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NHL DFS Picks – 11/8/16

I feel like it has been awhile since I wrote a hockey article, but it has really only been a couple of days. This slate is sized nicely with ten games, leaving us with a lot of different options to use in our cash games and tournaments.

Prices listed are FD/DK.


Nathan MacKinnon (6000/6300) – The Arizona Coyotes have kind of stuck up for themselves over the last week or so, and kept some potent offenses at bay, but a lot of that occurred on homc ice, which is not where they will be tonight. This matchup heavily favors the Avalanche, and Nathan MacKinnon, who should find his way to a big game here. He’s my favorite game on the day, and will find his way into many of my lineups.

Claude Giroux (7000/6800) – Giroux also gets a favorable matchup against the Red Wings. I suspect that he should be able to carve them up en route to at least one goal or helper tonight. The price is reasonable, and he is someone I definitely want to have exposure to tonight.

Mark Scheifele (7100/7000) – The Dallas Stars are one of my favorite teams to target, and this sets up nice for Winnipeg. They like to take a lot of shots, and the Stars like to let a lot of them into the net, so this lines up pretty well. I think he should be able to have a nice game, with a multi-point outing always in the cards.

Radek Faska (3400/3500) – This is a very, very risky play but Faska should center the second line on the road against the aforementioned Jets. While he won’t receive any power play time, he will have enough time on the ice that he could be a part of a score. He’s a very risky play, with a little bit of potential reward, but he’s one of those guys that could use used in dire circumstances if you really like your lineup but need some space.


Alex Ovechkin (8600/8400) – The San Jose Sharks have been hit up quite a bit this year, and things look like they should continue, as they visit the Washington Capitals. Ovechkin is still one of the top goal scorers in all of the NHL and there is a very good chance he should be able to net one tonight. He’ll cost you, but you’re paying for the upside of 3+ points.

Joonas Donski (3700/4000) – In the same game, the Caps have been pretty bad at keeping opposing left wings from doing damage, so we’ll roll with Donskoi on the second line tonight. He’s going to see some power play time, which is good for a guy his price. While he isn’t a high profile scorer, he does play on a team that can do just that.

Matt Duchene (6800/6500) – I feel like I’m cheating here with targeting the Coyotes, but that is just how it goes to be honest. The only real downside to this play is the fact that Duchene is listed as a center on FanDuel, so it makes it a little more difficult when making your lineups. Either way though, he makes for a nice play.

P.A. Parenteau (4600/3900) – Carolina is a team that can give goals up with the best of them, and I like the spot for this top line of the Devils. Parenteau is the cheapest of these options, and actually did have some pretty big games last year, making him a viable tournament option on this slate.

Defensemen –

Erik Johnson (4400/5100) – OK, last one, I promise [I think]. The Coyotes have been brutal all around, but especially against defensemen. I expect there should be a lot of opportunities for blocked shots and offensive shots as well, and he should be on your radar in any format.

Alec Martinez (4700/4900) – Similar to Arizona, Toronto has been very bad at giving up points to blue liners. As a result, Martinez should see plenty of chances to score, and I think he will have success with doing just that tonight.

Mike Green (4800/5500) – Mike Green should find himself with plenty of chances to do damage tonight as he faces off with a defensively challenged Flyers team. I think it is likely that he will end up in double-digit points, and he will be in a ton of my lineups tonight.

Damon Severson (4300/4300) – Severson is starting to pick things up, and the price is very good for what he brings to the table. I think he would go under owned, but he shouldn’t. He’s one of my top overall plays on the day, and I think he’ll have a big night.

Goalies –

Henrik Lundqvist (9100/8700) – King Henrik will get the added benefit of facing the Vancouver Canucks on home ice tonight, and that in itself is enough to warrant him being the top goalie for the night. I do worry about shot volume, but if he’s on, the probability of a shutout increases with less shots.

Matt Murray (9200/7700)– I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it here, but I hate Marc Andre-Fleury and much prefer Murray, so let’s hope he’s in the crease tonight. Edmonton can be a tough team, but I think Murray will be able to shut them down tonight, and I think he makes for a very nice play on this slate.