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NHL DraftKings and FanDuel DFS Primer: Tuesday (1/24)

by Matthew MacKay | @Matt_MacKay_ | Featured Writer
Jan 24, 2023
Elias Pettersson

The NHL is finally giving us a double-digit slate with 11 games on tap for Tuesday night. This many games means that there will be elite and high-caliber players available to roster in DFS lineups at a massive discount. It also opens up more difficulty winning DraftKings and FanDuel contests due to the vast array of unique lineups that can be created to maximize points. That’s why I’m here, helping identify and recommend the must-add prospects based on their usage, matchup, and salary to name a few factors.

Friday’s two-game slate wound up with Pittsburgh getting revenge on Ottawa with a 4-1 win back at PPG Paints Arena, while Colorado also matched them with a 4-1 road win over Vancouver. Nathan MacKinnon (C – Avalanche) delivered a pair of assists, alongside Alexandar Georgiev (G – Avalanche), who stopped 28 of 29 shots en route to a win over the Canucks. Jason Zucker (LW – Canucks) was the only goal scorer, while Alex DeBrincat (LW – Senators), Josh Norris (C – Senators), and Ty Smith (D – Penguins) all wound up without a point. Cam Talbot (G – Senators) replaced Anton Forsberg (G – Senators) as the starting goaltender, which made MacKinnon, Georgiev, and Zucker the upside plays on Friday’s shallow two-game slate.

The NHL All-Star Game is just over a week away, so let’s take advantage of Tuesday’s monstrous slate and cash some lineups!

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Recommended Plays: DraftKings

DraftKings maximum salary is set at $50,000

Elias Pettersson (C – Canucks): $7,300
The Canucks may be trending in the wrong direction but Elias Pettersson is a solid DFS prospect in Tuesday’s lineups. The 24-year-old center has 54 points, including 19 goals for Vancouver this season, entering Tuesday’s home game against Chicago with a two-game point streak. While Pettersson is a bit highly priced, he’ll face the league’s 27th ranked defense in goals allowed per game (3.6), so let’s take advantage of the matchup, where the Canucks find themselves in a rare position as a -230 moneyline favorite.

Carter Verhaeghe (LW – Panthers): $6,100
Florida has improved since its slow start, going 6-3-1 in its last ten games, while 27-year-old winger Carter Verhaeghe is manufacturing points on most nights. He is available to roster at a good value on DraftKings, especially since Verhaeghe has scored four goals and six total points across his last five games played. Pittsburgh is a volatile team that tends to allow goals, so inserting Verhaeghe while he’s riding his current momentum in the offensive zone is a good decision to make.

Jakob Chychrun (D – Coyotes): $7,200
Paying up for a defenseman can blow up in your face in DFS, but I’m willing to pay the price for Jakob Chychrun. Arizona will host the Anaheim Ducks, who are even worse than the Coyotes, going 3-6-1 in their last ten games and sporting a -86 goal differential, which is the worst mark in the league by over 20 points. Chychrun racks up blocked shots in the defensive zone, attempts two to four shots on goal, and has three assists in his last five games played. He’s a high floor prospect who gets a plus-matchup at home, which is enough to convince me to invest in Chychrun’s floor and potential upside despite the elevated salary.

Linus Ullmark (G – Bruins): $8,500
Don’t roster bad goaltenders or good goaltenders on losing teams. Linus Ullmark may not be as talented as teammate Jeremy Swayman (G – Bruins), however, the Bruins are the best team in the league right now, making Ullmark’s job in the crease much easier. He’ll face the Montreal Canadiens, who are a bottom-five team in most offensive metrics. Ullmark is 25-2-2 with a 1.82 GAA, so go ahead and pay the price to acquire the best netminder on a jam-packed Tuesday slate.

Recommended Plays: FanDuel

FanDuel maximum salary is set at $55,000

Jack Hughes (C – Devils): $10,000
New Jersey has found its rhythm again after a bit of a lull, going 7-1-2 in their last ten games. The Devils will host the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night, which is a better matchup than it would’ve been a month ago. 21-year-old star center Jack Hughes is red-hot, scoring four goals and five assists in his last five games played, netting at least one point during this streak, including three multi-point outings. He’s expensive for a reason. Pay up to acquire Hughes in FanDuel lineups against Vegas netminder Logan Thompson (G – Golden Knights), who has surrendered three or more goals in four of his past five starts.

Kyle Connor (LW – Jets): $7,700
Another player who is on a hot streak entering Tuesday night is Winnipeg’s winger, Kyle Connor. The 26-year-0ld has 24 goals and 57 total points for the Jets this season, scoring three goals in his past four games played. Winnipeg will travel to take on Nashville, who has played better hockey lately. However, Winnipeg has won two in a row and scored five goals apiece in each win, creating plenty of chances for Connor to deliver a point or two in FanDuel lineups. Juuse Saros (G – Predators) has allowed eight goals in his last two starts, so it’s a good spot to plug the Jets’ talented winger in at a good value.

Moritz Seider (D – Red Wings): $5,800
Detroit has been getting a nice boost in the offensive zone from Moritz Seider. The 21-year-old defenseman has netted three assists in his previous four games, which include a couple of shots on goal per game during this span. He’s also consistently racking up a couple of blocked shots per game to raise his floor, so against the San Jose Sharks, who are ranked 29th in goals allowed at 3.7 per game, Seider is a nice investment at $5,800 on FanDuel.

Alexandar Georgiev (G – Avalanche): $8,300
Alexandar Georgiev helped us cash lineups on Friday’s two-game slate and I’m running back to him again for a plus-matchup against the Washington Capitals. The Avalanche have won five consecutive games, which has led to Georgiev going 3-1 in his last four starts, including back-to-back starts with only one goal allowed against Vancouver and Calgary. The Capitals have only scored more than two goals twice in their last five games, leading to a 2-3 record, so I’m investing in Georgiev at home on Tuesday night.

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