An overview of tonight’s top plays for FanDuel DFS NHL cash contests. There are nine games on tonight’s slate with a lot of strong options in play; the Kings, Blue Jackets, Hurricanes and Oilers are playing in the second half of back-to-back sets.
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Summary of Last Night’s Results
Last night’s original lineup did not cash, though if you checked the lineup shortly before puck drop then the switch at wing should have helped you cash relatively easily. It was still a pretty tough night overall as several top players underperformed and fell well short of even reasonable expectations. Despite his 38 percent ownership rate, Connor Hellebuyck had a rough game, giving up four goals on 26 shots. Also, Evgeni Malkin’s goal streak came to an end; he managed just one assist and one shot for 9.6 fantasy points, which made his $9,100 price tag a killer. Connor McDavid tallied just one assist for 12.8 fantasy points, which meant that $18,200 in centers came out to just 22.4 fantasy points. However, multiple value players came up big. Alex Iafallo, who had a seven percent ownership rate, tallied an assist and added two shots and two blocks for 14.4 fantasy points. But even more significantly, Greg Pateryn (at just $3,900), who had just a three percent ownership rate, came up huge with an assist, six shots and seven blocks for 28.8 fantasy points. Stephen Johns disappointed with just 3.2 fantasy points, but it was worth stacking both Stars d-men as Pateryn absolutely killed it. The late change to Anthony Mantha, however, was key, as he scored two goals for 30.9 fantasy points. Though he had a 34 percent ownership rate, his contribution was significant. Both Rickard Rakell and Corey Perry had ownership rates over 40 percent, but it was Perry who found the scoresheet. He scored a goal and earned 18.4 fantasy points, while Rakell was held to just four shots (though he had several outstanding scoring chances in the first period that would not go).
- Nashville @ Montreal – 7:00pm EST
- Los Angeles @ Tampa Bay – 7:00pm EST
- Ottawa @ Toronto – 7:00pm EST
- New Jersey @ Columbus – 7:00pm EST
- Buffalo @ Boston – 7:00pm EST
- Chicago @ Minnesota – 8:00pm EST
- Philadelphia @ Arizona – 8:00pm EST
- Colorado @ Carolina – 8:00pm EST
- Edmonton @ San Jose – 10:00pm EST
- NSH: Pekka Rinne (confirmed) vs. MTL: Carey Price (confirmed)
- LAK: Darcy Kuemper (LIKELY) vs. TBL: Andrei Vasilevskiy (confirmed)
- OTT: Craig Anderson (confirmed) vs. TOR: Frederik Andersen (confirmed)
- NJD: Keith Kinkaid (confirmed) vs. CBJ: Sergei Bobrovsky (confirmed)
- BUF: Chad Johnson (confirmed) vs. BOS: Tuukka Rask (confirmed)
- CHI: Jeff Glass (confirmed) vs. MIN: Devan Dubnyk (confirmed)
- PHI: Brian Elliott (confirmed) vs. ARI: Antti Raanta (confirmed)
- COL: Semyon Varlamov (confirmed) vs. CAR: Cam Ward (confirmed)
- EDM: Al Montoya (confirmed) vs. SJS: Aaron Dell (confirmed)
FanDuel DFS NHL 2/10/18
Patrice Bergeron ($7,900)
Patrice Bergeron has goals in three out of his last four games and points in eight out of his last 10, scoring eight goals and 13 points in that stretch. He skates on Boston’s first line and first power-play unit and has a favorable matchup at home against the Buffalo Sabres. He is averaging 17.3 fantasy points per game this season and should be a popular play and popular stack with linemates Brad Marchand ($8,300) and David Pastrnak ($7,400).
Other top options: Connor McDavid ($9,100), Auston Matthews ($8,000), Anze Kopitar ($7,200)
Matt Duchene ($6,100)
Matt Duchene tallied an assist and added four shots and a block for 16 fantasy points Thursday night, giving him points in back-to-back games and in four out of his last five games. While he was held without a point when these teams met Jan. 20, he has been on a roll of late, picking up six points in six games since the All-Star break.
Other top options: Derek Stepan ($5,600)
Pavel Zacha ($4,000)
Pavel Zacha has points in back-to-back games and in three out of his last four games, recording a goal and five points in that time. He has earned 17.3, 22.9, 3.2 and 21.3 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively. Zacha skates on New Jersey’s second line and first power-play unit.
