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).
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We have a solid six games on tap to kick off the weekend, and most of them should be very entertaining. The Los Angeles Kings, Montréal Canadiens and New York Islanders are your big favorites tonight, and the Washington Capitals and Los Angeles Kings are the only teams playing on consecutive nights.
Make sure to check the RotoGrinders NHL Starting Goalies Page to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting prior to game time.
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings, $8,500 - Quick has looked fantastic in his last two games, winning both and stopping 47 of the 49 shots he faced. The Carolina Hurricanes fire over 30 shots per game, but lack scoring punch. This is the perfect recipe for a cash game goalie. Look for Quick to win his third in a row at the Staples Center this evening.
John Tavares, New York Islanders, $9,200 – Only the Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed more goals per game than the Boston Bruins (4.33) this season. Tuukka Rask has looked awful in goal (4.40 GAA, .854 SV%), and until he turns it around, I plan to target players against him. Tavares is a cash game stud (4 G, 9 PTS, 19 SOG in 6 GP) and my top overall play tonight.
Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens, $8,200 – Montréal should be able to score some goals tonight, and all of their scoring seems to run through Mad Max. Annually among the league leaders in shots on goal, Pacioretty is a true sniper and he is a great cash game play in plus matchups like this one tonight. He won’t come cheap, but he rarely disappoints.
Justin Abdelakder, Detroit Red Wings, $4,800 – Abdelkader is pointless in his last three games, which has kept his price down. He continues to skate on the Red Wings’ top line and number one power-play unit, so the scoring chances will keep coming. Look for him to get back on track in Calgary tonight. At $4,800, he is my top value play on the wing.
T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals, $6,000 - With five points in his last four games, it is safe to say Oshie is enjoying his time playing alongside Alexander Ovechkin. The Edmonton Oilers have improved overall, but I still expect them struggle defensively all season long. Oshie is playing great hockey these days and he is a cheap way to get exposure to the “Great Eight”.
Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens, $4,800 – The Montréal Canadiens are one of the top offenses to target tonight in their plus matchup against the Buffalo Sabres. Markov averages over 23 minutes of ice time per game and lines up on the Habs’ number one power-play unit. Markov is moderately priced and should see plenty of scoring opportunities in this game.