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NHL DFS Tournaments
NHL DFS Centers
Mark Scheifele vs. CHI ($7.6 DK / $8.0 FD)
Mark Scheifele has 13 goals and 26 points in 23 games, with seven goals and 13 points coming in his last nine games. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed the most high-danger scoring chances at 5 on 5, per 60 minutes. They are top five in shots against, scoring chances against and goals against. Scheifele’s linemates Blake Wheeler and Nikolaj Ehlers are in play as well.
Colin White vs. NYR ($4.8 DK / $4.1 FD)
Colin White has seven goals on the season and nine points in his last 10 games. His play of late has him on a line with Mark Stone and Brady Tkachuk. The trio has 13 points in its last three games. White enters with a three-game point streak and points in four of his last five games. The New York Rangers are giving up the seventh-most high-danger chances and the ninth-most scoring chances overall at 5 on 5. Both of these teams like to trade chances at each end, so it’s game you’ll want to tackle.
Others to consider: Connor McDavid, Matt Duchene, Mika Zibanejad, Cody Eakin, William Karlsson, Bryan Little, Colby Cave (GPP), Dylan Strome
NHL DFS Wingers
Reilly Smith @ VAN ($5.2 DK / $4.9 FD)
Max Pacioretty and Alex Tuch are feeling it, and I like both of them tonight, but Reilly Smith is a solid tournament option. He has just four goals and 15 points in 26 games, but he’s shown signs of turning it around. Smith has points in five of his past six games. Four have come on the power play, and he’s been all over the net with nine shots in his last two games. The shots are still there (62 overall); he’s just suffering from a low shooting percentage right now (6.5). He may be able to find the back of the net tonight against a Canucks team that ranks inside the top 10 in scoring chances allowed, high-danger chances allowed, and goals allowed.
Kevin Fiala vs. ARI ($5.0 DK / $4.2 FD)
Kevin Fiala has at least three shots in seven of his past 10 games and enters with a three-game point streak. Fiala scored his third goal of the season in the Predators’ last game and was moved onto the team’s top line midway through the game. He ended up playing 19:20 in that game, which was the third most he’s played all season. Arizona has allowed the third-most high danger scoring chances at 5 on 5, per hour. They are also down to their third-string goalie. Fiala broke out last season to the tune of 23 goals and 48 points. Playing with Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen is good for his outlook.
Alex Chiasson vs. LA ($5.1 DK / $3.6 FD)
FanDuel hasn’t quite caught onto Alex Chiasson and his 10 goals this season. Three of his 12 points have come on the power play, and he’s currently skating on Connor McDavid’s line. Yes, the shooting percentage (38.5) will come back down to earth, but you can’t ignore his price on FD or his opportunity because of the line he’s on.
Brendan Perlini @ WPG ($2.5 DK / $3.5 FD)
It’s not too often you can find a first-line winger at this price. Brendan Perlini played only 12 minutes in his Chicago debut, but at Wednesday’s practice, he was skating on a line with Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad.
Others to consider: Patrik Laine, Blake Wheeler, Mark Stone, Chris Kreider, Brady Tkachuk, Max Pacioretty, Nikolaj Ehlers, Alex Tuch, Anthony Beauvillier, Filip Forsberg
NHL DFS Defensemen
Thomas Chabot vs. NYR ($6.5 DK / $5.6 FD)
Thomas Chabot is super expensive, but he’s just really hard to ignore. The sophomore defenseman is showing no signs of slowing down as he nine points in his last 10 games, and his 29 overall lead all defensemen. There’s been an average of 9.1 goals scored per game over Ottawa’s last six contests, and Chabot has seven points over that span.
Oscar Klefbom vs. LA ($5.5 DK / $4.9 FD)
It was really only a matter of time before Oscar Klefbom started hitting the score sheet. His 25:48 per game ranks fourth among defensemen, and his 81 shots rank third. He has a goal and three points over his last two games and 23 shots on goal in his last three contests. He also has 16 blocks in his past five games. Klefbom has played at least 26 minutes in three straight, and when you get ice time like that, the numbers will pile up.
Others to consider: Roman Josi, Neal Pionk, Colin Miller, Dustin Byfuglien, Matt Dumba, Shea Theodore, Torey Krug, Drew Doughty
NHL DFS Goalies
Mikko Koskinen vs. LA ($7.9 DK / $8.0 FD)
Mikko Koskinen is coming off a 28-save shutout against the Dallas Stars and should get the call tonight against the low-scoring Los Angeles Kings. L.A. ranks 31st with 2.17 goals per game, and their nine wins are the second-fewest in the league. Koskinen has allowed three or fewer goals in five straight starts.
Marc-Andre Fleury @ VAN ($8.1 DK / $8.6 FD)
Marc-Andre Fleury is the hottest goalie going right now in the NHL. He’s won five straight starts and six of his past seven games. He has three shutouts in the past six games and five on the season. Overall, he enters with 13 wins and a 2.36 GAA. Arizona ranks 28th in goals per game and has lost five of its past seven games.
Others to consider: Pekka Rinne, Connor Hellebuyck