Welcome to the hockey season, RotoBallers! If you don’t know me, my name is Chris and I write a bit about several sports (including NASCAR, PGA, NCAA Football, NHL, and more). If you haven’t checked them out, be sure to! It’s the return of the NHL, which means it’s time to sharpen our skills and get into NHL DFS! As always, I’ll give you the best tools for success and the information you need to put together the best possible lineups for your GPP and NHL cash game competitions on DraftKings and FanDuel.
Today I am going to bring you my selections, analysis and advice of the NHL roster for the NHL DFS contests on DraftKings and FanDuel for Fridaytime, October 15, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.. Don’t forget to also consult our awesome NHL tools including our Lineup Optimizer, Research Station, Projections and DFS Cheat Sheets!
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Introduction and Overview of the NHL DFS
If you are new to the NHL DFS game, there are several things you should know that will help you get used to speed. The first thing to know is that row stacking is important and your games correlation can pay off. In hockey, if someone scores a goal, there’s a good chance some members of their team will be assisted on that goal, so you want to create lineups around the players who are skating together.
The idea behind stacking the front lines is that if when a skater scores there is a higher percentage and a chance that one of their teammates will be credited with an assist, therefore resulting in more points. of fantasy. You can then push the stack even further and correlate it with the power play, which sometimes offers even more rewards.
Not only will you get evenly matched points when another player from the opposing team is in the box for a penalty, but you will also get power play points. These same ideas can be directly related to MLB DFS if you are familiar with stacking commands.
One trend that has emerged is the offensive push at the start of the season. We saw this last year where the first month of the season saw games averaging 6.48 goals per game combined. It was more than a half-goal per game above the season average. Watching some of these petite quirks is more important early on.
Analysis and choice of the NHL DFS for 10/15
We’ll be looking at the three-game roster on Friday with home opener games for the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers. In addition, the Minnesota Wild begins its season in Anaheim as it faces the Anaheim Ducks.
There is news worth mentioning. New Jersey will start Jonathan Bernier at net tonight as MacKenzie Blackwood still recovers from heel and ankle issues. The other news is that neither of tonight’s teams are in the back of a back-to-back. It seemed to take its toll on Thursday night. Columbus scored eight goals, Tampa and Detroit combined for 13 goals, Los Angeles lit Vegas for six goals, etc.
The goal will be to keep things as simple as possible. We will focus as much on interactions on social networks as in chatrooms. This is because the news and the numbers have gotten so fluid now. Everything is changing at a breakneck pace now.
Vegas odds for the day
NHL DFS Goalkeepers
Carter Hart – DK $ 8.0K || FD $ 7.8K
Opponent – Vancouver Canucks
The Philadelphia Flyers open their season at home against Vancouver tonight and we can see what Carter Hart looks like in the net. He’s been over-documented of what Hart went through in the past year. Hart will see an upgrade in defense with Ryan Ellias playing a big part and Rasmus Ristolainen there to provide a bit more muscle. Vancouver has a dangerous offense that can strike quickly. Hart’s reflexes and determination will be tested early.
Others to consider (Cash / GPP): Bernier (DK – $ 7.8K, FD – 7.5K), Gibson (DK – $ 7.4K, FD – 6.8K)
Additional Notes for the Goalkeeper
Please keep in mind that John Gibson has not been confirmed at the time of publication, there is a slight chance that Anthony Stolarz could play. In addition, Cam Talbot was expected to play but had been absent due to a personal matter. Marc-André Fleury could face double-digit scoring chances for Chicago again.
NHL DFS Centers
Jack Hughes – DK $ 5.9K || FD $ 6.3K
Opponent – Chicago Blackhawks
The idea is to expect an attack and that’s what the Chicago-New Jersey game has provided several times. Chicago looked defensively lost to the Colorado Avalanche. Yes, any team can do it, but Jack Hughes is great at entering the zone and not just throwing the puck. He had just 31 points (11 goals) in 56 games last year, but that tally is expected to be easily eclipsed this year. Hughes and his wingers are getting a boost and it doesn’t hurt that Dougie Hamilton is on the blue line to create some more.
