Each day I will be providing my recommended player picks for your FanDuel daily fantasy hockey lineups.
My FanDuel NHL Plays will be broken down by player positions, and will include picks for cash games (50/50s/double-ups/head-to-head) and GPPs (guaranteed prize pool tournaments).
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
The NHL schedule slows down a little after a very exciting Thursday night of hockey. We have a solid five-game slate on this Friday evening as we head into the weekend. With ten teams hitting the ice, we should see plenty of action in both cash games and tournament play tonight.
It might be a tough night to diversify your cash game lineup tonight as the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Lightning are huge favorites and you will want to target those two teams heavily. However, in your GPPs, avoiding one or both of these teams might be the strategy needed in order to separate yourself from the pack and take down one of these big tournaments.
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Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning, $9,200 – If you are simply looking for a solid performance and a safe win tonight, Bishop is the guy. The Sabres are not a team that travels well (4-15-1 on the road) and they are playing in back-to-back games after getting beat up (5-2 loss) by Carolina last night. Buffalo remains dead last in shots per game (23.3) and goals per game (1.76) this season. The Lightning are the biggest favorite of the night (possibly the year) and should have no problems dominating this game from puck drop. Bishop is as safe as they come in goal tonight.
John Tavares, New York Islanders, $8,400 – The Devils are playing on consecutive nights and will return home tonight to play their third game in four nights. Any team who has played this much hockey in a short span tends to tire a lot quicker than a fresh team. Tired legs more often than not result in penalties. The Devils do not have a strong penalty kill and the Islanders have a very good power play. Tavares makes a great play in any format tonight thanks to his consistency and GPP upside.
Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames, $3,600 – In order to afford some of these high priced studs tonight, you will need to find some value to insert into your lineup. Monahan is very quietly having a solid season and is now centering the Flames' number one line with linemates Jiri Hudler and Johnny Gaudreau. The Flames will host a Florida team that played last night in Vancouver and they should be a tired group, and I expect Monahan and the Flames to exploit that tonight.
Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning, $6,700 – Registering nine points in his last four games, I think it is safe to say that Ondrej Palat is on fire. Palat and his linemates Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov have become one of the most consistent and explosive lines in all of hockey this season. Palat has a dream match-up tonight versus the dreadful Sabres. Buffalo has allowed more shots and goals per game than any other team in the NHL. Look for Palat and company to keep rolling tonight.
Scott Hartnell, Columbus Blue Jackets, $6,700 – Hartnell has really picked up his offensive game recently. With four points in his last two games and three multi-point efforts in his past five, Hartnell is playing his best hockey of the season. Hartnell plays on the Blue Jackets' number one line along with Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno, and this also happens to be the number one power play unit for Columbus. The Maple Leafs have been a disaster on the back end recently, allowing 14 goals in their past three games. Until Toronto can stop the bleeding, it just makes sense to pick on them.
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks, $9,400 – Kane had a huge night in Minnesota last night (1 G, 2 A) and now has points in 11 of his last 13 games. The Blackhawks take their explosive offense into Alberta tonight to face the lowly Oilers. Edmonton has been a mess in their own end all season long and this game could get ugly very quickly. These teams last met on November 22nd in Edmonton, and Chicago hammered them 7-1. Look for another multi-point game from Kane tonight.
Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning, $6,100 – After a mini-slump, Hedman has bounced back with three multi-point performances in his past five games. The Lightning have played lights-out hockey at home (15-4-1) all season long. Tampa Bay leads the league in goals scored and averages 3.5 goals per game on home ice. In what should be a blowout win for the Lightning tonight, Hedman is my top defenseman.
Cody Franson, Toronto Maple Leafs, $3,500 – With 25 points on the season Franson has been a solid fantasy producer for the Maple Leafs. Toronto has scored more goals on home ice than any other team in the NHL and Franson mans the point on the Maple Leafs' number one power play unit. Despite their winning ways of late, Columbus is still allowing too many shots on goal and have allowed 11 goals in their past three games. With Columbus and Toronto both struggling on defense, this game could turn into a shootout at the ACC tonight. Franson gives you some exposure to what should be one of the highest scoring games of the evening.