Welcome to NHL DFS Man Advantage for Tuesday October 30th! Tonight is the polar opposite of Monday night in regards to games on the main slate. We have a beautiful 11 game slate tonight featuring some of the best players in the league right now! With so many options all over the board you will figure out which games will have the highest goal totals and then narrowing down which players you want to use from those teams while also finding the right value. I will try to guide you in the right direction when I break down the 5 projected highest scoring games plus give you some plays from the rest of the other games.
Looking at this NHL DFS slate we have a few teams (Penguins and Sharks) returning home after lengthy opposite coast road trips and teams like the Rangers, Flames, and Wild in the beginning stages of long trips. It’s things like these that you want to take advantage of because it could factor in to how some teams play. Especially in a situation like the Flames and Wild because they are both on the second night of a back to back and will most likely be starting their back up netminders ( We already know that David Rittich will get the nod for the Flames).
NHL DFS Goalies
Antti Raanta should get start on Tuesday when his Coyotes hows the Senators. Ottawa comes losing 3 straight games and averaging only 2.33 gpg during that stretch. Raanta has won 2 of his last three starts while only allowing 7 goals in those 3 games ( he allowed 5 in the one loss). On the season Raanta has a 3-4 record and a sparkling .921 SV% and 2.13 GAA. These factors plus how hot Arizona is (pun intended) make Raanta my top play on the night in net
Another good play in net is the expected starer for the Anaheim Ducks, John Gibson. While the Ducks have lost 5 straight games, the Flyers have not been playing well either losing 4 of their last 5 as well. Gibson has faced the most shots in the league and is also 5th in SV% with a .938. Gibson will face a ton of shots, that is a given, and he will stop most of them. Over his last 4 starts he has faced over 40 shots 3 times and scored 5 DKFP or more in 3 of those 4 losses, if his team can start giving him some goal support you can look at an 8-9 point game from Gibson and that will be a huge boot in the standings. Looking at his recent struggles to get wins, people might be scared off of him as well.
My last cash game play is Juuse Saros of Nashville. Pekka Rinne is nearing a return from injury but while he still out Saros is the man for the Preds. DraftKings is helping us with Saros’ price tonight, he is only $7.7K, as opposed to the previous two goalies I mentioned being $8K or above. Saros is not like Gibson in that he doesn’t face a lot of shots (36 is the high over his last 4 starts). Vegas is 5th in the league in shots against though, so there is a good chance Saros sees a high 30’s shot total on Tuesday.
GPP Only Goalie Rankings:
1 – Alex Stalock (Min)
2 – Marc-Andre Fleury (VGK)
3 – Carey Price ( MTL)
4 – Cam Talbot (EDM)
5 – David Rittich (CGY)
NHL DFS Game Breakdowns
New York Islanders @ Pittsburgh Penguins
Starting with Pittsburgh, Sidney Crosby might be the hottest player in the league, but it’s not his line I am looking to you use. Looking at the Pens lines and stats, you’ll notice their top two scorers are Evgeni Malkin (5g-13a-18p) and Phil Kessel (7-7-14). They are the core of the second line along side them is Carl Hagelin (1-2-3). For the Islanders, I am looking to stack their first PP unit, specifically Matthew Barzal – Anders Lee – Josh Bailey. Lee and Bailey play together on the top line alongside Brock Nelson, meanwhile Barzal plays on the second line. The three players I mentioned from the first PP unit are also the top 3 on the Islanders scoring list.
Looking at the Penguins lines, I always look to Crosby’s right winger as source of value, and today is no different with Dominick Simon ($3.3K). Over his last 3 games Simon is averaging over 3 FPPG, Simon also gets time on the second PP unit for Pittsburgh. Anthony Beauvillier is where I am looking for on the Islanders for some value. On the season Beauvillier only has 1 goal, but he is averaging over 2 FPPG in his last 3 and is playing with Barzal on the Isles second line and sees time on the second PP unit .
Kris Letang left Monday’s practice with a lower body injury so I am not going to suggest using him until we get clarification if he will play on Tuesday. I will tell you that you can get Jamie Oleksiak for only $4.6K on DK on Tuesday and he will give you some great production of late. Oleksiak has a 3 game point streak (2 g 2a) and is averaging over 4 FPPG in his last three games as well. There is very little fantasy value on the Islanders as far the defense goes. You can look at Scott Mayfield as the Islanders leader on defense in points (1-4-5)
Calgary Flames @ Buffalo Sabres
Both of the top lines for Calgary have been hot of late, but even though they are quite expensive, I leaning towards the Flames top line of Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monahan – Elias Lindholm. These guys are 1-2-3 on the Flames in points and goals. Looking at Buffalo, it’s similar in that their top line is also their top three scorers. Jeff Skinner – Jack Eichel – Jason Pominville have combined for nearly have of the Sabres 30 goals this season (they have 14) and are also on the 1st PP unit together.
Calgary has some value on their 2nd and 3rd lines and I landed on Mikael Backlund ($4.4) and his 6 points on the season, 25 SOG, and over 18 minutes TOI. Sam Reinhart also $4.4K has 6 points on the season like Backlund and also averages just over 18 minutes of TOI per game and is averaging over 4 FPPG over the last 3 games.
