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FanDuel NHL Plays: Saturday

by John Britt
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:01 pm ET

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Daily Fantasy Hockey Primer: 2014-15 Season
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Advanced Tips for Winning by Utilizing Vegas Odds and Line Combinations
FanDuel Daily Fantasy Hockey Research and Strategy Tools


Twenty teams will lace up their skates today, with many of them playing for the final time before Monday afternoon’s NHL trade deadline. With a handful of teams teetering on the edge of either being buyers or sellers, the action on the ice today is sure to be intense. If you’ve yet to try out daily fantasy hockey, then head on over to FanDuel. Hopefully the following picks can get you started in the right direction.




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


Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins, $10,200- After getting the night off last night thanks to a flu bug, Rask should find himself between the pipes for the Bruins when they host the Arizona Coyotes this evening. Rask defeated the Coyotes in their only previous meeting this season and now owns a 16-8-4 record with a 2.05 GAA and .928 SV% in 27 starts at the TD Garden. The Coyotes enter tonight’s game owning the NHL’s worst shooting percentage (7.25%) and having lost nine straight games, making Rask a rock solid cash game option.


Other Goalies to Target (Cash Games): Roberto Luongo, Brian Elliot, Jaroslav Halak, Carey Price


Other Goalies to Target (GPPs): Sergei Bobrovsky, Devan Dubnyk, Pekka Rinne





Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins, $6,000 – As I mentioned above with Tuukka Rask, the Arizona Coyotes are in a complete free-fall right now and I’m quite high on the Bruins today. Bergeron may be better known for his defensive exploits, but with the Coyotes lacking a true scoring threat, he should be free to showcase his offensive talents in this one. He picked up an assist against Arizona when they squared off earlier this season and has posted a goal and three assists over the last four games. Bergeron centers the team’s #1 power-play unit and should feast on this Coyotes 27th-ranked penalty kill.


Brock Nelson, New York Islanders, $4,200 – Nelson may not be the house-hold name we’ve grown accustomed to using on the Islanders, but his prior destruction of the Carolina Hurricanes simply can’t be ignored. In three prior meetings this season, Nelson has torched the Canes for four goals and three assists. The former first round pick looks poised to cruise past the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career and has earned a spot as the center on the team’s second power-play unit. He’s dirt cheap and a very solid “punt” option at the center position today.


Other Centers to Target (Cash Games): John Tavares, Nick Bjugstad, Ryan Johansen, Tomas Plekanec, Derek Stepan, David Backes


Other Centers to Target (GPPs): Claude Giroux, Pavel Datsyuk, Frans Nielsen, Jori Lehtera, Nathan MacKinnon




Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadians, $8,400 – When Pacioretty is playing at the Bell Centre, it’s wise to give him a look, as he owns some of the most drastic home vs road splits in the league this season; in 32 home games he’s amassed 16 goals and 19 assists (and a +22) versus “just” 14 goals and 4 assists in 29 road games. He’s scored seven goals and added six assists over the last 12 games and lit the lamp against the Maple Leafs earlier this season. His consistent production on home ice makes him worth the lofty price-tag.


Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues, $7,400 - The Blues have been sputtering a bit offensively, but Tarasenko just keeps rolling along. The 23-year-old has now amassed 60 points in 61 games this season and owns a pair of goals and three assists over the last four games. Tonight he’ll take on the defensively inept Edmonton Oilers who sport the NHL’s second-worst penalty kill since the All-Star break (71.4%). He’s feasted against Edmonton in their two prior meetings this season, scoring a goal and adding an assist in each meeting.


Other Wingers to Target (Cash Games): Rick Nash, Jaromir Jagr, Brad Marchand, Jaden Schwartz, Zach Parise, Anders Lee


Other Wingers to Target (GPPs): Jacob Voracek, Nick Foligno, Filip Forsberg, Jonathan Huberdeau





Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks, $6,200 – Burns won’t come cheap, but is still kind of feels like cheating when you’re able to slot him into one of your defensive spots. Burns is a defenseman by title only and it shows in his offensive production, as he enters tonight’s game owning 16 goals and 29 assists on the season. He’s unloaded 26 shots on goal over the last five games and sees a healthy dose of playing time on the point of the Sharks top power-play unit. If you can find a way to fit him into your lineup, he rarely leaves you disappointed.


Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers, $4,500 - Ekblad has been rather quiet lately, but with the Buffalo Sabres coming to South Florida, he’s a top tier option on the blue-line today. It’s hard to believe this kid is only 19 years old, as he’s poised with the puck and routinely logging 20+ minutes of ice-time for the Panthers. He’s already picked up four assists in the four previous meetings with Buffalo this season. Ekblad is averaging nearly three minutes per game on the point of the Panthers #1 power-play unit and he should find himself with plenty of scoring chances against the Sabres 29th-ranked penalty kill.


Other Defensemen to Target (Cash Games): Brian Campbell, Shea Weber, Dougie Hamilton, P.K. Subban, Alex Pietrangelo


Other Defensemen to Target (GPP’s): Cody Franson, Justin Faulk, Travis Hamonic, Mark Streit, Andrei Markov, Ryan Suter