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).
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
The NHL continues its irregular week with a seven-game slate on this Tuesday evening. With the NBA on pause for a few more days, hockey is the only game in town, and we have seven games each and every night this week.
There are a lot of talented teams in play tonight and I expect it to be a high scoring night. The St. Louis Blues and New Jersey Devils are the biggest favorites on the board, while the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes are the only teams playing on consecutive nights. As is the case every Tuesday night, there will be plenty of cash game action and tournaments galore.
Make sure to check the RotoGrinders NHL Starting Goalies Page to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting prior to game time.
Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils, $8,400 – I selected Schneider as my top goalie tonight over Pekka Rinne and Brian Elliott for two reasons: 1) he is facing the worst offense in hockey and 2) he is much cheaper than either Rinne or Elliott. Despite a losing record, Schneider is an elite goaltender, producing very good numbers (2.30 GAA, .924 SV%) on the season. The Buffalo Sabres are an awful road team (5-20-1) and remain dead last in goals per game (1.75) this season. Schneider has been sensational on home ice (1.87 GAA, .931 SV%) and I expect that to continue tonight. Schneider may not see a lot of shots tonight, but he is safe for the win and has a great chance at a shutout.
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers, $7,900 – The Flyers should be one of the top teams to target tonight as they host a struggling Columbus squad. The Blue Jackets remain one of the NHL’s weaker defensive teams, allowing the third-most shots per game (33.1) and the fifth-most goals per game (3.13). Columbus is not getting solid goaltending and they desperately miss Sergei Bobrovsky. The Blue Jackets have allowed 13 goals in their last three games and I don’t see it getting any better for them in Philadelphia tonight. Giroux is a consistent point producer with massive upside, and I suggest you get him in your lineups tonight.
David Backes, St. Louis Blues, $7,600 – Backes continues to produce for St. Louis, tallying two goals, four points and 16 shots on goal in his last four games. The Blues’ top line of David Backes, Alexander Steen and T.J. Oshie is one of the most potent lines in hockey and they are in play on a nightly basis. The Dallas Stars are not a strong defensive team and will be missing a few key players tonight, including superstar Tyler Seguin. Look for Backes to roll out another multi-point night.
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, $9,200 – Ovechkin had a monster game in Anaheim Sunday, registering two goals, four points and seven shots on goal. Ovechkin has been smoking hot in 2015 with 19 goals, 27 points and a ridiculous 99 shots on net in 21 games. The “Great Eight” really gets fired up when he plays against the Pittsburgh Penguins and nemesis Sidney Crosby. If you are paying up for a superstar tonight, make it Ovechkin.
Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues, $7,400 – Tarasenko not only leads the Blues in scoring but sits fifth in the NHL in goals with 29 and sixth in shots with 198. Having exposure to both of the Blues’ top two lines is a recipe for success tonight. Tarasenko has been a cash game stud all season long and I expect more of the same from him against the defensively challenged Stars.
Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues, $4,600 – ALL the Blues! St. Louis has a plus matchup tonight against the Dallas Stars, and it is not a matter of whether or not to roster the Blues, but how many to roster. Dallas is one of the weaker defensive teams in the league, allowing the seventh-most shots (31.1) and the fourth-most goals per game (3.16) this season. The Blues on the other hand are one of the best teams in the NHL on home ice (21-5-2) and are one of the most talented and explosive offensive teams in hockey. Pietrangelo is the Blues’ top offensive defenseman and is my top play on defense tonight.
Travis Hamonic, New York Islanders, $4,500 – Hamonic had another big game for the Islanders last night with two assists and three shots on goal. He has points in five of his last six games and continues to be a very productive fantasy contributor. Hamonic is playing the best hockey of his career, and as long he remains the Islanders’ powerplay quarterback he is in play on a nightly basis.