NHL Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 1/26/21
Hockey is officially back! NHL DFS is similar to MLB in terms of how you build lineups, how you view stacking, and how to value players.
Two main points to always focus on in NHL DFS are what lines the players are on and making sure the goalies you are rostering are confirmed as the starters. Two of the best resources for that are LeftWingLock.com or DailyFaceOff.com. That is where you can find updated forward and power-play lines for each team, along with which goalies are confirmed as the starters.
Let's jump in to take a look at today's slate and some players to consider for your lineups.
Goalie to Target
Anton Khudobin ($8,100): The Dallas Stars are massive -225 home favorites tonight against the Detroit Red Wings, which should make Khudobin a clear cash-game option. We have confirmation Khudobin will be in net, and although he is expensive, the safety you get for cash games is nearly unmatched. The Red Wings shouldn't prove to be too much of an issue since they come in with the third-lowest (45.54) Corsi For (Shot Attempts Created) per 60 minutes in five-on-five situations. This means two things -- Khudobin shouldn't be under pressure throughout the game, and he will likely end with a low save total. However, the win equity is very high for Khudobin, making him worth the salary.
Mark Scheifele ($7,600): The Winnipeg Jets have one of the best matchups on the slate, and you should be looking to them in all formats. They are taking on the Edmonton Oilers, who are currently dead last in the league (61.72) in Corsi Against (Shot Attempts Allowed) per 60 minutes in five-on-five situations. The Oilers are also in the bottom 10 of the league when it comes to Goals Against Per 60 minutes at five-on-five. This gives the Jets a 3.19 implied total, and they're a team you should consider stacking. Scheifele skates on the first forward line and the first power-play, and he is shaping up to be one of the top options on the slate. He comes in with 20 shots on goal and 9 real-world points through the Jets' first six games.
Gabriel Landeskog ($6,700): The Colorado Avalanche should also be a popular team tonight with their 3.23 implied goal versus the Anaheim Ducks. Landeskog sees time on the first forward line and the first power-play unit, giving him plenty of scoring potential. His 22 shots on goal in six games provide us with a solid floor of points, which should be accentuated tonight versus Anaheim, a team allowing the third-most (61.44) shot attempts per 60 minutes in five-on-five situations.
Jack Eichel ($7,400): The Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers are primed for a high-scoring game, which is indicated by the 6.5 over/under. Neither team is particularly strong on defense, while both teams are in the top half of the league in Corsi For. We should see a back-and-forth pace in this game, which will benefit Eichel. Eichel carries a 64.76 Corsi For per 60 minutes in 5-on-5 situations, which is the third-highest on the Sabres. He has turned that into 23 shots on goal this season but has yet to find the back of the net. Tonight is the night that changes. The first goal of the season for Eichel is coming against the Rangers.
Charlie McAvoy ($4,400): With Matthew Grzelcyk uncertain for tonight's game, McAvoy could be bumped up to the first power-play unit. McAvoy is currently on the second power-play unit, but if Grzelcyk is unable to go, McAvoy could see a new role. Although he doesn't bring a ton of potential on his own, first power-play time would mean being paired with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, both of whom are elite.
Oskar Lindblom ($3,700): The Philadelphia Flyers have been mixing up their lines a bit, and we now see Lindblom on the second forward line and the first power-play unit. Even though the Flyers have a modest 2.98 implied goal total, a player with a salary of only $3,700 who is seeing time on the first power-play line is a guy we need to consider.
Zach Hyman ($4,700): In what could be one of the best game environments on the slate, the Toronto Maple Leafs are taking on the Calgary Flames. Both teams are in the top 12 of the league in Corsi For, which sets us up for plenty of fantasy potential. Hyman is on the second forward line and the first power-play unit, which has allowed him to post 20 shots on goal through seven games.