Welcome to NHL DFS Man Advantage for Friday October 19th! Tonight is a small 3 game slate after the big 9 gamer we had on Thursday night. Even though it’s a small slate there is a lot of good fantasy options and some great goaltending options possibly.
NHL DFS Man Advantage Friday October 19th
Even though there are only 3 NHL DFS games on Friday night there are plenty of options to use tonight and there are some of the best goalies in the league playing tonight. In the first game of the night Florida heads north to play in D.C. against the Caps, second Minnesota takes on the Stars in Dallas, and the last game of the night sees the Preds going to Calgary to tangle with the Flames.
NHL DFS Goalies
There is really only one goalie that is not in play for me tonight and that’s James Reimer of the Panthers. It is rare when there are so few games but so many good options in net.
I had a hard time choosing my top goalie, and to be honest I am still not 100% sold on this decision, but I am going take Pekka Rinne of the Predators against the Flames. Calgary has a lot of fire power and scored 5 goals in their last game but they haven’t face a goalie who is as locked in as Rinne is right now, with a SV% of .943 and a GAA at 1.75 right now.
Ben Bishop gets a matchup against a team struggling to score goals right now. Minnesota has only scored 14 goals in 6 games this season and is only scoring on 7.8% of their shots on goal. Bishop has stopped 105 of 115 shots he’s faced this season for a 2.56 GAA.
As for the remaining 3 netminders
I ranked them in that order. They don’t have ideal matchups but they all could win and make enough saves to met and exceed value but I prefer the two I described above. Holtby is playing against a high-powered offense that going for 5 goals (won 6-5 in a SO) last game in the Florida Panthers. Dubnyk is facing a Stars team that is killer on the power play and the Wild give up way too many power plays taking 11.5 PIM/G and Dallas is scoring at 38.9% clip on the PP for 3rd best in the league. Smith is more viable for GPP’s. If any of the 5 guys don’t start I will update on my twitter and let you know who I like and what changes we should make. (Reimer and Bishop are the only goalies confirmed at writing for Friday)
NHL DFS Game Breakdowns
Florida Panthers @ Washington Capitals
Florida has been mixing up line because of injuries and inefficiencies on offense. Their current first line of Evegeny Dadonov, Alexsander Barkov, and Nick Bjugstad have combined for 5 goals and 3 assists. Other options for the Panthers are 3rd liner Frank Vatrano ($3.7K on DK) has scored 2 goals on 7 shots this season, but doesn’t play on the PP. Vincent Trochek ($5.5K on DK) is more expensive than Vatrano but he has a better chance of getting on score sheet each night ( 1 g 3 a this season on 7 shots). Keith Yandle ($5.4K) is the best choice on defense, Yandle has 4 assists and has taken 10 sog.
Washington has scored 24 goals (3rd most in the league) but given up 22 goals, this is why I am not high on Holtby tonight and why I do suggest getting some Panthers into your lineups. Washington’s top line has been producing at a historic rate with Alex Ovechkin scoring 6 goals and 3 assists and taking 25 sog already, line mate Evgeny Kuznetsov with 4 goals and 6 assists leads the team in points. Niklas Backstrom leads the Capitals in assists with 8 assists on the season in addition to 1 goal. Backstrom plays with T.J. Oshie ( 4 goals 3 assists) and Jakub Vrana (1 goals on 17 sog). On the point John Carlson has 9 points (3 g 6 a). Washington’s first PP unit is expensive but you will want to get a few of them into your lineup. Washington’s PP has scored 9 goals (39.13%)
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Minnesota Wild @ Dallas Stars
Minnesota’s 2nd line has been their best line of late. Zach Parise leads the team in points (1 g 6 a) and Mikko Koivu ( 1 g 3 a) and Mikael Granlund ( 2 g 2 a) have each tallied 4 points this season. Jason Zucker ($5.4K) is a mid priced option as well with a team leading 3 goals. There is not much value on the Wild, Charlie Coyle is the best option at $4K but he is only averaging 1.8 FPPG, but he does get minutes on the second PP unit. On defense for the Wild is Matt Dumba with 2 goals 1 assists and 14 sog and Ryan Suter has 1 goal and 4 assists.
Dallas is a one line team, like I keep discussing. They have 18 goals and 11 have come from the first line of Jamie Benn (4 goals), Tyler Seguin ( 3 goals), and Alexander Radulov (4 goals). They are an expensive line stack but if you think the Stars score their average of 3 goals a game on Friday they will most likely come these 3 players. From the blue line John Klingberg has 4 goals as well to go along with 2 assists and 21 sog. For a value defenseman you can look to either Connor Carrick (1 g 3 a) or Esa Lindell (3 assists). Carrick is only $3.6K on DK and Lindell $3.7K
Nashville Predators @ Calgary Flames
Nashville’s top line of has started the year play well together and is the best line the Preds have right now. Filip Forsberg leads the team in points with 6 (4 goals and 2 assists) and 20 shots. In addition to Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson has 3 goals and 2 assists and Ryan Johanson is tied with Forsberg in points with 1 goal and 5 assists. There is some good value with Nashville as well, Ryan Hartman ($3.6K) has 1 goal and 3 assists and Kyle Turris ($4.4), who also has 1 goal and 3 assists, centers the second line and plays on the second PP unit. On defense, P.K. Subban and Mattias Ekholm each have points on the year. Ryan Ellis ($4.5K) has 3 assists and plays on the second PP unit.
For Calgary their second line had a great first game together against the Bruins on Wednesday night. Matthew Tkachuk has 2 goals and 7 assists, Michael Frolik has 3 goals, and Mikael Backlund has 1 goal and 3 assists to go alone with 20 shots on goal. The Flames first line is producing more goals, but not enough to pay up that much ($17.5K combined as opposed to $14.3K for the second line) to warrant fading the second line over them. On the point for the Flames Mark Giordano is the best, and most expensive ($4.9K), option with 1 goal and 3 assists to go along with 16 sog. You can get similar production from T.J. Brodie for $1K less.
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