NHL DFS: Wednesday Rivalry Night

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We’re back at it again for another NHL DFS rivalry night.  There are some exciting matchups with serious star power in action with the potential to put up big numbers. Let’s take a look at a few solid plays for tonight.

Senators (21-28-9) @ Blackhawks (25-27-8)

Stars (34-21-4) @ Ducks (30-20-11)

Flames (30-21-9) @ Golden Knights (39-16-4)


CHI C Nick Schmaltz (DK $4,500/FD $5,700)

This game could be a high scoring shootout.  Both teams struggle defensively as the Hawks are getting older and slower in comparison to much of the league.  Schmaltz is not one of those guys though.  He is one of the best skaters on the team and leads the team in take-aways which can lead to easy shots.  My favorite thing about Schmaltz though, he’s on a line with Patrick Kane who just earned his 500th assist the other night.  Kane makes all of his line mates better with his ability to snipe goals or set up his teammates.  Schmaltz could be the beneficiary in this high scoring affair, and has proven that so far as 2nd on the team in points with 40.

ANH W Ondrej Kase (DK $5,000/FD $5,300)

In just his second NHL season, Ondrej Kase has already doubled his point total from last year, as he sits at 31 points with 17 goals and 14 assists.  What’s most impressive is his line production as he and his line mates Adam Henrique and Nick Ritchie lead their team in points as the third line is responsible for 24 points.  That includes a lead over their top line of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, and Rickard Rakell.  Kase’s line dominates the puck to the tune of 57+ CF% and FF%.  At home this season, Kase is a +10 with five goals and eight assists.

VGK C Jon Marchessault (DK $7,200/FD $7,600)

Marchessault has been the top player on the best team in hockey this season.  This is why he is priced so highly.  It is rare for an expansion team to have so much success right away, but Vegas is proving to be a tough opponent.  At home so far, they are 22-5-2, and have a favorable matchup against Calgary and backup goalie David Rittich.  Marchessault seems to work well with any line mates on the team, but has been most productive when paired with William Karlsson and Reilly Smith.  He has a CF% and FF% of 55.0 and starts his shift in the offensive zone 54.2% of the time.  In the last 10 games, Marchessault is a +5 with three goals and seven assists.  These Golden Knights are for real, and Marchessault leads the charge.

OTT D Erik Karlsson (DK $6,300/FD $7,200)

As discussed earlier, the Blackhawks are really struggling defensively and giving up plenty of goals without Corey Crawford in net.  Karlsson is viewed as one of, if not the top defenseman in the NHL.  His abilities come to life in the offensive zone and his ability to create scoring chances with his speed.  Anton Forsberg of the Blackhawks has given up about three goals per game and is just 6-12-3 on the season as Crows replacement (it’s been really ugly for the Hawks).  Karlsson has been hot as of late, with a goal and eight assists in his last ten games, along with a current four-game point streak going.  He’s averaging 4.4 FPPG on DK in those ten games compared to his season average 3.9 FPPG.  I can’t picture the current Hawks team being able to keep up with Karlsson’s speed throughout an entire game.


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