FanDuel DFS NHL – Friday 2/9/18


UPDATE: Ryan McDonagh, Brock Boeser will NOT play tonight. 

The Oilers have changed their lines. MCDAVID AND DRAISAITL are on DIFFERENT LINES, Cammalleri is scratched.

LATE CHANGE (see below)*

An overview of top plays at each position for tonight’s FanDuel DFS NHL contests. There are eight games on tonight’s busy Friday night slate, with the Flames, Islanders, Canucks, Blues and Stars skating in the second half of back-to-back contests. Mark Scheifele is set to return to Winnipeg’s lineup tonight and will take his place on the top line.

NOTE: Since this was published overnight, some recommendations may change later today once goalie confirmations are revealed.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out via Twitter (@JillianSydney). FTA+ subscribers can tag me (@JWagner) in the NHL Discord chat to discuss tonight’s slate, matchups, lineups, etc.


Summary of Last Night’s Results

Last night’s lineup cashed easily with a 158.3. Both John Tavares and Ryan O’Reilly lit the lamp, earning 21.6 and 17.3 fantasy points, respectively. Sam Reinhart had a huge game with a goal and two assists as well as two shots and a block for 32.8 fantasy points. Taylor Hall extended his point streak to 12 games with a goal and a power-play assist as well as four shots for 26.9 fantasy points; he had just a 12 percent ownership rate despite his recent production. Yanni Gourde also found the back of the net with a power-play goal, and he added an assist for 22.1 fantasy points. Unfortunately, Jason Zucker failed to find the scoresheet, registering four shots on goal for 6.4 fantasy points in a surprising 4-3 overtime loss for the Wild; however, his 48 percent ownership rate significantly lessened the blow of his minimal contribution. The defensemen in the lineup had extremely underwhelming nights, though their cheap price tags allowed for more talented players elsewhere (however, the other recommended value plays in Nate Schmidt, Stephen Johns and Greg Pateryn all had strong nights). Cody Ceci put up a goose egg despite his recent dependability, and Ryan Pulock was held to just three shots. Lastly, Carter Hutton and the Blues bounced back with a dominant 6-1 win over the Avalanche. Hutton made 23 saves and picked up 26.4 fantasy points with just an eight percent ownership rate.


Tonight’s Schedule

  • Calgary @ NY Rangers – 7:00pm EST
  • Detroit @ NY Islanders –  7:00pm EST
  • Columbus @ Washington – 7:00pm EST
  • Vancouver @ Carolina – 7:30pm EST
  • Los Angeles @ Florida – 7:30pm EST
  • St. Louis @ Winnipeg – 8:00pm EST
  • Pittsburgh @ Dallas – 8:30pm EST
  • Edmonton @ Anaheim – 10:00pm EST

Starting Goalies

  • CGY: Mike Smith (confirmed) vs. NYR: Ondrej Pavelec (confirmed)
  • DET: Petr Mrazek (confirmed) vs. NYI: Thomas Greiss (confirmed)
  • CBJ: Sergei Bobrovsky (confirmed) vs. WSH: Braden Holtby (confirmed)
  • VAN: Jacob Markstrom (confirmed) vs. CAR: Scott Darling (confirmed)
  • LAK: Jonathan Quick (confirmed) vs. FLA: Harri Sateri (confirmed)
  • STL: Jake Allen (confirmed) vs. WPG: Connor Hellebuyck (confirmed)
  • PIT: Matt Murray (confirmed) vs. DAL: Kari Lehtonen (confirmed)
  • EDM: Cam Talbot (confirmed) vs. ANA: John Gibson (confirmed)

 

For further goalie confirmations and other player news updates, check out DailyFaceoff and LeftWingLock throughout the day.

 

 

 

FanDuel DFS NHL 2/9/18

Centers

ELITE

Connor McDavid ($9,100)

Connor McDavid continued his impressive stretch with two points Wednesday night against the Kings, giving him seven goals in his last three games and 10 points on his current four-game point streak. McDavid has been insanely productive of late and has kicked his game into a new gear since the All-Star Game. He should be popular once again tonight and is one of the hottest players in the NHL.

Evgeni Malkin ($9,100)

Speaking of players on a roll, it’s hard to ignore Evgeni Malkin’s eye-popping production of late. The Russian center has goals in five straight games, netting nine goals and 13 points in that stretch. He skates on Pittsburgh’s first line and first power-play unit and has averaged 36.4 fantasy points per game in his last five contests. He’s averaging 18 fantasy points per game this season.

Sean Monahan ($7,700)

Sean Monahan extended his hot streak with two more goals last night against the Devils, giving him five goals and six points in his last four games. He and the Flames have a favorable matchup against the struggling New York Rangers, especially coming one day after the Rangers organization announced it would be selling at the deadline and entering a rebuild. Monahan skates on Calgary’s first line and first power-play unit and has earned 30.4, 23.2, 24.8 and 18.4 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively.

