One week of NHL DFS in the books, and the ink on the page has barely dried. We have an eye on how the story may go for this season. ‘Tis a long tale though. Here’s what we do know thus far.1.Toronto still has a great offense….Auston Matthews, Tavares, Marner, and Co. are up to their scoring antics again with a few new cast members like the known Tyson Barrie and the lesser known Ilya Mikheyev and Alexander Kerfoot. 2. They may be missing the Point in Tampa….Brayden that is. Hard to believe with players the likes of Kucherov, Stamkos, Hedman, and Vasilevsky that there could be any problems but just 2 shots on goal after the first period on Sunday……yikes. 3. Carolina still has the glass slipper and the carriage didn’t turn into a pumpkin after midnight. Carolina may have had an air of a unrepeatable Cinderella story but they are doing their best to dispel that notion. Strong starts by Dougie Hamilton, Teuvo Teravainen, and newcomer Erik Haula are working to keep the dream alive. These are just a few of many subplots that the story of this season has provided us thus far so strap yourself in because this could be a wild one!
Now to the business at hand, we have a task of why does this info matter to us…..to win our DFS contests, of course! There is a big slate on hand for Tuesday night’s games with no shortage of possibilities. The question is picking the best possibility. One game to watch for scoring possibilities will be Winnipeg versus Pittsburgh. Neither team has had strong performances defensively so far, and both have offensive firepower although Pittsburgh will be without the services of Evgeni Malkin for a while. Another game with the potential for fireworks will be the Dallas Stars versus the Washington Capitals. Dallas is off to an 0-3 start and hasn’t played horribly, but definitely hasn’t been impressive either. Conversely the Capitals have looked very strong so far and with scoring from all over the roster as well as solid play in the net by both Braden Holtby and Ilya Samsonov. All in all, Tuesday should be an opportunity to win some DFS dollars, and here are some selections that could help you down that path.
NSH Line 2: Forsberg | Duchene | Granlund
Draftkings: $18,400 (37% of Salary) | FanDuel: $ 19,800 (36% of Salary)
The combination of Filip Forsberg and Matt Duchene has been a scintillating and productive one so far. Duchene has put up 5 assists in 2 games so far this season, and coming on the heels of a resurgent season with 70 points last year, Duchene looks to continue his offensive ways with his new linemates. Forsberg has had an instantaneous connection with Duchene. Forsberg has 3 points in 2 games, and after a career of floating in the mid-50s to mid-60’s, he might be in place to take the next step up to the 70 point range with Duchene at his side. Granlund is no toss-in, but with these two he clearly plays second fiddle in the land of the Grand Ole Opry. If you were considering dropping one from the stack, it would be Granlund as he only has 1 point so far and is on the second PP unit. He isn’t chopped liver though, with season highs equal to that of Forsberg in the past, so you could do worse with completing the trio and grabbing Granlund. This line is a slam dunk pick in my opinion because they draw a porous Sharks goalie tandem of Aaron Dell and Martin Jones, who both have a GAA of over 3, so be confident that the Predators will get their goals and this line should be a main benefactor of that onslaught.
EDM Line 1: Draisaitl | McDavid | Kassian
DraftKings: $19,800 (40% of Salary) | FanDuel: $21,800 (40% of Salary)
This one is a no-brainer with the exception of the cap hit. Reference the Bargain Bin section in here, so that you can get this high-priced juggernaut on your squad. First off, The Oilers beat the Kings 6-5 last week. Secondly, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. That’s it….ha! In all seriousness the duo has been instant offense over the past two seasons. Let’s start with Connor McDavid. 100 points in each of the last 3 seasons. Five points in two games. If you take nothing else away from your fandom you must know McDavid is a god on the ice, and if you can play him in your DFS contest you must. Draisaitl is like a demigod to McDavid’s god. With a 100 point season last year as well Draisaitl is perfectly in sync with McDavid and with a similar 5 points already he is well on his way to another 100 point season as well. Kassian is the heavy in this line. He’s the muscle to keep opponents honest and from getting too physical with Draisaitl and McDavid. But, Kassian does have offensive ability as well. The former first round pick of the Sabres has put up 3 points this season to keep pace with his other linemates. All three are on the PP unit with Kassian being the lone 2nd unit player. They will face off against an Islanders team that has looked solid in net with Greiss and Varlamov so far, but with talent like this line, they can’t be stopped – only contained. If Varlamov starts, double down on this line.
