An overview of top plays in FanDuel DFS NHL contests for tonight’s eight-game slate. 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 highlighted in the post are listed based on salary, not ranking.
FYI: Mark Stone (OTT) has been ruled out for tonight’s contest.
UPDATE: Jussi Jokinen (VAN) is not expected to play tonight; Tyler Motte is expected to play. Mark Scheifele (WPG) will NOT play tonight. Phillip Danault (MTL) will not play. David Desharnais (NYR) is a GTD.
Denis Malgin will skate on FLA’s second line, NOT Frank Vatrano.
Alex Tuch will skate on VGK’s top line tonight against PHI
Summary of Last Night’s Results
There were no official lineups in yesterday’s post, though many players that were discussed in the post had strong games, including Evgeni Malkin, Patric Hornqvist, Johnny Gaudreau, Mark Giordano, Derek Stepan, Clayton Keller, Jamie Oleksiak, Alexander Radulov, Travis Hamonic, etc. Some players that were discussed that did not perform well include Matthew Tkachuk, Jake Guentzel, Carl Hagelin, Justin Schultz, Brendan Perlini, etc.
- Winnipeg @ Washington – 7:00pm EST
- Vegas @ Philadelphia – 7:00pm EST
- Carolina @ NY Rangers – 7:00pm EST
- Montreal @ Columbus – 7:00pm EST
- Ottawa @ Florida – 7:30pm EST
- St. Louis @ Anaheim – 10:00pm EST
- Detroit @ San Jose – 10:30pm EST
- Vancouver @ Los Angeles – 10:30pm EST
- WPG: Connor Hellebuyck (confirmed) vs. WSH: Philipp Grubauer (confirmed)
- VGK: Marc-Andre Fleury (confirmed) vs. PHI: Petr Mrazek (confirmed)
- CAR: Scott Darling (confirmed) vs. NYR: Alexandar Georgiev (confirmed)
- MTL: Charlie Lindgren (confirmed) vs. CBJ: Sergei Bobrovsky (confirmed)
- OTT: Craig Anderson (confirmed) vs. FLA: Roberto Luongo (confirmed)
- STL: Jake Allen (confirmed) vs. ANA: John Gibson (confirmed)
- DET: Jimmy Howard (confirmed) vs. SJS: Martin Jones (confirmed)
- VAN: Anders Nilsson (confirmed) vs. LAK:
FanDuel DFS NHL 3/12/18
Aleksander Barkov ($7,700)/Vincent Trocheck ($7,100)
Aleksander Barkov is coming off a very flat performance in which he managed just one shot on goal despite having a 70-plus percent ownership rate in cash contests. Everyone had enormous confidence in him because of the matchup and because he had been on quite a roll, earning at least a point in eight straight games and in 12 out of his last 13 games, grabbing a total of seven goals and 21 points in that time. Despite the off night, he could still see high ownership tonight given his recent production and the potential for a big game against the Ottawa Senators. Barkov skates on Florida’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 16.7 fantasy points per game. Vincent Trocheck ($7,100) is another fine choice on tonight’s slate and could split some of Barkov’s ownership considering he’s coming off an impressive performance in which he tallied two assists and three shots for 21.3 fantasy points. Trocheck has points in three straight games, recording two goals and five points as well as 11 shots in that span. He skates on the Panthers’ second line and first power-play unit and is averaging 16.1 fantasy points per game.
Ryan Getzlaf ($7,600)
Ryan Getzlaf is having a remarkable season. He now has 50 points in 44 games, including two goals and 10 points on his current five-game point streak. Ten points in five games is pretty solid production, especially considering it has come against teams like Dallas, Nashville and Washington. Getzlaf and his teammates are in a playoff push, and he’s making a difference on the ice each and every night, which makes him a solid option on tonight’s slate. Getzlaf is averaging 15.7 fantasy points per game and has earned 23.2, 22.4, 19.7, 26.1, 47.7, 4.8, 28.9 and 19.2 fantasy points in his last eight games, respectively. He skates on the Ducks’ first line and first power-play unit.
