We’ve reached the second weekend of the NHL season and we’re starting to get a better feel for which teams look like potential Cup contenders and which ones we’ll want to pick on this season in Daily Fantasy Hockey. It’s a busy night on the ice this evening and twenty teams lace up their skates. With that said, here are my top plays on FanDuel for tonight.
Are you new to Daily Fantasy Hockey? Check out these strategies documents first for tips and recommendations to craft your winning FanDuel hockey lineups:
Make sure to check the RotoGrinders NHL Starting Goalies Page to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting prior to game time.
Braden Holtby – Washington Capitals – Carolina may have erupted for five goals last night in Detroit, but I’m not expecting anything near a repeat performance against the Capitals in the second half of a back-to-back. Braden Holtby was terrific against the Blackhawks on Thursday and posted a 20-10-4 record to go along with an impressive 2.08 GAA and .926 SV% (with six shutouts) in 36 home starts last season. He dominated this Carolina team last season and has an excellent chance at securing the all-important “W”.
Evgeni Malkin – Pittsburgh Penguins – It’s been a slow start for the Penguins, but they shutout the Senators in their last game and should keep things rolling tonight against an overmatched and potentially tired Toronto Maple Leafs team. Malkin scored his first goal of the season against Ottawa and the Russian sniper terrorized this Toronto team last season; scoring a pair of goals and dishing out four assists in their three meetings. He racked up 15 goals and 25 assists in 35 home games last year and yet still finds himself with a fairly reasonable asking price.
Aleksander Barkov – Florida Panthers – The former second-overall draft pick by Florida has produced modestly in his first two seasons with the Panthers, but the 20-year-old finally looks fully comfortable at the NHL level and has looked explosive thus far in the 2015-16 season. Barkov has tallied two goals, three assists and has fired 16 SOG over the first four games this season and has a favorable matchup on tap tonight against a Dallas team that was the fastest paced team in the league last season (117.7 CP60).
Max Pacioretty – Montreal Canadians – Max Pacioretty is a household name among all NHL fans, but he’s proven to excel at the Bell Centre as he posted 21 goals and 24 assists (and was a +24) in 40 home games last season. He’s already tallied four goals and two assists in five games this season and had plenty of success against this Detroit team last season (one goal and three assists in three meetings).
Johnny Gaudreau – Calgary Flames – Johnny Hockey exploded onto the scene last season and racked up 24 goals and 40 points in his rookie season. While that was impressive in its own right, the undersized speedster has jumped out of the gates quickly again this season and looks primed to take another step forward this season. Gaudreau has picked up points in each game this season and has now scored one goal and handed out four assists in Calgary’s first three games. Tonight’s matchup against a defensively inept Edmonton team that is perfectly content play end-to-end hockey plays right into Gaudreau’s strengths and he managed to pick up a pair of goals against the Oilers last season.
Jonathan Drouin – Tampa Bay Lightning – Drouin entered the league last season surrounded by an abundance of hype, but after a somewhat disappointing rookie season, he’s been a bit overlooked this season. However, the 20-year-old has hit the ground running this season as he’s already tallied one goal and five assists over the first five games. There’s simply no denying his offensive ability and playing along Steven Stamkos all season certainly won’t hurt his production. With the Buffalo Sabres coming to town, he’s one of the best value plays on the board and will be a staple in my cash game lineups.
Torey Krug – Boston Bruins – With Zdeno Chara banged up (and on the down swing of his career) and Dougie Hamilton shipped off to Calgary, Torey Krug has inherited a huge role on the blue-line for the Bruins this season. Krug has produced offensively at every level on his way to the NHL and has already picked up four assists over the Bruins first four games this season. He’s locked into huge minutes on the #1 power-play unit and that bodes quite well for him tonight against this Coyotes team that posted an atrocious 76.7% penalty kill last season.
Anton Stralman – Tampa Bay Lightning – With Victor Hedman unlikely to suit up tonight, Anton Stralman should see all the run he can handle. With the Buffalo Sabres coming to town, he’ll be a tough fade for me in cash games. Stralman has already dished out four assists this season and has proven to be an offensive weapon when given a chance in the past. He may not have the same upside as Hedman, but he also comes at a fraction of the price.
Best of luck tonight!
JMBWngFn (@JBritt2 on Twitter)