DAL | C | Roope Hintz | DraftKings: $5,000 | FanDuel: $5,400
The Young Finn, Hintz, is asserting himself as a key player in the Stars future early on this season. With 3 goals in 3 games, Hintz is leading the charge offensively thus far with a Stars team with no shortage of proven scorers. Hintz is centering the second even strength line, and the first power play unit. He may have a tough task against a staunch Capitals defense but you should be able to count on him for a point or two. Take a chance on him while his price is still affordable
CAR | W | Andrei Svechnikov | DraftKings: $4,900 | FanDuel: $5,000
Andrei Svechnikov is a former number 2 overall pick that was expected to potentially break through last year but had only 37 points, which isn’t bad for a rookie, but suffered due to line assignments and some inconsistencies in play. This year, he is drawing second line even strength and power play duties, which so far has been a boon to his production so far. With 4 points in 3 games, the young Russian is pacing the hot Canes club. Don’t be confused on both DFS sites for some reason they think one Svechnikov picture is good enough for two Svechnikov’s (same picture for DET, Evgeni Svechnikov). Go with A. Svechnikov for the win!
NYI | D | Devon Toews | DraftKings: $3,600 | FanDuel: $4,000
The second year defenseman out of Quinnipiac University has quietly carved out a niche on the Islanders blue line. In the past year and a half, he has slowly moved past formerly established offensive defenseman Nick Leddy, and kept pace with the up and coming Ryan Pulock. In my opinion, if Toews got Pulock’s top line assignments, he will be put up just as good if not better offensive numbers. What Toews has done is score 2 points in 2 games this season while on the second even strength and power play lines. Pretty soon, when you say Toews you’ll be thinking of Devon and not Jonathan……maybe soon not but close….
Blue Line Special
CAR | D | Dougie Hamilton | DraftKings: $6,700 | FanDuel: $5,200
Dougie Hamilton is feeling it so far this season. With 4 points in 3 games and on top defensive and power play units, he is properly positioned for sustained success. Hamilton has always produced from Boston to Calgary, and now Carolina, but has always left people wanting a little more because of his impressive talent. Is this the year he completely breaks out and surpasses the 50-point barrier. Possibly, but with a matchup against the Panthers, he should do well enough to get his DFS owners to do the dougie.
EDM | D | Oscar Klefbom | DraftKings: $6,100 | FanDuel: $5,100
The former first round pick out of Sweden, Klefbom, has gotten off to a similarly hot start as his other teammates. Klefbom has always possessed the talent to quarterback the power play, and lead the offense from the blue line. His bugaboo has been health with one fully healthy season in the past four, in which he scored 38 points. While a clean bill of health has been difficult for Klefbom to come by, he’s healthy for now, and a productive Klefbom is a good pick for your squad as he is quarterbacking the top power play unit with both McDavid and Draisaitl.
WAS | G | Braden Holtby | DraftKings: $8,000 | FanDuel: $8,100
Braden Holtby has been a foundational player since before their Stanley Cup victory to present day. This year he has proven he’s still got it. Holtby has a 2.36 GAA so far and should get proper rest to stay fresh with the emergence of Ilya Samsonov as a seemingly competent backup. Holtby has a good matchup against a Stars team that has talent, but hasn’t been in top offensive form to start the season.
NSH | G | Pekka Rinne | DraftKings: $8,200 | FanDuel: $8,400
Ol’ Man River he must know something….he keeps rolling along….Excuse the “Showboat” line but this applies to Pekka Rinne. He just keeps rolling along and performing. With a 2.00 GAA Rinne has started off the season on the right foot. He will be facing a Sharks team that has started off the season on the wrong foot. Look for Rinne to stifle the Sharks, and for the Preds to light the lamp in support.
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