Mark Giordano is the best and most productive d man Calgary has in their lineup. On the season Giordano has 1 goal to go along with 8 assists. Giordano also has 33 SOG and is avg nearly 25 minutes of TOI. For Buffalo it’s Rasmus Ristolainen who has 1 goal and 3 assists with over 25 minutes of TOI and a massive 31 blocked shots.
Boston Bruins @ Carolina Hurricanes
Until another line steps up and starts producing for Buffalo, my choice is always going to be Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak. Similar to Boston, the Hurricanes are becoming reliant on only their top scoring line as well. Micheal Ferland – Sebastian Aho – Teuvo Terevainen is the best line going for the Canes.
For value on the Bruins the best I can come up with is David Krejci at $4.8K. So far this season Krecji has 2 goals and 7 assists. Carolina is actually a bit harder to find value because out side of their first line, nobody else seems to be scoring. Jordan Martinook has been playing well enough to be considered for a spot in your lineups, but I would stick with the top line for any exposure to the Canes
It appears as if Torey Krug ($5.5K) will make his season debut for the Bruins on Tuesday night. With McAvoy out injured, I am intrigued by playing Krug as he will probably have very low ownership. Jaccob Slavin is an intriguing play based on his $4.1K price tag. He ha been seeing an increase in ice time of late and has 4 assists on the season, 18 shot blocks and 25 SOG.
Detroit Red Wings @ Columbus Blue Jackets
You know a team is struggling when the best way to get a stack out of the team is using their second pp unit. If you like to torture yourself then Detroit is the way to go , using Gustav Nyquist – Thomas Vanek – Tyler Bertuzzi will give you exposure to the second and third lines of the Wings as well. For Columbus I am on their 2nd line of John Anderson – Nick Foligno – Boone Jenner for tonight. They are not a pretty line but they work hard and produce, evidence by the 4 goals they scored in their first game together last week against St. Louis.
Man this Detroit team is bad and hard to use in fantasy. Going over their roster and looking at a few different guys I can’t really suggest anyone of value here to use. For Columbus Anthony Duclair ($4.2K) has been hot of late with 11 DKFP over his last 3 games and has been seeing minutes on the 1st PP unit (with Foligno and Jenner).
Dennis Cholowski is probably the best player on the Red Wings but his price ($5.4K) makes him hard to really use because he needs to score at least an assist per game to make value. Zach Werenski has been playing well since the beginning of the season (2 – 6 – 8) while playing over 24 minutes per game. Ryan Murray and Markus Nutivaara are also good cheaper options both with 5 assists on the season.
New York Rangers @ San Jose Sharks
New York comes in losing 4 of 5 but has scored 13 goals over that time and the first line for the Rangers has been heating up during that stretch. Jimmy Vesey – Mika Zibanejad – Mats Zuccarello have combined for 10 of the Rangers 27 goals, and they also give you exposure to both pp units (Vesey plays on the 2nd unit). San Jose’s current second line is where I am targeting tonight. Timo Meier – Logan Couture – Tomas Hertl are the top 3 scoring forwards on the Sharks with a combined 37 points between the 3 of them, and they give you exposure to both PP units ( Couture is on the first unit)
Brett Howden ($3.2K) has 3 assists over the last 5 games for the Rangers while centering the teams 3rd line and 2nd PP unit. Kevin Labanc ($4.5K) is seeing first line minutes and 2nd pp unit minutes for the sharks while collecting 1 goal and 6 assists this season on 26 SOG
Neal Pionk is probably the hottest player on the Rangers right now avg over 4 FPPG fro the point. Pionk has seen his price drop back down below $5K after 2 games above and his new $4.9K makes him a more viable option tonight. Brent Burns ($7K) is an obvious but expensive choice, but if you feel like he is going to out score some of the offensive options on the slate (and he might) then you can definitely roster him Another choice on the point for the Sharks is Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($4.5K) with 3 assists, 26 SOG, and 18 blocked shots.
NHL DFS Best of the Rest
After very slow start to the season the Coyotes have all of sudden caught fire winning 4 of their last 5 while scoring 22 goals over those 5 games as well. It’s hard to pin down a full line stack from them because they have been changing the lines around a bit, but Alex Galchenyuk has 2 assists in his first 3 games this season. Also consider Clayton Keller (5 -2 – 7) and Vinnie Hinostroza (3 – 3 – 6) options of front as well as Oliver Ekman-Larsson on the point.
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When you look at Edmonton you always have to consider Connor McDavid ($8.1K) an option. If you want a line stack that won’t break the bank is the Oilers second line of Tobias Rieder – Leon Draisaitl – Alex Chiasson combining for 9 goals and 10 assists on the season. On defense Oscar Klefbom is playing over 26 minutes per game, has taken 30 SOG, has 4 assists, and 14 blocked shots.
Tampa’s top 6 in points is also their current top 6 forwards. For value reason I prefer line 2, Yanni Gourde – Brayden Point – Tyler Johnson tonight to get exposure to the Lightning against New Jersey tonight. On defense Ryan McDonagh and Mikhail Sergachev are going to have to step up in the absence of the injured Victor Hedman.
Montreal has played surprising well all season and Max Domi is one of the main reasons why. On the year Domi has 5 goals and 6 assists while currently centering Jonathan Drouin and Artturi Lehkonen and also playing on the 1st power play unit along with Drouin, Brendan Gallagher, Jeff Petry, and Tomas Tatar.
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