There are just four games on tonight’s slate as we near the end of the regular season, with just two days of DFS NHL action remaining. The Penguins, Lightning, Blues and Ducks are all playing for playoff positioning, though Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Anaheim have clinched playoff berths. The Blues, meanwhile, are in a race to the finish line as they trail Colorado by one point in the standings but have a game in hand. NOTE: Tonight’s slate locks at 7:30pm EST.
MAKE SURE to check back for updates throughout the day, and use the resources listed below for news/lineup updates. Lots of teams will hold players out of the game since we are in the final few days of the regular season, so it’s imperative to make sure everyone in your lineup is playing tonight. You can find the current standings here.
- Jonathan Toews will NOT play tonight
- Steven Stamkos will NOT play tonight (or in Tampa Bay’s final game of the regular season on Saturday)
- Erik Karlsson will NOT play tonight
Summary of Last Night’s Results
Last night’s lineup cashed. The core of Cam Atkinson, Patric Hornqvist, Anthony Beauvillier and Connor Hellebuyck combined for 99.7 fantasy points, which should have made it very easy to cash considering you would have needed only 15-25 points from the other five players in your lineup. At the center position, all three mid-range centers highlighted in the post earned at least a point, with Dylan Larkin scoring a goal and an assist for 23.2 FP, Mathew Barzal tallying an assist and a block for 9.6 FP and Pierre-Luc DuBois coming through once again with two assists, one shot and one block for 19.2 FP. Shockingly, DuBois had ownership rates under five percent (it was less surprising to see Larkin’s ownership at that rate, as mentioned in yesterday’s post). Auston Matthews tallied a power-play assist but earned just 10.1 FP in a 2-1 loss to the Devils, though Nolan Patrick, Derek Ryan and Dylan Strome all found the scoresheet. Taylor Hall had his first quiet night in quite some time in a tight matchup against the Maple Leafs, earning just 6.4 FP with four shots; however, his ownership rates were around 50 percent. Atkinson extended his hot streak with a goal, eight shots and one block for 26.4 FP, while Hornqvist collected a goal and a power-play assist for 25.3 FP. Beauvillier extended his goal streak to five games, earning 15.2 FP, while Kyle Connor tallied an assist and 9.6 FP. Dustin Byfuglien grabbed a point in Winnipeg’s game but didn’t produce much in the way of peripheral stats, finishing with just 11.2 FP. However, Alex Edler had another huge game, chipping in his usual reliable four shots and four blocks but adding two assists as well for 29.3 FP in an emotional final home game for the Sedin’s. Speaking of the Sedin’s, Daniel Sedin scored two goals on 10 shots for 40.5 FP, and Henrik picked up two assists and two shots for 19.2 in an overtime-winning farewell matchup. Ryan Pulock earned just 3.2 FP but was very popular, ranging in ownership between 33-40 percent. As expected, Connor Hellebuyck picked up a solid win, earning 32.8 FP in a 2-1 win over Calgary. Surprisingly, his ownership did not exceed 55 percent, for I thought he was the only truly sound cash option on the night, but that just made his strong game more valuable than expected. Other players highlighted in the post that had solid games include Claude Giroux (18.4 FP), Artemi Panarin (19.2 FP), Brendan Gallagher (13.6 FP), Max Domi (8 FP) and Brandon Pirri (18.4 FP).
