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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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It’s Thanksgiving week, so we get a bonus 12-game split schedule to kick off the weekend. The Nashville Predators, Minnesota Wild, Detroit Red Wings and Dallas Stars are your big favorites tonight, and with the holiday yesterday we have zero 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.
Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators, $8,700 - I love Henrik Lundqvist today, but I think the win is just as safe for Pekka Rinne and he is much cheaper. The Philadelphia Flyers are a complete mess, sitting dead last in goals per game (1.50) this season. Look for the Predators to dominate this game from puck drop and for Rinne to come away with an easy win.
Mike Condon, Montreal Canadiens, $8,100 – Condon has done a nice job filling in for the injured Carey Price and I think he gets the job done again tonight versus a weak New Jersey Devils team. Condon may not be an elite goalie, but at his price all we need is a win and no more than two goals allowed.
Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals, $6,200 – Backstrom is playing his best hockey of the season right now and he remains very moderately priced. Backstrom has multi-point upside on a nightly basis and he gives you cheap exposure to the NHL’s best goal scorer in Alexander Ovechkin.
Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars, $8,800 – Seguin is riding a six-game point streak and I expect him to extend it to seven against the Vancouver Canucks tonight. Seguin has been the most consistent scorer in the game this season and he will once again find his way onto my cash game roster this evening.
Rick Nash, New York Rangers $9,500 – Nash has been a scoring machine of late, racking up five goals and 16 shots on net in his last five games. The Bruins are not the defensive juggernaut of old, and having a tough defensive season thus far, allowing the sixth most goals against per game. Not to mention, they are taking the fourth most penalty minutes per game and they have had a tough time killing them off (27th ranked penalty kill). Look for Nash to stay hot in this game.
Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks, $4,600 - Let me save you some time and salary, roster Panarin in your early cash game lineups. The rookie continues to produce for Chicago (23 PTS, 22 GP) and you can’t beat his price.
Kyle Okposo, New York Islanders, $6,400 – Okposo is enjoying life back on the New York Islanders’ top line, as evident by his six-game point streak. Okposo is at his best when flanking superstar John Tavares, and he has multi-point upside in this game tonight.
Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings, $4,800 – The Edmonton Oilers are a team I want to pick on and Abdelkader presents great value. The Oilers are a poor defensive team, sitting at or near the bottom of the league in most defensive categories. Skating on the Red Wings’ top line and number power-play unit alongside Henrik Zetterberg gives Abdelkader plenty of scoring opportunities at a discount.
Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild, $4,300 – Ryan Suter has been a cash game beast this season with 20 points and 48 shots on goal in 20 contests. The Winnipeg Jets are really struggling of late, losing eight of their last ten games and allowing the most goals per game in the month of November. The Jets also remain the league’s most undisciplined team, leading the NHL in penalty minutes per game. Look for Suter to light them up with the man advantage.
John Klingberg, Dallas Stars, $6,400 – If you can afford to pay up on defense tonight, Klingberg is hard guy to ignore. He leads all National Hockey League defenseman in points this season with 24 in 22 games. Klingberg has also been a monster on the power play this year (ten power-play points) and I think he breaks through on the man advantage tonight against the Vancouver Canucks’ terrible penalty kill.