National Hockey League (NHL) Must-haves are our most highly recommended players for any given slate. Our experts select these picks above the rest and have determined they are most likely to reach or exceed value. These are the foundational players that we advise building your lineups around.
William Nylander (FDraft: $13,300 DK: $6,500 FD: $5,800): Our first Must-Have for the final slate of the regular season gets a nice matchup on home ice when the Montreal Canadiens travel to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs. Per Vegas, the Leafs are huge favorites in this one (-235), and with an over/under set for 6 goals, we could see Toronto stomping the Canadiens. This should be a huge mismatch and Montreal is giving up over 3.10 goals against per game, and they’ll have a tough time trying to contain Toronto’s offense, which is one of the best in... Read More
Ryan Getzlaf (FDraft: $13,500 DK: $6,500 FDuel: $7,400): For the caliber of player Getzlaf continues to prove himself to be, this price is more than reasonable on all three sites, and becomes a bargain when factoring in the matchup. The struggling Dallas Stars will be starting backup goalie Mike McKenna, who comes in from the AHL where his stats were not all that impressive (.907 save percentage). The Ducks are large home favorites, and while the offense vs. defense matchup doesn’t appear all that favorable at first, more recent performances from Dallas’ defense illustrates the extent to which the team... Read More
Claude Giroux (FDraft: $14,700 DK: $7,000 FD: $8,000): After a few off years, Giroux has had a resurgence with a career year, as he chases 100 points and tries to solidify a playoff spot for his Philadelphia Flyers. His 98 points are third-best in the NHL and he’s tied for the league lead in assists. He’s currently riding an eight-game point streak in which he’s accumulated three goals and ten assists. Perhaps more astoundingly, he has just three pointless games since February 6th, a stretch that also includes 11 multi-point efforts. All in all, Giroux is one of the hottest... Read More
Alex Pietrangelo (FDraft: $13,400 DK: $6,500 FD: $5,800): Tonight’s lone Must-Have for this 3-game slate gets a tremendous matchup on home ice when the Chicago Blackhawks travel to St. Louis to take on the Blues. As of the writing of this article, Vegas is currently listing the Blues as the heaviest favorites tonight (-250), with an over/under of 5.5 goals. The Hawks have been terrible defensively this year, as they are giving up over 3.05 goals per game to opposing teams, and with Berube in net tonight, it could get way worse. Berube comes into this game with a record... Read More
Kyle Palmieri (DK: $6,400 FDual: $6,300): Palmieri has one of the best matchups tonight as the New Jersey Devils take on a bad Rangers defense at home. The line for this game has the Devils as large favorites and the over/under is set at 6.0 goals, so there should be plenty of scoring chances for NJ. With 43 points in 60 games, he ranks second in points per game for the Devils. Although the Rangers have a pretty good penalty kill, Palmieri is consistently a threat to score in those situations, and the Devils are ranked 13th in power play... Read More