Today’s post examines top plays in FanDuel DFS NHL contests for tonight’s four-game Main Slate. Minnesota is the only team skating in the second half of a back-to-back after defeating Vancouver last night by a final score of 5-2. The 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.
UPDATE: Oscar Klefbom will NOT play tonight for the Oilers. Roman Josi WILL return to the lineup tonight for NSH. Calle Jarnkrok missed NSH’s morning skate.
Summary of Last Night’s Results
Last night’s lineup cashed. Eric Staal scored a goal and added five shots and two blocks for 23.2 fantasy points. While Pierre-Luc DuBois did not have a strong night, earning just 1.6 fantasy points, Artemi Panarin tallied an assist, five shots and a block for 17.6 fantasy points. Defenseman Seth Jones had another huge game, scoring two goals and recording four shots and two blocks for 33.6 fantasy points; his ownership was through the roof, but his big night was well worth it. It wasn’t a great game for Sergei Bobrovsky, but he came out on top with a win and 21.6 fantasy points. Though the Ducks fell short against the Stars, Rickard Rakell tallied an assist and 14.4 fantasy points while Andrew Cogliano recorded two shots and two blocks for 6.4 fantasy points. Brendan Leipsic didn’t find the scoresheet but chipped in 4.8 fantasy points with two shots and a block; he was on the ice when Vancouver pulled its goalie at the end of the game, which is a good sign for his usage moving forward. Dougie Hamilton recorded two shots and two blocks for 6.4 fantasy points. Tyler Seguin picked up two power-play assists and added six shots and one block for 28.2 fantasy points while Mark Giordano registered two shots and four blocks for 9.6. Thomas Vanek tallied an assist for eight fantasy points. I ended up playing a hybrid of the two lineups, going with Seguin, Staal, Rakell, Vanek, Cogliano, Leipsic, Jones, Giordano and Bobrovsky, though I would have had Panarin in there had there not been an error on FanDuel’s end. Therefore, unfortunately I do not have a screenshot of Panarin’s performance even though he was one of the two featured players in yesterday’s post.
- Pittsburgh @ Toronto – 7:00pm EST
- NY Rangers @ Florida – 7:00pm EST
- New Jersey @ Nashville – 8:00pm EST
- Minnesota @ Edmonton – 10:00pm EST
- PIT: Tristan Jarry (confirmed) vs. TOR: Frederik Andersen (confirmed)
- NYR: Henrik Lundqvist (confirmed) vs. FLA: Roberto Luongo (confirmed)
- NJD: Keith Kinkaid (confirmed) vs. NSH: Juuse Saros (LIKELY)
- MIN: Devan Dubnyk (confirmed) vs. EDM: Cam Talbot (LIKELY)
FanDuel DFS NHL 3/10/18
Evgeni Malkin ($9,200)
Evgeni Malkin continues to put points up game after game. He has points in four straight games and in 10 out of his last 11, collecting eight goals and 21 points in that stretch. He skates on Pittsburgh’s second line and first power-play unit and is averaging 18.8 fantasy points per game this season. Malkin scored a goal and two assists for 32.8 fantasy points when these teams met in Pittsburgh Feb. 17.
Connor McDavid ($9,100)
Connor McDavid continues to lead his team through a difficult season, but he has been excellent from a fantasy perspective. He has points in six consecutive games, putting up four goals and 10 points in that time while registering 30 shots on goal. He has 16 shots in his last two games. McDavid has earned 28, 19.2, 23.2, 25.3, 20 and 35.2 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively. He skates on Edmonton’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 18.2 fantasy points per game.
Aleksander Barkov ($7,700)/Vincent Trocheck ($7,100)
Aleksander Barkov continues to tear it up along with linemates Evgenii Dadonov and Nick Bjugstad. He skates on the first line and first power-play unit for the Panthers, picking up points in eight straight games and in 12 out of his last 13. He has recorded five goals and 14 points along with 27 shots in his last eight games, earning 22.4, 24.5, 25.3, 16.8, 35.2, 20.5, 30.4 and 12.8 fantasy points, respectively. Barkov has two points in two games against the Rangers this season. Also consider Vincent Trocheck ($7,100), the Panthers’ second-line center who also plays on the team’s first power-play unit. He has goals in back-to-back games, earning 27.3 and 20.5 fantasy points in his last two games, respectively.
