Fantasy Hockey

NHL Picks: Best Bets, DraftKings Fantasy Hockey DFS Cheat Sheet for March 24

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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Florida Panthers vs Montreal Canadiens over 6.5 (+100)

The Panthers and Canadiens rank in the top 10 in terms of the frequency of times they hit during this season. The Panthers’ 61.3% plus percentage is the third highest in the league and they head into this game against Montreal with a new addition on offense in Claude Giroux. The Montreal offense has finally come to life lately, which has led to bigger game totals (and more hits), with eight of the Canadiens’ last 10 games scoring seven or more goals combined. At plus-money, plus-6.5 looks very attractive today.


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Top stack

Edmonton Oilers vs. San Jose Sharks

Connor McDavid ($9,000) – Evander Kane ($6,200) – Kailer Yamamoto ($4,100)

The Oilers today face a San Jose Sharks team that has lost seven of its last nine road games and allowed three or more goals in eight of those nine games. The Oilers’ first line has been hitting the bull’s eye lately and is coming off seven goals and 17 points between them in their last three games.

Edmonton has mixed and matched its top lines a lot this season, but lately the line of Kane, Yamamoto and McDavid has been glued together and is also experiencing a lot of power-play time together. McDavid arrives having scored multiple points in six of his last seven games and he’s finally managed to bring out a consistent score from third-year player Kailer Yamamoto, who has scored 10 points in his last 10 games and is still available at well under $5,000. Evander Kane has also played his best hockey of the season over the past two weeks and is in a clear position for revenge against his former club.

Edmonton is involved in a dogfight for a playoff spot and is coming off a loss. With San Jose in the midst of a road trip and fresh off an emotional win over Calgary, count on Edmonton’s front row to put on a big night here and don’t be afraid to pay for the trio though. correlated.


Superstar to target

Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks at LA Kings ($7,300)

As with most big rosters, we have some big talent we can pay for, but there’s also decent value to be had among the top names. Patrick Kane comes into this game having scored 18 points in his last 10 games, but he’s still available for well under $7,500. The Kings have trouble on the blue line with Drew Doughty and are now sitting with the fifth-worst penalty in the league.

The slate has a wide variety of favorites, so much so that Kane could easily go unnoticed there. Since the end of January, Kane has scored three times as much as DKFP 40.0 and this kind of upside should never be overlooked when it comes to acceptable prices and low ownership potential. Build around the Kane trend if you can.


Attack value

Kevin Hayes, Philadelphia Flyers at St. Louis Blues ($3,700)

The Flyers just traded their captain and it left a pretty obvious hole in the middle of their roster. Kevin Hayes is finally healthy and looks like a player they will use to fill the void left by Claude Giroux. Hayes is currently carrying the Flyers’ top line and has averaged over 19.0 minutes in his last four starts. He’s had four points in his last two games and will continue to devour a ton of offensive zone starts and special teams use. If you need a cheap mini-stack, there’s no reason to shy away from Hayes, or the Flyers’ front line today, which has produced some solid plays lately.

Elias Pettersson, Vancouver Canucks at Minnesota Wild ($4,400)

The Wild just had a shutout, so it’s likely that many Canucks forwards will be underhanded in the GPPs today. Pettersson is still pretty undervalued, but under $4,500 — his lowest price in more than five games — and is averaging 11.7 DKFP over his last 10 starts. The Wild are a team that aren’t afraid to get into shootouts and sit with a below-average penalty kick that only has a 76% save rate. Pettersson is a good one-time value and a player who has been a solid fullback at a price at these levels.


Goalkeeper

Semyon Varlamov or Ilya Sorokin, New York Islanders vs. Detroit Red Wings ($8,200)

The Islanders go home today and face a Detroit team that has been openly terrible on the road. The Red Wings have a 9-18-3 road record this season and a -45 goal differential, making them one of the worst road teams in the league. The Islanders go into this game 6-2 in their last eight games and both of their goaltenders have played well over that streak. Varlamov just had a shutout two days ago and could be in line to start today. He has averaged 15.5 DKFP in 15 home starts this season and has now stopped 61 of the last 63 shots he has faced.

If it’s Sorokin playing, you really shouldn’t have any problems switching to him. Detroit has scored more than two goals just once in its last six road games and Sorokin himself has been solid lately, posting a .929 or better save percentage in his last five appearances. Islanders goaltenders are affordable in the $8,000 range and in a great place today to produce for day-to-day fantasy hockey purposes.


Value on defense

Jeff Petry, Montreal Canadiens vs. Florida Panthers ($3,600)

Asking the Canadians (+220) to pull off the upset tonight might be asking too much. Still, this is a side that have scored three or more goals in three of their last home starts and have looked much improved in attack lately. One of the consequences of the team’s improved play was Jeff Petry’s return to fantasy relevance. Petry has had a terrible start to the season but has rebounded well over the past month. The veteran is averaging 5.0 shots on goal + blocked shots in his last 10 games, a mark that puts him in elite company at his position.

Petry has hit the blocked shot bonus in each of his last six games and his production in that area alone is reason enough to field him at these levels. He’s also been throwing with more offense lately and is averaging 0.5 points per game in his last 10 starts. With his fantastic value on the rise and his value not tied to real-life points alone, he’s an easy value to target on defense today.


Power play defenders

Noah Dobson, New York Islanders vs. Detroit Red Wings ($6,400)

Today, defense looks like a place where we’re either paying for the incredible upside that Roman Josi ($9,200) brings, or looking for someone under $7,000 who could bring us better value. . Dobson has nine points in his last nine games, and while all of those points have been assists, it’s also significant that seven of those assists have come on the power play. Dobson obviously plays big minutes on special teams for the Islanders (and produces) and gets a positive game today against Detroit, which ranks fourth last in shorthanded efficiency.

Dobson isn’t Josi but he’s made a big leap forward as an attacking catalyst this season and has scored 15.0 DKFP or more in four of his last 10 starts. All of those totals were also achieved without scoring an actual goal (which is impressive in itself) and today’s game will certainly give him a great chance to break his goal drought. Don’t be shocked if Dobson pushes for the highest-scoring D-man on the slate there.

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