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FanDuel NHL Plays: Thursday

by Chris Lowery
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:01 pm ET

Each day I will be providing my recommended player picks for your FanDuel daily fantasy hockey lineups.


My FanDuel NHL Plays will be broken down by player positions, and will include picks for cash games (50/50s/double-ups/head-to-head) and GPPs (guaranteed prize pool tournaments).




Are you new to Daily Fantasy Hockey? Check out these strategies documents first for tips and recommendations to craft your winning FanDuel hockey lineups:


Daily Fantasy Hockey Primer: 2014-15 Season

Winning Strategies for Cash Games (head-to-head, 50/50s)

Winning Strategies for GPP Tournaments

Advanced Tips for Winning by Utilizing Vegas Odds and Line Combinations

FanDuel Daily Fantasy Hockey Research and Strategy Tools




With the NBA only having one game tonight before taking a week off due to the All-Star break, hockey is the only show in town for a while, so we should see a few newbies diving in to daily fantasy hockey.


We have another exciting Thursday night of NHL action, with nine games on the slate. It should be one of the busiest nights all year in both cash games and GPPs tonight. Hopefully my picks can help you win some money in your cash games or even take down one of the big tournaments.




Make sure to check the RotoGrinders NHL Starting Goalies Page to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting prior to game time.


Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild, $8,900 – Dubnyk continued his sensational play, stopping 32 of the 34 shots he faced in Winnipeg on Tuesday night. Dubnyk has been incredible in net as a member of the Wild, winning eight of his 11 starts and posting four shutouts in the process. The Florida Panthers are a solid hockey club, but they still lack any real scoring punch on offense, as they have produced the seventh-fewest goals per game in the NHL this season (2.46). However, despite their lack of scoring, Florida has taken the ninth-most shots per game (31.2) this year, and this is the perfect scenario for Dubnyk, as he should still see a decent amount of shots tonight. Look for Dubnyk to keep rolling and pay off his elevated salary.


Other Goalies To Target (Cash Games) – Pekka Rinne, Jaroslav Halak, Jonathan Quick


Other Goalies To Target (Tournaments) – Dustin Tokarski, John Gibson, Thomas Greiss



John Tavares, New York Islanders, $8,300 – Tavares let a lot of fantasy owners down Tuesday night, but I expect him to bounce back in a big way tonight and I am doubling down. The Maple Leafs have allowed 14 goals in their past four games and have been a mess defensively all year long. Toronto has allowed the fourth-most shots (32.8) and sixth-most goals per game (3.06) this season. Toronto has now lost 12 of their past 13 games and look completely lost as a team. The Maple Leafs are 7-16-4 on the road and the Islanders are one of the league’s best teams on home ice (18-6-0). All signs point to a big game from the Islanders and a multi-point night for Tavares.


Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles kings, $6,000 – The Los Angeles Kings are coming off two big wins over the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Tampa Bay Lightning, scoring eight goals in the process. Kopitar meanwhile has quietly gone about his business, registering 14 points in his last 15 games. The Kings have not been very good on the road this season (7-12-6), but they are a completely different animal at the Staples center (16-6-6). Most of the Kings players have much better stats on home ice and Kopitar is no exception, with 31 points in 28 home games. Kopitar is always a safe pay at home and I like his chances of a multi-point game tonight versus the Flames.


Other Centers To Target (Cash Games) – Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf, David Desharnais


Other Centers To Target (Tournaments) – Frans Nielsen, Mike Ribeiro, Derick Brassard





Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens, $8,600 – Pacioretty has been one of the hottest snipers in the NHL recently (10 G, 17 PTS in last 16 GP), and he is one of the top plays in any format when playing on home ice. Mad Max has been a beast at the Bell Center all season long (13 G, 31 PTS in 28 GP) and he should only add to those totals tonight with the defensively challenged Oilers in town. The Oilers are playing better hockey these days but are still a very bad defensive team in terms of possession and defensive zone coverage. Edmonton has allowed the second-most goals per game (3.24) in the NHL this season, and neither of Ben Scrivens or Viktor Fasth appears to be the answer in net. Look for Pacioretty to snipe at least one goal tonight.


Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators, $6,200 – Forsberg has points in nine of his last 11 games and continues to lead Nashville’s offensive assault on the NHL. The Predators have scored the sixth-most goals per game this season (2.94) and are the league’s top team on home ice (22-3-1). With three wins in a row and a 6-2-2 record in their past ten games, Nashville is rolling right now. The Jets have lost five of their past seven games, allowing 23 goals against in the process. Look for Forsberg and the Predators to remain hot tonight.


David Perron, Pittsburgh Penguins, $5,900 – Perron has scored in three of his last four games and he now has produced 9 goals, 13 points and 62 shots in 16 games as a Penguin. Despite playing in back to back games, I think Pittsburgh is in a decent spot tonight. The Senators continue to take way too many penalties (sixth-most in the NHL) and the Penguins’ powerplay is absolutely lethal. Senators goaltender Robin Lehner has now lost 9 of his past 11 starts and has been average at best (2.94 GAA, .908 SV%) in net for Ottawa. Perron skates on the Penguins’ top line and number one powerplay unit, putting him in a great spot to produce again tonight.


Other Wingers To Target (Cash Games) – Zach Parise, Rick Nash, Marian Gaborik


Other Wingers To Target (Tournaments) – Phil Kessel, Brendan Gallagher, Bobby Ryan




Travis Hamonic, New York Islanders, $4,400 – Hamonic has points in six of his last eight games and is currently riding a three-game point streak. Hamonic has seen a dramatic increase in ice time lately and is currently the Islanders’ powerplay quarterback. The Islanders are one of the NHL’s most explosive offenses at home, averaging 3.5 goals per game at the Nassau Coliseum. Look for Hamonic and company to have a big game tonight versus a defensively weak Maple Leafs squad.

Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens, $3,700 – Markov continued to play well offensively against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night, assisting on the game winning goal in overtime and adding three shots on goal. Markov now has points in three straight games and has fired 15 shots on goal in his last four games. Markov sees a ton of ice time at both even strength and on the Habs’ top powerplay unit, which can only add up to good things tonight against Edmonton.


Other Defensemen To Target (Cash Games) – Kris Letang, Drew Doughty, P.K. Subban


Other Defensemen To Target (Tournaments) – Ryan McDonagh, Morgan Reilly, Nick Leddy

Chris Lowery
Chris "Pepsi7" Lowery is the 2013 FanDuel Baseball Champion, pocketing $235,00 between that first place finish and a third place finish with his other entry. He also qualified for the FanDuel DFBC finals in 2012, finishing 7th. Impressively, MLB may not be his best sport as Chris is one of the best Daily Fantasy NHL minds in the business. Chris contributes to RotoGrinders, and you can follow him on Twitter @Pepsi7DFS.