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).
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We have another huge slate tonight with 12 games of National Hockey League action. There are several decent favorites tonight (Boston Bruins, Nashville Predators, Florida Panthers, Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks) and the Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings are the only teams playing on the tail end of a back-to-back set.
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Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators, $7,900 – Rinne has been outstanding in his last four regular season starts, allowing just one goal per game and stopping 99 of the 103 shots he faced. The Philadelphia Flyers are playing much better hockey these days, however most of their offensive production is coming from their top line, and that line will see a ton of Shea Weber and Roman Josi tonight, who are two of the best defensemen in the game. Look for Rinne and the Predators to shut down the Flyers on home ice this evening.
Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars, $7,900 – Seguin finally broke out of his slump with a multi-goal game in the Dallas Stars’ 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. As the National Hockey League’s worst team at driving play, the Colorado Avalanche continue to get out-played and out-shot on a nightly basis. Even when they are winning games, the Avs get dominated in possession. Without Semyon Varlamov in goal to bail them out, I expect Seguin to be involved in multiple goals again tonight in this plus matchup.
Bobby Ryan, Ottawa Senators, $5,500 - The Ottawa Senators have an underrated offense, ranking seventh overall in goals per game. Ryan has been a force of late, scoring five times in his last 7 contests. The Edmonton Oilers got a huge boost with the return of Connor McDavid, however they are still a poor defensive team. Edmonton is a bottom-six team in just about every single defensive category, including possession, high-danger scoring chances allowed and goals against per game. Look for Ryan to snipe another goal tonight.
Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks, $5,700 – Panarin and his linemates have been one of the safest and most explosive cash game options all season long and they are in a great spot to produce again this evening. Even with the Arizona Coyotes playing over their heads and the strong play of rookie goaltender Louis Domingue, the Desert Dogs still own the league’s fifth-worst Corsi rating and they have allowed the third-most goals per game this season. The Blackhawks’ second line should see plenty of scoring opportunities in this game and Panarin is the best value from this potent line.
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, $9,500 - There is plenty of value to be had tonight, so we can certainly afford to pay up for at least one superstar, and if I am paying up, Ovechkin is the guy I want. The Washington Capitals are not only the best team on home ice (18-4-2), but they are also the best offense in hockey, leading the NHL in goals per game (3.29), thanks in large part to the “Great Eight”. The New York Islanders get credit for being a very good team, but they are extremely overrated on the back end. The Islanders are a bottom-seven team in both scoring chances and high-danger scoring chances allowed. Ovi has as much upside as any player in the game and he will be a lock in my cash game lineup tonight.
Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks, $5,500 – The Arizona Coyotes are not only overachieving, but they are also playing undisciplined hockey. The Coyotes have taken the fourth-most minor penalties this season and their 29th-ranked penalty kill has not had much success. Look for Keith to break through on the power play at the very least in this one.