Every Tuesday and Thursday I will be providing my recommended player picks for your daily fantasy hockey lineups. The goal is to help you to the top of the leader boards in FanDuel and DraftKings tournament play.
After a rare 11-game slate on Wednesday night, the National Hockey League follows that up with a solid seven game slate on this Thursday evening. The Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs and Los Angeles Kings are the biggest favorites on the board, and we have five teams (Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, Montreal Canadiens, Arizona Coyotes and the Vegas Golden Knights), playing their second game in as many nights.
NOTE: Make sure to check the RotoGrinders Starting Goalies Page prior to game time, to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting.
Frederik Andersen, Toronto Maple Leafs - You can certainly make a case for Andrei Vasilevskiy or Jonathan Quick tonight in GPPs, but I am rolling with Frederik Andersen. Not only has Andersen been terrific of late (2.01 GAA and a .941 SV% in December), but I also think he sees a lot more shots than either Vasilevskiy or Quick. Despite being on the road, the Maple Leafs should be able to dominate an Arizona Coyotes team that not only struggles to score (30th overall in goals per game), but is also playing on consecutive nights. So the win seems like a lock, and with Toronto allowing the third-most shots against per game in the National Hockey League (34.0), Andersen should make plenty of saves in the process.
Boston Bruins Number One Line - The Boston Bruins’ top line is one of the most consistent and explosive lines in the National Hockey League, and we know the Washington Capitals have struggled with their defensive game, so there is plenty of potential here. The Bruins may be playing on consecutive nights, but so are the Capitals, so there is no real disadvantage in this contest. However, with the Bruins being on the road and their number one line being quite expensive to stack, I expect their ownership to be lower than it should be in large field tournaments. Under-owned lines with blow up potential are fantasy gold, so if you are a multi-entry GPP player, I strongly suggest that you do not sleep on them tonight.
Los Angeles Kings Offense - I don’t often look to the Los Angeles Kings for offensive upside, but they are in a decent spot tonight at the Staples Center, and both of their top two scoring lines are not only inexpensive to stack, they also have multi-goal potential. The Vegas Golden Knights have overachieved defensively thus far and they are one of five teams playing on the tail end of a back-to-back. Normally when targeting the King’s offense, I prefer Anze Kopitar and the Kings’ top line (and I still like them), but with them likely to match up against the Vegas Golden Knights’ second line (Reilly Smith, William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault), I think there is more potential with the Kings’ second line (Tanner Pearson, Adrian Kempe and Tyler Toffoli). Keep in mind when stacking these lines, that defenseman Jake Muzzin skates with the Kings’ second line/power play unit, and Drew Doughty and Alec Martinez are to be paired with the top line.
Brock Boeser, Vancouver Canucks - The Chicago Blackhawks are another team we can attack tonight on this seven-game slate. The Blackhawks continue to play poor defensive hockey, sitting 20th overall on the National Hockey League in CA/60, 28th in HDCA/60 and 24th in SCA/60, which opens the door for Brock Boeser. The Vancouver Canucks’ young sniper has scored in three consecutive games and he is currently running away with the Calder Trophy (20 G and 34 PTS in 34 games). If you are looking for a winger with multi-goal potential who is likely to be heavily under-owned, Boeser is your guy.
Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers - Shayne Gostisbehere may not see a lot of attention this evening in GPPs, making him a great high upside under-owned option in large field tournaments. The Florida Panthers are one of the National Hockey League’s most penalized teams (eight-most minor penalties), and despite all the practice short-handed, their penalty kill remains poor, ranking 19th overall. On top of that, Panthers starting goaltender Roberto Luongo remains out due to injury, and back-up goalie James Reimer has been less than stellar in net (3.15 GAA, .908 SV%). This is a plus matchup for Gostisbehere tonight at the BB&T Center, and he has multi-point potential.