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NHL DFS Tournaments
NHL DFS Centers
Connor McDavid vs. CHI ($8.2 DK / $9.3 FD)
I don’t know how you fade Connor McDavid. The back-to-back Art Ross winner has nine goals and 18 points in 11 games this season. He enters tonight with five goals, seven points, and 26 shots over a current five-game point streak. McDavid leads all forwards with 23:35 per game, and the Blackhawks come in having played last night. They’ll start backup goalie Cam Ward, who had a decent showing against Edmonton last week. But overall, he’s allowed at least four goals in four of his six starts. Chicago has given up the third-most scoring chances and high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes on 5-on-5, which doesn’t help things.
Jack Eichel @ OTT ($7.0 DK / $7.5 FD)
The Ottawa Senators are allowing the second-most shots against per game and the fifth-most scoring chances against on 5-on-5 per 60 minutes. They also rank inside the top 10 in high-danger scoring chances against. They’ve lost four straight games and have allowed 19 goals in the process. Jack Eichel has four goals and 12 points in 12 games this season. His 20:22 per game ranks first among Buffalo forwards by almost three full minutes.
Others to consider: Nathan MacKinnon, Sidney Crosby, Mika Zibanejad, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ryan Getzlaf, Leon Draisaitl, Logan Couture, William Karlsson (GPP)
NHL DFS Wingers
Mikko Rantanen @ CGY ($7.1 DK / $7.4 FD)
Mikko Rantanen leads the NHL with 21 points this season and is in a prime matchup. Five of his points have been goals; four have come on the power play. Rantanen has at least a point in 11 of his 12 games this season, including five in his last two games. Calgary has given up the second-most chances and eighth-most high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes on 5-on-5. It’s resulted in a lot of bad play from Mike Smith, with at least four goals allowed in five of his nine starts.
Chris Kreider @ ANH ($5.2 DK / $6.1 FD)
The Anaheim Ducks lead the league in shots against, scoring chances against, and high-danger scoring chances against. The New York Rangers have a main slate-high 14.39 high-danger chances for per 60 minutes during 5-on-5. Chris Kreider scored goal number five and six on the season in his last game.
Pontus Aberg vs. NYR ($3.0 DK / $3.1 FD)
The Rangers not only get a lot of chances but also give up a lot as well. New York has coughed up the ninth-most scoring chances and the fifth-most high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes vs. 5-on-5. Pontus Aberg has played himself onto the Ducks’ top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell. Aberg has two goals in each of his last two games, including a power-play marker.
Dominik Simon @ NYY ($4.2 DK / $4.0 FD)
Dominik Simon comes in with a five-game point streak, and it has him playing alongside Sidney Crosby. Simon scored a goal in his last game and put six pucks on net while playing a season-high 19 minutes. That’s a pretty big jump in ice time, considering he’s registered 10 minutes or fewer in six games this season. The Penguins and Islanders combined for nine goals on Tuesday, and the over/under for the second half of their double-header is at 6.5 — the largest on the schedule.
Others to consider: Alex Ovechkin, Kyle Palmieri, Taylor Hall, Timo Meier, Claude Giroux, Jonathan Marchessault, Gabriel Landeskog, Jordan Eberle, Mats Zuccarello, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jason Pominville, Joe Pavelski
NHL DFS Defensemen
Erik Karlsson vs. CLS ($5.7 DK / $6.6 FD)
Erik Karlsson is way underpriced for what he can bring to the table, especially on DraftKings. He doesn’t have a goal yet, but he has 12 shots on goal and seven assists in 12 games. He’s played at least 25 minutes in three straight games and logged 29:55 in the Sharks’ last game. It’s really only a matter of time before he gets going. The Blue Jackets have allowed 3.91 goals per game (third-most), so maybe it’ll be this evening.
Oscar Klefbom vs. CIN ($5.6 DK / $5.0 FD)
Oscar Klefbom’s 26:07 ice time per game ranks second in the league behind Drew Doughty. Klefbom is averaging over 27 minutes per game over his last six, which includes five minutes per game on the power play. He’s played at least seven minutes on the PP in two of his past three games. The Oilers’ defenseman doesn’t have a goal this season, but he has five assists in his last eight games. He also has 27 shots on goal in his past six games. Overall, his 37 shots rank fourth among defensemen.
Others to consider: Drew Doughty, Morgan Rielly, Tyson Barrie, Cam Fowler, Shayne Gostisbehere, Rasmus Ristolainen, John Klingberg, Jamie Oleksiak, Sami Vatanen
NHL DFS Goalies
Braden Holtby @ MON ($7.6 DK / $9.2 FD)
Braden Holtby is extremely affordable and has the upside to win you a tournament. The Montreal Canadiens rank inside the top 15 in shots on goal, but their goals have dried up of late. They have scored three or fewer in six straight games. As you see in the price, Holtby is a steal on DraftKings compared to FanDuel where he is the second-most expensive goalie on the slate. The Capitals should be able to handle the Habs, despite being on the road.
Cory Schneider @ DET ($8.1 DK / $7.8 FD)
I would expect Cory Schneider to make his first start of the season after Keith Kinkaid was lit up for seven goals in his last start. It’s not a bad spot for Schneider, who will face a Detroit team that ranks 27th in goals per game. They also only have three wins in 12 games this season, and New Jersey should be much sharper having allowed eight goals in its last game. Schneider is a much better play on FanDuel.
Others to consider: Carter Hutton, John Gibson