Eric Staal ($7,500)
Eric Staal scored his 37th goal of the season last night in Vancouver, finishing the game with 23.2 fantasy points. He now has goals in three straight games and in seven out of his last nine. Staal has recorded 11 goals and 16 points in his last 10 games, adding 38 shots and six blocks in that stretch. He has recorded five shots and two blocks in each of his last two games. Staal is averaging 15.9 fantasy points per game this season and has earned 23.2, 35.7, 17.3, 4.8, 3.2, 59.4, 16.8, 53.3, 16.8, 14.4, 8, 15.7, 16.8, 8, 16.8 and 28.5 fantasy points in his last 16 games, respectively. Needless to say, he has been consistent over the last six weeks. He skates on Minnesota’s first line and second power-play unit.
Kyle Turris ($5,100)
Kyle Turris has points in three straight games and in five out of his last six games, recording two goals and five points in that time. He skates on Nashville’s second line and second power-play unit. He won’t generate much in the way of fantasy points but is an affordable center and sees top-six minutes on a red-hot Nashville team that has won 10 games in a row.
Mike Fisher ($3,000)
Mike Fisher is a decent value option, especially if you’re looking to accommodate some large salaries throughout the rest of your lineup. He is coming off a game in which he recorded two shots and four blocks for 9.6 fantasy points. In three games this season, Fisher has earned 9.6, 1.6 and 16.8 fantasy points, respectively.
Also consider: Kevin Hayes ($5,800), Mikko Koivu ($5,700), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($5,400), Matt Cullen ($3,600)
Taylor Hall ($8,200)
Well, it finally happened. Taylor Hall played a game in 2018 without registering a point. He came pretty close but did not extend his point streak to 27 games. That being said, though he has a very difficult matchup, he has a chance to start a new point streak. Truthfully, his price tag might not warrant the risk given some other options on tonight’s slate, but he’s worthy of consideration given his recent production. Hall skates on New Jersey’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 18.3 fantasy points per game this season. He was not in the lineup when these teams met in January.
Viktor Arvidsson ($6,700)
Viktor Arvidsson has points in five out of his last six games and in eight out of his last 10, picking up seven goals and 14 points in that time. He skates on Nashville’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 14.2 fantasy points per game. Arvidsson has registered 44 shots and four blocks in his last 10 games, earning 24.8, 9.6, 16, 22.4, 35.2, 17.6, 3.2, 31.7, 18.4 and 38.4 fantasy points, respectively. He scored a goal and an assist and earned 23.6 fantasy points when these teams met in New Jersey Jan. 25.
Evgenii Dadonov ($6,300)/Nick Bjugstad ($5,300)
The Panthers’ first line has been red-hot in recent games, with both wingers contributing heavily to the scoresheet. Evgenii Dadonov has points in five straight games, all of which were multi-point performances, in seven out of his last eight games and in 11 out of his last 13 games, recording 10 goals and 20 points in that time. He skates on the team’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 13.7 fantasy points per game this season. On his current five-game point streak, he has recorded three goals and 10 points as well as 15 shots and two blocks, earning 25.3, 22.4, 28.8, 22.4 and 20.8 fantasy points, respectively. Nick Bjugstad skates on the top line and second power-play unit and has goals in back-to-back games, points in five straight games and points in seven out of his last eight games. He has four goals, 11 shots and one block in his last two games, earning 18.4 and 48.8 fantasy points, respectively, and he has eight points, 19 shots and two blocks throughout his current five-game point streak.
Kyle Palmieri ($6,200)
Kyle Palmieri has points in back-to-back games and in three out of his last four games, tallying one goal and four points as well as 17 shots and five blocks in that span. With Travis Zajac not making the trip to Nashville, it’s unclear how the Devils’ lines will shape up in tonight’s matchup against the Predators, but Palmieri has put together some solid performances in recent games. In fact, he has earned 26.4, 18.6, 8, 19.7, 0, 21.6, 36.8 and 19.7 fantasy points in his last eight games, respectively. He skates on the Devils’ first power-play unit but did not have a productive game against the Preds in January.
