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NHL DFS Tournaments
NHL DFS Centers
Auston Matthews @ DET ($8.1 DK / $8.2 FD)
Auston Matthews is hard to fade, especially on FanDuel where there are five more expensive centers. Matthews leads the NHL with seven goals and 10 points through his first four games of the season. Three of his points have come on the power play. There’s no need to get cute and fade in cash.
Brayden Point vs. VAN ($4.9 DK / $6.5 FD)
Brayden Point led all Tampa Bay forwards in ice time in their season opener, playing 24:58. He didn’t hit the scoresheet, but he has 50 goals and 106 points in 151 career games. Point broke out in a big way last season, scoring 32 goals on 217 shots. This game features the highest game total of the night at 6.5, and I don’t expect the Canucks to do a whole lot offensively. Both Point and Steven Stamkos are undervalued on DraftKings.
Others to consider: Nathan MacKinnon, Patrice Bergeron, Steven Stamkos, Evgeni Malkin, Joe Pavelski, Sean Monahan, Dylan Larkin
NHL DFS Wingers
David Pastrnak vs. EDM ($7.4 DK / $7.7 FD)
The Edmonton Oilers return to North America after playing their season opener on Saturday overseas. Edmonton looked a lot like they did last season—awful defensively. Through three games, David Pastrnak has looked a lot like he looked last season—good offensively. The Bruins winger has three goals, five points, and 15 shots this season. Pastrnak had a career-high 35 goals and 80 points last season. He carried that over into the playoffs with 20 points in 12 games.
Evander Kane @ NYR ($6.9 DK / $6.8 FD)
Evander Kane leads the NHL with 21 shots through four games, and he has four goals to show for it. Kane has had at least four shots in each game and scored a power-play goal earlier this week. He’s a value on both sites considering his start to the season and matchup against New York. The Rangers have allowed the ninth-most shots (34) per game and fifth-most goals (4.67) per game. SJ’s offense broke out Tuesday with eight goals against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Elias Lindholm @ STL ($5.6 DK / $5.6 FD)
It’s hard to ignore Elias Lindholm’s volume and the production from his line. Lindholm has three goals and four points in his last two games, with two of those goals coming on the power play. That’s 15 points combined for Lindholm, Sean Monahan, and Johnny Gaudreau. Jake Allen has allowed 10 goals in his two starts.
Kasperi Kapanen @ DAL ($4.7 DK / $3.7 FD)
Kasperi Kapanen is still underpriced. He has one goal, four points, and nine shots in his 1.5 games on Auston Matthews’ line. Kapanen played a season-high 16 minutes in his last game.
Others to consider: Nikita Kucherov, Brad Marchand, Johnny Gaudreau, Jonathan Marchessault, Mikko Rantanen, Tomas Hertl, Ty Rattie, Anthony Mantha, Reilly Smith, Tomas Tatar
NHL DFS Defensemen
Morgan Rielly @ DET ($6.2 DK / $5.7 FD)
Morgan Rielly is tied with Auston Matthews for the league-high in points with 10. He has two goals and eight assists, with five of them coming on the power play. Toronto’s PP is operating at a ridiculous 50 percent, and they may very well lead the NHL in that department. Rielly has played at least 20 minutes in each of his four games and has 14 shots on goal. FanDuel has not adjusted to his price just yet.
Henri Jokiharju @ MIN ($3.6 DK / $3.9 FD)
Henri Jokiharju has had a great start to his career with five assists in his three games. He has 11 shots over that span and has played at least 19 minutes in every game. The rookie defenseman is getting power-play time and is sixth among defensemen with 27 offensive zone faceoffs. He’s very gifted, and he showed it last season with 71 points in 63 games in the WHL. The Finnish defenseman missed practice Wednesday due to an illness, but he did travel with the Blackhawks to Minnesota.
Others to consider: Victor Hedman, Charlie McAvoy, Tyson Barrie, Zach Werenski, Shea Theodore
NHL DFS Goalies
Andrei Vasilevskiy vs. VAN ($8.5 DK / $8.7 FD)
Andrei Vasilevskiy turned aside 42 of 43 shots in Tampa Bay’s only game this season, which resulted in a 2-1 shootout win. The Lightning have been off since Saturday and should be well rested against a mediocre Vancouver team. The Canucks ranked in the bottom six in goals last season and are averaging 22.6 shots per game so far this season, which ranks 28th. Vasilevskiy is a strong Cash play.
Pheonix Copley @ NJ ($7.6 DK / $7.3 FD)
Braden Holtby picked up the 5-2 win last night against the Vegas Golden Knights, so he’ll get the night off in New Jersey. Pheonix Copley will make his 2018 debut, and it’ll be just his second NHL start. Copley is definitely worth the price in tournaments due to the team skating in front of him. The Capitals have scored seven goals, six goals, and five goals in their three games respectively.
Others to consider: Aaron Dell, Frederik Andersen