Welcome to today’s edition of the FanDuel NHL plays. Keep in mind that the Penguins and Capitals game has been postponed due to weather, so obviously we don’t want players playing in that one. Be sure to check the NHL Starting Goalies and Lines Page to ensure your selections are starting. Here are some other choices.
Eddie Lack - $6,900 – On just a three-game slate with no locks in net, it might be wise to spend down on goalie, and still have a shot at a realistic win. Carolina is underachieving based on their great puck possession numbers, and while Lack is not having a great year, he faces a mediocre Calgary team and should see the goal support to win this game.
Other Options – Corey Crawford
Artemi Panarin – $5,900 – As long as Panarin’s role remains the same and his price remains under 6k, there is no reason to not use him today. On just a three-game slate, we can ignore the matchups, as none jump off the page, and take the guy who is consistently underpriced and over producing his salary, alongside Patrick Kane.
Eric Staal - $6,900 – Eric Staal has certainly regressed this year, but he is still a solid option who is underachieving offensively. He faces a bad Calgary defense tonight, and his 32 shots in the last 10 games, and his 15 high danger chances per 60 minutes over those same 10 indicate that this guy is extremely unlucky of late, and should bounce back tonight.
Joe Thornton - $5,400 – Thornton doesn’t just have 12 points in his last 10 games, but he also has an insanely high 75% high danger chance rate in that time, and he is absolutely dominating with Pavelski right now. The matchup is tough, but considering the production you get for this miniscule price tag, there is no reason to fade Joe today, even in the tough matchup.
Justin Faulk - $5,800 – Faulk is a great defenseman for DFS as he is safe and provides upside. He has an corsi relative of over 5% since the new year, and he faces a bad possession team in Calgary. Faulk gets a lot of scoring chances at 5 vs 5 for a defenseman and in this matchup, he should be able to do well both in that role and on the power-play against the Flames bad penalty kill.
Brent Burns - $7,100 – Burns is extremely pricy, but he is worth it as well. The amount of shots, and scoring chances this guy gets is nuts, and the power-play usage is through the roof. Once again, the matchup is tough, but on this slate, there is nothing pretty, and matchups can be thrown out the window, while the simple strategy of taking good players is probably a good call.