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FanDuel NHL Plays: Thursday

by Chris Lowery
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:02 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:

 

 

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

 

 

After a quiet Wednesday night of hockey, the NHL turns it up a notch with eight games on tap for this Thursday evening. We have a few big favorites on home ice (Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers and the Washington Capitals) and three teams (Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks and Arizona Coyotes) playing on consecutive nights. With some of the league’s best offenses in great matchups tonight, we should see plenty of offense.

 

 

 

GOALTENDERS

 

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

 

Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers, $8,400 – Luongo has been brilliant so far this season (1.01 GAA, .972 SV%) stopping 70 of the 72 shots he has faced. The Florida Panthers are the biggest favorite on the night and Luongo is my top cash game goalie. The Buffalo Sabres offense improved in the offseason, so he should see a decent amount of shots. Luongo should be a lock for the win and at $8,400, he is a bargain.

 

 

Other Goalies To Target (Cash Games) – Marc-Andre Fleury, Carey Price, Brian Elliott, Devan Dubnyk

 

Other Goalies To Target (Tournaments) – Pekka Rinne, Braden Holtby, Ben Bishop, Henrik Lundqvist

 

 

 

CENTER

 

Steven Stamkos ($8,500) and Tyler Johnson ($7,200), Tampa Bay Lighting – Pick your poison. Both Stammer and Johnson are elite plays tonight at home against the Dallas Stars. The Tampa Bay Lightning are simply the best offense in the National Hockey League on home ice and you are going to want to have exposure to them in your cash games.  Pairing them together in your cash games will give you exposure to both scoring lines and they will team up on the Bolts’ number one power-play unit. Do not fade Tampa Bay in cash games.

 

 

Nick Bjugstad ($5,800) and Aleksander Barkov ($4,800), Florida Panthers – The Florida Panthers should be able to control the pace of this game and I expect them to score at least three goals. Bjugstad and Barkov are my top options for Florida and they come at a discounted price. Like I suggested with the Lightning, pairing these two up will give you exposure to two scoring lines and they will also share time on the Panthers’ number one power play.

 

 

Other Centers to Target (Cash Games) – Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, John Tavares, Paul Stastny

 

Other Centers to Target (Tournaments) – Connor McDavid, Jonathan Toews, Evgeny Kuznetsov

 

 

 

WINGERS

 

Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues, $8,200 – Sure, the Edmonton Oilers made some major improvements in the offseason, but they still look like the Oilers from the 2014-15 season. Tarasenko continues to be one of the best players in the game (2 G, 4 PTS, 13 SOG, 3 GP) and I see no reason to fade him in cash games tonight.

 

 

Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh Penguins, $7,900 – The Pittsburgh Penguins have not looked like the offensive juggernaut we thought they would be, starting the season 0-3 with three total goals scored. Kessel is not the reason for the bad start though, as he has actually played quite well, registering a goal, two points and 12 shots on goal through his first three games as Penguin. Despite a decent start for Kessel, he has yet to have that big game this season and I think it comes tonight.

 

 

Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators, $6,300 – The New York Islanders are a very good offensive team, but they are still struggling in their own end and on the penalty kill. Filip Forsberg is the Predators’ biggest scoring threat at both even strength and on the power play. Look for Forsberg to snipe at least one goal in this game.

 

 

Other Wingers to Target (Cash Games) – Nikita Kucherov, Alexander Steen, Ryan Callahan

 

Other Wingers to Target (Tournaments) – Tyler Seguin, Max Pacioretty, Mark Stone, David Perron

 

 

 

DEFENSE

 

Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers, $4,900 – It is hard to find much value on defense on FanDuel right now, so we will have to pay up somewhat to roster defensemen we can trust. Ekblad may be the best young defenseman in hockey, he is a safe cash game play in this matchup versus the Buffalo Sabres with huge upside.

 


Anton Stralman, Tampa Bay Lightning, $4,600 – We talked earlier about Tampa Bay’s dangerous offense at home, and I am looking to get exposure to them from all angles. Stralman is seeing a ton of ice time this season and he continues to skate on the Bolts’ explosive top power play unit. Stralman has multi-point upside in this one.

 

 

Other Defensemen to Target (Cash Games) – Kris Letang, Duncan Keith, Shea Weber

 

Other Defensemen to Target (Tournaments) – Olli Maatta, Rasmus Ristolainen, Colton Parayko

 

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.