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FanDuel NHL Plays: Thursday

by Chris Lowery
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 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 another huge slate tonight with 12 games of National Hockey League action. There are several decent favorites tonight (Boston Bruins, Nashville Predators, Florida Panthers, Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks) and the Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings are the only teams 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.

 

Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators, $7,900 – Rinne has been outstanding in his last four regular season starts, allowing just one goal per game and stopping 99 of the 103 shots he faced. The Philadelphia Flyers are playing much better hockey these days, however most of their offensive production is coming from their top line, and that line will see a ton of Shea Weber and Roman Josi tonight, who are two of the best defensemen in the game. Look for Rinne and the Predators to shut down the Flyers on home ice this evening.

 

 

Other Goalies To Target (Cash Games) – Braden Holtby, Tuukka Rask, Henrik Lundqvist, Roberto Luongo, Corey Crawford, Jonathan Quick

 

Other Goalies To Target (Tournaments) – Craig Anderson, Joonas Korpisalo, James Reimer, Cam Talbot, Ryan Miller

 

 

 

CENTERS

 

Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars, $7,900 – Seguin finally broke out of his slump with a multi-goal game in the Dallas Stars’ 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. As the National Hockey League’s worst team at driving play, the Colorado Avalanche continue to get out-played and out-shot on a nightly basis. Even when they are winning games, the Avs get dominated in possession. Without Semyon Varlamov in goal to bail them out, I expect Seguin to be involved in multiple goals again tonight in this plus matchup.

 

 

Other Centers to Target (Cash Games) – Nicklas Backstrom, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Anze Kopitar

 

Other Centers to Target (Tournaments) – John Tavares, Connor McDavid, Nathan MacKinnon, Jack Eichel, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Adam Henrique, Leon Draisaitl, Jean Gabriel-Pageau, Artem Anisimov

 

 

 

WINGERS

 

Bobby Ryan, Ottawa Senators, $5,500 - The Ottawa Senators have an underrated offense, ranking seventh overall in goals per game. Ryan has been a force of late, scoring five times in his last 7 contests. The Edmonton Oilers got a huge boost with the return of Connor McDavid, however they are still a poor defensive team.  Edmonton is a bottom-six team in just about every single defensive category, including possession, high-danger scoring chances allowed and goals against per game. Look for Ryan to snipe another goal tonight.

 

 

Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks, $5,700 – Panarin and his linemates have been one of the safest and most explosive cash game options all season long and they are in a great spot to produce again this evening. Even with the Arizona Coyotes playing over their heads and the strong play of rookie goaltender Louis Domingue, the Desert Dogs still own the league’s fifth-worst Corsi rating and they have allowed the third-most goals per game this season. The Blackhawks’ second line should see plenty of scoring opportunities in this game and Panarin is the best value from this potent line.

 

 

Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, $9,500 - There is plenty of value to be had tonight, so we can certainly afford to pay up for at least one superstar, and if I am paying up, Ovechkin is the guy I want. The Washington Capitals are not only the best team on home ice (18-4-2), but they are also the best offense in hockey, leading the NHL in goals per game (3.29), thanks in large part to the “Great Eight”. The New York Islanders get credit for being a very good team, but they are extremely overrated on the back end. The Islanders are a bottom-seven team in both scoring chances and high-danger scoring chances allowed. Ovi has as much upside as any player in the game and he will be a lock in my cash game lineup tonight. 

 

 

Other Wingers to Target (Cash Games) – Jamie Benn, Patrick Kane, Vladimir Tarasenko, Loui Eriksson, Mike Hoffman, James Neal, Tyler Toffoli

 

Other Wingers to Target (Tournaments) – Daniel Sedin, Gabriel Landeskog, Justin Williams, Mark Stone, Lee Stempniak, David Pastrnak, Joseph Blandisi

 

 

 

DEFENSEMEN

 

Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks, $5,500 – The Arizona Coyotes are not only overachieving, but they are also playing undisciplined hockey. The Coyotes have taken the fourth-most minor penalties this season and their 29th-ranked penalty kill has not had much success. Look for Keith to break through on the power play at the very least in this one. 

 


Other Defensemen to Target (Cash Games) – Erik Karlsson, John Klingberg, Torey Krug, John Carlson

 

Other Defensemen to Target (Tournaments) – Ryan Suter, Rasmus Ristolainen, Alec Martinez, Eric Gelinas

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.