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
After a quiet Monday night in hockey, we get a fantastic nine-game slate on this Tuesday evening. The Boston Bruins are massive favorites tonight, while the Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens are the only teams playing on consecutive nights.
Other than the Boston Bruins, there really isn’t another big favorite tonight, making it a little more difficult to figure out what teams to target in both your cash game lineups and your tournament play. This should make for a very entertaining night in the National Hockey League.
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Niklas Svedberg, Boston Bruins, $7,500 – Svedberg has looked great in three of his last four starts and is one of the better backup goalies in the NHL. Simply put, the Buffalo Sabres have one of the worst offensives I have seen in many years. The Sabres are dead last by a good margin in most offensive categories, including shots on goal, goals per game, scoring chances created and Corsi, to name a few. Buffalo will also be playing on back-to-back nights and are the worst road team in hockey (7-24-3). Svedberg is inexpensive and should be a lock for the win tonight, and he is also your best chance at a shutout.
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks, $7,500 - The New York Islanders have been a very good offensive team this season, but they are far from a defensive juggernaut, and their play in their own end has not been good for a while now. The play of the Islanders’ defensive game and their goaltending has been extremely inconsistent not only game to game, but also period to period. Despite having the fourth-most points in the Eastern Conference, the Islanders are ranked 24th in goals against per game and they have the league’s 28th-ranked penalty kill. Toews and the Blackhawks’ top line is where we should be focusing on tonight in this game. Toews also gets a nice boost with sniper Patrick Sharp being promoted to the top line, giving Toews two of Chicago’s best offensive weapons (Sharp and Marian Hossa) at his side. I think Chicago not only wins this game but scores three to four goals, and I expect Toews to be involved in two of them.
Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins, $6,500 – Of course we all love the Boston Bruins tonight, but the difficult task is predicting which players or what line will score. The problem with the Bruins is that they are a very well balanced team, with three lines that can score. It is great in real life, but frustrating in the fantasy world. It’s not a question of whether Boston will score tonight, but what line? Not to mention their top powerplay unit has players from three different lines, making it very difficult to have one line go off. With that being said, Bergeron is the one guy we can trust. He is by far the Bruins’ best player and he is their most consistent point producer and biggest scoring threat. Look for Bergeron to have a multi-point performance in a game that the Bruins dominate from puck drop.
David Perron, Pittsburgh Penguins, $5,900 – Perron has goals in two of his last three games and continues to pile up the shots while playing alongside Sidney Crosby. With the injury to Patric Hornqvist, Perron has also been promoted to the Penguins’ top powerplay unit, which happens to be one of the most potent powerplays in hockey. On a night with a lot of uncertainty, having exposure to Sidney Crosby and the Penguins’ top line just seems safe. Perron is inexpensive and makes a great value play tonight in New Jersey.
Andrew Ladd, Winnipeg Jets, $7,000 – The Winnipeg Jets return home after a four-game road trip and will face off against a San Jose Sharks team that is ranked 22nd in the NHL in goals against per game this season. Ladd leads the Jets in scoring with 55 points and he has been a beast on home ice his entire career. Look for Winnipeg to keep their playoff hopes alive in this one and for Ladd to lead the way offensively.
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks, $6,000 – Sedin has not scored in a while, but he is still unloading plenty of shots on goal, with 17 in his last four games. Despite his mini-slump, Sedin still has 19 points in his last 23 games and is the Canucks’ best sniper. The Philadelphia Flyers have been awful on the road this season (9-18-9) and sit in the bottom third of the NHL in most defensive categories. This is a great spot for Sedin to bust out tonight.
Dougie Hamilton, Boston Bruins, $5,400 – The Buffalo Sabres are playing in back-to-back games and are easily the worst team in hockey. Hamilton is Boston’s best offensive defenseman and he mans the point on the Bruins’ top powerplay unit. The Sabres have the league’s worst penalty kill and at the very least Hamilton should find his way onto to the scoresheet via the man advantage tonight.
Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks, $4,900 – We need to ignore the entire season to date and focus on tonight’s matchup. After all, it is DAILY fantasy hockey. Despite his lack of offense this season, Duncan Keith remains one of the best all-around defensemen in the NHL. Keith is back on the Blackhawks’ top powerplay unit and the Islanders have a brutal penalty kill, ranking 28th in the NHL. The New York Islanders have lost three games in a row and have been a little leaky on defense and in goal for quite some time now. On a night in which predictability seems hard to come by, I think we can trust Keith and Chicago on home ice.