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NHL GPP Plays: Thursday

by Chris Lowery
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:02 pm ET

Every Tuesday and Thursday I am going to give you my top tournament plays for all Daily Fantasy Hockey GPPs (guaranteed prize pool). GPPs are a general term used across the industry for your big money tournaments.


GPPs are very different from your cash games and you use a different strategy with them. In our GPPs we are not interested in safe plays, GPPs are all about UPSIDE. We want players who can explode, all-or-nothing type players can become GPP gold, and your value players are just as important as your star players. You need your players to have huge nights in order to take down these big tournaments.


My goal is to provide players who will be under-owned and have that big game upside you are looking for. I will also try to find as much value as I possibly can. Now, let’s get to the NHL GPP Plays!



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





Make sure to check the RotoGrinders Starting Goalies Page to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting prior to game time.


Andrew Hammond, Ottawa Senators – The Hamburglar gets the call tonight as the Ottawa Senators host the Tampa Bay Lightning. Hammond has been GPP gold in net for the Senators this season, posting a 15-1-1 record with a 1.85 GAA, .938 SV% and two shutouts. Those are absolutely staggering numbers! The Lightning are never an easy opponent and are a very explosive offense, however, Tampa Bay is a little banged up and they are not the same team on the road. If Hammond can pull out the win tonight, he will be one of the top fantasy producers on the night. Stealing games is just what the Hamburglar does, so roll him out in your GPPs with confidence.


Other Goalies To Target – Petr Mrazek, Jake Allen, Cam Ward, Braden Holtby





Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets – Johansen rolled out his third multi-point game in four nights and now has points in eight straight games. During his eight-game point streak, Johansen has racked up three goals, 11 points and 17 shots on net. The New York Islanders are not playing their best hockey right now, losing seven of their past nine games. On the flip side, the Columbus Blue Jackets are the hottest team in the NHL, winning seven straight games and nine of their past 10. On a night with so much to love, I think Johansen will fly under the radar and he is certainly capable of another multi-point effort.


Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers – Barkov has five points and 14 shots on goal in his last five games and is currently centering the Panthers’ top line between Jonathan Huberdeau and Jaromir Jagr. Barkov has become a key cog in Florida’s playoff run and he is getting better every single game. In the past month, the Carolina Hurricanes have lost 11 of their past 15 games and they allowed the sixth-most goals per game in hockey. The 19-year-old Barkov has a bright future in Florida and he could be in line for a big game tonight.


Other Centers To Target – Valtteri Filppula, Sean Monahan, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins





Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes – Staal had a goal and five shots on net Tuesday night versus the Washington Capitals, giving him points in four of his last five contests. The Carolina Hurricanes have really struggled in March, but Staal was one of the few bright spots, tallying 13 points and 54 shots on goal in 15 games. Staal makes a great boom-or-bust pick in your tournament play tonight.


Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings – Abdelkader hit the score sheet Tuesday night for the fifth time in his last six games. The month of March was very good to 28-year-old Michigan native, as he racked up 10 goals, 13 points and 29 shots on goal in 15 games. Playing on the Red Wings’ top line and number one power play unit puts Abdelkader in play again tonight.


Ryan Strome, New York Islanders – Strome is riding a three-game point streak and is currently skating on the New York Islanders’ top line alongside John Tavares. The New York Islanders have defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in both meetings this season, racking up 11 goals in total. Columbus has still struggled defensively, despite their winning streak. Strome makes a very sneaky value play tonight.


Mark Stone, Ottawa Senators – With an assist and seven shots on goal in the Ottawa Senators’ 2-1 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night, Stone continues to impress this season. Stone has now produced points in 15 of his last 16 games and he remains on the Senators’ top line and number one power play unit. His salary has yet to catch up to his production, and he is yet again one of the better bargains out there.


Other Wingers To Target – Cam Atkinson, Nikita Kucherov, Anders Lee, Justin Williams





Jack Johnson, Columbus Blue Jackets – Johnson has goals in back to back games and he has played great hockey for the Blue Jackets during their winning streak. The New York Islanders are a strong team, but they still struggle from time to time with their defensive game. Look for Johnson to do some damage tonight on the power play against the Islanders’ fourth-worst penalty kill.


Other Defensemen To Target – Anton Stralman, Aaron Ekblad, Ryan Suter

Chris Lowery
Chris "Pepsi7" Lowery is the 2013 FanDuel Baseball Champion, pocketing $235,00 between that first place finish and a third place finish with his other entry. He also qualified for the FanDuel DFBC finals in 2012, finishing 7th. Impressively, MLB may not be his best sport as Chris is one of the best Daily Fantasy NHL minds in the business. Chris contributes to RotoGrinders, and you can follow him on Twitter @Pepsi7DFS.