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NHL GPP Plays: Thursday

by Chris Lowery
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:01 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.

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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 for tonight’s FanDuel slate.
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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

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Goaltenders

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

Eddie Lack, Vancouver Canucks - Lack has been great at times this season, but has also had his share of duds, which is why I think he is a better play in GPPs than cash games tonight, despite the great match-up. The Coyotes have traded most of their talent away and have begun to rebuild, leaving them in disarray for the remainder of the season.
Arizona takes a decent amount of shots per game (29.5), but they lack scoring punch, averaging 2.11 goals per game, which is the second worst in the NHL. Lack should see at least 25 shots tonight and allow fewer than two goals in this game, making him a great value play in your GPPs.

Other Goalies To Target – Steve Mason, Karri Ramo, Dan Ellis

Forwards

Reilly Smith, Boston Bruins - Smith has really picked up his offensive game recently, registering 12 points in his last 14 games. Smith is not only playing on the Bruins’ top line, but he has also seen an increase in power play time recently. Patrice Bergeron has been the Boston Bruins best player all season long, and skating alongside him can only help Smith’s production. I think Smith and his linemates are a great line to stack tonight in tournament play.

Marcus Johansson, Washington Capitals - Johansson has goals in back to back games and continues to skate on the Capitals top line and number one power play unit. Washington’s offense is firing on all cylinders right now with nine goals in their last two games. As long as his linemate Alexander Ovechkin keeps producing video game numbers, Johansson will continue to be a great value play on a nightly basis.

Patrick Eaves, Dallas Stars - The Florida Panthers have lost both of their netminders (Roberto Luongo & Al Montoya) and will now be rolling with Dan Ellis in goal tonight versus the Dallas Stars. Ellis has been truly awful in his NHL career (3.62 GA, .879 SV%) and that puts Eaves and the Stars in a great spot tonight in GPPs. Eaves will be skating on the Stars’ top line and number one power play tonight in Florida, making him a tremendous value play.

Alex Killorn, Tampa Bay Lightning - Killorn has points in back to back games and continues to skate alongside superstar Steven Stamkos. The Maple Leafs have been a disaster on the road this season (8-20-5), while the Tampa Bay Lightning are one of the league’s best teams on home ice (24-6-1), and have one of the most explosive offenses especially when playing at the Amalie Arena. Toronto has struggled on the back end all year long, ranking 27th in shots against and 25th in goals against per game this season. As long as Killorn stays on the Bolts’ top line and number one power play unit, he makes a fantastic value play each and every night.

Other Wingers To Target – Zack Kassian, Sean Monahan, Alexsander Barkov, Ryan Spooner, Jonathan Drouin

Defense

Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers - Ekblad has goals in back to back games and continues to be Florida’s biggest offensive threat from the point. The 19-year-old Windsor, Ontario native has been very productive on home ice with 20 points and 74 shots on net in 30 games at the BB&T Center. Ekblad is one of the best young defensemen in hockey and he is making his presence known in both ends of the rink on a nightly basis. The Dallas Stars are not only a mess defensively, but they have struggled to contain offensive defensemen all season long. Ekblad seems to get over looked in GPPs and he is in a great spot to produce again tonight.  

Other Defensemen To Target – John Klingberg, Anton Stralman, 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.