The worst case scenario for the first round of the playoffs would be an in state matchup of the Florida Panthers vs the Tampa Bay Lightning. For all the attention Florida is getting for their superb year, Tampa has somehow managed to stay ahead of them in the standings. Florida is the best state for hockey? Hey, it’s 2022, things could be weirder. The Lightning are not playing today so we will be leaning on the Panthers, who are playing against a Sabres team that will be without their top winger Alex Tuch for at least a game. Huge blow for them.
Here’s a * lineup For DFS Hockey 3/7/22 (using DraftKings Values)
It has been over a month since Spencer Knight got an NHL start. He had been demoted to the AHL for a bit to tighten up his game and we should see him try to regain the backup position here tonight. There was the little rough patch but his overall numbers are still solid, it was a smart move by management to give him some easier competition to restore some confidence. Double check that they do not put in Sergei Bobrovsky tonight, but expect that the youngster will have a solid showing, especially with Tuch out.
We love ourselves some Alexander Barkov but he is a bit too out of our price range now, especially with Leon Draisaitl coming down to a pedestrian $7,300 price tag. We do not even want to put Leon’s point totals up because they just look fake, like they are video game numbers. It will be much easier to manage your roster with him up at the top.
Leon is no big secret and neither is Devon Toews anymore. He or Cale Makar can absolutely steal the show for you. They are both logging about 25 minutes a night and are fairly comparable in the last couple weeks. Sure Makar is a little better but the price difference means Toews is our guy.
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• A slightly cheaper center than Draisaitl who was a very juicy matchup
• Offensive defensemen that will not break the bank
• A cheap center whose price does not accurately reflect the trajectory of this stud
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We are swapping out Leon Draisaitl for Nazem Kadri? Yeah, it is definitely 2022. Kadri is up against a relatively weak New York Islanders team today. They have been doing alright as of late but they are looking to back up Semyon Varlamov who is finally showing his age. Couple that with Mat Barzal being out and Colorado should make easy work of this one. Alternatively, if you want to jump on the Florida bandwagon for a center, then you should know that Sam Bennett has four out of his last five games with 5+ shots and that is a minimum. Take a peek.
Since we are moving Toews up out of our secret list since enough people know about him now, we are going to stick with Erik Haula as one our special adds. He is on a five game point streak and has really been hitting his stride with the B’s. His early season fantasy points way down his average, but at a sub $4,000 price, it is all gravy.
Taking Haula really helps out your budget and it is crazy that either of these next two defensemen will raise the average value of your wingers. Good opportunity for your utility spot with these two if you are so inclined. Charlie McAvoy and Rasmus Andersson are big boys who bring a lot more offensive production to their game than most of their peers. Both the Bruins and Flames are neck and neck in the standings and know that any slip ups could potentially cost them a playoff spot. These two will be turning it on.
The top of the winger board is just too stacked with talent. It is so hard to figure out who to take. It is not that hard to go after league scoring leader Jonathan Huberdeau against the aforementioned bad team, but that is maybe too easy. Also, he scores more assists than goals so we are targeting David Pastrnak ahead of him. Pasta has been going nuts lately and if the Kings ice Jonathan Quick then there is an even better chance of a blowout. The Bruins went into the Kings barn last week and tore them apart, now the rematch is back at home.
We should take more players from Colorado and it looks like Gabriel Landeskog is in the wheelhouse for value right now. You could take him and William Nylander if you wanted. The only knock on Nylander is that his centerman John Tavares has seemingly been on vacation but he makes up for it with power play one time. He will get and make his own opportunities if necessary.
We will serve up one more winger pair just to make sure all the options are available. Andrew Mangiapane is back on his horse and continuing his torrid scoring pace. We do not think this one will last as long as his first one this season so keep him on a tight leash, but he is still hot. Taylor Hall would be a nice complement to Pastrnak and Haula if you are a big Boston fan.
Our final pick yesterday was Jonathan Marchessault. He clutched out a goal and an assist in the waning seconds of the game to set up Jack Eichel for the game winner. Man, those guys are awesome. Stay up to date with all our content on Twitter (@FantasyDFSX) and get ready for another baller week of the best game on earth. Take care.
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