With nine games in store for DFS Hockey players this Friday night before Halloween, there is a deep and talented player pool at their disposal. Let’s take a look at some top targets to get your weekend off on the right foot:
Braden Holtby ($8,000) – Holtby took the loss but played a really solid game against Pittsburgh on Wednesday night giving up two goals on 24 shots. He is 26th in the league in shots faced amongst goalies, so he hasn’t been challenged as often as other top goalies this year which explains his .917 SV%, but he has only given up 14 goals and has posted a 2.03 GAA through seven starts. Take advantage of Holtby facing the Blue Jackets on Friday.
Henrik Lundqvist ($7,900) – Lundqvist took the loss his last outing in OT against the Flyers but put up 46 saves in a great performance. On the season the Rangers are tied for second in scoring defense and Lundqvist has posted a fantastic 1.97 GAA and .941 SV% through eight starts. Pay the higher premium and put Lundqvist in the lineup against Toronto and their bottom-10 scoring offense.
Mike Condon ($7,200) – The Canadiens have lost two straight after their NHL record nine-game regulation win streak to open the season. They are coming off a 4-3 loss Thursday night against Edmonton and Carey Price has looked a little sluggish and tired with 12 goals against in his last three games. Expect the Habs to roll Condon on Friday and give Price a rest against the Flames, who are ranked second-worst in the league in scoring offense.
Others to Consider: Devan Dubnyk ($7,200), Scott Darling ($6,900), Roberto Luongo ($7,500), Jimmy Howard ($7,000).
P.K. Subban ($6,000) – The Canadiens are riding a two game losing streak and Subban’s ineffective play the last two games has contributed to that with only one point, one shot and a -3 rating. Subban looks poised to break back out and make an impact and take advantage of the Flames 29th-ranked scoring defense.
Alexander Edler ($4,700) – Edler is having a strong start to the season for the Canucks and is a solid play for your DFS Hockey lineup. Edler scored his second goal of the season last night against Dallas and managed three SOG to go along with eight blocked shots. He is getting great DK category coverage with four points, 19 blocked shots and 22 SOG this season.
Mark Streit ($4,600) – Streit has his three-game point streak snapped on Thursday against the Devils, but has a quick bounce back chance on Friday against the Sabres. He had five points, five blocks and eight shots over that streak so look for him to come out firing against the Sabres early.
Rasmus Ristolainen ($4,100) – The opposite of Streit, Ristolainen snapped a long scoreless streak with two assists and five SOG in a solid performance vs the Penguins Thursday. He sits seventh in the league in SOG by defensemen and is due to find twine soon. Take advantage of the confidence boost of Thursday night’s game and put him in the lineup with a great value.
Others to Consider: Dion Phaneuf ($4,400), Brian Campbell ($4,200), Marc Methot ($2,700), Ryan Suter ($5,400), Andrei Markov ($4,700).
Nathan MacKinnon ($7,200) – MacKinnon has been up and down this season, but found the scoresheet on Thursday to the tune of a goal and an assist. He has three points in his previous three outings and seemed to gel nicely with his new linemate Jerome Iginla after Patrick Roy put the veteran there with MacKinnon and Alex Tanguay. Look for the Avs to have a big game night against the Hurricanes who are coming off a win against the Isles on Thursday and then traveled home.
Brendan Gallagher ($5,400) – Gallagher has shown his scoring side as of late with four goals in his last four outings. He now has 10 points on the season in 11 games, is second to Max Pacioretty on the team in SOG with 35 and is seeing top minutes with Pac and Tomas Plekanec on the Habs top scoring line. Expect big things from this line against the Flames porous defense on Friday night.
Patrick Kane ($7,800) – Kane has started the season on fire and is a must play any night at the moment. He has managed at least a point in eight of the Blackhawks 10 games this season and is riding a five-game scoring streak at the moment with three goals and four assists over that span. Minnesota are bottom-half in the league in GA/G so look for this to be a high-scoring matchup.
Jack Eichel ($5,100) – Eichel has struggled to produce like fellow draft phenom Connor McDavid with only three goals on the season. However, he is still playing big top-six minutes for Buffalo, will continue to be given every chance to produce and he leads the team in shots on goal this season with 35. He had eight SOG Thursday against Pittsburgh and has a favorable scoring matchup with the Flyers on Friday night.
Loui Eriksson ($4,900) – People forget quickly that Eriksson had three consecutive 70+ points seasons with the Stars before he was traded to the Bruins. Right now he is on pace to break the 50-point plateau this season and has looked good on the wing of David Krejci ($5,700), and his 14 points, so far this year. He has managed points in five of his last six games for the Bruins. Eriksson is tied for third in the NHL in multi-point games this season with four and has seven assists in the Bruins last four games. He’s averaging almost four fantasy points per night and is a good value play on the wing.
Daniel Sedin ($6,400) – Sedin and linemate Radim Vrbata ($5,700) sit tied for sixth in the NHL in shots on goal with 39. The team is struggling offensively, and the pair has only managed a combined five goals on the season, but they take on the slumping Coyotes who are 2-4-1 their last seven games and are coming off of a 6-0 loss to the Bruins on Tuesday. Look for Sedin to have ample chances for production on Friday night.
Others to Consider: Alex Ovechkin ($9,300), Reilly Smith ($3,900), Bobby Ryan ($5,200), Evgeny Kuznetsov ($5,600), Vincent Trocheck ($3,900), Derick Brassard ($4,800), Boone Jenner ($3,900).
Make sure to check the NHL Cheat Sheet and NHL Line Stacks posts today before finalizing your lineups. Have a happy and safe Halloween and as always for any DFS Hockey questions or comments this season, find me on Twitter at: @JHarding_Hockey.