Unfortunately, the NHL schedulers don’t seem to play DFS hockey but that’s ok. On a small slate like tonight’s, it’s very tough to win, especially against guys who are mass entering lineups, so play at risk. That being said, I still like to throw in a team, especially in a single-entry game or two.
Tonight I want to only focus on two games while throwing out the Nashville Predators vs Detroit Red Wings game. It’s not that I don’t want to use any of the players on those teams, it’s just the way the roster construction happened.
ARIZONA @ NEW YORK
John Tavares $ 7,600
Josh Bailey $4,200
Brock Nelson $4,300
I wanted to really focus on the New York Islanders game because after the Arizona Coyotes played last night in Montreal, they had to travel across the border and into New York. The Islanders will be looking to take advantage of their tired legs.
In this game, I want to focus on the first line with John Tavares and Brock Nelson with Josh Bailey mixed in from the second line. Nelson has played well this year and logged two goals with four points and Nelson has contributed a few goals as well. Nelson is another option who flies under the radar and is overshadowed by the likes of Tavares.
Nelson is just as pure a scorer as Tavares with silky hands and speed to boot. Keep an eye on him this year, especially if the injury bug hits around him.
Finally, I varied the players from different lines but they do play on the same power play, therefore giving you an additional line combo to produce points with the man advantage.
CHICAGO @ COLUMBUS
Patrick Kane $8,300
Jonathan Toews $5,900
Richard Panik $4,700
Connor Murphy $3,100
Niklas Hjalmarsson $3,800
In the other game, I want to stay with the hot hand in Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks as they roll into Columbus who has really struggled to keep pucks out of the net. In addition to Kane , I want to add in Toews into,the mix because he is just as good as Kane but doesn’t get the respect he deserves. I think that Toews
In addition to Kane , I wanted to add in Toews into the mix as well. I think that Toews is due for a big game and tonight may very well be that kind of 3-4 point night Toews can have every once in a while.
The hottest of them all is Richard Panik who has tallied four goals already in this young season and is the final forward we want to use tonight. Since we paid up for some higher-priced forwards the defenseman we are going to pick are mid- to lower-level. We start with Niklas Hjalmarsson from Chicago because he sees plenty of ice time along with ample second unit power play time.
I am looking for the defense to contribute some scoring in this game and I think the first unit will give way to the second unit getting more ice time in this game. Our last defenseman is Connor Murphy as the final piece to the team, but also because he plays so much and runs the power play when Oliver Ekman-Larsson isn’t on the ice.
A word of advice is to really try to vary your team on slates that are this small. Using three defenseman or players from the second and third lines is a strong play because finding low owned players on small slates is difficult. If you roster a third liner and he happens to score a few goals on a night like this you can definitely expect a strong return on your investment.
So play it safe but don’t be afraid to take a few chances in your roster construction to help give yourself a better chance to win. Happy hunting.