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Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: Top DraftKings NHL DFS Picks, Values, Lineup Strategy for October 19

Neil Parker gives his top NHL picks and lineup advice for today’s fantasy hockey slate on DraftKings.

It’s a huge slate in the NHL on Tuesday with 11 games on DraftKings. Seattle and Anaheim are each playing the second leg of a back-to-back road set. The largest DraftKings Sportsbook favorites on the docket are the Oilers, Canucks, Canadiens and Wild. There are also two heavyweight bouts between Florida and Tampa Bay, and Colorado and Washington.


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Top Line Stacks

Oilers vs. Ducks

Leon Draisaitl ($8,300) - Connor McDavid ($9,200) - Jesse Puljujarvi ($5,700)

Edmonton’s big three have already collected four goals and eight assists through the first two games of the season. The cap hit is steep, but lineup assembly begins with this stack. As noted, the Ducks are in a vulnerable schedule spot, too.

Panthers at Lightning

Jonathan Huberdeau ($5,500) - Sam Bennett ($4,500) - Owen Tippett ($2,700)

An extremely affordable stack, Bennett, Huberdeau and Tippett could also fly under the radar. The trio has dominated at 5-on-5 dating back to last season with 8.15 goals and 22.13 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes while driving possession with a 68.03 Corsi For percentage. They also posted 6.02, 10.84 and 55.2 marks during last season’s playoffs. Tampa Bay has surrendered 13 goals through its first three games of the season, too.

Devils vs. Kraken

Janne Kuokkanen ($4,400) - Jack Hughes ($6,500) - Yegor Sharangovich ($4,900)

Another value stack to consider, Hughes scored twice in the season opener to kick-start his expected breakout campaign. His two wingers each collected an assist, and the Devils land the Kraken on the second leg of a back-to-back road set. The trio is split up with the man advantage to provide coverage to both power-play units.

Superstar to Build Around

Elias Pettersson, VAN at BUF ($7,000) - It’s been a solid start for Pettersson. He’s recorded 19 shot attempts and five individual high-danger scoring chances through three games, but his one-goal, one-assist showing against Philadelphia on Friday is his only scoresheet appearance. The Sabres project to be one of the worst teams in the league again this season, so look for Pettersson to cash in on an opportunity or two Tuesday.

Value on Offense

Anthony Duclair, FLA at TB ($3,500) - Projected to skate on the No. 1 line with Aleksander Barkov ($7,600) and Carter Verhaeghe ($6,400), Duclair jumps out as a bargain target. After all, last season the trio clicked for a respectable 4.16 goals and 15.91 high-danger scoring chances per hour, and Duclair had a rebound campaign with 10 tallies and 22 helpers through just 43 contests.

William Eklund, SJ at MON ($2,900) - The talented 19-year-old rookie found the scoresheet in the season opener, skating in a top-six role and receiving power-play time. With Montreal sitting at 0-3 with 10 goals against, the matchup isn’t a stay away, either.

Stud Goalies

Thatcher Demko, VAN at BUF ($8,000) - While the Sabres are off to a surprising 2-0 start, they scored once last time out and finished the 2020-21 campaign with the third fewest goals per game in the league. While Demko’s still finding his way at the highest level, his .915 save percentage dating back to last season indicates he’s close to putting it all together. This should be viewed as a layup matchup.

Braden Holtby, DAL at PIT ($7,300) - The veteran has stopped 62 of 66 shots through his first two starts of the campaign and faces a depleted Penguins roster Tuesday. The salary is right to take a flier on Holtby, as the Stars look to finish their current road trip with a win.

Value on Defense

Neal Pionk, WPG at MIN ($4,400) - With an assist, six shots and three blocks through the first two games of the season, Pionk’s once again proving to be a serviceable fantasy contributor. He’s skating with the No. 1 power-play unit and offers rare cross-category production and upside from his salary range.

Noah Dobson, NYI at CHI ($2,900) - At close to the minimum salary, Dobson warrants a look. He’s quarterbacking the No. 1 power-play unit while averaging 20:21 of ice time (3:26 with the man advantage) through the first two games of the season. The 21-year-old defenseman also helps in the blocks category with six already.

Power-Play Defenseman

Quinn Hughes, VAN at BUF ($5,200) - Another Canuck to consider against the Sabres, Hughes has been a high-end offensive producer since entering the league and boasts a sixth-ranked 2.02 points per 60 minutes among regular defensemen dating back to the beginning of the 2019-20 campaign. His ice time is also way up this season with an average of 27:39 per game with 4:38 on the man advantage.

Tyson Barrie, EDM vs. ANH ($5,300) - Take the discount with Barrie. He’s a great addition to an Edmonton stack. Two games without a point and his salary has decreased noticeably since finishing second in points per 60 minutes among defensemen while recording an impressive 23 power-play points quarterbacking Edmonton’s potent No. 1 unit last season.

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