There are 10 games on the NHL schedule for Monday night, and it seems as though the injury bug has spread throughout the league, making for a complicated slate with a lot of different variables to consider. The decisions at the top should be fairly straightforward, however, with Nathan MacKinnon ($9,000) and
Connor McDavid both surging of late and looking like strong targets. The decisions around the Montreal Canadiens and Vegas Golden Knights will be a little more challenging, but there are plenty of options on this large slate, which locks at 7:00 p.m. ET on DraftKings.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Monday’s game between the Canadiens and Oilers has been postponed.
New York Rangers
Mika Zibanejad ($6,900), Chris Kreider ($6,100), Pavel Buchnevich ($5,900)
Nathan MacKinnon ($9,000), Mikko Rantanen ($8,000), Gabriel Landeskog ($6,900)
San Jose Sharks
Logan Couture ($5,800), Evander Kane ($7,000), Kevin Labanc ($4,100)
Zibanejad has put up huge fantasy totals in two of his last three games, most notably scoring three goals and three assists (54.5 DKFP) in a 9-0 win vs. the Flyers. The Rangers' top line is priced up now, but they’re in a great spot at home vs. the Sabres — and it’s probably the easiest matchup for any team on Monday’s slate. The Avalanche are always expensive, but their results have improved over the last few games thank in large part thanks to Cale Makar ($5,100) returning to the lineup. The matchup is decent vs. the Coyotes, but the Avs have as much upside as any team regardless of who they’re playing. At home, the Sharks draw the Kings, who are on the second leg of a back-to-back. This sets up well for their top line, in particular, because of how top-heavy they’ve gone with their lineup recently. The Couture line isn’t overly expensive, and it’s one of the more affordable top-end stacks on Monday’s slate.
Phillip Danault ($3,500), Tomas Tatar ($3,900), Brendan Gallagher ($5,600)
Sean Monahan ($5,200), Johnny Gaudreau ($4,800), Brett Ritchie ($2,500)
Ryan Hartman ($3,800), Zach Parise ($3,400), Kevin Fiala ($5,200)
The Canadiens mixed up their lines a few games ago when Tyler Toffoli (lower body) first got injured, and they’ve reunited their usual top line after splitting them up for a large portion of this season. Tatar and Danault had been playing on the third line, so their prices dropped substantially and made this combination much more affordable. This should be the most popular cheap stack on the slate, and the cost-effectiveness of it is fairly obvious. The Flames’ second line is extremely cheap, as well, with the cost coming down on Monahan and Gaudreau after they faced the Leafs over the weekend. They play the Senators Monday, so it almost goes without saying they’re good values in this matchup. The Wild are in an easy matchup, too, taking on the Ducks at home, and their second line appears to be a strong value. Fiala at $5.2K is particularly cheap and should be one of the better mid-range options for Monday’s slate.
Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid ($9,300), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($6,800), Jesse Puljujarvi ($4,100)
Sebastian Aho ($7,500), Nino Niederreiter ($5,500), Martin Necas ($4,900)
It’s an uncommon day when the Oilers go overlooked, but that’s likely going to be the case Monday — to a fairly significant extent. McDavid’s price tag is hard to get to, and the matchup vs. the Canadiens isn’t as appealing as the matchups for some of the other top choices. It’s not that McDavid and company will be unowned, but the ownership on this group should be moderate instead of high. The Hurricanes’ top line will likely be even lower-owned than the Oilers’, despite facing an inferior opponent in the Columbus Blue Jackets. There are simply better values in the mid-to-high price range, which is likely to cause the Hurricanes to go overlooked, and it’ll make them one of the better contrarian targets of the day.
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