Many daily fantasy players are waking up this morning to the sad realization that daily fantasy college football as we know it has come to an end (though we still have Bowl Games on the horizon!).
However, thanks to the NHL schedule-makers, all is not lost, as we have an exciting 13-game hockey schedule to dive into. Now, go head on over to FanDuel to get in on the action.
Are you new to Daily Fantasy Hockey? Check out these strategies documents first for tips and recommendations to craft your winning FanDuel hockey lineups:
Daily Fantasy Hockey Primer: 2014-15 Season
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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Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins, $9,900 - While he hasn’t had the all-star caliber season that most people expected, he’s still my favorite option between the pipes today. He’ll welcome a rebuilding Ottawa Senators team into the TD Garden this afternoon, a team that’s dropped 12 of their last 16 games and who he defeated in their only meeting earlier this year. Rask has been brutal on the road this season, but his home stats of a 9-4-1 record, 2.06 GAA and .927 SV% are actually quite impressive. He’ll be ecstatic to have Zdeno Chara back clearing out the traffic in front of him and is a rock solid option for both cash games and GPPs.
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers, $8,100 - It’s been a disappointing season thus far in Philadelphia, but that hasn’t stopped Claude Giroux from getting off to another solid fantasy season. He enters tonight’s game against a struggling Carolina Hurricanes with 8 goals, 24 assists and a +8 through 28 games. Giroux brings a four game point streak into tonight’s game and has now hooked up (ie. Both players tallying points on the same goal) with his partner-in-crime, Jacub Voracek, for more goals than any other duo in the NHL this season (22 goals, or 30% of all Philly’s goals this season). He posted a goal and three assist in four meetings against the Hurricanes last season and is one of my favorite cash game options at center tonight.
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings, $7,200 – Toronto may have escaped Detroit with two points on Wednesday night, but the final score of that game certainly doesn’t tell the story, as Detroit dominated much of the action, outshooting the Maple Leafs 42-19. The scene shifts to Ontario this evening for the second half of this home-and-home series where Datysuk lit the lamp in his only visit last season. When healthy, Datsyuk is one of the best players in the NHL, as evidenced by his 12 goals and 11 assists in just 19 games this season, yet he’s priced as a second-tier option. Since returning to the lineup, Datsyuk has tallied seven goals and five assists in nine games.
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks, $8,600 – After three straight losses (while allowing 17 goals in the process) there is a bit of panic settling in on Long Island about their Islanders. Unfortunately for them, things aren’t going to be easy for them tonight as the Central Division leading Chicago Blackhawks come to town tonight. Dating back to the beginning of last season, Patrick Kane has been a beast on the road; tallying 28 goals and 26 assists in 50 road games. Kane is a huge offensive weapon on the Hawks’ #1 power-play unit (11 power-play points already) and should thrive against the Islanders’ league worst 71.3% penalty kill.
Blake Comeau, Pittsburgh Penguins, $4,600 – With Sid the Kid out of the lineup, the Penguins are going to lean more heavily on Evgeni Malkin to carry the offensive load. While Malkin makes for a very nice play as well, he comes with a steep asking price. However, you can get exposure to him and some much needed salary relief by targeting his line-mate, Blake Comeau. Comeau has recorded six goals and three assists over the last 13 games and his offensive role seems to be expanding with each passing game. With Columbus being one of the league’s most defensively challenged teams thus far this season, Comeau is my favorite “punt” option on the board.
Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars, $8,000 - Despite solid numbers this season (8 goals and 18 assists), it seems like Benn has flown a bit under the radar thus far….likely due to the MVP caliber season his line-mate Tyler Seguin is having. However, Benn has now racked up three goals and added ten assists over the last ten games and has posted five goals and twelve assists in just 16 home games this season. Benn teams up with Seguin to log big minutes on both the Stars top forward line as well as their #1 power-play unit. The New Jersey Devils will limp into Dallas tonight having lost 14 of their last 19 games and having allowed more power-play goals than any other team in the NHL this season.
Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins, $6,400 - With their Captain finally back on the ice, it’s time for Boston to turn things around and prove that they’re a legit Stanley Cup contender, and after dropping four of their last five games, I expect them to make a statement this afternoon against the Senators. Their recent struggles have been in no way the fault of their feisty winger Brad Marchand however, as he’s racked up three goals and three assists in just five games this month. He lit the lamp against the Senators when they met earlier this season and posted three goals, three assists and a +6 in their four meetings last season. With Ottawa lacking a true “superstar” worthy of his (and his line-mate Patrice Bergeron) undivided attention defensively, he should find himself with plenty of offensive freedom in this one.
John Carlson, Washington Capitals, $4,500 - Carlson has shown glimpses of his offensive talents in years past, but he looks to finally be putting everything together as we head into the mid-point of the 2014-15 season. Over the last seven games he’s picked up a pair of goals, added seven assists and is a +9. Hes been terrific this season on home ice, posting three goals and nine assists in 14 games at the Verizon Center. He’s routinely logging well over 20 minutes of playing time per game and sees a very healthy dose of those minutes on the point of the Capitals second power-play unit. Carlson has picked up an assist in each previous meeting with Tampa this season and the Lightning have proven to be much less effective away from Tampa Bay.
Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers, $4,600 - If you haven’t had the luxury of watching this kid play yet, then I suggest you make time. The first overall pick in last year’s entry draft is already exceeding expectations in South Beach and is routinely seeing 20+ minutes of work on the blue-line for the Panthers. Ekblad has his five-game point streak snapped last night, but after a somewhat slow start to the season, has racked up five goals and eleven assists in 19 games since the beginning of November. Buffalo has played better lately, but they’re still BY FAR the worst team in the NHL by Corsi standards (36.8 CF%)