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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 in hockey, the NHL explodes on this Thursday evening with an 11-game slate. We have a lot of high powered offenses in action tonight, so it should be a very entertaining and high scoring night in the National Hockey League.

The Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues are the big favorites tonight, and there are no teams playing on the tailend of a back to back this evening.

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GOALTENDERS

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

Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens, $10,500Carey Price has simply been spectacular in goal for the Montreal Canadiens, and if the season ended today he would be your Vezina Trophy winner. Since the All-Star break, Price has posted staggering numbers (1.32 GAA, .955 SV%) and he has been a wall at the Bell Center all season long (1.81 GAA, .939 SV%). The Ottawa Senators have been playing great hockey, but they are still not an offense to fear and the Canadiens are one of the NHL’s top teams on home ice (22-7-5). Look for Price to once again put on a show and play an outstanding game against the Senators.

Other Goalies To Target (Cash Games) – Marc-Andre Fleury, Jimmy Howard, Corey Crawford

Other Goalies To Target (Tournaments) – Cam Ward, Calvin Pickard, Dan Ellis

CENTERS

Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings, $7,500 – Zetterberg had a monster game Monday night (3 PTS, 2 PIM, +2, 2 SOG) in the Red Wings’ win over Edmonton, and he now has three multi-point performances in his last four games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have been an absolute mess defensively all year long, allowing the fourth-most shots per game (32.8) and the fifth-most goals per game (3.15) this season. Zetterberg is in line for another big night.

Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks, $8,000 – Toews has four points in his last three games and has been shouldering the offensive load for the Chicago Blackhawks with Patrick Kane out due to injury. Toews is one of the top cash game plays on a nightly basis due to his consistency and big game upside. The Arizona Coyotes are playing awful hockey right now and they remain one of the league’s worst defensive teams. The Desert Dogs rank 25th in shots against per game (32.3) and 28th in goals against per game (3.27) this season. Look for a multi-point game from Toews in the desert tonight.

Other Centers To Target (Cash Games) – Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk, Tyler Seguin

Other Centers To Target (Tournaments) – David Desharnais, Jori Lehtera, Ryan O’Reilly, Jeff Carter

WINGERS

Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues, $7,700 – Tarasenko is coming off of back-to-back multi-point games and is riding a four-game point streak. Tarsenko has been a beast at home this season (37 PTS in 33 GP) and he leads the Blues in both goals (33) and points (66). The Philadelphia Flyers look lost right now and are not playing sound hockey at either end of the rink. Look for Tarasenko to stay hot and be one of the top fantasy producers again tonight.

Patric Hornqvist, Pittsburgh Penguins, $7500 – Hornqvist has three goals in his last two games and leads the Penguins with 175 shots on goal. Pittsburgh has won six of their past eight games and have their offense firing on all cylinders. The Edmonton Oilers are one of the worst road teams in hockey (8-18-9) and are 1-6-2 in their last nine meetings in Pittsburgh. Edmonton has lost five straight games, allowing 21 goals in the process. I expect Pittsburgh to score four or more goals tonight versus this sad Oilers team and I like Hornqvist to snipe at least one goal.

Other Wingers To Target (Cash Games) – Chris Kunitz, Max Pacioretty, Marian Hossa

Other Wingers To Target (Tournaments) – Jeff Skinner, Gustav Nyquist, Brendan Gallagher

DEFENSE

Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues, $5,000 – Pietrangelo had a multi-point performance in the Blues win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night and finds himself in a great spot to produce again tonight. The Philadelphia Flyers have lost three consecutive games and are not a team that travels well (9-18-7). The St. Louis Blues own one of the best offenses in hockey and are studs on home ice (23-8-2). Philadelphia has the NHL’s third-worst penalty kill and the Blues have the league’s third-best powerplay, and this is where Pietrangelo will shine tonight. Another multi-point effort could be in the works.

Other Defensemen To Target (Cash Games) – Kris Letang, Niklas Kronwall, P.K. Subban, Duncan Keith

Other Defensemen To Target (Tournaments) – Justin Faulk, Tyson Barrie, Zach Redmond, Derrick Pouliot

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.