Welcome back to another season of DFS hockey here at TodaysSlapshot.com. While still trying to help you build your DraftKings roster, we will be changing up the format just a bit to include more strategy. Let’s take a look at opening night in the NHL.
It’s only a 4 game slate so it can be tricky, especially on opening night in the NHL. Your cash game line up needs to be strong but most importantly, balanced.
Looking towards Vegas we see that only the Toronto at Ottawa and Calgary @ Edmonton are projected to see 5.5 goals total. The other two games are projected to see only a 5 goal total.
I am targeting the “over” games in my lineups because I also feel strongly that these two games will see the higher goal totals.
After tinkering and finding what works best for me, I now only play two cash lineups where I can fit them and any GPPs are basically variations off my main lineup. You may find it to be different or prefer playing one single lineup in cash games. Nothing wrong with finding what works for you the best.
My attack tonight is using players congruent to each other, whether they play on the same line or same power play unit. I tend to not “one-off” players, but I will if the roster construction calls for it.TORONTO @ OTTAWA
Kyle Turris $5,900
Mark Stone $5,500
I am going to target the first line of Ottawa with Stone and Turris. While I hate leaving out Hoffman here, these two also play on the first power play unit together, so they get an extra chance to get points.
The Ottawa coach is new and has more of an up-tempo game and is said to be more offensively minded. That being said, I am looking for this line to play well at home in a matchup against Toronto’s second line.
Milan Michalek $3,700
Nicolai Zaitsev $3,300
I want to have at least one offensive body from the Toronto game and veteran Milan Michalek playing on the second line with a now healthy James van Riemsdyk is a sneaky way to also differentiate yourself from others, whether through your lineup construction or looking for players your think will be low owned.
Also from the Toronto game, I want a new face in the NHL, Nicolai Zaitsev, who is fresh from the KHL after showing what he could do in the World Cup. Headlining a power play unit, this kid is the real deal and will help Toronto get out of the basement so we don’t have to continually pick on them.
CALGARY @ EDMONTON
Connor McDavid $7,500
Jordan Eberle $5,900
For tonight’s play out West, I am looking to chalk in Connor McDavid because he sees so much ice, and, of course, because he’s so talented and finds the open spots. He plays no matter what the situation and on a small slate he could be invaluable. I am pairing him with his linemate Jordan Eberle who he played all last year with. The two of them at 5v5 are the most productive and will see a ton of ice time.
Ice time is one of my top three areas of concern with DFS. If you are not on the ice, what good are you to me? Pay close attention to ice time stats to help you when you are on the fence about a player.
Sean Monahan $6,300
Dougie Hamilton $5,000
Edmonton and the boys are playing against a Calgary team that got a facelift with the addition of Troy Brouwer and Brian Elliott, but I am going to look for some points to come from the first line and Monahan is my way of using Gaudreau to my advantage without rostering him. Monahan is cheaper and has a high ceiling like Gaudreau, the Jersey boy.
I want to include Dougie Hamilton, a defenseman from Calgary, to factor into the scoring from the point position. He also has an ability to block shots and get points defensively too.
LOS ANGELES @ SAN JOSE
Martin Jones $8,000
In net tonight I want to target the San Jose Sharks by using Martin Jones. In my eyes, L.A. has dropped down a notch. The boys in teal will have a chip on their shoulder this year and will look to take some frustration out on everyone in the league.
In what I think will be a low scoring affair, I want to roster Jones who can build up points on shots and has a powerful offense to help get him the win if things go south. Jones is a lot alot pricier than some of the other netminders tonight, so by paying up you also differentiate yourself from the rest of the herd.