Today isn’t the busiest of days on the ice in the NHL, but with FanDuel offering contests, I’m here providing picks. Keep in mind that this is a two-game slate, so our pool of options is much smaller.
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Scott Darling – Darling stands out as the goalie most likely to win. The Leafs are playing great hockey and are getting much-deserved results that they didn’t get earlier in the year, so that makes the gap between New York and Toronto a bit smaller than Chicago and Calgary. Darling has proven he can play any time he is given the chance, and at home against a very bad Calgary team, he should grab an easy win.
Nazem Kadri – Kadri had two more shots last night and could not score. He did pick up an assist, however, and now sits at seven points in 17 games. On a two-game slate, he might actually be low owned because of the lack of production, but players with Kadri’s profile of scoring chances, shots, and high danger chances often end up being 30-goal scorers. Getting a cheap one on a short slate that is under-owned can win you your games.
Rick Nash – Nash stands out as one of the top plays tonight, and he should be targeted in both cash and GPP formats. Though he has struggled to get things going offensively this year, and he is shooting less, he is simply the Rangers’ best player, and we therefore need exposure to him in some capacity. Whether you take his linemates or him, just make sure you get a piece of this line or the whole thing.
Artemi Panarin – When will Panarin not be this cheap? I don’t know. But, I do know that he is an autoplay in my lineups until his price is resolved. He is an amazing offensive talent, with amazing hands, and vision. At home against Calgary should be a great chance for him to showcase his talent.
Marko Dano – Dano was a sleeper of mine heading into the season as he was near the top of the NHL in points per 60 minutes last year. He started the year in the AHL, but he is getting a shot to skate with Toews and Hossa now. Look at any linemate these guys have had in the past, and find me one that didn’t see a huge bump in production. Dano is unknown to most of the DFS world, so tonight is a great chance to take a risk on him.
Brent Seabrook – Seabrook anchors the top PP for the Hawks, and he should be a popular pick tonight for good reason. He has 11 points in 11 games since Duncan Keith has gotten hurt, and he has always put up more points per 60 minutes than Keith on the PP in recent years.
Ryan McDonagh – Like Seabrook, I like McDonagh for his role on the top PP unit. That is basically always my checklist for a defenseman. Can you score? Do you play power play minutes? Are you offensive minded? McDonagh passes all three tests, and he faces a bad Leafs penalty kill.