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.
NOTE: Make sure to check the RotoGrinders Starting Goalies Page page prior to game time, to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting.
Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild & Frederik Andersen, Toronto Maple Leafs - As always, we are looking for plenty of saves and a win in tournament play, and both of these tenders have high scoring potential. The Minnesota Wild are allowing over 32 shots per game, but they are very good at suppressing higher danger shots, which means Dubnyk should once again see North of 30 shots, without a whole lot of risk. If you are looking for a decent amount of saves and a fairly safe win, Dubnyk is the play. However, if you are looking for a goalie with 40 save potential, that would be Frederik Andersen. The Toronto Maple Leafs’ goaltender has been superb of late, and he has seen 35 or more shots in nine of his last 12 games, so you know the save potential will be here tonight in Philadelphia. If Andersen and the Maple Leafs can pull out the win, he just may the highest scoring goalie on the night.
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings - Despite being on the road, Anze Kopitar and the Los Angeles Kings’ top line find themselves in a pretty good spot this evening in the Garden State. The New Jersey Devils allow a plethora of scoring chances against (26th overall in SCA/60), and goaltender Cory Schneider continues to play uninspired hockey. Devils Coach John Hynes will keep his best line away from shutdown Center Anze Kopitar tonight, which will give Kopitar the opportunity to focus on offense, as he lines up against some of the Devils’ weaker lines. The 30-year-old Slovenian has excelled on the road this season (11 G, 18 PTS in 14 GP), and I see another big game from him this evening at the Prudential Center.
Vegas Golden Knights Offense - The Carolina Hurricanes are not normally a team I attack, but they are playing on the tail need of a road back-to-back, and this is their fifth game of a long six game road trip. On top of that, the Vegas Golden Knights have been one of the highest scoring teams in the National Hockey League this year, averaging 3.48 goals per game, a number that increases (3.82) when playing on home ice. With the return of David Perron, the Golden Knights now have two very good scoring lines, and both lines are moderately priced to stack. Not to mention, we are unlikely to see much traffic on either of the Golden Knights’ top two scoring lines tonight in large field tournaments.
Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild - The Calgary Flames are merely average when it comes to defensive play, however they continue to take too many penalties, and they own the National Hockey League’s 30th ranked penalty kill. Suter logs heavy minutes (27:16 per game) at both even strength and on the power play, and he has multi-point upside this evening at the Excel Energy Center. Additionally, Suter remains reasonably, and he is rarely popular in tournament play.