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Once again, we have a small three-game slate on tap tonight. The Flyers will look to bounce back from an embarrassing 8-2 loss in home ice, the Capitals and Golden Knights will square off for the first time since the Stanley Cup Final and the Anaheim Ducks and Arizona Coyotes will face off once again as Pacific Division foes. NOTE: Tonight’s slate locks at 7:30pm EST.
Philadelphia @ Ottawa – 7:30pm EST
Vegas @ Washington – 8:00pm EST
Arizona @ Anaheim – 10:00pm EST
NHL DASHBOARD: New to FTA+ this year is the NHL dashboard. Since this is in its infancy, please keep in mind it may take a little while to get the algorithms sorted, but it should definitely be an important resource throughout the season. For questions about the dashboard or today’s fantasy plays, make sure to tag me (@JWagner) in the FTA+ NHL Discord chat.
INJURY NEWS: Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf missed Sunday’s contest and is still listed as day-to-day. His status for tonight’s matchup has not yet been determined. HOWEVER, Ryan Kesler is listed as a game-time decision, which is huge news since some thought he’d be out the entire season.
LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: It was another big night in DFS with DAL 1 going off and a lot of other plays highlighted in yesterday’s post contributing big points. The main cash lineup from yesterday’s post/chat cashed easily, though other lines using players discussed in the post and in chat had even bigger nights. Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov scored a combined two goals and seven points, earning 42.9 and 36.5 fantasy points, respectively. Elias Pettersson had a quieter night but still found the scoresheet for the third straight game, tallying a power-play assist and two shots for 11.7 FP. On the other side of that matchup, which was another high-scoring affair for both clubs, Carolina’s Warren Foegele had another huge game, especially for his $3,700 price tag, managing one goal on seven shots for 23.2 FP. Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor both found the scoresheet in a tight game against the Kings, though Winnipeg’s offense was held to just two goals. One of those was Connor’s, who finished the night with 17.3 FP, and Wheeler grabbed an assist on that power-play marker for 11.7 FP. Craig Smith and the Nashville Predators were shut out, though the winger came through with a solid floor of five shots and one block for 9.6 FP. On the back end, Morgan Rielly had another huge game, collecting four assists (two on the man advantage), three shots and a block for a whopping score of 39.4 FP; he continues to be a steal in DFS, though his price will continue to go up. The ever-dependable Alex Edler also had a strong night with two assists (one on the power play), two shots and four blocks, good for 26.1 FP. In net, Connor Hellebuyck wasn’t tested often but picked up a 2-1 win against Los Angeles, making 16 saves and finishing the night with 20.8 FP. Curtis McElhinney also picked up a win, though he earned 17.6 FP after giving up three goals on 25 shots. Other players highlighted in the post include Auston Matthews (32.5 FP), Sean Monahan (30.9 FP), Pierre-Luc DuBois (14.1 FP), Sebastian Aho (23.2 FP), Jamie Benn (17.3 FP), John Tavares (30.9 FP), Nathan MacKinnon (20 FP), P.K. Subban (11.2 FP) and Mattias Ekholm (11.2 FP).
Here are some plays to consider for today’s slate:
Top Plays: Evgeny Kuznetsov ($7,300), Nicklas Backstrom ($6,700)
Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom have looked great in two games this season, though Washington is coming off a five-day hiatus between games. They will get the struggling Knights on home ice, though it could be an interesting game since it’s a rematch of the Stanley Cup Final. But The Capitals have scored 13 goals in two games this season, so their offense is definitely worth considering. Kuzy has two goals and an assist through two games and is averaging 23.7 fantasy points per game; he skates on the top line and top power-play unit. Backstrom has four assists and four shots and is averaging 19.7 FPPG while skating on the second line and first power-play unit.
Value Play: Adam Henrique ($5,200)
Adam Henrique and Anaheim’s second line has played very well so far this season, though the status of Ryan Kesler may scramble some of the line combinations. The main downfall with Henrique is that he didn’t record a point when these teams met in Arizona over the weekend, but he has a goal and two assists and is averaging 14.3 FPPG.
Don’t count out the options listed below, though.
