Yahoo DFS Hockey: Monday Picks

Yahoo DFS Hockey: Monday Picks

This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Hockey series.

You didn't have to reset your clock today, so there's no excuse for not being ready to get your daily fantasy hockey lineup in on time Monday. We've got five NHL games on the slate. Here are the guys to target, and to avoid, for your lineup.

GOALIE

Braden Holtby, WAS at BUF ($24): It'd be better if Ilya Samsonov (2.55 GAA, .913 save percentage) was to be in net, and that may be the case, but I don't mind Holtby either. He hasn't had a good year, but over his last 10 starts he has a 2.86 GAA and .910 save percentage. As for the Sabres, they've only managed 29.3 shots on net per game which is lower than every team other than the Red Wings.

GOALIE TO AVOID

Jordan Binnington, STL vs. FLA ($32): Binnington has an impressive 2.57 GAA, although with a .911 save percentage. However, Monday the Blues are on the second leg of a back-to-back, and Binnington got saved for this start. He's also facing a Panthers team that has scored 3.32 goals per game.

CENTER

Anze Kopitar, LOS vs. COL ($26): Don't tell Kopitar that the Kings are out of it. The Slovenian center has 15 points in his last 11 games. Normally the Avalanche are pretty stout on the road, but they are on the second leg of a back-to-back. With Philipp Grubauer hurt, Colorado may also have to trot out Michael Hutchinson (3.47 GAA, .888 save percentage).

CENTER TO AVOID

Nathan MacKinnon, COL at LOS ($35): Like I said, the Avalanche are on the road for the second night of a back-to-back. MacKinnon is having a stellar season, but he's also the priciest center available, and the situation won't be ideal for him. The Kings are actually one of the best defensive teams at home. In Los Angeles they have a 2.63 GAA and have allowed 29.6 shots on net per game.

WING

David Perron, STL vs. FLA ($22): Perron has put 164 shots on goal in 69 games, most among St. Louis forwards. That's helped him notch 60 points on the year, including 27 with the extra man. The Blues are playing the second game of a back-to-back, but power-play time is still helpful. Plus, I'm not so worried about Perron being a little worn down given that the Panthers have a 3.28 GAA.

Tom Wilson, WAS at BUF ($14): Wilson may be better known for his questionable hits and penalty minutes, but he's also the guy who plays on the wing with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin. That's certainly helped him tally 21 goals and 22 assists, including five points in his last nine games. As for the Sabres, they have a 3.13 GAA, bottom 10 in the NHL.

WINGS TO AVOID

Patrik Laine, WPG vs. ARI ($25): Laine has put his slow start behind him, and his shooting percentage is now 12.2, the same as last season. This is a really tricky matchup, though. The Coyotes have a 2.59 GAA, third lowest in the NHL. Arizona also has the sixth-ranked penalty kill, and 16 of Laine's 61 points have come with the extra man.

Taylor Hall, ARI at WPG ($22): Hall has delivered what's expecting with the Coyotes, as he has 27 points in 35 games. However, he hasn't done a ton on the power play, as he only has six points with the extra man. That means he may not be able to take advantage of Winnipeg's 24th-ranked penalty kill. He could also have a hard time solving Connor Hellebuyck, who has a 2.59 GAA and .921 save percentage.

DEFENSE

Keith Yandle, FLA at STL ($10): Yandle is a guy who knows how to handle a power play. He's averaged 3:44 per game with the extra man and notched 21 power-play points in 68 games. The Blues have a couple of strong goalies, but they also have the 18th-ranked penalty kill. That's not bad, but it is below average, and the Blues are on the second leg of a back-to-back.

Dmitry Orlov, WAS at BUF ($10): The Sabres have the league's worst penalty kill, but John Carlson is the only Washington defenseman that really ever sees power-play time. Given how expensive he is, though, I wanted to try and find a cheaper option in case you needed one. In that case, Orlov is about the best option you will find. He's played 1:25 per game with the extra man, which is at least something. The Russian defenseman does have 21 even-strength points as well, and the Sabres have a 3.13 GAA overall.

DEFENSE TO AVOID

Shea Theodore, VGK at EDM ($22): The Golden Knights are on the road for the second game of a back-to-back Monday. On top of that, Theodore has notched 16 of his 45 points on the power play. The Oilers have been formidable on the penalty kill, as they rank second in the league in that category.

Rasmus Dahlin, BUF vs. WAS ($14): Dahlin is ahead of the curve for a 19-year-old defenseman, but he's depended on the power play for a lot of his numbers. The Swedish defenseman has tallied 18 of his 38 points with the extra man. Well the Capitals have the fifth-ranked penalty kill, so that doesn't bode well for him.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Chris Morgan plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: cmorgan3, DraftKings: cmorgan3.
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