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NHL DFS Picks For January 31, 2022

Aaron Ekblad
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 11: Florida Panthers Defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) handles the puck during the second period in the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Florida Panthers on November 11, 2021, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

The talent pool for goalies tonight is deep and we have some options. Do you think the Toronto Maple Leafs and Jack Campbell will dominate the Devils? Can Thatcher Demko and the Vancouver Canucks vanquish Marc Andre Fleury and the Blackhawks? Or do you go with the safety of the Florida Panthers and Sergei Bobrovsky? All this and more, after the break.

Here’s a brickwall lineup For DFS Hockey 1/31/22 (using DraftKings Values)

WingJ. Huberdeau$7,500
DefenseA. Ekblad$6,600
GoalieJ. Campbell$8,300

Jack Campbell is an All Star. We may be taking him solely to congratulate him on his accomplishment, which has taken him many years to achieve. He has been a bit of a late bloomer but look at what he has become. The Leafs take on the Detroit Red Wings who they should be able to dispatch with ease.

As of the beginning of this week, Jonathan Huberdeau has climbed to the top of the points pile and is number one in the league. At a modest $7,500, it is nearly impossible to pass him up when most guys in that tier are over $8,000. Night in and night out he is making plays and finding ways to contribute.

We went very light on defense yesterday so we promise to give you a few more options today. Aaron Ekblad is our go to this morning. We almost wish the Panthers were not doing so well to give us some more options. This train is not slowing down and so we are not getting off.

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The big issue with Campbell, of course, is his price. We think Detroit will lose but they will go down fighting. Instead we are taking Thatcher Demko who is playing a Hawks team that has a Swiss cheese defense. They let up a lot of goals and the Canucks have been steadily increasing how many pucks they put past the opposition.

We love ourselves some Huberdeau but Mitch Marner had quietly caught fire. Huberdeau has little to prove before the break but Mariner would like to solidify his dominance. Check out his last five games and see all the points he is putting up. He will be at that coveted point per game status in no time.

Getting to the topic of defense you can pretty comfortably swap Ekblad for Seth Jones or Evan Bouchard. Jones plays monster minutes every night and takes quite a few shots. Just the other day he put seven on net! Bouchard is going to be the beneficiary of Evander Kane coming back and making the Oilers power play a fearsome unit. Kane saw his price double after scoring a goal back, but is still coming in at a reasonable cost right around league average. 

Whether you use another blue liner for your utility spot or even save all the money on the position we are targeting at least one of Tyler Myers or Ryan Graves. Graves is a king of blocked shots and has been a little too quiet on the scoresheet. Do not worry about Myers’ last lemon. He spent more time in the penalty box than on the ice. He is an important blue chip for the Canucks.

 You are probably desperate for centers at this point and we will take them momentarily. Adam Henrique and Zach Hyman get the nod for final winger. Both play a hard nosed game that puts them in front of the net to grind out greasy goals.

It is a breath of fresh air that we can still afford John Tavares at this point in our article. He and William Nylander could be top line on most teams and have no problem letting Matthews and Marner get all the attention. They are here to work.

Ryan Getzlaf would take up the remainder of your salary today and that is ok with us. The grizzled veteran has been crushing it this year and we hope we never see him in another jersey. Way down the line, for some more flexibility, take a peek at Bo Horvat. He may have seen the most frustration in the entire league when it comes to Covid. He is ready and reading to go.

What a wild weekend of football! Out brackets are completely busted but we are very happy for Stafford who was always a late round pick back when we actually played fantasy football. You are already a follower on Twitter (@FantasyDFSX), which we really appreciate. Have yourselves a great week!

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