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@thelooch recaps our picks from yesterday and brings you today’s NHL previews, analysis, top picks, and sleepers.
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DraftKings continues to roll out their daily freeroll to go along with a plethora of GPPs, HUs and 50/50 games. DraftDay has a $25 freeroll called Moves Like Jagr along with their usual assortment of GPPs and unique target games. FanThrowdown has their NHL Throwdown $5.50 GPP along with a number of double-up leagues.
Sidney Crosby – Despite the Penguins scoring five goals, Crosby uncharacteristically was in on just one of them, notching a power-play assist to go along with 4 SOG for 3.2 FP (DraftKings scoring)
Claude Giroux – The Flyers came up with a huge win and scored six goals, and Giroux notched two assists to go along with 3 SOG and 2 BS for 5.9 FP (DraftKings scoring)
Jarome Iginla – Even though the Flames managed just one goal against a stingy Kings team, Iginla filled the scoresheet with an assist, a whopping NINE SOG, 2 PIM, and 1 BS for 5.4 FP (DraftKings scoring)
Pavel Datsyuk (DET LW) – Columbus comes to Detroit, aka Hockeytown, to fix what is ailing the Red Wings. Wings have lost three straight as they continue to hemorrhage goals with weak defense and goaltending. While Datsyuk is typically more of a playmaker than a goal-scorer, it seems he’s taken matters into his own hands, scoring a goal in five straight games. Columbus was one of the worst road teams last year, and this year is no different, surrendering 3.43 goals per game on the road. Datsyuk is about as reliable as they come ($6.5k DraftKings, $9k FanThrowdown, $14k DraftDay)
Mikko Koivu (MIN C) – Finally the Wild are picking it up offensively as their top line has been reunited. Their other lines really have struggled to score, so the burden rests on the shoulders of Koivu, Parise, and Heatley. They travel to Edmonton, a team not known for its defense, and this year Edmonton is giving up about one goal more per game at home than on the road. He’s picked up three points in his last two games, and I think the Wild will keep it rolling tonight. Also, Mikko is practically a value play at his price and someone that can separate you from the pack as he’s typically not a high percentage-owned player. ($4.9k DraftKings, $5.2k FanThrowdown, $10k DraftDay)
Alexander Burrows (VAN RW) – Vancouver is one of the better road teams in scoring, averaging three goals per game away from home. Interestingly enough, their Dallas opponent gives up three goals per game at home. Burrows is skating on the top line with the very talented Sedins and he’s been extra aggressive of late, taking no less than four SOG in the last five games. Dallas has already confirmed that Nilstrop will make just the third start of his career, and I think the opportunity for Burrows to have a big game is definitely there. ($4.9k DraftKings, $6.1k FanThrowdown, $10.4k DraftDay)
Alexei Ponikarovsky (NJD LW) – We’ll just call him “Poni” for short to make it easy on Gabey, but the fact is he’s dirt cheap and is skating on the top line with Kovalchuk and Zajac. The Devils will try to snap their two-game losing streak as they try to solve Braden Holtby, who has played better of late but is still sporting an atrocious 3.68 GAA on the season. ($3.2k DraftKings, $4k FanThrowdown, $6.1k DraftDay)
Bryan Little ( WPG C) – You’re used to us picking on the Jets because they give up a lot of goals (and they do), and you should consider some Hurricanes for sure, but the Canes also have been giving up some goals themselves. Little is centering the Jets top line and top power-play unit, and again, he’s someone few people will have so that helps separate you from the pack in a GPP. He’s getting nearly 20 minutes of ice-time per game as well. Not going to find too many guys like that at his price. ($3.9k DraftKings, $3.7k FanThrowdown, $7.7k DraftDay)
David Desharnais (MON C) – I had to throw one Canadien out here because they are at home and draw the defensively inept Islanders, a team surrending 3.5 goals per game on the road. The Habs are quietly one of the best teams in the league right now and top ten in goals per game. He’s centering a line between Max Pacioretty and Erik Cole, two guys who combined to score 68 goals last year. Desharnais has put up points in his last three games and is also seeing significant time on the power-play unit. ($3.7k DraftKings, $3.9k FanThrowdown, $7.8k DraftDay)