Eight games are on tap for Sunday's NHL action, which means more options than usual will be available in daily fantasy. With mostly matinee affairs on the slate, let's take a look at the ideal DraftKings lineup to close out the weekend.
|DraftKings NHL Fantasy Lineup for Feb. 8|
|C||John Tavares (NYI)||BUF (30th)||4.2||$8,000|
|C||Tyler Ennis (BUF)||NYI (24th)||2.8||$4,500|
|W||Filip Forsberg (NSH)||FLA (15th)||3.8||$5,500|
|W||Blake Wheeler (WPG)||COL (26th)||3.7||$6,300|
|W||Mats Zuccarello (NYR)||DAL (24th)||2.6||$4,700|
|D||Dustin Byfuglien (WPG)||COL (15th)||3.4||$5,100|
|D||Mark Streit (PHI)||WAS (24th)||2.9||$4,100|
|G||Carter Hutton (NSH)||FLA (26th)||3.1||$7,200|
|UTIL||Jakob Silfverberg (ANA)||TB (13th)||2.5||$4,600|
Islanders C John Tavares ($8,000)
|Tavares' Last 10 Games|
New York Islanders captain John Tavares checks every box to be a top-dollar option on Sunday.
Not only has he been incredibly consistent with four goals and six assists in his last 10 games, but he also poses the biggest mismatch of the afternoon. His Islanders face the hapless Buffalo Sabres, who have allowed the most goals in the league and rank dead last against opposing centers.
Tavares has the Sabres' number this season, having netted two goals in their only meeting thus far. After scoring his team's only goal against a strong Bruins defense in Saturday's loss, Tavares, and his teammates, will be intent on scoring goal after goal against the Sabres.
Predators RW Filip Forsberg ($5,500)
Not even the spotlight of the All-Star Game could begin to dim Filip Forsberg's sterling rookie season, as the Predators winger continues to play as well as any young stud in hockey.
Already with 17 goals and 29 assists on the season, Forsberg has stayed hot as of late with three goals and five helpers in his last 10 appearances. He has flourished on Nashville's top line, as told by NHLNumbers.com:
The Predators travel to face Florida for an early Sunday matinee, but the road trip shouldn't dampen Forsberg's impact. In fact, he's earned a point in three of his last four road games—most recently he had a two-assist performance last weekend in Pittsburgh.
The opposing Panthers rank 15th against wingers, which won't be strong enough to completely neutralize Forsberg and the Preds' top line.
Sabres C Tyler Ennis ($4,500)
The Buffalo Sabres' two victories in the last five days may not be enough to overshadow an 0-12 month of January, but offensive presence Tyler Ennis looks to be back after ending an aggravating streak Saturday, per John Vogl of The Buffalo News:
It's been a horrendous season in Buffalo, but Ennis' play—while inconsistent—has been a small bright spot. His recent struggles have brought his price down just as he's finding the net again, which makes it an ideal time to buy low.
Players of Ennis' caliber aren't usually available for such an affordable price and in such a favorable matchup—the Islanders rank 24th against opposing centers.
Jets D Dustin Byfuglien ($5,100)
Dustin Byfuglien is among the most versatile and best two-way players in hockey, and the Winnipeg Jets have taken advantage of that numerous times this season. They're doing so again this week, and it's looking to continue through the weekend, per Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun:
And while Byfuglien prefers his normal position on defense, he's no less motivated to play, per TSN's Michael Remis:
Byfuglien gets his offensive chances either way and might get more minutes on defense, but he'll have many more opportunities in front of net as a forward. Sunday's opponent, the Colorado Avalanche, rank in the middle of the pack against defenders but just 23rd against opposing centers.
Predators G Carter Hutton ($7,200)
Star Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has made his return from injury and looks to be at full health following two appearances. But after stopping 30 shots Saturday at home against the Rangers, he should be due for a rest Sunday after two games in three days.
That's where Carter Hutton comes in. The Preds' dependable second option has impressed with a 3-0-2 record in his last five starts, and he goes up against a Panthers club that has scored fewer goals than all but five NHL teams this season.
Assuming Rinne gets his deserved rest Sunday, Hutton will be the most valuable goalie to choose from.
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