Each day I will be providing my recommended player picks for your FanDuel 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
It is New Year’s Eve, and what better way to party than with FanDuel while playing fantasy hockey? Regardless of where you will be tonight, being able to check NHL scores while celebrating the New Year will only add to the excitement. Make sure you note the early start time tonight (5 PM EST).
On the last night of 2014, the NHL presents us with a fantastic 11-game schedule. We have a few big favorites on the board (Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Calgary, Detroit, Boston and Dallas) and three teams playing on consecutive nights (Edmonton, Florida and San Jose).
In case you missed it, FanDuel announced their World Fantasy Hockey Championship. You can enter the $25 qualifier tonight and win yourself a trip to Las Vegas for a shot at a cool $50,000. All this makes an already exciting night of NHL action even better!
Editor's Note: Rotoworld's partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $20,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Wednesday's NHL games. It's just $2 to join and first prize is $2,000. Starts Wednesday at 5pm ET. Here's the FanDuel link.
Make sure to check the RotoGrinders Starting Goalies Page to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting prior to game time.
Jonas Hiller, Calgary Flames, $8,600 – I had a hard time deciding between Jimmy Howard and Jonas Hiller. Both goalies make for great plays tonight in all formats. Hiller is as hot as any goalie in the NHL right now and has posted incredible numbers in December (1.90 GAA, .930 SV%). The Oilers are playing on back to back nights and should have tired legs this evening. Edmonton has really struggled offensively in 2014, ranking 27th in goals per game this season (2.11). Look for Hiller to continue his strong play and come away with the win tonight.
Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars, $8,300 – Seguin’s 25 goals lead the league and he is now 2nd in the NHL scoring race. Seguin has been a stud all year long and he seems to come away with positive fantasy points on a nightly basis. The Coyotes are not a team that travels well and they have struggled to keep the puck out of their net all season long (26th in goal against per game 3.14). Seguin at home versus a weak defensive team? Sign me up. Fade him at your own risk tonight.
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings, $7,300 – The Red Wings return to the Joe Louis arena tonight to face the struggling New Jersey Devils. Detroit is a very big favorite and own one of the better records on home ice (12-4-6). Datsyuk has points in four straight games and is one of the most consistent scorers in the NHL (27 points in 26 GP). He is one of the safest plays for your cash games, and he has huge GPP upside.
Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh Penguins, $7,600 – The Penguins are huge favorites on home ice tonight as they welcome the Hurricanes to town. Carolina is really struggling of late (2-7-1 in their past 10) and the team has been awful on the road this season (4-14-2). Kunitz has looked much better recently and it is just a matter of time before he gets rolling again. I think the Penguins break out tonight with a big game, so Kunitz could very well have a multi-point performance.
Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames, $4,600 – Johnny Hockey has arrived! Gaudreau has been tearing it up recently with six goals and seven points in his last five games. The highly touted 21-year-old has found great chemistry with linemate Jiri Hudler and he is starting to blossom into a star. Gaudreau should continue to stay hot with a plus matchup against an awful Oilers squad tonight.
Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers, $8,800 – Right wing is pretty weak tonight, so if you are not looking for value at this position, Voracek makes a great play. He may be suited best for GPPs, but I would not talk you out of putting him in your cash game lineup. After all, Voracek does lead the NHL in scoring with 46 points. The Avalanche sit at the bottom of the league in both shots allowed and goals against this season. I don’t expect many to be on Voracek tonight for a few reasons - he is expensive, the Flyers are on the road, and there are much bigger favorites on the board. This sniper is a sneaky play tonight.
Reilly Smith, Boston Bruins, $4,400 – Smith has points in seven of his last eleven games and continues to play on the Bruins’ top line and number one powerplay unit. The Leafs are a team we can pick on, as they continue to give up a ton of shots and scoring chances game in and game out. Toronto allows the 2nd most shots against in the NHL (34.5) and have given up the 6th most goals per game in the league (2.97). Whether he is playing with Patrice Bergeron or David Krejci, Smith makes a great value play tonight.
Other Right Wingers To Target (Cash Games) – Jiri Hudler
Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames, $7,100 – Giordano is having an incredible season (10 G, 35 PTS, +17 in 38 GP) and could not be in a better spot to produce tonight. The Oilers have given up more goals than any other team in hockey and it isn’t likely to change any time soon. Giordano leads the Flames attack from the point and I can see a multi-point effort in his future. He certainly isn’t cheap, but he is my top defenseman tonight.
Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning, $6,000 – Hedman had a multi-point game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday night and could do the same tonight in Buffalo. Hedman is having a strong season (16 PTS, +8) despite only playing in 20 games. Hedman is a beast on the powerplay, and the Sabres not only take too many penalties but also have a weak penalty kill.