Joel Eriksson Ek – DK $ 6.1K || FD $ 4.5K
Opponent – Anaheim Ducks
The FanDuel price alone increases his rate of ownership on such a short list and yet Eriksson Ek is worth seeing. He will start the season with Kirill Kaprizov. Kaprizov easily has a potential of 30-30 or more and for that alone Eriksson Ek is expected to surpass last year’s total of 21 goals and 33 points in 56 games. With a busy schedule and one more game tonight, the center expects more opportunities to make it onto the scoresheet.
Others to consider (CASH / GPP): toes (DK $ 5.6K || FD $ 5.6K), Zegras (DK $ 4.8K || FD $ 5.2K), Horvat (DK $ 4.8K || FD $ 6.0K), Dach (DK $ 2.9K || FD $ 5.3K)
NHL DFS Wings
Cam Atkinson – DK $ 5.6,000 || FD $ 5.4K
Opponent – Vancouver Canucks
There are just a bunch of methodologies to use on Friday night. One is watching a high volume shooter in a more ideal situation and game. The only thing the Vancouver Canucks do is allow scoring chances. Atkinson’s speed on the wing and release of fire should be a plus in Philadelphia. Vancouver’s penalty kill has been in the bottom third for the past two seasons. Atkinson and the Flyers are expected to see high scoring potential on Friday night.
Dominik Kubalik – DK $ 5.4K || FD $ 6.0K
Opponent – New Jersey Devils
This could be a piece that sees ownership increasing tonight. Kubalik had nine points in his last ten games of the 2021 regular season. He picked up where the winger left off with a power play goal in Colorado on Wednesday night. New Jersey had the league’s worst penalty kill last season and Jonathan Bernier will discover the hard way that it may not be easy to fix. Either way, Kubalik will cause some showdown issues with New Jersey defenders (especially with Ty Smith and Damon Severson absent).
Others to consider (CASH / GPP): Giroux (DK $ 560K || FD $ 5.5K), Garland (DK $ 5.8K || FD $ 5.4K), Comtois (DK $ 4.5K || FD $ 4.5K), DeBrincat (DK 6 , $ 6K || FD $ 7.5K), Kurashev (DK $ 3.2K || FD $ 3.7K), Tatar (DK $ 3.3K || FD $ 4.7K), Chiasson ( DK $ 4.0K || FD $ 3.6K)
NHL Defenders DFS
Cam Fowler – DK $ 3.6,000 || FD $ 3.8K
Opponent – Minnesota Wild
The Anaheim Ducks defenseman had a solid game Wednesday night with a power-play assist and two blocked shots. He missed several shooting attempts and it’s a bit disturbing. Fowler will be on the second unit’s power play while playing the best even-matched minutes. He should have a decent game against a Minnesota team that could get caught reading their own newspaper clippings – much like Winnipeg did on Wednesday.
Dougie Hamilton – DK $ 6.7,000 || FD $ 6.5K
Opponent – Chicago Blackhawks
Hamilton is the most expensive defenseman on this night of NHL hockey. This is his debut in the season after signing a long-term contract with the New Jersey Devils over the summer. He is expected to inject a lot of points into his roster. Special teams, especially on the power play, are where Hamilton is expected to have the most impact. He’s calm and that should serve the rest of the New Jersey defense well.
Others to consider (CASH / GPP): Ellis (DTD) (DK $ 6.3K || FD $ 5.1K), Jones (DK $ 6.4K || FD $ 6.4K), Ekman-Larsson (DK $ 4.9K | | FD $ 4.5K), McCabe (DK $ 3.2K || FD $ 3.6K), Myers (DK $ 4.4K || FD $ 3.6K), Fowler (DK $ 3.2K || FD $ 3.8K)
Best DFS NHL Power Plays and Stacks
Chris’ Day Stack
NJD: Hughes-Sharangovich-Hamilton (Note CWD roster here)
CHI: Kane-DeBrincat-Jones (see if McCabe sneaks into power play time)
RPS: Atkinson-Giroux-Provorov *
Please keep in mind that there will be a lot of queue changes with most teams, especially early.