NHL DraftKings Snipes – Monday October 29th, 2018
Each post will provide a quick recap of players discussed in previous articles. Success is the clear goal, but it is important to understand our misses as well. See if we can find those trends that work, and areas we can improve.
Below is a recap of Snipes we discussed in the last article.
Mark Scheifele – 1 assist and 22:13 time on ice.
Dylan Larkin – 3 shots on net and 22:09 time on ice.
J.T. Miller – 1 goal and 3 shots on goal. 1 blocked shot.
Patrik Laine – 3 shots on goal.
Blake Wheeler – 1 assist and 7 shots on goal. 23:18 time on ice.
Dustin Byfuglien – 1 goal and 5 shots on net. 2 blocked shots.
Erik Karlsson – 1 assist and 25:23 time on ice.
Philipp Grubauer – Win and 21 saves. 3 goals against.
NHL DraftKings Snipes – Centers
John Tavares Leafs ($7,700)
With Auston Matthews on the disabled list, Tavares steps in as the top line center. It is rare when you can have your best player go down with an injury and replace him with another stud. Tavares saw a slight bump in ice time last game and recorded an assist and three shots on goal.
It makes sense to stack with the Leafs tonight in a small two game slate. Tavares will head the first power play unit, and spend the game skating alongside rookie speedster, Kasperi Kapanen.
Elias Pettersson Canucks ($5,700)
Pettersson was making waves around the NHL before going down with a concussion. He started the season on a five game point streak with five goals and three assists.
Pettersson finally resurfaced over the weekend, but he and the entire team struggled against the Pittsburgh Penguins losing 5-0. It came as no surprise that he was rusty in his return after two weeks off. Not the easiest match up against the Wild tonight, but you have to take a few shots on such a small slate.
NHL DraftKings Snipes – Wingers
Kasperi Kapanen Leafs ($5,400)
Going from Matthews to Tavares may actually boost Kapanen’s chances to score rather than assist. Tavares has only had one season where he had more goals than assists. Had William Nylander signed a new contract, we may not have had the opportunity to see what Kapanen is fully capable of.
In just 11 games, he has already surpassed his career high in points, and earned top line duty. Even more important is his move to the top line of the power play.
Jason Zucker Wild ($5,700)
This looks like a good match up for Zucker as the Canucks rank 30th in the NHL against opposing left wingers. He is second on the team in goals, which have been hard to come by for the Wild. But it is hard to imagine Jacob Markstrom standing strong in this game with a 3.27 GAA. His last outing was poor giving up five goals. Zucker has the speed to do some damage in Vancouver tonight. He is getting near 18 minutes of ice time per game and plays on the top power play unit.
NHL DraftKings Snipes – Defense and Goalies
Morgan Rielly Leafs ($6,200)
In cash games tonight, Rielly is about as close to a must start as it gets on defense. He is putting up points that many forwards aren’t matching with four goals and 10 assists. The Leafs currently boast the second best power play unit in the NHL converting on 32.1% of their chances. That number could stumble a little in the next few weeks without goal scorer Auston Matthews in the line up. However, they have enough depth to remain strong on the power play. He also has the possession metrics to back up his play with a CF% of 52.1 and a FF% of 53.5.
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Devan Dubnyk Wild ($8,100)
Dubnyk and the Wild currently sit at -150 favorites over the Canucks tonight. The Canucks getting back their breakout star Elias Pettersson scares me a little in this game, along with Bo Horvat. They have both been solid goal scorers to start the year. However, Dubnyk is averaging 7.0 FPPG and has a GAA below 2.00. He has been hot lately as well with four wins in his last four appearances.
Frederik Andersen Leafs ($8,400)
The Leafs are -145 favorites to win this game, but we know that does not always go according to plan. Losing Matthews hurts in a sense that he can carry the team in goals scored any night and help the goalie earn the win. That W is crucial in a two-game slate and there is a chance Andersen isn’t chalk with the Wild as slightly higher favorites to win their match up tonight.
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