Every Tuesday and Thursday I will 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.
It is a fairly quiet Tuesday night in the National Hockey League with seven games on tap. The Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators and New York Rangers are your biggest favorites and we have two teams (Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues) playing on consecutive nights.
NOTE: Make sure to check the RotoGrinders NHL Starting Goalies Page prior to game time, to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting.
Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets - When looking for a GPP goalie, we are looking for two things, a win and plenty of saves. The win is not certain for Sergei Bobrovsky this evening, but I do think he sees plenty of rubber tonight at PNC Arena. In 2016-17, the Columbus Blue Jackets allowed the fourth-most shots against per game (31.1), on the flip side of this matchup, the Carolina Hurricanes fired almost 30 shots on goal per game (29.9) last year and they are averaging a whopping 42 shots per game so far in 2017-18. The Hurricanes are a fairly heavy favorite in this game and if the Blue Jackets are going to win it, Bobrosvsky will likely need to steal the game. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner posted a 29 save shutout in his debut this season and he has similar upside tonight.
Jonathan Droin, Montreal Canadiens - The Montreal Candiens’ top line may not be all that popular tonight versus the Chicago Blackhawks, but make no mistake; this is a potent line, very capable of going off. Don’t get me wrong, the Blackhawks are a very good hockey team, but they are more known for their offense and they can be exploited on defense. The Canadiens’ top line (Max Pacioretty, Jonathan Drouin and Brendan Gallagher) is also their number one power play unit, which is the best scenario when line stacking. This explosive line is loaded with offensive upside and perhaps tonight is the night they break out with a multi-goal effort.
Gustan Nyquist, Detroit Red Wings - The Dallas Stars were an awful defensive team in 2016-17, ranking near the bottom of the National Hockey League in most defensive categories, such as scoring chances allowed and goals against per game. In the off-season the Stars did look to improve, adding goaltender Ben Bishop and stay at home defenseman Marc Methot, but that doesn’t mean they are vastly improved overnight and I think the Detroit Red Wings’ top line has sneaky contrarian upside tonight. Like the Montreal Canadiens above, the Red Wings’ top line is also their number one power play unit. Led by sniper Gustav Nyquist, this line has sneaky GPP potential this evening.
Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes -Jeff Skinner is the ultimate GPP play. Skating on the Carolina Hurricanes third line and number two power play unit, we rarely see much traffic on Skinner. The 25-year-old Skinner is one of the National Hockey League’s most underrated goal scorers and he has multi-goal upside on a nightly basis. On a night lacking offense, we could see plenty of daily fantasy owners looking to the Hurricanes’ top line, but I expect Skinner to fly under the radar. Unlike most players, Skinner’s linemates are not needed and I actually prefer him as a “one off”. Inexpensive under-owned players, with multi-goal upside, can be GPP gold.
Alexander Edler, Vancouver Canucks - Of the 14 teams hitting the ice this evening, the Ottawa Senators led them all in minor penalties last season, while also toting a weak penalty kill, ranking 22nd overall (and this was with Craig Anderson standing on his head most nights). This brings our attention to Alexander Edler. The Vancouver Canucks defenseman plays heavy minutes at both even strength and on the power play and he is very reasonable priced. When looking for offense, the Canucks are not a place I go too often, but they do have some young offensive talent on board and they should improve as the season goes on. As the Canucks power play quarterback, Edler makes a solid value play tonight in GPPs.