NOTE: Roman Josi is a game-time decision for tonight. Vadim Shipachyov will NOT play for the Golden Knights. Anthony DeAngelo and Brendan Smith will NOT play for the Rangers tonight. Trevor van Riemsdyk has a concussion and is OUT. Filip Chytil (NYR) has been sent to the AHL. Defenseman Julius Honka is expected to be IN the lineup tonight for Dallas. Petr Mrazek (DET) will make his season debut tonight in net for the Red Wings.
There are seven games on tonight’s slate as the Dallas Stars attempt to win the team’s first game of the season and the Vegas Golden Knights play the team’s first-ever regular season game at T-Mobile Arena. It is sure to be an emotional night in Vegas given the monumental significance for the franchise and because of the recent tragedy in Las Vegas.
Summary of Last Night’s Results
Last night’s lineup was successful. Brayden Point had yet another big game for Tampa Bay, scoring a power-play goal and an assist and registering three shots and three blocks for a total of 30.1 fantasy points. Unfortunately, there was some confusion in yesterday’s post about the second center in the lineup; Nazem Kadri managed just two shots on goal while Evgeny Kuznetsov tallied a power-play assist, one shot and two blocks. If you went with Nicklas Backstrom, he had a huge game against Tampa, scoring a goal and two power-play assists and finishing the night with 30.6 fantasy points. Luckily, the lineup cashed no matter which center made the final cut. Alex Ovechkin had a quiet night, though, despite the fact that he has scored more goals against the Lightning in his career than against any other Eastern Conference opponent; he earned eight fantasy points with four shots and a block after scoring seven goals in his first two games of the year. The other player from that matchup in last night’s lineup was Nikita Kucherov, who had another strong night. He scored a goal and a power-play assist and added five shots for a total of 28.5 fantasy points. Brandon Saad extended his point streak with an assist against Toronto, finishing the night with 14.4 fantasy points. William Nylander finished the game with five shots on goal and eight fantasy points. It was another rough night for the Edmonton Oilers, as Cam Talbot gave up five goals and the team lost its second game in a row; Kris Russell recorded two just blocks. However, the true value pick of last night’s lineup came through with flying colors. Jan Rutta, who cost just $3,500, came through big time with a goal, a power-play assist, one shot and one block for a total of 23.7 fantasy points. He now has points in every game this season; keep an eye on him as a value option moving forward.
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Columbus @ Carolina – 7:00pm EST
St. Louis @ NY Rangers – 7:00pm EST
Chicago @ Montreal – 7:30pm EST
Philadelphia @ Nashville – 8:00pm EST
Detroit @ Dallas – 8:30pm EST
Ottawa @ Vancouver – 10:00pm EST
Arizona @ Vegas – 10:00pm EST
CBJ: vs. CAR: Scott Darling (confirmed)
STL: Carter Hutton (confirmed) vs. NYR: Henrik Lundqvist (confirmed)
CHI: Corey Crawford (confirmed) vs. MTL: Carey Price (confirmed)
PHI: Brian Elliott (confirmed) vs. NSH: Pekka Rinne (LIKELY)
DET: Petr Mrazek (confirmed) vs. DAL: Ben Bishop (confirmed)
OTT: Craig Anderson (confirmed) vs. VAN: Jacob Markstrom (confirmed)
ARI: Antti Raanta (confirmed) vs. VGK: Marc-Andre Fleury (confirmed)
FanDuel DFS NHL 10/10/17 Lineup
Mika Zibanejad ($6,600)
Mika Zibanejad has goals in all three games this season for the Rangers, scoring a total of five so far. He has three power-play tallies and has averaged five shots per game, earning 18.4, 18.9 and 37.8 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively. Zibanejad skates on New York’s first line and first power play; the Rangers will face Carter Hutton and the St. Louis Blues tonight.
Tyler Seguin ($8,100)
Tyler Seguin and the Dallas Stars have not won a game this season. However, that’s definitely not for lack of trying, especially when it comes to Seguin. He has registered 19 shots in just two games, including 10 in the first one and nine in the second. That shot volume translates into automatic fantasy points; even though he’s the most expensive center in today’s contests, easy points are easy points, regardless of where they come from.
The one issue is that Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings has been phenomenal through two starts.(Petr Mrazek, not Howard, will start for Detroit tonight). However, Seguin has the potential for a massive game and should (hopefully) earn at least a chunk of fantasy points tonight.
