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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 NHL action, Thursday evening brings us a jam packed 11-game slate. The Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks are the biggest favorites on the board and you will want heavy exposure to them in your 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.


Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks, $7,300 - On a night where there is no real lock in net, I plan to save some money at the position. Jones has been a great addition for the San Jose Sharks, finally giving the team some stability in goal. Jones has posted solid numbers on the year (2.24 GA, .920 SV%, 3 SO) and he has been at his best on the road (1.91 GAA, .932 SV%). The Toronto Maple Leafs are fourth overall in shots per game, but they lack scoring punch, which is the perfect scenario for your cash game goalie. If Alex Stalock gets the start instead, roll him out with confidence and enjoy the discount.



Other Goalies To Target (Cash Games) – Corey Crawford, Cory Schneider, Jake Allen, Kari Lehtonen


Other Goalies To Target (Tournaments) – Jaroslav Halak, Semyon Varlamov, Garret Sparks, Ander Lindback, Curtis McElhinney






Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars, $8,700 - Seguin had yet another big game versus the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday evening as he continues to add to his impressive numbers on the season. The Calgary Flames have won six consecutive games, but they still allowed 17 goals along the way. The Flames are simply winning by outscoring their opponents, hence them still leading the league in goals against per game by large margin. Look for Seguin to go off again tonight.



Other Centers to Target (Cash Games) – Ryan Getzlaf, John Tavares, Claude Giroux, Patrick Marleau, Jeff Carter, Nathan MacKinnon


Other Centers to Target (Tournaments) – Sean Monahan, Artem Anisimov, Frans Nielsen, Jason Spezza, Mikael Granlund, Nazem Kadri, Leon Draisaitl, Antoine Vermette






Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues, $8,100 - Tarasenko had a huge night (1 G, 3 PTS) in the St. Louis Blues’ 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. The former first round pick has now scored in three consecutive games and in five of his last six contests. The matchup may not be ideal, but the Nashville Predators are not playing their best hockey and Tarasenko is matchup proof. He is as consistent as they come and he should pay off his salary again this evening.



Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche, $7,100 - Landeskog is coming off a multi-point performance against the Chicago Blackhawks and he has been an offensive force when on the ice. The Colorado Avalanche own the fourth-best power play in the NHL and they have scored the fourth most goals per game on home ice, thanks in large part to Landeskog and his linemates. The New York Islanders are an overrated team on the back end, allowing the third-most high danger scoring chances in hockey. Look for the 23-year-old Swede to stay hot in this game.


Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks $5,500 - The Chicago Blackhawks were shut out at home on Tuesday evening by the Colorado Avalanche and I expect them to bounce back in a big way tonight. The Edmonton Oilers are another team on a roll (7-2-1 in their last 10 contests), despite being one of the game’s weakest defensive clubs. The Oilers do not travel well (5-11-1) and they are amongst the bottom third of the league in most defensive categories, including Corsi, scoring chances allowed and goals against per game. On the flip side, the Chicago Blackhawks are one of hockey’s best offensive teams and they should dominate possession in this one. Look for Panarin and his linemates to light up the Oilers on home ice.



Other Wingers to Target (Cash Games) – Patrick Kane, Jamie Benn, Corey Perry, Joe Pavelski, Kyle Okposo, Zach Parise


Other Wingers to Target (Tournaments) – Taylor Hall, Johnny Gaudreau, Daniel Sedin, Brock Nelson, Rickard Rakell, Tyler Toffoli, Sam Reinhart, Teuvo Teravainen






John Klingberg, Dallas Stars, $6,700 - Klingberg is a special offensive talent, and he is once again my top play on defense. The Calgary Flames are a terrible possession team and they have the National Hockey League’s worst penalty kill rating (71.4%). Look for Klingberg to dominate at both even strength and with the man advantage.



Other Defensemen to Target (Cash Games) – John Klingberg, Brent Burns, Duncan Keith, Kevin Shattenkirk, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Ryan Suter, Shayne Gostisbehere


Other Defensemen to Target (Tournaments) – Tyson Barrie, T.J. Brodie, Nick Leddy, Rasmus Ristolainen, Cam Fowler, Damon Severson, Justin Schultz, Michael Stone

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.