NHL DFS Primer: Tuesday (11/16)
Divisions have begun to sort themselves accordingly, entering the sixth week of the 2022 NHL season. Teams at the top, with an exception applying only to the Florida Panthers, are all riding winning streaks entering a busy 11-game slate on Tuesday night. St. Louis is on the schnide experiencing a three-game losing slump but will have a bounce-back opportunity against the league’s worst team: the Arizona Coyotes. There are also several Western Conference versus Eastern Conference matchups on tap for Tuesday, which always adds a layer of intrigue when constructing DFS lineups that will cash. Less familiarity with an opponent typically produces higher-scoring contests, meaning four games and eight teams are poised for significant production on the ice Tuesday night.
I’ve gathered some of my favorite prospects based on various factors heading into a busy night in the National Hockey League. Make sure you get at least a couple of these players into lineups ahead of Tuesday puck drops.
Recommended Plays: DraftKings
DraftKings maximum salary is set at $50,000
Robert Thomas (C – STL): $3,800
St. Louis is amid a three-game losing skid, but they get a prime opportunity at home against the Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes have allowed 60 goals and a minus-37 goal differential, which is the worst in the league. Second-line Blues’ center Robert Thomas should feast against an inferior opponent on Tuesday, as he has netted at least two assists in three consecutive games. He earns additional minutes on St. Louis’ second powerplay unit and averages over 20 minutes of time on ice across the last four games. Thomas is a fantastic value and a cheap asset who should continue to pour in assists and perhaps his second goal of the season, making him a quality addition to Tuesday lineups.
Vladimir Tarasenko (RW – STL): $6,200
Vladimir Tarasenko is the coveted second-line prospect for St. Louis that will cost a bit extra in lineups compared to Robert Thomas. They both skate on the same line, but Tarasenko earns prime opportunities on the Blues’ top powerplay unit. The 29-year old winger has had immense success thanks to the vision and passing of Robert Thomas, so if you opt to add him into lineups, stacking Tarasenko is the best bet to maximizing your point total. Tarasenko has a goal in three consecutive games and has 13 shots during this span, making him a smash play against the Coyotes on Tuesday night.
Rasmus Dahlin (D – BUF): $4,800
Despite only being 21 years old, Rasmus Dahlin has established a role on the Sabres’ top defensive line in his fourth season with the franchise. He has scored a goal in two of his last four games and earns an incredible 23 minutes of time on ice per game, affording him quality looks at the opposing netminder on the Sabres’ top powerplay unit. Dahlin will face a short-handed Pittsburgh Penguins team that will put goaltender Tristan Jarry (G – PIT) in between the pipes, despite surrendering six goals against Washington over the weekend. He is vulnerable, and the lack of offensive firepower for the Penguins makes Dahlin a good value in lineups based on his recent scoring success and extended play on the ice.
Carter Hart (G – PHI): $7,600
The Philadelphia Flyers are in the thick of the Metropolitan Division with a pus-two goal differential. Goaltender Carter Hart has been inconsistent throughout the season. Still, he is coming off of one of his best performances in the crease, allowing only one goal on 40 shots against Carolina, arguably the best team in the league right now. The 23-year old netminder will get his next opportunity against a Calgary team that possesses quality offensive personnel. However, before their 4-0 win over a bad Ottawa Senators team in their last outing, the Flames had scored a total of four goals across three games, resulting in three losses. Nevertheless, Hart has enough talent to be a good value in lineups, especially if he can transfer the elite level of play he displayed against the Hurricanes this past Friday.
Recommended Plays: FanDuel
FanDuel maximum salary is set at $55,000
Ryan Strome (C – NYR): $5,500
The 29-year old second-line center for the New York Rangers has been excellent to start the season, racking up most of his points in the last few games after returning from a four-game absence earlier in the season. In his previous three games, Strome has three assists and a goal while averaging two to three shots on goal in each of his last five games. He also earns time on the Rangers’ top powerplay unit, which increases the likelihood of a goal due to the extra-man advantage opportunity. Montreal has allowed the second-most goals (58) behind only Arizona, so Strome should continue building his three-game point streak in lineups on Tuesday night.
Jakob Silfverberg (RW – ANA): $4,500
Anaheim has been one of the surprise teams to start the season, currently riding a seven-game win streak and enjoying a plus-13 goal differential. Recently, the Ducks got Jakob Silfverberg back on their third-line, where he has been effective in setting up scoring opportunities all season, racking up eight assists and a goal in ten games played. He does boast a plus-five rating when on the ice, showing that he produces quality minutes for a team to stay atop the competitive Pacific Division. He is available at a fantastic value and should be added to lineups. However, don’t let the fact he skates on the third-line dissuade you from Silfverberg, as he averages 18 minutes of time on ice this season.
Roman Josi (D – NSH): $7,000
I usually don’t like paying up for a defenseman, but Roman Josi is a different type of player. The veteran has spent his 11-year career in Nashville and is one of the most potent scorers the league has to offer, netting six goals and ten assists to tie the Predators’ in most points (16) scored through 15 games. He skates for nearly 26 minutes a night and gets all of the prime opportunities on the first line and top powerplay unit, which is how he managed to go nuclear with two goals and two assists against Arizona in their last game. Toronto is a much more formidable opponent to play, but Jack Campbell (G – TOR) has surrendered three or more goals in three starts this season, showing that he is vulnerable in particular spots. Josi should have no problem peppering the net with shots that lead to an assist or goal while raising his floor with a couple of blocked shots. So pay up and watch the points pile up in your lineups.
Frederik Andersen (G – CAR): $8,300
Carolina overhauled their goaltender situation this offseason, and Frederik Andersen has looked the part for most of his starts. He has only allowed more than two goals in three of his eleven starts in the crease while posting one shutout against the Boston Bruins a couple of weeks ago. Andersen benefits from the talented offensive personnel surrounding him, and the fact that he has nine wins is very appealing from a DFS perspective. Goalies who win add 12 points into lineups, which is a massive boost that can spell the difference between cashing or losing a DFS contest. So pay up for Andersen to roster the most consistent goaltending talent the league has to offer.