Taking a look at top plays in FanDuel DFS NHL contests for tonight’s four-game slate. The Red Wings, Blue Jackets, Senators and Ducks are skating in the second half of back-to-back sets. Today’s post will be updated throughout the day with injury news, starting goalie confirmations and adjustments to the sample lineup, which will be posted in the comments section as well as in the post itself once it is finalized. Note: players are listed based on salary, not ranking.
Summary of Last Night’s Results
Both of last night’s lineups cashed easily, as did the two additional lineup suggestions. Roberto Luongo pitched a 40-save shutout against Montreal, earning 52 fantasy points (FP). His ownership was high so it wasn’t nearly as valuable as Pekka Rinne’s shutout two nights ago, but it was still a stellar performance to backstop a strong night (if you went with Martin Jones, he recorded a 16-save shutout for 32.8 FP). Riley Nash and Brad Marchand both scored goals, earning 20 and 18.4 FP, respectively; surprisingly, all Bruins players had very low ownership rates despite a favorable matchup. Patrik Laine extended his goal streak with a first-period tally, though he was unable to add to that throughout the game, finishing with 13.3 FP. Even his ownership rate was relatively low considering the tear he has been on. However, Taylor Hall‘s point streak finally came to an end. He and his line had many chances, but he was unable to find the scoresheet for the first time in 2018; it was a great run, though. Mike Fisher exceeded value for his $3,100 price tag, recording two shots and four blocks for 9.6 FP. His inclusion in the lineup allowed for Hall, Laine and Marchand to make the cut, as well as at least one member from Florida’s top line. In the Fisher lineup, that player was Evgenii Dadonov, and he did not disappoint, once again recording a two-point performance for 25.3 FP. If you went with the Aleksander Barkov/Nick Bjugstad version of the line, both players found the scoresheet as well. Barkov earned 22.4 FP with two assists, three shots and a block, while Bjugstad scored a goal on four shots for 18.4 FP. Ryan Hartman was moved up to the Predators’ second line in place of the injured Kevin Fiala; Hartman tallied an assist and a shot for 9.6 FP. Thomas Hickey exceeded expectations with the Islanders’ only goal of the night, recording a goal, three shots and two blocks for 20 FP, which was excellent production for his $3,800 price tag. He continues to be overlooked but remains a solid value play. I ended up going with Kris Russell as my other value defenseman, who recorded just one block, though the other suggested players would have gotten you more of a return. For example, Mike Matheson tallied four blocks and Adam Larsson registered two shots and six blocks for 12.8 FP.
- Detroit @ Columbus – 7:00pm EST
- Calgary @ Ottawa – 7:30pm EST
- Anaheim @ Dallas – 8:30pm EST
- Minnesota @ Vancouver – 10:00pm EST
- DET: Jared Coreau (confirmed) vs. CBJ: Sergei Bobrovsky (confirmed)
- CGY: David Rittich (confirmed) vs. OTT: Mike Condon (confirmed)
- ANA: Ryan Miller (confirmed) vs. DAL: Kari Lehtonen (confirmed)
- MIN: Devan Dubnyk (confirmed) vs. VAN: Anders Nilsson (confirmed)
FanDuel DFS NHL 3/9/18
Tyler Seguin ($8,300)
Tyler Seguin has points in six out of his last seven games, collecting seven goals and 11 points in that stretch. He skates on Dallas’ first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 17 fantasy points per game. Seguin has been strong on home ice this season, recording 43 points in 36 contests in Dallas. He was held to five shots when these teams met Feb. 21.
Ryan Getzlaf ($7,600)
Ryan Getzlaf is on an impressive four-game point streak during which he has produced one goal and 11 points, recording four consecutive multi-point games. He also has points in six out of his last seven games. He skates on the Ducks’ first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 15.6 fantasy points per game this season, earning 22.4, 19.7, 26.1, 47.7, 4.8, 28.9 and 19.2 fantasy points in his last seven games, respectively. He scored a goal and an assist when these teams squared off in Anaheim Feb. 21, finishing the game with 28.9 fantasy points.
