NHL DFS Breakdown (2/23)

Happy Friday everyone! Last night was a pretty good night in NHL DFS, most of the players in the article exceed or met value. Tonight, we have a 5 game slate and some pretty solid matchups. Lock is at 7:00 PM ET/6:00 PM CT. I will list my top plays, good plays, and value plays for tonight’s games and if you want further details on plays then you need to be in our slack chat! Here are the 5 matchups tonight and their start times (Eastern Time):

MIN@ NYR 7:00pm
PIT@ CAR 7:30pm
WPG@ STL 8:00pm
SJ@ CHI 8:30pm
VAN@ VGK 10:30pm

My favorite matchups tonight are MIN@NYR, PIT@CAR, and VAN@VGK. At the end of the article, I will put down my favorite line stacks for the night. Now let’s move into the plays of the day!


Top Center Plays:

William Karlsson vs Vancouver Canucks ($8900 FD)

Karlsson is an elite play tonight against the Canucks. He has had 8 double digit FD performances in his last 9 games and will more than likely find the score sheet multiple times tonight.

Evgeni Malkin @ Carolina Hurricanes ($9200 FD)

Malkin is such a beast this season. The return of Hornqvist makes him even more valuable tonight and also Hagelin has been playing good for them on the 2nd line with Malkin as well. Such a valuable line tonight.

Eric Staal @ New York Rangers ($7000 FD)

Staal is my favorite Wild center tonight against the Rangers on a 5 game losing streak. The 2nd line has been playing much better than the first line and I expect that to continue tonight.

Good Center Plays:

Mark Scheifele @ St. Louis Blues ($7900 FD)

The Jets have been playing so good this season and Mark has been really good since returning from injury. Its Allen in night tonight and I like that much more than if Hutton was in net.

Sidney Crosby @ Carolina Hurricanes ($8800 FD)

Crosby hasn’t been himself in the last two games but he will more than likely get back to being himself tonight against the Hurricanes. I like Malkin more than Crosby but I don’t think you could go wrong playing either of them.

Mikkou Koivu vs New York Rangers ($5700 FD)

I prefer Staal in this matchup tonight against the Rangers over Koivu but I could see this first line with Koivu and Granlund wrecking havoc on the Rangers tonight who are on a 5 game losing streak.

Value Center Plays:

Erik Haula vs Vancouver Canucks ($6400 FD)

Haula and the second line has been playing exceptionally well across the board. Neal will still be out of the lineup tonight so It will be Tuch on this line again tonight which found the score sheet twice last game.

Top Winger Plays:

Jonathan Marchessault vs Vancouver Canucks ($7600 FD)

I really like the Golden Knights first line tonight on home ice against the Canucks. March seems to always be a consistent play in cash games and its obvious that the VGK 1 line will be high owned tonight.

Reilly Smith vs Vancouver Canucks ($6300 FD)

Smith has been on straight fire for the Golden Knights scoring his 20th goal of the season the other night. 26.9 FD points in his last game and he should match that tonight against the Canucks.

Patric Hornqvist @ Carolina Hurricanes ($6100 FD)

Patric returns from an injury tonight against the Hurricanes and I expect him to slide right back into the lineup tonight and find the score sheet. Should be a really good game for the Penguins tonight.

Good Winger Plays

Nino Niederreiter @ New York Rangers ($5600 FD)

I like this second line from the Wild tonight and Nino has played some pretty good hockey recently has the Wild are outscoring their opponents left and right over the past few week.

Mikael Granlund @ New York Rangers ($7200 FD)

I really prefer the second line from the Wild in this game tonight but I honestly could see both lines finding the score sheet at least twice each tonight against the horrible Rangers team on a 5 game losing streak.

Alex DeBrincat vs San Jose Sharks ($6400 FD)

Debrincat has had some pretty rough games over the last week but I look for him to rebound tonight. The Blackhawks have just been spiraling downhill this season but Debrincat is one of the few bright spots for them. Vegas actually has Chicago as slight favorites in this matchup.

