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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, since GPPs are all about UPSIDE. We want players who can explode, as 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 FanDuel NHL GPP plays!




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


Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers - The Buffalo Sabres are playing very good hockey lately, winning four of their last five games, and they lead the NHL in shots per game (33.3). Luongo has looked great in goal for the Florida Panthers this season (2.36 GAA, .928 SV%) and he has a chance to be the highest scoring goaltender of the night in this matchup. The 36-year-old veteran will have to be sharp in this game to come away with the win and I think he is up for the task. Look for 30 saves and a win from Luongo this evening.


Other Goalies To Target – Jake Allen, Braden Holtby, Devan Dubnyk,CamTalbot






Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche - This newly formed trio on the Avalanche top line (Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene and MacKinnon) looked great inColorado’s 3-0 win overPhiladelphia, and they have huge upside on a nightly basis assuming they stay together. MacKinnon has been the best of the three recently, producing six points during his four-game scoring streak. The Boston Bruins continue to struggle on the back end (15 goals allowed in their last four games) and they own the league’s second-worst penalty kill. MacKinnon and his linemates will be highly under-owned this evening and they have multi-goal upside in this matchup.



Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers – Draisaitl has been on a tear since being called up, racking up four goals and 10 points in his first six games of the season. He is seeing a ton of ice time and is playing with the Oilers’ most talented players. The Arizona Coyotes remain one of the NHL’s weaker defensive teams, so Draisaitl should continue to produce in this matchup.


Other Centers To Target – Kevin Hayes, Valtteri Filppula, Jack Eichel, Mike Fisher, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins




Max Domi, Arizona Coyotes – The 20-year-old phenom continues to impress for the Arizona Coyotes, leading the team in goals and second in points. The Edmonton Oilers have improved this season but they still struggle in the back-end, and they will be playing their second game in as many nights. Domi is moderately priced, has big game upside and should be low percentage owned in tournament play.



Thomas Vanek, Minnesota Wild - Thomas Vanek is alive! Vanek had a monster game (2 G, +2, 2 PIM, 6 SOG) against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night inMinnesota’s 5-3 win.

He has now been promoted to the Wild’s top line and number one power-play unit. The Carolina Hurricanes have been playing some ugly hockey of late and I expect Vanek and company to capitalize.


Other Wingers To Target – Jaromir Jagr, Mark Stone, Jason Zucker, Alex Killorn, Nikolaj Ehlers






Rasmus Ristolainen, Buffalo Sabres - The Buffalo Sabres are a completely different hockey club this season and Rasmus Ristolainen has made a huge difference in both ends of the rink. After a hot start to the 2015-16 season, the Florida Panthers have lost five of their last six contests, allowing 20 goals against in the process. Ristolainen has three goals and eight shots on net in his last two games, and I expect him to excel on the power play against the Panthers’ lousy penalty kill.


Oscar Klefbom, Edmonton Oilers – I will be looking for value defensemen in GPPs again tonight and Klefbom is a great option. Klefbom has points in three straight games and he continues to quarterback Edmonton Oilers’ number one power-play unit. Dollar for dollar he is my top option on the blue line.



Other Defensemen To Target – Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Justin Faulk, Brian Campbell, Yannick Weber


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.