NHL DFS Primer: Saturday (10/23)
A fresh thirteen-game slate is on tap for the second Saturday of the 2022 NHL season. Tampa Bay and Montreal are both lying at the bottom of the Atlantic Division, as both teams have failed to produce offense like they did to reach the Stanley Cup Finals last season. Whereas other teams like Edmonton, San Jose, and Florida have emerged with strong offensive units and elite goaltending to start the young season.
Focusing on the teams with plus-point differential helps identify skaters that will have increased opportunities to yield production in lineups during a jam-packed Saturday slate. Games with at least six goals per game set as the over/under also possess extra juice to follow when deciding which skaters to target.
Let’s get right into some of the best prospects to prioritize when constructing Saturday’s winning lineups.
Recommended Plays: DraftKings
DraftKings maximum salary is set at $50,000
Tage Thompson (C – BUF): $4,700
Buffalo has 13 goals through four games this season and sits at 3-1 entering Saturday’s road contest at New Jersey. Second-line center Tage Thompson is extremely cheap and has yielded a goal in every other game this season, meaning he is due to find the back of the net once again against Devils’ goaltender Scott Wedgewood (G – NJ), who had an abysmal .852 save percentage in his lone start this season. Thompson carries a high floor at a cheap rate, meaning he is one of the players to target during an action-packed Saturday slate.
Jake Guentzel (LW – PIT): $7,200
Pittsburgh continues to shuffle its lineup around but will have the talented winger Jake Guentzel available in what projects to be a high-scoring matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Guentzel will play alongside Evan Rodrigues (C – PIT) and Kasperi Kapanen (RW – PIT) and has a point in two of three games played for the Penguins this season. In their debut, Guentzel rattled off nine shots on goal, which he may have to do again with an underwhelming first-line. On an injured team, pay up to acquire the team’s most talented player in a matchup that has its total goals over/under set at six.
Torey Krug (D – STL): $4,800
Try not to pay up for defensemen, as most of the talented ones can be rostered for under $5,000. St. Louis veteran defenseman Torey Krug meets these criteria and is involved in the offensive zone, rattling off three shots on goal in each of their last two games. Krug skates on the second-line but earns additional minutes on the Blues’ top powerplay unit, where he gets valuable opportunity to chip in on assists. He only has produced one point in three games but the Los Angeles Kings don’t have a strong offense, meaning the Blues will continue to push their skaters into the offensive zone all night. Krug also has four blocked shots, elevating his floor in Saturday’s lineups.
Ilya Sorokin (G – NYI): $8,300
Ilya Sorokin has been standing on his head while trying to keep the Islanders in the game, as he has faced over 30 shots twice already in four games. A 1-3 record and a 3.50 GAA are certainly factors to be used against rostering Sorokin on Saturday, however, his opponent is one of the worst in the league. The Arizona Coyotes have a minus-14 point differential and have only scored eight goals in four games, meaning Sorokin’s .901 save percentage will rise on Saturday night, along with adding another victory in the win column.
Recommended Plays: FanDuel
FanDuel maximum salary is set at $55,000
Sean Couturier (C – PHI): $6,700
Sean Couturier has been a key piece of Philadelphia’s offense for years and it isn’t any different to start the 2022 season. The first-line center has multi-point games in two of his three outings this year and is coming off of scoring a goal and netting an assist against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday. Granted, Florida is a tough opponent to face right now, however, the Flyers have a point differential of plus-seven and have yet to lose in regulation. He’s a bit pricey but Couturier could return big value in lineups if he replicates his previous performance.
Jordan Kyrou (RW – STL): $4,900
Kyrou has racked up points in every game for St. Louis this season, including a four-point burst against the lowly Arizona Coyotes. While he skates on their second-line, he earns additional minutes on the second powerplay unit and is effective in the offensive zone, possessing a plus-minus of six and totaling seven shots on goal across his last two games. The Blues will have a lot of time to pepper the net with shots against the Los Angeles Kings, as they have 15 goals compared to the Kings’ 11 goals, meaning Kyrou will continue to flash.
Neal Pionk (D – WPG): $4,900
The Jets have been largely disappointing but their second-line defenseman Neal Pionk has been an exception. He has three assists and has finished two of their four games with five shots on goal, meaning Pionk could be in line for a similar workload against Nashville on Saturday. Juuse Saros (G – NSH) is a good goaltender but rostering defensemen who are active in their offense is always a good decision, especially below $5,000.
Frederik Andersen (G – CAR): $7,800
After a big overhaul in Carolina this offseason, Frederik Andersen has become the top goaltender in the crease for the Hurricanes. Equipped with a 2.00 GAA and a .938 save percentage, which has led to wins in all three starts, Andersen is a great discount against the Blue Jackets on Saturday.