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).
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
On Major League Baseball’s opening day, the NHL presents us with a decent five-game schedule. Each and every night this week will be truly exciting as most teams have to play for as we near the start of the hockey playoffs. Due to the start of the MLB season, there could be plenty of overlay in tournament play, so make sure you take advantage of that in the last week of NHL action.
The New York Rangers, Minnesota Wild and Carolina Hurricanes are the biggest favorites this evening and we don’t have any teams playing on consecutive nights.
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Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers, $9,800 – The New York Rangers are the biggest favorites on the board tonight and that makes Henrik Lundqvist our top option in goal. King Henrik has been superb in his last three starts and he now looks ready to take the Rangers deep into the playoffs. The Columbus Blue Jackets have won nine straight games, but the Blue Shirts are the superior team and one of the NHL’s best on home ice (24-10-5). Lundqvist is your safest bet for a win and he has as much upside as any other tender tonight.
Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes, $7,500 – Staal has points in six of his last eight games and is easily the Hurricanes’ biggest offensive threat. Staal has picked up his offensive game in the past month with 14 points and 59 shots on goal in his past 17 games. By now you should know the Buffalo Sabres are an absolute disaster defensively. Staal is moderately priced and has multi-point upside in this plus matchup tonight.
Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings, $6,400 – Carter rolled out his second straight multi-point game Saturday night in the Kings’ 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Carter has been the Kings’ most consistent point producer lately, racking two goals, four points and 11 shots on goal in his last two games. In a game that Los Angeles MUST win, I expect Carter and the Kings to come up big.
Rick Nash, New York Rangers, $8,800 – Nash has goals in back to back games and is riding a three-game point streak. Nash set a career high by scoring his 42nd goal of the season Saturday night in the Rangers’ destruction of New Jersey, and he now sits second in the NHL in goals and third in shots on goal (297). Columbus is finding ways to win lately, but their defensive game has not changed, it is still ugly. The Blue Jackets still struggle with possession, scoring chances allowed and shots against per game. Look for Nash to snipe at least one goal and fire a few shots on net tonight.
Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks, $7,800 – If there is one Shark we can trust in our cash games and it is Joe Pavelski. Easily San Jose’s most consistent scorer this season, Pavelski leads the Sharks in both goals (37) and points (69). The Dallas Stars are far from a defensive juggernaut and they have now allowed 22 goals in their last five games. I think Pavelski snipes goal number 38 tonight.
Tyler Ennis, Buffalo Sabres, $4,700 - With the return of Tyler Ennis, the Buffalo Sabres have reunited the line of Johan Larsson, Matt Moulson and Tyler Ennis. This line has shown some good chemistry together and they are in a great spot to produce tonight. The Carolina Hurricanes are one the league’s worst roads teams (11-23-4) and they have really struggled to keep the puck out of their net recently. This line makes a nice contrarian stack and Ennis is certainly capable of a big night.
Keith Yandle, New York Rangers, $4,700 – Yandle had a monster game in the Rangers’ 6-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night, producing a goal, an assist, four shots on net and a plus two rating. The Columbus Blue Jackets have taken the third-most minor penalties and the most major penalties in the league this season. Look for Yandle to do some damage on the powerplay tonight against the Blue Jackets’ 28th-ranked penalty kill.