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@TheLooch recaps our picks from yesterday and brings you today’s NHL previews, analysis, top picks, and sleepers.
DraftKings has their daily freeroll, and it’s my favorite site because you can do late-swap if you pick the wrong goalie or one of your wingers is a late scratch. FanThrowdown has a $5 GPP called Throwdown, as well as their usual assortment of games.
Pete did a great job on the NHL Bomb yesterday as he really nailed some of his picks. Ales Hemsky listened to him and scored two goals, and Viktor Fasth got the start and beat red-hot goalie Pekka Rinne. Teddy Purcell had a huge game as well with two goals and an assist. David Clarkson did not deliver as the Islanders and Evgeni Nabokov put on a rare defensive effort. Tavares however had the biggest night of anyone, with a hat trick and an assist to boot. Lubomir Visnovsky, Pete’s other pick, also continued his strong play with an assist.
Jamie Benn (DAL C) – The Stars have somewhat quietly been one of the best teams in the NHL of late, winning five of their last six and scoring a minimum of three goals each game. Benn has been really consistent during this stretch with nine points in the last six, and at least one point in each game. Calgary is reeling on defense, as they struggle to find a consistent goaltender while Kipprusoff is out injured. ($7.2K Draftkings, $7.9K FanThrowdown)
Zach Parise (MIN LW) – The Wild have not been a good offensive team, but the top line has now been reunited after coach Yeo put Heatley back up on the top line. The Wild finally scored a few goals, even if it was against Colorado. Detroit, much like the Av’s, are dealing with a slew of injuries, and there’s a 50/50 chance Pavel Datsyuk (arguably Detroit’s best defensive forward) is out today. Parise has been peppering the net with shots, so even if he doesn’t score he’s won’t kill your lineup. ($6.1K Draftkings, $9K FanThrowdown)
Ryan Callahan (NYR RW) – Last time it was Gaborik who had the big day, but today I think its Callahan. He’s skating on the top line with Gaborik and Richards, and the Capitals have been one of the worst road teams in the NHL this season. After a tough home loss to the Islanders, I expect the Rangers to come out strong in this one, and Callahan has dominated the Capitals throughout his career. ($5.7k Draftkings, $7.7k FanThrowdown)
Roman Cervenka (CGY C) – The 27 year old Czech rookie has been a revelation for the Flames. Technically I don’t think you can be a rookie in the NHL at 27, but anyway, this guy has been promoted to the top line and the top power-play unit. He led the KHL in goals two years ago, and now he’s here to try to liven up the woeful Flames. While I still think Dallas gets their revenge, the Flames scored seven goals against Dallas the last time out. They once again face the same backup goalie with starter Lehtonen injured. ($2k Draftkings, $3.8k FanThrowdown)
Ryan Kesler (VAN C) – Okay, “sleeper” may be a bit of a stretch, but value is not. He’s simply a very talented offensive player, plays on the first power-play unit and the home matchup with a Blues team that has struggled defensively is not scary. The thing I really like most about him is his upside in relation to his price. Two years ago he scored 41 goals and had 32 assists, yet he’s only $5.1k on Drafkings, and $2.2k on FanThrowdown.
Dougie Hamilton (BOS D) – One of my early season sleepers, Dougie “Fresh” didn’t really explode onto the scene like some rookies, but quietly he’s been productive with about one SOG per game, and about 2.5 BS per game. He finally got his first goal last time out, and picked up an assist as well. I don’t expect another offensive outburst like that, but getting that first goal can do wonders for a young player’s confidence. I don’t expect Boston to score a ton against Winnipeg, since Boston has been struggling offensively and Winnipeg plays well at home. However, they are still Winnipeg and they’ve lost one of their top defensemen, Tobias Enstrom. ($3.2k Draftkings, $4k FanThrowdown)