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NHL DFS Tournaments
NHL DFS Centers
Jack Eichel vs. BOS ($6.8 DK / $7.8 FD)
The Boston Bruins were demolished 7-0 last night in Washington, and Tuukka Rask was pulled in the second period. He may get the nod again tonight, but he hasn’t looked great during the preseason. Jaroslav Halak didn’t look much better against the defending Stanley Cup champions. The Sabres don’t have the same type of fire power as the Capitals, but Jack Eichel checks in as one of the better values on the slate. He’s a great pivot from some of the higher priced options at the position. Eichel scored a career-high 25 goals and 64 points in 67 games last season. The newest Buffalo captain has a remarkable 121 points in his last 128 games. The loss of Torey Krug on the Bruins’ blue line may be bigger than anticipated.
Pierre-Luc Dubois @ DET ($5.3 DK / $6.3 FD)
Pierre-Luc had 10 goals and 26 points over his final 33 games last season. He played himself onto the Blue Jackets’ top line. Plus, he went from 15:58 per game over his first 49 contests to 17:38 per game in the second half. He remains between Artemi Panarin and Cam Atkinson. PLD is a solid value on DraftKings.
Others to consider: Tyler Seguin, Evgeni Malkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Sebastian Aho, Mathew Barzal, Ryan O’Reilly, Jonathan Toews
NHL DFS Wingers
Patrick Kane @ OTT ($7.4 DK / $8.3 FD)
The Ottawa Senators enter 2018 as one of the worst teams in the NHL. There’s a really good chance they finish with the most shots and goals against by the end of the season. It’ll be a major adjustment period dealing with the loss of Erik Karlsson on their blue line. Patrick Kane notched 76 points in 82 games last season and is one of the better point producers in the game.
Max Pacioretty vs. PHI ($6.0 DK / $6.8 FD)
Max Pacioretty is under priced. You should take advantage of the value now. We need to view him as a potential 40-goal scorer, and if he fills the net like I expect, he’ll be priced as a top 10 winger. The sniper has averaged 274 shots and 31 goals in his last six seasons (excluding the lockout). His 206 goals since 2011 are the ninth most in the NHL, and his 1,804 shots over that span rank fourth. The trade from Montreal to Vegas will do wonders for his game as Paul Stastny will be the best center with whom he’s ever played. The duo showed great chemistry in the preseason: Pacioretty scored four goals in his five games.
Jordan Kyrou vs. WPG ($3.1 DK / $3.4 FD)
Jordan Kyrou’s strong preseason showing earned him a spot on the Blues’ No. 2 line. The rookie will, therefore, skate alongside Brayden Schenn and Jaden Schwartz. Kyrou had one goal and three assists through five games. The former Sarnia Sting center racked up 203 points in 112 games over the last two years in the OHL.
Others to consider: Jamie Benn, Artemi Panarin, David Pastrnak, Viktor Arvidsson, Alex DeBrincat, Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny, Jeff Skinner, Mark Stone
NHL DFS Defensemen
P.K. Subban @ NYR ($5.9 DK / $6.1 FD)
The Predators and Rangers goal total is at six, the highest on the slate. There’s a good chance New York doesn’t score at all, so don’t be afraid to spend up on Nashville skaters. You don’t even have to pay up for P.K. Subban on DK as he’s the seventh-highest priced defenseman and much cheaper than his teammate Roman Josi. Subban scored a career-high 16 goals in 2017 and has at least 20 power play points in five seasons. The Rangers allowed the second-most shots and fourth-most goals last season.
Trevor Daley vs. CBJ ($3.3 DK / $4.3 FD)
Trevor Daley is a cheap tournament play if you need to save a few bucks. Mike Green is sidelined, which means Daley will get a boost in ice time. He’s averaged at least 20 minutes per game over the last three seasons, and he’ll enter 2018 on the No. 1 power play unit.
Others to consider: Shayne Gostisbehere, John Klingberg, Ryan Pulock, Tyson Barrie, Zach Werenski
NHL DFS Goalies
Pekka Rinne @ NYR ($8.1 DK / $8.6 FD)
Pekka Rinne is one of the strongest plays of the night and one of the best values on FanDuel. Last year’s Vezina Trophy winner had a 2.31 GAA and .928 save percentage with eight shutouts. He won 42 games, which was the third time he’s hit the 40-win mark in his career. The Predators are a much better team than the New York Rangers, who will be one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league.
Cam Ward @ OTT ($7.8 DK / $7.7 FD)
This is a bit of a risk, but Ward is a tournament play if you’re looking to save some cash. Corey Crawford is ruled out, and Cam Ward will get the start, his first as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago doesn’t have a lot to offer defensively, but the Senators don’t have a lot of anything to offer. They are a one-line team that just lost one of the best in the league in Erik Karlsson. Ottawa ranked 25th in goals and 24th in shots last season. It’s a cheap play with a decent shot at a win.
Others to consider: Sergei Bobrovsky