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 crazy night in the NHL on Tuesday, we slow down a little on this Wednesday evening. Tonight we have eight teams in action, as the NHL brings us a four-game slate. With only four games, and Anaheim and Winnipeg being big home favorites, you might see a lot of similar rosters out there tonight. Going contrarian in some of your GPPs is always a wise move on a quiet night.
Make sure to check the RotoGrinders Starting Goalies Page to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting prior to game time.
Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets, $7,100 – Pavelec was solid in his win over the Sabres in his last start (a 2-1 win with 19 saves), and he has been better than expected in goal for the Jets this season (2.23 GAA, .919 SV%). Most are aware of how bad the Oilers have been defensively, but they have also struggled on offense. Edmonton is ranked 27th overall in goals per game (2.24) and they have only scored 25 goals in 11 road games this season. Pavelec has a great price and should come away with the win tonight.
Editor’s Note: If Hutchison starts in goal for the Jets, simply insert him into your lineup.
Other Goalies To Target (Cash Games) – Frederik Andersen
Jori Lehtera, St. Louis Blues, $5,100 – Lehtera is having a great season for the Blues and he has really clicked with linemate Vladimir Tarasenko. St. Louis now has Alexander Steen on their line, which should only help them stay productive. The Blackhawks will be without number goalie Corey Crawford, who is suffering from a lower body injury. Lehtera is one of the best kept secrets in the NHL and his salary has not caught up to his production. Enjoy the discounted price.
Andrew Ladd, Winnipeg Jets, $6,200 – Ladd has points in three of his last four games and has always played his best hockey on home ice. Ladd and his linemates (Blake Wheeler & Bryan Little) have shown good chemistry, and I love all three of them tonight versus Edmonton. The Oilers have been brutal on the road (2-6-3) and rank 28th in goals against per game (3.44). Look for a big game from Ladd and company in this one.
Matt Beleskey, Anaheim Ducks, $5,700 – Beleskey has scored in three of his last four while playing on the Ducks’ top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. As long as Beleskey continues to see minutes on the top line and 2nd powerplay unit, he is in play. With Getzlaf and Perry being so expensive, Beleskey is a nice way to get exposure to the top line without paying the premium price.
Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks, $9,800 – Perry finally looks healthy and is playing much better hockey recently. I mentioned that Philadelphia was a poor defensive team in my article yesterday and I will repeat some of those numbers again. The Flyers are ranked 24th in shots allowed (32.2), 25th in goals against per game (3.04) and they have the league’s worst penalty kill. Philadelphia has been awful on the road this season (2-9-1) and they now will play a very strong team on the tail end of a back-to-back. Anaheim is one of the best teams in the NHL on home ice (8-3-3) and I expect them to dominate this game from puck drop. Perry is my top play across the board tonight. Fade him at your own risk.
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks, $8,500 – Kane has been playing outstanding hockey of late and now has five multi-point efforts in his past seven contests. During that seven-game stretch, Kane has five goals and 12 points. He is one of the NHL’s most gifted players, so he is certainly in play tonight.
Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg Jets, $3,800 – Trouba has looked great since becoming the Jets’ powerplay quarterback. The Oilers have lost a pathetic 10 straight games and are a complete mess in their own end. Edmonton has now allowed the most goals in the NHL (87) and look lost defensively. Winnipeg should be able to score three plus goals tonight, thus Trouba makes for a great value play on defense.