Now that you have all of your NFL lineups locked and loaded here at FanDuel, it’s time to concentrate on the nice eight-game slate the NHL has provided with us today. This is possibly the best time of the year as we have The World Series possibly ending tonight, NASCAR winding down, the NFL getting warmed up, and the NBA just getting started. Speaking of getting started, let’s dive right into to today’s NHL selections. Remember, I usually write up the guys that I think need to be written up, as hopefully everyone would know why say a Connor McDavid or Johnny Gaudreau will be good plays tonight. Expect a lot of goaltender changes today, as eight of the 16 teams in action played yesterday, including every away team except Ottawa so this should be fun!
Jhonas Enroth – Toronto Maple Leafs – $7,400 – Enroth is obviously a GPP play here as the Maple Leafs take to the road to face the New York Islanders. Toronto is looking for their first road win of the season here and just might get it as the New Yorkers have dropped their last two games en route to giving up seven goals while only scoring four in those two games. Small sample size for sure, but when a young fast team goes up against an aging team, sometimes speed prevails.
Top Goaltender of the Night: Cam Talbot – Edmonton Oilers - $8,700
Victor Rask – Carolina Hurricanes - $5,200 – It’s tough not to call Victor Rask the value center play of the day at FanDuel, as he not only anchors the Hurricanes top power play unit, he has grabbed at least a point in each of Carolina’s first seven games which includes two multiple point games. The Flyers come in off a tough home loss last night at the hands of division rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins, so they could easily come into Carolina flat tonight. It’s not often you can get a productive center in a good spot at this price so grab the opportunity while you can.
Top Center of the Night: Connor McDavid- Edmonton Oilers - $8,300
Tanner Pearson – Los Angeles Kings - $5,300 – Here’s another value play, as the Kings travel to Chicago to take on the very inept Blackhawk penalty kill unit. The Hawks have given up 15 short-handed goals so far and have never had a game go by where the opposition hasn’t scored with the man advantage. Yes, I know Pearson hasn’t scored in the last two games, but last night he received the top power play minutes and does have an average of a point a game so far this season. It also doesn’t hurt that he skates with Jeff Carter on the second line, as there is no doubt Chicago will have their top defensive unit on Kopitar and Toffoli, making the ice seem a little bigger for Peason and his line mates on the road tonight.
Jakub Voracek – Philadelphia Flyers - $6,700 – Voracek is starting to heat up as he has grabbed nine points in the last six games, including two goals last night in the 5-4 loss at home against Pittsburgh. It may look like we are chasing points here, but hear me out. Voracek is the anchor of the second line while getting exposure to Giroux and the top line on the team’s top unit while enjoying the man advantage. I like taking good second-line players on the road as one-offs as the home team usually puts their best defensive unit up against the visiting team’s top line. The fact that Voracek gets the top power play minutes makes him very playable tonight.
Top One-Off Winger: Alex Killorn – Tampa Bay Lightning - $5,900
Dougie Hamilton – Calgary Flames - $5,400 – Hamilton and the Flames have been turning it on lately by winning their last three games, including wins against St Louis and Chicago. Hamilton has found the scoresheet six times in the last five games, and the only worry is that Braden Holtby will probably be between the pipes for Washington. Holtby however is 1-1-1 on the road and has given up eight goals in the process, so this game could be a barnburner when you consider that both teams play an upbeat style of hockey.
Ryan McDonagh – New York Rangers - $5,100 – McDonagh quarterbacks the Rangers top power play unit, which has scored a goal in each of the last four games. By virtue of having an assist in each of the last five games, McDonagh has not had a FanDuel score of under 11 points in the last two weeks. Tampa should be a little tired tonight as they played last night. Tired players equals lazy penalties. Fire up McDonagh.
Nikita Zaitsev – Toronto Maple Leafs - $3,600 – Zaitsev continues to log over 20 minutes a night and has found the scoresheet five times in the first eight games, including having an assist in three of the last four games. He does get second power play minutes, so taking him on the cheap tonight against an Islanders team that has given up three goals a game on average may not be a bad idea here.
Top Defensman of the Night: Erik Karlsson – Ottawa Senators - $7,000
That will wrap up another Sunday of giving you a look into the NHL. I will be back next week when I break down a decent six game slate, but until then, follow me on twitter @elctrceye and as always, good luck in your games!