Sunday in the NHL brings a quick-hitting four-game slate. With just a few games to sift through, it’s important to make sure research is on point to target the best NHL DFS picks for DraftKings and FanDuel lineups. To help guide the way, we have outlined some of the top plays at each position as well as some of the top stacks to look to based off Alex “Awesemo” Baker’s expert tools and projections. Let’s get into the picks for Sunday, March 28.
NHL DFS Picks for DraftKings & FanDuel | March 28
NHL DFS Pick: Center
Patrice Bergeron (BOS vs NJ)
DraftKings – $7,500
FanDuel – $7,300
This projects to be a typical Bergeron-versus-New Jersey matchup. New Jersey has fared well against Boston this season, losing just once in four tries. One gets the feeling that, at some point, the Bruins will break out a little — especially their top line. Now, keep in mind that Brad Marchand is out due to COVID issues. More than likely a player will be moved up to audition on the left wing, which will make the top line cheaper on Sunday evening.
If one wants to stack (David Pastrnak) and play a little different, the key is figuring out how to get Matt Grzelcyk into the lineup against one of the worst penalty kills in the league. Is Mackenzie Blackwood going to slam the door on this team again? That does not appear likely. Boston may be on the back end of a back-to-back, but honestly they took most of yesterday off against Buffalo.
Bergeron has had three or four scoring chances a game against New Jersey this year with little to show for it. At some point the dam is going to break offensively for this line against the Devils. It becomes a matter of when, not if.
There is a little inkling to use another higher-priced center due to the injury to Aleksander Barkov. Also, Roope Hintz may be out from Dallas as well. So check out Jason Dickinson for value, or maybe even Pius Suter or Jack Hughes perhaps as some higher-risk plays.
NHL DFS Picks: Winger
Eeli Tolvanen (NSH vs CHI)
DraftKings – $4,600
FanDuel – $4,500
Tolvanen is one of my favorite plays on Sunday because of the expected chances and opportunity. He has six in his last two games, including three against Chicago on Saturday. He can occasionally pile up the shots and has 8 points in his previous nine games. Without Filip Forsberg out for the foreseeable future possibly, it may be time to give Tolvanen a longer look. He carries possession much like a Forsberg and has a quick release like Forsberg. He just has to learn to keep using it.
Tolvanen’s shot volume is not always solid, which concerns some DFS players, and rightfully so. There are some useful ways to get around this with some alternatives. Looking at Frank Vatrano as a high-risk option does not hurt. Also, Jason Robertson is out there from Dallas, especially if Hintz again is out. These are low-budget first-line players who have nice peripherals for low prices.
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Patrick Kane (CHI vs NSH)
DraftKings – $8,000
FanDuel – $8,100
It was a weird, low-scoring game between Nashville and Chicago yesterday. Actually, every single afternoon game went under. It was not a surprise; schedule fatigue has hit, but this evening it may bounce back in a good way. Facing Pekka Rinne may help the Blackhawks somewhat. Also, a tired Nashville team with a bottom-five penalty kill is a nice matchup for a top-10 power play. The same can be argued the other way as well — Chicago’s penalty kill is not very good either. Remember, with the Kane line, the philosophy is to attack and be attacked.
As always, dropping down to Alex DeBrincat is not a bad idea here if one is strapped for salary. Kane has slowed down a bit despite 5 points in his last three games. He has just seven shots and five scoring chances in that span. Expect shots and chances to go up for both him and DeBrincat.
Among the higher-priced wings, could David Perron and Vladimir Tarasenko finally break out. Also, do not forget about Jordan Kyrou from St. Louis either. See where he is slotted first. Expect some line shifts as St. Louis continues to reshuffle the deck in order to try and save their season.
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NHL DFS Picks: Defense
John Klingberg (DAL vs FLA)
DraftKings – $5,100
FanDuel – $5,600
Klingberg’s salary is reasonable given his offensive potential at times. That is the frustrating part. For stretches he looks like that perennial 50- to 60-point player who could challenge for the Norris Trophy. Then too often he looks more like half a version of himself where he looks a step slow mentally and physically. He is averaging three shots and nearly two blocked shots a game of late and hit the shot bonus in the last game versus Florida. His goal was helpful, but the peripherals and keeping Florida at bay defensively were even more so. Klingberg playing balanced hockey helps both ends of his game, and it helps DFS owners too.
Aaron Ekblad (FLA vs DAL)
DraftKings – $6,300
FanDuel – $5,500
Ekblad will have to carry play a bit more with Barkov out until at least Tuesday night. For the short term, Ekblad is more than able to handle those extra responsibilities. The key against Dallas will be the man advantage of Florida, where they will need to score at least once. Ekblad figures to be in on the highest-quality scoring chances. Florida may have to play this game a bit more wide open than they are used to. Drawing Dallas into a higher-paced game may favor the Panthers and Ekblad owners here.
For another alternative, Ty Smith could be a possibility even in a lower-scoring contest. Something feels off with that New Jersey-Boston game. That one could surprise offensively, especially if Boston can break out early. Maybe even Torey Krug can come out of whatever 1 or 2% shooting funk he is in for a game against the defensively inept Ducks.
Jaroslav Halak (BOS vs NJ)
DraftKings – $8,200
FanDuel – $7,800
The problem today is there are just four games on the slate. Also, consider all these teams that are on a back-to-back scenario or have played four (or now five) times in the last seven days. Exhaustion has to set in, and the No. 1 thing to suffer is usually defense. Halak has not played all that well of late, but he does have two quality starts in his last five games (against the Sabres and Rangers). He tends to normally perform nicely against lower-quality teams. That he is under $8,000 on FanDuel is a mild surprise.
Jake Oettinger will be a projected starter for Dallas and has potential for a win. Check first to make sure. Also, see who starts for New Jersey if one wants to roll the dice with the Devils’ record against Boston (three wins in all).
BOS1: Bergeron — Pastrnak — Grzelcyk?
It does not matter here. One can use a defensive kicker like mentioned above to get one of the top-five lines in the entire NHL. They have struggled a bit of late, but the scoring chances are there. Boston, even without Marchand, should top 35 shots and have a better effort defensively against New Jersey, who has troubles with all phases of the game. Boston’s top line will carry one of the highest projections going into tonight from the tools.
As always, there will be some more line stacking options around warmups. From the top lines watch for St. Louis’ top line against a weaker Anaheim core with a suspect penalty kill. Plus, the Blues have to bounce back at some point, right?
NSH 1: Tolvanen — Johansen — Arvidsson
Honestly, using the wingers here with Josi or even Mattias Ekholm is not a bad idea (especially Ekholm). Florida had some difficulties containing this line the few times Mikael Granlund was up with the duo. Maybe someone on the Nashville coaching staff discovered that this worked despite the limited amount of ice time.
Several quality options should exist from this game alone. The Florida’ top-unit power play carries some value here because of Nashville’s penalty kill.
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