FanDuel NHL Plays: Friday (by Tom Woollam)
What was supposed to be a six-game slate has now been cut down to a four-game slate thanks in part to the impending blizzard that is about to sock the Northeast corridor. The Anaheim at Washington game has been canceled and the New York Rangers at Carolina game was removed from the slate altogether because of the threat of weather. Nonetheless, we must move onward and upward to break down tonight’s abbreviated schedule. Here are my FanDuel targets.
Jaroslav Halak, New York Islanders, $8,500 – It took me a while but I finally settled on Jaroslav Halak as the goalie for tonight. The Islanders probably have the best chance of grabbing the win when you consider the amount of goals that Ottawa has given up this year, not to mention the fact they just got blown out last night at the hands of the New Jersey Devils. Halak also seems to have the hot hand as he has made 59 saves on the last 61 shots that were sent his way.
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings, $6,500 - The Red Wings take to the ice against a stingy Buffalo Sabres team that has given three or more goals just once in their last six games. Datsyuk has been hot of late as evidence of his five points he has tallied over the last five games. Furthermore he should see a bit more room on the ice, with Buffalo’s top shut down line trying to keep Zetterberg and company off of the score sheet.
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks, $9,200 – It’s hard not to mention the league’s leading scorer as he has basically proven to be matchup proof on any given night. His 30 goals and 42 assists in just 50 games is more than enough justification to roster him but the only problem is, can you fit him in? On a small slate like tonight the answer has to be yes as he could almost single-handedly put you up and over the top, especially if the other games are low scoring.
Vladimir Tarasenko, St Louis Blues, $8,100 – Tarasenko comes into this one in a mini-slump by virtue of scoring just one goal and adding an assist to the ledger in his last five games. The good news is he does have 46 points in 48 games so any slump, even a small one, should be nothing to worry about. His line mates in Jori Lehtera and Robby Fabbri will help you fit him in as they are both priced at a very reasonable $4,300 on FanDuel tonight.
Kyle Okposo, New York Islanders, $5,900 – The Islanders get to take a trip up north to face an Ottawa Senators team that not only played last night, but has given up 147 goals so far this season. Okposo gets the best of both worlds tonight as he skates on the second line with Frans Nielsen as well as taking minutes on the team’s top power play unit. Besides his three goals and four assist over the last eight games, Okposo has also fired off five shots or more in four of his last seven games. A guy that shoots the puck that often normally does well against tired teams.
Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators, $6,200 – Just because the Senators have a tendency to give up a lot of goals doesn’t mean they can’t score any. Karlsson has been in on 35% of the 132 goals that the Senators have scored this season which includes grabbing eight assists over the last eight games. Sometimes you will see that on bad teams a defenseman leads them in the scoring department, which is the case here. Karlsson’s 49 points in 47 games has him nine points above Bobby Ryan for the team lead. Fit him in if you can tonight.
Mike Green, Detroit Red Wings, $4,400 – With the injury to Niklas Kronwall, Green will now assume the duties of quarterbacking the Wings top power play unit. Green has tallied just two goals and sixteen assists in the 40 games he has appeared in while Kronwall hasn’t done much better with all the extra playing time he had received on the top power play unit. In fact Kronwall’s 17 points is actually less that Green’s 18 and Kronwall has played in five more games than his defensive counterpart. The extra power play minutes Green will receive should result into more points.
Writer Bio: Tom Woollam is a freelance DFS writer and has been a member here at RotoGrinders.com since December 2011. He has played Fantasy Sports for the last 30 years and has been in the daily fantasy sports game for the last four. You can find him on twitter @elctrceye.