Today’s post is for FanDuel’s Main Slate, which features nine games. The Islanders, Rangers, Hurricanes, Maple Leafs, Blues and Golden Knights are all skating in the second half of back-to-back games. I will be unable to update the post throughout the day, so make sure to use the resources listed below for goalie confirmations, line combinations and other updates.
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Summary of Last Night’s Results
Last night’s main lineups cashed despite some tough performances from some of the elite options on the board. For example, Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin combined for just five shots on goal in a weak effort by the Capitals in a 4-1 loss to Carolina. T.J. Oshie managed an assist, but it was a weak night overall for Washington. Jeff Carter managed four shots and two blocks for 9.6 fantasy points but was unable to beat John Gibson and the Ducks. Nathan MacKinnon and the Avalanche picked up a much-needed two points in a 5-0 win against the Blackhawks. MacKinnon tallied a power-play assist, four shots and a block for 16.5 fantasy points at a 55-percent ownership rate, while Semyon Varlamov, who had a 70-percent ownership rate, stopped 30 shots before leaving the game with an injury. Because of this, he was not rewarded with fantasy credit for a shutout, so he earned just 36 fantasy points in the effort. Mitch Marner once again had an excellent game, extending his point streak to 11 games with a goal and an assist and 28.5 fantasy points last night in Brooklyn, while Jonathan Marchessault scored two goals and earned 30.4 fantasy points. Valentin Zykov got back on the scoresheet with an assist and 11.2 fantasy points, and Philip Di Giuseppe managed an assist and 12.8 fantasy points in the Capitals’ loss. For the Rangers, Jesper Fast picked up an assist and 9.6 fantasy points, while Vegas’ Alex Tuch recorded an assist and one block for 9.6 fantasy points. Erik Johnson was a late scratch; he was in one of my two main lines, so I was able to switch to Colton Parayko, though there were other options available. Parayko managed four shots and two blocks for 9.6 fantasy points. Erik Gustafsson recorded two shots and two blocks for 6.4 fantasy points.
NOTE: I’ve gotten multiple requests to list the lines I end up playing, so here’s what I played on FanDuel last night:
()Main: MacKinnon, Carter, Ovechkin, Marner, Zykov, Di Giuseppe, Parayko, Gustafsson, Varlamov – $300 remaining, final score: 133.8 (cashed)
(2)Main: MacKinnon, Matthews, Marner, Marchessault, Tuch, Fast, Rielly, Gustafsson, Varlamov – $0 remaining, final score: 175.1 (cashed)
(3)MacKinnon, Backstrom, Rantanen, Toffoli, Saad, Zykov, Barrie, Gustafsson, Varlamov – $100 remaining, final score: 148.9 (cashed)
(4)MacKinnon, Matthews, Marner, Miller, Oshie, Zykov, Gustafsson, Pelech, Varlamov – $200 remaining, final score: 177.5 (cashed)
- NY Islanders @ New Jersey – 7:00pm EST
- NY Rangers @ Carolina – 7:00pm EST
- Winnipeg @ Toronto – 7:00pm EST
- Montreal @ Pittsburgh – 7:00pm EST
- Minnesota @ Dallas – 8:00pm EST
- Buffalo @ Nashville – 8:00pm EST
- St. Louis @ Arizona – 9:00pm EST
- Edmonton @ Calgary – 10:00pm EST
- San Jose @ Vegas – 10:30pm EST
Confirmed goalies as of this posting include Montreal’s Antti Niemi and Buffalo’s Chad Johnson.
FanDuel DFS NHL 3/31/18
Connor McDavid ($9,300)
Connor McDavid extended his point streak with a goal and 18.4 fantasy points Thursday against Vancouver. Though he was held off the scoresheet in a 1-0 loss in Calgary Mar. 13, he still managed five shots on goal in that contest and has been on fire in more recent games. Specifically, McDavid has goals in five straight games and points in six straight, collecting seven goals and 14 points in his last six contests, earning 18.4, 35.3, 36.5, 32, 48 and 9.6 fantasy points, respectively. He is averaging 19.2 fantasy points per game this season.
Sidney Crosby ($9,000)/Evgeni Malkin ($8,900)
Sidney Crosby has goals in five straight games, scoring five goals and eight points in that stretch. He recorded a goal and two assists in two recent games against Montreal, tallying an assist and five shots for 16.5 fantasy points when these teams met in Montreal Mar. 15; Antti Niemi, who is slated to start tonight, played in that game. Crosby has earned 18.4, 18.4, 26.4, 28, 26.4, 8, 16.5, 4.8, 19.7, 16.8 and 30.9 fantasy points in his last 11 games, respectively; he skates on the Penguins’ first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 15.9 fantasy points per game. Evgeni Malkin has cooled off in recent games but has been productive against Montreal, scoring two goals and four points in two contests against the Habs, including a goal and an assist and 22.1 fantasy points in the Mar. 15 game against Niemi. Malkin skates on Pittsburgh’s second line and first power-play unit and is averaging 18 fantasy points per game.