My Next Pick
Paul Stastny ($4,700): Paul Stastny has been very consistent so far this season. He has at least one point in all three games with four total on the season; he has averaged 16.3 fantasy points per game.
Also consider: Henrik Zetterberg ($6,300), Nick Foligno ($6,200), Bo Horvat ($5,200), Dylan Larkin ($5,100), VALUE: Devin Shore ($3,400)
James Neal ($6,800)
James Neal has been excellent so far this season. He has three goals in two games and has averaged 25.2 fantasy points per game this year. Neal skates on Vegas’ second line and first power-play unit. Aside from Marc-Andre Fleury, he has been the team’s MVP.
Brandon Saad ($6,600)
Brandon Saad has scored points in all three games so far this season. He has four goals and six points in three games with 13 shots on goal and an average of 29.5 fantasy points per game. Though his fantasy point totals have gone down in each consecutive game, he remains a strong option. The Blackhawks’ top-line trio of Jonathan Toews, Saad and Richard Panik has been brilliant, and Saad has been effective on the man advantage as well.
Jaden Schwartz ($5,800)
Jaden Schwartz has points in all three Blues games so far this season. He has one goal and five points as well as eight shots, giving him an average of 19.1 fantasy points per game. He skates on St. Louis’ second line and first power play.
Vladimir Sobotka ($3,700)
Vladimir Sobotka has been one of the better value plays early on. He skates on St. Louis’ first line and second power play unit and has three points through the first three games of the year.
My Next Pick
Wayne Simmonds ($6,900): Wayne Simmonds was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week. He has four goals in three games and has been great for Philadelphia. Simmonds plays on the team’s second line and first power play unit.
Also consider: Patrick Kane ($8,700), Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,700), Cam Atkinson ($6,700), Sebastian Aho ($5,200), Mark Stone ($5,100), Richard Panik ($4,900)
Alex Pietrangelo ($5,800)
Alex Pietrangelo will not be $5,800 for much longer, especially if he keeps doing what he has been doing. The Blues captain has two goals and five points in three games, averaging 28 fantasy points per game. He skates on St. Louis’ first power play unit and has 16 shots through three games this year.
Jan Rutta ($3,500)
Jan Rutta was an excellent play in last night’s lineup and could make for a strong value pick tonight as well. The 27-year-old sees time on the power play and has notched at least one point in every game so far this season. He has four points, including two goals and two assists, and has averaged 17.8 fantasy points per game.
My Next Pick
John Klingberg ($5,600): Though Dallas has been unable to come away with a win this season, John Klingberg has done well from a fantasy perspective. He has collected a power-play goal, an assist, nine shots and three blocks through two contests. The Swedish defenseman has averaged 20.1 fantasy points per game; he plays on Dallas’ first power play unit.
NOTE: Kevin Shattenkirk ($5,900) likely will be a popular play tonight with his former team in town. Shattenkirk has three points in three games for the Rangers this season, averaging 16.2 fantasy points per game. His value truly comes from his time on the power play, which has been the Rangers’ strongest asset so far this year. If your strategy is to go with some popular players, consider Shattenkirk a safe bet.
Also consider: Zach Werenski ($5,400), Seth Jones ($4,900), Ivan Provorov ($4,300), VALUE: Noah Hanifin ($3,900), VALUE: David Savard ($3,700), VALUE: Nate Schmidt ($3,600)
Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,100)
Marc-Andre Fleury has been incredible in his two games as the Golden Knights’ starter. He made a whopping 45 saves in the team’s season opener against Dallas, finishing the game with 44 fantasy points. In his second outing, the first of a home-and-home with the Coyotes that concludes tonight in Vegas, he made 27 saves and earned 29.6 fantasy points. Fleury has given up just two goals this season and has averaged 36.8 fantasy points per game.
Also consider: Sergei Bobrovsky ($9,200), Corey Crawford ($8,700), VALUE: Jimmy Howard ($7,900)
FanDuel DFS NHL 10/10/17 Lineup
- C: Mika Zibanejad ($6,600)
- C: Tyler Seguin ($8,100)
- W: James Neal ($6,800)
- W: Brandon Saad ($6,600)
- W: Jaden Schwartz ($5,800)
- W: Vladimir Sobotka ($3,700)
- D: Alex Pietrangelo ($5,800)
- D: Jan Rutta ($3,500)
- G: Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,100)
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