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.
The National Hockey League presents us with a two-game slate to kick off the week. The St. Louis Blues and New York Islanders are the big favorites tonight and those are the teams you will want to focus on the most when building your game lineups. The Calgary Flames are the only team playing on consecutive nights.
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Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders, $7,800 – The Calgary Flames are not a good offensive team, and that was evident before the loss of their best sniper in Johnny Gaudreau. Calgary ranks 26th overall in the National Hockey League in goals per game, averaging just 2.29. The Flames are also playing on a back-to-back and this will be their third game in four nights. Greiss is inexpensive and I think he gets the all important win tonight, making him my top option in goal on this short slate.
Other Top Play: Jake Allen (STL)
John Tavares, New York Islanders, $7,600 – The Calgary Flames are the most undisciplined team in the National Hockey League, leading the league in minor penalties, to go along with the second-worst penalty kill in hockey. The Flames have also struggled with their defensive zone coverage this year, giving up an abundance of scoring chances against, which has led to them allowing the seventh-most goals against (3.00) this season. With this plus matchup on home ice, I think we see a big game from Tavares.
Other Top Play: Tyler Seguin (DAL)
Top Value Plays: Jori Lehtera (STL)
Jaden Schwartz St. Louis Blues, $5,800 – Jaden Schwartz has been smoking hot of late, racking up five goals and eight points in his last six games. With the Dallas Stars in town this evening, look for Schwartz to remain hot. The Stars have been a defensive disaster this season, allowing both the most goals against per game in the month of November (3.29) and on the road this year (4.00). Schwartz has a juicy matchup tonight at the Scottrade Center and I think we see him extend his point scoring streak to seven games.
Top Play: Vladimir Tarasenko (STL)
Nick Leddy, New York Islanders, $4,800 - Ok, so we know that the Calgary Flames are the most undisciplined team in the National Hockey League and they have a terrible penalty kill (ranked 29th on the PK), which means the New York Islanders should have plenty of opportunities tonight with the man advantage. Enter power play quarterback Nick Leddy. Not only is Leddy very reasonably priced, he also has multi-point potential on the power play alone.