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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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Tuesday evening brings us another big night in the NHL with 11 games, 22 teams in action, and a lot of fantasy-relevant matchups to choose from. Tonight will be a lot of fun for GPPs, and possibly a little more difficult to narrow down your cash game team. I will try my best to help you with both in my daily picks!
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Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings, $10,700 – The Florida Panthers have surprised many in 2014 by actually playing some decent hockey. However, they still struggle to put the puck in the net, and it won’t get any easier for them tonight facing the Kings and Jonathan Quick. Los Angeles has been outstanding at home this season (8-2-1) and I see the Kings dominating this game from puck drop. Quick is not cheap, but he has been excellent all season long (2.06 GAA, .938 SV%) and is the safest bet for a win tonight.
Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks, $9,400 – The Sabres actually won a game Saturday night, beating the Maple Leafs and scoring six goals in the process. The score looks great on paper, but it does not tell the whole story. Goaltender James Reimer was absolutely awful in net and Toronto dominated puck possession in this game, despite looking tired at times and playing in back-to-back games. I doubt anything similar happens tonight against the San Jose Sharks.
Antti Niemi has been fantastic in his last two starts after a rough stretch and I think he continues to play well tonight versus Buffalo. The Sabres went into San Jose and beat the Sharks in their last meeting on October 25th and I think revenge will be on the Sharks minds tonight in Buffalo. The Sabres are still dead last in goals, including the six they scored Saturday night. Look for a strong performance from Niemi and the win tonight.
John Tavares, New York Islanders, $8,700 – I expect Evgeni Nabokov to play against his former team this evening, and he has not been very good this season (3.31 GAA, .874 SV%). Tampa Bay is also playing in back-to-back road games and I expect the Islanders’ to take advantage of both of those facts tonight. Tavares is the Islanders’ best player - I think he has a big game tonight.
Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks, $6,500 – When focusing in on the Sharks, Thornton often gets overlooked. It is mostly because he is a playmaker and does not shoot or score as much as his teammates. That being said, he can still be very productive. Thornton has points in six consecutive games and is your cheapest way to get exposure to the top dogs on San Jose. I think the Sharks can light Buffalo up tonight, so Thornton should be good for an assist or two.
James Neal, Nashville Predators, $8,400 – Neal and his fellow linemates Filip Forsberg and Mike Ribeiro have been playing some great hockey of late. Neal has points in four straight games, including a plus-six rating and 18 shots on goal during that stretch. The Maple Leafs have issues on the back end and I think Neal and the Predators can exploit that tonight. Toronto is allowing 33.4 shots per game (4th most in the NHL) and have given up 20 goals in their last six contests.
Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks, $7,400 – Marleau is one of the NHL’s most consistent scorers and is always a great cash game play. The Sharks will face the lowly Sabres tonight and this game could get ugly. San Jose is on their last game of a seven-game road trip and I think they will be fired up to end it with a bang. Look for a multi-point game from Marleau tonight.
Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars, $8,800 – The Hurricanes and Cam Ward have played much better hockey recently, but I still think Ward is an average goalie at best, and Carolina is a weak defensive team. Carolina has been awful on the road this season (1-6-2) and have lost three straight games. Seguin sits fourth in the NHL’s scoring race – he is in a great spot to produce this evening.
Ryan Callahan, Tampa Bay Lightning, $5,000 – Callahan scored twice last night and now has three goals and four points in his last two games. Callahan has really clicked with linemates Steven Stamkos and Valtteri Filppula, and the Islanders still have issues in goal. I don’t usually recommend a player who is playing in consecutive road games, but Callahan is hot, and you have to love his price.
Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks, $6,800 – Burns is putting up some superb numbers for a defenseman (6 G, 17 PTS, 59 SOG in 20 GP) and he should only add to those totals tonight. Burns is averaging 23 minutes of ice per game and quarterbacks the Sharks’ top powerplay unit. You have pay up to get him, but he will be worth it tonight.
Jake Muzzin, Los Angeles Kings, $4,300 – Muzzin had a multi-point effort versus Anaheim Saturday night and now has points in four of his past five games. Muzzin finally appears 100% healthy and is logging over 23 minutes per game while paired with Drew Doughty at both even strength and the powerplay. With Alec Martinez out, Muzzin could see even more ice time and additional powerplay minutes. At $4,300, Muzzin makes for a sneaky GPP play.