With only four afternoon games gracing Sunday's NHL slate, favorable matchups don't present themselves left and right in Daily Fantasy Hockey but indeed still exist. Here is the optimal lineup for Feb. 1, via DraftKings.com.
|DraftKings NHL Fantasy Lineup for Feb. 1|
|C||Nick Bonino (VAN)||MIN (21st)||2.8||$4,300|
|C||Colin Wilson (NSH)||PIT (20th)||3.1||$4,300|
|W||Brendan Gallagher (MON)||ARI (29th)||3.1||$5,100|
|W||Daniel Sedin (VAN)||MIN (22nd)||3.2||$4,900|
|W||T.J. Oshie (STL)||WAS (4th)||3.3||$5,700|
|D||Kevin Shattenkirk (STL)||WAS (25th)||3.7||$5,400|
|D||P.K. Subban (MON)||ARI (26th)||3.4||$6,800|
|G||Carey Price (MON)||ARI (29th)||5.5||$9,600|
|UTIL||Jay Bouwmeester (STL)||WAS (25th)||1.8||$3,400|
|Information courtesy of DraftKings.com|
Nick Bonino, C, Vancouver Canucks ($4,300)
The Vancouver Canucks load Sunday's fantasy slate with options as they gear up to face the last-placed Minnesota Wild, and Nick Bonino is an outstanding value for his affordable price.
Bonino has scored three of his 11 goals in the last 10 games, and his Canucks look to have turned a corner with a 5-2 win Friday night at home to snap a two-game skid. Hanging around home for the weekend, Bonino and Co. will be ready to continue their recent onslaught against the hapless Wild.
Brendan Gallagher, RW, Montreal Canadiens ($5,100) (29th, 3.1)
The Canucks against the Wild is favorable, but no matchup reeks of one-sidedness more than the Montreal Canadiens' Sunday tilt with the Arizona Coyotes. Odds Shark predicts an over/under of five goals between the two teams, and Brendan Gallagher should be expected to notch at least one of them.
The Canadiens right-winger makes his impact felt with fearless play and leaves a mark on his opponents, as told by The Montreal Gazette's Stu Cowan:
The opposing Coyotes come in ranked 29th in this fantasy matchup, and Gallagher has been dealing as of late with a goal, five assists and 31 shots on goal in his last 10 games. Montreal will run it up on Arizona on Sunday, and Gallagher should be leading the charge.
Kevin Shattenkirk, D, St. Louis Blues ($5,500)
The Blues defense is up for a favorable Sunday matchup against the Washington Capitals, leading to a big fantasy day for defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.
Although Shattenkirk make his typical statistical impact with blocked shots and hits, he's playing better than ever on offense with two goals and seven assists in his last 10 games. As told by Hockey Night in Canada's Stan Nieradka, he gets it done in the shootout as well:
After helping shut down the Capitals offense, look for Shattenkirk to get in on the scoring for the Blues.
Carey Price, G, Montreal Canadiens ($9,600)
Every daily fantasy lineup needs its bell cow, and there's no better opportunity to make a goaltender that option than on Sunday with Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price.
Price is leaps and bounds ahead of every other goalie on Sunday with a $9,600 price line, but it's validated. His Canadiens go up against the reeling Arizona Coyotes, 29th-ranked in the league against goaltenders. No other goalie playing Sunday averages more fantasy points per game than Price (5.5), and it's Pekka Rinne—who is currently injured.
Nobody has been better than Price as of late, as he's 8-1-1 in his last 10 and has conceded just 16 goals in those games. Don't be surprised if he notches a shutout against the Coyotes.
Jay Bouwmeester, D, St. Louis Blues ($3,400)
When it comes to utility picks with little cash left to spend, finding a player with plenty of ice time who will have the opportunity to impact the game is crucial. Jay Bouwmeester fits the bill.
The Blues defenseman is a big part of St. Louis' defensive rotation, and his squad faces a favorable matchup (25th) against the Capitals. His points-per-game average and recent form (one goal, one assist in last 10 games) doesn't suggest a breakout, but his consistency proves he'll be worth the selection Sunday.