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FanDuel NHL Plays: Friday

by Chris Lowery
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:02 pm ET

Each day I will be providing my recommended player picks for your FanDuel daily fantasy hockey lineups.


My FanDuel NHL Plays will be broken down by player positions, and will include picks for cash games (50/50s/double-ups/head-to-head) and GPPs (guaranteed prize pool tournaments).



Are you new to Daily Fantasy Hockey? Check out these strategies documents first for tips and recommendations to craft your winning FanDuel hockey lineups:


Daily Fantasy Hockey Primer: 2014-15 Season

Winning Strategies for Cash Games (head-to-head, 50/50s)

Winning Strategies for GPP Tournaments

Advanced Tips for Winning by Utilizing Vegas Odds and Line Combinations

FanDuel Daily Fantasy Hockey Research and Strategy Tools




After a great Thursday night of hockey, we get right back at it today with a five-game slate on tap. The National Hockey League’s regular season ends on April 11th, so we only have nine days of NHL action remaining.


The San Jose Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks are all big favorites tonight and will be very popular in both your cash games and tournament play. We have three teams (Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks) playing on the tail end of a back to back this evening and despite them all being very good hockey clubs, this is a never an easy task.




Make sure to check the RotoGrinders Starting Goalies Page to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting prior to game time.


Scott Darling, Chicago Blackhawks, $8,500 – I like a few goalies tonight including, Frederik Andersen and Antti Niemi, but Darling has actually been the better goalie and he is cheaper. Darling has been outstanding in goal this season for the Chicago Blackhawks, posting a 1.77 GAA and a .941 SV% in 12 games. In his five games since the All-Star break, Darling has actually improved upon those numbers with a 1.46 GAA, .948 SV% and a shutout. The Buffalo Sabres are the least potent team in the NHL, and even though Chicago is playing on consecutive nights, I expect them to dominate this game tonight. Darling is a lock for the win and your best chance at a shutout.


Other Goalies To Target (Cash Games) – Frederik Andersen, Antti Niemi


Other Goalies To Target (Tournaments) – Keith Kinkaid, Dustin Tokarski, Brian Elliott, Kari Lehtonen



Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks, $8,500 – Toews is riding a three-game point streak and continues to lead Chicago’s offensive attack on a nightly basis. Toews has 13 points in his last 13 games and is always a great cash game option. The Buffalo Sabres are a dreadful defensive hockey team, and just for fun, let’s break it down. Buffalo has allowed the most shots per game (35.3) and the second-most goals per game (3.29) this season. The Sabres are also the worst team in the NHL in terms of possession and they lead the league in scoring chances allowed.  Simply put, they are awful. Despite playing on consecutive nights, Chicago should have no problem scoring tonight. Look for Toews to extend his point-scoring streak and have another productive night in Buffalo.


Other Centers To Target (Cash Games) – Logan Couture, Joe Thornton, Ryan Getzlaf, Tyler Seguin


Other Centers To Target (Tournaments) – Paul Stastny, Ryan O’Reilly, Travis Zajac, Brad Richards





Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks, $8,600 – Perry scored his 33rd goal of the season in Anaheim’s 5-1 thumping over the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday night and he continues to be one of the most feared snipers in the game. The Colorado Avalanche are not a very good defensive team and without Semyon Varlamov in net, they are even worse. Reto Berra will get the call tonight for the Avs and he may very well be the worst goaltender in hockey right now. Look for Perry to score at least one goal tonight and don’t be surprised if he rolls out a hat trick.


Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks, $8,500 – Pavelski has been the Sharks’ most consistent scorer this season, leading the club in both goals (36) and points (68). The Arizona Coyotes have lost nine of their past 11 games and they just might be the worst team in hockey right now. The Desert Dogs have been one of the worst defensive teams in hockey this season, ranking 26th in goals against per game (3.0), 26th in shots against per game (33.0) and 25th in scoring chances allowed. The Sharks should dominate this game tonight and that means a multi-point night from Pavelski.


Teuvo Teravainen, Chicago Blackhawks, $3,100 – Value players are hard to come by tonight, but rostering Teuvo Teravainen will open up some cap room in a hurry.  Teravainen scored for the Blackhawks last night in their win over Vancouver and he now has 11 shots on goal in his last two games. This 21-year-old Finnish native oozes offensive potential and has started to show flashes of stardom. Teravainen is dirt-cheap and has decent upside in this plus matchup tonight.


Other Wingers To Target (Cash Games) – Marian Hossa, Jamie Benn, Patrick Marleau


Other Wingers To Target (Tournaments) – Michael Cammalleri, Jaden Schwartz, Gabriel Landeskog





Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks, $6,900 – Burns has been smoking hot with points in five straight games. In his last nine games, Burns has generated nine points, 26 shots on net and five power play assists.  Arizona is playing ugly hockey right now and are not a team that travels well (13-22-3). Look for Burns to be the top scoring defenseman tonight.


Cam Fowler, Anaheim Ducks, $3,900 – Fowler can be a tough player to own, as he has great offensive upside, but tends to disappoint more often than not. However, it is hard to ignore the fact that Fowler logs over 22 minutes of ice time per game and is the Ducks’ power play quarterback. In a matchup against the defensively challenged Colorado Avalanche, Fowler makes a great value play on defense tonight. 


Other Defensemen To Target (Cash Games) – James Wisniewski, Kevin Shattenkirk, Duncan Keith


Other Defensemen To Target (Tournaments) – P.K. Subban, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Tyson Barrie, John Klingberg

Chris Lowery
Chris "Pepsi7" Lowery is the 2013 FanDuel Baseball Champion, pocketing $235,00 between that first place finish and a third place finish with his other entry. He also qualified for the FanDuel DFBC finals in 2012, finishing 7th. Impressively, MLB may not be his best sport as Chris is one of the best Daily Fantasy NHL minds in the business. Chris contributes to RotoGrinders, and you can follow him on Twitter @Pepsi7DFS.