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NHL Plays: Saturday

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

NHL Plays will look at some players to consider adding while building your lineups. Remember to check back on this page later in the day for confirmations on starting goalies and keep an eye on Rotoworld’s daily blurbs for all your fantasy hockey needs.

  

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).

 

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Victor Hedman (TBL) – D - $6,400 FanDuel, $6,300 DraftKings

 

Hedman got off to a sluggish start this season, but he’s heated up with six assists in his last six games.  It’ll be interesting to see how Tampa Bay responds tonight against Columbus after suffering a 2-1 overtime loss to the Rangers on Thursday.  Tampa Bay hasn’t suffered back-to-back losses so far this season and after falling 4-1 to Anaheim, the Lightning promptly bounced back with a 8-5 win against Florida.

 

Evgenii Dadonov (FLA) – W - $5,500 FanDuel, $5,800 DraftKings

 

If you’re looking for value relative to a player’s showing this season, then Dadonov is an ideal pick, especially in FanDuel.  Despite his low cost of entry, he’s excelled in 2017-18 with six goals and 14 points in 12 games.  He was held off the scoresheet in his most recent contest, but before that he enjoyed three consecutive multi-point games, so he’s been more hit than miss lately.

 

Anze Kopitar (LAK) – C - $6,700 FanDuel, $6,500 DraftKings

 

This is a stronger recommendation in FanDuel than DraftKings.  After struggling in 2016-17, Kopitar has gotten off to a strong start this season with seven goals and 15 points in 13 games.  On top of that, he’s currently on a four-game point streak.  He’ll be facing Nashville, which is typically a tough opponent, but the Predators played on Friday so they might be fatigued and might use backup Juuse Saros (though at the time of writing that hasn’t been confirmed).

 

Blake Wheeler (WPG) – W - $7,600 FanDuel, $7,300 DraftKings

 

Wheeler has been red hot lately with three goals and seven points over his last three contests.  He’ll be facing Montreal, which is missing Carey Price due to a lower-body injury.  Al Montoya, who has a 3.77 GAA and .873 save percentage, is expected to start for the Canadiens (not that Price has been good either so far this season, but between the two I’d sooner pick Price to bounce back).

 

Tyler Seguin (DAL) – C - $8,400 FanDuel, $7,500 DraftKings

 

Seguin has provided a minimum of one point in eight of his last nine contests, so he’s been a pretty reliable bet lately.  I like his chances of excelling against Buffalo in particular given the Sabres’ defensive struggles this season.

 

Auston Matthews – C - $8,200 FanDuel, $7,900 DraftKings

 

In FanDuel I’d lean towards taking Matthews over Seguin, but I’d rather have Seguin in DraftKings.  Either way, Matthews has been great this season with 10 goals and 18 points in 14 contests, including three goals and six points in his last five games.

 

Roman Josi (NSH) – D - $6,200 FanDuel, $6,700 DraftKings

 

I’m a little worried about Josi experiencing some fatigue after playing on Friday, so this is more of a recommendation for FanDuel where he’s meaningfully cheaper.  That said, Josi has been a superb option so far this season with four goals and eight points in 10 games.  He’s also found the back of the net in consecutive contests going into this match.

 

Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA) – W - $6,600 FanDuel, $6,000 DraftKings

 

After being limited to 31 games in 2016-17 due to injury, this is looking like it might be a breakout season for Huberdeau.  Through 12 contests he’s only been held off the scoresheet twice and has five goals and 14 points.  He’ll be facing the Rangers, which have won three of their last four games, but also have allowed an average of 3.36 goals per contest this season.

 

Shea Weber (MON) – W - $5,400 FanDuel, $5,900 DraftKings

 

This is more of a FanDuel recommendation than DraftKings one given the price difference.  Weber has enjoyed three multi-point games over his last five contests and hasn’t been shy about blocking shots either, giving him some secondary value.  With three goals and nine points in 13 games, he’s been one of the bright spots in what has been a rough start to the campaign for Montreal.

 

Josh Anderson (CBJ) – W - $4,200 FanDuel, $4,100 DraftKings

 

Anderson isn’t an ideal option, but if you need a really cheap winger then he’s worth considering.  Anderson has overperformed thus far with five goals and eight points in 11 contests, including four goals and five points in his last five games.  It wouldn’t be surprising to see him cool down, but given his price it’s reasonable to gamble on him in the hopes that he’ll extend his run at least a little longer.

 

Probable Goaltenders

 

Golden Knights (Maxime Lagace) Confirmed @ Senators (Craig Anderson) Confirmed

Avalanche (Semyon Varlamov) Confirmed @ Flyers (Michal Neuvirth) Confirmed

Rangers (Henrik Lundqvist) Confirmed @ Panthers (James Reimer)

Blue Jackets (Sergei Bobrovsky) Confirmed @ Lightning (Andrei Vasilevskiy) Confirmed

Capitals (Braden Holtby) Confirmed @ Bruins (Tuukka Rask) Confirmed

Canadiens (Al Montoya) Confirmed @ Jets (Connor Hellebuyck) Confirmed

Maple Leafs (Frederik Andersen) Confirmed @ Blues (Jake Allen) Confirmed

Sabres (Robin Lehner) Confirmed @ Stars (Kari Lehtonen) Confirmed

Blackhawks (Corey Crawford) Confirmed @ Wild (Devan Dubnyk) Confirmed

Hurricanes (Scott Darling) @ Coyotes (Antti Raanta) Confirmed

Penguins (Matthew Murray) @ Canucks (Jacob Markstrom) Confirmed

Predators (Pekka Rinne) @ Kings (Darcy Kuemper) Confirmed

Ducks (John Gibson) @ Sharks (Martin Jones)

Ryan Dadoun
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