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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We have a quiet three-game schedule on tap for this Wednesday evening. The Detroit Red Wings are the biggest favorite on the board and Vancouver Canucks are the only team playing in back-to-back games.
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Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings, $9,400 - Normally I avoid goaltenders versus the Ottawa Senators because they can score, but with the way Mrazek has been playing, I don’t think it matters who he is facing. The 23-year-old Czech has been a rock all season long for Detroit (1.97 GAA, .933 SV%, 4 SO) and he is your safest option in cash games this evening. If you are looking to save some salary at this position, I would go with Louis Dominuge, however he has been awful recently, allowing 15 goals against in his last three games.
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, $10,700 – It has been a long, long time since I have seen a player as hot as Sidney Crosby right now. In his last four games alone, Sid the Kid has generated an unbelievable seven goals, 12 points and 20 shots on net. Crosby has multi-point upside again tonight.
Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings, $5,100 - Playing on the Detroit Red Wings’ top line and number one power play unit with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, makes Abdelkader one of the top value plays on the board tonight. The Ottawa Senators and their wide open style of hockey are once again the top team to pick on this evening. The Senators are a bottom-four team in many defensive categories, including Corsi, scoring chances allowed and goals against per game. Look for Abdelkader to hit the score sheet in this game.
Mikkel Boedker, Arizona Coyotes, $5,200 – With the Vancouver Canucks in town, Boedker is in a great spot to break out his mini-slump tonight. The Canucks are not only playing their second game in as many nights, but they are also one of the league’s weaker defensive clubs. Vancouver is a bottom-five team in possession, scoring chances against and high-danger scoring chances allowed this season. Look for Boedker to snipe at least one goal in this plus matchup on home ice.
Brendan Smith, Detroit Red Wings, $3,100 – With the injuries to both Niklas Kronwall and now Mike Green, Smith has seen an increase in ice time and he is now the Red Wings’ power play quarterback. The Ottawa Senators are not only weak defensively, but they also play undisciplined hockey. The Senators have taken the sixth-most penalty minutes per game and they own the NHL’s worst penalty kill. Smith is easily the best bang for your buck on defense tonight.