We have two games today with some high-flying offensive teams. Toronto and Pittsburgh are going to be popular, but can we find some value elsewhere? Can the Leafs' top line come to life? Can the Buffalo Sabres build off their strong performance from the last game? You can build daily fantasy hockey lineups on DraftKings, FanDuel, and Yahoo Fantasy for Sunday, October 30th, but before you build those NHL daily fantasy lineups, don’t forget to check out our NHL DFS projections, the NHL Value Finder, and the NHL DFS lineup generator. Let's now take a closer look at the daily fantasy hockey top plays for tonight's NHL DFS slate.


Philadelphia Flyers Vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

It has not been a good start to the season for the Toronto Maple Leafs, but they have a great opportunity tonight to pick up a win. The Flyers are playing their second game in as many nights and are coming off a 1-0 loss to the New York Rangers. Carter Hart will get a breather tonight, so Toronto has no excuses tonight.

Auston Matthews found the back of the net last game, but I’m still not ready to pay up for him. For $2800, John Tavares has been just as productive, if not more, so that’s where I’ll focus my attention. William Nylander is listed as a centre on DraftKings, but he is playing on the wing on the second line. He’s another player I’d turn to in this spot. If you need to save some salary, Nick Robertson is a name to remember. The kid has skill, but he played just 8 minutes last game and that’s just not enough ice time. He’s a risky GPP option.

On the back end, there is not a single Maple Leaf player that we can trust. They all stink, so I’ll save my salary for players with a higher upside. 

I get that Ilya Samsonov is going to be popular tonight, but I’m fading him. I don’t think he’s a bad option, I’m just not sold on his $8500 price tag and if he can hit value. The Flyers are a good team and could come out victorious tonight. 

For the Flyers, there is more than enough value to exploit. Kevin Hayes has ten points on the season and has been blocking a couple of shots in the last game. Pair him with Travis Konecny and don’t look back. 

I’m spending a good portion of my money tonight on Anthony DeAngelo and Ivan Provorov. Both players are capable of finding the score sheet and are capable of blocking shots. The pair will cost you over $12K on DK, but to be honest, I don’t see how either player doesn’t hit value. They will get there at some point, either by adding a point or two or blocking two million shots. 

Felix Sandstrom isn’t a bad goalie, but it’s going to be hard to trust him tonight. I know the Leafs can’t score goals, but this is a tough matchup for him and I don’t think it’s worth looking at any goalie from this game.

Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Buffalo Sabres

We have another matchup that should feature a ton of goals. The Pittsburgh Penguins are playing their second game in as many nights and are coming off a 6-5 loss to the Boston Bruins. The Buffalo Sabres gave the Detroit Red Wings a beating on Monday and are looking to build off that.

Pittsburgh has a ton of players who know how to find the back of the net. Sidney Crosby has been one of the most consistent centremen this season and is only $7100. He’s going to be a popular play. Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust round out the top line, so both players can be considered depending on how much salary to have left to spend. If you can’t afford some of the big names, Rickard Rakell is $4800 and is skating on the second line. He’s been decent this season and gets you some exposure to the top six.

Kris Letang missed yesterday’s game due to illness and is questionable for tonight. If he doesn’t suit up, Jeff Petry becomes the player I will target the most. He was very efficient against the Bruins and played over 26-minutes. Hard to pass up on that kind of ice time for $4500.

I don’t know how I feel about Casey DeSmith tonight, but his numbers this season haven’t been too bad, he’s just getting no goal support. Of all the goalies in action tonight, he’s the least terrible. 

For the Buffalo Sabres, it’s going to be hard to say no to Tage Thompson tonight. He’s coming off a six-point performance, so you know he’s going to be a popular play. We may have to eat the chalk here. I like the upside of Alex Tuch in this one. He has only one point last game, but he’s the best shooter on the team and we could get him at low ownership because everyone will be thinking about Jeff Skinner

If you’re looking for a bargain forward, Jack Quinn scored a goal last game and continues to see time on the top power-play unit. He’s $2800 and is seeing about 13-minutes a game. If playing him means you can spend up elsewhere, then do it. 

On defense, Rasmus Dahlin has been elite this season and that trend should continue tonight. He just seems to be on a whole other level right now, and despite his price tag being $7700, that’s still not high enough for him. If you need another bargain player, Lawrence Pilut is a name to consider. He is expected to be in the lineup again tonight and was able to hit value last game thanks to his three blocked shots. Pittsburgh is a team that takes a ton of shots, so he has a great chance at hitting value for us. 

I’m going to explain this one because some of you are going to miss it. Eric Comrie is expected to get the start, but I’ll gladly roster Craig Anderson tonight. Comrie has given up three or more goals in his last four starts, and he faced teams like Montreal, Seattle, and Detroit. Those aren’t exactly elite teams. The Penguins are averaging 37 shots per game, and they have players who can score goals. I’m playing the long game here and hoping that Anderson comes into the game later on and can grab us a few points for cheap. It’s not a pretty strategy, but it’s one that could work out tonight.



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