Other top options: Nolan Patrick ($4,300), Riley Nash ($4,200), Sean Kuraly ($3,100)
Also Consider: Jack Eichel ($8,100), , Eric Staal ($7,000), Joe Pavelski ($7,000), Nazem Kadri ($5,600), Adrian Kempe ($4,700)
Taylor Hall ($8,300)
Taylor Hall has points in 12 straight games, collecting eight goals and 18 points in that span. He skates on New Jersey’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 17.7 fantasy points per game. He has two points in two games against the Blue Jackets this season.
Brad Marchand ($8,300)
Brad Marchand returned to the lineup after his five-game suspension and picked up right where he left off, tallying a short-handed assist and adding two shots and a block for 14.8 fantasy points the other night. He now has points in five straight games and in nine out of his last 10 games, recording six goals and 19 points in that stretch. He skates on Boston’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 18 fantasy points per game this season.
Other top options: David Pastrnak ($7,400), Filip Forsberg ($7,400), Jake Voracek ($7,200)
Mike Hoffman ($6,700)
Mike Hoffman scored the game-winning goal in overtime Thursday night to give the Senators a 4-3 win over the visiting Nashville Predators. Hoffman now has goals in three straight games and points in five straight, scoring three goals and seven points in that time. He scored a goal and earned 16.8 fantasy points when these teams met Jan. 20.
Yanni Gourde ($5,200)
Yanni Gourde was moved to Tampa Bay’s top line to skate with Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson, but it’s clear that he is finding the scoresheet whethere he’s on the third line or first line. He scored a power-play goal and an assist and came away with 22.1 fantasy points and will look to do some more damage tonight against the Kings. Gourde now has goals in three straight games, points in four straight and goals in six out of his last eight games. He has recorded six goals and 10 points in his last eight games, averaging 17.38 fantasy points per game in that stretch. He skates on the Lightning’s second power-play unit.
Other top options: Sebastian Aho ($6,800), Jason Zucker ($6,600), Travis Konecny ($5,300), Craig Smith ($5,200), Sam Reinhart ($4,800)
Alex Killorn ($3,900)
Alex Killorn could be a popular value option in today’s contests, and for good reason. He has points in back-to-back games and in three out of his last four games, scoring three goals and seven points in that time. He skates on Tampa Bay’s second line and first power-play unit, offering exposure to four out of five top-six forwards as well as Victor Hedman, all for the affordable price of just $3,900.
Austin Czarnik ($3,000)
Austin Czarnik has assists in three straight games. While he hasn’t provided peripheral stat coverage to boost his fantasy point totals, his production in a fourth-line role has been impressive, and he is worth a shot at the bare-minimum price of $3,000.
Other top options: Alex Iafallo ($3,900), Evan Rodrigues ($3,700), Tyler Ennis ($3,600)
Also Consider: Claude Giroux ($7,500), Leon Draisaitl ($7,400), Brendan Gallagher ($6,400), Tyler Johnson ($6,100), Cam Atkinson ($5,900), Zach Hyman ($5,400), Danton Heinen ($5,000), Tim Schaller ($3,800), Nick Cousins ($3,200)
Brent Burns ($7,500)
Brent Burns returned to form the other night with a three-point performance against the Golden Knights, picking up 34.6 fantasy points. He has earned 34.6, 9.6, 28, 12.8, 16, 17.3, 24, 18.1, 10.1 and 32.5 fantasy points in his last 10 games, respectively, recording two goals, 10 assists, 41 shots and 19 blocks in that stretch. He skates on San Jose’s first power-play unit, is averaging 17.1 fantasy points per game this season and tallied two assists and 21.3 fantasy points when these teams met Dec. 18.
P.K. Subban ($6,400)
P.K. Subban has been excellent of late, finding the scoresheet in four out of his last five games, in seven out of his last nine games and in 10 out of his last 13 games. He is coming off a two-goal performance against the Senators and should be fired up to play in his old building as the Predators visit the Montreal Canadiens. Subban is averaging 13.4 fantasy points per game this season but has averaged 17.6 fantasy points per game over his last 10 games. He skates on Nashville’s first power-play unit and tallied an assist against the Habs earlier this season.
Other top options: Shayne Gostisbehere ($6,500), Drew Doughty ($5,800), Seth Jones ($5,700)
Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($4,700)
Marc-Edouard Vlasic continues to be a reliable fantasy defenseman with a consistent floor. He has earned 9.6, 12.8, 8, 20, 12.8, 6.4, 24.8, 14.4, 38.1, 9.6, 23.2, 9.6, 8 and 18.4 fantasy points in his last 14 games, respectively. He skates on San Jose’s second power-play unit.
