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NHL DFS: The Point Shot – 9/26 Preseason

*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

New York Islanders at New York Rangers

Detroit Red Wings at Boston Bruins

Buffalo Sabres at Pittsburgh Penguins

Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens

Winnipeg Jets at Minnesota Wild

Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche

Los Angeles Kings at Anaheim Ducks

Top Goalies

Matt Murray (PIT)

Murray gets the full game tonight at home against the Buffalo Sabres who will be without almost all of their top players including Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart, Jeff Skinner, Kyle Okposo, and Rasmus Dahlin. The only worry with Murray, the top priced goalie on the slate, is that he doesn't see enough shots and thus his upside is somewhat limited. However, Pittsburgh was among the leaders in the league in shots on goal allowed per game, thus I see that balancing out giving Murray a solid floor, high win probability, and decent enough upside to justify rostering.

Frederik Andersen (TOR)

Andersen is expected to start this game and then one other before the regular season gets kicked off. He's way underpriced at $7,500 suggesting that he may be a bit chalky, but nonetheless, against a Canadiens team which lacks firepower, this is a good spot for Andersen.

Jaroslav Halak (BOS)

Halak is expected to see the entire game at home against the Red Wings who beat the piss out of Cam fucking Ward last night. If you didn't see it, it was a bloodbath. Expect most of the Detroit regulars to sit tonight putting Halak in a good spot to be productive.

Alex Stalock (MIN)

Stalock should see the entire game tonight against the under-manned Winnipeg Jets. Devin Dubnyk started Minnesota's last game and went the distance suggesting that Stalock will do just that here. Normally, this would be a spot where we would want to hitch our wagon to Winnipeg, but with guys like Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler, Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor, and Bryan Little, not active tonight, the task suddenly seems less daunting for Stalock.

Key Three Skaters

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

David Pastrnak (BOS)

Pastrnak has yet to score in just two preseason games but should figure into the scoring tonight for the Bruins at home facing the Red Wings. Detroit will start Jonathan Bernier in net and played just last night, so we can expect a bit of a watered down lineup from them tonight. Pasta will skate on the first line with a fill-in center, normally Patrice Bergeron who's close to returning from injury, and Brad Marchand on the other wing as well as see top unit power play minutes. Pastrnak has killed the Red Wings with five goals and 13 points in 11 games against them.

Auston Mathews (TOR)

Matthews has two goals and 10 shots on goal in two preseason games thus far and centers the top line for Toronto with Patrick Marleau and Tyler Ennis on his wings. Matthews will skate on the top power-play unit and is a discount from teammate John Tavares at $7,200

Mathew Barzal (NYI)

Barzal will be in charge of filling the massive shoes left behind by John Tavares as the Isles' top line center. He's coming off of an outstanding rookie season in which he had 22 goals and 63 assists in 82 games. In four games this preseason, he has four assists and seven shots on goal. Barzal killed the Rangers last season, who sucked against centers, to the tune of three goals and 10 points in four games.

Sneaky Skater

Ondrej Kase (ANA)

Kase is projected to skate on the top line for the Ducks with Adam Henrique and Jakob Silverberg tonight. He has two goals in two preseason games thus far and got hot at the end of last season for the Ducks. The 22-year-old finished last season with 20 goals and 18 assists in 66 games played; his most productive season as a pro.

Top Positional Plays


Sidney Crosby (PIT)

Evgeni Malkin (PIT)

John Tavares (TOR)

Ryan Getzlaf (ANA)

Eric Staal (MIN)

David Krejci (BOS)

Mika Zibanajad (NYR)

David Backes (BOS)


Brad Marchand (BOS)

Patric Hornqvist (PIT)

Josh Bailey (NYI)

Mikael Granlund (MIN)

Anders Lee (NYI)

Phil Kessel (PIT)

Rickard Rakell (ANA)

Mitch Marner (TOR)

Dustin Brown (LAK)

Zach Parise (MIN)

Mats Zuccarello (NYR)

Jakob Silfverberg (ANA)

Jake Guentzel (PIT)

Patrick Marleau (TOR)

Anthony Beauvillier (NYI)


Torrey Krug (BOS)

Kris Letang (PIT)

Dustin Byfuglien (WPG)

Nick Leddy (NYI)

Cam Fowler (ANA)

Morgan Rielly (TOR)

Jared Spurgeon (MIN)

Jake Gardiner (TOR)

Hampus Lindholm (ANA)

Charlie McAvoy (BOS)

Brandon Montour (ANA)

Sami Niku (WPG)

Brandon Carlo (BOS)

Favorite Line Stacks

New York Islanders First Line

Beauvillier - Barzal - Bailey

Pittsburgh Penguins First Line

Hornqvist - Crosby - Guentzel

Toronto Maple Leafs First Line

Marleau - Matthews - Ennis

Boston Bruins First Line

Marchand - Backes - Pastrnak