NHL Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 4/26/22
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
Jack Campbell ($8,700): The Toronto Maple Leafs have an extremely favorable matchup at home against the Detroit Red Wings and find themselves as -500 favorites. The Leafs have clinched a playoff spot and have a decent point lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning but still need to pick up some wins to secure the number two seed. We're not going to run through every possible outcome, but they simply need to win.
Campbell has picked up the win in four of his last five starts, allowing three goals or fewer in each of those five games. He's also racked up 27 saves or more in the last three starts, giving him a nice floor of points, while the win will help boost his ceiling.
Kirill Kaprizov ($9,400): The Minnesota Wild (-550) are another massive favorite tonight with plenty of motivation to come away with the win. The Wild are tied with the St. Louis Blues in the standings, and since it's confirmed they will be playing each other in the first round, it comes down to home-ice advantage. Minnesota has a massive 4.37 implied goal total tonight against the Arizona Coyotes, which should make them one of the most popular teams on the slate.
Over the last three weeks, the Coyotes are allowing 5.27 goals per 60 minutes in five-on-five situations, which is not only dead last in the league but dead last by over 1.00 goals. They have been downright dreadful on defense, and it puts the Wild's offense in an amazing matchup. Kaprizov comes in with 16 NHL points and 34 shots on goal over his last 10 games, which are truly elite numbers. His role on the first forward line and the first power-play unit put him in a great spot tonight to continue this scoring trend.
Sidney Crosby ($8,500): With a 6.5 goal total, we could be in for some scoring between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Edmonton Oilers. Both teams have the motivation to continue to win, and both have strong offenses to put up goals quickly. The Oilers are allowing 2.61 goals per 60 minutes in five-on-five situations this season, which is in the bottom half of the league. Crosby and the Penguins have a 3.49 implied goal total tonight, which is the sixth-highest on the slate.
He comes in with 12 NHL points, 29 shots on goal, and 7 blocked shots over his last 10 games. As usual, Crosby is in play for both formats due to his high floor, and the time on the first power-play unit gives him multi-point potential.
Conor Sheary ($4,500): If Alex Ovechkin is out tonight, the Washington Capitals will need someone to step up their offensive game. Ovi was injured in their most recent game, and his status is up in the air for tonight. Sheary has been playing well with 9 NHL points, 15 shots on goal, and 6 blocked shots over his last 10 games. He's currently on the second forward line and the second power-play unit, but those could be bumped up to the first if Ovechkin is out. The Capitals have a solid 3.34 implied goal total and need to continue to win for their playoff seeding battle.
Erik Haula ($4,600): Both the Florida Panthers and the Boston Bruins have implied goal totals over 3.00 tonight, putting things in a spot for some back and forth scoring. Haula has seen a larger offensive role as the season has gone on, now on the second forward line and the second power-play unit. The increased role has led to an increase in production with 8 NHL points, 20 shots on goal, and 5 blocked shots over his last 10 games. If this game is going to have a ton of scoring, getting a value option with some point-per-dollar value is always a good choice.