There are nine games on tap for tonight’s FanDuel NHL contests. As always, be sure you check the NHL Starting Goalies page prior to puck-drop, to ensure all the players listed below are in the lineup.
Corey Crawford, $9,700 – Crawford is a great goalie, he faces a mediocre Carolina team on a back-to-back, and he is at home. Crawford is reasonably priced and is very likely to pull out a win in this one.
Roberto Luongo, $8,900 – Luongo is another goalie in a great matchup. For my goalies, I focus most on taking good goalies in good matchups. Both he and Crawford fit that bill. Luongo faces a bad Columbus team, which is also on a back to back, and Florida is playing tremendous hockey right now.
Mike Hoffman, $7,300 – Hoffman is a great player and has continued to put up insane numbers all year. Boston is on a back to back, and missing Torey Krug, and Hoffman should not be faded in any matchup at home until his price rises. He is over a point per game, and though he shoots a high and unsustainable percentage, his talent is off the charts, so a high shooting % can be sustained.
Artemi Panarin, $5,500 – I continue to write him up all year long. He is still just $5,500 and skating with the hottest offensive player on the planet. He has 31 points in 36 games and sees all the power-play time you can ask for from a 5.5k player.
Kyle Okposo, $6,300 – Last season, I begged for a line that featured Lee, Tavares and Okposo. My wish has final come true, and though I am not sure I can call this line cheating, seeing as Tavares has really dropped off this year, we might see him play better with Okposo and Lee. Okposo shoots a ton and is a great player and is at home in a good matchup against the Leafs, who have a goalie searching for his 2nd win of the season. Yes, it is almost New Years.
Jaromir Jagr, $5,000 – Jagr is ageless and one of the best players in the league still. He faces Columbus on a back-to-back, and is still playing huge minutes with great linemates. He is priced like a 43-year-old ordinarily should be priced, but he is no ordinary 43-year-old.
Leon Draisaitl, $3,800 – Draisaitl is still just $3,800. He has 30 points in 26 games and is facing one of the worst defensive teams in the NHL. Need I say more?
Ryan Getzlaf, $8,100 – Getzlaf gets a home matchup against the Flyers. Though Steve Mason has been awesome, Philly still gives up too many high-danger chances, and Getzlaf is an elite center still, despite a downgrade in production.
Justin Schultz, $4,000 – Schultz has been a bust for Edmonton, but he saw his most minutes in a while last game, and he is still getting all the power-play opportunities you can ask for. Schultz is a matchup play at this point, and Calgary is always a team we can exploit.
Zdeno Chara, $6,000 – With Torey Krug likely out tonight, look for Chara to take over top power-play duties and see huge minutes. Ottawa chose to keep Wade Redden, who has been out of the league for years, instead of Chara way back in the day, and Chara never seems to let Senators fans forget it. Look for him to get some revenge tonight against his old team in this role.