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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).

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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

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After a quiet Wednesday night of hockey, the NHL bounces back with a fantastic eight-game slate on Thursday evening. The Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks are the biggest favorites tonight, while the Montréal Canadiens are the only team playing on consecutive nights.

Editor's Note: Rotoworld's partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $35,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Thursday’s NHL games. It's just $2 to join and first prize is $3,000. Starts Thursday at 7:00pm ET. Here's the FanDuel link.

GOALTENDERS

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

Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning, $8,400 – There are plenty of good options in goal tonight, but I am going with Ben Bishop and the Tampa Bay Lightning, who happen to be the biggest favorites on the board. Bishop has won four of his last five starts and he has been at his best when playing on home ice (2.07 GAA, .927 SV%). The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the league’s worst road teams and have really struggled to score goals in 2015. Look for Bishop and the Lightning to dominate this game from puck drop.

Other Goalies To Target (Cash Games) – Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, Braden Holtby, Jonathan Quick

Other Goalies To Target (Tournaments) – Devan Dubnyk, Brian Elliott, Eddie Lack

CENTERS

Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning, $8,400 – Stamkos had a goal and seven shots on net against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night, and he is now sitting third in the NHL with 36 goals on the season. Stammer has started to come on strong recently, producing eight goals and 36 shots on goal in his last nine games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the NHL’s weaker defensive teams and have given up on the season. Look for Stamkos to have a big night versus this struggling Maple Leafs team.

Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins, $6,000 – Despite the Bruins’ inconsistent play and injury issues this season, Patrice Bergeron has been the one constant producer. Bergeron has racked up seven goals, 12 points and 45 shots on goal in 14 games since the All-Star break and is coming off a multi-point performance versus the Arizona Coyotes. I expect Boston to score some goals tonight against the Calgary Flames, and Bergeron is the one Bruins player we can trust.

Other Centers To Target (Cash Games) – Nicklas Backstrom, Jason Spezza, Henrik Sedin

Other Centers To Target (Tournaments) – Sean Monahan, Tyler Johnson, Aleksander Barkov

WINGERS

Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, $9,600 – You might be getting sick of seeing Ovechkin in my articles each time he plays, but how can I not write him up? He is absolutely dominating the entire league right now. The “Great Eight” has recorded back to back multi-goal games, while recording 12 shots on goal. In his last 19 games, Ovi has generated 16 goals, 24 points and 101 shots on goal. Every other player in hockey needs ax Xbox to produce those kinds of numbers. Until he cools off, lock and load.

Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues, $7,400 – There are a lot of teams to like tonight, and the St. Louis Blues are one of them. Tarasenko is the Blues’ biggest offensive threat, leading the team in goals with 31 and points with 61. The Flyers have lost three of their last four games and have allowed 14 goals in the process. Philadelphia sits in the bottom third of the league in most defensive categories and I think the Blues can exploit that tonight in the city of brotherly love.  If you are only looking to roster one Blue tonight, make it Vladimir Tarasenko.

Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks, $6,200 – Sedin had a multi-point effort against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night, and he now has 17 points and 60 shots on goal in his last 18 games. The Arizona Coyotes are a disaster right now. Not only are the Desert Dogs one of the worst defensive teams in hockey, they also have the league’s worst starting goaltender in Mike Smith (3.34 GA, .894 SV%). The Yotes have allowed the sixth-most shots (32.1) and the most goals per game (3.33) in the NHL this season. I think Daniel snipes at least one goal tonight and fires a few shots on net as well.  

Other Wingers To Target (Cash Games) – Jaime Benn, Alexander Steen, Ryan Callahan
 
Other Wingers To Target (Tournaments) – Phil Kessel, Reilly Smith, Alex Killorn, Anders Lee

DEFENSE

Jason Garrison, Tampa Bay Lightning, $3,600 – Garrison is playing solid hockey for the Bolts and he continues to receive more powerplay time than other Lightning defenseman. The Toronto Maple Leafs have been a disaster on the road this season (8-20-5), while the Tampa Bay Lightning are one of the league’s best teams on home ice (24-6-1) and have one of the most explosive offenses especially when playing at the Amalie Arena. Garrison is inexpensive and has a plus matchup versus a defensively-challenged Maple Leafs team tonight.

Other Defensemen To Target (Cash Games) – Shea Weber, Drew Doughty, Dougie Hamilton

Other Defensemen To Target (Tournaments) – John Klingberg, Andrei Markov, Yannick Weber

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.