Written by James Ladalia - NHL Manager on January 18, 2020

Aleksander Barkov (DK: $7,600 FD: $7,400): Tonight’s first Must-Have gets a fantastic matchup on the road when the Florida Panthers travel to Detroit to take on the Red Wings. The Panthers are coming in as the heaviest favorites tonight, and for good reason. They are currently the highest-scoring team in the league (3.63 goals per game), and should be able to feast on a Red Wings team that surrenders 3.83 goals against per game, which is the most in the league. Barkov has slowed down a bit, and was recently on a five-game point scoring drought, but has since recovered and has now scored points in three straight games. Detroit is horrendous all around, but they are significantly worse against opposing team’s centers, as they’re giving up over 42 DraftKings points per game to centers this year, which is the second-most in the entire league. Florida should also be able to pounce on every opportunity they get on the man advantage, as Detroit struggles mightily to kill off their penalties. Detroit comes into this game killing off only 73% of their penalties, which is dead last in the league. On the other hand, Florida has been deadly on the power play, converting on over 24.3% of their chances, which is 4th-best. Barkov has been really effective on the power play, as his 16 power play points are good for 3rd on his team, trailing power play line mates Huberdeau and Yandle. Barkov is a bit pricey tonight, but we feel this Florida top line dominates tonight, so we recommend that you guys lock him in with confidence tonight. 

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Max Pacioretty (DK: $7,300 FD: $7,500): Tonight’s second Must-Have also gets a solid matchup on the road when the Vegas Golden Knights head to Montreal to take on the Canadiens. Vegas is currently tabbing the Golden Knights as slight road favorites in this one. Carey Price is the confirmed goalie for Montreal, and oddly enough, he has been significantly worse on home ice than when on the road. His home stats this year are a record of 8-10-2, with a GAA of 2.92, and a .896 SV%, so we can see him getting lit up tonight. Just like Detroit, Montreal is significantly worse against opposing team’s LWs than any other position on the ice. Over the course of the season, Montreal is surrendering 27.7 DraftKings points per game to LWs, which is the 2nd-most in the league. Pacioretty has been playing great hockey recently, and has such a high floor due to him being so trigger happy when the puck is on his stick. He has now cleared the shot bonus in five of his last seven games, and is a threat to do so again tonight going against his former team that is currently giving up 32 shots on net per game. Patches will be slotted in on the team’s second line and top power play unit. Montreal struggles to kill off their penalties, as they come into this game killing off only 78.6% of their penalties, which ranks 22nd in the league. On the other hand, Vegas has been pretty effective when given power plays, as they currently convert on over 22% of their chances, which is the 8th-best in the league. Pacioretty has been Vegas’s best player on the power play, as his 6 PPGs are second on the team, and his 14 PPP rank first on his team. Patches is in a great spot tonight, so make sure you lock him in alongside Barkov as our Must-Haves tonight.