Jake Gardiner ($4,700)
Jake Gardiner is coming off a disappointing performance in which he registered just one shot and one block for 3.2 fantasy points. However, he has 13 assists in his last 10 games and has put together three three-point games in that stretch. He skates on Toronto’s first power-play unit and tallied three assists, two shots and five blocks for 35.7 fantasy points when these teams met Jan. 20.
Other top options: Jake Muzzin ($4,900)
Kevin Connauton ($3,600)
Kevin Connauton has goals in back-to-back games and in three out of his last four games, scoring three goals and four points and adding 11 shots and a block in that span. He is coming off a huge performance in which he scored a goal and an assist and registered seven shots on goal for 31.2 fantasy points. While it’s unlikely he’ll replicate that effort moving forward, he has the hot hand, is extremely affordable and could be very much an under-the-radar value play in tonight’s contests.
Also Consider: Victor Hedman ($6,800), Jared Spurgeon ($5,700), Oscar Klefbom ($5,100), Jeff Petry ($4,500), Zdeno Chara ($4,100), Cody Ceci ($4,000)
Tuukka Rask ($9,500)
Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins are in the midst of such a dominant stretch, it’s hard to believe this goalie and this team struggled at the start of the season. However, Rask is as solid as any goalie in the league right now, and the Bruins are by far the hottest team in the NHL with an 18-1-3 record in the team’s last 22 contests. Rask has won eight games in a row, earning 24.8, 26.4, 33.6, 20.8, 33.6, 27.2, 24.8 and 21.6 fantasy points, respectively, and he is 14-0-1 in his last 15 games. While his production hasn’t always lived up to his price tag, it’s safe to bet on the B’s in cash contests, making Rask a solid play.
Other top options: Andrei Vasilevskiy ($9,300), Pekka Rinne ($8,800)
Brian Elliott ($8,000)
Brian Elliott is not as safe a play as you may think. First of all, the Coyotes defeated the Flyers earlier this season. Second of all, the team pulled off an upset Thursday night and managed three goals against one of the hottest goalies in the league Tuesday in Winnipeg. This team continues to be underestimated. That being said, that’s not a bad thing, especially in cash contests. Elliott has played well for the Flyers, and Arizona is still getting targeted as if it’s the same team from the beginning of the year. That means that Elliott could be a popular play today, and he does have a decent chance of coming away with a win. However, if you can afford one of the elite options, that may be a better way to go.
Other top options: Aaron Dell ($8,300), Frederik Andersen ($8,200)
Craig Anderson ($7,600)
Craig Anderson and the Ottawa Senators should get a boost from having both Mark Stone and Derick Brassard back in the lineup for tonight’s game. Anderson has won three starts in a row, giving up three goals in each game. That being said, he has earned at least 20 fantasy points in five straight appearances despite going 3-2 in that stretch. However, he did give up four goals to the Maple Leafs when these teams met Jan. 20, so that’s cause for concern. That’s why Anderson may be better suited in GPP formats, though his floor has been consistent since the loss to Toronto.
Also Consider: Devan Dubnyk ($8,500), Cam Ward ($7,500)
FanDuel DFS NHL 2/10/18 Lineup
NOTE: Lineup will be updated closer to puck drop.
- C: Patrice Bergeron ($7,900)
- C: Pavel Zacha ($4,000)/Nolan Patrick ($4,300)/Riley Nash ($4,200)
- W: Taylor Hall ($8,300)
- W: Mike Hoffman ($6,700)/David Pastrnak ($7,400)
- W: Yanni Gourde ($5,200)
- W: Alex Killorn ($3,900) or Alex Iafallo ($3,900)/Austin Czarnik ($3,000)
- D: P.K. Subban ($6,400)/Brent Burns ($7,500)/Shayne Gostisbehere ($6,500)/Seth Jones ($5,700)
- D: Kevin Connauton ($3,600)/Thomas Chabot ($3,500)
- G: Pekka Rinne ($8,800)/Aaron Dell ($8,300)
NOTE: BOS 1 (Bergeron, Marchand, Pastrnak) should be very popular and therefore safe.
As requested, here’s my original lineup from the first time I looked at the slate:
- C: Patrice Bergeron ($7,900)
- C: Pavel Zacha ($4,000)
- W: Taylor Hall ($8,300)
- W: Yanni Gourde ($5,200)
- W: Travis Konecny ($5,300)
- W: Sam Reinhart ($4,800)
- D: P.K. Subban ($6,400)
- D: Kevin Connauton ($3,600)
- G: Pekka Rinne ($8,800)
Photo Credits: Gourde (Dirk Shadd-Tampa Bay Times); Hall (Getty Images)