Here’s what I played on FanDuel last night:
(1)Main: Larkin, DuBois, Atkinson, Hornqvist, Connor, Beauvillier, Byfuglien, Edler, Hellebuyck – $400 remaining, final score: 192.2 (cashed)
(2)Main: Barzal, DuBois, Hall, Atkinson, Connor, Beauvillier, Byfuglien, Pulock, Hellebuyck – $0 remaining, final score: 133.6 (cashed)
(3)Main: DuBois, Ryan, Panarin, Atkinson, Hornqvist, Beauvillier, Byfuglien, Doughty, Hellebuyck – $200 remaining, final score: 175.4 (cashed)
(4)Larkin, DuBois, Atkinson, Hornqvist, Sedin, Beauvillier, Byfuglien, Edler, Hellebuyck – $0 remaining, final score: 223.1 (cashed)
(5)Matthews, Karlsson, Atkinson, Hornqvist, Beauvillier, Pirri, Jones, Theodore, Hellebuyck – $400 remaining, final score: 150.6 (cashed)
(6)Malkin, Matthews, Atkinson, Hornqvist, Connor, Beauvillier, Pulock, Cole, Hellebuyck – $0 remaining, final score: 142.3 (cashed)
(7)Larkin, DuBois, Gallagher, Atkinson, Hornqvist, Beauvillier, Ellis, Petry, Hellebuyck – $300 remaining, final score: 205 (cashed)
(8)Matthews, Larkin, Wheeler, Atkinson, Hornqvist, Pirri, Theodore, Pulock, Hellebuyck – $100 remaining, final score: 170.6 (cashed)
(GPP)Sedin, Strome, Hall, Panarin, Atkinson, Sedin, Edler, Dumba, Hellebuyck – $100 remaining, final score: 215.9 (cashed)
- Ottawa @ Pittsburgh – 7:30pm EST
- Buffalo @ Tampa Bay – 7:30pm EST
- St. Louis @ Chicago – 8:30pm EST
- Dallas @ Anaheim – 10:00pm EST
- OTT: Craig Anderson (confirmed) vs. PIT: Casey DeSmith (confirmed)
- BUF: Chad Johnson (confirmed) vs. TBL: Andrei Vasilevskiy (confirmed)
- STL: Carter Hutton (confirmed) vs. CHI: J-F Berube (confirmed)
- DAL: Mike McKenna (confirmed) vs. ANA: Ryan Miller (confirmed)
FanDuel DFS NHL 4/6/18
Sidney Crosby ($9,000)/Evgeni Malkin ($8,900)
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin can clinch second place in the Metropolitan Division with a win against the Senators tonight. Both centers picked up a point last night in Columbus, though Malkin has been the more consistently productive of the two. Crosby skates on the Penguins’ first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 15.7 FPPG, whereas Malkin centers the second line and also skates on the first power-play unit but is averaging 18 FPPG. However, Crosby has been more productive against Ottawa this season, earning at least a point in both games and tallying a total of four assists in two contests against the Sens. Malkin should be the more popular cash option, however, though they could split ownership as they so often do.
Brayden Schenn ($6,600)
The other three centers in today’s post were all highlighted the other night and should therefore come as no surprise. Brayden Schenn skates on St. Louis’ first line and first power-play unit and scored a goal and an assist the other night in St. Louis against the visiting Blackhawks. Tonight’s rematch will take place in Chicago, but the Blues really need the two points tonight. Schenn had a strong showing against the Hawks when these teams met in Chicago Mar. 18, tallying an assist, six shots and four blocks for 24.5 fantasy points.
Ryan O’Reilly ($6,300)
Ryan O’Reilly has points in four straight games and in five out of his last six games, scoring three goals and seven points in that stretch. He skates on Buffalo’s first line and first power-play unit and has been shooting the puck more of late, recording 17 shots in his last three games.
Matt Duchene ($6,200)
Matt Duchene has goals in back-to-back games, picking up three goals and four points for 16.8 and 39.4 fantasy points in his last two games, respectively. He skates on Ottawa’s first line and first power-play unit. Duchene tallied two assists and 22.4 fantasy points when these teams played in Tampa Bay Mar. 13.
