NHL DFS Picks – 10/20/16

This is the first big Tuesday of the year, and both of the big sites are rolling out some pretty nice sized tournaments. As I mentioned yesterday, I do really wish they did a better job with spreading the games out, but we get what we get. We should see a ton of variance in the lineups that are run out and I am very excited as I have a ton of entries into FanDuel’s Super Blue Line!


Steven Stamkos – Colorado might be a tough offensive team, but they are not a team I think of being any type of good defensive team. Stamkos is on home ice, which gives him the immediate advantage, and he’s a guy I feel that should be pretty trustworthy in your lineups, whether they are your cash games or tournaments.

Sean Monahan – Carolina is statistically overrated as a defense, so I’m all in on the Calgary top line tonight. They managed one goal in the last game they played, in overtime, and are still looking for that breakout opportunity. I expect them to cash in on that opportunity tonight, and I expect a multi point outing out of the top line.

Alex Galchenyuk – Perhaps my favorite team for cash games today is Montreal taking on an Arizona team that should challenge for the lead league in points allowed. This top line of Montreal just had a great game against the Penguins on Tuesday, and this step down in competition should let them absolutely feast.

Jeff Carter – I think the Kings will be a team that aren’t looked at very much, but they do carry a fairly good deal of appeal to me. Dallas is going to give up points, and I really like this second line on the road in tournaments to do some damage against them. They should be able to at least end up with one goal, and I think Carter is the one who puts it in.


Max Pacioretty – Hands down, my favorite play on the night in Max Pacioretty. He will be in all of my cash games, as well as the vast majority of my tournament lineups as well. I’m expecting a multi-point effort from him tonight, and his salary allows you to build a very strong lineup around him.

Daniel Sedin – The Sedin’s could go overlooked, as they are playing a bit later in the night, and often times, players don’t like using players from those late games. It is prevalent in all sports, not just the NHL. I think they should be able to run through this Sabres team and he should put up a good score. I prefer him in cash games to tournaments.

Charlie Coyle – Coyle is a risky play here, as this top line hasn’t exactly set the world on fire yet, but a visit from Toronto could cure what ails them. I think I use that line every day, so I apologize if it gets repeated over and over. He will almost certainly carry low ownership, but there is upside there in a positive contest.

Corey Perry – Philadelphia already looks bad this year, and a potent Ducks offense could cause them some more headached. Perry is a very good goal scorer, and he has lit the lamp a few times already this year. I would look for him to continue his hot streak, and is likely to have a good showing tonight.

Defensemen –

Jeff Petry – I know a lot of people might read this and think it is too cute, as Petry isn’t exactly known as being a high point guy, but through two games he has easily been the Canadiens top scoring defensive player. There should be a handful of goals here and I would fully expect that Petry should have his chances to be involved.

Cam Fowler – Fowler is another Duck that should certainly be able to benefit from a good matchup against Philadelphia. He’s priced very well, especially on FanDuel, so he is very easy to fit into your lineups. I don’t mind going the cheap route tonight with him, and stacking my lineup elsewhere.

John Klingberg – Klingberg has been very quiet to start the season, but I don’t imagine that will last. I think we will see him pick up his play, and the Kings provide a nice chance for him to get on track. He’s got the home ice advantage and I expect his first points tonight.

Ryan Suter – Suter is priced fairly, not too high and not too cheap, but perfect for what I view his upside as. I think Toronto is going to have some troubles keeping the Wild off the score board, and I would not doubt that Suter is able to be a part of at least one of the goals that are scored in this game.


Carey Price – I would be lying if I wouldn’t rather see Al Montoya in the crease so that I could save several hundred dollars. It is still up in the air, but it does look as if Price will play. He’s one of the best in the league, and this is a matchup where he should see a lot of shots, but has a very high likelihood of getting the victory.

Jacob Markstrom – Much like with Montreal, I am not sure what is going to happen with the Vancouver goalie situation.Ryan Miller says he will be backing up Markstrom, so until we see different, we’ll assume Markstrom will get the start. I think the Canucks should be able to get the job done and bring him a W.