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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 leader boards in FanDuel and DraftKings tournament play.

With just one game last night, we don’t have many back-to-back situations to attacked, though there is one. There are plenty of expected high-scoring games with Pittsburgh visiting the Islanders, Dallas in Toronto, and Chicago visiting Edmonton.


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Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights – Despite being on the road, this is actually a great spot for Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights. You have one elite possession team in the Golden Knights, who’re second in the NHL with a 59.21 CF%, taking on a horrendous possession team in the Blues (26th-ranked 46.76 CF%). As mentioned above, despite being on the road, the Golden Knights should be able to come out with the win tonight. Fleury’s struggled a bit this season with a 2.49 goals against average and a .897 save percentage, but there’s plenty of optimism tonight given the vast possession differences between these teams. 




Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning – Coming in at just $5,900 on DraftKings, Nikita Kucherov’s incredibly cheap. Additionally, linemates Steven Stamkos ($5,300) and J.T. Miller ($4,400) are complete bargains. Kucherov’s price is particularly confusing given that he has five goals and 12 points in 11 games along with 26 shots on goal. The shot quantity is down, but he’s still putting up points and goals. Last season, he’d be in the mid-high $7k range at a minimum. The Tampa Bay Lightning have a 52.78 CF%, which is seventh-best in the NHL. They have a tougher matchup against the Nashville Predators, and Pekka Rinne is expected to return and start, but there’s enough firepower on Tampa Bay that loading up on them on home ice is a fantastic play, especially with how inexpensive Kucherov and company are priced.


Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins – Evgeni Malkin’s tied for second in the NHL in points with 19 in 10 games, but is actually No. 1 in points per game with 1.90. He’s been playing with usual linemates Phil Kessel and Carl Hagelin, and they’ve been a great line. Malkin and Kessel also play together on the top power play unit, which gives the two of them full-game correlation and makes the mini-stack a top play. Malkin’s only taken 23 shots and has an unsustainable 26.1 shooting percentage, but luckily the New York Islanders have a horrendous 41.49 CF%, which is the second-worst in the NHL.


Alex DeBrincat, Chicago Blackhawks – In his sophomore season, Alex DeBrincat has been off to a very hot start and continuing his solid rookie campaign. This has coincided with Jonathan Toews’ hot start, as the two play on the same line and currently the same power play unit, as well. Not only does DeBrincat have eight goals and 14 points in 13 games, he’s also been firing a ton of pucks on net. With 41 shots on goal, he’s averaging 3.15 shots per game, which gives him a solid floor with elite upside. The Blackhawks are a solid possession team this year, putting up a 52.07 CF% that’s 9th in the NHL. Their opponent, the Edmonton Oilers, have a 48.92 CF% that’s 19th in the league and gives the Blackhawks a solid possession advantage.




Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche – Tyson Barrie hasn’t scored yet, but has a solid nine assists in 12 games. He’s fired 27 shots in those games as well, which is great for a defenseman. Barrie plays on the top power play unit for the Avs, a unit that’s stacked with talent. Joined by Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon, and then Alex Kerfoot, they have a 23.9 percent conversion rate with the man-advantage that sits 11th in the NHL. While that may not seem too great, they’re taking on one of the weaker penalty killing teams in the Calgary Flames. Killing off just 72.7 percent of their penalties, the Flames sit with the league’s eighth worst PK. The special teams matchup here significantly favors the Avalanche, making Barrie a fantastic play with his power play upside.

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.