Anze Kopitar ($7,400)
Anze Kopitar has been one of the most consistent fantasy performers all season, and he continues to be a reliable option. He has points in three straight games and in six out of his last seven, and he even managed two assists, six shots and two blocks for 29.3 fantasy points the other day when the Blues crushed the Kings by a final score of 7-2. Kopitar skates on the team’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 15.7 fantasy points per game, scoring 74 points in 68 games this season. He has two goals and an assist as well as 11 shots in three games against the Canucks this season.
Also consider: Joe Pavelski ($7,300), Evgeny Kuznetsov ($7,000)
Jeff Carter ($6,500)
Jeff Carter’s return to the lineup has given the Kings more depth than they’ve had all year, which is significant as the team is battling for a playoff spot with just weeks of the regular season remaining. Carter skates on Los Angeles’ second line and first power-play unit and has six points in seven games since returning to the lineup. He has points in back-to-back games and in five out of his last six, recording four goals, six points, 23 shots and one block in that span. He has earned 10.1, 24.8, 3.2, 18.8, 22.1, 26.9 and 6.4 fantasy points in his last seven games, respectively.
Paul Stastny ($5,900)
Paul Stastny has thrived since coming to Winnipeg in a trade-deadline deal. He has points in four straight games and in five out of six games as a member of the Jets, scoring a total of two goals and seven points in that stretch. Stastny skates on the team’s second line and first power-play unit and has earned 11.7, 11.2, 9.6, 25.3, 1.6 and 28.5 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively.
Kevin Hayes ($5,800)
Kevin Hayes is more affordable on DraftKings but has quietly put up good numbers over his last 15 games. He skates on the Rangers’ second line and second power-play unit and has points in each of his last two games, in five out of his last seven games, in eight out of his last 11 games and in 11 out of his last 15 games, earning 20, 24.8, 11.2, 4.8, 13.6, 28.8, 14.4, 0, 14.1, 16.8, 11.2, 9.6, 25.8, 14.4 and 31.7 fantasy points, respectively.
Also consider: Nicklas Backstrom ($6,700), Mika Zibanejad ($6,500), Pierre-Luc DuBois ($6,000), Alexander Wennberg ($5,000)*, Nolan Patrick ($4,900)**, Jean-Gabriel Pageau ($4,800), Charles Hudon ($4,500)
*Has assists in three straight games (11.6, 9.6, 11.2 FP in last 3GP)
**Has assists in three straight games and points in four out of last five (12.8, 8.5, 9.6, 1.6, 26.9 FP in last 5GP)
Consider: Valtteri Filppula ($3,700), Ivan Barbashev ($3,400), Pierre-Edouard Bellemare ($3,300)*
*Earned eight fantasy points when these teams met in VGK, openly admitted he is very determined to beat his former team
Patrik Laine ($8,100)
Patrik Laine did not score a goal when these teams met in Winnipeg Feb. 13. That being said, he is in the midst of a five-game goal streak and an 11-game point streak in which he has produced 15 goals and 21 points. He is now tied with Alex Ovechkin for the league lead in goals with 40, and the two snipers will go head to head in tonight’s matchup. Laine skates on Winnipeg’s second line and first power-play unit and is averaging 15.4 fantasy points per game. However, he has earned 18.9, 13.6, 44, 40.5, 30.4, 22.4, 30.4, 15.2, 25.8, 22.1 and 24.2 fantasy points in his last 11 games, respectively.
Claude Giroux ($7,500)
Claude Giroux has points in six games in a row and in 10 out of his last 11 contests, collecting five goals and 15 points in that stretch. He skates on the Flyers’ first line and first power-play unit and scored a goal and an assist for 21.6 fantasy points when these teams met in Vegas Feb. 11. He will face a stingy Marc-Andre Fleury but has been productive of late and generally gets more than 20 minutes of ice time in all situations, giving him plenty of opportunities to find the scoresheet. Giroux is averaging 15.2 fantasy points per game with 81 points in 69 games this season.
Artemi Panarin ($7,400)
Artemi Panarin has points in four straight games and in 10 out of his last 11 games, scoring six goals and 14 points in that time. He skates on Columbus’ first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 13.2 fantasy points per game, though he has averaged 17.83 fantasy points per game over the course of his last 11 games. Panarin has one assist in two games against Montreal this season.
Rickard Rakell ($7,100)
Rickard Rakell is another elite winger who has been on quite a hot streak, picking up points in six straight games and scoring eight goals and 11 points in that span. He skates on Anaheim’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 14.8 fantasy points per game.
