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FanDuel NHL Plays: Thursday

by Chris Lowery
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:05 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:


It is a very strangely quiet Thursday night of National Hockey League action with only six games on the schedule. Regardless, it appears to be a very good one for daily fantasy purposes. The San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild are tonight’s biggest favorites, while none of the 12 teams taking the ice are playing in consecutive games.


Introduction to Daily Fantasy Hockey: Breaking it Down

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






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


Darcy Kuemper, Minnesota Wild, $7,800 – There are a few decent goaltending options to choose from tonight, but I will roll with Kuemper and put the savings into my offense. The Minnesota Wild have won four of their past five contests and they are a very strong team on home ice. Edmonton on the other hand has been terrible on the road this season (10-25-1), and they are ranked 27th overall in goals per game. Look for Kuemper to come away with the win and allow two goals or less.



Other Goalies To Target (Cash Games) – Roberto Luongo, Martin Jones, Tuukka Rask, Petr Mrazek


Other Goalies To Target (Tournaments) – Robin Lehner, Mike Condon, Ondrej Pavelec, Cam Talbot






Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers, $6,400 - When healthy, Barkov has been the Florida Panthers best player this season. The 20-year-old Finn has improved immensely in his third year, producing 20 goals and 42 points in just 50 games. By now you should know the Ottawa Senators are a defensive disaster. The Senators are a bottom-six team in just about every single defensive category, including possession, scoring chances allowed and goals against per game. Not to mention, Ottawa is a very undisciplined team. They have taken the eighth-most penalty minutes per game and they have a done a lousy job killing off those penalties (29th-ranked penalty kill). Barkov is very reasonably priced and I think he easily pays off his salary tonight.



Other Centers to Target (Cash Games) – Joe Thornton, Patrice Bergeron, Alex Galchenyuk


Other Centers to Target (Tournaments) – Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, Mark Scheifele, Nick Bjugstad, Logan Couture






Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks, $8,100 - The San Jose Sharks are playing great hockey these days and their offense (led by Joe Pavelski and the top line) has been very consistent, averaging over three goals per game since the beginning of February. On the flip side of this game, the New Jersey Devils are really struggling and they are missing Cory Schneider in net big time. New Jersey has lost five of their past six games, allowing a ridiculous 27 goals against in the process. Pavelski has goals in back-to-back games and he continues to be the San Jose Sharks’ biggest and most consistent scoring threat (31 G, 64 PTS, 180 SOG in 66 GP). In this prime matchup, Pavelski has multi-goal potential.



Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild, $7,300 - We have a few of the National Hockey League’s weaker defensive teams in action this evening and the Edmonton Oilers are definitely one of the. The Oilers give up the fourth-most shots per game (31.4) and they have allowed more high-danger scoring chances against than anyone in hockey, which has led to them giving up the sixth-most goals against per game. Parise has hat trick upside in this plus matchup on home ice.



Other Wingers to Target (Cash Games) – Max Pacioretty, Jaromir Jagr, Henrik Zetterberg, Evander Kane, Charlie Coyle


Other Wingers to Target (Tournaments) – Jordan Eberle, Drew Stafford, Justin Abdelkader, Reilly Smith, Patrick Marleau






Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks, $8,200 - Burns is getting up there in price, but man he is a tough guy to fade in cash games with this terrific matchup. The Ajax, Ontario native is absolutely dialed in right now, producing four goals, nine points and 24 shots on net over his last five contests. Despite the hefty price tag, I will do everything I can to roster Burns in my cash game lineup.



Other Defensemen to Target (Cash Games) – P.K. Subban, Aaron Ekblad, Ryan Suter


Other Defensemen to Target (Tournaments) – Niklas Kronwall, Brian Campbell, Rasmus Ristolainen


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.