Thursday Throwdown: Top budget plays for your DFS hockey lineup
With the 11-game slate, there are several games to look at. The Toronto Maple Leafs face the New York Islanders in what is expected to be one of the highest scoring games of the night. At the very least, high event hockey is likely. These two teams are among the top six in pace. Florida and Washington is another game where down the middle defense is suspect. Braden Holtby has allowed four or more goals in four of his last six starts.
Edmonton and Colorado could prove to be surprising once again. Colorado draws penalties well and Edmonton’s penalty kill is dead last. With the Avalanche defense missing two regulars, the Oilers could be viable daily fantasy plays as well. Tampa Bay and Ottawa feature two bad penalty kills and an unrested Ottawa team. New Jersey draws a match-up against Minnesota’s backup goalie and a team that allows 3.57 goals a game on the road. Columbus and Philadelphia also feature two below average penalty kills but Philadelphia has the stronger top ten power play. All prices are from DraftKings.
Top Budget Plays
Pavel Zacha $3300 – The center is a decent play at the least. However, playing against Minnesota and some bad road numbers might boost his ownership a fraction. It is tough to roster a player who had a doughnut. However, this is value because teammate Miles Wood has returned from his suspension. Watch line shifts. Zacha must shoot the puck more to have somewhat of a floor. Maybe Patrik Elias being in town can give him some inspiration.
Tomas Tatar $3600 – This is one of the riskiest tournament plays of the night. No one is saying this will work perfectly but Tatar may get traded tonight or before Monday. He did score in his last game, but his shot output overall is still troublesome. Too many games where he is just does not get quality shots on net. When one sees a lot of 0’s, 1’s, and 2’s, that is ominous. Hopefully, the speed he has shown in flashes lately is seen once again. He has five points in his last six games along with 16 shots.