Also consider: Alex Ovechkin ($8,600)*, Jake Voracek ($7,300)**, Blake Wheeler ($7,200)
*Sitting at 598 career goals
**Points in three straight games and in four out of last five games (14.4, 20.5, 18.4, 3.2, 26.9 FP in last 5GP)
Evgenii Dadonov ($6,300)
Evgenii Dadonov is coming off a very disappointing performance in which he earned zero fantasy points. This came after a stretch of five consecutive multi-point efforts in which he netted three goals and 10 points. He and the rest of his linemates will look to bounce back tonight in a favorable matchup against the Ottawa Senators. Dadonov skates on Florida’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 13.4 fantasy points per game this season.
Cam Atkinson ($6,200)
Cam Atkinson skates with Artemi Panarin and Pierre-Luc DuBois on Columbus’ first line, and he skates on the team’s top power-play unit as well. He has points in three out of his last four games and in six out of his last eight, earning 17.6, 3.2, 12.8, 8, 8, 18.4, 39 and 18.9 fantasy points in his last eight games, respectively.
Ryan Spooner ($5,300)
Ryan Spooner has points in back-to-back games and in five out of his last seven games, scoring a total of two goals and 12 points in seven games with the Rangers. He has done very well since coming over from Boston in a trade, averaging 19 fantasy points per game since the deal. He skates on the Rangers’ second line and second power-play unit.
Also consider: Brendan Gallagher ($6,800), Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,600), Jaden Schwartz ($6,500), Nikolaj Ehlers ($6,500), Evander Kane ($6,500), Corey Perry ($6,000), Mats Zuccarello ($5,600), Jakob Silfverberg ($5,400), Nick Bjugstad ($5,300), Thomas Vanek ($5,000)
Frank Vatrano ($3,100)
Frank Vatrano made his Panthers debut the other night against the Rangers and scored a goal on five shots, picking up 20 fantasy points in the team’s 4-3 win. He skates on the team’s second line with Vincent Trocheck and Jonathan Huberdeau and is a solid value play once again tonight, especially since the Panthers have a favorable matchup against the visiting Senators. Vatrano was fairly popular the other night and should be even more so tonight, but he’s definitely worth serious consideration at this price tag.
Also consider: Sam Gagner ($4,400), Tanner Pearson ($4,400), Boone Jenner ($4,300), Joonas Donskoi ($4,300), Mathieu Perreault ($4,200), Alex Iafallo ($4,000), Andrew Cogliano ($3,800), Joel Armia ($3,700)*
*Skated on WPG PP1 over the weekend
Consider: Erik Karlsson ($7,200), Brent Burns ($7,000)*, Dustin Byfuglien ($6,200)
*Registered nine shots and a block for 16 FP when these teams met in Detroit Jan. 31
Seth Jones ($6,000)
Seth Jones has put together back-to-back dominant games, scoring a combined three goals and five points and registering 11 shots and three blocks, good for 33.6 and 41.3 fantasy points, respectively. While he can’t maintain that level of production, he has maintained a steady floor for most of this season. Jones skates on Columbus’ first power-play unit and is averaging 13.9 fantasy points per game. Though his price tag has gone up a little bit from earlier in the year, it’s still pretty reasonable considering his ceiling. There are safer plays for less money, but Jones often provides a solid floor with massive potential upside, making him an intriguing play every time the Blue Jackets are on the schedule. He had very high ownership the other night against Detroit and could be a popular play in cash contests once again tonight.
Keith Yandle ($5,200)
Keith Yandle has points in five straight games, recording eight assists, eight shots and four blocks for 11.7, 29.2, 24.5, 8.5 and 12.8 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively. He skates on Florida’s first power-play unit and has one point in one game against the Senators this season.
Also consider: John Carlson ($5,800), Drew Doughty ($5,700), Alex Pietrangelo ($5,600), Alec Martinez ($4,500), Colton Parayko ($4,500)
Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($4,300)
Marc-Edouard Vlasic remains a relatively safe value option on the back end. He hasn’t registered a point in three games and has just one point in his last eight games, though he has continued to provide value through peripheral stat coverage. There are other defensemen who can produce decent floors for less money, though Vlasic has shown an ability to find the scoresheet at times this season, and the Sharks will be eager to bounce back after getting shut out by the Capitals over the weekend. Vlasic skates on the team’s second power-play unit and has earned 11.2, 4.8, 14.4, 16.8, 1.6, 8, 9.6, 6.4, 14.4, 19.2, 12.8, 14.4 and 14.4 fantasy points in his last 13 games, respectively. He recorded five shots and three blocks for 12.8 fantasy points when these teams met in Detroit Jan. 31.
