There are some huge matchups on tap tonight across the NHL! Not only does Sidney Crosby square off with Alex Ovechkin, two of the best teams in the Western Conference meet up as well. Turn the on-ice action into cash with Betsology’s DFS picks for the night.
*All dollar values according to DraftKings as of 3/12/19
Start ‘Em: Timo Meier, SJS @ WPG, $6,400
If you’re searching for daily fantasy value tonight, look no further than San Jose’s Timo Meier. Headed into Monday’s action, Meier was not on a points streak, he was on a goals streak, with tallies in four-straight contests. Meier recorded an assist last night. He’s added a power play marker, a plus-four rating and 21 SOG over that span. Meier ranks fourth among Sharks skaters with 26 goals and 58 points. Keep in mind that RW Evander Kane did not make the trip with the team. He remains out of the lineup, which only benefits Meier. He’ll see more time on ice, with a chance to take part in what could be the highest-scoring game of the evening.
Best Value: Patrik Laine, WPG vs SJS, $6,000
Once again this season, the Winnipeg Jets are absolutely loaded with offensive talent. The team has scored a total of 233 goals on the year, trailing only the Flames and Sharks, among clubs in the west. Speaking of the Sharks, the two teams face off tonight, and it could be a shootout. If that scenario plays out, Laine will likely be at the forefront of the offensive action. The third-year winger is not producing as many points as the previous two years, but a quick check of his shooting percentage would explain why. Still, he has 29 goals on the season, and the puck should start going in for him at a higher rate. He’s on pace to shatter his personal best of 241 SOG.
Start ‘Em: Tyler Seguin, DAL @ BUF, $7,300
Tyler Seguin is simply having another Tyler Seguin-type season, averaging nearly a point per game. As the Dallas Stars have soared to a playoff spot, Seguin has been the offensive catalyst. He’s on pace to close in on some career-highs, with the likelihood of a 32-goal, 74-point season. The center has points in seven of 10 games, in which the Stars won six of those contests. If Seguin scores, it’s a pretty safe bet his team will win. That brings us to tonight, as Dallas travels to Buffalo, a team in the midst of a prolonged slump. The Sabres have lost four-straight games, and 10 of their past 12 matchups.
Best Value: Max Domi, MTL vs DET, $6,100
The expectations for Max Domi were modest in his first year in Montreal. Same with his team’s expectations for the season. Yet, both the player and team have blown past expectations. Montreal is holding down a playoff spot, while Domi is celebrating his finest year as a pro. He has already set a personal best with 60 points, in just 69 games. It appears as though Domi’s favorite opponent to face is Detroit. In two early-season matchups, Domi recorded assists in both games. Then, in an 8-1 thrashing of the Red Wings, Domi scored two goals and registered five points. That’s seven points in three games against Detroit.
Start ‘Em: Roman Josi, NSH @ ANA, $6,200
Nashville’s Roman Josi has been a beast at both ends of the ice this year. At one end, he’s produced 15 goals and 54 points, while recording a plus-eight rating at the other end. To add to that, tonight’s opponent, the Anaheim Ducks, are the perfect matchup for a DFS defensemen. Anaheim can neither score nor defend this season. In a November meeting, Josi put up two assists and four SOG during Nashville’s 5-2 win over Anaheim. Josi has points in three-straight games, and has been on the ice for an average of more than 26 minutes per night.
Best Value: Torey Krug, BOS @ CBJ, $5,700
The second-best team in the Eastern Conference takes on Columbus, a squad fighting for their playoff lives. Sure, Krug and company could have their hands full with the likes of Artemi Panarin and Matt Duchene, but this is a defensive unit that has not panicked all year long. Krug leads all Bruins defensemen with 48 points in 58 games. The next-closest defensive teammate is Charlie McAvoy with just 22 points. Needless to say, the offense from the backend goes through Krug. Krug has a whopping 29 power play points on the year. Columbus needs to stay out of the box if they wish to keep Krug off the score sheet.
Start ‘Em: Braden Holtby, WSH @ PIT, $7,900
After a somewhat bumpy start to the season, Braden Holtby is really heating up between the pipes. The veteran shut out the New Jersey Devils his last time on the ice, helping the Capitals win their seventh game in a row. Holtby has surrendered just six goals in his past four games, good for a 1.50 GAA over that span. Holtby’s current GAA is far off his crazy, 2.07 mark from two seasons ago, but he has lowered it below last year’s figure. In his last two games against the Pens, Holtby has only let three pucks slip by him. His 41 saves in a 2-1 win over Crosby’s bunch back in November were the most saves he’s made in one game this season.
Best Value: Jordan Binnington, STL vs ARZ, $7,800
Remember Ottawa’s Andrew Hammond? An unknown at the time, Hammond took over between the Senators’ pipes in 2014-15, only to go 20-1-2 with a .941 save percentage, while leading the team to the postseason. Binnington’s rise reminds many of the former Ottawa phenom. Binnington is 16-3-1 with a 1.80 GAA and a .929 save percentage. He has brought the Blues from the basement to the playoffs in no time. The youngster gets to face the Arizona Coyotes tonight. It’s no secret the ‘Yotes have struggled to score all season. Clayton Keller is the only player on the team with more than 40 points in 2018-19.