DraftKings and FanDuel DFS NHL – Saturday 2/23/19

Today’s post will focus primarily on DFS NHL for DraftKings since FanDuel’s Main Slate only features four games (including the outdoor game). However, there are still some FanDuel suggestions throughout the post, and additional plays will be discussed in chat. The day’s full schedule is listed below; games in black are on the Main Slate for both FanDuel and DraftKings, while the ones in green are part of the DraftKings Main Slate. The games in blue are part of the All Day Slate on FanDuel. Also listed are the lock times for each slate.

NOTE: Recommendations are subject to change depending on goalie confirmations, line changes, news updates, etc. As we’ve seen in the last few days, news related to Monday’s trade deadline is affecting a lot of things, so the players suggested below may change. All updates will be discussed in chat.

NJD @ NYR – 1:00pm EST
WSH @ BUF – 1:00pm EST
BOS @ STL – 4:00pm EST

CAR @ DAL – 5:00pm EST
LAK @ FLA – 5:00pm EST
SJS @ CBJ – 5:00pm EST
COL @ NSH – 5:30pm EST

MTL @ TOR – 7:00pm EST
PIT @ PHI – 8:00pm EST*
NYI @ VAN – 10:00pm EST
ANA @ EDM – 10:00pm EST
*Outdoor game

FanDuel All Day locks at 1:00pm EST
DraftKings Main locks at 5:00pm EST
FanDuel Main locks at 7:00pm EST

LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Last night’s lineup cashed fairly easily and did well in GPP’s as well. There were some late changes because of the updated Columbus Blue Jackets lines, but the original core remained intact. The first part of that core was Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane, who had pretty low ownership considering how hot he has been. Kane extended his point streak with a goal, and managed a ridiculous 13 shots on goal, coming away with 32.8 fantasy points. Dylan Larkin tallied two assists on seven shots for 27.7 FP, and if you played Anthony Mantha you were rewarded with a power-play goal and 14.1 FP. Filip Hronek had another solid game and had incredibly low ownership, which was pretty shocking; he picked up two assists and 18.1 FP. Unfortunately, value plays Rasmus Andersson and Michael Frolik did not contribute, though there was more than enough help from the rest of the lineup, including from Gabriel Landeskog. Landeskog scored a goal and an assist and added four shots and two blocks for 30.1 FP. He, too, had very low ownership. If you went with Cam Atkinson instead, he scored a short-handed goal in a surprisingly low-scoring game against Ottawa, earning 18.8 FP in the contest. His new linemate, Matt Duchene, did not earn a point in his Columbus debut, however, tallying just three shots for 4.8 FP. Josh Anderson did score a goal, though, so his 15.2 FP made up for Duchene’s quiet night. If you played Ryan Donato, he had another strong performance with his new team, chipping in an assist on four shots for 14.4 FP. Lastly, Mike Smith picked up a 2-1 win and 28 FP, while Sergei Bobrovsky recorded a 22-save shutout for 37.6 FP.


Connor McDavid (suspension) will not play tonight. It’s unclear yet if Matt Duchene will be able to play because of immigration issues related to yesterday’s trade. News will be updated in chat throughout the day.

Top Play — Aleksander Barkov (DK: $7,100)

Aleksander Barkov has had three great games in a row, and he has a favorable matchup on home ice tonight against the Kings. Jonathan Quick has given up at least two goals in 12 straight appearances, and Barkov has played a huge role in Florida’s offense of late. He skates on the team’s top line and top power-play unit and likely will take on Anze Kopitar’s line, which has been bleeding chances in recent games. Barkov is averaging 4.3 DK fantasy points per game this season but has earned 7, 10 and 16 in his last three, respectively, thanks to five goals and nine points as well as 14 shots and three blocks.

Value Play — Carl Soderberg (DK: $4,900)

Carl Soderberg has been phenomenal in his last two games, scoring three goals and five points while registering 10 shots and three blocks for 10 and 10.5 DK fantasy points, respectively. He skates on Colorado’s second line and second power-play unit. It’s difficult to gauge how tonight’s game will unfold since the Avalanche have looked like a completely different team in their last several games. With the big three (MacKinnon, Landeskog, Rantanen) on separate lines, Colorado has a much more complete lineup that is thriving both offensively and defensively. It’s certainly worth considering Soderberg, though his overall ranking among centers on tonight’s slate may drop depending on line combinations, news updates, etc.

Punt Play — Kyle Turris (DK: $3,400)

There are a bunch of solid value options at the center position for tonight’s slate, though Kyle Turris could be one of the more under-owned punts. He skated with Viktor Arvidsson the other night, and he also skated with Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi on the power play. Turris has points in back-to-back games, scoring a goal and an assist on four shots for 4.5 and 3.0 DK fantasy points, respectively. He and the Predators could have a very favorable matchup if Philipp Grubauer gets the nod for Colorado. It’s possible it will be Semyon Varlamov, which makes Turris and Nashville in general less appealing on tonight’s slate, though Turris is so cheap and offers exposure to the Predators’ top players, so he might be worth the punt regardless.

For the FanDuel Main Slate, one player who might have heavy ownership tonight is Sidney Crosby (FD: $9,000). I generally try to avoid outdoor games at all costs, though Crosby has a strong track record against the Flyers. That being said, there are other options you can consider. For example, Brock Nelson ($FD: 5,500) has points in three straight, earning 23.7, 12.8 and 20 FD fantasy points in his last three games, respectively. He skates on the Islanders’ first line and first power-play unit. Another player that won’t have high ownership is Max Domi (FD: $5,900), who should go up against the Auston Matthews line in Toronto. Domi has points in three straight games, and he picked up two assists against Toronto when these teams played in Montreal earlier this month.

