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 leaderboards in FanDuel and DraftKings tournament play.
As we kick off the month of March, we do so with eight games of National Hockey League action. The San Jose Sharks, Nashville Predators and Philadelphia Flyers are tonight’s biggest favorites, and the Tampa Bay Lightning are the only team playing on the tail end of a back-to-back.
NOTE: Make sure to check the RotoGrinders Starting Goalies Page prior to game time, to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting.
Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild - It is the same old story for me in goal again tonight in GPPs. With the Minnesota Wild continuing to allow over 32 shots per game, yet suppress a high number of scoring chances and high-danger shot attempts, I will have plenty of exposure to Devan Dubnyk. With the Wild’s strong defensive work, and the Arizona Coyotes’ inability to score goals (ranking 31st overall in the National Hockey League in goals per game this season), Dubnyk should be one of the highest scoring goalies on the night, by way of the win and 30-plus saves.
UPDATE: Alex Stalock get's the start tonight in Arizona, play him with confidence and enjoy the discount.
Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils - If you are looking for a high upside one-off in tournament play, Taylor Hall is your man tonight on this eight-game slate. The New Jersey Devils’ superstar has big-game upside on a nightly basis, and he does not need his linemates to post a big night. Hall has now recorded a point in 22 games and I can’t see the Florida Panthers keeping him off the scoreboard this evening at the BB&T Center. The Panthers are a below average defensive team, allowing the fifth-most goals against per game on home ice this season, and despite Hall being on an offensive tear, I don’t think we see him highly owned in GPPs. Because his linemates are inexpensive, I have no issues stacking the Devils entire top line, but it is not necessary as Hall is a one-man show.
Philadelphia Flyers Number One Line - The Carolina Hurricanes are currently in a tail spin these days, losing six straight contests, while allowing 24 goals against in the process (surrendering 4.00 goals against per game during this stretch), and I think they are once again in trouble tonight in the City of Brotherly Love. Despite moving stud Jakub Voracek off the Flyers’ number one line some time ago, that line has not skipped a beat, becoming one of the most consistent and dangerous scoring lines in the National Hockey League throughout the 2017-18 campaign. In a game that could fly under the radar, the Flyers’ number one line could get overlooked, despite them having big-game potential tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.
Minnesota Wild Top Line - The Arizona Coyotes have certainly improved their defensive play in 2018, but they are by no means a strong defensive team, and with the Minnesota Wild and their red hot number one line in town, we can still attack the Desert Dogs. The Wild’s top line won all the money on Tuesday night with their monster game (combining for 14 total points) against the St. Louis Blues, and they have a lot of potential once again tonight at the River Gila Arena. Fading this potent trio is a scary thought, so I would make sure you get a piece of them tonight in large field tournaments. With the Coyotes playing better defensive hockey and with the Wild being on the road, we are still likely to see a fairly low ownership on this potent line, even though they went off in a big way just two nights ago.
Sami Vatanen, New Jersey Devils – As I mentioned earlier, the Florida Panthers are a below average defensive team, but more importantly, they are a very undisciplined hockey team, leading the National Hockey League in penalty minutes per game. On top of that, Florida has struggled to kill penalties this year, ranking 22nd overall on the season and 23rd overall in the month of February, which bodes well for the New Jersey Devils’ power play quarterback Sami Vatanen. We can deploy Vatanen in several ways this evening in GPPs, as a one-off, as a mini-combo with Taylor Hall, or you can add the Devils’ offensive defenseman to the mix when stacking the entire number one line.