Each day I will be providing my recommended player picks for your FanDuel daily fantasy hockey lineups. The goal is to help you build the optimal cash game (50/50s/double-ups/head-to-head) lineup.
It is a huge Tuesday night in the National Hockey League with 13 games on tap. The Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks are the biggest favorites according to Vegas, and we have three teams (Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators and the Detroit Red Wings) playing on consecutive nights.
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Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks, $8,400 - The Vancouver Canucks have struggled on the road all season losing, and they have been terrible of late, losing four straight and eight of their past 10. The Canucks rank second-last in goals per game this season, and dead-last in goals per game over the last month. In other words, this is not a team or an offense to fear. Thanks in large part to the play of Martin Jones, the San Jose Sharks are one of the best defensive teams in the National Hockey League, and they should have no problems shutting down this weak Vancouver offense tonight at the Shark Tank. Jones is a lock for the win tonight, and don’t be surprised if he ends up with his third shutout of the season.
Other Top Option: Corey Crawford (CHI)
Cody Eakin, Dallas Stars, $3,400 - With the defensively challenged Arizona Coyotes in town, the Dallas Stars rise to the top of our cash game list. The Coyotes are the worst team in the National Hockey League in CA/60, SCA/60 and xGA/60, which has led to them allowing the second-most goals against per game (3.15) on the year, and the most goals against per game on the road (3.50). Centering the Dallas Star’s top line and number one power play unit, Eakin has multi-point upside at a bargain basement price.
Other Value Play: Tanner Kero (CHI)
Jaden Schwartz, St. Louis Blues, $6,200 - Jaden Schwartz may very well be playing his best hockey of the season these days, racking up three goals and five points in his last four games. The St. Louis Blues continue to roll out a loaded top line, and Schwartz has been taking advantage. With their undisciplined play (second-most minor penalties this season), terrible penalty kill (28th ranked PK), and weak goaltending, the Winnipeg Jets become one of the top teams to pick on tonight. Vladimir Tarasenko may be the top option the Blues, but Schwartz has similar upside and he is underpriced at $6,200.
Viktor Arvidsson, Nashville Predators, $6,600 - The Arizona Coyotes may be the worst defensive team in the game, but the New York Islanders are not far behind. The Islanders rank 29th overall in CA/60, SCA/60 and xGA/60, trailing only the Coyotes in all three categories. The Nashville Predators are a dangerous offense on home ice (sitting fourth overall in the National Hockey League in goals per game), and Viktor Arvidsson does his best work at the Bridgestone Arena (18 G, 35 PTS in 40 home games). With this plus matchup on deck, I think we see Arvidsson hit the scoresheet multiple times in this game.
Esa Lindell ($3,700), & John Klingberg ($5,400), Dallas Stars – We know that the Arizona Coyotes are a terrible defensive group, but the reason we should be looking at the Dallas Stars defense is because the Coyotes are a heavily penalized team (ninth-most penalty minutes per game), with a weak penalty kill (25th ranked PK). If you are looking for maximum upside, John Klingberg is the better option, however if you are searching for salary relief, Esa Lindell is your man. Regardless of how you play it, both of these offensive minded defensemen are certainly in play tonight.