NHL DFS Lineup Picks for DraftKings & FanDuel on March 1, 2018
Eight games make up the 3/1/18 NHL DFS slate tonight with some massive contests over at DraftKings and FanDuel. And of course, these picks and plays can be used in your daily fantasy hockey strategy at FantasyDraft.
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Eric Staal @ ARI ($7.3 DK / $7.5 FD)
Eric Staal’s price continues to rise, but he still remains a strong play. Stall is coming off a hat trick where he had a total of five points. The veteran has seven goals and 12 points over a five-game point streak. His 18 goals since Jan. 1 are the second most in the NHL. Plus, his 31 points over that span have him tied for the fourth most. Nobody had more points than Staal during the month of February.
Nico Hischier @ FLA ($5.4 DK / $5.8 FD)
Playing Nico Hischier is the cheapest way to get a piece of the hottest player in the NHL, in Taylor Hall. It’s pointless to even write about Hall, just play the guy! Hall has a point in 22 straight games, and 15 goals in 2018 (also a point in every game in 2018). Hischer is a fine player, and is certainly benefiting from having Hall on his line. This year’s first overall pick has 10 points in his last nine games.
Riley Nash vs. PIT ($4.5 DK / $5.0 FD)
Riley Nash filled in nicely on the Bruins’ top line on Tuesday with Patrice Bergeron sidelined. Nash had a goal and an assist to go along with two shots in 15 minutes of action. He’ll get a chance again tonight between Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, which makes him a strong play given the upside and price. Overall, Nash has four goals and eight points in his last 10 games.
Others to consider: Brayden Point, Jamie Benn, Jeff Carter, Ryan Johansen
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Craig Smith @ EDM ($5.5 DK / $5.6 FD)
The Predators are in a good spot tonight against an Oilers team that has allowed the sixth-most shots and third-most goals over the last month. On the flip side, it was Nashville who led the league with 511 shots and 55 goals in February. The Fiala-Turris-Smith line is extremely affordable. Craig Smith picked up two goals in his last game to give him 20 on the season. Lastly, he has points in eight straight games.
Alexander Radulov vs. TB ($5.8 DK / $6.5 FD)
Alexander Radulov is having a fine season with 23 goals and 56 points in 63 games. However, he’s cooled off of late as has his price tag. The Lightning played last night and will likely turn to backup Louis Domingue, who has allowed seven goals in his last two starts. Tampa Bay allowed the third-most shots and the eighth-most goals during the month of February. Also, their 72.7 penalty kill percentage ranked 29th for the month.
Tyler Toffoli vs. CLS ($5.1 DK / $6.2 FD)
Tyler Toffoli is one of the streakiest scorers in the NHL. Now that he has center Jeff Carter back, we’re seeing Toffoli get going. He has two goals and a point in all three games with Carter back in the lineup. The winger put an impressive 16 pucks on net in those three games, and his 53 shots over the last 30 days are the fifth most among forwards.
Cam Atkinson @ LA ($5.9 DK / $6.4 FD)
Cam Atkinson is another guy who likes to put the puck on net as his 56 shots over the last 30 days are just three more than Toffoli’s and were the fourth most for the month of February. Atkinson is coming off a three-point game, has three power play points in his last two games, and hit the scoresheet in 10 of the 15 games he’s played since returning from injury. Over that time, Atkinson has six goals and 12 points. He’s had at least three shots on goal in every one of those games.
Others to consider: Evander Kane, Jake Guentzel, Bryan Rust, Filip Forsberg, Mikael Granlund
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Roman Josi @ EDM ($6.6 DK / $6.7 FD)
You can treat Roman Josi like a forward. He’s second on his team with 44 points and leads all Nashville skaters with 204 shots. His 53 shots in the month of February were the fifth most in the NHL. He’s fresh off a five-point game, so his ownership may be high, but he’s a solid Cash option. Josi logged 12 points over a five-game point streak, with four multi-point games over that span.
Shayne Gostisbehere vs. CAR ($6.2 DK / $6.4 FD)
It’s time to start giving Shayne Gostisbehere Norris Trophy consideration as his 50 points are now the third most among defensemen, just four behind John Klingberg. Gostisbehere leads all defensemen with 25 power play points on the season, his 17 points and +14 rating over the last 30 days are both position highs. He’s only failed to hit the scoresheet in three of his last 13 games. The Hurricanes’ 79 goals allowed since Jan. 1 are the eighth most.
Matt Dumba @ ARI ($4.8 DK / $4.6 FD)
Matt Dumba will save you some cash on defense. He has only three points in his last eight games but has 10 goals and 34 points on the season. Seven of those points came on the power play, and he’s averaging 24 minutes per game over his last 10.
Others to consider: P.K. Subban, John Klingberg, Keith Yandle, Sami Vatanen
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Casey DeSmith @ BOS ($7.6 DK / $7.6 FD)
You should have no problem rolling out Casey DeSmith if you’re looking to save some cash. He makes for a decent tournament play and allows you to spend elsewhere. DeSmith turned aside 35 of the 38 shots he faced Tuesday to bring his save percentage to .925 in seven outings. He also has a solid 2.35 GAA and a high-powered offense in front of him.
Petr Mrazek vs. CAR ($8.2 DK / $7.9 FD)
Petr Mrazek has won all three starts since being acquired by the Flyers, including a shutout performance in his last outing. He’s allowed only four goals in those three games, and the team in front of him tonight has the best record (18-5-2) in the NHL since the start of the year. Carolina’s 61 goals over that time frame is the sixth lowest total.
Others to consider: Devan Dubnyk (leads NHL with 14 wins since Jan. 1.), Ben Bishop (contrarian GPP)
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