With only three games on tonight’s slate, predicting the winners and losers of tonight’s match-ups will be that much more difficult. With that in mind, tonight’s Daily Fantasy NHL 4/18/17 FanDuel lineup is comprised of some of the more popular plays in order to increase the likelihood of cashing. Not every player has had high ownership in every game, but a fair number of them have been popular and should be especially popular tonight.
Daily Fantasy NHL 4/17/17 Lineup Results
As successful as the past few lineups have been, last night’s lineup was, unfortunately, equally unsuccessful. James van Riemsdyk and Mitch Marner were not involved in Toronto’s offense; though both were on the ice for at least one of Toronto’s goals, neither earned a point. Frederik Andersen came away with the win but only made 23 saves and therefore only earned 18.4 fantasy points. Justin Williams earned a point yet again, tallying an assist and adding one shot and three blocks. Ryan Getzlaf and Patrick Eaves were not relevant even though the Ducks scored five goals, though Kevin Bieksa had a strong night with two assists (if you went with Shea Theodore instead, he scored two goals). Ryan Johansen found the scoresheet once again for the Predators but did not have a big game as the Predators extended the team’s series lead to 3-0.
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Montreal @ NY Rangers – 7:00pm EST (Game 4: MTL leads 2-1)
Pittsburgh @ Columbus – 7:30pm EST (Game 4: PIT leads 3-0)
Edmonton @ San Jose – 10:00pm EST (Game 4: EDM leads 2-1)
MTL: Carey Price (confirmed) vs. NYR:
PIT: vs. CBJ:
EDM: vs. SJS:
No goalies have been confirmed as of this posting, but it would be surprising (though not impossible) if the match-ups are not Price-Lundqvist, Fleury-Bobrovsky and Talbot-Jones.
Daily Fantasy NHL 4/18/17 Lineup
Evgeni Malkin ($8,800)
Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins will look to close the book on the Columbus Blue Jackets’ memorable 2016-2017 season. There’s a good chance the Pens will complete the sweep tonight because of Sergei Bobrovsky’s play and because defenseman Zach Werenski is out for the playoffs. Either way, Malkin has at least a point in all three games so far this series and makes for a strong start. He has two goals and six points through three games for an average of 26.5 fantasy points per game. He skates on Pittsburgh’s second line and first power-play unit.
Brandon Dubinsky ($4,800)
Brandon Dubinsky had a solid performance in Game 3 even though his team lost in the end. He scored a goal and an assist and earned 29.6 fantasy points. He scored six points in four regular-season games against the Penguins and should come out strong tonight. Dubinsky skates on Columbus’ first line and second power-play unit. However, the Blue Jackets’ power-play units could change now that Zach Werenski is out for the year.
Also Consider: Sidney Crosby ($9,000), Connor McDavid ($8,700), Logan Couture ($6,200), Philip Danault ($4,700), Mark Letestu ($3,600)
Cam Atkinson ($6,700)
Cam Atkinson scored two goals in Game 3 against Pittsburgh and will need to have a big game tonight if the Blue Jackets hope to extend this series to five games. He scored 35 goals and 62 points in the regular season and has been the team’s best forward all year. Atkinson skates on the team’s first power-play unit.
Jake Guentzel ($6,600)
Jake Guentzel’s price tag has gone up considerably over the course of the first three games of the Penguins-Blue Jackets first-round series. However, that’s because he has been that good. He is a MUST-start option tonight. He scored a hat trick, which included the game-winner, in Game 3, and he has five points in the series. Going back to the regular season, Guentzel has nine goals and 13 points in his last eight contests. He skates on Pittsburgh’s first line and second power-play unit. His ownership will be sky-high tonight.
Chris Kreider ($5,300)
Chris Kreider has been relatively invisible this series and is playing on a line with Tanner Glass and Mika Zibanejad, a clear sign that things aren’t going very well for the Rangers. That being said, he led the team in goals (28) in the regular season and is the team’s best forward. Someone like Mats Zuccarello ($6,100) is probably a safer pick, so if you can afford him, he might be the better play. Either way, both Kreider and Zucc play on New York’s first power-play unit.
Zack Kassian ($3,600)
Zack Kassian has been an unlikely hero for the Edmonton Oilers and will likely have a very high ownership given his cheap price tag. He has scored goals in each of the past two games (both game-winners). Kassian normally plays on the Oilers’ fourth line but could move to the third line tonight if Edmonton redistributes ice time. Either way, he has been getting it done and will undoubtedly be a popular play in cash contests tonight.
Also Consider: Alexander Radulov ($6,100), Mats Zuccarello ($6,100), Nick Folingo ($5,600), Bryan Rust ($4,200), Melker Karlsson ($3,500), Joel Ward ($3,300)
Shea Weber ($5,600)
Shea Weber has points in each of the last two playoff games, including a goal and an assist. He and the Canadiens outplayed the Rangers in Game 3 in every way, and the Habs will look to take a commanding series lead tonight in Madison Square Garden, where the Rangers have had a lot of trouble winning. Weber plays on Montreal’s first power-play unit; he has 11 shots and 10 blocks in the series.
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