Eric Staal ($7,500)
Eric Staal has been lighting the lamp quite a bit of late, doing so in each of his last two games and in six out of his last eight games. He has three goals, two of which came on the man advantage, in his last two games, adding eight shots and two blocks for 35.7 and 17.3 fantasy points, respectively. He hasn’t been able to find twine in two games against the Canucks this season but has been hot of late. Staal skates on the Wild’s first line and second power-play unit and is averaging 15.8 fantasy points per game.
Matt Duchene ($5,900)
Matt Duchene has points in three out of his last four games, recording two goals and two assists in that time. He skates on Ottawa’s first line and first power-play unit and has earned 11.2, 28.5, 1.6, 20.5, 4.8, 15.2, 3.2, 21.6, 3.2 and 24.8 fantasy points in his last 10 games, respectively. He has alternated between strong games and mediocre ones but remains a solid mid-tier option with five goals and eight points as well as 24 shots in his last 10 games.
Pierre-Luc DuBois ($5,700)
Pierre-Luc DuBois is in a great spot tonight against a Detroit team skating in the second half of a back-to-back and starting backup goaltender Jared Coreau, who struggled in his only other start this season. DuBois has points in three straight games, scoring one goal and six points in that span. He has earned 16.5, 34.4 and 11.2 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively. He skates on the Blue Jackets’ first line and first power-play unit.
Also consider: Sean Monahan ($7,700)–DTD, Dylan Larkin ($6,400)*, Bo Horvat ($5,900), Mikko Koivu ($5,700)**, Jean-Gabriel Pageau ($4,700)***
*Has registered 19 shots in last three games
**Has points in five straight games (3G, 7P), earning 19.7, 9.6, 13.6, 18.9 and 23.2 FP in last 5 GP
***Recorded eight shots last night against Buffalo
Artemi Panarin ($7,400)
Artemi Panarin has points in three straight games and in nine out of his last 10 games, putting up six goals and 13 points in that span. He skates on Columbus’ first line and first power-play unit and has recorded 12 shots in his last three games. Panarin has earned 12.8, 36, 30.4, 6.4, 12.8, 25.8, 8, 13.6, 11.2 and 21.6 fantasy points in his last 10 games, respectively. He scored one goal and tallied six shots when these teams met earlier this season.
Rickard Rakell ($7,000)
Rickard Rakell has goals in five straight games, scoring eight goals and 10 points in his last five games. To say he is on a hot streak would be a massive understatement. He skates on Anaheim’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 14.8 fantasy points per game. That being said, Rakell has earned 30.4, 28.5, 15.7, 29.6 and 50.4 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively, though he was held to just one shot when these teams met Feb. 21.
Jason Zucker ($6,800)
Jason Zucker has six goals and 14 points in his last 10 games, finding the scoresheet in each of his last two games as well as in seven out of his last 10. He skates on Minnesota’s first line and second power-play unit and is averaging 13.3 fantasy points per game this season.
Thomas Vanek ($4,800)
Thomas Vanek scored two goals last night against Colorado, earning 38.4 fantasy points with eight shots on goal. Those were his first points with Columbus, but they make him an interesting value option tonight going up against one of his former teams. Vanek found good chemistry with Boone Jenner ($4,100) and could recreate some of that tonight against Detroit. He’s risky because he has been very inconsistent this year, but he’s one of those streaky scorers that scores a lot in short bursts, so he might be worth a look if you’re looking for a cheaper winger with lower ownership and potential upside on tonight’s slate. Vanek skates on Columbus’ second line and second power-play unit.
Ryan Dzingel ($3,900)
Ryan Dzingel is a solid value choice coming off a two-goal game in which he earned 28.8 fantasy points. He skates on Ottawa’s first line with Matt Duchene and Mike Hoffman as well as its second power-play unit. Dzingel had gone four games without a point before last night’s effort, though he might be worth a shot if Ottawa can pressure David Rittich.
Brendan Leipsic ($3,400)
Brendan Leipsic has been an outstanding value play and should be even more popular tonight on a slate with so many elite forwards to consider. He skates on Vancouver’s first line and second power-play unit and has points in back-to-back games and in three out of his last four games, scoring two goals and six points in that time. He has earned 12.8, 36.8, 3.2 and 27.2 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively.
