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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 have a quiet Wednesday night of hockey with only four games on the schedule. However, playing on these short slates allows us to have a piece of the action in every game. Without a true lock in goal or a big favorite, there should be a ton of diversification in all formats despite the lack of games.
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Semyon Varlamov ($8,300) and Tuukka Rask ($7,900) – I don’t love the way either tender is playing right now, but I do think both get the job done tonight. Varlamov is off to a shaky start this season (5.07 GAA, .841 SV%). However, I can easily see him being the highest scoring goaltender. The Carolina Hurricanes fire plenty of shots on goal (30.2 shots per game), but have trouble finishing (2.20 goals per game), which is the perfect scenario for your goalie in daily fantasy hockey. Like Varlamov, Rask also has some ugly ratios in 2015 (4.29 GAA, .851 SV%), but he may be the safer option of the two as the Bruins are home to a Flyers team that has forgotten how to score goals (1.60 goals per game). Philadelphia looks awful in all aspects of the game and they will be playing on consecutive nights. If you are looking for upside I would go with Semyon Varlamov, and if security is your thing, roll out Tuukka Rask.
Other Goalies To Target (Cash Games) – Petr Mrazek
Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche, $6,200 – The Colorado Avalanche are one of the top teams to target on this short slate, and that means I am all over Nathan MacKinnon. After struggling in his second year, MacKinnon has burst back onto the scene this season (2 G, 6 PTS, 15 SOG, 5 GP) looking like the stud we all thought he would be. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed the fourth-most goals per game this year (3.40) and they are ranked 25th on the penalty kill. Look for the Avalanche to score some goals tonight and for MacKinnon to lead the attack.
Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings, $4,800 – Abdelkader is off to a great start (4 G, 5 PTS, 9 SOG, 5 GP) and he may be the best kept secret in daily fantasy hockey. Regardless of his production, his price never seems to move, and I will continue to take advantage of that.
As long as Abdelkader continues to skate alongside All-Star Henrik Zetterberg on the Red Wings’ top line and number one power-play unit, he is a steal at $4,800.
With only four games on the schedule, building a cash game lineup may prove to be a little more difficult than usual, and we may have to count on some guys we would not normally trust. I’ll list a few that I am considering. Gabriel Landeskog leads the way - he is playing great hockey and his line may be the best option in all formats. There will be scoring in Buffalo, as neither the Sabres nor the Maple Leafs play a very good defensive game, and this means Tyler Ennis and James van Riemsdyk are in play for cash games. The Boston Bruins should be able to score a few goals this evening and Loui Eriksson is their biggest scoring threat.
Torey Krug, Boston Bruins, $5,400 – With Zdeno Chara declining and Dougie Hamilton in Calgary, Krug is finally the top offensive option on the Bruins defense. Not only is Krug off to a nice start (6 PTS, 16 SOG, 5 GP), he will face a Flyers team that takes a lot of penalties and struggles on the penalty kill. Krug has multi-point upside in this matchup.