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FanDuel NHL Plays: Thursday

by Chris Lowery
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:02 pm ET

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).




Are you new to Daily Fantasy Hockey? Check out these strategies documents first for tips and recommendations to craft your winning FanDuel hockey lineups:


Introduction to Daily Fantasy Hockey: Breaking it Down

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



After a quiet Wednesday night of hockey, we kick off New Year’s Eve with nine games of NHL action. It should be a very interesting night, as we don’t have any huge favorites and most of the better offensive teams are on the road. We also have yet another evening with several teams (Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals) playing their second game in as many nights.






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


Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets, $6,600 – On a night with no real standout in net, I plan to get some salary relief with my goaltender. Hellebuyck has been superb in goal for the Winnipeg Jets this season, posting a 2.01 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. The Jets’ rookie tender is extremely inexpensive and he should easily come away with the win tonight. Dollar for dollar, he is my top goalie this evening.



Other Goalies To Target (Cash Games) – Jake Allen, Corey Crawford, Jonathan Quick


Other Goalies To Target (Tournaments) – Semyon Varlamov, Thomas Greiss, Cam Talbot, Louis Domingue






Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars, $9,100 - I am not looking to pick on the Nashville Predators, but they have struggled away from home and Seguin is matchup proof. Thanks in large part to Seguin and the Stars’ top line, Dallas leads the league in goals per game this season. Seguin is as safe as they come in cash games.



Other Centers to Target (Cash Games) – John Tavares, Nicklas Backstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Anze Kopitar, Ryan Getzlaf, Sean Monahan, Bryan Little


Other Centers to Target (Tournaments) – Nathan MacKinnon, Fran Nielsen, Jack Eichel, Artem Anisimov, Leon Draisaitl






Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks, $9,400 - Kane had another huge game (1 G, 3 PTS) Tuesday night against the Arizona Coyotes and now he will face the National Hockey League’s worst team in terms of possession. Because of their lack of puck skills, the Colorado Avalanche sit in the bottom third of the league in scoring chances against and high danger scoring chances allowed.  The Chicago Blackhawks are one of hockey’s top Corsi teams and they should dominate this hockey game. Look for another multi-point night from the NHL’s scoring leader.



Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets, $6,900 - The Arizona Coyotes have had a rough month of December, allowing by far the most goals against per game (3.92). They are currently tied with the Calgary Flames for most against allowed per game on the season. This can be mostly attributed to their lousy goaltending and 22nd-ranked penalty kill. The Winnipeg Jets have been very inconsistent this year and they have not traveled well, but I think we can ignore those facts in this game. The matchup for Winnipeg is just too good to pass up. Look for Wheeler and the Jets’ top line to have a multi-goal game.


Tyler Toffoli, Los Angeles Kings, $5,800 - Toffoli has been on fire in his last four games, producing six goals and 15 shots on net. The 23-year-old Toronto native has looked tremendous playing on the Kings’ top line and I love his upside again tonight. The Calgary Flames have been a much better team in December, but they still struggle in their own end, especially in goal. Los Angeles is the best possession team in hockey and you can bet Toffoli will have plenty of scoring opportunities in this game.


Other Wingers to Target (Cash Games) – Jamie Benn, Alexander Ovechkin, Vladimir Tarasenko, Johnny Gaudreau, Taylor Hall, Corey Perry, Artemi Panarin


Other Wingers to Target (Tournaments) – Filip Forsberg, Drew Stafford, Anders Lee, Gustav Nyquist, James Neal, Teddy Purcell, Mikkel Boedker, Andrew Shaw






Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets, $7,700 - If I am paying up on defense this evening, Byfuglien is my guy. The Arizona Coyotes will not be able to control the big man and he should be all over the ice in this game. The Desert Dogs have been a defensive disaster in December, leading to a 27th-ranked penalty kill. Look for Byfuglien to break through with the man advantage at the very least.



Other Defensemen to Target (Cash Games) – Kris Letang, Kevin Shattenkirk, John Klingberg, Shea Weber, Duncan Keith, John Carlson


Other Defensemen to Target (Tournaments) – Oliver-Ekman-Larsson, Alec Martinez, Nick Leddy, Sami Vatanen, Jacob Trouba, Matt Niskanen


Chris Lowery
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.