Craig Smith ($5,500)
Craig Smith continues to be a popular cash play and is coming off a strong game in which he scored a goal on five shots for 20 fantasy points. He often generates a substantial shot volume, making him a reliable fantasy option at a decent price. He also offers exposure to everyone in Nashville’s top six as he plays on the second line at even strength and on the first power-play unit on the man advantage. Smith has points in nine out of his last 11 games, producing five goals, five assists, 31 shots and five blocks in that span.
Carl Hagelin ($4,000)
Carl Hagelin has points in back-to-back games and is a decent value option, especially as a stack with Penguins center Evgeni Malkin. The two skate on the team’s second line at even strength, and Hagelin’s play has improved significantly since being put on that line with the Russian center. Hagelin scored a goal and an assist and registered five shots on goal for 28 fantasy points when these teams met in Pittsburgh Feb. 17.
Ryan Hartman ($3,800)
Ryan Hartman has done well in his brief time as a Nashville Predator, recording four points in six games with the club. In the Predators’ most recent game, Hartman skated on the second line with Kyle Turris and Craig Smith. He has spent time on the first and fourth lines as well, so it appears as though head coach Peter Laviolette is keen on using Hartman in various situations. This is a good thing for a $3,800 option, especially considering Nashville has won 10 games in a row. Hartman has earned 9.6, 15.2, 1.6, 3.2, 8 and 18.4 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively.
Colton Sissons ($3,200)
Colton Sissons has points in three straight games, making him a decent value punt, especially on a night with some expensive options. Sissons is a bottom-six forward for the Predators but has recorded an assist in each of his last three games, earning 13.2, 12.8 and 9.6 fantasy points, respectively, which is solid value considering the price tag. Sissons skates on the Predators’ second power-play unit.
Frank Vatrano ($3,100)
Frank Vatrano has been medically cleared to play and is slated to make his Panthers debut on the team’s second line with Vincent Trocheck and Jonathan Huberdeau, making him an intriguing punt play. Since it’s his debut with the Panthers, it’s difficult to predict how Vatrano will play with new linemates and new teammates, but if you need an extra $100, he’s someone to consider if you can’t afford or don’t want to go with Colton Sissons at $3,200. However, make sure he is playing before locking him in your lineup.
Also consider: Phil Kessel ($8,200)*, Filip Forsberg ($7,500), Jason Zucker ($6,800), Mitch Marner ($6,400)**, Zach Parise ($6,100), Patrick Marleau ($5,900), Ryan Spooner ($5,300), Conor Sheary ($4,600)
*On a roll with points in four straight and in six out of his last seven, but surprisingly hasn’t played too well against his former team, recording two points in eight games against the Maple Leafs in his three years as a Penguin
**Has three assists in two games against PIT, has 14 points in last eight home games, should be popular play
Ryan Ellis ($5,500)
Ryan Ellis has points in three out of his last four games and has been a steady contributor of shots and blocks in recent games, registering 17 shots and nine blocks to go along with his two goals and six points over the last four games. He skates on Nashville’s second power-play unit and has really stepped up, especially in the absence of Roman Josi. Ellis is averaging 14.1 fantasy points per game this season and has earned 19.6, 12.8, 38.1, 29.6, 4.8, 6.4, 14.4, 20.8, 20.8, 25.8, 9.6, 16 and 13.2 fantasy points in his last 13 games, respectively.
Oscar Klefbom ($5,300)
Oscar Klefbom has points in back-to-back games and has earned 17.6, 24.8, 14.4 and 8 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively. He skates on Edmonton’s first power-play unit and has recorded 14 shots and nine blocks in his last three games.
