With all but 4 teams playing today there is sure to be plenty of action to go around. A lot of the offensive powerhouses are on today’s slate. Larger slates can be tricky to find the right players on the right team sometimes. So here are some key matchups that you should keep your eye on to capitalize on today’s NHL DFS contests.
One to watch is the seemingly revived Lightning vs. the Senators. After a sluggish start to the season the Lightning lit up the Leafs 7-3 to herald the return of Brayden Point. On Saturday, the Lightning get the sub-par Senators (possible name change?). With one of the worst offenses in the league and a weak defense in the Senators the Lightning should surely be able to at least match their output from their Leafs game. Another game to target is the Devils vs. the Bruins. The Devils have been one of their worst teams in the league this season. The Devils have a negative goal differential of -9 in only 4 games. The Bruins are 3-0-1 but haven’t really started clicking offensively yet. Well, The Devils are what the doctor recommends for the Bruins scoring woes. The final game of the games to watch is the Kings vs. the Predators. The Predators have the most goals scored in the league going into Friday night’s games and the Kings have allowed the 5th most. Sounds like a recipe for success in DFS, right? The Predators have been riding the wave of Matt Duchene and Filip Forsberg so far. The productive second line of the Predators should be one to target for the win. Let’s take a deeper look at what you need to win!
STL Line 2: Blais | O’Reilly | Perron
DraftKings: $15,700 (31% of Salary | FanDuel: $16,300 (30% of Salary)
One of the least sexy picks for a stack out there. Don’t sleep on this line though. I did at first but not anymore. This line has accounted for just under half of the Blues goals so far. One of the lesser known members of the line is Sammy Blais. If he keeps it up his anonymity won’t last long. The big winger out of Quebec has 4 points in 4 games. While you shouldn’t count on him for a PPG he should continue to be productive as long as he is on this line. The center, the catalyst, Mr. MVP, Ryan O’Reilly. He is the player that makes things happens on this line. Coming off his best season yet with 77 points O’Reilly looks to be on his way to equaling or besting that total. O’Reilly has 7 points in 4 games for almost 2 points a game so far. The third and final member of the line is David Perron. Another Quebec native, Perron has had an enigmatic career so far filled with injury and disappointment. The former first round pick of the Blues came back home last year to help bring St.Louis the Cup. Perron has only played 82 games twice in 13 seasons but when healthy for long enough he has produced with a career high of 66 points two seasons ago. Perron has 5 points in 4 games so far. This trio should be able to continue their productive ways against a Canadiens team that has yielded the 6th most goals in the league so far.
CAR Line 1: Dzingel | Haula | Necas
DraftKings: $11,800 (24% of Salary) | FanDuel: $13,500 (25% of Salary)
The Canes are a team on a mission. Last year with their improbable push through the playoffs. And now 5-0 at the time of writing. Part of their success this year is they have had 3 contributing lines. The most surprisingly successful one has been their third line. With 2 journeyman veteran forwards and a rookie their success has been noteworthy. The first winger on the line is Ryan Dzingel. Dzingel has been a moderately productive player through his career with the Senators and a cup of coffee with the Blue Jackets last year. So far this year he has 4 points through 4 games for a scoring pace of well over his career norm. Dzingel most likely won’t stay at this rate but while he is scoring and his line is clicking he is a worthy cheap add. The center of this line is Erik Haula. Yet another forward with an unremarkable but respectable career. With his career split between the Wild and the Golden Knights. Haula has had a career high of 55 points. Currently he has 3 goals through 4 games. Haula can be counted on to score 45-50 points so his current scoring pace is only slightly above that. Finally, the youngster of the group, Martin Necas. The 20 year old winger from the Czech Republic. Going into camp it was uncertain if he would make the team….he did. And he is making the most of it with 2 points in 4 games and playing on this 3rd line and 1st PP unit. Necas had 54 points in 62 games with the Charlotte Checkers last year so he knows how to score. The Hurricanes are playing one of the worst teams in the league in the Columbus Blue Jackets. Also, They get them playing on a second consecutive night. Elvis Merzlikins will most likely get the start and if his first NHL game is any indication, 7 goals allowed, than you should go with this stack with confidence.
