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NHL DFS Tournaments
NHL DFS Centers
Sean Couturier vs. OTT ($5.9 DK / $6.5 FD)
The Ottawa Senators have allowed the most shots and high-danger chances against at 5 on 5, per 60 minutes, during the month of November. Overall, they have allowed the third-most scoring chances and fourth-most high-danger chances this season at 5 on 5. It’s a big reason why they are surrendering a league-high 4.35 goals against per game. The Senators lost their fourth straight game last night, and backup Mike McKenna should get the start. He’s allowed 12 goals in 1:33:01 this season and gave up five goals in his only start of the year. Sean Couturier’s six goals and 13 points in his last nine games are reminiscent of his 31-goal and 76-point breakout season from a year ago. Don’t let the slow start and low price trip you up. This entire Claude Giroux-Couturier-Travis Konecny line is in play.
Anze Kopitar @ VAN ($5.5 DK / $6.7 FD)
Seven of Anze Kopitar’s 13 points have come in his last five games, so I’m going to ride this out in what is a good matchup. The Vancouver Canucks are giving up the second-most chances and seventh-most high-danger chances per 60 minutes, at 5 on 5. Kopitar is very affordable due to his slow start, but the ice time is still there — 22:19 per game is the fourth most among forwards. The Canucks’ 3.54 goals against per game is the fourth-highest mark in the league.
Dylan Strome vs. VGK ($3.0 DK / $4.0 FD)
Dylan Strome was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday, and he’s expected to make his season debut Tuesday against the Vegas Golden Knights. The matchup is not great, but Strome is headed for more ice time and opportunity in Chicago. Look for him to start on a line with his former junior teammate Alex DeBrincat. Strome skated on the second PP unit at practice Tuesday.
Others to consider: Connor McDavid, Matt Duchene, Sebastian Aho, Brayden Point, William Karlsson, Bryan Little, Cody Eakin, Steven Stamkos, Lucas Wallmark
NHL DFS Wingers
Max Pacioretty @ CHI ($5.2 DK / $6.2 FD)
Max Pacioretty’s price keeps rising, but as you know by now, I keep buying. Pacioretty has brushed off his slow start by scoring six goals in his last five games. He has nine points in his last seven and put six pucks on net in his last outing. He’s a big reason Vegas has shown signs of turning things around with three straight wins. They rank sixth in scoring chances for at 5 on 5, while the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing the most high-danger chances at 5 on 5, per hour. In the month of November, Chicago ranks inside the top five in shots, scoring chances, and high-danger chances against. They have allowed the fifth-most goals against (3.38) per game.
Zach Parise vs. ARI ($6.5 DK / $6.4 FD)
Zach Parise battled injuries for most of last season and had only 24 points in 42 games. He already has 10 goals and 20 points in 22 games this season. He’s shooting a career-high 15.9 percent, so the goals may dry up, but right now he’s a lock to put up fantasy points. He has six goals and eight points in his last nine games, with at least three shots in six of his past 10. The Arizona Coyotes have given up the fourth-most shots and second-most high-danger chances at 5 on 5 this month. They are allowing the second-most high-danger chances on the season as well.
Alex Chiasson vs. DAL ($4.4 DK / $3.4 FD)
Alex Chiasson is the latest to get a chance to play with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. He has 10 goals, 12 points and a ridiculously high 41 sooting percentage which is unsustainable, but the upside is there given the opportunity.
Others to consider: Patrik Laine, Claude Giroux, Nikita Kucherov, Mark Stone, Blake Wheeler, Travis Konecny, Andrei Svechnikov, Ondrej Kase, Mikael Granlund, Tyler Johnson, Yanni Gourde, Evander Kane, Jason Zucker, Brady Tkachuk
NHL DFS Defensemen
Shayne Gostisbehere vs. OTT ($5.9 DK / $5.6 FD)
Shayne Gostisbehere has been very disappointing as he only has three goals and 11 points this season. He’s only hit the scoresheet in three of his last 10 games, but all three were multi-point showings. That’s the kind of upside he brings. As mentioned above, this is a good matchup, and I expect the Flyers to score a few goals. Gostisbehere is a threat to score on the power play, and he’s registering 20 minutes per game, plus 63 shots on goal, with 30 in his last 10 games.
Shea Weber vs. CAR ($4.7 DK)
Shea Weber will make his season debut Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes. It’ll be his first game in 345 days, which is probably why he’s not even priced on FanDuel. Weber likely won’t play 25 minutes, but he’s a threat to score, and he’ll take his spot on the No. 1 power play. He has 28 power-play goals in his last three seasons and will help a Montreal power play (26th ranked) that has generated the second-most opportunities this season.
Others to consider: Matt Dumba, Colin Miller, Ryan Suter, Thomas Chabot, Drew Doughty, Brandon Montour, Dougie Hamilton, Oscar Klefbom
NHL DFS Goalies
Martin Jones @ BUF ($7.3 DK / $8.3 FD)
There are so many reasons not to play Martin Jones tonight against the red-hot Buffalo Sabres, who have won nine straight. Jones enters with a .891 save percentage and 3.01 goals against average. He was benched in his last two games but will get the start tonight after Aaron Dell allowed six goals in his last outing. Even with the struggles, Jones has nine wins on the season, and nobody should be thinking about him in tournaments. Cheap with a low ownership and a high ceiling is very intriguing. Plus, the Sharks are in a good spot after getting rocked in their last game.
Marc-Andre Fleury @ CHI ($7.7 DK / $8.4 FD)
Vegas has won three straight games, and Marc-Andre has shutouts in back-to-back outings. He has four in his last 10 games and enters with a 2.33 GAA. The Blackhawks rank seventh in shots per game, but 26th in goals per game.
Others to consider: Devan Dubnyk, Louis Domingue, Carey Price (GPP)