Other options: Sean Couturier ($6,900), Derek Stepan ($6,200), Matt Duchene ($5,600), Chris Tierney ($4,200)
Top Plays: Alex Ovechkin ($8,800), Jonathan Marchessault ($7,300), T.J. Oshie ($6,200)
Alex Ovechkin is always an elite play, and he has points in both games this season. He hasn’t had a breakout performance so far, but that’s because the rest of his team has played so well that he hasn’t had to. The Knights will be eager for revenge after losing to the Caps in the Stanley Cup Final, but Ovechkin is often an intriguing option on home ice, especially given his role on the top power play and his shot volume. T.J. Oshie has been the team’s best offensive player so far, though. He has three goals and five points in two games and has been looking to shoot a lot more than last year, which was a down year for him. Oshie has earned 41.6 and 26.9 fantasy points in his last two games, respectively, good for an average of 34.3 per game. He skates on Washington’s second line and first power-play unit.
While the Golden Knights have struggled mightily so far this season, Jonathan Marchessault is the only player on the team who has recorded at least a point in all three games. Specifically, he has two goals and four points as well as 14 shots through three games, good for an average of 20.8 fantasy points per game. He skates on Vegas’ first line and first power-play unit.
Flyers captain Claude Giroux essentially guaranteed his team would win tonight’s game after last night’s brutal 8-2 loss in the team’s home opener. That doesn’t mean it will be happen, but Giroux will be fired up, is from Ottawa and will want to back up his words to the media. He and Jakub Voracek ($6,900) looked good with center Sean Couturier ($6,900) last night despite the loss, and Wayne Simmonds ($5,500) has been the best fantasy forward for the team so far this season.
Also consider: Claude Giroux ($7,500), Jakob Silfverberg ($5,600), Wayne Simmonds ($5,500)
Value Plays: Max Comtois ($3,300), Zack Smith ($3,300)
Max Comtois and Zack Smith have been tremendous value plays so far this season and continue to be excellent choices in DFS. Both have scored points in every game, skate on the power play and have incredibly reasonable price tags, so get them in your lineup if you’re looking for some value plays.
Also consider: Ryan Dzingel ($4,800)–QUESTIONABLE TO PLAY, Brett Connolly ($3,700), Jakub Vrana ($3,600), Tomas Nosek ($3,300)–PROMOTED TO SECOND LINE WITH INJURY TO PAUL STASTNY, Mikhail Vorobyev ($3,000)–great value with solid potential for a point, Ryan Reaves ($3,000)–normally a goon but could get something going against Washington since he’s dirty and could stir things up
Top Play: John Carlson ($6,400)
John Carlson has been phenomenal so far this season. Through two games, he has two goals, four points, six shots and five blocks. He’s earned 31.2 and 27.4 fantasy points in his last two games, respectively, which comes out to an average of 29.3 FPPG. He skates on Washington’s top power-play unit.
Shayne Gostisbehere finally got on the board last night and has looked strong all season. He quarterbacks Philadelphia’s top power-play unit and is always worth a look, especially since tonight could be a high-scoring game.
Also consider: Shayne Gostisbehere ($6,400)
Value Play: Thomas Chabot ($4,300), Maxime Lajoie ($3,800)
Thomas Chabot continues to be a strong value play on the back end. He has two goals and five points, scoring at least a point in all three games this season. Chabot has earned 12.8, 41.6 and 11.2 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively, which comes out to an average of 21.9. Though his price tag has jumped a fair mount over the last few contests, he remains a strong option, especially for a Flyers team with weak special teams. Maxime Lajoie has been another top choice of mine so far this season; he has returned value in every game and remains a strong value option if you’re looking for a cheap defenseman to fit in your lineup.
Also consider: Michal Kempny ($3,600), Kevin Connauton ($3,600)
Top Play: John Gibson ($8,300)
Goalies can be difficult to choose, but John Gibson’s Anaheim Ducks are favored over the Coyotes, he’s already defeated the Coyotes once this season and did so away from home, and he has given up two or less goals in all three of his games, earning 19.2, 52.8 and 28.8 fantasy points, respectively. If Ryan Kesler comes back to the lineup and Ryan Getzlaf can play as well, the crowd could be pretty raucous tonight. I usually do not like going up against Antti Raanta, but Gibson should be chalky tonight and is a strong play given all the circumstances.
Also consider: Antti Raanta ($7,700)–GPP
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