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NHL DFS Picks For April 18, 2022

Sebastian Aho
MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 21: Sebastian Aho (20) of the Carolina Hurricanes skates during the second period of the NHL game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens on October 21, 2021, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by Vincent Ethier/Icon Sportswire)

The New York Islanders have been lost at sea. The Washington Capitals and Minnesota Wild have clinched playoff berths and the Toronto Maple Leafs have won 50 games in the regular season for the first time in team history. Records are being broken, hopes and dreams crushed, and everything in between. Are you not entertained?!

Here’s a mixed lineup For DFS Hockey 4/18/22 (using DraftKings Values)

CenterS. Aho$7,300
WingM. Tkachuk$7,300
GoalieJ. Markstrom$8,200

While Jakob Markstrom is not particularly cheap, it is ridiculous that he costs less than Antti Raanta. The weight draft kings puts on a team is bit much and still doesn’t make sense when you are putting Calgary against Chicago. The hunt for 10 shutouts continues.

Sebastian Aho should benefit greatly from playing the Coyotes. We took the Flames against them last game and they got annihilated. They are going to be so glad the season is over. We are too, so we can see what the GM will do with all those draft picks.

Matthew Tkachuk is one goal away from 40 and four points from 100. It is funny that his younger brother signed a huge deal before he did, but with the bridge deal that he got and the year he is having, he will have the last laugh. He will be getting paid over $10,000,000 next year. Hopefully, the Flames can afford him.

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The Blue Jackets look done, done. They are not exactly tanking for a better draft pick, but they know their season is over and they do not want to hurt any of the young talent that is building their new core. They outperformed this year and will be looking to continue to surprise next year. In the wake of that, take John Gibson. The Ducks are still fighting for a spot and their opponent is just easier than what the Isles have to deal with tonight. 

We are not going after Auston Matthews today for obvious reasons, so we will offer a modest upgrade on Nelson. Tage Thompson is having a magical year and Philly is having, well, a Philly year. The jawns in Fishtown are going to have a tough offseason looking at how to right this ship. The Sabers are long out of it, but have been a handful for every team they play. It helps that Tage is an absolute behemoth of a man.

Do not go too cheap on your second center and take either Brayden Schenn or Ryan O’Reilly. The Blues are not gaining enough attention for how scary they are. Who is slowing them down? They are a recent Stanley Cup winner and are built for the playoffs. They are on an 8 game win streak! Heck, even go after Robert Thomas who is apparently their top line center now. Can he really sustain those recent game numbers? This team is bonkers.

There is really no reason to swap Dobson given his cost/value ratio. We still want some offensive power for our second guy rather than relying totally on peripherals so we are taking a swing on Rasmus Dahlin. His breakout season is overshadowed by a few other details and the fact that he is not fully elite as the cool kids say, but he is getting a lot of assists. Torey Krug offers a similar upside and is top power play on the Blues. He scored a goal against the Bruins, his former team, and he is locked in as their top guy.

Let’s work our way up to the best winger by going cheap first and seeing what’s left at the end. There is no need to spend below $4,00 today. Ilya Mikheyev and Matt Boldy will be the lowest you need to go. We talk about Mikheyev infrequently because he is a bit of a mystery. We do not understand his ceiling, but we know his floor is high. He is on the second line right now and he will make the most of it while William Nylander deals with his demotion to the third. We are high fiving Boldy for giving Evander Kane the other day and then donating everything that people tried to Venmo to him to cover the ensuing fine. He is also on a several game point streak. It is not the highest scoring one, but this dude is heating up.

Who on the Ducks will be scoring today? Will it be wunderkind Troy Terry or grizzled veteran Adam Henrique? Take a peek at their stats and see which one piques your interest. It may initially be an obvious Terry choice due to the three game goal streak, but Henrique can offer a little more consistency.

We are going to go sub $4,000 for our utility player. If you stick with the Islanders, you may as well toss Anders Lee on there. This dude scores goals and would sure love to stretch and hit the 30 goal mark. Scoring tonight would make that much more viable. If you want a peek at the future in Columbus, Jack Roslovic has been having some big games. A hat trick game followed up by a two goal game is tough for anyone in the league. This kid is going places.

How much do you have left over? Timo Meier is one shiny prize we hate to pass up given the opportunity. He had an absolutely monster year and is not finished. Actually, there is no one else in his range we want. Just take Timo.

Are you out hunting for eggs right now? We would, but we must find all the value for you instead. Let us know how we are doing on  Twitter (@FantasyDFSXand have a great Sunday.

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