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NHL GPP Plays: Tuesday

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Every Tuesday and Thursday I will be providing my recommended player picks for your daily fantasy hockey lineups. The goal is to help you to the top of the leaderboards in FanDuel and DraftKings tournament play.

 

We have yet another exciting Tuesday night of National Hockey League action with a 12-game slate on deck. The Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks are the biggest favorites tonight, and we have three teams (Tampa Bay Lighting, Chicago Blackhawks and the Arizona Coyotes) playing on consecutive nights.

 

Goaltender

 

NOTE: Make sure to check the RotoGrinders Starting Goalies Page page prior to game time, to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting.

 

Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild – The Minnesota Wild’s Devan Dubnyk is once again my top goaltender in tournament play this evening. The Wild are one of the biggest favorites on the board tonight as they take on a struggling New York Rangers team that has given up on the season. Since the All-Star Break, the Blue Shirts have shown very little offensive upside, sitting 30th overall in goals per game (1.83 GPG), and I don’t see them having much success tonight at the Excel Energy Center. The Wild continue to suppress scoring chances and high-danger shot attempts as well as any team in hockey, yet they still allow over 32 shots against per game, which is the eighth-most in the National Hockey league this season, putting Dubnyk in a prime spot tonight. Look for Dubnyk to once again be one of the highest scoring goalies on the night.

 

Forwards


Minnesota Wild offense - The New York Rangers’ weak defensive game has put them in full rebuild mode and this is a team we want to attack throughout the remainder of the year. The Rangers’ advanced metrics are extremely poor (ranking 30th overall in CA/60 and 30th in both HDCA/60 and SCA/60), and these numbers are unlikely to improve as the season goes on. All of this of course brings our attention to the Minnesota Wild offense. The Wild have been on an offensive tear of late and they have now registered the sixth-most goals per game in the National Hockey League since the beginning of January. In tournament play there are numerous ways to target the Wild’s offense, and here is what I suggest. If you are a multi-entry GPP player, I would suggest you stack both of the Wild’s top two lines, while adding either Ryan Suter or Jared Spurgeon to the top line. As for the second line, you can stack the entire line if you need to save salary, but if you have cap space, I would drop Tyler Ennis for Zach Parise, differentiating your lineup from others, while also providing more upside, with all three players skating together on the Wild’s second power play unit.

 

Columbus Blue Jackets Top Line - The New York Islanders are the worst defensive team in hockey (ranking 29th overall in SCA/60, and 31st overall in both HDCA/60 and SCA/60), and as long as they continue to leak goals (allowing a National Hockey League high 3.67 goals against per game), I will continue to pick on them. The Columbus Blue Jackets are far from an offensive juggernaut, but the Islanders bleed goals, and the Blue Jackets’ number one line not only has multi-goal potential, they are also a moderately priced line stack, hopefully allowing us to add offensive defenseman Seth Jones to the mix.

 

Defense

 

Nick Leddy, New York Islanders - If you are looking for a contrarian blue liner with multi-point potential, Nick Leddy fits the bill. The New York Islanders can certainly score goals (sitting third overall in the National Hockey League in goals per game), and although this matchup does not appear favorable, it actually is, especially in terms of special teams. We have seen a few cracks in the Blue Jackets’ defensive armor lately, and their penalty kill has struggled all season long (27th overall), and the new year has not been kind either, as Columbus sits dead last for penalty killing in both January and February, providing Leddy with plenty of upside on the power play alone this evening.



Chris "Pepsi7" Lowery is the 2013 FanDuel Baseball Champion, pocketing $235,00 between that first place finish and a third place finish with his other entry. He also qualified for the FanDuel DFBC finals in 2012, finishing 7th. Impressively, MLB may not be his best sport as Chris is one of the best Daily Fantasy NHL minds in the business. Chris contributes to RotoGrinders, and you can follow him on Twitter @Pepsi7DFS.
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