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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

 

We have an exciting night of NHL action ahead of us with ten games on the schedule. The Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings and Boston Bruins are the biggest favorites on the board, and the Minnesota Wild are the only team playing on the tail end of a back-to-back set.

 

 

 

GOALTENDERS

 

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

 

Tuukka Rask Boston Bruins, $8,500 – Rask is by far the best cash game option in goal tonight. Not only is he the safest for the win, he is also very reasonably priced. Not to mention, he has played exceptionally well since the beginning of December and he is a big reason why the Bruins continue to climb in the Eastern Conference standings. The Vancouver Canucks have one of the NHL’s weaker offenses (ranked 26th in goals per game) and they are missing Henrik Sedin. This will also be Vancouver’s fifth road game in eight nights and eventually all of that travel starts to wear a team out. Look for Rask and the Bruins to cruise to an easy victory this evening.

 

 

Other Goalies To Target (Cash Games) – Jonathan Quick

 

Other Goalies To Target (Tournaments) – Sergei Bobrovsky, James Reimer, Eddie Lack, Martin Jones, Louis Domingue

 

 

 

CENTERS

 

Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars, $8,000 - Seguin has had a rough go of late, producing only three points in his last eight games. It is quite rare that we see the former second overall pick struggle, and I expect him to break out with a big game tonight. The Edmonton Oilers are mess defensively, ranking as a bottom-five team in scoring chances against, high-danger scoring chances allowed and goals against per game. The Dallas Stars will dominate this hockey game and Seguin will lead the way.

 

 

Other Centers to Target (Cash Games) – Patrice Bergeron, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Bryan Little, Joe Thornton, Anze Kopitar

 

Other Centers to Target (Tournaments) – Claude Giroux, Jason Spezza, Ryan Spooner, Adam Henrique, Leon Draisaitl

 

 

 

WINGERS

 

Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning, $6,900 - Kucherov is riding a six-game point streak, including three multi-point performances. The Bolts’ biggest scoring threat has now racked up 26 points in his last 21 games. The 22-year-old Russian has become one of the game’s best players and he is a tough player to fade at his price. The matchup may not be ideal, but Kucherov is underpriced and matchup proof.

 

 

Tyler Toffoli, Los Angeles Kings, $6,100 - The Los Angeles Kings’ top line has been on fire recently, producing seven goals and 21 points in their last five games. At $6,100, Toffoli is the cheapest way to get exposure to this potent line. The Minnesota Wild are not a team I look to pick on, however they have lost five consecutive games and they are not the same team away from home. Toffoli has multi-goal upside in this game.

 

 

Loui Eriksson, Boston Bruins, $4,700 - Eriksson has four points in his last four contests and he continues to be one of the best bargains in Daily Fantasy Hockey. Eriksson has been a consistent scorer all season long and he is at his best when playing on home ice (11 G, 23 PTS in 23 GP).  The Vancouver Canucks are the second worst team in the league in terms of Corsi. As a result, Vancouver has allowed the most scoring chances and the third-most high-danger scoring chances against. Regardless of whether he is playing alongside Ryan Spooner or David Krejci, Eriksson has multi-point upside in this plus matchup on home ice.

 

 

Other Wingers to Target (Cash Games) – Jamie Benn, Patrick Kane, Johnny Gaudreau, Joe Pavelski, Michael Cammalleri, Filip ForsbergBlake Wheeler

 

Other Wingers to Target (Tournaments) – Jakub Voracek, Brad Marchand, Mark Stone, Mikkel Boedker, Elias Lindholm

 

 

 

DEFENSEMEN

 

Torey Krug, Boston Bruins, $5,500 - Look for the Boston Bruins to see plenty of time with the man advantage tonight against a tired and undisciplined Vancouver Canucks team. The Canucks have taken the ninth-most minor penalties this season and they have an average penalty kill at best.  Krug is a power play specialist and he has big potential in this one. 

 

 

Other Defensemen to Target (Cash Games) – John Klingberg, Brent Burns, Kris Letang, Shea Weber, Dustin Byfuglien

 

Other Defensemen to Target (Tournaments) – Justin Faulk, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Jake Muzzin, Shayne Gostisbehere, Damon Severson, Noah Hanifin, Colin Miller

 

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.