Welcome back to NHL DFS Power Plays. We’re a fantasy hockey column focused on top FanDuel NHL plays for your lineups each day. This is the Wednesday, October 10th edition.
We had a great offensive day in NHL DFS FanDuel yesterday. But, we whiffed in a major area, goalie. Ben Bishop was one of our top plays at the position, and he gave up six goals in a blowout win of the Maple Leafs over the Stars.
That outcome certainly wasn’t expected, with the Stars playing great defense and Bishop being so solid to start the season in goal. But, the Maple Leafs do have a formidable offense, and we should considered the risk, more. The Leafs carried their hot scoring in to Dallas without any issues, whatsoever.
The top play at goalie was a surprising, with Mike Smith shutting out the Predators, in Nashville, for a 3-0 Flames win. While I think Smith is an underrated goalie in the NHL, and consistently a solid value, I didn’t anticipate Mike doing so well against a very good Predators team on their home ice.
Although, the Preds weren’t the only team struggling with their home opener. We faded the Sharks given their lack of scoring and search for early season identity. Well, they found it in Philly last night. You could argue the Sharks were more #Gritty (eh hem) than the Flyers, piling on eight goals for an 8-2 victory.
Stacking the Sharks would’ve been a great idea, fortunately hardly anyone thought of it so you could still win without that play. So what did we get right? Well, the Hurricanes did stay hot on their home ice, scoring five total goals.
We loved Sebastian Aho and Jordan Staal, and they gave us a combined 40 NHL DFS FanDuel points on reasonable salaries. The veteran Micheal Ferland added an assist for another 12 points, and rookie Warren Foegele stays hot with another goal on seven shots adding 23.2 points. So, the Canes stack gave us a total of 75 points. With a better goalie play, we would’ve done quite well.
The Wednesday night slate is typical for the NHL. There are only three games on the schedule, making for a limited number of selections at each position. But this also presents ample opportunity, as long as you peg the right lineup picks.
Before we get there, a reminder to never take a NHL DFS optimal lineup as ‘bible’ for your personal lineup each day. Use the suggestions as guidance. Also, make sure you follow final lineup thoughts throughout the day on our twitter account @FantasyCPR or me @MattyMcMatt17 look for late breaking lineup news.
Here’s a look at the NHL schedule for Wednesday, October 9th 2018:
Flyers at Senators 7:30pm ET TSN
Golden Knights at Capitals 8pm ET NBC Sports Network
Coyotes at Ducks 10pm ET ESPN+
The Flyers may bounce back against the Senators in, in Ottawa, but their defense looks horrendous right now. Meanwhile, the Sens offense has looked solid so we may need to grab a few of their players for value.
The most appealing game of the night is the repeat of the Stanley Cup. The Capitals are hosting the Golden Knights again, and that game should provide dynamic results. We will certainly get a piece of it.
Finally, the Ducks are struggling with injuries, but seem to be finding an efficient way to respond. The Coyotes are young and look horrendous, so we should probably grab some Ducks for our lineups. So, let’s start building our NHL DFS optimal lineup by looking at the top centers for this slate…