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NHL Power Plays — November 9th

Nolan Kelly

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NHL DFS rankings from the world's #1 player. The best daily fantasy hockey picks based on Awesemo's projections for DraftKings & FanDuel

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As always, we have Jake Hari’s projections and line stacks for tonight’s action, as well as my line-changes article that’ll keep you up to date on injuries, line changes, 5v5 usage rates and d-stacking.

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Today I’ve got a couple of mini-stacks who can work well as part of larger stacks, or as one-offs if you need to squeeze a cheap, underpriced player into your lineup.

Josh Anderson (DK: $4900, FD: $4600) and Boone Jenner (DK: $4500, FD: $4800)

I love going with CBJ1 tonight against porous WSH1. During last year’s playoffs, we saw these teams match their top lines against each other and we should expect the same again tonight. But if you need a cheaper option, go with CBJ2. Jenner and Anderson get the tougher matchup, but are getting loads of ice-time and are on the PP1. CBJ2 led the team last game with a 30% 5v5 share together and are still not garnering the ownership they deserve.

Jenner and Anderson rank third and fourth on the team in shots for (48,41), individual chances for (74,73) and individual high danger changes for (20,18). Obviously, you can stack these two with Nick Foligno, or just take them as one-offs.

Vlad Namestnikov (DK: $4000, FD: $4700) and Pavel Buchnevich (DK: $3800, FD: $4500)

Vlad and Pavel form two-thirds of the Rangers top line tonight in Motown with Mika Zibanejad.  Buchnevich is also on the PP1. There aren’t a lot of stats to back this up, because both players have spent time being rotated through the lineup – but the opportunity is there and the price is right. The stack with Zibanejad makes a lot of sense, too. The Red Wings are in the bottom third of the league in points allowed to wingers.

Other options: Joonas Donskoi is skating on SJS1 and is under $4k on both sites, as is Dmitrij Jaskin on WSH1.

Defence

Matt Niskanen (DK: $4700, FD: $4000) and Dmitry Orlov (DK: $3200, FD: $4000)

Matt Niskanen takes over for John Carlson on the Capitals PP1. He’s a much better price on FanDuel though. I prefer Orlov as a nice, cheap, lower-owned pivot on DK, where he’s the best value option on the slate.

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The flip side of this equation is to load up on Columbus tonight. Matt Niskanen and Dmitry Orlov have been downright awful this season, in Scoring Chances Against and High-Danger Chances Against. Couple that with Ovie and Kuznetsov also ranking near the bottom in both categories and you’ve got a perfect storm for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Goaltenders

Connor Hellebuyck: (DK: $8000, FD: $8100)

The Jets are the biggest favorites of the day at -174 and the Avs have the lowest implied total at 2.6. Given the cache of COL1 these days, I’d expect Hellebuyck to go less owned than he should, given the game total and Jets win odds. Hellebuyck had a .924 sv% and a 2.36 GAA last year.

Contrarian play: Blues starter Chad Johnson gets the Sharks tonight on the second end of back-to-backs. Johnson will see a lot of rubber coming his way, with the Sharks ranking second in the NHL in shots for per game, and the Blues ranking 20th in shots allowed. My guess is, he’ll be just 3-5% owned.

I've been obsessed with fantasy sports since as long as I can remember. Back in 1993, while seated in the last row of Mr. MacMillan's math class, I'm fairly certain a few buddies of mine and I invented daily fantasy sports -- popping down our fivers and using nothing more than a newspaper box score, we'd make our NHL player picks for the night's action. Twenty years later I started out playing DFS on DraftStreet, when three-max tourneys with 490 people were a big deal, and I've been hooked ever since. More than anything, I'm interested in using my technical writing skills to articulate and clarify our content in order to help you become a better fantasy sports players player. Armed with Awesemo's grades and the projections from our experts, we're here to help you take the next step. You can contact me by emailing [email protected].

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