Keith Yandle ($5,200)
Keith Yandle is coming off a three-point performance in which he earned 29.2 fantasy points. That gives him points in four consecutive games as he’s managed seven assists, eight shots and two blocks in that time. He has earned 29.2, 24.5, 8.5 and 12.8 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively, and skates on Florida’s first power-play unit. Yandle has played well against his former team, scoring a goal and two assists in two contests against the Rangers this season.
Sami Vatanen ($5,000)
Sami Vatanen has earned 8, 25, 22.1, 19.7, 13.3, 8, 9.6, 18.1, 4.8, 22.9 and 18 fantasy points in his last 11 games, respectively. He skates on the Devils’ first power-play unit and has points in eight out of his last 11 games, scoring one goal and 11 points in that stretch. Vatanen did not have a strong game when Nashville came to Newark in late January, though he has been solid over the past few weeks.
Adam Larsson ($3,600)
Adam Larsson is coming off a strong performance in which he recorded two shots and six blocks for 12.8 fantasy points. After missing several weeks of action, Larsson has played very well and provided solid value in eight games since returning to the lineup, earning 12.8, 6.4, 4.8, 14.4, 8, 8, 14.4 and 14.4 fantasy points, respectively. He’s not going to score multiple points but is a reliable value defenseman with a reasonable price tag.
Also consider: Kris Letang ($6,200), Aaron Ekblad ($5,500), Matt Dumba ($4,700), Justin Schultz ($4,600), Morgan Rielly ($4,600), Mike Matheson ($4,400), Darnell Nurse ($4,000), Kris Russell ($3,900), Jamie Oleksiak ($3,500)
Pekka Rinne ($9,100)
Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators are playing the best hockey in the NHL right now. Rinne has won eight games in a row, earning 28.8, 40.8, 17.6, 31.2, 19.2, 41.6, 34.4 and 32.8 fantasy points, respectively. He has 37 wins on the season and is averaging 24.3 fantasy points per game. Rinne recorded a 27-save shutout when these teams met in New Jersey Jan. 25, earning 41.6 fantasy points in the effort. He is 22-4-2 on home ice this season.
Roberto Luongo ($8,500)
Roberto Luongo is coming off an impressive 40-save shutout that resulted in 52 fantasy points the other night. Tonight the Panthers take on the New York Rangers, who are in somewhat of a free fall. New York has been able to put pucks in the net, but Florida is heavily favored on home ice, especially considering how much Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist has struggled in recent games. Luongo did give up five goals when these teams met earlier this season, but he is 6-0-1 in his last seven games and has earned 52, 2.4, 39.2, 27.2, 33.6, 17.6, 30.4, 20 and 24 fantasy points in his last nine games, respectively.
Also consider: Tristan Jarry ($8,600)
FanDuel DFS NHL 3/10/18 Lineup
NOTE: Lineups will be updated closer to lock. Once they are finalized, a duplicate will be posted in the comments section below.
- C: Evgeni Malkin ($9,200) or Connor McDavid ($9,100)
- C: Mike Fisher ($3,000)/Aleksander Barkov ($7,700) – can consider Eric Staal ($7,500) but Barkov will be chalk
- W: Viktor Arvidsson ($6,700)
- W: Evgenii Dadonov ($6,300)
- W: Nick Bjugstad ($5,300)/Carl Hagelin ($4,000)
- W: Zach Parise ($6,100)/Ryan Hartman ($3,800) or Leo Komarov ($3,500) or Colton Sissons ($3,200) or Frank Vatrano ($3,100)
- D: Keith Yandle ($5,200)/Ryan Ellis ($5,500) or Roman Josi ($6,300) or Ryan Suter ($5,600)
- D: Matt Dumba ($4,700) or Justin Schultz ($4,600) or Morgan Rielly ($4,600)/Adam Larsson ($3,600) or Darnell Nurse ($4,000)
- G: Roberto Luongo ($8,500)
Barkov/Staal/Dadonov/Arvidsson/Marner or Hornqvist/Hagelin or Hartman/Dumba/Larsson/Saros
Malkin/McDavid/Dadonov/Marner/Bjugstad/Vatrano/Larsson/Oleksiak or Bear/Luongo or Larsson/Nurse/Saros
Photo credit: Joe Skipper-Associated Press