We are going to be focusing on Washington’s matchup against the Kraken for goaltending reasons, but the matchup of the day is going to be the Calgary Flames vs the Colorado Avalanche. This will be a huge test for both teams with their sights set on a deep cup run. There is a good chance one of their goaltenders comes away with one of their biggest wins of the season but it is a coin flip who it might be.
Here’s a spicy lineup For DFS Hockey 3/5/22 (using DraftKings Values)
It is a rare find to have a backup goalie that you have full confidence in. Vitek Vanecek hits that mark. He has a low goals against and a solid save percentage. We also think that the beast may have been awakened for our next guy and that can only bode well for Vanecek.
Alex Ovechkin broke his goalless drought and potted number 763 in his illustrious career. Only three more goals separate him from the venerable Jaromir Jagr and he will close that gap quickly. Then it is probably one more season until he comes up on Gordie Howe before the grind to the Great One. We are lucky to witness this.
John Carlson will never reach the number of assists on Ovi’s goal in the way that Nicklas Backstrom has contributed but he is still reaping all the rewards of finding him on the power play. Carlson is now under the shadow of some of the youth but the veteran is still not to be trifled with.
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It would be unfair to call Elias Lindholm’s season a breakout. He has been very good for some time now, but everything else has clicked to make it great. Flanked by Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk, Lindholm has the threat of silky smooth passes to those guys but is also a goal scorer himself. They keep other teams guessing and today’s matchup against the Avalanche should bring out everyone’s best.
To get you some budget relief we have two dirt cheap centers today. Erik Haula is on a five game point streak and sits between Taylor Hall and David Pastrnak who are both elite wingers. They are playing against Columbus who have Sean Kuraly on their third line. Kuraly is beloved as a fourth line grinder in Boston but he will be bringing it all against his former team. There is no malice or ill will, just a grinding competitive spirit.
Your puck magnets for the day are both stationed in Montreal. Ben Chiarot and Jeff Petry both appear to be healthy and back to their old mischievous ways. Chiarot is the talk of endless trade rumors but has this pesky habit of running his value up every game. He got two goals and an assist last game which makes Petry’s single tally look simply pedestrian. Petry is still a solid buy and either of them make your team better.
It is hard not to take Patrik Laine these days since he is back on his goal scoring horse. Every day it feels like when we check Columbus’ scores, that he has put another one on the board. He will be facing stiff competition in Boston and likely Jeremy Swayman but he can find a way. You could also toss Gaudreau on here if you want to stack him with Lindholm.
We already hinted that Taylor Hall might be a good pick today but we are also targeting Brock Boeser. Toronto’s goal tending situation appears to be spiraling out of control and everyone should be on alert. If you want to be really savvy then go grab Conor Garland for even less money. Given that you might want another defensive option outside of Montreal, Tyler Myers will have some golden opportunities.
That should be all the flexibility and options you need to put together the perfect lineup and still have some money to make personal adjustments. Let us know how awesome we are on Twitter (@FantasyDFSX)! Happy Saturday.
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