Value Winger Plays:

Tyler Ennis @ New York Rangers ($5000 FD)

Ennis is on the second line with Erik Staal and that line has been playing so good lately for the Wild. I really like their chances tonight against the Rangers and they should find the score sheet at least 4 times tonight.

Alex Tuch vs Vancouver Canucks ($3500 FD)

Tuch is coming off a career game against the Flames in which he got a Gordie Howe hat trick. He finds himself still on the second line with Haula and Perron tonight which makes him just so much more valuable. Super cheap too.


Top Defenseman Plays:

Kris Letang @ Carolina Hurricanes ($6500 FD)

Letang has a 4 game point streak going on right now and will look to extend that tonight against the Hurricanes. There is no doubt in my mind that he will find the score sheet along with Crosby tonight. Great play!

Nate Schmidt vs Vancouver Canucks ($4300 FD)

Nate Schmidt seems to find himself in my articles quite a bit because he is just that good! He is such a good 1st defenseman pair player for daily fantasy and he is still super cheap on both sites. Pretty much a must play in my book tonight with March/Smith/or Karlsson.

Good Defenseman Plays:

Ryan Suter @ New York Rangers ($5600 FD)

Suter has 30,31, and 30 minutes of ice time over his last three games for the wild. That is an outstanding amount of ice time for any player on any team. Based off trend, I expect him to continue to see a bunch of ice time tonight against the struggling Rangers and he will most likely find the score sheet as well.

Matt Dumba @ New York Rangers ($4700 FD)

Dumba has played exceptionally well over the last three games for the Wild and is on the first defenseman pair. He has double digit FD points in his last three games and has found the score sheet multiple times in that span.

Value Defenseman Plays:

Philip Holm @ Vegas Golden Knights ($3500 FD)

Holm is getting his first career NHL start for the Canucks tonight in a matchup against the Vegas Golden Knights. The only reason he makes this article is because he finds himself on the number 1 power play unit tonight. Nothing is guaranteed out of him and he is a risk play but being on PP1 definitely makes him valuable considering his price.

Neal Pionk vs Minnesota Wild ($3700 FD)

A defenseman might be the only player I play from the Rangers tonight, who have dropped 5 games in a row and probably will add to that losing streak tonight against the Wild. Pionk is a super cheap defenseman tonight and is more than likely a GPP option only.

Brian Dumoulin @ Carolina Hurricanes ($3700 FD)

Dumolin is one of your cheaper options for a first line defenseman on this 5 game slate. He has double digit FD points in 3 of his last 4 games for the Penguins and finds most of his value from shots/blocked shots but occasionally finds the score sheet.


Top Goalie Plays:

Devan Dubnyk @ New York Rangers ($8700 FD)

Dubnyk is probably going to be the chalk goalie tonight on this 5 game slate with a matchup against the New York Rangers. Duby is 5-1-2 in the month of February and will look to add to the win slot tonight against the Rangers, who have lost five in a row. Great play tonight.

Good Goalie Plays:

Marc-Andre Fleury vs Vancouver Canucks ($8800 FD)

Fleury’s .930 save percentage and 2.10 GAA this season rank second in the NHL and it really helps that he gets a lot of offensive support too that takes of some pressures. The month of February hasn’t been as good for him as his start but he has still been remarkable in the pipes. Pretty solid play tonight against the Canucks with the Knights as the obvious favorite in this matchup.

Value Goalie Plays:

J.F. Berube (GPP Only) vs San Jose Sharks ($7800 FD)

Bebrube has a 7-8 record in the minors and is getting the start for the Blackhawks on home ice tonight against the San Jose Sharks. I read into Vegas odds a lot because they seem to know things we don’t. They have the Blackhawks as slight favorites to win this game tonight and obviously Berube will be low owned in DFS tonight. Just GPP only of course. Not viable for cash games.


My Favorite GPP Stacks Tonight:







This article is meant to help you put together your lineup for the slate. If this helps you out tonight please post your winnings on twitter and tag me @DFSDevotee and @FanCaveDFS
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