Other top options: Sidney Crosby ($8,700), Tyler Seguin ($8,000), Anze Kopitar ($7,200), Blake Wheeler ($7,000)

MID-RANGE

Adrian Kempe ($4,700)

Adrian Kempe has goals in back-to-back games and is coming off a dominant performance against the Oilers in which he was all over the ice. Kempe’s speed and hunger for the puck were on full display Wednesday night, and he will look to bring more of the same as the Kings visit the Florida Panthers for tonight’s game. Kempe skates on Los Angeles’ second line and second power-play unit and has two goals, one assist, five shots and a block in his last two games, earning 16.8 and 24.8 fantasy points, respectively. While Florida’s Harri Sateri has looked solid in his last four games, the Kings are coming in hot, and Kempe could be a decent value play on a night with a lot of expensive elite centers.

Other top options: Vincent Trocheck ($6,800), Dylan Larkin ($6,200)

VALUE

Brandon Sutter ($3,400)

Brandon Sutter’s point streak came to an end last night as he registered just one shot on goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning. However, he found the scoresheet in four consecutive games before last night’s loss and has a favorable matchup tonight against Scott Darling and the Hurricanes.

Other top options: Riley Sheahan ($3,700)


Also Consider: Mark Scheifele ($7,400)

 

 

Wingers

ELITE

Alexander Ovechkin ($9,000)

Alexander Ovechkin is coming off a strong performance against Columbus in which he tallied two assists and recorded eight shots and a block for 30.4 fantasy points. Ovi has a monster ceiling but doesn’t always prove to be worth his high price tag. That being said, being on home ice against the same Blue Jackets team could mean Ovi and his blast on the power play could be in for a big night. There are safer plays, but he’s always worth heavy consideration.

The Oilers have changed their lines. MCDAVID AND DRAISAITL are on DIFFERENT LINES, Cammalleri is scratched.

Leon Draisaitl ($7,400)

Leon Draisaitl is finally starting to look like himself. He has points in four straight games and in eight out of his last nine games, collecting three goals and 13 points in that span. He skates on Edmonton’s top line and top power-play unit and has earned 22.1, 38.1, 20.8, 12.8, 6.4, 34.4, 12.8, 9.6 and 11.2 fantasy points in his last nine games, respectively. He is averaging 13.6 fantasy points per game this season.

Other top options: Johnny Gaudreau ($8,000)

MID-RANGE

Rickard Rakell ($6,900)

Rickard Rakell has goals in three straight games as well as points in five straight and in seven out of his last eight games, recording six goals and 12 points in his last eight contests. He was held to just four shots on goal when these teams met Jan. 4, but Rakell has been especially productive in recent games and is a solid option on the wing. He skates on Anaheim’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 14.4 fantasy points per game. Also consider Corey Perry ($5,500), who is skating on the Ducks’ top line with Rakell and Ryan Getzlaf as well as on the team’s top power-play unit. He has two goals and six points on his current three-game point streak.

Other top options: Alexander Radulov ($6,800), Corey Perry ($5,500), Jake Guentzel ($5,400)

VALUE

The Oilers have changed their lines. MCDAVID AND DRAISAITL are on DIFFERENT LINES, Cammalleri is scratched.

Mike Cammalleri ($4,400) SCRATCHED

Mike Cammalleri should be a pretty popular play on tonight’s slate given his role on Edmonton’s top line with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. He has points in three straight games, picking up three assists, three shots and four blocks in that stretch. Cammalleri skates on the Oilers’ second power-play unit.

Other top options: Mathieu Perreault ($4,400), Bryan Rust ($4,000)


Also Consider: Sebastian Aho ($6,800), Rick Nash ($6,600), Brock Boeser ($6,300), Alex Iafallo ($3,900), Ondrej Kase ($3,900), Trevor Lewis ($3,800)

 

 

Defensemen

HIGH MID-RANGE

John Carlson ($6,000)

John Carlson is a solid floor defenseman with huge upside. Carlson has earned 18.9, 9.6, 9.6, 19.7, 29.6, 14.9, 26.9, 4.8, 14.4, 3.2, 23.2 and 21.8 fantasy points in his last 12 games, respectively. He scored a goal against Columbus Tuesday night, finishing the game with a power-play goal, two shots and two blocks for 18.9 fantasy points. Carlson is averaging 14.5 fantasy points per game this season and skates on Washington’s top power-play unit.

