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FanDuel NHL Plays: Monday

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).

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

Introduction to Daily Fantasy Hockey: Breaking it Down
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

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We kick off the week with a solid seven games of National Hockey League action. The Chicago Blackhawks are a massive favorites tonight and the Detroit Red Wings are the only team playing their second game in as many days.

GOALTENDERS

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

Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks, $9,800 – Crawford is easily the top option in goal tonight for your cash games. The French Canadian has posted incredible numbers this season (2.19 GAA, .930 SV%) and he has been a brick wall on home ice (1.75 GAA, .943 SV%). The Toronto Maple Leafs are a mess in every aspect of their game right now, but somehow they continue to fire plenty of rubber on net, averaging 35 shots per game in the month of February. Look for Crawford to cruise to a victory tonight with 25-plus saves.

Other Goalies To Target (Cash Games)Devan Dubnyk, Pekka Rinne
Other Goalies To Target (Tournaments)Jonas Hiller, Jacob Markstrom, Louis Domingue, Ben Scrivens

CENTERS

Here are my favorite centers for both cash games and tournaments on Monday.

Centers to Target (Cash Games)Sidney Crosby, Tyler Seguin, John Tavares, Pavel Datsyuk, Ryan Getzlaf, Sean Monahan, Ryan Johansen
Centers to Target (Tournaments)Artem Anisimov, Vincent Trocheck, Davis Desharnais

WINGERS

Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks, $8,600 - Sitting in the basement of the National Hockey League standings, the Toronto Maple Leafs are definitely a team we want to pick on this evening. The Maple Leafs are banged up and playing their worst hockey of the season. Toronto sits in the bottom-third of the league in just about every single defensive category, and they are not going to get much better icing an A.H.L. caliber team. Look for the NHL’s scoring leader to have is way with the sad sacked Maple Leafs in this plus matchup on home ice.

Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames, $8,500 - The Calgary Flames are playing at home tonight, which means Gaudreau is one of our top options in cash games. Johnny Hockey has been other-worldly on home ice this season, producing 18 goals, 36 points and a plus 20 rating in 26 home games. The matchup against a hot Anaheim Ducks team may not be ideal, but it is hard to ignore him with his ridiculous numbers at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Look for Gaudreau to bury the biscuit in the basket in this game.

Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens, $5,700 - Gallagher has looked great on the Montreal Canadiens’ newly formed number one line, generating four points and 16 shots on goal in his last four contests. The Arizona Coyotes have been a disaster lately, losing six of their last seven games, allowing 23 goals against in the process. Rookie goaltender Louis Domingue has atrocious numbers in February (3.36 GAA, .890 SV%) and perhaps his Cinderella story has come to an end. Gallagher is not only very reasonably priced, but he has also been at his best offensively when on the road (8 G, 15 PTS in 18 GP) this season. Look for Gallagher to tickle the twine tonight versus the Desert Dogs.

Patrick Eaves, Dallas Stars, $4,400 - Life is good when you are playing with two of the best hockey players in the world. Eaves has flourished playing on the Dallas Stars’ top line, scoring four goals and six points in his last three games alone. A matchup versus the Nashville Predators might not look good on paper, but the Predators are not same shutdown defensive team we are used to seeing and Pekka Rinne has been average in goal this season. Eaves is cash game worthy and he continues to be the best bargain in daily fantasy hockey.

Other Wingers to Target (Cash Games)Jamie Benn, Henrik Zetterberg, James Neal, Corey Perry, Kyle Okposo, Justin Abdelkader, Artemi Panarin
Other Wingers to Target (Tournaments)Jiri Hudler, David Perron, Ryan Strome, Patrick Eaves, Mikkel Boedker

DEFENSEMEN

P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens, $6,600 - Subban is riding a six-game point streak and he has registered at least one point in 15 of his last 17 games. The Arizona Coyotes are not only a mess on the back end, but they are also an undisciplined hockey club, taking the second most minor penalties in hockey this year. Subban has multi-point upside versus the Desert Dogs on the power play alone this evening.

Other Defensemen to Target (Cash Games)Kris Letang, Shea Weber, John Klingberg, Duncan Keith, Cam Fowler, Mark Giordano, Ryan Suter
Other Defensemen to Target (Tournaments)Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Brent Seabrook, Nick Leddy, Brian Campbell, Andrei Markov

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.