Columbus Blue Jackets ($4,400)
The Flyers face a Blue Jackets team that is last in scoring chances allowed this season (and has allowed four or more goals in four of its last eight games). Forward Joel Farabee has seen tons of top-six minutes for the Flyers lately and is averaging over 18 minutes per game, as well as averaging 2.8 shots on net and 11.0 DKFP at the during the same period. He’s not doing anything crazy, but has flourished with the increased opportunities, and he’s making a good upside game against a modest Blue Jackets team that remains the best game on the roster for day-to-day fantasy hockey needs.
Tanner Pearson, Vancouver Canucks vs. Arizona Coyotes ($3,800)
Pearson is another cheap striker with a fantastic game today. He plays in a starring role against two talented forwards in Elias Pettersson and JT Miller, and he’s landed three or more shots into the net in three of his last four games. The Canucks have a strong implied team total of around 3.4 goals today and (as mentioned above) have been doing well on the road lately. The Coyotes rank fifth in scoring chances allowed and make Pearson a strong upside contender under $4,000 today.
Mike Smith or Mikko Koskinen, Edmonton Oilers vs. Los Angeles Kings ($7,700)
The Oilers goaltenders are priced well tonight and have a solid game against the Kings. Los Angeles is just .500 in its last 10 games and has now been limited to three or fewer goals in four straight games. The Oilers goaltenders have had tremendous support lately and will face what can only be described as an ineffective Kings offense. LA attempted 35.1 shots per game this year (fifth-best in the league), but averaged less than 3.0 goals per game.
Both Mikko Koskinen and Mike Smith have been playing better lately, with Smith stopping 62 of the last 64 shots he’s faced and Koskinen stopping 69 of the last 73 he’s faced. It would make sense for the Oilers to give the former Smith a rest tonight, but with both goaltenders fit – and cheaply available for day-to-day fantasy hockey – we should be comfortable either. The Oilers are small road favorites at -130 on the DraftKings Sportsbook, which makes their guards excellent value targets today.
Value on defense
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Vancouver Canucks vs. Arizona Coyotes ($3,700)
The Canucks will be without their primary defensive power play option in Quinn Hughes. That should open up a lot of ice for Ekman-Larsson who really benefited to fantastic ends when Hughes was out. The former Coyote had assists in three straight games and collected his first power-play point in more than 10 games in his last outing.
Going forward, we should expect Ekman-Larsson to run some big minutes today and be the primary backline distributor on the power play against an Arizona team that ranks third in efficiency. outnumbered. Ekman-Larsson will play in a familiar barn tonight in Arizona and will have plenty of chances to pay that small salary. It’s great value on the back-end.
Power play defenders
Roman Josi, Nashville Predators vs. Ottawa Seantors ($8,900)
With a higher tier of weaker defenders to choose from on this list, it looks like a night where we should be trying to ‘scramble’ Roman Josi. The Swiss superstar has been tearing up the slates every night for the last month or so, and he now averages 20.8 DKFP over his last 10 games. What’s more impressive is that he reached that mark by scoring just two goals. Josi averaged over 1.5 assists per game during that span and 5.3 blocked shots + shots on goal.
The Senators have won three in a row, but they’ve all faced slightly worse teams. Nashville beat them 4-1 a few games ago and must continue to win given the tight Western Conference playoff race. We have good value options with Vancouver and Philadelphia today, so aiming for the ceiling with Josi at this price seems like a good way to approach the slate.
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