On NFL Sunday, we can take good advantage of people making lazy NHL lineups. Here are some picks that could do well tonight on FanDuel.
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Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles Kings) or Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers) are your obvious two choices for cash games. I will overlap their picks since the logic is the same. In cash games we want a goalie who will likely get the win. Quick faces a Colorado team that never has the puck, and he plays in net behind last year’s best puck possession team in the NHL. That is a good recipe for success for dominance. Lundqvist faces an awful Devils team that has averaged just 2 high danger chances per 60 minutes this year. That is not a typo. Lundqvist is a great goalie and will not have too much to sweat this afternoon.
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Jeff Carter (Los Angeles Kings) - No team is worse than the Avalanche in possession numbers, shot attempts allowed, and score adjusted scoring chances per 60 minutes. They are always collapsed in their own zone playing a shell. While it worked against Anaheim, if anyone thinks that this is a method for success, please do your best to sell me on that. Jeff Carter is a great overall scorer. He has a shoot-first mentality, and was a point per game player last year at home, where Darryl Sutter could dictate the matchups. Lock in Carter in your NHL contests today.
Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) - I’ve been pumping this guy’s tires, and finally he rewarded us with a huge game last night. He is simply too skilled to be a mid tier center, as he is going to put up many more monster nights. McDavid was a highly touted first overall pick for a reason, and everyone has known who he was since he was 14 years old. Vancouver has a very weak defensive core, and no shutdown line, so I don’t worry about this game being in Vancouver. McDavid is young, and I think adrenaline of his first three-point game will carry over, and I wouldn’t worry about an 18-year-old playing on a back-to-back.
Brandon Sutter (Vancouver Canucks) - Sutter has found a comfort zone playing on the line with the Sedins. He was always a shutdown third-line center in Pittsburgh, but he is now playing upwards of 20 minutes a night, and is heavily involved on the power play and the Canucks’ offensive attack. Sutter is still dirt cheap and priced as if he is a third-line penalty kill specialist, and he is at home against a vulnerable Edmonton team, that has given up the third-most shot attempts per 60 this year.
Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis Blues) - This guy looks amazing so far this year, and hasn’t missed a beat. The Jets are a really solid team, but they are also very undisciplined. St. Louis does their damage on the power play, and I love this line at even strength against anyone. Many might think that Lehtera and Schwartz were great linemates, but they are not near the skill level that Steen and Stastny have. This trio is one to radar every night, regardless of the matchup.
Rick Nash (New York Rangers) - The Devils are a brutal hockey team right now, as they have about three fourth lines and possibly a fifth line. While that is very harsh, if you really break down their team and ask where every player on that team would play on a team like Pittsburgh, you’re looking at a bunch of depth players playing big roles. They also aren’t doing a good job. While they limit opportunities at home, on the road this team is really bad. What better way to take advantage of that then to take a guy who scored almost 50 goals last year through the season and playoffs?
Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings) - LA is my top team stack tonight, and Doughty is by far their best offensive defenseman. He does everything, and he is on the ice for half of the game. With such a horrific possession team on tap, he can put his offensive talent to display and have a big night offensively.
Alex Edler (Vancouver Canucks) - Edler gets the top power play minutes against an Edmonton team that has not looked very good on the penalty kill. Expect Edler to have plenty of good looks from the points and a lot of opportunity for assists just by simply being in this role.