Also consider: Johnny Gaudreau ($7,800), Mark Stone ($7,600)*, Mikael Granlund ($7,200), Matthew Tkachuk ($6,700), Alexander Radulov ($6,500), Cam Atkinson ($6,200), Anthony Mantha ($5,200), Bobby Ryan ($4,800), Michael Frolik ($4,700), Micheal Ferland ($4,500)**, Boone Jenner ($4,100), Sonny Milano ($3,400)
*Has points in 10 straight games (1G, 14P)
**Cheap exposure to Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau
Mark Giordano ($5,800)
Mark Giordano has points in back-to-back games but has provided a solid floor in eight straight games and in 12 out of his last 13 games. In fact, he has earned 25.3, 26.4, 8, 8, 12.8, 15.2, 19.2, 16, 6.4, 13.3, 24.5, 17.6 and 8 fantasy points in his last 13 games, respectively. He has two goals and an assist as well as 10 shots and two blocks in his last two games, and he has recorded 26 shots in his last five games. Giordano skates on Calgary’s first power-play unit.
Seth Jones ($5,700)/Zach Werenski ($5,100)
Seth Jones scored the game-winning goal in overtime last night for Columbus, adding to an already-impressive performance that saw the defenseman procure three points, seven shots and a block on the night, good for 41.3 fantasy points. Jones skates on Columbus’ first power-play unit and is averaging 13.6 fantasy points per game. He had gone three games without a point but always has the potential for a monster performance, and tonight’s matchup against Detroit could be a perfect setting for another big night. Teammate Zach Werenski ($5,100) had a strong game as well, scoring a goal and an assist and adding four shots for 26.9 fantasy points. Werenski has goals in three out of his last four games and points in four out of his last five, recording three goals and six points in that time. He skates on the Blue Jackets’ second power-play unit.
Also consider: Erik Karlsson ($7,100), Ryan Suter ($5,600)*, Dougie Hamilton ($5,600), Jared Spurgeon ($5,200), Matt Dumba ($4,700), Stephen Johns ($4,300), Cody Ceci ($4,200), Brandon Montour ($3,700), Ian Cole ($3,500)
*Back-to-back multi-point games (4A in last 2 GP for 18.1 and 16.5 FP, respectively)
Sergei Bobrovsky ($8,700)
Sergei Bobrovsky should be the popular cash play on a slate with few solid goalie options. That being said, Bobrovsky has had his ups and downs this year and is not the safe play he was earlier in the season. However, he and the Jackets will take on a Red Wings team that also played last night, and Bob has a significant edge for the win compared to Jared Coreau, who gave up four goals on 16 shots in his only start of the year. Bobrovsky has won three out of his last four games and is averaging 19.5 fantasy points per game this season.
Also consider: David Rittich ($8,100)
FanDuel DFS NHL 3/9/18 Lineup
NOTE: Lineup will be updated closer to lock. Once it is finalized, a duplicate will be posted in the comments section below.
- C: Eric Staal ($7,500)
- C: Pierre-Luc DuBois ($5,700)/Tyler Seguin ($8,300)/DuBois ($5,700)
- W: Artemi Panarin ($7,400)
- W: Rickard Rakell ($7,000)/Thomas Vanek ($4,800) or Michael Frolik ($4,700) or Micheal Ferland ($4,500)/Alexander Radulov ($6,500)
- W: Andrew Cogliano ($3,800) or Ryan Dzingel ($3,900) or Mattias Janmark ($4,100)/Jason Zucker ($6,800) or Rakell ($7,000)
- W: Brendan Leipsic ($3,400)
- D: Seth Jones ($5,700)/Zach Werenski ($5,100)/Werenski ($5,100)
- D: Dougie Hamilton ($5,600)/Mark Giordano ($4,800)/Brandon Montour ($3,700)
- G: Sergei Bobrovsky ($8,700)
These are just a few sample lineups; there are many combinations of players discussed in today’s post that can form winning lineups. Best of luck tonight!
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