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NHL GPP Plays: Thursday

by Ryan Sheppard
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:09 pm ET

Every Thursday I’ll be providing my recommended player picks for your daily fantasy hockey lineups. The goal is to help you to the top of the leaderboards in FanDuel and DraftKings tournament play.

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Although it was a short four-game slate last night, seeing all four road teams come away with the win was a rare sighting. Tonight, we have a larger 10-game slate with plenty of fascinating options with the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks being on home ice along with the Washington Capitals in a great road matchup.


GOALTENDER

 

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

 

Ben Bishop, Dallas Stars – The Dallas Stars are hosting the Anaheim Ducks tonight, which is actually a pretty good matchup for Ben Bishop. Sure, Dallas’ offense might struggle a bit because John Gibson is a beast between the pipes, but the Ducks offense hasn’t been great. They’re scoring just 2.40 goals per game, which is the fifth-lowest in the NHL. This is likely to be a pretty solid goaltending battle with two great goalies facing off and two teams struggling to score — Dallas is averaging just 2.88 goals per game, which is the 11th-least.

 

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FORWARDS

 

David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins – While I’m listing David Pastrnak here, the entire line (Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand) is in play and makes for an elite stack tonight as the Boston Bruins host the Philadelphia Flyers. Pastrnak’s tied with the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews for the league-lead in goals with 10. He also sits second in the league with 15 points in nine games. It’s also great that Pastrnak does more than just produce all of those goals; his 38 shots are among the top 10 in volume, which helps give him a solid floor when he isn’t able to get on the scoresheet.

 

Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals – The Washington Capitals lead the NHL with an incredible 4.25 goals per game — a number that will surely go down as the season progresses. However, for now it’s best to ride their offensive train and Evgeny Kuznetsov, who leads the team in points with 13 in eight games alongside Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson. Kuznetsov has been playing alongside Alex Ovechkin, which has been a perk for both men. With a road game against the Edmonton Oilers, this game should have plenty of goals in it given the Oilers’ 3.57 goals against per game.

 

Alex DeBrincat, Chicago Blackhawks – Playing alongside a rejuvenated Jonathan Toews has been a great benefit for both Alex DeBrincat and Toews himself. DeBrincat has put up seven goals on 30 shots in the first nine games of the season while picking up five assists along the way. Additionally with Dominik Kahun, DeBrincat and Toews create a trio at both even strength and in the second power play unit that gives DeBrincat elite upside as a one-off play and line stack.

 

DEFENSE

 

Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames – Mark Giordano has seven points in nine games and plays on the top power play unit for the Calgary Flames. The offense is great, without a doubt, but in games which he doesn’t get on the scoresheet he produces the peripheral stats that give him a solid floor. Giordano has 25 shots and 16 blocked shots in those nine games and has averaged 3.9 DraftKings points per game this season. The Flames are hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight, a team allowing the league’s 11th-worst goals per game at 3.43.

Ryan Sheppard
Ryan Sheppard aka “donkshow” was born and raised just outside of Toronto and has been a diehard Leafs fan since Day 1. He has his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology but is currently working as a Graphic Designer. In 2013, he started playing daily fantasy sports - exclusively NHL. Since then he has branched out into MLB, NFL, NBA and PGA.