Hi everyone, I hope you have been successful with our NHL content thus far, including yesterday’s article from my colleague Dan Wehr (@charmcityboy52 on Twitter). Today we have an eight-game 10/8 NHL DFS slate to delve into, so let’s get started!
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10/8 NHL DFS Centers
Roope Hintz – Hintz has truly been phenomenal to begin the season. Despite his team dropping their first three matchups of the season, Hintz has contributed with three goals in those three games. Hintz has been paired alongside NHL All-Star Joe Pavelski, while also being featured on Dallas’ top power-play unit. It seems as though Hintz is destined for a breakout year, following his strong rookie performance in the 2018-19 season.
Sidney Crosby – Last game, Crosby reminded everyone that the Kid’s still got moves when he set up two goals in Saturday night’s 7-2 thrashing of the Colombus Blue Jackets at PPG Paints Arena. Tonight, the Pens will be back at home in PPG to play host against the struggling Jets, who have let in 14 goals in just three games, tying them for the worst in the league with the aforementioned Blue Jackets. With Malkin out long term, the team will rely on Crosby more to lead the offence, giving him more power play opportunities and more ice-time overall. The Pens will be facing Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck tonight, who has a GAA of 5.08 and an SV% of .893 this season. Crosby pairs well with the expensive Jake Guentzel and the cheap Dominik Simon, along with defenseman Kris Letang.
Honorable Mention: Dylan Larkin
10/8 NHL DFS Wingers
Anthony Mantha – Detroit has scored nine goals en route to starting the season with a 2-0-0 record. Out of these nine goals, Mantha has five goals and two assists. This was coming off a strong preseason where Mantha scored four goals in his final four preseason games. Mantha has seen an average of 20 minutes of ice-time and will be on the team’s top power-play unit. Mantha pairs excellently with linemates Bertuzzi and Larkin.
Patrik Laine – Laine has been rewarded for his strong play to begin the season by being moved to the top line alongside Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele. Laine has recorded a goal and two assists in his first three games of the season and will also be given power play time on the top unit allowing him to embark on a four-game winning streak tonight against the Penguins in what promises to be a high scoring affair. (OPTIMAL GAME STACK WPG vs PIT)HM: Matthew Tkachuk
10/8 NHL DFS Defensemen
Mark Giordano – Undrafted All-Star Mark Giordano has had a strong start to his 2019-20 NHL campaign with two points in his first two games while averaging 25 minutes in the process. Tonight the Flames will play host to the Los Angeles Kings, who allowed the 10th most goals in the NHL last season with 259 goals against. Quick has been a shell of his former self, this season and the last, coughing up six against the Oilers last game and posting his worst statistical season last year with a 3.38 GAA and a .888 SV%.
Ryan Pulock – Pulock has been a defensive beast for the Isles thus far this season, not just because he recorded a point last game en route to a 4-1 win over the Jets, but he has also posted four shots and three blocked shots in his two games this season. Pulock has been averaging 22 minutes of ice time per game and plays alongside Calder Trophy winner Mat Barzal on the Islanders’ top power-play unit. Tonight, the Islanders will be playing at home in Nassau Coliseum and will face off against the Oilers and Mike Smith, who, despite winning his first two games of the season has given up an average of 3.5 goals in the process, including five to the lowly Kings. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to Pulock with a similar upside, consider his teammate Devon Toews.HM: Marcus Petterson, Roman Josi
10/8 NHL DFS Goalies
David Rittich – Big Save Dave will play host to the Kings tonight, and these two divisional rivals are in two different ballparks when it comes to talent. Specifically, in the goalie matchup where Rittich has posted strong numbers with a 2.02 GAA and a .938 SV% to start the season, while his counterpart is continuing the negative trajectory from last season. Not to mention, Rittich is coming off a 3-0 shutout win over the Vancouver Canucks last Saturday. Calgary has by far the best odds of the slate with an opening line of -195.
Pekka Rinne – Rinne is in a similar position to Rittich and will be facing a struggling Sharks team at home in Smashville. Rinne has also posted strong numbers to begin the season with a 2.00 GAA and a .917 SV% which is completely contrasted by the numbers on the other end of the rink where Martin Jones has given up a 4.80 GAA while only holding a save percentage of .862. Given that the Sharks have begun the season 0-3-0, things aren’t looking too great for them. Not to mention Nashville are clear favorites tonight with a -150 opening line.
10/8 NHL DFS STACKS
Detroit Red Wings 1 – Despite having only played two games, the Red Wings will play host to the Anaheim Ducks. Despite strong starts from both teams, Detroit defeated stronger opposition while scoring more goals, in just two games Detroit scored nine goals. Out of these nine goals, eight came from this line. Bertuzzi-Larkin-Mantha has proven to be one of the most productive lines in hockey to start the season and given the weak nature of Anaheim’s defence, it will be open season on John Gibson at Little Ceasars Arena tonightHM: Tampa Bay 1
10/8 NHL DFS Power Play of the Day Florida PP1– Florida had the second-best power-play percentage in the entire league last season, converting on 26.8% of opportunities during the regular season.HM: Winnipeg Jets PP1
10/8 NHL DFS PuntsDennis Cholowski – The young defensive stud has contributed offensively to the onslaught that has been the start of the Red Wings season, led by Mantha. Cholowski already has an assist in his first two games and has played over 16 minutes on both occasions. On top of this, Cholowski will be the defensive anchor for Detroit’s white-hot first power-play unit.HM: Dominik Simon, Taro Hirose, Denis Gurianov
A passionate hockey fan since 2007 and introduced to NHL DFS through FanDuel in 2017 by a family member, Allan ventured into the realm of NHL writing, contributing to Daily Play Action from 2018 onwards. Embracing the challenges of DFS, he relentlessly honed his skills season after season, with a singular focus on excelling as an NHL and UFC DFS player, passionately aligning with their love for the sports.
Notably, in 2019, Allan provided key recommendations, including Sean Kuraly in the NHL Winter Classic, where he emerged as the slate's most valuable player with a goal and 5 shots. The foresight extended to players like Mantha, Perlini, and Ennis, achieving impressive values of 12.9x, 10x, and 14.9x, respectively. Demonstrating prowess in NHL contests, his most remarkable triumph was securing a notable NHL 4.44 Breakaway victory, earning $5,000 in prize money. Follow Allan on Twitter @AFabrykant and on FanDuel under the username InAustonWeTrust.
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