Monday night’s NHL slate is just six games, but there’s an unusual amount of chaos and uncertainty to go through with this one. Most notably, the Vegas Golden Knights have been on fire of late, but Mark Stone ($6,300) and Alex Pietrangelo ($6,200) are both questionable for Monday’s game. Also, it appears the Oilers are looking to reunite their two superstars on the same line, helping make for a fairly unique slate, which locks at 8:00 p.m. ET on DraftKings.
Connor McDavid ($9,200), Leon Draisaitl ($8,100), Kailer Yamamoto ($3,900)
Nazem Kadri ($6,300), Mikko Rantanen ($7,700), Andre Burakovsky ($4,200)
Los Angeles Kings
Anze Kopitar ($6,200), Dustin Brown ($5,800), Alex Iafallo ($4,500)
The Oilers are the most straightforward decision to make on Monday’s slate. The combination of McDavid and Draisaitl for a home game vs. the Senators is far and away the best situation for any team playing. The Senators are one of the worst teams in the NHL and are also on a back-to-back, but McDavid and Draisaitl might have been this slate’s top option regardless of matchup — especially considering the injuries the other teams playing Monday are dealing with. That most directly applies to the Avalanche, who figure to be without Nathan MacKinnon ($8,900; upper body) once again. The Kadri line looks like a good play as he steps into MacKinnon’s first-line role, though it’s worth mentioning the Avs have done a lot of line shuffling in recent games. This may not be the exact grouping, but it’s worth targeting whoever ends up being on Colorado’s first line. The Kings generally aren’t top-stack material, but this is a relatively thin slate, and they draw one of the best matchups going up against the Ducks. This group has probably overachieved in 2021, but they still figure to be a good fantasy line going forward, especially with the PP1 correlation.
St. Louis Blues
Ryan O’Reilly ($6,100), Vladimir Tarasenko ($4,200), Jordan Kyrou ($4,700)
Jaycob Megna ($2,500), Brandon Saad ($3,000), Joonas Donskoi ($2,700)
Jesperi Kotkaniemi ($3,300), Tyler Toffoli ($7,300), Josh Anderson ($5,400)
Tarasenko returned from his lengthy injury absence last game and was priced all the way down at $2,500 for that one. While he’s gotten much more expensive for Monday’s game, he’s still clearly underpriced for his talent level. The Blues' top line is fairly cheap overall, especially considering the matchup vs. the Sharks. As mentioned above, the Avalanche’s lines have been in flux, and it’s no guarantee that we see this particular grouping. Even having just two of Megna, Saad and Donskoi together would create a very cheap value line with sufficient talent and a good matchup at home vs. the Coyotes. The Canadiens’ line mentioned here is a lot more expensive, but there’s still a case for them as a value considering the strong matchup vs. the Canucks. Kotkaniemi at center brings the cost down substantially, and Elias Pettersson ($6,400; upper body) likely sitting out makes this an even better matchup than it already would have been.
St. Louis Blues
Brayden Schenn ($6,000), David Perron ($7,000), Mike Hoffman ($5,500)
Victor Rask ($3,400), Kirill Kaprizov ($4,900), Mats Zuccarello ($5,700)
Vegas Golden Knights
Chandler Stephenson ($4,600), Max Pacioretty ($8,300), Alex Tuch ($4,800)
The cheaper Blues’ line mentioned in the previous section should be fairly popular, but it’s hard to imagine that the ownership numbers on the more expensive second line are anything but minimal. Schenn, Perron and Hoffman are all priced up, and it seems unlikely anyone prioritizes them with the McDavid-Draisaitl line being in the same price tier. The Minnesota Wild should be contrarian overall, and while they did release lines at morning skate today, they’ve been frequently switching things around during games. The top power play includes Kaprizov and Zuccarello, and stacking them with Kevin Fiala ($5,600) could be a sensible route here. This matchup also becomes a lot more appealing if Stone and/or Pietrangelo are unable to play. Speaking of the Knights, we’re unlikely to know their lines until later in the day due to the uncertainty with Stone, and that should create an opportunity for an extremely low-owned stack. Whether it’s Tuch or Stone on the top line, there seems to always be sufficient upside this season wherever Pacioretty is concerned.
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