Also consider: ELITE: Tyler Seguin ($8,500), Jack Eichel ($7,600), MID-RANGE: Brayden Point ($6,300), VALUE: Casey Mittelstadt ($3,600), Kyle Brodziak ($3,400), Dylan Sikura ($3,000)
Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,700)
Vladimir Tarasenko is probably a lock once again tonight, as he was the other night when these teams squared off in St. Louis. Even though tonight’s contest is in Chicago, it’s that much more important for St. Louis to win this one, especially since the Avalanche failed to secure any points in last night’s loss to San Jose. Colorado leads St. Louis in the standings by one point, but St. Louis has one game in hand, making tonight’s contest in Chicago key to the Blues’ chances of making the playoffs. Both teams have failed to capitalize on recent opportunities, but tonight’s game is crucial for the Blues. As a result, expect Tarasenko to play a role in the outcome, as he so often does. He had a 70-plus percent ownership rate the other night and should see at least 50 percent ownership tonight. Tarasenko skates on St. Louis’ first line and first power-play unit and scored a goal and an assist the other night, adding five shots for 28 fantasy points. He now has goals in back-to-back games, and he has two goals and four points in two games against Chicago this season.
Patric Hornqvist ($6,400)
Patric Hornqvist had just an eight percent ownership rate last night, which was quite surprising. For some reason, the Vegas odds projected last night’s contest against Columbus to be low-scoring, which was never going to be the case considering how these teams have been playing. That being said, Hornqvist came through as expected and earned 25.3 fantasy points.
He is a solid choice again tonight on home ice against the visiting Senators, and he should see much higher ownership on tonight’s slate. I know I said the same thing last night, and I truly believed it would be the case; however, the Vegas projections and the large slate must have deterred people from playing him. Even so, he came through yet again, so you should feel confident starting him tonight in cash contests. Hornqvist skates on Pittsburgh’s second line and first power-play unit and has goals in four straight games and points in six straight, scoring five goals and eight points in his last six contests for 25.3, 23.2, 20.5, 26.4, 11.2 and 18.9 fantasy points, respectively. He is averaging 14.5 FPPG.
Alex DeBrincat ($5,700)
Alex DeBrincat scored a goal and an assist the other night in St. Louis and recorded a hat trick for 41.3 fantasy points when these teams met in Chicago Mar. 18. With Jonathan Toews probably returning to the lineup, it appears as though DeBrincat has been shuffled to the third line but will still skate with Dylan Sikura and Victor Ejdsell. DeBrincat has scored a goal and an assist in three out of his last four games and has five points in his last two games against St. Louis. Jake Allen will not dress in tonight’s matchup, so it’s possible DeBrincat will not have the same success against Carter Hutton; however, he has been hot of late and is definitely worth a look. He skates on Chicago’s second power-play unit.
Sam Reinhart ($5,600)
Sam Reinhart skates on Buffalo’s first line and first power-play unit. He has points in four straight games, recording four goals and six points in that stretch for 12.8, 17.3, 48.2 and 8.5 fantasy points, respectively. Reinhart was held off the scoresheet the last time these teams played, but he has two goals in three games against the Lightning this season.
Andrew Cogliano ($4,000)/Ondrej Kase ($3,900)
Both Andrew Cogliano and Ondrej Kase have been productive of late and make for excellent value plays on tonight’s slate. Cogliano has goals in back-to-back games and points in four out of his last five games, scoring three goals and five points in that stretch for 16.8, 26.4, 4.8, 18.4 and 14.4 fantasy points, respectively; he skates on the Ducks’ second line. Kase, on the other hand, skates on Anaheim’s third line and second power-play unit and has points in three straight games, picking up two goals and four points in that stretch for 21.6, 18.4 and 17.6 fantasy points, respectively.
Also consider: ELITE: Jamie Benn ($7,800), Phil Kessel ($7,600), MID-RANGE: J.T. Miller ($6,400), Yanni Gourde ($5,400), Bobby Ryan ($4,800), Patrik Berglund ($4,600), VALUE: Jason Pominville ($4,300), Evan Rodrigues ($3,600), Carl Hagelin ($3,600), Scott Wilson ($3,600), Colin White ($3,200), Alexander Nylander ($3,000)
Victor Hedman ($6,900)
Victor Hedman has points in four out of his last five games and in seven out of his last nine, recording five goals and 10 points in that stretch. He has registered 24 shots and 13 blocks in his last 10 games and has earned 23.2, 3.2, 26.1, 23.7, 14.9, 4.8, 28.5, 16.8, 16.8, 3.2, 18.6, 8, 11.2, 8, 48.5 and 14.4 fantasy points in his last 16 games, respectively. There are nights when he doesn’t provide a safe floor (including Feb. 28 against Buffalo), which does make him a risky play, especially for the price; however, he skates on Tampa Bay’s top power-play unit and is averaging 14.4 FPPG. He has a favorable matchup on home ice against the Sabres as the Lightning look to retain the Atlantic Division lead in their final home game of the regular season.
