This article is part of our DraftKings NHL series.
DraftKings presents a four-game slate starting at 5:00 p.m EDT. The Blackhawks-Predators and Stars-Panthers are rematches from last night, and the Bruins – who played yesterday – will face a rested Devils team.
It figures to be a fairly low-scoring evening, as the Blackhawks-Predators game (6.5 O/U) is the only contest that's not marked at 5.5 O/U, according to DraftKings Sportsbook.
All advanced statistics come from Natural Stat Trick
Jordan Binnington, STL vs. ANH ($8,100): The Blues (-245) are heavy favorites tonight, and even though it's been a struggle recently, there's good reason for optimism. In the month of March, the Ducks rank 26th with 1.95 xGF/60 at even strength. The main risk factor here is that the Blues can't provide enough offensive support, but the Blues are certainly better equipped than the Ducks, even with their injuries.
MacKenzie Blackwood, NJD at BOS ($7,000): Here's a strong contrarian play where you can save some salary-cap space. Blackwood has shown fantastic highs and some brutal lows this season, but he's mostly been stable lately. There's a strong opportunity for Blackwood and the Devils. The Bruins have already been struggling in March, ranking 30th with 1.69 xGF/60 at even strength, and now they'll be without Brad Marchand (COVID-19 protocol).
Dominik Kubalik, CHI vs. NSH ($5,700): Kubalik will fall short of last year's 30-goal mark, but he's still been quite impressive lately, posting three goals and five helpers over the last 10 games. The Czech winger skates on PP2 as well, so he'll take aim at the Predators' last-ranked PK (71.9 percent) on Sunday.
Carter Verhaeghe, FLA at DAL ($5,500): Verhaeghe scored a hat trick last night, bringing his goal total for the month of March to eight through 13 games. Part of his success looms from the increased opportunities he's been getting, especially with injuries starting to accrue. He has only scored on 17.9 percent of his shots this month, so even some slight regression won't be noticeable for fantasy purposes.
Janne Kuokkanen, NJD at BOS ($3,400): Kuokkanen has floated up and down the lineup, but he's playing with Travis Zajac now. The 22-year-old has put up 10 points over the last 11 games. Only two of those came with the man advantage, so Boston's top-ranked PK (88.8 percent) shouldn't be a major impediment.
Kirby Dach, CHI vs. NSH ($2,500): Coming off a three-month layoff due to a wrist fracture, Dach returned to the lineup last night and handled a third-line role along with power-play duties. There are high hopes for the 20-year-old, as he posted 23 points over 64 games last year. The power-play time will be key.
Blues vs. Ducks
This line has a long history together, and they've been creating more chances lately, posting 2.28 xGF/60 over the last five games. Tarasenko is getting more comfortable showering the net with rubber, too, as he's fired 13 shots on goal over the last two games. The Ducks' suspect defense – they've allowed 3.01 G/60 at even strength in March – should provide plenty of chances for this trio to come through.
Predators at Blackhawks
Filip Forsberg (upper body) likely will sit out again Sunday, meaning this line will get another crack at it. They were solid Saturday, combining for three points and 10 shots on net. The Blackhawks have given up a ton of scoring chances in March, posting 2.66 xGA/60 – the second-most in the league.
Roman Josi, NSH at CHI ($6,700): Josi has dished out 11 assists – eight on the power play – and fired 31 shots on goal over the last 10 games. He hasn't missed a beat since returning from injury, and the Norris Trophy winner has highest ceiling of any blueliner in this slate. With a favorable matchup against the Blackhawks, it's worth spending up a bit here if you're saving cash elsewhere.
Torey Krug, STL vs. ANA ($5,200): Krug's been in a bit of a slump lately, but he got back on track with an assist in Friday's loss. The 29-year-old is still logging big minutes with Colton Parayko (back) out of the fold, and he quarterbacks PP1 with the aforementioned Blues stack.
Matt Grzelcyk, BOS vs. NJ ($4,800): With seven points over the last 10 games, Grzelcyk is clearly settling into the increased role that head coach Bruce Cassidy has thrust him into. He maintains a solid floor with 3.2 shots per game in that stretch, and four of those points were with the man advantage. Grzelcyk should get a solid opportunity against the Devils' 29th-ranked PK (72.0 percent).
Kevin Shattenkirk, ANA at STL ($4,000): Shattenkirk has taken a step back offensively compared to his time with Tampa Bay. That's somewhat predictable. He'll get a strong opportunity Sunday, as he's skating on the Ducks' PP1. Meanwhile, the Blues' PK (74.3 percent) ranks 26th in the league.
Ty Smith, NJ at BOS ($3,200): The rookie continues to produce, posting seven assists over the last 11 games. He gets power-play time, but that's less intriguing because of Boston's elite PK. However, just four of Smith's 18 points have been with the man advantage this season.