NHL Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 5/3/22

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

Darcy Kuemper ($8,100): The best team in the Western Conference, the Colorado Avalanche, are -315 home favorites and set to take on the Nashville Predators. Kuemper and the Avalanche had a strong defense this season, allowing the 10th fewest (2.35) Goals per 60 minutes in five-on-five situations. This should put them in a good spot since the Predators had a very average offense, scoring only 2.56 goals in the same situations, which was 16th in the league.

It also should be noted that the Predators' top goalie, Juuse Saros, has been ruled out for the first two games of this series. This gives the Avalanche offense a bit of an easier path to posting some goals, putting Kuemper in a spot to pick up the win.

High-Salaried Players

Jonathan Huberdeau ($9,100): The President's Trophy-winning Florida Panthers start their Stanley Cup run at home against the Washington Capitals. The Panthers had the best offense in the league, scoring 3.33 goals per 60 minutes in five-on-five situations, giving them some of the highest fantasy upside of any team. This matchup is one where we could see plenty of scoring as nine of the last 10 games against the Capitals have ended with six goals or more. This not only makes the league's best offense and strong option but also puts this in a spot for a game stack.

Huberdeau finished the season with 115 NHL points, which was the third-best in the entire league. He proved to be one of the most consistent night in and night out, which shouldn't change too much in the playoffs. Huberdeau will continue his role on the second forward line and the first power-play unit, making him a top option. Look to stack him with Claude Giroux ($6,300) or Aleksander Barkov ($9,200).

Mikko Rantanen ($7,700): The Avalanche have a slate-high 4.03 implied goal total and it should make them a chalky option tonight. As noted above, the Predators goalie, Juuse Saros is out. That means David Rittich should be in net for them tonight, and he had a rough ending to the season. Over his last six games, Rittich allowed four goals or more four separate times. That's a tough look when he is set to take on the fourth-best (3.04 goals scored) offense in the league. This should put Rantanen and the Avs' top line in a great spot to continue their prestigious ways.

Value Skaters

Andrew Mangiapane ($5,500): With a 3.50 implied goal total, the Calgary Flames are another top team to target tonight. Their offense scored 2.96 goals per 60 minutes in five-on-five situations this season, which was the seventh-best in the league. They've consistently shown to be one of the top offenses in the league and one of the best to get exposure to when they are on the slate. Mangiapane is on the second forward line and the first power-play unit, and that's where we saw him end the season strong, posting 7 NHL points and 21 shots on goal over his final 10 games.

Andrew Copp ($5,400): The New York Rangers are holding a 2.88 implied goal total and are slight -137 home favorites against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight. While these two teams are known for playing each other closely in lower-scoring games, Copp can still provide fantasy value. Copp had 8 NHL points, 9 shots on goal, and 3 blocked shots in his last 10 games of the regular season. A strong role on the second forward line and the second power-play unit put him in a spot to contribute in multiple categories.