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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




After a quiet Wednesday night of hockey, the NHL breaks out with a 10-game slate this evening. Tonight is very similar to Tuesday night, as there is so much to like that you should see a lot of diversity in both your cash games and tournament play.




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

Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens, $10,700 – If you are paying up for a goaltender tonight, Price is easily the top choice in net. On a night without a lot of locks in goal, I recommend paying up in your cash games. Price has posted phenomenal numbers since the All-Star break (1.56 GAA, .947 SV%, 5 SO) and he has been rock solid at the Bell Center all season long (1.92 GAA, .935 SV%). The Carolina Hurricanes are not an offense to fear, ranking 26th in goals per game this season. In their two previous meetings this season with the Hurricanes, Montreal has won both games, outscoring them by a total of 7-2. Look for a strong performance from Price tonight and of course the big W.


Other Goalies To Target (Cash Games) – Antti Niemi, Semyon Varlamov, Eddie Lack


Other Goalies To Target (Tournaments) – Andrew Hammond, Petr Mrazek, Jonathan Bernier




Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames, $5,400 - The Calgary Flames’ top line featuring Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler has been one of the hottest lines in hockey recently and they have a nice matchup at home tonight. Monahan has six goals and nine points in his last eight games and is very moderately priced. The Flames are fighting for their playoff lives and should be pumped up for this game, while the Flyers have nothing to play for and are one of the worst road teams in hockey (9-19-9). Philadelphia continues to struggle in all aspects of their game and I expect Monahan and company to exploit that tonight at the Saddledome.


Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks, $5,100 – The Canucks’ top line (Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin and Alex Burrows) had a big night in their 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. This combination has shown great chemistry over the years and they find themselves in a plus matchup tonight. Even with the return of goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, the Columbus Blue Jackets have really struggled in their own end. After surrendering three goals in Edmonton last night, Columbus has now allowed 30 goals in their past nine games. The Blue Jackets are not only playing very poor defensive hockey these days, but will also be facing the Vancouver Canucks while on the tailend of a back to back. Sedin has 22 points in his last 24 games and I think he keeps rolling tonight.


Other Centers To Target (Cash Games) – Sidney Crosby, Tyler Seguin, Joe Thornton, Logan Coututre


Other Centers To Target (Tournaments) – Tyler Bozak, Tomas Plekanec, Jori Lehtera, Nick Bonino





Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens, $8,600 – Any time the Montreal Canadiens are playing on home ice, Max Pacioretty is in play for me. Mad Max has been a beast at the Bell Center all season long (18 G, 39 PTS, +24 in 35 GP) and the Habs’ offense runs through him. The Carolina Hurricanes have lost four of their last five games and are not a team that travels well (11-20-4). Pacioretty is fourth in the NHL in goals (34) and second in shots on goal (276) and makes a great play tonight in any format.


Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks, $7,900 – The San Jose Sharks have been a very inconsistent offense this season, but Joe Pavelski has been the one Shark who has been extremely reliable and productive all year (34 G, 64 PTS, 217 SOG in 70 GP). Pavelski is coming off a two-goal game versus the Winnipeg Jets and has now has 12 goals and 22 points in his last 22 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are a complete mess right now and they are a team we should be targeting each night they are in action. Toronto has lost seven of their last nine games, allowing 37 goals against in the process. Look for another big night from Pavelski at the ACC tonight.


Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche, $6,100 – Landeskog has not been hampered whatsoever with the loss of Nathan MacKinnon, as he has racked up 10 goals and 19 points in his last 21 games. After losing 15 of their past 16 games, the Arizona Coyotes are making a run at the number one overall draft pick, otherwise known as the “Connor McDavid sweepstakes”. The Desert Dogs have allowed the fifth-most shots per game (32.5) and the third-most goals per game (3.23) this season. Landeskog has very quietly been one of the best players in the game recently and I doubt the defensively challenged Coyotes slow him down tonight.


Other Wingers To Target (Cash Games) – Johnny Gaudreau, Daniel Sedin, David Perron


Other Wingers To Target (Tournaments) – Alexander Burrows, Mark Stone, P.A. Parenteau





Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks, $6,100 – The Maple Leafs have been a disaster in their own end this year and they are only getting worse as the season goes on. Toronto is currently ranked 29th in shots against (33.1), 26th in goals against (3.14), 29th in scoring chances allowed and 27th in Corsi. San Jose has not been an offensive powerhouse this season, but they are still a very talented offensive team and they have the NHL’s fifth-best powerplay. Burns should easily find his way onto the scoresheet via the man advantage and he has multi-point upside in this matchup tonight.


Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche, $5,700 – Barrie had a multi-point effort in Colorado’s 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night, and he now has seven goals and 17 points in his last 17 games. We talked earlier about how bad the Arizona Coyotes team has been defensively this season, but there are two more reasons we like Barrie and the Colorado Avalanche tonight (not that you need more reasons to pick on this awful defensive squad): 1) the Coyotes have the league’s 26th-ranked penalty kill, and 2) Mike Smith in net, who has been the worst starter statistically (3.20 GAA, .900 SV%) in the NHL this season. Don’t be surprised if Barrie has another multi-point performance tonight in Arizona.


Other Defensemen To Target (Cash Games) – Kris Letang, P.K. Subban, Dennis Wideman, Kris Russell


Other Defensemen To Target (Tournaments) – Aaron Ekblad, Christian Ehrhoff, Alexander Edler, Zach Redmond

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.