NHL Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 3/15/22
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 or 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.
Let's jump in to take a look at today's slate and some players to consider for your lineups.
Goalie to Target
Sergei Bobrovsky ($8,600): The Florida Panthers are the largest favorites (-260) on the slate and have a great matchup versus the San Jose Sharks. If we look at the last three weeks as a sample size, the Sharks' offense has fallen on some hard times. They are only scoring 1.83 goals per 60 minutes in five-on-five situations, which is dead last in the league. They also hold a 45.97 Corsi For (Total Shot Attempts Created), which, not surprisingly, is also the worst in the league.
A significant lack of offense makes this one of the easiest matchups on the slate for Bobrovsky, who comes in having allowed three goals or fewer in each of his last four starts. A hot goalie going up against a dreadful offense should put him in a spot for another easy win tonight.
Brad Marchand ($8,400): Marchand should be scoring more goals. It's as simple as that. He's been one of the most consistent goal-scorers over the past few seasons and has hit a bit of a drought recently. He has no goals in his last seven games and only two goals over his last 13 games. The silver lining in all of this is that he is continuing to fire the puck on net, averaging 3.2 shots on goal per game this season. This is where we'd say "he's due" for a goal since the shots on goal continue to be there while he maintains a strong offensive role on the first forward line and the first power-play unit.
The Boston Bruins come in with a solid 3.37 implied goal and are going up against the Chicago Blackhawks, who are allowing 2.72 goals per 60 minutes in five-on-five situations, which is tied for the 10th-worst in the league. This is a great matchup for Marchand to break out of his slump and find the back of the net.
Artemi Panarin ($7,400): The New York Rangers are solid -205 home favorites and come in with a 3.48 implied goal total, making them a very clear team to target tonight. The Anaheim Ducks are another team we can consistently look to attack with their defense allowing 2.72 goals per 60 minutes in five-on-five situations -- tied for the 10th worst in the league. Panarin has been putting up points left and right with 15 NHL points in his last 10 games, but surprisingly, he only has 16 shots on goal in that time.
He's become less of a pure goal-scoring option for the Rangers and more of a facilitator. He still maintains a high fantasy ceiling due to his role on the second forward line and the first power-play unit, but it's likely coming via multiple assists rather than a ton of goals.
Cole Caufield ($5,300): The Montreal Canadiens still aren't a good team, but their offense has picked up considerably over the past few weeks. They have a very soft matchup against the Arizona Coyotes tonight to keep that offense going, and Caufield should be firmly in the mix. He comes in with 13 NHL points and 33 shots on goal over the last 10 games, recapturing some of the offense he flashed during the playoffs last year. The Yotes are allowing 3.02 goals per 60 minutes in five-on-five situations. That's the third-worst team in the league and makes for a perfect spot for the surging Habs' offense.
Tanner Pearson ($4,600): Despite not being known for his offense, Pearson has 9 NHL points and 20 shots on goal over his last 10 games. A 6.5 over/under for the Vancouver Canucks versus the New Jersey Devils should put us in a spot to see plenty of scoring. The Devils are the second-worst team in the league (3.13) in terms of goals allowed per 60 minutes in five-on-five situations. Pearson's elevated offensive game has him seeing time on the first forward line and the second power-play unit, and yet, he is still under $5,000.