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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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Congratulations to Team Canada for winning a gold medal at the World Junior Championships last night in a very exciting game against the Russians. This is one of the most entertaining tournaments of the year in my opinion and I look forward to it each and every year. If you are a hockey fan and have not really paid much attention to it, I suggest you tune in next year. These kids are the future of the NHL, and the games are played at such a fast pace and high skill level. Now, let’s get back to the National Hockey league.
We have another big Tuesday night in the NHL, with a 10-game slate on tap. One would expect that Dallas, Chicago and St. Louis will be popular tonight, and I also think Nashville and New Jersey are sneaky teams to target in both your cash games and tournament play.
With 20 teams in action tonight, we will have a lot of options in our cash games and an endless amount of GPP combinations. FanDuel has another $25 NHL World Fantasy Hockey Championship Qualifier going tonight, if you are interested in a shot at $50,000 and a trip to Las Vegas.
Make sure to check the RotoGrinders Starting Goalies Page to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting prior to game time.
Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators, $8,600 – If the season ended today, Rinne would be the Vezina trophy winner. He has been nothing short of sensational this year for the Predators, posting a goals against average of 2.00 and a .929 save percentage. The Hurricanes have played much better hockey recently, but don’t have much to show for it. Despite their better play, Carolina still has the 2nd worst goals per game average this season (1.92) and the worst goals per game average in the month of December (1.29). Look for Rinne to do what he does and come away with win number 26 on the season.
Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars, $8,600 – If you follow me regularly, you know I am a huge fan of Tyler Seguin. Whenever Seguin has a plus matchup like he does tonight, I always try to get him into my cash game lineup. Seguin leads the NHL in goals and is second in the league scoring race. He has been extremely consistent all season long and has huge GPP upside on a nightly basis. The Blue Jackets continue to give up way too many shots per game (33.5, 3rd most in the NHL) and have allowed nine goals in their last two games. We knew at one point some of those shots would start going in, regardless of how good Sergei Bobrovsky is. The Stars have finally started to play sound hockey and are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. Dallas ranks 4th in the league in goals per game (3.08) and have scored 17 goals in their last three games. Look for a multi-point night from Seguin.
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks, $7,300 – Toews is having another fine season (13 G, 33 PTS, +12, 93 SOG in 39 GP) for the Blackhawks and is in a great spot to add to those totals tonight. Throughout the season, I kept expecting the Avalanche to turn things around at some point, as I felt like they were too talented to have a losing record. However, after watching them play a lot recently, I realize they are just a bad hockey team. Colorado has trouble doing the little things well and Chicago is a team that excels in this area. Look for Toews and the Blackhawks to dominate this hockey game from puck drop.
Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings, $7.600 – It can’t be easy being an Edmonton Oiler these days. Edmonton has already given up on this season to rebuild for next year. The Oilers have been a mess all season long and have the worst record in the NHL. Detroit must be licking their chops as they roll into Alberta for tonight’s tilt. The Oilers have allowed 3.30 goals per game on the season and 3.43 goals per game in the past month. Zetterberg should have no problem adding to his point totals tonight.
Ondej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning, $6,800 – Palat has been smoking hot of late with seven points in his last three games. Tampa Bay’s so called 2nd line (Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov) has been the hottest line in the NHL and all those guys are completely matchup proof. That being said, their matchup is not ideal tonight, and Palat and his linemates are likely best used in tournament play. Palat and company will be underowned and are a very sneaky stack this evening.
Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators, $6,700 – Forsberg has points in seven of his last nine games and continues to play great hockey for the Predators. This may be surprising to some, but the Predators have been a very good offensive team all season long. Nashville is tied for 7th in goals per game this season (2.95) and are 5th (3.15) in that same category in this last month. Despite the Hurricanes’ solid play of late, Forsberg and the Predators are in a good spot to produce tonight.
T. J. Oshie, St. Louis Blues, $6,200 – Oshie has points in five straight games, including a hat trick and a four-point night versus the Sharks on Saturday night. The line of T.J. Oshie, Alexander Steen and David Backes has really heated up of late and that is bad news for the rest of the league. Arizona has had issues keeping the puck out of their net all year long - the Coyotes have given up the 4th most goals per game this season (3.21) and the 3rd most in the past month (3.54). The Blues meanwhile, have scored the 3rd most goals in the league over the past month (3.23). I expect Oshie to stay hot and find his way onto to the scoresheet again toinight.
Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks, $6,000 – Keith has picked up his offensive game recently with seven points in his last four games. Chicago is a huge favorite tonight and one of the top offensives to target in all formats. Colorado is a mess right now, especially in terms of possession and defensive play. The Avalanche rank in the bottom third of the league in most defensive categories, and it should only get worse for them tonight in Chicago. Keith is my top defenseman in all game types.
Marek Zidlicky, New Jersey Devils, $3,600 – If you are spending up on some studs tonight and need a little salary relief on defense, Zidlicky fits the bill. The Sabres have been a disaster all season long, allowing the most goals per game this season (3.38), and they’ve actually been worse in the month of December (3.71). Zidlicky logs a lot of ice team and is the Devils’ powerplay quarterback. At $3,600, Zidlicky makes a solid value play on defense tonight.