DAL | C | Roope Hintz | DraftKings: $4,900 | FanDuel: $5,500
I’ve been singing the praises of Hintz all season long and he hasn’t disappointed yet. The young Finn has 4 goals and 1 assist through 5 games to lead the Stars in scoring. The former 2nd round pick is centering the second even strength line and first power play unit with the likes of Joe Pavelski, Jamie Benn, and Joe Pavelski. Hintz goes up against a talented Caps team on Saturday. Yet, The Caps have been generous with their defense with a team GAA of 3.20. So, you should pick Hintz with confidence that he will continue his scoring ways.
VAN | W | J.T. Miller | DraftKings: $4,500 | FanDuel: $5,200
J.T. Miller has carved out a career highlighted with talent and grit. Miller can fit in anywhere from a scoring line to a grind line. Fortunately for us, Miller is on a scoring line in his first season with Vancouver. Miller is playing on a line with uber-talented forwards Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser. Fresh off an offensive explosion of 1 goal and 3 assists against the Kings Miller will look to follow that up with another strong peformance against the Flyers . Miller draws a Flyers team with a strong goalie in Carter Hart. However, Hart is young and did let in 3 goals against the Blackhawks in the season opener in Prague. With first line duty across the board look for Miller to get and capitalize on some scoring opportunities on Saturday.
COL | D | Cale Makar | DraftKings: $4,000 | FanDuel: $4,400
Makar headed into his rookie season with Calder Trophy hype surrounding him. He has done nothing so far to dispel that notion. With 3 points in 3 games while quarterbacking the top power play unit with MacKinnon, Landeskog, and Rantanen. Makar’s transition from the college ranks at Umass to the NHL with the Avalanche has been seamless. On Saturday Makar will go up against a Coyotes team that is 1-2 and no match for the Avalanche’s formidable offense. Expect some assists on the score sheet for Makar.
Blue Line Specials
WAS | D| John Carlson | DraftKings: $6,500 | FanDuel: $6,600
John Carlson has been one of the top offensive defenseman in the league for close to 10 years now. Alot like a fine wine he keeps getting better with age. Coming off of back to back career years with 68 and then 70 points. Carlson seems primed to continue the streak of besting career highs. So far this season Carlson has 8 points in 5 games for the team lead in scoring. No small statement when you play with the likes of Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. Carlson gets top line duty across the board to keep his scoring opportunities high. On Saturday Carlson draws a Stars team that hasn’t performed up to their talent level and most importantly has let in 2.4 goals a game. Grab Carlson and rest assured he will get you some points.
CAR | D | Dougie Hamilton | DraftKings: $6,800 | FanDuel: $ 5,500
Everyone in Carolina is doing the Dougie these days. The defenseman has 3 goals and 4 assists in his first 5 games of the season. The Canes are one of the hottest teams in the league to start the season at 5-0. And Hamilton is getting first line duty across the board. Hamilton should easily best his career high of 50 points this season if he keeps up his current scoring pace. That pace almost certainly won’t be stalled on Saturday. The Canes play a struggling Blue Jackets team with huge question marks in net. Elvis Merzlikins will mostly start. If he starts you should go all in on the Canes.
COL | G | Phillipp Grubauer | DraftKings: $8,300 | FanDuel:$8,200
Grubauer has started off this season with authority at 3-0 for the Avalanche. Grubauer is in his first season where he is the clear #1 goalie after years of sharing duties with the likes of Braden Holtby and Semyon Varlamov. It will be interesting to see if with a full workload if his numbers falter throughout the course of the season. For now, he is off to a fantastic start and plays a Coyotes team that has only scored 5 goals through 3 games. Between his strong play and the Avalanche’s offensive prowess you can count on a win.
WPG | G | Connor Hellebuyck | DraftKings: $7,500 | FanDuel: $7,700
Say whaaa?! Take the goalie with no defense behind him?? Absolutely, All Hellebuyck has done after letting in 4 goals in his season debut is let in only 3 goals in 2 games. Hellebuyck has a .927 save percentage and is 2-1. Which is amazing when you look at the turnover in defense between this season and last. The Jets play the Blackhawks on Saturday. A tricky match-up with Kane and Toews but if he can neutralize that line he should be well on his way to success.
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