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, as GPPs are all about UPSIDE. We want players who can explode, those 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 FanDuel 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 NHL GPP plays!
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Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes - Despite giving up eight goals in his last two games, Cam Ward has won seven of his last nine starts. Ward is a tough goalie to roster in your cash games, but makes a terrific GPP play due to his ability to stand on his head and steal hockey games. Ward has been inconsistent this season, but he has been very good on home ice, posting a 1.93 GAA and a .923 SV%. The Columbus Blue Jackets are not a very potent offense, ranking 24th in goals per game this season. However, their offense is relevant enough to fire a decent amount of shots on goal, at average 28.6 shots on goal per game. So, Ward should see a decent amount of shots in this game tonight, and assuming he leaves with the win, he should have a very productive night at a moderate price.
Tyler Toffoli, Los Angeles Kings – When daily fantasy players are targeting the Kings, they tend to overlook Tyler Toffoli on the second line. He has been pretty quiet recently, but he has the ability to have a monster game on any given night. Toffoli is a very underrated scorer and he has been a top five player in the NHL in terms of points per 60 minutes of ice time. This is a great matchup for the Kings, and we know Toffoli has big game upside.
Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins - Marchand has been on fire for the Bruins recently with goals in four straight games. During this four-game stretch, Marchand has produced five goals, six points and 11 shots on goal. Boston is not a team known for lighting up the scoreboard, but I think Marchand and company make a sneaky play in GPPs tonight. With so many good offenses playing tonight, Boston’s top line is certain to fly under the radar.
Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes - Skinner scored two goals in Carolina’s 7-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday and he now has points in six of his last seven games. The Carolina Hurricanes have averaged over three goals per game in their last 15 games and have become a sneaky offense of late. The Columbus Blue Jackets are a poor defensive squad and they have allowed the fourth-most shots per game (32.8) and the fifth-most goals per game (3.15) this season.
Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche – Barrie has registered points in five of his last eight games, including three games in which he had three-point nights. In his 16 games since the All-Star break, Barrie has tallied six goals and 15 points. The Colorado Avalanche have won three straight games, scoring 10 goals in the process, and with the Los Angeles Kings as their opponent, not many will be looking to the Avalanche for scoring tonight. However, Colorado is playing very good hockey these days and the Kings are not the same team on the road.