Happy Halloween! Not only are we going to be treated to copious amounts of candy, but the NHL also delivers another robust Saturday schedule. There are ten games on the docket today, so before getting the kiddos dressed in their costumes or heading out for a night of spooky entertainment, be sure to head to FanDuel and get in on the DFS Hockey action. Here are my top picks on today’s slate.
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Jake Allen – St. Louis Blues - $9,300 – Allen has been terrific in each of his last two starts and now sports a terrific 2.01 GAA and .928 SV% through five starts this season. He’ll take on a Minnesota Wild team that has given the Blues fits in years past, but Minnesota was in action last night and St. Louis has really played well in their own zone lately. Allen posted a 12-4-1 record and 2.14 GAA at the Scottrade Center last season and owned a 1.80 GAA and .930 SV% after the All-Star break.
Evgeni Malkin – Pittsburgh Penguins - $8,600 - Malkin was a bit slow out of the gates this season, but he’s now picked up points in three straight games and has scored two goals and added five assists over the last five games. Malkin terrorized this Maple Leafs team last season, scoring a pair of goals and dishing out four assists in their three meetings. Malkin is a force on the Penguins’ top power-play unit and should find plenty of scoring chances tonight against Toronto’s abysmal 71.9% penalty kill.
Connor McDavid – Edmonton Oilers - $7,000 - With a pair of assists against the Canadiens on Thursday night, McDavid extended his point streak to seven games. It apparently took him a few games to grow accustomed to life in the NHL, but the phenom has certainly lived up to expectations after his slow start and has now tallied five goals and seven assists through the first 11 games of his career. He’ll take on a Calgary Flames team that has struggled defensively to start the season and who were in action last night, so enjoy his $7K price-tag while it lasts.
Phil Kessel – Pittsburgh Penguins - $7,900 - The biggest storyline of the evening is Phil Kessel’s return to Toronto. For years he was the catalyst of this Toronto offense and I’m expecting him to make these Toronto fans leave the Air Canada Centre wishing he was still wearing blue and white. Kessel has picked up points in three straight games and should have little trouble producing at a point-per-game pace alongside Evgeni Malkin (or Sidney Crosby). Take a trip down “Narrative Street” and I doubt you’ll be disappointed.
Patrick Sharp – Dallas Stars - $7,200 – Sharp had been held scoreless through his first eight games in Dallas, but he’s finally broken out of his slump. Sharp has scored three goals over the last two games and should continue to put up big offensive numbers skating alongside Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn on arguably the NHL’s most dangerous forward line. Sharp already has four 30-goal seasons under his belt and scored a pair of goals against the Sharks in two meetings against them last season when he was in Chicago.
Mark Stone – Ottawa Senators - $5,000 – Mark Stone just continues to put up big numbers, but his asking price on FanDuel remains stagnant. After picking up 15 goals and 23 assists in 36 games after the All-Star break last season, Stone has now tallied points in three straight games and has posted two goals and nine assists through the first ten games this season. Ottawa controlled play between these two teams last night and there’s no reason to expect things to be different tonight with the scene shifting to Ottawa.
Mark Giordano – Calgary Flames – 6,800 – An injury prevented Giordano from winning the scoring title among NHL defenseman last season, but the talented blue-liner still picked up 11 goals and 37 assists in 61 games. He tallied 7 goals and 20 assists in 29 road games last season and dished out three assists in four meetings against this Edmonton team. Giordano is a major weapon on the point of the Flames’ top power-play unit and Edmonton is certainly not known for their penalty killing prowess.
Colton Parayko – St. Louis Blues - $4,200 – His asking price continues to be on the rise, but after scoring his fourth goal of the season and unloading ten shots on goal against the Ducks on Thursday, he’s still looks to be well underpriced. Parayko has logged 20+ minutes in each of the last four games and possesses a booming slapshot that has earned him plenty of run on the point of the team’s #1 power-play unit. Double check his status before deploying him into your lineups, but assuming he’s good to go today he’s one of the biggest bargains on the blue-line.