Each day I will be providing my recommended player picks for your FanDuel daily fantasy hockey lineups. The goal is to help you build the optimal cash game (50/50s/double-ups/head-to-head) lineup.
To round out a balanced week in the National Hockey League tonight, we are treated to a nice six-game Friday evening slate. Let's get into my top plays.
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John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks, $8,600 – The goaltender position was atrocious yesterday, with each of the top netminders of the day getting torched. Let’s hope things are more predictable this evening, with the top play of the day being the Anaheim Ducks' goaltender, who is the fourth-most expensive player at the position. Gibson is most likely going to earn you the win and the all-important 12 points on FanDuel. The visiting Arizona Coyotes have now dropped eight games in a row and are averaging the second-fewest goals per game. Go for the netminder most likely to earn the “W” today and roster John Gibson.
Top Mid-Tier Play: Scott Darling (CHI)
Top Value Plays: Antoine Bibeau (TOR)
Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs, $7,600 – The rookie is having a magical first season in the National Hockey League, with 34 points in his first 37 career games. The name of the game with your cash lineups is to find players that are the most likely skaters to rack up the points. The Maple Leafs' second line center and top power play unit blueliner has registered at least one point in seven straight games and, in fact, he has recorded multi-point efforts in five straight contests. The New Jersey Devils may have won two straight and limited opponents to just one goal, but those two teams did not have the dynamic offense that Toronto has, so look for the Matthews line to do more damage tonight.
Sven Baertschi, Vancouver Canucks, $4,500 – The third line left winger and top power play unit point man gets a write-up for the second time in as many games, as he continues to deliver. His Vancouver Canucks take their five-game win streak back home and host a Calgary Flames team that is also playing well but is allowing 2.78 goals per game on over 28 shots per contest. Sven Baertischi’s price jumped up $500 since Tuesday, but he is still cash game playable as he continues to score and lead Vancouver during their current hot streak. With goals in three straight and points in four straight games, I want to roster Baertschi on home ice.
Matthew Tkachuck, Calgary Flames, $5,300 – Another skater that I want exposure to in cash games tonight is from the same game as my write-up above; his Calgary Flames have now won two in a row and four of their last five games. Moreover, the team has scored a massive seven power play goals in their four most recent wins. Matthew Tkachuk has been on an amazing tear since mid-December, having recorded at least one point in seven straight games. He should see 13-15 minutes of ice time this evening, as well as decent time on his team’s power play unit that will get a crack against a Vancouver Canucks’ bottom 10 penalty kill.
Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche, $5,300 – The center and defensemen slots have been fairly tough to fill over the last week, and today is another day where it feels difficult to find value on this six-game slate. Much like the Sven Baertschi play above, I am going back to the well to roster a blueliner that has been very consistent over the past few weeks in Tyson Barrie. In a tough matchup against the Calgary Flames two nights ago, Barrie was held off the scoresheet, but he had recorded points in five straight games prior to that. His Colorado Avalanche host a dreadful New York Islanders team that is allowing the third-most goals against on over 33 shots against per game. With the amount of minutes Barrie logs, on a night where value is difficult to come by, I want to lock in Colorado’s top D-man.