Cole “Goal” Caufield did the thing for us yesterday and sniped one off the faceoff draw. It’s always great to see the youth succeed and we are glad we took the swing on him. Today’s matchups are going to be brutal. There are a lot of rivalries that are happening as well as some other high level teams fighting for playoff positions and things could get ugly. Stick around to see who we think will win these bouts.
Here’s an bear-y good lineup For DFS Hockey 2/24/22 (using DraftKings Values)
Linus Ullmark and the Boston Bruins will be in Seattle for the first time ever! Historic. They will be benefiting from getting a player back from suspension which we will get to momentarily. They are also coming off a big win against the best team in the league, the Colorado Avalanche. Their job should be much easier tonight and Ullmark should get plenty of goal support.
Patrice Bergeron went nuts in that Colorado game getting a goal and an assist and seven shots. The captain of the Bruins is one of the league’s premier faceoff winners which just generates extra chances to take shots on net. With the addition of Marchand again, there should be little getting in their way.
Brad Marchand is a rat bastard. He was dubbed Mr. Suspension by the Avalanche which was the last game he needed to serve for some shenanigans with the Pittsburgh Penguins goalie. He is also a phenomenal talent. Do not worry about the day-to-day designation, he should play tonight. We will have a swap either way even if you just do not support the brat.
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We are going to swap out Marchand for Bryan Rust. The Penguins have a great matchup against the New Jersey Devils and in particular their goalie Jon Gillies. Gillies is 28 years old and has not played in as many games yet. Today will put him at 26. The Pens have lost two in a row and we know their top line is one of the most competitive out there.
For a second goalie choice we like Kaapo Kahkonen against the Maple Leafs. The Leafs have been a little suspect recently and the Wild need to stem the bleeding. This one, like so many others, is going to get physical. Kahkonen is young and will definitely be the number one next year when Cam Talbot bows out. It is a little higher risk, but the savings is nice and we think he has it in himself.
There are going to be some gritty games tonight. We are going to be taking one of Jacob Trouba or Mackenzie Weegar to fill our top spot. Both are going to be facing offenses that are doing very well and they are going to have to dig deep to make sure they do not score. There will be a lot of blocked shots tonight.
We were going to choose between Jared McCann and Elias Pettersson, but Elias just keeps jumping out to us as the better choice. Petey has been on fire and his price has yet to rise to meet that. The one drawback is playing against the Calgary Flames, but this is a regional matchup that is going to get spicy. You could go super cheap and take Mikael Backlund who is the second line center in Calgary. He is a little inconsistent when it comes to goals but his linemates are the type you want in a hotly contested game.
Tom Wilson’s price has slowly been going down and so his value for us is going up. The biggest issue with him is that hits do not count as fantasy points. With Alex Ovechkin only five goals from tying Jagr for third all time, we expect an uptick in production for him. Like Marchy, he is kind of a bad guy on the ice and so for our util spot we are looking at Anton Lundell. He is a darkhorse for rookie of the year and comes in the mold of Bergeron where he has fantastic two way play. He may not make a big splash tonight but he is worth watching.
We are adding a lot to this article late, but we did promise some Wild boys. Kevin Fiala and Matt Boldy are having a blast in Minnesota right now. They are absolutely crushing it and are priced very well for what their ceilings are. We will let you look at their stats and see if they resonate with you, but they are of high consideration right now.
We do want to take both Trouba and Weegar, but in case we cannot make the numbers work here is another option at the blueline. Noah Hanifin blocks shots when he feels like it. It is not every game but this is not just another one either. We hyped the battle against Vancouver already and are sticking with that. He is at a half point per game and gets power play two time and will score on that once in a while. Things are lining up for him tonight.
Especially if you take our next pick you should have a decent amount left over. Whether you go big after Ovechkin or play it safe with Chris Kreider, you are still likely to add more goals to your totals. He is shooting at an insane 20% right now, but he did that last year too and the year before was still up at 15%. He is actually that good.
For a big swing go take Rasmus Sandin of the Toronto Maple Leafs. With Jake Muzzin placed on long term injured reserve, the youngster will be called up and be immediately given power play two time. He is supposed to be the future of the franchise and so we would love to see him crush this opportunity.
Time to start making weekend plans. Follow us on Twitter (@FantasyDFSX) for a wealth of goodness. May your meetings be short and your lunches long. See you tomorrow.
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