NHL DFS Playbook: August 1
Andrew Dewhirst analyzes all of the statistics, splits and matchups to uncover the very best NHL DFS players for today's contests.
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|Pos||Player||Matchup||FanDuel||DraftKings||Yahoo! Daily||Game Type||BreakDown|
|Edmonton Oilers||D. Nurse||K. Yamamoto||L. Draisaitl|
|New York Islanders||A. Lee||M. Barzal||R. Pulock|
|New York Rangers||A. Fox||A. Panarin||R. Strome|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||B. Rust||E. Malkin||K. Letang|
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P. Mrazek - G
Petr Mrazek allowed three goals on just 20 shots in Saturday's 4-2 road loss against the Detroit Red Wings.
Mrazek stopped all 14 shots he faced in a shutout in the season opener against his former organization, but veteran Bobby Ryan beat him early in the second to break the ice, and then Dylan Larkin and Robby Fabbri grabbed goals in the third to make the difference. Fabbri's goal with 2:42 left in regulation was a killer. The Hurricanes are back at it for a back-to-back set in Nashville Monday and Tuesday, so expect Mrazek to start one of those outings, and James Reimer to get the nod in the other.
Added 11:08 pm (EST)
S. Koekkoek - D
Slater Koekkoek posted his first goal of the season in Saturday's 5-1 home loss against the Montreal Canadiens.
Koekkoek already matched his second total in goals from last season, as he had a goal and 10 points with a plus-3 rating in 42 games for the Chicago Blackhawks. Fantasy owners of Carey Price aren't terribly thrilled with the 26-year-old rearguard, as Koekkoek's goal with about seven minutes to go in regulation spoiled what might have been a shutout. Despite the goal, Koekkoek isn't really someone to bother with in most fantasy pools.
Added 10:59 pm (EST)
M. Koskinen - G
Mikko Koskinen allowed five goals on 36 shots in Saturday's 5-1 home setback against the Montreal Canadiens.
Koskinen allowed a power-play goal in the first period, which wasn't the end of the world. However, Koskinen had a rough stretch in the second where he allowed three goals in a seven-minute span, including a shorthanded marker to Jake Evans. He has appeared in all three games for the Oilers so far, going 1-2-0 with a 4.04 goals-against average and .892 save percentage. Don't be surprised if Mike Smith is tabbed for Monday's battle against the Canadiens.
Added 10:55 pm (EST)
B. Gallagher - F
Brendan Gallagher picked up two assists in Saturday's 5-1 road victory against the Edmonton Oilers.
Gallagher finished the game with a plus-2 rating, and he added a blocked shot and a hit in 13:48 of ice time across 18 shifts. He had secondary assist on Tomas Tatar's marker early in the second period, and returned with a helper on Tatar's second of the game about seven minutes later. Fantasy owners who were sad about his goose egg in Toronto on Wednesday can breathe a sigh of relief. He'll look to keep it cooking Monday night in the second end of the doubleheader with the Oilers.
Added 10:51 pm (EST)
J. Evans - F
Jake Evans registered his first goal of the season in Saturday's 5-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers.
Evans struck with an unassisted shorthanded goal at 9:17 of the second period to make it 4-0, beating Mikko Koskinen in a rough patch. He surprised with four shots on goal, a plus-1 rating, a blocked shot and two hits in his 12:35 of ice time across 19 shifts while winning half of his eight faceoff attempts. It wasn't a bad game, but he still doesn't log enough consistent ice time to warrant fantasy consideration in most pools.
Added 10:46 pm (EST)
P. Danault - F
Phillip Danault registered a pair of assists in Saturday's 5-1 road win against the Edmonton Oilers.
Danault had the primary helper on the eventual game-winning tally to Tomas Tatar, and he chipped in with the only assist on Jeff Petry's goal in the middle of the second period. Danault also helped out with a plus-2 rating, a blocked shot and a hit in his 16:14 of ice time across 26 shifts. Perhaps the only thing that didn't go his way was just five wins in 14 faceoff attempts. The 27-year-old won't take a lot of shots, but he has a place on fantasy rosters in deeper formats.
Added 10:42 pm (EST)
J. Petry - D
Jeff Petry scored two goals, including a score on the power play, in Saturday's 5-1 rout of the Edmonton Oilers
Petry opened the scoring on the man advantage at 6:50 of the first period on helpers to Nick Suzuki and Shea Weber, and he had an even-strength marker at 7:27 of the second with help from Phillip Danault. He also chipped in with a sparkling plus-3 rating, five shots on goal, two blocked shots and three hits in 21:52 of ice time across 25 shifts against his former team. He was drafted in the second round by the Oilers in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, and played five years in Edmonton before a trade during the 2014-15 season.
Added 10:37 pm (EST)
T. Tatar - F
Tomas Tatar registered a pair of goals in Saturday's 5-1 win on the road against the Edmonton Oilers.
Both of Tatar's markers were of the even-strength variety, and Brendan Gallagher had a hand in each of them. He finished with a plus-3 rating, two shots on goal, two blocked shots and a hit in his 13:52 of ice time across 20 shifts. It has been a magical start for Tatar, who scored a power-play goal in the opener in Toronto on Wednesday, and picked up the game-winning tally in this one. He'll look to stay hot Monday night in the second end of the double dip in Edmonton.
Added 10:33 pm (EST)