Alex Pietrangelo ($5,800)
Alex Pietrangelo’s production has taken a hit in recent games, though he remains a top fantasy play, especially given his last performance in Chicago in which he scored a goal and three assists and recorded eight shots and four blocks for 56.2 fantasy points. While that level of production is very unlikely for tonight, the Blues need this win, and Pietrangelo has been solid all year. He picked up 12.8 fantasy points the other night when Chicago was in St. Louis with six shots and two blocks, but he is averaging 14.3 FPPG this season and skates on the Blues’ first power-play unit.
Josh Manson ($3,900), Roberto Bortuzzo ($3,600), Dan Girardi ($3,500), Christian Wolanin ($3,500), Francois Beauchemin ($3,500)
There are a lot of decent value defensemen worth consideration on tonight’s slate, and all are priced fairly similarly. The ones listed above and described below are just a handful of the less familiar ones, though be sure to consult the “also consider” section since there are other defensemen, like Rasmus Ristolainen, Brent Seabrook, Justin Schultz, Colton Parayko, etc. worth considering, as well as other cheaper options for tonight’s slate.
It can be difficult to select a Ducks defenseman in DFS since Hampus Lindholm will have a huge game one night and then Brandon Montour will pick up two assists the next, followed by a two-point outing from Josh Manson. But Manson is coming off a solid performance in which he picked up two assists, three shots and four blocks for 27.2 fantasy points. Plus, he has earned 27.2, 9.6, 6.4, 0, 16.8 and 11.2 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively, which certainly is not great but is decent value for his price tag. However, Montour ($4,100) will remain on the top power-play unit, with Lindholm ($4,600) and Andy Welinski on the second unit (Welinski is not available on FanDuel). Marcus Pettersson is listed on the first power-play unit on RotoGrinders, so it’s unclear what the lines will be like in tonight’s contest. However, the Ducks get a lot of fantasy points from their back end, it’s just difficult to predict who will have the big game, especially since even Francois Beauchemin has points in three out of his last four games, recording four assists, five shots and three blocks in that time.
Aside from the Ducks, however, there are some other value options worth consideration that would allow you to spend up elsewhere in the lineup. For example, Tampa Bay’s Dan Girardi quietly has points in three out of his last four games, recording one goal and two assists as well as nine shots and five blocks in that stretch. Also, Ottawa’s Christian Wolanin has points in back-to-back games. Plus, St. Louis’ Robert Bortuzzo scored a goal against the Blackhawks the other night, earning 16.8 fantasy points after tallying an assist, two shots and four blocks for 17.6 fantasy points in the game before that, giving him points in back-to-back contests as well.