Mike Matheson ($4,300)
Mike Matheson has seen a similar decrease in point production but has earned 11.2, 6.4, 19.2, 9.6 and 18.4 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively. He plays on Florida’s second power-play unit. There are plenty of value defensemen to consider for tonight’s slate, however, many of which are listed below.
Also consider: Jeff Petry ($4,400), Neal Pionk ($3,900), Cody Ceci ($3,900), Deryk Engelland ($3,800), Brett Pesce ($3,800), Thomas Chabot ($3,700), Mike Reilly ($3,600), Dylan DeMelo ($3,600), Joe Morrow ($3,600), David Savard ($3,500), Ian Cole ($3,500)
John Gibson ($8,600)
John Gibson is coming off a tough loss to the Predators in which he gave up four goals on 28 shots, earning just 3.2 fantasy points. However, Gibson has played extremely well over the last few weeks, so it’s possible that loss was simply an outlier or just a Ducks team running into a red-hot Predators team that could not be stopped. He will have a very difficult challenge slowing down a St. Louis team that scored seven goals against the Kings over the weekend, but he has played very well, and Anaheim is favored for the win. Gibson had won six games in a row before the loss to Nashville, earning 48.8, 29.6, 31.2, 22.4, 32.8 and 37.6 fantasy points, respectively. He is averaging 20.5 fantasy points per game and is 2-0 against the Blues this season.
Roberto Luongo ($8,500)
Roberto Luongo and the Florida Panthers had a close call the other night against the Rangers but are heavy favorites for the win once again tonight as they host the struggling Ottawa Senators, who will be without one of their best forwards in Mark Stone. Luongo was popular the other night and should be the cash chalk goalie of the slate once again. He has gone 7-0-1 in his last eight appearances and has earned 27.2, 52, 2.4, 39.2, 27.2, 33.6, 17.6, 30.4, 20 and 24 fantasy points in his last 10 games, respectively.
Martin Jones ($8,500)
Martin Jones is 3-2-0 in his last five starts but played fairly well in four of them. He was awful against Columbus when he gave up three goals on 13 shots before getting pulled but has otherwise played very well in recent games, including in the Sharks’ 2-0 loss to the Capitals over the weekend. Jones stopped 24 of 25 shots but got zero goal support from his teammates, who were unable to beat Philipp Grubuaer. Jones took a loss against the Red Wings when these teams met in Detroit Jan. 31, though he stopped 43 of 44 shots in the effort, finishing the night with 30.4 fantasy points despite the loss. He is averaging 17.6 fantasy points per game and is favored in tonight’s matchup against the Wings.
Also consider: Sergei Bobrovsky ($8,700), Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,700), Antti Niemi ($7,900)
FanDuel DFS NHL 3/12/18 Lineup
- C: Aleksander Barkov ($7,700) or Ryan Getzlaf ($7,600)/Pierre-Edouard Bellemare ($3,300)
- C: Anze Kopitar ($7,400)
- W: Artemi Panarin ($7,400)/Cam Atkinson ($6,200) or Patrik Laine ($8,100)
- W: Rickard Rakell ($7,100) or Evgenii Dadonov ($6,300)
- W: Mathieu Perreault ($4,200) or Boone Jenner ($4,300), Joonas Donskoi ($4,300), Justin Abdelkader ($4,300), Trevor Lewis ($3,200) OR Thomas Vanek ($5,000)/1 of those wingers or Ryan Spooner ($5,300) or Thomas Vanek ($5,000)
- W: Frank Vatrano ($3,100)/Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,600) or Rickard Rakell ($7,100)
- D: Seth Jones ($6,000)
- D: Mike Reilly ($3,600) or Carl Gunnarsson ($3,500), David Savard ($3,500)/Keith Yandle ($5,200) or Drew Doughty ($5,700)
- G: Roberto Luongo ($8,500) or Martin Jones ($8,500)
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