For players available only on the FanDuel All Day Slate, I like Mika Zibanejad (FD: $7,300), Jack Eichel (FD: $7,900) and Travis Zajac (FD: $4,400).

Also consider (DK): Sidney Crosby ($7,500), Auston Matthews ($7,300), John Tavares ($6,900), Matt Duchene ($6,800), Tyler Seguin ($6,700), Tomas Hertl ($6,400), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($5,900)*, Brock Nelson ($5,000), Boone Jenner ($4,700), Adam Henrique ($4,300), Joe Thornton ($4,100), Jordan Staal ($3,400)**, Tyson Jost ($3,100)

*Depending on what Oilers lines are without McDavid
**Depending on new lines with Staal back in the lineup


There could be several changes to winger recommendations for tonight’s slate depending on line combinations and other news updates; make sure to check in with us in chat for the most up-to-date suggestions and top plays.

Top Play — Justin Williams (DK: $5,700)

Justin Williams has been phenomenal in recent games, though the strength of his matchup tonight will depend on who starts for Dallas. Either way, however, he’s worth highlighting since he’s definitely an under-the-radar option. Williams skates on Carolina’s first line and first power-play unit and has four goals and nine points as well as 28 shots and four blocks in his last six games, which comes out to an average of 6.3 DK fantasy points per game. He scored a goal and added three shots and two blocks for 5.5 DK fantasy points when these teams played in Carolina last week.

Value Play — Andreas Johnsson (DK: $4,300; FD: $4,100)

There are a lot of strong value options on tonight’s slate, so this pick may change during the day depending on potential news updates. However, Andreas Johnsson is an intriguing option tonight despite the difficult matchup against Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens. Johnsson is skating on Toronto’s second line and first power-play unit, and he recorded 10 shots on goal the other night against the Capitals. Johnsson has points in three out of his last four games, and he scored a goal and an assist for 5.5 DK fantasy points when these teams met in Montreal earlier this month.

Punt Play — Sam Gagner (DK: $3,300; FD: $3,000)

It’s unclear what the Oilers lines will look like now that Connor McDavid has been suspended for two games, but Sam Gagner could see increased ice time as a result, and he likely will remain a top-six forward with time on the power play. Gagner scored a goal on four shots for 5.0 DK fantasy points the other night against the Islanders, and he’ll have a more favorable matchup tonight against a Ducks team that played last night in Calgary. Again, this recommendation could change depending on line combinations and other news updates, but Gagner is affordable and could be an interesting under-owned punt.

For players available only on the FanDuel All Day Slate, I like Alex Ovechkin (FD: $8,500) and Jesper Bratt (FD: $4,100).

Also consider (DK): Cam Atkinson ($7,100), Artemi Panarin ($6,900), Leon Draisaitl ($6,800), Evander Kane ($6,800), Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,600), Joe Pavelski ($6,600), Brendan Gallagher ($6,100), Teuvo Teravainen ($5,600), Nino Niederreiter ($5,500), Anders Lee ($5,400), Josh Anderson ($5,200), J.T. Compher ($4,400), Jakob Silfververg ($4,300), Kevin Labanc ($4,200), Oliver Bjorkstrand ($3,700), Matt Calvert ($3,400), Jayce Hawryluk ($2,500)


Top Play — Roman Josi (DK: $6,200)

Roman Josi is more affordable than Brent Burns (DK: $7,100), but that doesn’t mean Burns won’t have high ownership and isn’t worth considering. That being said, Josi has played extremely well of late and has put up solid fantasy numbers against Colorado this season. In fact, he has scored a goal and two assists on 14 shots in three games against the Avalanche this season. But more importantly, he’s been very productive in recent games. Josi has five points in his last two games and points in three out of his last four games. He has earned 8.0, 10.5, 3.0, 4.5, 0, 8.0, 5.5, 4.0 and 9.5 DK fantasy points in his last nine games, respectively. Josi skates on Nashville’s top power-play unit and generally sees between 23-25 minutes of ice time per game.

Value Play — Devon Toews (DK: $3,600, FD: $3,600)

My favorite value play tonight is actually Ryan Pulock, though he is too expensive on DraftKings; however, his $4,400 FanDuel price tag makes him one of my favorite plays on FanDuel tonight. That being said, Devon Toews is the better value option on DraftKings. Toews has points in four straight games and in five out of his last six games, recording one goal and six points as well as eight shots and four blocks in that time. He has earned 2.5, 2.5, 5.0, 3.0, 0 and 6.0 DK fantasy points in his last six games, respectively. However, Toews does not provide a solid floor since he doesn’t have great peripheral stat coverage.

Also consider (DK): Brent Burns ($7,100), Erik Karlsson ($6,300), Ryan Pulock ($5,200), Dougie Hamilton ($5,100), Ryan Ellis ($5,000), Drew Doughty ($4,700), Esa Lindell ($4,200), Jaccob Slavin ($4,100), Troy Stecher ($3,200), Ryan Graves ($3,100), Mike Reilly ($3,000), Michael Del Zotto ($2,900)


Goalies will be discussed in chat as most confirmations were not available at the time of publish.

Join us in the FTA+ DFS NHL chat to discuss today’s slate(s) and lineups.

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