Welcome to Sunday’s three-game NHL Slate. There are a handful of elite options to choose from, Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, but we will need to dig deep to find value plays. There are some good options, but which ones should you be targeting? 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 Showdown slate. 


DFS Lineup Construction Thoughts

It’s a short three-game slate, so value plays are going to be key tonight. We need to find players who are affordable to allow us to pay up for some of the best talent available. We also have to deal with the NHL Heritage Classic that is being played outdoors in Calgary. There are some good options to target up front and on the back end, so let’s take a look at some options. 

Recommended DFS Starting Goalies

Top Options for Saves

MacKenzie Blackwood Vs. Washington Capitals

Filip Gustavsson  Vs. New Jersey Devils

Jacob Markstrom Vs. Edmonton Oilers

Best Odds for a Win

Darcy Kuemper Vs. San Jose Sharks

Stuart Skinner Vs. Calgary Flames

Vitek Vanecek Vs. Minnesota Wild

Favorite Goalies to Use for DFS Lineups

Darcy Kuemper, G, Washington Capitals

The San Jose Sharks have failed to score a goal in back-to-back games and have scored just three in their last five. They are just horrendous offensively, so even a mediocre goalie like Darcy Kuemper is worth his $8400 price tag. He won’t face many shots, but he won’t give up many goals either. 

Stuart Skinner, G, Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers desperately need one of their goalies to find their game and step up. Stuart Skinner is expected to start tonight and with this game being outdoors, it might give him a small edge. Players are creatures of habit, so changing their environment just a bit will cause issues. There will be goals scored in this game, but Calgary may not be the team scoring them.

Vitek Vanecek, G, New Jersey Devils

I don’t love Vitek Vanecek tonight, but the Minnesota Wild are just in shambles. They can’t defend right now and have given up an average of 4.13 goals per game. That’s just not going to cut it in this league. The Devils are scoring at will to start the year, so all Vanecek has to do is be decent and he picks up the win. Not that hard, right?

Highest Expected Goal Totals 

Washington Capitals  Vs MacKenzie Blackwood (3.6)

New Jersey Devils Vs. Filip Gustavsson (3.8)

Edmonton Oilers Vs. Jacob Markstrom (3.6)

Favorite Skaters to Use for DFS Lineups

Jack Hughes, C, New Jersey Devils

Jack Hughes has 18 points in seven games and is just on another level right now. He’s been one of the best players this season and he gets a matchup at home against a Minnesota team that is bleeding goals. He could very well explode (again) in this game.

Connor McDavid, C, Edmonton Oilers

There is a pretty strong chance that Connor McDavid will suit up for this game tonight. He has eight points in five games, which is terrible compared to his normal standard, but we all know that betting against him just never ends well. Don’t feel the need to squeeze him into your line, but if you can make it happen, go for it.

Alex Ovechkin, W, Washington Capitals

The San Jose Sharks are a joke of a hockey team. They are getting dominated every time they are in action and it’s time for Alex Ovechkin to do the same. We know he can score goals and shoot the puck, so hopefully, he can do both tonight and return value.

Matt Coronato, W, Calgary Flames

We need some value tonight and it starts with Matt Coronado. The rookie is skating on the top line and he’s only $4100 on DraftKings. Edmonton can score goals, but they also can’t keep the puck out of their own net. I like his chances of hitting value tonight.

Mario Ferraro, D, San Jose Sharks

Mario Ferraro’s price tag keeps going up, but he remains the only San Jose skater worth caring about. He’s a treat to block three shots every time he’s in action because his team gives up too many chances, but he’s failed to hit value in the last three games. Still, he’s always worth considering if you’re trying to pay down at defence.

Brock Faber, D, Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild can’t defend, but that’s not Brock Faber’s fault. He played over 26 minutes last game and finished with two shots on goal and three blocked shots. When he played over 26 minutes, he blocked three or more shots, so the volume is correlated to his fantasy production. He’s a cheap option with some offensive upside. 


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