Givanni Damico | December 31st, 2018
It’s a very large slate today on New Year’s Eve. I’m here to guide you through it. Happy New Year everyone. Catch you on the other side with regular DFS plays in the Blue Line Report.
Core Four Skaters
(Players to build your lineup with)
Cam Atkinson (CBJ) vs. OTT
I know it seems like I pick on the Senators a lot, but that’s because I do. Once they show me that they can play good defense consistently, I’ll stop doing so. Cam Atkinson is the most consistent player on the Jackets and should be in line for a big showing tonight.
Nathan MacKinnon (COL) vs. LAK
The Kings are another team that are easy to pick on, especially on the road. They are currently 6-10-2 (UPDATE) on the road and their goaltenders have been struggling. Nathan MacKinnon is just a beast who you can rely on even against the best goaltenders. Against Jonathan Quick? Hopefully he has an electrifying night.
Blake Wheeler (WPG) at EDM
Edmonton gave up seven goals in their last game. They just traded away Chris Wideman and Drake Caggiula so their chemistry probably isn’t fully there yet. Tonight be a bad night and Blake Wheeler has been a consistent fantasy option all year long. Once he starts scoring goals more, he’ll be an even better option (obviously).
Aleksander Barkov (FLA) at DET
Detroit’s goalies have been lackluster this year and Barkov is the most consistent player on the Panthers. I expect a high-scoring game here tonight, so I’m sure Barkov will get on the board.
Stacks of the Night:
WPG PP1 (Scheifele, Wheeler, Laine) at EDM
Possible Additions: Kyle Connor (PP1)
This line is filled with firepower and Edmonton is coming off of a bad game and losing a few players. This will be a game that I expect Winnipeg to win big and it starts like Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler, Patrik Laine, and Kyle Connor. Connor has been cold lately but he is far too cheap for what he is able to do on the power play.
CBJ1 (Dubois, Panarin, Atkinson) vs. OTT
Possible Additions: Seth Jones (L1)
Pierre-Luc Dubois is really cheap for his capabilities. He is on the first power play unit and of course the first overall unit. He has had big games this year and today could be that day. Artemi Panarin has been hot and cold this year but when he’s hot, he’s blazing hot. I already talked about Atkinson but he is a super consistent scorer. Seth
COL PP1 (Landeskog, MacKinnon, Rantanen) vs. LAK
For some reason, Gabriel Landeskog has been moved to line three but he remains on the first power play. The Kings are a bad team defensively, and goalie-wise. This is an expensive stack, but one that will pay off.
FLA1 (Barkov, Dadonov, Huberdeau) at DET
Possible Additions: Keith Yandle (L1)
Evgeni Dadonov is really cheap and provides good production. All these guys are on the first power play unit, and as I said, this should be a high-scoring game.
NYR2 (Kreider, Zuccarello, Hayes) at STL
This is an inexpensive line who is going up against a struggling Jake Allen in goal. These guys all find themselves on a powerplay unit in a game which the Rangers should score many goals.
Semyon Varlamov, (COL) vs. LAK
Antti Niemi (MTL) at DAL
Andrei Vasilevskiy (TB) at ANH
Questions and comments?
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