Welcome to today’s edition of the FanDuel NHL plays. There are only three games on the slate, but that still leaves us with a lot of options today. Keep in mind that with three games, there might be some picks here that are not +EV to be used together. As always, be sure to check the Starting Goalies and Lines page to ensure your selections are playing.
Jimmy Howard - $6,900 – Howard is the cheapest goalie on the slate, and he also sees himself as likely the biggest favourite to win. Howard is not the best goalie, but he is appropriately priced for his talent, and underpriced given his matchup against the rebuilding Leafs. Detroit is a much better team at home than on the road, so this is a pretty safe pick. Keep in mind that in GPPs, Howard will likely be a good fade as he should be over 60% owned.
Henrik Lundqvist - $9,700 – If you want to get contrarian, I like the idea of using King Henrik. The Rangers are an even match against the Penguins, but are the likely bet to be able to pull out a W on home ice. Lundqvist is also the best goalie on the slate in terms of individual stats, and if he gets the win, he could be a great play especially if you like some of the cheap Leafs prospects to solve Howard.
Chris Kreider - $6,200 – Kreider is a really good talent, and though he has struggled to compile the numbers that Rangers fans hoped for, he still has incredible speed and an offensive-heavy, 16-minute role for every game. He plays top PP and gets a large portion of offensive zone starts. Columbus has played a high-scoring chance pace, and that style of play suits Kreider’s speed in open ice.
Nikita Shoshnikov - $3,400 – Shosh has been phenomenal, and though he didn’t show up against Ottawa along with his teammates, don’t expect the Leafs to come out flat against Babcock’s old team. Shosh has been a really nice surprise and has displayed incredible hands and a really good shot off the rush. For this price you are getting a really talented player.
Cam Atkinson - $6,200 – Atkinson is an excellent play at wing. He takes over three shots per game since the break and has been putting up massive numbers compared to the early part of his season. Atkinson is fairly priced for the type of player he is, despite the tough matchup.
Nikita Kucherov - $6,800 – Kucherov faces a weak CBJ team and he and the triplet line have been very good in the last couple of seasons. Though the numbers are down this year, it is a three-game slate and Kucherov has been the best shot producer of the three, and given our limited choices, Kucherov stands out as a solid play today.
Pavel Datsyuk - $6,100 – Datsyuk and basically anyone on the Red Wings’ top six are elite plays in this one. Datsyuk stands out as the top play because of his insanely cheap price tag and he is coming off a beautiful OT winner yesterday.
Henrik Zetterberg – $6,800 - On a three-game slate, it is alright for me to double down on Red Wings’ teammatse at the center position. Zetterberg has been his usual self all year long and faces a rebuilding Leafs team that has poor goaltending. Both he and Datsyuk are fairly simple and safe plays, but will also be over 50% owned.
Justin Schultz - $3,200 – Possibly the best bargain on this slate is Justin Schultz. Schultz is on the top powerplay and has proven to be a capable offensive D-man in the past with the Oilers. His role at ES might not be that big on a better team, but at this price, it is worth getting exposure to the Pens’ PP.
Mike Green - $4,600 – Green might be on the 2nd unit, but the Red Wings are basically a team that run a PP1 and a PP1A. Both units split time, and Green is by far the most talented D-man offensively on that team.