I hope that your Columbus Day was excellent and that you had a great daily fantasy hockey experience with the majority of games that locked early. We have some fantastic matchups this evening in this nine-game slate. In many of the games, we are going back to the well to find liquid gold.
Note: All prices referenced below refer to FanDuel pricing unless otherwise noted.
Tyler Seguin – Dallas Stars – $8,600 – Seguin is the second most expensive center in play behind Sidney Crosby, but he is underpriced given a juicy matchup on home ice against the Oilers. Edmonton will break out this season with its young talent, but they have not shown signs of puck control improvement early this season. They now head to Dallas to take on a Stars team that will pepper goaltender, Anders Nilsson, who spent all of last season in Russia and makes his season debut. Leading the charge will be the team’s superstar center who will be heavily-owned in cash games tonight. He is seeing twenty minutes of ice time per game and has already recorded seven shots on goal.
Eric Staal – Carolina Hurricanes – $6,900 – Any time the Carolina Hurricanes are on home ice and are favored by Vegas, you have to consider their first line left wing, who skates with Victor Rask and Kris Versteeg, and who also centers the team’s first power play unit with wingers Versteeg and Elias Lindholm. Staal’s team has not played in dropping their first two games to superior teams, but the Canes should put up at least three goals this evening against a seemingly lifeless Florida Panthers team.
Others: Sidney Crosby, Jeff Carter, Derick Brassard, Tyler Johnson, Evgeni Malkin
Jamie Benn – Dallas Stars – $8,300 – The game in Dallas should be a wonderful game to watch tonight as there should be plenty of scoring. We are not touching either goaltender here (but consider Kari Lehtonen in your GPP lineups), which means that all Stars skaters are in play. Although Benn was banged up to begin the season, but he has showed no signs of any lingering injuries as he has recorded a point in each of his first two games as he looks to defend his Art Ross Trophy title. In a high-scoring game on home ice, pairing Benn with linemate, Tyler Seguin, is a perfect semi-line stack for your cash lineups. Also consider rostering the first line’s right winger, Patrick Eaves, along with Benn and/or Seguin for slight lineup differentiation. With an over/under at 5.5 (a line that may jump to 6 if this were later in the season), you need exposure to the Stars in your lineups.
Rick Nash – New York Rangers – $8,100 – Benn is our top overall play at the left wing slot tonight, but an argument can be made for the Rangers’ first line LW who skates with Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello. The trio also skates together on the team’s first power play unit and that will take advantage of a tired Jets team that has already given up three short-handed goals in this young season and may play a chippy game tonight with dead legs. Nash has yet to record a point in three games this season, but he will be firing the puck against a team that has yet to show they can control the puck and has given up an average of 32.5 shots per game.
Others: Filip Forsberg, Max Pacioretty, Joe Pavelski, Chris Kreider, Alexander Steen
Vladimir Tarasenko – St. Louis Blues – $8,200 – Until the Blues cool off, they are always in play in your cash games and tonight is no exception as they head to Calgary to face a young Flames team that has shown brief flashes of brilliance in their first two games, but are not yet a cohesive unit. With a goal in each of his first two games and a total of ten shots, at $8,200, Tarasenko is in play as he is matchup proof as the Flames do not have a line that can shut down the Blues first line of Tarasenko, Alex Steen and Paul Stastny. The Flames have given up 37 shots per game to a Vancouver Canucks team that is less talented than the Blues and Vegas has the Blues as road favorites so look for St. Louis to take this game handily.
Kris Versteeg – Carolina Hurricanes – $4,200 – The goal in your cash game lineups is to simply put together your best lineup without much regard to ownership percentages. That said, on a night with so many quality matchups (think the Stars and the Rangers), if those teams happen to disappoint, which is certainly possible as we have seen many heavy favorites falter so far, our favorite under-the-radar plays today are the Hurricanes first line. Versteeg is a bargain at just $4.2K and if you want to pay up for Tyler Seguin, Rick Nash and Alex Ovechkin, you will need to find value plays in great spots. The Canes will host a Panthers team that has not impressed thus far and are averaging 36 shots allowed per game. Look for Versteeg to at least shoot the puck a few times and record one assist.
Others: Marian Gaborik, Justin Abdelkader, T.J. Oshie, Tyler Toffoli, Patrick Eaves
Justin Faulk – Carolina Hurricanes – $5,400 – The Florida Panthers will glide in Raleigh, North Carolina tonight backstopped by Al Montoya, who will make his season debut. With a high price tag of $5,400 for a Hurricanes defenseman, you will need to find value at your forward slots, which should not be a problem (e.g., Patrick Eaves), but with that price, you are locking in a defenseman who has been on the ice for a gawdy twenty-nine minutes per game this season and his Hurricanes will not face-off against a Florida team that played in a tight matchup last night versus a Flyers team that was able to shut them down. Carolina on home ice is a different team and should score at least three goals this evening. Faulk also quarterbacks his team’s power play unit.
John Klingberg – Dallas Stars – $5,000 – As noted above, Stars will put on an offensive show tonight in Dallas as heavy moneyline favorites. We do not mind if you semi-stack the team’s first line in your cash games along with Klingberg, who runs the point on the Stars potent power play that already three goals on the man advantage this season. The defenseman has just one assist and has not shot the puck yet, but should flourish against an Oilers team that is susceptible to opposing offensive-minded defensemen.
Others: Keith Yandle, Kevin Shattenkirk, P.K. Subban
Henrik Lundqvist – New York Rangers – $9,600 – King Henrik may be the second most expensive goalie tonight, but he is playing in front of a home crowd against a Jets team that is playing on back-to-back nights and for the fourth time in six days. Let’s not overthink your cash game goalie and just roster Lundqvist. You want to lock in a win and the Rangers are one of the heaviest Vegas favorites against a tired Jets squad that could only manage twenty-four shots against the Islanders yesterday afternoon. Lundqvist has looked superb this season and is already 3-0 and has given up just six goals on 106 shots.
Pekka Rinne – Nashville Predators – $9,200 – While the Predators may be on the road in the swamp lands, Rinne is now 2-0 and has given up just one goal on fifty-eight shots. As we noted Satruday, the Devils lack any sense of offensive creativity or any true finisher. Moreover, the defense in front of Rinne is superb and his big protectors will limit the Devils skaters from putting back any rebounds that Rinne cannot smoother. If you need to save $400 (off of Lundqvist) and use that savings on your skaters, lock in Rinne.
Others: Carey Price, Jonathan Quick , Eddie Lack, Braden Holtby