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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Following a busy Tuesday that was filled with eight games featuring sixteen teams, Wednesday brings us a slate of just three games. With six teams in action, you should also note that none of those teams are playing on back-to-back nights. If you are trying to choose between two players that you have projected to hit the same point target on a short slate, selecting the player who is not skating on back-to-back nights may be the better selection, but in hockey, I weight this contextual factor less than other sports, especially tonight with more than half of the teams in action playing their second game in two days. The slate on FanDuel locks an hour later than normal tonight at 8 PM Eastern.
Make sure to check the RotoGrinders NHL Starting Goalies Page to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting prior to game time.
Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks, $9,800 – In an awful set of games with no clear cut Vegas favorite, your best play is to start the best goalie on the best team, even if that goalie’s team is on the road. On a night with a normal slate of games, ideally, you would not start a goalie on the road, but Crawford has won four of his last five games and is coming off a 43-save game on the road in Carolina two nights ago. Moreover, Crawford gets to face a Flyers team that has lost four straight and eight of their last nine games and scored just an average of 1.50 goals per game during those eight losses. Simply put, the Flyers look lost out on the ice, and on the short slate, just pay up for Crawford (the second-most expensive goalie on the night) and hope for a shutout. The play here has more to do with the overall chances that the Blackhawks have to win the game, and with a “win” on FD being weighted so heavily, start Crawford in your cash games as he is the most likely netminder to earn the “W” on Wednesday.
Other Goalies To Target (Cash Games) – Semyon Varlamov
Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars, $8,400 – Your cash game lineups should start with rostering Seguin as well as one of his linemates, Jamie Benn or Cody Eakin. Of course, if you are stacking a line in your GPP lineups, grab this whole line (or swap in Jason Spezza and Brett Ritchie, who play with Benn on the powerplay (and Seguin at the point), for Eakin to differentiate yourself further). The powerplay trio (less Ritchie) is the preferred play today, or, grab Seguin and Spezza in your cash games. As a lineup construction tip, and this may differ among players, in cash games, you should grab two skaters from a line just in case the line does not hit. As the most expensive center on today’s slate, Seguin comes into the game in Calgary having recorded at least one point in three straight games and in four of his last five games, in which he also registered thirteen shots. In a game with a Vegas moneyline set at -130 in favor of the Flames, look for the visiting team to put up three goals past Jonas Hiller, as Vegas does have the over set at -120 to hit. There is a risk that the Stars will earn a few minuses in this game, as the team is giving up the fifth-most goals per game (3.15 GA/GP) in the NHL, but my take is that the Flames will not match up their top lines against the Seguin line, which should theoretically leave Seguin and Benn to roam the ice and fire the puck.
Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames, $6,000 – The top overall wing play today is the Flames’ first even strength line left winger, who skates with Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler. He is vastly underpriced at just $6.0K this evening given his outstanding season at just 22-years-old. With four points in his last three games (1 G, 3 As) and twelve points in his last ten games (5 Gs, 7 As), Gaudreau is also averaging 2.06 shots per game on the season and, more importantly given FD scoring, is a +4 over his last nine games. With three powerplay goals in their last three games, look for the Flames’ top PP unit of Gaudreau-Monahan-Hudler to exploit the Stars’ eighth-worst penalty kill unit (80.7% kill rate; three short-handed goals in their last four games) to the tune of at least one PP goal.
Jarome Iginla, Colorado Avalanche, $6,500 – Although Gaudreau’s linemate, Jiri Hudler, is the top overall play at RW today, I wanted to emphasize the fact that you must have exposure to the Avalanche on today’s short slate. With at least one point in seven of nine games this March for a total of five goals and three assists, Iginla now has 24 goals and 26 assists on the season, and his Avalanche will attack an Edmonton Oilers team that is giving up the most goals per game in the NHL (3.34 GA/GP). While the team only gives up the 14th-most shots per game (29.7 SA/GP), teams have the highest shooting percentage against them. Moreover, Edmonton has the third-worst PK kill rate (77%), meaning the Aves’ top PP unit of Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan O’Reilly and Iginla should put home a minimum of two goals tonight against Ben Scrivens.
Dennis Wideman, Calgary Flames, $5,600 – With Mark Giordano on the shelf for the rest of the season, the Flames’ top defenseman may be the second-most expensive D-man on the slate, but this is for good reason. With two points in his past three games (1 G, 1 A), Wideman (and his defensive partner, Kris Russell) is one of the hottest blueliners in the NHL right now. In a game that Vegas expects to hit the over of 5.0 goals, this should be a high-event hockey game with both team shooting the puck 30 or more times on net and Wideman, who is averaging 3.33 S/GP over his last three games (and 2.21 S/GP on the season), should surpass his average shots per game on the season. He will add to his season total of thirteen goals and thirty-four assists against a Stars team that is giving up the fifth-most goals per game in the NHL (3.15 GA/GP) and the ninth-most shots per game (30.2 SA/GP).