We have three games today with some high-flying offensive teams. Colorado and Florida are going to be popular, but can we find some value elsewhere? Is it even worth rostering a goalie tonight? Why is Martin Jones still a thing in 2022? You can build daily fantasy hockey lineups on DraftKings, FanDuel, and Yahoo Fantasy for Wednesday, October 19th, 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.


NHL DFS Top Plays October 19

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Florida Panthers

The Florida Panthers come in tonight with the highest team total of 4.4. The Flyers played last night and will be turning to Felix Sandstrom in goal. Despite being 3-0 to start the season, the Panthers are heavy favourites to win this game.

Aleksander Barkov, Sam Reinhart and Matthew Tkachuk are all great options tonight. All three play together on the top power play unit, so you could stack the entire trio. If you want to focus on just two players, Reinhart and Tkachuk are the way to go. While they don’t play together five-on-five, that should slow either player down from finding the scoresheet. Tkachuk is off to a strong start this season and will be popular tonight, so if you want to get away from his high ownership, Barkov is the next-best option.

On the back end, Gustav Forsling is the only player worth considering. With Aaron Ekblad out for a while, he’s going to see a bump in minutes. The down part is that Florida has decided to roll five forwards on the power play, so his upside is limited. If you really want to scrape the bottom of the barrel, Marc Staal is an option. He’s yet to get a shot on goal this season, but he did finish with five blocked shots last game and is $2600 on DraftKings.

In goal, Sergei Bobrovsky is the best option on the slate. I don’t love him tonight, but every other goalie option is just miserable. 

As for the Flyers, any combination of Tony DeAngelo, Ivan Provorov and Travis Sanheim work tonight. John Tortorella expects his defencemen to block shots and all three players have been doing that so far this season. Tony DeAngelo is expensive, but he’s now blocked nine shots in three games, while Provorov has blocked 13 in the same span. He has 10 in one game alone, so don’t go all out trying to fit him in tonight. Outside of those three, there’s nothing to consider.

Winnipeg Jets vs. Colorado Avalanche

Here’s another game featuring a team with a team total over 4.0. Colorado is an elite option tonight, but it’s not just Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar. Both those players are obvious choices, but there’s a ton of depth to exploit.

It starts with Artturi Lehkonen and Valeri Nichushkin, who are both skating on the top line with MacKinnon and on the top power play unit. If you’re thinking about fading “Daddy MacK” but still want exposure to the top line, this is one way to get it at a discount. Mikko Rantanen is skating on the second line, but that doesn’t make him a bad option. He’s still on the top power play unit and will get a ton of good chances tonight.

On defence, Devon Toews is an option to consider if you can’t afford Cale Makar. He has 11 blocked shots already this season, but only two shots on goal. We’d like to see that last number be higher, but as long as he hits value, we don’t really care what route he takes. If you really need to save money, Bowen Byram is another name to look at. He’s playing just over 18 minutes per game and is capable of shooting the puck and blocking shots. He hasn’t done the last two consistently yet this season, but the upside is there.

In goal, Alexandar Georgiev is confirmed to get the start tonight, but he’s not the best goalie option on the slate. He was able to hit value last game, but that was only because he stopped over 35-shots and picked up the win. He wasn’t good against Chicago to open the season and Winnipeg has some players who can score goals. His $8K price tag will certainly entice most people to use him, but don’t feel pressured to just plug him into your lineup because the Avalanche are heavy favourites. 

For the Winnipeg Jets, Mark Scheifele already has three goals this season and is the only centreman worth considering on his team. He did have seven shots against New York in the first game of the season and there’s a good chance he can hit the shot bonus tonight if the Jets are behind the eight ball early. Kyle Connor is also a player to keep an eye on, mainly because we know he’s going to get a ton of chances to shoot the puck. He hasn’t hit value yet this season, so he’s probably more of a GPP single-bullet option.

On the blue line, Brendan Dillon is the only defenceman I really like. I know he’s not a flashy player, but he has the most blocked shots on his team in two games and is only $2700. If you’re going to punt the defence position, go all out. Neal Pionk and Josh Morrissey are two more players to consider, but I’m not really a fan.

St. Louis Blues vs. Seattle Kraken

This is the lowest-scoring game on the slate, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find any value. There are lots of cheap options to consider from both teams, so let’s dig right in.

For Seattle, Matty Berniers is the best centreman on the team, but he’s been moved down to the second line with Jordan Eberle and Jaden Schwartz. I would have preferred him on the top line, but he’s cheap and is capable of finding the back of the net. You can stack all three players in a GPP and feel good about it. If you want to target just wingers, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Eberle are the two best options. Both players are under $5K and Bjorkstrand already has 18 shots on goal this season. He is skating on the second power unit, which does limit his upside, but not enough to completely fade him. 

On defence, Adam Larsson is the player I’m looking at the most. He isn’t on the power play like Vince Dunn and Justin Schultz, but he’s seeing the most ice time and is the only player really blocking shots. He also has nine shots on goal in four games, which is a lot for a stay-at-home defenceman. Like most of the defencemen today, we aren’t chasing points, but blocked shots and maybe an assist. 

In the blue paint, Martin Jones is getting his third start of the season, and while he was really bad against Vegas, he was lights out against Los Angeles. I hate that it’s 2022 and Martin Jones is still here, ruining my life, but the Blues team total opened at 3.7 and has dropped all the way to 3.2. It can’t be because Martin Jones is in goal. Does Vegas know something we don’t? Anyways, he’s an option to consider if you want to sweat the late game.

For St. Louis, Robert Thomas and Pavel Buchnevich are the only two forwards I’m comfortable playing tonight. They play together five-on-five and on the top power play unit and are both very affordable. I can see an argument for playing Ivan Barbashev, but I don’t love his price tag and the fact that he’s skating on the third line. If you’re desperate to save salary, then go ahead and play him.

On the back end, Nick Leddy and Justin Faulk are the only two players to really consider. Leddy played 23-minutes in game one of the season and managed to pick up an assist. We know he can block shots, and at $2600, even just a point is enough for him to hit value. Faulk is the offensive threat on this team. He played 22-minutes for the Blues last game and managed to finish with an assist, three shots on goal and two blocked shots. If you can afford to spend up a bit, he’s worth every dollar. Niko Mikkola is a name to look at if you want to get a player with low ownership. He finished with a shot on goal and two blocked shots in his first game, but only played 12-minutes. That is not enough ice time for any defenceman to do much, so I’m just going to consider some of the other options mentioned above before I get to him.

In goal, Jordan Binnington is getting the start. He was good against Columbus, but Seattle has been a team that can shoot the puck, and I’m not sold on him being good tonight. He’s going to be popular tonight because there aren’t that many good goalie options and people still think Seattle is #NotGood, but you have been warned: this is a trap! Do what you wish with that information.


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