NHL DFS: The Point Shot – 9/25 Preseason

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*Note – These write-ups will be more detailed during the regular season as skater lines, data, and other factors are more clearcut.

Games on the Slate

Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning

Carolina Hurricanes at Nashville Predators

Washington Capitals at St. Louis Blues

Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks

San Jose Sharks at Calgary Flames

Vancouver Canucks at Edmonton Oilers

Top Goalies

Cam Ward (CHI)

Ward will see the full game tonight for the Blackhawks as Chicago will have most of its big guns in play, especially on defense. The Red Wings offense, although there is some talent there, is ticketed to be one of the lowest scoring teams in the league this season.

David Rittich (CGY)

Although he's slated to play two periods, Rittich has a good matchup at a good salary tonight with Calgary skating most of their regulars. Rittich is confirmed to split the game with Jon Gillies, keep that in mind.

Cam Talbot (EDM)

Cam Talbot looked more like "Scam" Talbot in his last start, a sight to all of, mostly me, who rostered him a ton last season. Even still, against a poor Vancouver team, Talbot is in play especially as a correlation play with the McDavid line.

Andrei Vasilevskiy (TB)

The Vasi play is a high-risk high reward proposition against a dangerous Florida team. I, however, will NOT be going this route, but we have gotten clarity in his playing time and he is expected to go the full 60 minutes. He should see a ton of shots, and when he's on, he's proven to be one of the best goaltenders in the league. He's an option if you find yourself staying away from the Florida skaters tonight.

Key Three Skaters

This section will cover my three favorite skaters for a particular slate overall.

Connor McDavid (EDM)

McDavid has led the charge for one of the more productive lines this preseason with Ty Rattie and Ryan Nugen-Hopkins by his side. Night in and night out, McDavid is far and away the top option to roster at the center position. He's going to be a popular play, almost every night, but in this spot at this low of a salary, he's a very, very tough fade.

Nikita Kucherov (TB)

Kucherov skates on the Lightning second line with Brayden Point centering and Ondrej Palat manning the opposite wing. The 25-year-old is coming off of a 39 goal, 100 point season, both career highs and had six points, three goals in four games against the Panthers last season. The Russian winger is a force with the puck on his stick, especially with the man advantage as Kucherov had eight goals and 36 points in such situations last season.

Vladimir Tarasenko (STL)

Vladdy saw 17 minutes of ice time in his first preseason action of the year on Thursday night and had an assist and two shots on goal. Skating on the first line with the Blues "A" squad expecting to hit the ice tonight, look for a strong effort from Tarasenko against the Capitals who will have backup goalie Phoenix Copley in net for the full 60 minutes.

Sneaky Skater

Sammie Blais (STL)

Blais has scored in all three preseason games he's seen, four goals in total and the 22-year-old continues to wow in all facets. He has 10 shots on goal in his three games of action and has held his own defensively posting a +2 rating to this point.

Top Positional Plays

Center

Steven Stamkos (TB)

Evgeny Kuznetsov (WAS)

Aleksander Barkov (FLA)

Vinnie Trocheck (FLA)

Sean Monahan (CGY)

Brayden Schenn (STL)

Brayden Point (TB)

Ryan O'Reilly (STL)

Jonathan Toews (CHI)

Ryan Johansen (NSH)

Nick Schmaltz (CHI)

Wing

Alex Ovechkin (WAS)

Vladimir Tarasenko (STL)

Patrick Kane (CHI)

Johnny Gaudreau (CGY)

Mike Hoffman (FLA)

Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA)

Evgenii Dadonov (FLA)

Viktor Arvidsson (NSH)

Filip Forsberg (NSH)

Ty Rattie (EDM)

Alex DeBrincat (CHI)

J.T. Miller (TB)

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM)

Ondrej Palat (TB)

Kevin Fiala (NSH)

Patrick Maroon (STL)

Jesse Puljujarvi (EDM)

Timo Meier (SJ)

Defense

Roman Josi (NSH)

Victor Hedman (TB)

P.K. Subban (NSH)

Alex Pietrangelo (STL)

John Carlson (WAS)

Keith Yandle (FLA)

Oscar Klefbom (EDM)

Duncan Keith (CHI)

Ryan Ellis (NSH)

Mikhail Sergachev (TB)

Colton Parayko (STL)

Brent Seabrook (CHI)

Noah Hanifin (CGY)

Favorite Line Stacks

Florida Panthers Second Line

Huberdeau - Trocheck - Hoffman

Edmonton Oilers First Line

Nugent-Hopkins - McDavid - Rattie

Tampa Bay Lightning Second Line

Palat - Point - Kucherov 

Nashville Predators First Line

Fiala - Johansen - Forsberg

GOOD LUCK!!