Tyler Seguin ($8,200)
Tyler Seguin tallied an assist and recorded eight shots on goal the other night in Minnesota, and he will look to bring that same level of effort to tonight’s rematch in Dallas. Seguin and the Stars are falling further and further out of playoff contention; with just four games remaining in their season, tonight’s matchup is a must-win. Whether or not Dallas will come up with the two points is hard to say, but you can be sure that Seguin and the top line will give it everything they have as they fight to preserve their season. Seguin has earned 22.4, 21.3, 6.4, 22.8 and 23.7 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively. He is averaging 17.3 fantasy points per game.
Mika Zibanejad ($7,100)
Mika Zibanejad has been highlighted in these posts for quite some time. He got back on the scoresheet last night against Tampa Bay and is in a good spot tonight against Carolina, especially since the Rangers have dominated the Hurricanes this season. Zibanejad skates on the Rangers’ first line and second power-play unit and has five points in two games against Carolina this season.
Also consider: Auston Matthews ($7,800), Jack Eichel ($7,600)
Kyle Turris ($5,500)
Kyle Turris has points in three straight games, putting up two goals and two assists in that span for 18.4, 8 and 26.9 fantasy points, respectively. Turris skates on Nashville’s second line and second power-play unit.
Also consider: Nazem Kadri ($6,100), Derek Stepan ($5,900), Paul Stastny ($5,300), Tyler Bozak ($4,800)
Jacob De La Rose ($3,700)
Jacob De La Rose skates on Montreal’s second line with Alex Galchenyuk and Artturi Lehkonen. He has points in three out of his last four games, including a goal against the Penguins when these teams met in Pittsburgh Mar. 21.
Also consider: Derek Ryan ($3,800), Evan Rodrigues ($3,700), Kyle Brodziak ($3,400), Riley Sheahan ($3,400)
Taylor Hall ($8,300)/Kyle Palmieri ($6,300)
Taylor Hall has points in six straight games, scoring three goals and 10 points in that stretch, earning 23.7, 34.6, 11.2, 41.3, 18.4 and 10.1 fantasy points, respectively. He skates on New Jersey’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 18.5 fantasy points per game this season. Hall has two goals and five points in three games against the Islanders this season. Also consider Kyle Palmieri ($6,300), who has goals in three straight games, earning 16.8, 42.6 and 20 fantasy points, respectively. Palmieri skates on New Jersey’s second line and first power-play unit.
Also consider: Jamie Benn ($7,700), Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,700), Filip Forsberg ($7,600), Blake Wheeler ($7,200), Viktor Arvidsson ($7,000)
Mitch Marner ($6,800)
Mitch Marner had yet another strong game last night, scoring a goal and an assist and registering five shots on goal for 28.5 fantasy points. He now has points in 11 straight games, collecting five goals and 16 points in that time. Marner skates on Toronto’s second line and first power-play unit.
Brendan Gallagher ($6,700)
Brendan Gallagher has goals in three straight games and points in four straight, recording four goals and five points as well as 16 shots and three blocks in that stretch. He skates on Montreal’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 13 fantasy points per game. Gallagher has two assists in two games against Pittsburgh this season. He has earned 35.2, 17.3, 18.4, 16, 6.4, 8, 13.3, 22.1, 15.2 and 9.6 fantasy points in his last 10 games, respectively, and he has earned at least eight fantasy points in 22 out of his last 25 games.
Zach Parise ($6,500)
Zach Parise scored two goals against Dallas the other night, finishing the game with 32 fantasy points. He has points in five straight games, scoring four goals and six points and adding 12 shots and six blocks in that time. Parise skates on Minnesota’s first line and second power-play unit. He has earned 32, 9.6, 12.8, 21.6, 16.8, 3.2, 24.8, 14.4, 8, 18.4, 15.7, 24.8, 12.8, 18.4 and 12.8 fantasy points in his last 15 games, respectively.
Patric Hornqvist ($6,400)
Patric Hornqvist was moved to the Penguins’ third line ahead of Thursday’s game against the Devils but had no trouble adapting to the new role, scoring a goal and an assist and earning 26.4 fantasy points in the effort. Hornqvist has three goals and four points in two games against the Canadiens, scoring three points and registering 10 shots and a block when these teams met in Montreal Mar. 15, which is the game in which Pittsburgh faced Antti Niemi, who is scheduled to start tonight’s tilt. Hornqvist remains on the team’s top power-play unit and should be a popular cash play once again tonight.
Also consider: Evander Kane ($6,900), Mikael Granlund ($6,700), Clayton Keller ($6,500), Jason Zucker ($6,100), Alex Galchenyuk ($5,700), Craig Smith ($5,500), Patrick Marleau ($5,500), Kyle Connor ($5,000), Patrik Berglund ($4,600)
Casey Mittelstadt ($3,100)
Casey Mittelstadt tallied an assist, one shot and one block in his NHL debut Thursday against Detroit, earning 11.2 fantasy points. He remains a solid value play at just $3,100, especially on a night with so many great elite plays on the slate. Mittelstadt skates on a line with Evan Rodrigues and Sam Reinhart, and he centered the team’s second power-play unit on Thursday. He should have decent ownership tonight despite his difficult matchup against the Predators.
