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NHL Plays: Friday

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The new game in town is called DRAFT (Draft.com) and the DFS game is something most poolies have grown up on, drafting a team, allowing each participant to take a player with each pick. Unlike the other DFS games, if for instance you draft Connor McDavid in your pool, no one else can take him.


The draft is quick as you are allowed only 30 seconds per pick and you take five players, three forwards, a defenseman and a goalie.


You can use some strategy. Let’s say there are five participants in your pool and you are picking last. If the first four take goaltenders, then pick your goalie in the final round as you are going to get him anyway.


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Remember, there are new pools available to play in but the players in my rankings will fall off the table as soon as the puck drops in their respective game.


Familiarize yourself with the rules and enjoy! It’s a great game! Friday’s three-game slate features plenty of three-person drafts as well as head-to-heads.


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Forward Rankings:



Pittsburgh’s offense exploded for seven goals in Game 1, which increases their value for Friday’s match. Crosby’s hat trick maintains the top spot for him over Malkin. Wheeler set up a power-play goal by Scheifele in Game 1 and they had chances for more. Parise’s goal on Wednesday and his hot play down the stretch earns him the nod over Wild teammate Staal.


Defense Rankings:



Byfuglien had a strong showing in Game 1, which earns him the top billing going into Friday night’s action. The Penguins’ top pairing of Letang and Brian Dumoulin combined for three assists in the postseason opener. Letang has much more offensive upside, so he moves up to the second spot and bumps down Gostisbehere, who could be a strong bounce-back candidate if Philadelphia gets their offensive attack going. Theodore scored the only goal of the game in the Golden Knights’ Game 1 victory over Los Angeles.  Drew Doughty is not on the list because he is suspended for Game 2 for an illegal check to the head. 


Goaltender Rankings:



Murray and Fleury posted shutout victories against Philadelphia and Los Angeles, respectively, in their playoff openers. They may not post repeat efforts like that, but it makes them attractive options for Friday night. Hellebuyck remains an appealing alternative even though he only faced 20 shots in his Game 1 triumph. Quick permitted just one goal on 28 shots in his defeat to Vegas, while Dubnyk stood on his head with 37 saves on 40 shots in a Game 1 loss to the Jets. They have some value as well.


Now, let’s also look at some players to consider for FanDuel and DraftKings.


Keep in mind that FanDuel allows you to roster nine players (2C, 4W, 2D, 1G) with a salary cap of $55,000, while DraftKings has a cap of $50,000 for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 1G, 1UT).


Jake Guentzel (PIT) - W - $5,600 (FanDuel), $5,800 (DraftKings)

Kyle Connor (WPG) - W - $5,300 (FanDuel), $5,700 (DraftKings)

Tyler Toffoli (LAK) - W - $5,900 (FanDuel), $4,500 (DraftKings)

Reilly Smith (VGK) - W - $5,600 (FanDuel), $5,600 (DraftKing)

Brian Dumoulin (PIT) - D - $3,600 (FanDuel), $3,300 (DraftKings)


Guentzel provided plenty of bang for the buck in Game 1 with one goal and three assists. He remains a great bargain for Friday night’s slate. Connor has the potential for plenty of value as well. He had three shots on target in his NHL playoff debut and it won’t be long before he finds the scoresheet. Connor plays on the top line with Scheifele and Wheeler. Smith is another player who is undervalued. He skates on the first unit of the Golden Knights and had a spectacular regular season with 60 points in 67 games. Smith also has 13 points in 19 career postseason appearances. Toffoli led the Kings with six shots on goal in Game 1. If he keeps playing like that then Los Angeles should get on the scoreboard on Friday night. Dumoulin posted two assists and three blocks in Game 1. Another performance like that would make him a great pickup.




Check the probable starters from Rotoworld here.

Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.