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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).
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Following a busy Saturday that was filled with thirteen (yes!) games featuring twenty-six teams, Sunday brings us a slate of just five games. With ten teams in action, you should also note that six of those teams are playing on back-to-back nights (Penguins, Flyers, Red Wings, Panthers, Leafs and Senators). If you are trying to choose between two players that you have projected to hit the same point target on a short slate, selecting the player who is not skating on back-to-back nights may be the better selection, but in hockey, I weight this contextual factor less than other sports, especially tonight with more than half of the teams in action playing their second game in two days. While there are two slates on FanDuel today with the first set locking at 12:30 p.m. Eastern, the primary slate locks at 5:00 p.m. Eastern.
Andrew Hammond, Ottawa Senators, $8,200 – The suggested play in net is contingent upon him starting, and with Hammond not yet confirmed to be in net today, please check the RotoGrinders starting goalie page before locking your rosters. The Hamburglar finally lost a game against the Rangers on March 26, but since that one blemish, he has won five straight and looked spectacular in shutting down the Red Wings, Lightning and Capitals to improve his record to a sparkling 17-1-1 to go along with a .940 SV%. As the largest Vegas favorite on the day, the Senators head to Toronto to face a Leafs team that has dropped two in a row and nine of their last eleven games. With three straight wins, the Senators averaged 34.25 shots per game and regained their scoring touch after having dropped three straight prior to their current streak. Regardless of who is in net today, whether it’s Hammond or Craig Anderson, the Senators’ power play should handle the Leafs’ PK unit that has given up a shorthanded goal in four straight games, but Hammond is the preferred play and his modest price point on FD should allow you to squeeze in your high-priced forwards. The play here has more to do with the overall chances that the Senators have to win the game, so if he’s in net tonight, start Hammond to pick up the valuable points for a win on FD.
Other Goalies To Target (Cash Games) – Carey Price
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks, $8,000 – Your cash game lineups should start with rostering Toews as well as one of his linemates, Kris Versteeg or Marian Hossa. Of course, if you are stacking a line in your GPP lineups, grab this whole line (or swap in Andrew Shaw and Brandon Saad, who play with Toews on the power play, to differentiate yourself further). The power play trio is the preferred play today, or grab Toews and Hossa in your cash games. As a lineup construction tip, in cash games you should grab two skaters from a line just in case the line does not hit, but in a tournament you can stack the whole line and chase the upside. As the third-most expensive center on today’s slate, Toews comes into the game in Chicago having scored a goal in two straight games (three total goals) and has at least one point in five straight games and six of his last seven, in which he also registered seventeen shots. In a game with a Vegas moneyline set at -150 in favor of the Hawks, look for the home team to put up three goals past whichever goalie the Blues role out, as Vegas does have the over set at -120 to hit. There is a risk that the Blackhawks will earn a few minuses in this game as the Blues will score, but the risk is minimized for the Toews line as they should be matched up against the Blues’ third line as much as possible.
Mark Stone, Ottawa Senators, $4,300 – The top overall value wing play today is the Senators’ second even strength line right winger, who skates with Clarke MacArthur and Kyle Turris, and is vastly underpriced at $4.3K this afternoon given his recent production of recording at least one point in five straight games (3 Gs, 3 As). In an expected high-event hockey game today in Toronto, you will want exposure to this game and with the amount of great high-priced forwards and defensemen that you will want to roster, grab the top value play at RW. Most players may likely stack the Senators’ first line of Zack Smith, Mika Zibanejad and Bobby Ryan, but Stone is the play today as his line should score at least one goal today against Jonathan Bernier.
Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens, $9,100 – With four goals and an assist in his last five games, Pacioretty is the top overall play at LW today as his Montreal Canadiens travel to Florida to take on a Panthers team that has been an “on again, off again” team from an offensive perspective over the last few weeks. If current recent form serves as a guide, the Panthers are due to have a poor game today as they also have struggled versus Montreal having lost their most recent two games against the Habs in the past two and a half weeks. Meanwhile, the Canadiens are 5-1 in their last six games in Florida and should have no trouble increasing their average of 3.0 G/GP over their last four games against a Panthers team that has given up at least three goals per game during their four losses. A solid stack today would be the Canadiens’ first line with Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher (or grab David Desharnais and P.A. Parenteau for Plekanec and Gallagher for the team’s first PP unit stack), and this top line will put at least one puck in the net.
Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators, $6,900 – In what has become a theme today on this short slate, the Senators’ top defenseman may be the most expensive D-man on the slate, but this is for good reason. With at least one point in four of his last five games (1 G, 4 As), Karlsson is one of the hottest blueliners in the NHL right now. In a game that Vegas expects to hit the over of 5.5 goals, this should be a high-event hockey game with both teams shooting the puck thirty plus times on net. Karlsson is averaging 4.25 S/GP over his last five games (and 3.57 S/GP on the season), and should surpass his average shots per game and continue his hot streak against a Maple Leafs team that is just 1-3 in their last four games in Toronto. The Leafs are often vulnerable to opposing offensive defensemen who lead their team’s offensive attack like Karlsson.
P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens $6,300 – The Canadiens are trying to fend off the Lightning in the Atlantic Division for the division title, and are battling for the top overall seed in the Eastern Conference and will try to catch the New York Rangers. With five points in his last four games, Subban has started to heat back up again, which is great news for his team because as he picks his offensive game, the team wins. The game today between the two teams may be fairly slow-paced as each team has been limiting opposing teams to approximately 28.9 shots per game over the season, but Subban will be quarterbacking the Canadiens’ first power play unit at the point with Nathan Beaulieu and he should record at least one PP point against a Panthers team that has given up four shorthanded goals in their last four games. This play here feels contrarian so if you feel more comfortable taking a D-man in a more high-tempo environment, stick with Erik Karlsson (expensive), Kevin Shattenkirk or another cash game target below.