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NHL Daily Fantasy Picks and Helper: Tuesday 2/27/24

Nicholas Vazquez
Nicholas Vazquez@nickvaz
NHL Daily Fantasy Picks and Helper: Tuesday 2/27/24

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.

NHL DFS Picks

Goalie to Target

Juuse Saros, Predators ($7,700)

The Nashville Predators suffered a 9-2 loss on February 15th. Since then, they've won five games in a row and are looking to make it six tonight.

A big boost for them has been the improved play of Juuse Saros ($7,700). He hasn't had as good of a season as he did last year -- when he ranked first in goals saved above expected (GSAx). He's actually in the negative so far in that metric, but he's starting to turn it around.

In his last three games, he's allowed just five goals in three consecutive wins on the road. His shaky play early in the season has kept his salary down to a level where we should be happy to take the dip on him at this point.

Nashville will play the Ottawa Senators at home tonight. Ottawa just lost last night, so playing on the second night of a back-to-back won't be ideal for them.

The Predators are -146 favorites on Tuesday, according to the NHL odds on FanDuel Sportsbook. Saros should get the win, and the salary isn't too bad all things considered.

Stacks

New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils are desperate for wins to have a chance to make the playoffs. So, what's better than a meeting with the San Jose Sharks?

New Jersey's main man is Jack Hughes ($10,000). He's been in a small slump lately, but he has supplemented that by shooting a lot more. Prior to Sunday's game, he had a streak of nine games with at least four shots on goal.

Hughes still averages 1.24 points per game and has linemates with easy-to-like salaries. Tyler Toffoli ($6,200) leads the team with 25 goals this season. He'll play with Hughes on the top power play. The other member of this line is Dawson Mercer ($5,300), who is a good value and has 15 goals this season.

The Devils get the dream matchup against the Sharks, who are dead last in nearly every defensive metric. That includes goals against per game and expected goals (xG) against per 60 minutes, according to Natural Stat Trick.

New Jersey has the highest implied team total on the slate, so this line is an easy choice as the best stack on the board tonight.

Florida Panthers

A case could be made that the Florida Panthers are the best team in the NHL right now. They've gone 8-2-0 in their last 10 games and have the best points percentage in hockey.

The first line for Florida is loaded with talent. Sam Reinhart ($9,300) was the talk of the league in terms of scoring goals before Auston Matthews started exploding. Reinhart's 39 goals are still second in the league. Carter Verhaeghe ($8,500) isn't too shabby himself with 30 goals.

These elite goal scorers are the wingers for Aleksander Barkov ($7,900), whose salary is pretty nice for a player with 55 points in 52 games. This line is fully correlated on the top power play, a unit which ranks fifth in the NHL.

The Panthers are taking on the Buffalo Sabres tonight. With Florida having a 3.85 implied team total, I really like this stack and think it has the potential to break the slate.

Value Skaters

Nick Schmaltz, W, Coyotes ($5,000)

Nick Schmaltz ($5,000) isn't likely at the top of mind for most people tonight, but he does make some sense as a low-salary target. He's coming off of a two-goal game, and his matchup gets much easier.

Schmaltz leads the Arizona Coyotes with nine power-play goals this season. Today, he takes on a Montreal Canadiens team that has the second-worst penalty kill in the NHL. For just $5,000, I'd take a shot on him if I needed some upside in his salary range.

Bowen Byram, D, Avalanche ($3,600)

If you're looking in the bargain bin for defensemen, Bowen Byram ($3,600) might have the most upside.

Byram has seven points over his last six games. He plays close to 20 minutes a night for a high-scoring Colorado Avalanche team.

We know Byram has talent, as he was the fourth overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. It's rare to get a player with this kind of talent for this low of a salary, so he's definitely worth considering.


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