NHL Daily Fantasy Picks and Helper: Thursday 2/22/24

Scott Edwards Jr.
Scott Edwards Jr.@ScottEdwardsJr
NHL Daily Fantasy Picks and Helper: Thursday 2/22/24

NHL DFS is similar to MLB in terms of how you build lineups, how you view stacking, and how to value players.

Two main points to always focus on in NHL DFS are what lines the players are on and making sure the goalies you are rostering are confirmed as the starters.

Two of the best resources for that are LeftWingLock.com and DailyFaceOff.com. That is where you can find updated forward and power-play lines for each team, along with which goalies are confirmed as the starters.

Using our projections -- which are powered by numberFire -- as a guide, let's take a look at today's slate to find a goalie, some stacks, and value plays for your NHL DFS lineups on FanDuel.


Goalie to Target

Linus Ullmark, Boston Bruins ($8,700)

Linus Ullmark is our goalie to target on tonight's huge 11-game slate.

The defending Vezina Trophy winner has had a strong season for the Boston Bruins, even if he isn't on his way to another top goalie award. Ullmark has posted a 2.72 goals against average and .914 save percentage, both of which are his worst since the 2018-19 season but still among the better marks in the league.

Boston will be facing off with the Calgary Flames tonight, aiding Ullmark as the goalie to target.

The Flames create tons of chances as their 62.86 Corsi For per 60 minutes shows. Those chances have switched over to shots with them averaging the 12th-most Shots For per 60 minutes (31.1). This can be a lot for Ullmark, but seeing they're only scoring 3.04 Goals per 60 minutes, it should work out to be a big night for the Bruins' goalie.

Our projections expect Ullmark to finish with 21.0 FanDuel points, which is the third-most at the position.


Pittsburgh Penguins

No team is in a better spot tonight than the Pittsburgh Penguins, making them our top stack option for the slate.

The Penguins have had a tough time making offense happen this season, as shown by their 2.85 Goals For per 60 minutes. However, they create plenty of chances with the fourth-ranked Corsi For per 60 minutes (64.95).

Hopefully, that can translate to goals against a bad Montreal Canadiens squad. Montreal ranks 27th in the league with 3.45 Goals Against per 60 minutes and 30th with a 65.32 Corsi Against per 60 minutes.

Jake Allen will be between the pipes for the Canadiens and has watched his season really turn upside down. He's allowed 11 goals in the last two games alone, leading to his inflated 3.66 goals against average and weak .894 save percentage. There's plenty of confidence in what the Penguins can bring to the table in this scenario.

numberFire's heat map has Pittsburgh set with a 3.81 implied total -- the best of the entire slate.

Stacking the Penguins starts with Sidney Crosby ($8,900) and his first-line wingers of Bryan Rust ($6,800) and Rickard Rakell ($5,000). All three players take part on the top power-play unit, giving them that much more potential on the night -- even with the power play's struggles.

Erik Karlsson ($6,000) is a good option on the backend, as well.

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning may not be the same team they once were but are still able to pack a punch offensively.

This is good news seeing that the Lightning will be facing the Washington Capitals, who have had a rough season all year. Washington has held opponents to 3.00 Goals per 60 minutes for much of the season, but that's changed recently. Over the last 10 games, they're letting up 3.85 Goals Against per 60 minutes, ranking 29th.

Tampa Bay, on the other hand, has been excellent in the goal-scoring category. On the season, they're averaging 3.36 Goals For per 60 minutes (7th) and have bumped that number up to 3.67 in their last 10 outings. All is looking good for them tonight as they're also backed up by a high implied team total (3.72).

The first line trio of Nikita Kucherov ($10,200), Steven Stamkos ($8,000), and Anthony Cirelli ($5,100) is the best option to stack in this lineup. Not only does this line play the most minutes, but they're the first line of the power play, which is the best in the NHL at 30.23%.

Value Skaters

Michael Bunting, W, Carolina Hurricanes ($4,500)

There are some good value skaters to pick from tonight, but one of the top options is Michael Bunting.

A team like the Carolina Hurricanes features talent up and down their lineup. Bunting is a big part of that, as he plays the left wing on the second line and first power-play unit. In this role, he's played 54 games and has recorded 34 points.

Those points have come on the back of 13 goals and 21 assists, showing value through getting the puck in the net and dishing out helpers to his teammates.

Bunting is expected to finish with 11.7 FanDuel points tonight, per our projections.

Reilly Smith, W, Pittsburgh Penguins ($4,200)

Reilly Smith hasn't had the first season with the Penguins that they or he hoped for, but he's still a good option for tonight in a plus matchup.

The Penguins forward has just 10 goals and 13 assists on the season -- definitely a letdown after scoring 26 times last year. The good news for tonight is that he has recorded a point in two of the last three games, so there's some momentum on his side.

Smith is taking up a spot on the left wing for the Penguins' third line, but it's the involvement on the second power play that gives him the best looks for the game. As mentioned earlier, the Penguins have the best implied total of the slate against the Canadiens. Tonight's the night to get Smith in your lineup because of that.

Our projections have Smith putting up 12.1 FanDuel points in the game.

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