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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).




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 presents us with an exciting eight games of action on this Thursday evening. The Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning are your big favorites tonight, and we will want to target those teams heavily in our cash games.






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


Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders, $7,900 – With Jaroslav Halak out due to illness, we will look to his back up and enjoy the discounted salary. Greiss has posted solid numbers (2.44 GAA, .932 SV%) this season when Halak has been sidelined and he is in a great spot tonight. The Carolina Hurricanes are the perfect offense for our cash game goalie. They lack scoring punch (1.89 goals per game, ranked 27th), but take over 29 shots per game. Look for another strong performance from Greiss tonight.



Other Goalies To Target (Cash Games) – Ben Bishop, Carey Price, Steve Mason


Other Goalies To Target (Tournaments) – Jeff Zatkoff, Jake Allen, Corey Crawford, Ondrej Pavelec






John Tavares, New York Islanders, $9,200 - The New York Islanders are a scary offense (3.44 goals per game, fourth in the NHL), especially on home ice (3.83 goals per game, ranked second overall), and John Tavares is their unquestioned offensive leader. Regardless of who his wingers are, Tavares continues to put up great numbers (5 G, 11 PTS, 28 SOG in 9 GP). Look for more of the same in this one.


Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning, $8,600 – The Bolts are off to slow offensive start this season, but I expect it to all change tonight. The Colorado Avalanche are one of the NHL’s worst teams in terms of possession and scoring chances allowed. Stamkos and the Lightning play their best hockey at home, and I think they break out with a five-goal game this evening.



Other Centers to Target (Cash Games) – Sidney Crosby, Tyler Seguin, Claude Giroux, Evgeni Malkin


Other Centers to Target (Tournaments) – Nathan MacKinnon, Ryan Getzlaf, Jason Spezza, Connor McDavid






Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues, $8,200 – The Anaheim Ducks have really struggled this year, having lost each of their last four games, and allowing 13 goals in the process. It won’t get any easier for Ducks facing the Blues in St. Louis this evening. Despite going scoreless in his last three games, Tarasenko still fired 16 shots on goal. Look for the talented Russian to get back on the score-sheet in this game.


Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh Penguins, $7,900 - Kessel has looked much better in his last three games (2 G, 12 SOG) and perhaps playing with Evgeni Malkin is a better fit. The Buffalo Sabres are no longer an awful hockey team, but we can still pick on them. The Sabres have allowed 14 goals in their last three games and they own the league’s worst penalty kill. Look for Kessel to snipe at least one goal tonight.



Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks, $3,400 - In order to afford some of the high priced talent, we are going to need to find some salary relief, and that is where Artemi Panarin comes in. As long as Panarin continues to skate alongside Patrick Kane at both even strength and on the Blackhawks’ number one power-play unit, he will make a great value play in your cash games.



Other Wingers to Target (Cash Games) – Patrick Kane, Jamie Benn, Max Pacioretty, Patric Hornqvist


Other Wingers to Target (Tournaments) – Kyle Okposo, Michael Cammalleri, Gabriel Landeskog, Radim Vrbata






Nick Leddy, New York Islanders, $4,800 - One of the Islanders’ biggest offensive strengths this year has been their potent power play. New York is executing at a 27.8 % clip, which is the sixth best in the NHL. Nick Leddy has seen the majority of the ice time recently on the Islanders’ number one power-play unit, and I like his potential in this matchup.



Other Defensemen to Target (Cash Games) – Kris Letang, Victor Hedman, John Klingberg


Other Defensemen to Target (Tournaments) – Justin Faulk, Johnny Boychuk, Brent Seabrook

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.