Other top options: Drew Doughty ($5,800), Seth Jones ($5,700)

LOW MID-RANGE

Jake Muzzin ($4,900)

Jake Muzzin skates on Los Angeles’ first power-play unit and has points in nine out of his last 11 games, scoring three goals and 11 points in that span. He has earned 9.6, 35.3, 6.4, 16.5, 18.9, 13.3, 18.9, 11.2, 12.8, 14.4 and 11.7 fantasy points in his last 11 games, respectively. Muzzin is averaging 12.3 fantasy points per game this season and should continue to be a popular option in cash contests.

Other top options: Alexander Edler ($5,000), T.J. Brodie ($4,500)

VALUE

Stephen Johns ($4,000)

Stephen Johns scored a goal last night and added three shots and seven blocks for 28 fantasy points. He has earned 28, 9.6, 20, 11.2, 8 and 9.6 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively. Also consider Greg Pateryn ($3,900), who plays for the Dallas Stars as well. Pateryn tallied an assist, four shots and five blocks last night, coming away with 22.4 fantasy points. He has points in three out of his last four games, earning 22.4, 8, 19.2 and 16 fantasy points, respectively.

Other top options: Greg Pateryn ($3,900), Ian Cole ($3,600), Christian Djoos ($3,500)


Also Consider: Keith Yandle ($5,200), Oscar Klefbom ($5,100), Ryan Pulock ($4,000), Vince Dunn ($3,700), David Savard ($3,500)

 

Goalie

ELITE

Braden Holtby ($9,100)

Braden Holtby and the Capitals defeated the Blue Jackets in Columbus Tuesday night. Holtby played well, stopping 37 of 39 shots and earning 33.6 fantasy points in the win. He has a much better track record on home ice this season, so tonight’s rematch in Washington definitely leans in Holtby’s favor. That doesn’t mean Holtby is an automatic for the win, as he often underperforms despite the odds. That being said, the Caps are heavy favorites against the Jackets, and Holtby is 2-0 against Columbus this season.

MID-RANGE

Mike Smith ($8,200)

Mike Smith has won back-to-back games and will get the nod tonight after David Rittich led the Flames to a 3-2 win against the Devils last night. The Flames are heavy favorites against the struggling New York Rangers, especially since Rangers management publicly stated the team will be sellers at the trade deadline and will be entering into a rebuild (this was marked by the waiving of defenseman Brendan Smith yesterday as well as a statement released by the team). That being said, the Rangers aren’t hopeless and will want to play with pride, but Calgary is on a roll, especially its top-line duo of Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau, which means Henrik Lundqvist will have his hands full. He has been pulled in three out of his last five starts, so all signs point towards a Calgary win, which should make Smith a popular option on tonight’s slate.

Other top options: Connor Hellebuyck ($8,400)

VALUE

Darcy Kuemper ($8,000)

Darcy Kuemper, should he get the nod for the Kings, has won four games in a row, giving up a combined three goals in that stretch. That’s because the netminder has two shutouts in his last three starts. He has earned 24, 41.6, 42.4 and 32 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively. While the Panthers are certainly capable offensively and have gotten solid netminding from Harri Sateri, Los Angeles is playing excellent hockey and is favored in tonight’s matchup.

Other top options: Peter Mrazek ($7,600)


Also Consider: Cam Talbot ($7,900), Harri Sateri ($7,700), Cam Ward ($7,500)




FanDuel DFS NHL 2/9/18 Lineup

NOTE: Lineup will be updated closer to puck drop.

  • C: Connor McDavid ($9,100)
  • C: Evgeni Malkin ($9,100); note: Sean Monahan ($7,700) will be very popular in cash (as will Tyler Seguin at $8,000)
  • W: Rickard Rakell ($6,900)/Alexander Radulov ($6,800)/Josh Bailey ($6,800)
  • W: Corey Perry ($5,500)/Micheal Ferland ($5,400)
  • W: Bryan Rust ($4,000) or Anthony Mantha ($4,200)*
  • W: Alex Iafallo ($3,900) or Trevor Lewis ($3,800)/Sven Baertschi ($4,100)
  • D: Stephen Johns ($4,000)/Ryan Pulock ($4,000)
  • D: Greg Pateryn ($3,900)
  • G: Connor Hellebuyck ($8,400)/Harri Sateri ($7,700)

*late switch at wing for exposure to other game with the extra $200

 

As requested, here’s my original lineup from the first time I looked at the slate:

Original lineup

  • C: Connor McDavid ($9,100)
  • C: Evgeni Malkin ($9,100)
  • W: Rickard Rakell ($6,900)
  • W: Mike Cammalleri ($4,400)
  • W: Trevor Lewis ($3,900)
  • W: Jack Roslovic ($3,700)–no longer on top line
  • D: Jake Muzzin ($4,900)
  • D: Ryan Pulock ($4,000)
  • G: Braden Holtby ($9,100)

 

 

Photos via Getty Images: Rakell-Debora Robinson, McDavid-Andy Devlin

 

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