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:
Daily Fantasy Hockey Primer: 2014-15 Season
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
I love the explosion of games that seems to come with every Tuesday night in the NHL.
Whether it is the dramatic increase in cash game volume or the endless combinations for GPPs, I feel like a kid at Christmas each and every Tuesday night during the hockey season. Tonight is no exception, as we have a fantastic 10-game slate on tap. You will want some exposure to the three big favorites (St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings, and the Pittsburgh Penguins) in your cash games tonight at the very least. In your GPPs, avoiding the heavy favorites can pay off big at times.
Make sure to check the RotoGrinders Starting Goalies Page to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting prior to game time.
Jake Allen, St. Louis Blues, $6,900 – It was a tough debate between Jake Allen and Petr Mrazek as my number one goalie tonight. When in doubt, I always go with the home team, but Allen should see more shots as well. The Blues have won four straight games and have been one of the best teams in the NHL on home ice (15-4-1). Allen came in to replace Brian Elliot in the Blues come-from-behind 5-4 win against the Hurricanes Saturday night, stopping 19 of the 20 shots he faced. The Oilers have looked a little better recently with their new additions, but they are still no match for this powerhouse Blues team. Edmonton has been awful on the road this season (2-10-7) and are ranked 27th in goals per game (2.23). Look for Allen and the Blues to have another dominant performance tonight.
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings, $7,300 – The magician makes the list again tonight, as he is one of the safest, most productive players in the NHL. Datsyuk has been reunited with linemates Tomas Tatar and Darren Helm, and this trio really clicked earlier this season and should have some success tonight against a pathetic Sabres team. Buffalo has now lost seven games in a row, giving up 29 goals in the process. The Sabres have allowed a league-high 1,524 shots on goal this season, which averages out to 35.4 per game. Buffalo also sits dead last in goals against per game (3.40). The Sabres are being dominated on a nightly basis and I don’t see that trend stopping tonight.
David Backes, St. Louis Blues, $6,900 - To say that the Blues offense has been hot would be a huge understatement. St. Louis is healthy and firing on all cylinders right now, with a whopping 27 goals in their last five games. Backes is playing as well as any player in the NHL right now, with five goals and eight points in his last three games combined. It is safe to say that Backes and his linemates (Alexander Steen and T.J. Oshie) have found the chemistry they displayed last season, and it would be wise to get some exposure to the Blues’ top line tonight. Even with their better play of late, Edmonton has still allowed the second most goals against per game in the NHL (3.30). I expect Backes to have another big game here.
Rick Nash, New York Rangers, $9,200 – Nash has scored goals in three of his last four games and continues to put up big numbers for the Rangers (26 G, 41 PTS +19, 145 SOG in 39 GP) this season. The Blue Shirts are the hottest team in the NHL right now, winning five consecutive games and nine of their past 10. The Rangers return home after a three-game road trip and have been one of the league’s better teams on home ice (13-5-3). Look for Nash and the Rangers to stay hot tonight in the battle of New York.
Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes, $6,700 - Staal has started to heat up, with points in seven of his last eight games and goals in six of his past seven games. Colorado has allowed the second most shots per game (34.1) this season and the most in the month of January (37.4). The Avalanche have struggled mightily in their own end all year long and are one of the worst puck possession teams in hockey. Carolina may not be an offensive juggernaut by any means, but they have scored nine goals in their past two games, and Staal is certainly capable of a big night in this plus matchup.
David Perron, Pittsburgh Penguins, $5,500 – Going from the Edmonton Oilers to the Pittsburgh Penguins must be a dream come true for winger David Perron. He is now skating on the Penguins’ top line with Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby. Perron also appears on Pittsburgh’s top powerplay unit, which happens to be one of the deadliest in the league. He has only scored once in his first three games with the Pens, but does have 16 shots on goal during that time frame. Perron is now surrounded by all-stars and his fantasy value has increased dramatically as a result. With a favorable matchup, Perron is one of the best bargains out there tonight.
Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings, $4,900 - Abdelkader has five points in his last three games and is in a great spot to produce again tonight. Playing on Detroit’s top line and number one powerplay unit, Abdelkader makes a fantastic value play this evening. The Sabres play has been absolutely abysmal of late and I think we see more of the same. Look for the Red Wings to dominate this game from puck drop.
Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues, $6,800 – Shattenkirk has eight points in his last five games and now leads all defensemen in scoring. Shattenkirk also has 23 points with the man advantage this season, as he quarterbacks the NHL’s number one ranked powerplay. In a great matchup versus the Oilers, Shattenkirk is the top dog on defense tonight.
Niklas Kronwall, Detroit Red Wings, $4,400 – Buffalo takes the third most penalties in the league and do not have a very good penalty kill, as they are ranked 28th in the NHL. On the flip side, Detroit happens to have the third best powerplay in the league. Kronwall is the Red Wings’ powerplay specialist and a big reason why Detroit has been so good with the man advantage. Kronwall should be good for at least a powerplay assist and could easily roll out a multi-point night.