Wednesday’s six-game NHL DFS slate is loaded with top-tier scorers as the 2023-24 NHL season starts up. There are elite players to choose from like Connor McDavid, David Pastrnak and Auston Matthews, but we also can find some very good value. There are lots of different ways to build your perfect lineup, but remember that it’s early in the year, so don’t go all out. This is a marathon and not a sprint. We are in it for the long haul.  Be sure to check in with our NHL DFS Tools, NHL daily projections, and our NHL DFS lineup generator when building those daily fantasy hockey lineups today to help you decide on which players you should be targeting! As you enjoy tonight's NHL slate, check out these NHL DFS top plays and NHL daily picks on DraftKings and FanDuel for Tuesday, October 11th. Also, if you're looking to make NHL betting picks or hockey best bets, check out our friends at Bettor Sports Network for some NHL predictions today.


NHL DFS Playbook October 11

DFS Lineup Construction Thoughts

There’s no question that some of the elite players are going to be chalk, which means we need to find value. There’s also the question of deciding which elite superstar to pay up for. It could be a smart strategy to fade the chalk in a GPP, but you’ll need some exposure to Boston, Edmonton and Toronto in cash games.

Recommended DFS Starting Goalies

Top Options for Saves

Alex Georgiev Vs. Los Angeles Kings

Frederik Andersen Vs. Ottawa Senators

Jacob Markstrom Vs. Winnipeg Jets

Joonas Korpisalo Vs. Carolina

Best Odds for a Win

Ilya Samsonov Vs. Montreal Canadiens

Linus Ullmark Vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Stuart Skinner Vs. Vancouver Canucks

Fredrik Andersen Vs. Ottawa Senators

Favorite Goalies to Use for DFS Lineups

Linus Ullmark, G, Boston Bruins

The Bruins won’t be as good as they were last season, but they have an elite matchup on paper. Linus Ullmark put up record numbers last year and he could have himself a really strong game tonight against a Chicago team that is playing on back-to-back nights. The shot volume might not be there, but he has the best chance of picking up the win.

Frederik Andersen, G, Carolina Hurricanes

We still don’t know what the Ottawa Senators are going to be like as a team this season, but we do know that the Carolina Hurricanes are going to be good. They are a great overall team, which gives Frederik Andersen a boost. The veteran netminder is in a good spot to see a healthy amount of shots but still win the game.

Ilya Samsonov, G, Montreal Canadiens

I don’t know how much Ilya Samsonov I’ll have tonight, but we should expect the Leafs to win this game on home ice. Montreal has some elite forwards in their lineup, but their goaltending is just not good and they could get exploited tonight. Samsonov needs to play well enough to get the win.

Alexandar Georgiev, G, Colorado Avalanche

This might feel like a tough spot for Alexandar Georgiev, but the upside is TO THE MOON! Los Angeles is capable of firing the puck at a high level, but will that translate to goals? Colorado is also a pretty decent defensive team, so if anything, this game ends up being a low-scoring affair. His $7800 price on DraftKings is also very reasonable.

Recommended DFS Skaters

Highest Expected Goal Totals 

Boston Bruins vs Arvid Soderblom (4.3)

Edmonton Oilers vs. Thatcher Demko (4.0)

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Jake Allen (4.2)

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Joonas Korpisalo (3.9)

Favorite Skaters to Use for DFS Lineups

Connor McDavid, C, Edmonton Oilers

There has been a lot of hype around Connor Bedard, but don’t let that distract form the fact that Connor McDavid is still the best hockey player on the planet. Edmonton is expected to score goals tonight and you know McDvaid is going to be part of the action. Fade if you dare.

David Pastrnak, W, Boston Bruins

The NHL schedule makers really hate the Chicago Blackhawks. There’s no reason to open their season with back-to-back games, but here we are. The Bruins may struggle to score goals, but David Pastrnak will not. He’s going to see more than enough scoring chances to flirt with value.

Cole Caufield, W, Montreal Canadiens

The disrespect here is just too much for me. Cole Caufield is an elite goalscorer who is $4200 tonight on DK. Did I miss something? I get that the Habs might not win the game, but no one is going to be shooting the puck more than Cole tonight. One assist and 5 shots on goal is more than enough for him to hit value.

Zach Hyman, W, Edmonton Oilers

Can’t afford to pay up for McDavid? That’s fine, Zach Hyman is on the top line and top power play unit and he’s a cool $5800. What a gift that is! Don’t make this more complicated than it needs to be. 

Seth Jones, D, Chicago Blackhawks

I don’t love paying $5200 for Seth Jones tonight, but I do like that he can hit value without having to register a point. He’s going to shoot the puck, but he’s also going to be on the ice a ton and that could lead to him hitting the blocked shots bonus. It’s a fair price for a player who also has offensive upside.

David Savard, D, Montreal Canadiens

We are chasing the blocked shots bonus with David Savard tonight. He’s $3100 and is going to be tasked with trying to slow down Matthews and company. He has very little offensive upside, which in this case, works out well for us. Montreal also might get into some penalty trouble, so that just gives Savard more quality minutes for him to block shots. He could hit the bonus before the second period is even over.

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