FanDuel NHL DFS Picks – October 8th

Theres a Tuesday night slate on tap tonight, although last night we had only two games on the NHL schedule. We capped a week with a very profitable four-game Friday night lineup, so now it is time to flip that victory to a roll to begin this week!
Lets get right into the FanDuel NHL DFS Choices of tonight if we could keep the good times rolling early in this season, and determine!
C — Sidney Crosby (PIT) — $8,500 vs. WPG
Yes, the kid will find some possession tongiht, but Im going to roll out a four-man Penguins stack that as a whole will be much less owned than you can believe and it totally appropriate for GPPs as a result. I targeted at on the Jets enjoyed a ton of success in doing so and weakened blueline on opening night. I targeted them again on Friday and once more enjoyed success. Now, the teams blueline is even weaker now as both Josh Morrissey and Dmitry Kulikov will not be available with this game tonight in Pittsburgh. Consequently, this can be the thinnest group of defenders in the NHL and I need to have whole advantage with the finest the Penguins need to offer you. Together with Evgeni Malkin out of the lineup, it is a clear-cut decision to go with Crosby whos off to a wonderful beginning with three assists during two matches, although I would like to see him have over five shots at that time. Nevertheless, hes logged 19:35 of ice through two games and I anticipate his line to be leaned heavily on moving ahead. Coming off a 100-point season — his first such season since 2013-14 — Crosby has revealed no signs of slowing down at age 32 and is quite much generating as if still in his prime.
C — Mikael Backlund (CGY) — $5,500 vs. LA
The lineup carries just a little bit of a GPP swing here with Backlund who skates like the Flames second line center and actually is not proposed to skate on either of the power play components to tonights matchup from the L.A. Kings. The Kings allowed six goals in their only game of this season and the Flames ranked first with 4.05 goals per game at home last season, so I needed so Calgary exposure but simply could not afford the big boys, so I will go with a few GPP choices. Backlunds numbers are not going to blow you away, but hes pretty consistent in what he does. He enjoyed a high superior season this past year in which he published 47 points across 77 games (0.61 points per match ) and enrolled a real nice 205 shots on target when doing so. That marks the second consecutive period that Backlund has resisted the barrier. While I am not entirely convinced he will not skate on the power play at all this season, hes still watching healthy ice time using 17:06 per game through two contests this season after falling just shy of 18 minutes per game last season. A home date with a feeble defensive Kings team may be exactly what the doctor ordered although pointless so much about the season.
W — Jake Guentzel (PIT) — $7,300 vs. WPG
It did not take to bloom into a star skating alongside Crosby doesnt hurt, either. After scoring 22 goals and 48 points in his first full NHL season from the 2017-18 campaign, Guentzel burst for 40 goals and 76 points last season while firing a whopping 227 shots on goal. All of the sudden, were speaking about one of the greatest ceilings among wingers at the game regarding both DFS and reality as he is 25 years old now. Guentzel tallied six goals and 11 points over the power play last season, but expect that amount to take a large step forward this time around as he will skate on the very best unit on a full-time foundation moving forward due to the harm of Malkin and the simple fact that Patrik Hornqvists best days as a net-front presence on the man advantage are supporting him. Its been a slow start to the season at a small sample with 18:41 of ice time daily and only one help through two games, but also five shots. As of now, the Jets are the group in the NHL — something that was as this past year — and Pittsburgh vulnerability is a must in both GPP championships tonight and money.
W — Dominik Simon (PIT) — $3,500 vs. WPG
Simon provides a ton of worth upside into this one tonight as he is projected to skate into the right of Crosby to the groups top line while still he must also give us second unit power play vulnerability, as uncommon as that device gets used. Simon has revealed burst of being an NHL contributor as he is coming from an eight-goal, 28-point year across 71 matches from a year past. He also fired a healthful 121 shots on goal at the moment, but keep in mind that he Had just over 13 minutes each game, a few that needs to be on the upswing this year when hes going to flank Crosby and Guentzel beneath the Penguins depth chart. For what its worth, he is only one tick below 14 minutes per game this season with four shots at that moment. Remember that the Pens were held to only one goal in a very disappointing season opener again the Sabres but ranked as the leagues 10th-best crime on home ice a season ago and scored seven goals in home against Columbus on Saturday. It may be difficult to acquire that standing early on with Malkin sidelined along with third-line centre Nick Bjugstad, however for this night, the Penguins upside is too yummy to withstand in my view.
