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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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We kick off the second half of the season with a huge 12-game slate. The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins are the two biggest favorites on the board, and that is where you will want to start when building your cash games lineups this evening.
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Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins, $8,300 - After an ugly start to the season, Rask has been exceptional in goal for the Bruins, leading them back into a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Toronto Maple Leafs have gone 1-7-2 in their last 10 games and their offense has been non-existent, producing a league worst 1.58 goals per game in the month of January. Despite the lack of goals, the Maple Leafs continue to fire plenty of rubber on net, averaging the sixth-most shots on goal per game (30.8). This is the perfect scenario for our cash game goalie. Look for Rask to make at least 25 saves and come away with the win.
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, $8,700 - Crosby’s thermometer continues to rise as he has now registered a point in seven consecutive games. During this impressive seven-game point streak, Sid the Kid has racked up five goals and 10 points. The Ottawa Senators have had a tough season defensively, owning the fourth-worst Corsi rating in the league, which has resulted in them giving up the third-most scoring chances and the second-most goals against per game. Despite a down season overall, Crosby has thrived on home ice (27 PTS in 24 GP) and he has multi-point upside tonight versus the defensively challenged Senators.
Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks, $5,600 – With Jonathan Toews missing the game, the Chicago Blackhawks’ second line should play an even bigger role in this matchup tonight against Colorado. The Avalanche are the league’s worst possession team, which has led to the second-most scoring chances allowed and the fourth-most high-danger scoring chances against in the NHL this season. Panarin and his linemates will see a ton of ice time and plenty of scoring chances in this matchup.
Tyler Toffoli, Los Angeles Kings, $5,500 - The Arizona Coyotes are just not a good hockey club. They overachieved in the first half of the season and I expect them to come crashing down to Earth in the second half. Even with the Coyotes playing over their heads and the dazzling play of rookie goaltender Louis Domingue, the Desert Dogs remain a poor defensive team, sitting on the bottom five in both Corsi and goals against per game. The Los Angeles Kings are by far the best possession team in the league and they should generate a ton of scoring opportunities in this game. Toffoli has multi-goal upside tonight in the desert.
Loui Eriksson, Boston Bruins, $4,700 – The Toronto Maple Leafs hobbled into the All-Star break losing four in a row and eight of their last nine, while getting outscored 30-11 in the process. Eriksson flourished playing alongside David Krejci earlier in the season and now that they have been reunited, I expect them to start producing at high level once again. Look for Loui to break out of his mini-slump and light the lamp in this contest.
Other Wingers to Target (Tournaments) – Ryan Spooner, Brad Marchand, Mats Zuccarello, Lee Stempniak, Brendan Gallagher, Wayne Simmonds, Mike Hoffman, Matt Cullen, Carl Hagelin, Justin Williams, Nikolaj Ehlers, Cam Atkinson, Brandon Saad, Teddy Purcell, Tomas Hertl
Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins, $6,200 - Letang had a slow start to the season, but he is making up for lost time. The offensively gifted Penguins blue liner has rolled out three multi-point performances in his last five contests and 19 points in his last 15 games. The Senators not only play a wide open style of hockey, but they are also an undisciplined team. Ottawa has taken the sixth-most penalty minutes per game this season and they own the NHL’s worst penalty kill. Make no mistake about it, Letang is the number one option on defense this evening.