Today's three-game NHL DFS slate is highlighted by Kyle Connor and the Winnipeg Jets taking on Ilya Sorokin and the New York Islanders. Also don't miss out on some of the great value plays available at center today with Barrett Hayton of the Coyotes facing the Flames. Don't forget to check out our NHL daily projections, the NHL DFS lineup generator, today's NHL betting odds, and NHL starting lines. Good luck!


NHL DFS Picks – Wednesday, February 22nd

Winnipeg Jets at New York Islanders

To what should be no one’s surprise Vegas has this matchup as a close game with both teams scoring less than three goals. However, the Islanders have been giving up goals over their last six games where they have given up four goals per game on average. With that, I wouldn’t hesitate to stack the Jets in GPP’s. You have the usual players with the Jets of Kyle Connor, Mark Scheifele, Pierre-Luc Dubois, and Nikolaj Ehlers, but the one player that can really make their stacks work today is Mason Appleton. Why Appleton, well he is playing with Connor and Scheifele, and you will get him at a very low cost. If you’re looking to play the Islanders today, Anders Lee is my top choice. He has five points in his last four games, to go along with 16 shots, and Brock Nelson shouldn’t be forgotten either as he has scored five goals in his last four games. They don’t play together however aside from the powerplay, so you may look to play Lee with Bo Horvat, and you can rock the Brock with Kyle Palmieri.

On the blue line for the Jets, you really just have Josh Morrissey to look at. He is over a point per game on the season, and he has five shots or more in two of his last five games, and he has blocked three shots or more in three of those five. The Islanders provide more options. Noah Dobson is often underrated. He has points in four of his last five games, and he will give you games where he puts shots on goal and blocks shots. Adam Pelch will block shots at a low cost, and Sebastian Aho can also give you some points if you’re looking for a higher upside.

It’s the goalie matchup that really drives the lower implied goal totals today as you have two of the best goalies in the league going head-to-head in Ilya Sorokin and Connor Hellebuyck. Sorokin has a 0.932 save percentage at home and a 3-1-1 record this month. Hellebuyck on the other hand hasn’t been as good on the road at just 0.916, but he is coming off a masterful 50-save performance against the Rangers at MSG and a 0.955 save percentage for the month of February. Both goalies are playable, but predicting who will get the win here is a more difficult task.

Calgary Flames at Arizona Coyotes

At a glance, you will see that Calgary is the favorite to win this game in Arizona today, but when we take a closer look we can see that the Vegas numbers look questionable. The Flames are 4-4-2 in their last 10 and lose or tie on the road more often than they win. The Coyotes though are 5-1-4 in their last 10 games and they win more than they lose at home. So with this, I would be looking to get the likes of Clayton Keller, Matias Maccelli, and Barrett Hayton into your lineups today, as they should be low-owned and the Coyotes are playing well. Looking at the Flames, Mikael Backlund has been their best player as of late. He has five points in his last four games and he leads the team in shots on goal in that time as well. I would look to pair him with Andrew Mangiapane if you’re going to stack. If you’re feeling more confident in the Flames, you can certainly look at Tyler Toffoli and Dylan Dube as they are on the top line and make for a nice balance with their cost.

On defense in this matchup, we have some interesting players. For Arizona, you have Shayne Gostisbehere who has some name value and is coming off a five shots game, but he often needs offense to his value. While you also have Juuso Valimaki who is also on the top powerplay with Gostisbehere and has been blocking shots which offers you a much better floor. For the Flames, you expect it to be Rasmus Andersson who should be getting points for them with how he is deployed, but it is Noah Hanifin who has three points in his last four games.

In goal for this matchup, we are expecting to see Karel Vejmelka facing Jacob Markstrom. This season Vejmelka has been strikingly better at home than on the road. At home, Vejmelka has a save percentage that is 30 points higher at a very respectable 0.920. Markstrom has been equally as bad at home and on the road with a 0.890 save percentage in both locations. If you’re playing a goalie in this game, it needs to be the hot Karel Vejmelka.

Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars

I’m not certain if it is strictly just motivation to get traded or what it is but it seems that Patrick Kane has remembered how well he can play hockey. He has five goals and seven points in his last three games to go along with 15 shots on goal. Otherwise the only other real forward of interest in Chicago right now is Max Domi, who has seven points in his last four games and he pairs nicely with Kane. In most circumstances, this would seem to be a dream matchup for the Stars, but they have hopped on the struggle bus recently, and are struggling to score goals. No one Star has more than two points in their last three games. With that said, I am not sure I would shy too much away from Jason Robertson, Roope Hintz, and Joe Pavelski, as they are certainly capable of breaking out of their slumber against a team like Chicago, but I might not go looking too far down their lineup.

We won’t see a lot of viable options on defense in this game. Seth Jones can get you points, shots, and blocked shots but he hasn’t really done any of them with consistency. Odefencemann the Stars, Miro Heiskanen leads the team in shots over the last week and is also capable of getting points, and he does provide shots and blocked shots with some regularity but he also might be the most owned defenceman today.

It looks like we will see Jaxson Stauber face Jake Oettinger today in goal. Oettinger will likely see the most ownership today, and rightly so, he hasn’t lost any of his last five games in regulation, and in his last four games in particular he has posted excellent save percentages. Stauber though has played well in his five games, and as previously noted Dallas has gone cold on offense so he could be an interesting GPP play.


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