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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

It is another action packed Thursday night of NHL hockey, with nine games on tap. The St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins are the biggest favorites tonight, and Washington Capitals are the only team playing on consecutive nights.

GOALTENDERS

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

Mike Condon, Montreal Canadiens, $8,300 – This game appears to be a mismatch on paper. The Arizona Coyotes are one of the NHL’s weaker teams, while the Montreal Canadiens are a Stanley Cup contender. Condon has been excellent in relief of Carey Price and I expect him to get the job done again tonight. Look for 25-plus saves, a win, and two goals or less allowed for Condon tonight. At $8,300, that will work just fine for our cash game goalie.

Other Goalies To Target (Cash Games) – Jake Allen, Marc-Andre Fleury, Henrik Lundqvist
Other Goalies To Target (Tournaments) – Tuukka Rask, Martin Jones, Roberto Luongo, Craig Anderson,

CENTERS

Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars, $8,800 - I am not looking to pick on the Washington Capitals tonight. However, they are playing their second game in as many nights, and we are talking about Tyler Seguin, who is matchup proof. Seguin continues to be an offensive force (10 G, 27 PTS, 74 SOG in 19 GP) and he will find his way onto the score sheet again in this one.

Other Centers to Target (Cash Games) – Evgeni Malkin, David Krejci, Nicklas Backstrom, Tomas Plekanec, David Backes
Other Centers to Target (Tournaments) – Mikael Granlund, Claude Giroux, Alex Galchenyuk, Ryan Johansen, Kyle Turris, Aleksander Barkov

WINGERS

Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks, $8,700 - The Philadelphia Flyers have played terrible hockey this season and this is a team we want to target players against. The Flyers are allowing the second-most shots on goal per game (34.3) and they lead the league in high-danger scoring chances allowed. Philadelphia has also been an undisciplined team this year (10.4 penalty minutes per game) and they have had a difficult time killing penalties (26th ranked penalty kill). San Jose should dictate the pace in this game and have plenty of scoring opportunities. Pavelski has been a cash game stud this season and he has huge upside in this matchup.

Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues, $8,200 – Tarasenko is one of the NHL’s best pure snipers and he has been on a tear recently, racking up four goals, five points and 16 shots on net in his last five contests. This Buffalo Sabres team is much improved, but they will have no answer for Tarasenko’s speed and skill. Tarasenko has multi-goal upside and fading him is a risky move in your cash games.

Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens, $5,700 - The Desert Dogs got off to a hot start, but have since come back down to earth. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed the fourth-most goals against per game in the month of November, including ten in their last two games. The Montreal Canadiens are a huge favorite and they should dominate the Coyotes at the Bell Centre tonight. Gallagher is very reasonably priced and he has multi-point upside in this game.

Other Wingers to Target (Cash Games) – Alexander Ovechkin, Jamie Benn, Max Pacioretty, Alexander Steen, Loui Eriksson
Other Wingers to Target (Tournaments) – Thomas Vanek, Jakub Voracek, Bobby Ryan, Brandon Saad, Dale Weise

DEFENSEMEN

P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens, $6,600 - Subban has points in four of his past five games and he is scoring at nearly a point per game clip this season (17 PTS, 19 GP). The Arizona Coyotes are not a good possession team and they have taken the third-most penalties per game (12.5) in the league this season. Look for Subban to light them up at both even strength and on the power play.

Other Defensemen to Target (Cash Games) – John Klingberg, Kevin Shattenkirk, John Carlson, Brent Burns, Kris Letang
Other Defensemen to Target (Tournaments) – Ryan Suter, Tyson Barrie, Sami Vatanen, Jeff Petry, Shayne Gostisbehere 

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.