Also consider: MID-RANGE: Rasmus Ristolainen ($5,200), Brent Seabrook ($4,900), Justin Schultz ($4,700), Hampus Lindholm ($4,600), Colton Parayko ($4,600), VALUE: Brandon Montour ($4,100), Thomas Chabot ($3,600), Joel Edmundson ($3,700), Brian Dumoulin ($3,600), Marcus Pettersson ($3,500)
Ryan Miller ($8,400)
Tonight is another slate with few goalie options, though Ryan Miller and the Ducks will take on a Dallas team with Mike McKenna in net. The Ducks are still fighting for playoff positioning and are in a race with the Kings for the third slot in the Pacific Division. The Kings have a one-point lead but the Ducks have one game in hand, which makes tonight’s contest against the visiting Stars very important. The ball is in Anaheim’s court; if they win out, they will finish third and can control their own destiny. Miller was impressive the other night against the Wild, stopping 26 of 27 shots for 28.8 fantasy points, and he has won back-to-back games. He took a loss to the Stars in Dallas Mar. 9, though he stopped 35 of 37 pucks and still earned 20 fantasy points in the losing effort. Many will go with Andrei Vasilevskiy tonight, but he has been so inconsistent that Miller might be a safer cash bet. The glaring issue with that is that Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin may be determined to spoil the Ducks’ night, so Miller is certainly not without risk. Carter Hutton is also a choice worth considering because of how desperately the Blues need the two points, though Hutton has been shaky in recent appearances, and the Blackhawks beat the Blues in St. Louis the other night AND could have Jonathan Toews back in the lineup tonight, making that game quite an uncertainty, especially since it’s Chicago’s final home game of the season.
Also consider: ELITE: Andrei Vasilevskiy ($8,700), MID-RANGE:
Matt Murray ($8,300), VALUE: Casey DeSmith ($7,700), Mike McKenna ($7,200)–contrarian GPP
Note: As usual, these are not all necessarily recommended cash lineups, merely examples to illustrate how to accommodate certain combinations of players. Casey DeSmith ($7,700) is starting for Pittsburgh, NOT Matt Murray.
Crosby/Malkin, Schenn/O’Reilly/Point or Brodziak/Mittelstadt, Tarasenko, Hornqvist, Cogliano or DeBrincat, Kase, Hedman or Manson/Schultz/Girardi/Montour/Dunn/Chabot or one of other cheaper d-men, Pietrangelo/Schultz/Ristolainen, DeSmith/Miller/Hutton
Crosby, Malkin, Tarasenko, Hornqvist, Cogliano, Kase, Dunn, Bortuzzo/Girardi/Wolanin, DeSmith
Malkin, Point, Tarasenko, Hornqvist, Cogliano, Kase, Pietrangelo, Chabot, Hutton
Crosby/Malkin, Brodziak, Tarasenko, Hornqvist, Kase, Hagelin, Hedman, Pietrangelo, Miller
Point, O’Reilly, Tarasenko, Hornqvist, Kase, White, Hedman, Pietrangelo, Miller
Malkin, Brodziak, Tarasenko, Hornqvist, DeBrincat, Kase, Hedman, Dunn,
Crosby/Malkin, Mittelstadt/Brodziak, Tarasenko, Hornqvist, DeBrincat, Kase, Pietrangelo, Schultz,
Crosby/Malkin, Seguin, Tarasenko, Hornqvist, Cogliano, Kase, Manson/Chabot, Dunn, DeSmith
Crosby/Malkin, Point, Tarasenko, Hornqvist, Pominville/Cogliano, Kase/Hagelin, Pietrangelo, Girardi,
Malkin, Brodziak, Benn, Tarasenko, Hornqvist, Kase, Schultz, Montour, Hutton
Malkin, Brodziak, Benn, Tarasenko, Hornqvist, Kase, Seabrook, Girardi, Miller
Malkin, Point, Tarasenko, Hornqvist, Cogliano, Kase, Pietrangelo, Dunn, Hutton
O’Reilly, Duchene, Tarasenko, Hornqvist, Cogliano, Kase, Hedman, Ristolainen, Miller
Crosby, O’Reilly, Tarasenko, Hornqvist, Hagelin/Rodrigues, Nylander, Pietrangelo, Seabrook, Miller
Malkin, O’Reilly, Tarasenko, Hornqvist, Kase, Kunitz, Pietrangelo, Parayko, Hutton
Point, Schmaltz, Tarasenko, Hornqvist, Radulov, Kase, Hedman, Dunn,
Seguin, Schenn/Point, Tarasenko, Hornqvist, Cogliano, Kase, Pietrangelo, Girardi, Vasilevskiy
Malkin, Seguin, Benn, Hornqvist, Steen, Cogliano/Kase, Girardi, Wolanin, McKenna
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