Scouting NHL DFS: Thu, 2/8

Scouting NHL DFS for Wednesday previewing a 9 game slate

Feb 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (15) after getting his helmet knocked off during the second period against the Anaheim Ducks at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday, February 8th – Nine game slate in the NHL tonight


UPDATE – Clarification on the Wild stack.  Spurgeon will be on the Top PP with Koivu/Granlund/Zucker….   But I still am rolling with the Staal-Niederreiter combo with Spurgeon as the third guy in the stack



Buffalo Sabres … Eichel-Reinhart-Ristolainen

By now you know the drill, the Islanders are among the leagues worst defensive teams over the past 1-2 months and Buffalo’s scoring often comes from their best player Jack Eichel.  Jack together with Reinhart had a good game two nights ago and I want to go right back to them tonight.   My personal plan with this game is to either game-stack it anticipating a back and forth game or pick just Reinhart or Bailey as one offs from both sides.

Jared Spurgeon
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Minnesota Wild… Staal-Niederreiter-Spurgeon (Power Play)

Scott Wedgewood is in goal for the Coyotes tonight and although the Coyotes offense burned some people when they lit up Helleybuck the other night, they remain a poor puck possession team and should have problems going up against Minnesota tonight.  Staal grades out very well for me in this spot and I love the Wild top power play with him, Nino (Nemo!) and Spurgeron (or Suter) as your third members of the stack.   This is a lower owned stack that is good for bigger tournaments tonight and I would correlate them with Dubnyk.



Philadelphia Flyers … Sean Couturier-Claude Girioux-Travis Konecny

New Jersey Devils … Nico Hischier-Taylor Hall-Jesper Bratt

Tampa Bay Lightning … Steven Stamkos-Nikita Kucherov-Vlad Namestnikov


C&W COMBOS (Mini Stacks)

  • Eric Staal & Nino Niedereiter (Wild)
  • Jack Eichel & Sam Reinhart (Sabres)
  • Brayden Schenn & Vlad Tarasenko (Blues)
  • Matt Duchene & Mike Hoffman (Senators)
  • John Tavares & Josh Bailey (Islanders)

Bargain / Second Tier

  • Mathew Barzal & Jordan Eberle (Isles)
  • Brayden Point & Yannie Gourde (Lightning)
  • Mikael Backlund & Michael Frolik (Flames)
  • Jonathan Toews & Anthony Duclair (Blackhawks)


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  1. Eric Staal – MIN
  2. Steven Stamkos – TB
  3. Jack Eichel – BUF
  4. Brayden Schenn – STL
  5. Matt Duchene – OTT


Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
  1. Nikita Kucherov – TB … Fine as a one off tonight
  2. Taylor Hall – NJD … Favorite lock pick
  3. Patrick Kane – CHI … Would play him with Schmaltz
  4. Sam Reinhart – BUF … Fine as a one off or with Jack
  5. Vlad Tarasenko – STL … Full stack
  6. Nino Niederreiter – MIN … Full stack
  7. Mike Hoffman – OTT … With Duchene
  8. Claude Girioux – PHI … One off
  9. Travis Konecny – PHI … One off
  10. Johnny Gaudreau – CGY … One off


  1. Erik Karlsson – OTT
  2. Ryan Ellis – NSH
  3. Jared Spurgeon – MIN – Lock for me in all formats.
  4. Brent Burns – SJ
  5. Alex Pietrangelo – STL
  6. Ivan Provorov – PHI
  7. Rasmus Ristolainen – BUF
  8. Nick Leddy – NYI


  1. Andrei Vasilevsky (FD: 9200, DK: 8400) … Best play on the board tonight, home against Vancouver.
  2. Craig Anderson (FD: 7600, DK: 6900) … Confirmed starting against Juuse Saros tonight.  The Predators are on a B2B and 3 in 4 nights so I like the Sens to pull off an upset against a red hot Predators team tonight.  Dont play Anderson without stacking Duchene-Hoffman-EK65 with him because that’s my stack correlation and you’ll want to only have him with a win.
  3. Devan Dubnyk (FD: 8700, DK: 8500) .. Better salary relief than paying all the way up for Vasilevsky on FD.  I prefer Vas on DK but Dubnyk should win tonight at home vs the Coyotes and will be a popular play on FD.


LINE LOCK:        Eric Staal – Nino Niederreiter – Jared Spurgeon (Wild Power Play)

STUD WINGERS:      Taylor Hall (Devils) & Nikita Kucherov (Lightning)

VALUE WINGER:     Travis Konecny (Flyers)

TOP DEFENSEMAN    Jared Spurgeon (Wild)

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