Each day I will be providing my recommended player picks for your FanDuel 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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Playoff football is not the only sports action to follow today as the NHL brings an entertaining ten-game schedule to the DFS table. The first puck hits the ice at 1PM in Beantown, so be sure to swing by FanDuel.com and get in on the action. Hopefully, these picks can help get your new year started off with a few extra bucks in your pocket.
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Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets, $10,200 - Bobrovsky just wrapped up a month of December that saw him go 9-1-1 with an impressive 2.14 GAA and .937 SV%, and I expect him to keep things rolling tonight in Phoenix. He’ll take on a Coyotes team who has lost eight of their last twelve games while scoring just 1.92 goals per game during that stretch. Arizona was shutout in their last game and own the league’s 27th ranked shooting percentage (7.78%). The Blue Jackets are finally getting healthy and have stabilized the defensive issues that plagued them early in the season. Bobrovsky doesn’t come cheap, and while I may lean toward Henrik Lundqvist in my cash games, Bobrovsky is a great target for GPPs.
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins, $9,000 – Trying to figure out Mike Johnson’s lineups right now is no easy task, especially with the recent addition of David Perron. With that said, Pittsburgh looked to be back to their old ways last night and I want some exposure here tonight. While Sidney Crosby is always a worthy play, I’ll be looking at Malkin here at a $900 discount. Malkin has a goal and an assist against Tampa Bay last night and now owns 17 goals and 26 assists through his first 38 games. He has been nearly unstoppable on home ice this season, posting 9 goals and 17 assists in just 21 games at the Consol Energy Center. The quick start and subsequent big lead the Penguins jumped out to last night allowed his workload to be limited (14 minutes of ice time), so he should be rather fresh tonight.
Derick Brassard, New York Rangers, $5,300 - Brassard probably doesn’t get the credit he deserves, but he’s quietly putting together another very solid season for the Rangers. He centers the Rangers’ top scoring line alongside the very dangerous Rick Nash and also logs big minutes on the point of the team’s #1 power play unit. The matchup today doesn’t get much better as the Rangers will welcome a Buffalo Sabres team to MSG who played last night and who have allowed 4.06 goals per game on the road this season. Brassard seems to come alive at Madison Square Garden, as he’s posted eight goals and twelve assists in twenty home games this season. He had a goal and a pair of assists in three meetings against Buffalo last season and his reasonable price-tag makes him a terrific option today.
Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks, $8,300 - While St. Louis is usually a team I refrain from picking against, I really like San Jose tonight. These West Coast road trips rarely seem to end well for the Blues, and St. Louis lost a hard-fought game last night in Anaheim. Pavelski lit the lamp twice against the Ducks in his last outing and has now racked up nine goals and three assists over the last twelve games. He’s thrived at the Shark Tank, posting 28 goals, 30 assists and a +24 in 58 home games since the beginning of last season. He picked up an assist against St. Louis when they squared off a few weeks ago and tallied two goals and two assists in their three meetings last season.
Radim Vrbata, Vancouver Canucks, $6,700 – After a blazing start with his new team, Vrbata’s production dipped a bit in November. However, he’s lit the lamp in back-to-back games and now has racked up three goals and two assists over his last five games. Willie Desjardins should be able to utilize the last line change to keep the Sedin/Sedin/Vrbata line away from Pavel Datsyuk which could spell trouble for Jimmy Howard. Detroit has been much less effective away from Joe Louis Arena this season but I still don’t expect the ownership on Vrbata to be very high, making him a very intriguing GPP target.
Andrew Ladd, Winnipeg Jets, $6,500 - Just as I started to believe that the Maple Leafs had turned the corner, they promptly imploded. They’ve now dropped six of their last eight games and surrendered 3.82 goals per game in the process. Things won’t be easy for them tonight as they’ll finish up their back-to-back with a battle against the Jets in the very visitor-unfriendly MTS Center. After a mini scoring drought, Ladd has tallied three goals and three assists over the last four games. He also had success against the Maple Leafs last season, picking up four helpers in their two meetings.
Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets, $6,100 - When the team with the NHL’s top power play takes on a team ranked near the bottom of penalty kill, I want some exposure. The Blue Jackets are clicking at an impressive 24.4% clip on the power play this season and will get a crack at Arizona’s ugly 75.4% penalty kill this evening. Foligno is in the midst of a breakout season offensively and his 17 power-play points already this season leads Columbus and is tied for 3rd in all of the NHL. Foligno has picked up six goals and added three assists over the last nine games but his asking price has yet to catch up to his production level.
Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers, $5,300 - McDonagh has established himself as the heart of this New York team and, now that his shoulder injury is behind him, he’s propelled the Rangers to a 9-1-0 record over their last ten games. In those games he’s scored three goals, added four assists and is a +12. He’s a mortal lock to see north of 20 minutes of ice time and has free reign to unleash his cannon slap shot from the point of the team’s #2 power-play unit. With Buffalo having committed the third most penalties in the NHL while also sporting an ugly 76.7% penalty kill, McDonagh is an elite option on the blueline tonight.
Marek Zidlicky, New Jersey Devils, $3,600 - The New Jersey Devils may be a mess, but I still find myself wanting some exposure to Philadelphia’s train wreck of a penalty kill. The Flyers limp into tonight’s game having dropped four straight games and owning the league’s worst 74.4% penalty kill. Zidlicky leads the Devils in both average power-play ice-time per game (3:02/game) as well as power play points (10) this season. He’s tallied a pair of assists in their two previous meetings this season and looks to be a nice value tonight.