W — Sam Bennett (CGY) — $4,000 vs. LA
After being taken together with the fourth overall pick from the 2014 draft, then its safe to say Bennetts career has been a disappointment for this point as hes neglected to unveil the 36 points that he submitted in his rookie year at the 3 following attempts. You cant say he hasnt been consistent, however, with just two seasons along with a season from last year in that time. Bennett tallied 13 goals and 27 points in which was an injury-shortened season with ju1st 71 games played, so had not been hurt his production would have increased. As it stands now, Bennett appears set to flank not just Mikael Backlund on the Flames second lineup, but additionally Matthew Tkachuk well. That is a pair of solid linemates for your still-23-year-old plus it provides a chance to produce in the early going. He is still logged just 12:32 of ice time, although he does have a help in two games this season. He is projected to skate on the teams second power play device . With instant variable power play with time and responsibilities, his ice time should increase and as long as he remains on this point I think there is to be had in this matchup.
W — Patrik Laine (WPG) — $7,300 vs. PIT
As bad as the Jets have been on the rear end, lets not forget how good their crime was at the early going, possibly. Before getting stymied on Long Island in their latest effort theyve scored three goals per match in three matches over the season, but scored 10 regulation goals. However, the Penguins struggled defensively in the last season as they tied for 25th together with the horrible Ottawa Senators along with the Calgary Flames with 3.05 goals against per game at PPG Paints Arena. Whats more is that Laine is now projected to skate to the groups top line alongside Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler, some thing which Laine talked about wanting from the offseason. If this indeed remains the case, I believe that the sniper could be in for a huge game in this 1 tonight. Hes off to a nice start this year with a goal and two helpers together with 11 shots in three games, however his purpose came as the lengthy goal from the Islanders on Sunday, and we now understand this man can go on a severe tear when he gets sexy. For him, I am looking Following a couple of attempts to cosign proceeding ahead on this deadly Jets line.
D — Kris Letang (PIT) — $6,900 vs. WPG
Completing our Penguins pile is Letang who brings some serious upside . In just two matches this year, Letang includes a goal, an assist, a power play goal, seven shots along with four cubes. In 65 games last season, Letang published 56 points and 16 goals to cooperate with 206 shots on target. Hes an absolute shot-on-goal machine by the blueline, but keep in mind he blocked 111 shots last year and was on pace 71 points had not been. Letang is that the quarterback of the top power play unit, but also sees moment in most situations that has him logging a bunch of ice time, even 25:57 to become precise in the early going although Obviously. Actually, Letang is an absolute lock to log more than 25 minutes per game this season as hes done in each of the past five seasons. At this time you may pay down to Justin Schultz if you want to acquire some salary flexibility since he is projected to skate to the very best power play unit also, but I just can not seem to avert the cross-category possible here with the pricey Letang tonight.
D — Neal Pionk (WPG) — $3,700 vs. PIT
As it stands right now, youngster Sami Niku is projected to be the defenseman on the Jets top power play unit, however, something tells me Pionk will find that place eventually, if not tonight. Niku was just recalled from the AHL, and it is hard to fathom he would instantly be accountable for quarterbacking the top power play unit when Pionk has had success in the NHL in doing so with all the Rangers last season, however short that would happen to be. I suggest, even if Pionk does not get that role on the power play, he is likely to log a lot of ice time with this one tonight as the best defenseman the Jets must offer given their injury phobias and utter paper-thin depth graph. Pionk impressed with 14 points in 28 games coming from College at the 2017-18 season, and followed that up with a solid 26 points around 73 games in his first full NHL season last year — with 13 of these points, or 50 percent, coming on the power play. Hes off to a start with a goal and an assist in three games to go along with six shots and four blocks also in averaging 24:42 of ice time. I wager I would be surprised to see this 1 tonight is not produced within by that he and he eclipses that indicate tonight.
G — David Rittich (CGY) — $7,700 vs. LA
The Kings did score five goals in a losing campaign in their season opener, nevertheless Rittich has been coming off a nice 34-save shutout effort on home ice against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night, so I have no problem rolling with the Flames No.1 for this matchup tonight. After all, while the Flames were not a terrific house defensive team last year, the Kings ranked 30th with only 2.43 targets per game a year ago, and also given that the mostly similar forward group coming back this year, I really dont see why that should change whatsoever now around. While his total numbers plummeted as the season moved along in his first full NHL grind this past year, Rittich posted a real nice 2.47 GAA and .918 Sv% over 30 first-half appearances last season for the Flames. His very first start this year did not go well it was against a dynamite Avalanche offense and team generally, so one isnt on him. This Kings staff is nowhere near the Avs or the Canucks offense for this matter — the team Rittich just shutout. At this price, its quite hard to avoid Rittich no matter of which type of ownership he will see tonight.

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