There are ten NHL games on the Thursday January 18th slate at Draft Kings. The Nashville Predators have an enticing matchup against the Arizona Coyotes. The Boston Bruins vs New York Islanders is another intriguing matchup. The Bruins sit at 2nd in their division but the Islanders have a chance for a Wildcard spot.
The standard lineup at Draft Kings consists of two centers, three wingers, two defenders, one goalie, and one utility player.
Expected Goalies for Thursday, 18 January
|Arizona Coyotes||Antti Raanta||$6,800|
|Boston Bruins||Anton Khudobin||$7,700|
|Colorado Avalanche||Jonathan Bernier||$7,500|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||Sergei Bobrovsky||$7,900|
|Dallas Stars||Ben Bishop (confirmed)||$7,600|
|Los Angeles Kings||Jonathan Quick||$7,800|
|Nashville Predators||Pekka Rinne||$8,300|
|New Jersey Devils||Cory Schneider||$7,500|
|New York Islanders||Jaroslav Halak||$7,400|
|New York Rangers||Henrik Lunkqvist (confirmed)||$8,400|
|Ottawa Senators||Craig Anderson (confirmed)||$6,900|
|Philadelphia Flyers||Michal Neuvirth||$7,300|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||Tristan Jarry||$7,200|
|San Jose Sharks||Martin Jones||$7,700|
|St. Louis Blues||Jake Allen||$8,200|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||Andrei Vasilevskiy||$8,000|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||Frederik Andersen||$8,000|
|Vegas Golden Knights||Marc-Andre Fleury||$7,500|
|Washington Capitals||Braden Holtby||$7,700|
The salary cap is $50,000 which equates to $5,556 average per player. Looking at the goalie prices, a couple of bargain players will be needed to meet the salary cap.
Sponge Worthy (player worthy of his high price). New York Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist ($8,400) Lundqvist has a 2.54 Goals Against Average and a .924 save percentage for the season. The Rangers goalie averages 5.2 fantasy points per game on Draft Kings. The Rangers are playing at home against the Buffalo Sabres who rank last in scoring.
Boston Bruins D Charlie McAvoy ($4,900): The rookie defender McAvoy is skating on the first line and has been playing at least 20:00 a game. The Bruins have the least Goals Against; on the other side of the spectrum, their opponent, the Islanders, have the highest Goals Against.
Nashville Predators LW Kevin Fiala ($5,600): Fiala has been frigid but scored in his last game on Tuesday so it may be the beginning of another streak. The matchup against the struggling Coyotes is a great opportunity launch a hot streak.
Philadelphia Flyers C Sean Couturier ($6,700): Coutuier has been hot, has a high ceiling, and cost almost $2000 less than Stamkos. The Flyers will play the Maple Leafs at home with a chance to gain a Wild Card spot.
Amygdala Pick (my emotional pick that has little to do with logic or stats). Washington Capitals RW T.J. Oshie ($5,200) He’s a patriot.
Good luck at Draft Kings!!
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