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).
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Our biggest slate of the season happens tonight as we entertain a nine-game schedule. With 18 teams in action, we have plenty of options for both your cash game and tournament lineups. The Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers and Dallas Stars are heavy home favorites and we have four teams (Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Winnipeg Jets and the Vancouver Canucks) playing consecutive road games.
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Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers, $9,600 - The New York Rangers (3-0) and King Henrik (2.04 GAA, .943 SV%) are off to a great start this season and I expect them to remain undefeated after this game. The Winnipeg Jets are playing on consecutive nights and this will be their fourth game in six days. At some point tonight we can expect the Jets to get tired and the Rangers will exploit them. Look for Lundqvist to make at least 25 saves and come away with the win.
Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars, $8,600 – If I am going to pay up for one guy tonight, it’s Tyler Seguin. Even though he is scoreless on the season, he has still looked very impressive, especially in his last game against the Colorado Avalanche (1 A, 6 SOG). Seguin and the Dallas Stars are in a great spot tonight as they host the defensively challenged Edmonton Oilers. Dallas has the best matchup on paper tonight and Seguin is the guy to own; he might be the most talented offensive player in the game right now and he is ready to explode.
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings, $6,300 – Kopitar and the Kings have really struggled to start the season, but I am going back to well again tonight. There are not a ton of teams I trust this evening and the Kings are generally a lock on home ice. I love to pick on teams playing on consecutive nights and that is exactly what the Vancouver Canucks are doing after a tough game in Anaheim last night. Kopitar plays his best hockey at the Staples Center and he should easily find his way onto the scoresheet in this game.
T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals, $6,000 – Having exposure to Alexander Ovechkin on home ice is never a bad idea in your cash games. T.J. Oshie will line up with the Great Eight at both even strength and on the Washington Capitals’ number one power-play unit. Oshie is moderately priced and I expect him to register his first point (or points) of the season.
Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers, $5,600 – The New York Rangers should be able to take advantage of a tired Jets squad tonight and I plan to target their top line. Rick Nash is the ideal option, but Zuccarello has similar upside and he is much cheaper. Zuccarello is off to a great start and he gives you exposure to not only Nash, but also the top power-play unit at a discount.
Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings, $4,800 – Abdelkader has been tearing it up to start the season with four goals, five points and a plus-four rating in his first two games. Of course, playing with Henrik Zetterberg on the Red Wings’ top line and number one power-play unit certainly helps. Until his price starts to match his production, I will continue to use and recommend Abdelkader in cash games.
Drew Doughty ($5,500) and Jake Muzzin ($4,500), Los Angeles Kings - If you can afford either, I would go with Doughty. However, I like them both to bounce back versus the Vancouver Canucks tonight. As I said earlier, there are not a lot of teams we can trust tonight and I much prefer home teams in my cash games. The Kings traditionally play outstanding hockey on home ice and both Doughty and Muzzin have multi-point upside.
John Klingberg, Dallas Stars, $5,000 – The Edmonton Oilers were awful on the back end in 2014-15 and they have not looked a whole lot better this year. The Dallas Stars were an offensive powerhouse last season and they were one of the best possession teams in the league in the second half. Klingberg was a big part of the Stars success and I like his potential in this matchup.