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.
Introduction to Daily Fantasy Hockey: Breaking it Down
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
We kick off the weekend with five solid games of National Hockey League action. Some of the league’s best offensive teams are in action tonight (Tampa Bay Lighting, Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks), as well as some of the weaker defensive teams (Columbus Blue Jackets, Arizona Coyotes, Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames), making it an entertaining night in all formats. Despite having ten teams taking the ice, none of them are playing on consecutive nights.
Make sure to check the RotoGrinders NHL Starting Goalies Page to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting prior to game time.
Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning, $9,300 - Bishop has been rock solid of late, winning six of his last seven starts, including a shutout. The Tampa Bay Lightning are playing as well any team in hockey right now (8-1-1 over their last 10) and they are lights out on home ice. Look for Bishop to come away with the win allowing two goals or less, while making 25-plus saves.
Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning, $6,800 - It has taken most of the season, but Tyler Johnson has finally started to heat up offensively. The Spokane, Washington native has points in three of his past four contests, including three multi-point efforts. With Johnson leading the way, the Triplets have become fantasy relevant once again.
Other Centers to Target (Cash Games) – Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, Sean Monahan, Evgeni Malkin, Tyler Seguin
Other Centers to Target (Tournaments) – Claude Giroux, Jonathan Toews, Brandon Dubinsky, Antoine Vermette, Artem Anisimov, Jori Lehtera
Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames, $8,300 - Gaudreau had a monster game (2G, 3 PTS) Wednesday night in the Calgary Flames’ 3-2 overtime win over the Nashville Predators and we could see similar results from him tonight. The Arizona Coyotes limp into this one, winning just once in their past 10 games. The Desert Dogs are struggling in all aspects of the game right now, especially in their own end. The Coyotes are the NHL’s fourth-worst team in terms of possession and they have allowed the most goals against per game this season. Johnny Hockey has been a beast on home ice (23 G, 48 PTS in 33 GP) and he has hat trick upside in this plus matchup.
Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks, $7,000 - The Dallas Stars have had defensive issues all season long, but they appear even worse now with their top line failing to bail them out. The Stars have now lost eight of their past 11 games and they have given up over 3.5 goals per game since the beginning of February. The Chicago Blackhawks offense continues to roll and Panarin has been a consistent scoring threat each and every game. The talented young Russian has racked up eight goals and 16 points in his last 13 contests and he should only add to those totals tonight.
Other Wingers to Target (Cash Games) – Patrick Kane, Jamie Benn, Nikita Kucherov, Patric Hornqvist, Vladimir Tarasenko, Artemi Panarin
Other Wingers to Target (Tournaments) – Wayne Simmonds, Ondrej Palat, Andrew Ladd, Ryan Callahan, Cam Atkinson, Shane Doan
Mark Giordano ($6,300), and Dougie Hamilton ($5,100), Calgary Flames - The Arizona Coyotes are not only a mess defensively, and they also lead the National Hockey League in minor penalties taken. On top of that, they own a weak penalty kill, putting the Calgary Flames’ power play in a great spot to produce. Both Giordano and Hamilton have multi-point upside as the Flames’ power play quarterbacks.