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NHL DFS Tournaments
NHL DFS Centers
Nathan MacKinnon @ NYR ($7.7 DK / $8.9 FD)
Nathan MacKinnon has a goal in each of his first five games this season and six total. His 26 shots on goal rank fifth in the league, and his 21:48 per game ranks 10th among forwards. He’ll be up against the New York Rangers, who have allowed the seventh-most shots per game and the ninth-most goals per game.
Aleksander Barkov @ PHI ($6.4DK / $7.1 FD)
The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed the sixth-most high-danger scoring chances so far and it’s resulted in the third-highest goals against average (4.0). They’ve also been shorthanded the seventh-most times in the NHL. Aleksander Barkov has played at least 20 minutes in each of his three games and has two points with 11 shots. His 22:02 per game ranks seventh in the league.
Others to consider: Sidney Crosby, Mark Scheifele, Evgeni Malkin, Steven Stamkos, Vincent Trocheck, Tyler Johnson, Mika Zibanejad, Erik Haula (GPP)
NHL DFS Wingers
Brayden Point vs. CAR ($5.9 DK / $6.4 FD)
Brayden Point remains underpriced on both sites. He’s considered a winger on DraftKings where he has a bit more value. Point has scored three goals and four points, with two of them coming on the power play. He has seven shots and is currently playing with Steven Stamkos. Carolina has been short-handed the ninth-most and they’ve allowed a league-high seven power-play goals. They’ll want to stay out of the box against this high-powered TB offense.
Mikko Rantanen @ NYR ($6.5 DK / $6.9 FD)
Just like his center MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen has at least a point in each of his first five games. Rantanen has a goal and eight points while playing 19:18 a game. The Avalanche winger had a breakout season last year with 29 goals and 84 points in 81 games, with 35 PPP. The New York Rangers have given up the seventh-most high-danger scoring chances.
Jake Guentzel vs. VAN ($6.4 DK / $6.7 FD)
You may want to pay up for the Pittsburg Penguins as the Vancouver Canucks enter having allowed the fourth-most high-danger scoring chances. Overall, they have allowed the fourth-most scoring chances, which is great news for Jake Guentzel, who played a season-high 19 minutes in his last game. He has three goals and has registered at least five shots in two of his games. One of his goals came on the power play, and the Canucks have been shorthanded the second most in the league.
Others to consider: Nikita Kucherov, Phil Kessel, Patrik Laine, Blake Wheeler, Jonathan Marchessault, Mike Hoffman, Jason Zucker, Yanni Gourde, Derick Brassard
NHL DFS Defensemen
Kris Letang vs. VAN ($6.4 DK / $6.4 FD)
Kris Letang is expensive, but he’s a strong play in Cash. The Pittsburgh Penguins’ defenseman has three goals, six points, and 12 shots in three games. He’s played at least 24 minutes in every game and logged 32 minutes in his last game after Justin Schultz suffered a fractured league.
Josh Morrissey vs. EDM ($5.3 DK / $4.4 FD)
Josh Morrissey played 25 minutes in his last game without Dustin Byfuglien in the lineup. Morrissey dished out two assists, and one was on the man advantage. He’s played over 50 minutes in his last two games and will continue to get minutes with Byfuglien sidelined.
Others to consider: Keith Yandle, Victor Hedman, Rasmus Dahlin (GPP), Matt Dumba, Olli Maatta
NHL DFS Goalies
Devan Dubnyk vs. ARI ($8.5 DK / $8.6 FD)
Devan Dubnyk is much more affordable on FanDuel, but you can understand his price. Minnesota played last night, and Dubnyk will start against the lowest-scoring team in the NHL. The Arizona Coyotes have scored only two goals in their first four games and have been shutout three times. It’s not like Dubnyk won’t get his fair share of saves: his Wild have allowed the most shots (42.3) per game this season.
Anton Khudobin @ NJ ($7.6 DK / $7.6 FD)
Anton Khudobin is scheduled to get the start for the Dallas Stars as they are playing the second half of a back-to-back. Khudobin was 16-6-7 with a 2.56 GAA and .923 save percentage across 31 games with the Bruins last season. He has a decent .915 save percentage for his career to go along with a 68-51-16. He’s a very serviceable backup and one you should consider in tournaments due to the low price tag.
Others to consider: Connor Hellebuyck, Casey DeSmith, Marc-Andre Fleury, Louis Domingue (GPP)