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NHL DraftKings and FanDuel DFS Primer: Tuesday (3/21)

NHL DraftKings and FanDuel DFS Primer: Tuesday (3/21)
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We’re getting a monstrous 13-game slate ahead of Tuesday’s puck drops in the NHL. This creates ample opportunity to create DFS lineups of all shapes and sizes with close to all 32 teams in action. The value will be available, even for the blue-chip prospects, affording us a bit of extra creativity when it comes to how we manage our salary in DraftKings and FanDuel contests. It’s an exciting time of year to jump into DFS if you haven’t done so yet this season, particularly due to how tight the playoff race has become. Pittsburgh’s home loss to Ottawa has bumped them out of the second Wild Card seed in the Eastern Conference, inserting the Florida Panthers as the new Wild Card team alongside the New York Islanders.

Let’s recap my recommended plays from Friday’s four-game slate. Pavel Buchnevich (C – Blues) and Alex Ovechkin (LW – Capitals) each logged a point, unfortunately, they weren’t goals. T.J. Oshie (RW – Capitals) and Robert Thomas (C – Blues) were the other two prospects I suggested investing in during the Blues’ 5-2 win over the Capitals, but neither play wound up with a point in the matchup. Cam Fowler (D – Ducks) had a rare dud in the point column despite the Ducks cruising to a 7-4 win over the Blue Jackets, but Brady Skjei (D – Hurricanes) came through with a goal for the Hurricanes in an ugly 5-2 loss to the Maple Leafs. Frederik Andersen (G – Hurricanes) did not start in the crease but Ilya Samsonov (G – Maple Leafs) did, blocking 32 of 34 shots en route to a decisive win, flooding DFS lineups with production. Hopefully, you wound up inserting a combination of Buchnevich, Ovechkin, Skjei, and Samsonov, who were the highest performers out of my recommended picks on Friday’s slate.

Let’s not waste any more time on what could’ve been, especially when we have 13 games to choose from during Tuesday’s DFS contests! Good luck and let’s cash out together!

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Recommended Plays: DraftKings

DraftKings maximum salary is set at $50,000

Patrice Bergeron (C – Bruins): $6,400
During their road trip, the savvy veteran center, Patrice Bergeron, has begun heating up for the Bruins, yielding multi-point outings in consecutive games entering Tuesday’s home game against the Ottawa Senators. The 37-year-old has four points across three games played against the Senators this season and while we saw incumbent Senators goaltender Dylan Ferguson (G – Senators) record 48 saves in a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh on Monday night, don’t shy away from rostering Bergeron in DraftKings lineups. He’s relatively cheap at $6,400 and has fared well in the offensive zone against Ottawa, so insert Bergeron with confidence while also saving a few bucks in the process.

Jason Robertson (LW – Stars): $7,800
Dallas is a tricky team to figure out but they have plenty of offensive firepower within their attack lines. This includes 23-year-old winger Jason Robertson, who has 88 points, including 41 goals this season. Robertson was held without a point against Seattle a couple of weeks ago but followed up that performance with a two-point game, which included his 39th goal of the season. He’s a volatile player, giving us a low floor but a huge ceiling, but I like his matchup against the Kraken at home on Tuesday night. Philipp Grubauer (G – Kraken) is returning from an illness on Tuesday night but he has surrendered three to five goals in three of his previous four starts in the crease. Fire up Robertson for his ceiling but be weary of his shallow floor when making this move.

Victor Hedman  (D – Lightning): $5,800
Tampa Bay has an embarrassment of riches throughout its roster but Victor Hedman is a rare commodity to possess. The veteran defenseman gets it done for the Lightning on both ends of the rink, collecting two to five blocked shots per game and attempting one to five shots on goal. This is a high-volume shooter for a defenseman, so combine that floor with his ability to record assists, which he’s done 37 times this season, and suddenly Hedman is a screaming value to acquire on DraftKings. His splits suggest that he’s done well against Montreal this season, logging four points, including one of just seven goals, against the Canadiens in three previous matchups. Don’t hesitate to plug Hedman into lineups as one of the best high-value defensemen on Tuesday’s slate.

Ilya Samsonov (G – Maple Leafs): $7,800
I’ve been riding with Ilya Samsonov for a bit now and can’t turn my back on him in a matchup against a defensive-oriented team like the New York Islanders. The Islanders are 22nd in goals (2.9), 30th in powerplay goals, and average just over 30 shots on goal per game, which is 19th in the league. Samsonov is 2-1 SU in his last three starts and has only allowed more than two goals once during this recent streak, so ride the hot hand and get him into your lineups as a trusted anchor.

Recommended Plays: FanDuel

FanDuel maximum salary is set at $55,000

Mika Zibanejad (C – Rangers): $8,300
Few players in the league can match the tenacity and skill of Mika Zibanejad right now. The New York Rangers are buzzing, winning their last two games by a combined score of 13-0 over Pittsburgh and Nashville. Zibanejad has five goals on a four-game streak entering Tuesday’s home matchup against Carolina, which includes three consecutive multi-point games from the Rangers’ top center. Zibanejad is worth the elevated salary, so don’t overthink this one and add him into FanDuel lineups for his high floor and ceiling despite a tough matchup on paper against the Hurricanes.

Tyler Toffoli (RW – Flames): $7,100
Tyler Toffoli has recorded at least one point in five of his past six games, including a two-goal, two-assist outing against the Vegas Golden Knights a week ago. Calgary is quickly losing its grip on a Wild Card Seed in the Western Conference but it has plenty of motivation to go on a run to avoid missing the playoffs, so expect Toffoli to keep up his high-paced activity in the offensive zone for the Flames against the lowly Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night. Consider 15 FD points a good benchmark for Toffoli returning ROI at his $7,100 salary.

Cam Fowler (D – Ducks): $5,300
We’ve seen Cam Fowler quietly put up back-to-back zeroes on the point sheet for Anaheim, so this may feel uncomfortable, but rostering Fowler ahead of the Ducks’ matchup against Calgary is a good move to make. Fowler has dropped to just $5,300 on FanDuel, which is a good value for a defenseman, and he previously logged an assist and two blocked shots against the Flames back on March 10th. Fowler endured a six-game point drought back at the beginning of February but he’s been a consistent contributor in the offensive zone before his mini-slump, which is why we’re getting him at a value. The Flames just allowed the Kings to score eight goals on Monday night, so Fowler shouldn’t have much trouble manufacturing a point to return value in lineups.

Jake Oettinger (G – Stars): $8,600
Jake Oettinger has a rock solid 2.32 GAA and a .918 save percentage for Dallas in the crease this season. The 24-year-old netminder will face the Seattle Kraken for the third time in five games on Tuesday night and he’s had immense success against them previously, going 2-0 and allowing a total of five goals during those two road contests. Now, back home, Oettinger should continue performing well, but he also gets bailed out by a strong Dallas offense, which wound up winning despite Oettinger allowing five goals in his last start against the Flames. Expect another 30 saves and a win for Oettinger against the Kraken, making him a good investment in FanDuel lineups on Tuesday night.

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