Also consider: Kevin Fiala ($4,300), Paul Byron ($4,300), Anthony Beauvillier ($3,900), Jesper Fast ($3,900)–3 pts in 3GP against CAR
Brent Burns ($7,300)
Brent Burns has had great success against Vegas this season, scoring two goals and five points in three contests against the NHL’s newest franchise. Burns has points in five out of his last six games, picking up one goal and eight points in that stretch. He scored a goal and recorded 10 shots and three blocks for 32.8 fantasy points when these teams met in San Jose Mar. 22. After going three games without a shot, Burns has registered 25 in his last five contests. He skates on the Sharks’ first power-play unit.
Also consider: Roman Josi ($6,200), Dustin Byfuglien ($6,000)
Matt Dumba ($4,800)
Matt Dumba is coming off a monster performance in which he scored a goal and four assists and earned 45 fantasy points in Thursday’s game against the Stars. He and the Wild will be in Dallas tonight in the second half of a home-and-home, which makes him a very interesting option on tonight’s slate. Dumba skates on Minnesota’s first power-play unit.
Also consider: Alex Pietrangelo ($5,800), Ryan Ellis ($5,700), Morgan Rielly ($5,200), Jake Gardiner ($4,900), Colton Parayko ($4,600)
Kevin Connauton ($3,700)
Kevin Connauton has goals in back-to-back games and points in three straight, scoring three goals and four points for 15.2, 32 and 8 fantasy points, respectively. Connauton does not see time on Arizona’s power play but has provided excellent value in recent games.
Brian Dumoulin ($3,600)
Brian Dumoulin has points in three out of his last four games, recording one goal and three assists as well as four shots and six blocks in that span. He recorded three shots and two blocks for eight fantasy points Mar. 21 against Montreal, and he tallied an assist, one shot and three blocks for 14.4 fantasy points in Montreal Mar. 15.
Adam Pelech ($3,500)
Adam Pelech tallied two assists and a block for 17.6 fantasy points in last night’s 5-4 loss to Toronto. He now has points in back-to-back games, recording three assists, three shots and five blocks in his last two games. Pelech skates on the Islanders’ second power-play unit.
Joe Morrow ($3,500)
Joe Morrow has points in three straight games, recording a goal and two assists as well as eight shots and six blocks in that stretch. He does not see time on the power play but has been productive in recent games, more than exceeding value with 16, 16.8 and 17.6 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively.
Also consider: Will Butcher ($4,000), Brenden Dillon ($3,900), Darnell Nurse ($3,900), Alex Goligoski ($3,700), Jakob Chychrun ($3,600)
Pekka Rinne ($9,000)
Pekka Rinne has a favorable matchup at home against the Buffalo Sabres, who have lost five out of their last six games. One of those losses was a 4-0 loss to the Predators in which Rinne made 35 saves and earned 48 fantasy points. Rinne has won 12 out of his last 14 games, and he has 41 wins on the season. He is averaging 24.3 fantasy points per game and is 24-5-2 on home ice this season.
Devan Dubnyk ($8,400)
Devan Dubnyk is coming off a 29-save performance against the Stars in which he gave up two goals and earned 27.2 fantasy points in a 5-2 win. The two teams will finish up the home-and-home matchup tonight in Dallas. Dubnyk is 3-0-2 in his last five starts and has seen some inconsistency. Despite the fact that this is a must-win for Dallas and the fact that Dubnyk has been much better on home ice this season, the Wild are favored in tonight’s matchup, and Kari Lehtonen continues to be leaky in net for the Stars, which favors Minnesota.
Also consider: Connor Hellebuyck ($8,400)/Curtis McElhinney ($7,800), Henrik Lundqvist ($8,100)–2-0 against Carolina this season
Antti Raanta ($7,700)
Antti Raanta is a risky play considering the Blues are desperate for wins. That being said, Raanta continues to impress, and he has won four games in a row, earning 25.6, 23.2, 31.2 and 37.6 fantasy points, respectively. He even managed 16 fantasy points in a loss to Minnesota, and he has gone 6-1-0 in his last seven starts. Arizona will get St. Louis in the second half of a back-to-back; Raanta is 1-0-1 in two games against the Blues this season.
Also consider: Cam Talbot ($7,700)
NOTE: I will be unable to update today’s post throughout the day, but here’s some examples of lines I made last night that demonstrate how you can accommodate certain combinations of players. However, there are many great plays that are not in this one lineup, so be sure to check out players highlighted and recommended in today’s post.
McDavid, De La Rose, Hall, 2 of Marner/Gallagher/Hornqvist/Parise, Mittelstadt, Dumba, Pelech/Connauton/Morrow, Rinne
McDavid, De La Rose/Ryan/Sheahan or Turris, Hall, 2 of Marner/Gallagher/Hornqvist/Parise/Keller, Mittelstadt, Josi/Byfuglien/Ellis or Butcher, Goligoski/Connauton/Chychrun/Morrow, Rinne or Raanta
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