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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.


Louis Domingue, Arizona Coyotes – Domingue has been sensational in goal for the Arizona Coyotes this season, posting a 2.14 goals against average, a .932 save percentage and two shutouts. Thanks to Domingue’s strong play, the Desert Dogs have now won four straight games, and own a 7-1-2 record in their last 10. Despite his success, the 23-year-old’s price remains low across the industry and we should be taking advantage of that in our GPPs.



Other Goalies To Target – Henrik Lundqvist, Connor Hellebuyck, Cam Talbot






Jori Lehtera, St. Louis Blues - Because of his pass-first mentality, Lehtera is rarely popular in tournament play. The 28-year-old Fin has points in three of his last four games and he should find the score sheet again this evening. Skating alongside Vladimir Tarasenko at both even strength and on the power play, Lehtera has multi-point upside.


Andrew Shaw, Chicago Blackhawks – Shaw has really enjoyed his time on the Blackhawks’ top line alongside Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. He scored twice in Chicago’s 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night, giving him back-to-back multi-point performances. The Montreal Canadiens are not normally a team I want to pick on, but without Carey Price in net, they continue to get subpar goaltending.


Teuvo Teravainen, Chicago Blackhawks – I plan to have exposure to both of the Chicago Blackhawks’ top two lines this evening. The Blackhawks have won eight consecutive games, and their offense is firing on all cylinders. With Artem Anisimov out due to illness, Teravainen will skate between Artemi Panarin and Patrick Kane on Chicago’s second line. The 21-year-old Finnish native oozes offensive upside and he is in a great spot to produce tonight.



Justin Williams, Washington Capitals – Williams has looked great recently, sniping two goals and adding ten shots on net in his last two contests. The Washington Capitals are a potent offense and they should light up the Vancouver Canucks at home. With everyone focused on the “Great Eight” and the Capitals’ top line, Williams and the Caps’ second line could pay off huge tonight.



Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks - Playing on the San Jose Sharks’ top line and number two power-play unit, Hertl has racked up four points in his last four games. The Edmonton Oilers remain one of the league’s weakest teams on the back end. Neither Cam Talbot nor Anders Nilsson has played well in goal this year, and whoever is in net tonight will get lit up at the Shark Tank. In a game where the Sharks should dominate and generate plenty of scoring chances, Hertl has big game upside at a severely discounted price.


Other Forwards To Target – Nathan MacKinnon, Ryan Johansen, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Leon Draisaitl, Filip Forsberg, Mats Zuccarello, Mikkel Boedker




Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes – Ekman-Larsson had a monster game on Tuesday night, scoring a goal and adding three assists in the Arizona Coyotes’ 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. He has now racked up two goals and six points in his last three contests combined. OEL was very popular Tuesday evening, but I expect him to be under-owned tonight due to the tough matchup, and we know he has massive upside on any given night.



Other Defensemen To Target – Dustin Byfuglien, Justin Faulk, Nick Leddy, Niklas Kronwall


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.