UPDATE: Jack Eichel is OUT for at least 4-6 weeks. Austin Czarnik will NOT play today, Noel Acciari will return to BOS lineup.
Today’s post covers the Main Slate for FanDuel DFS NHL contests, which features all five of tonight’s games. The Bruins, Devils, Avalanche, Sabres, Sharks and Flyers are all skating in the second half of back-to-back sets.
Though the post covers the main slate, my top plays on the Early Only slate are Tyler Seguin ($8,200), Mathieu Perreault ($4,400) and Greg Pateryn ($4,300). I also like John Carlson ($6,000), Alexander Radulov ($6,700) and Ben Bishop ($8,800). If you’re looking for low-owned value options, consider Riley Sheahan ($3,800), Ian Cole ($3,600) and Dan Hamhuis ($3,600).
Summary of Last Night’s Results
Last night’s lineup just barely cashed. It was a tough night for most of the lineup, with Pekka Rinne being the only true highlight. He made 47 saves and took a 3-2 win in a shootout against the Canadiens, earning 41.6 fantasy points. His ownership rate of just five percent is likely why the lineup even had a chance at cashing. Unfortunately, both high-end wingers had extremely disappointing nights, and Patrice Bergeron and the Bruins’ top line had an underwhelming evening, to say the least. While Bergeron at least found the scoresheet, he came away with just 11.2 fantasy points; he had a 63 percent ownership rate, though. Taylor Hall’s 12-game point streak came to a crashing halt as the Devils were crushed by the Blue Jackets by a final score of 6-1. This also meant Pavel Zacha was held off the board. Hall managed three shots and two blocks for eight fantasy points, but that fell far short of his recent production. Also, Mike Hoffman’s hot streak came to an end as the Maple Leafs handed the Senators a 6-3 loss. Hoffman had scored in both recent matchups against Toronto but was unable to do the same last night. Fortunately, both Yanni Gourde and Alex Killorn earned points. Gourde assisted on a goal and added a shot for 9.6 fantasy points, while Killorn found the back of the net and took home 16.8 fantasy points. P.K. Subban had a less-than-ideal performance as well, managing just eight fantasy points against his former team. Fortunately, the much more popular Brent Burns came away with just 4.8, so the Subban choice didn’t end up burning the lineup in the end. Lastly, though the Coyotes scored three goals against the Flyers, Kevin Connauton failed to play a role in any of them. In the end, it really came down to Rinne’s stellar night and several small contributions from throughout the lineup. A lot of people were burned by the Bruins’ loss, however, which also played a role in the lineup’s ability to squeeze out the win.
- Boston @ New Jersey – 7:00pm EST
- Calgary @ NY Islanders – 7:00pm EST
- Colorado @ Buffalo – 7:00pm EST
- San Jose @ Anaheim – 8:00pm EST
- Philadelphia @ Vegas- 8:00pm EST
- BOS: Anton Khudobin (confirmed) vs. NJD: Eddie Lack (confirmed)
- CGY: Mike Smith (confirmed) vs. NYI: Jaroslav Halak (confirmed)
- COL: Jonathan Bernier (confirmed) vs. BUF: Robin Lehner (confirmed)
- SJS: Martin Jones (LIKELY) vs. ANA: John Gibson (LIKELY)
- PHI: Michal Neuvirth (confirmed) vs. VGK: Marc-Andre Fleury (confirmed)
FanDuel DFS NHL 2/11/18
Patrice Bergeron ($7,900)
Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins are coming off a rare loss as the team took a 4-2 defeat at the hands of former Bruin Chad Johnson and the Buffalo Sabres. However, the B’s have a chance to get right back into action with a game against the New Jersey Devils, who are coming off an ugly loss of their own. Bergeron tallied an assist on a late third-period goal but had a pretty light night, especially compared to his overall performance this season. However, he had a 63 percent ownership rate despite just earning 11.2 fantasy points. The Devils are in the midst of some pretty extreme goaltending issues, which Boston will look to exploit tonight as both teams play in the second half of back-to-back games. Bergeron skates on Boston’s first line and first power-play unit and scored a power-play goal on three shots the last time these teams met.
Sean Monahan ($7,800)
Sean Monahan found the scoresheet but saw a four-game goal-scoring streak come to an end the other night against the Rangers. However, he and the Flames have a very favorable matchup against a weak Islanders defense, and he should be a popular play for that reason. Monahan has points in five straight games, scoring five goals and seven points in that stretch. He has earned 10.1, 30.4, 23.2, 24.8 and 18.4 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively, and is averaging 14.3 fantasy points per game this season. Monahan skates on Calgary’s first line and first power-play unit.
Joe Pavelski ($7,000)
Joe Pavelski is coming off a four-point performance against Edmonton in which he registered six shots and two blocks for 52.8 fantasy points. He now has two goals in back-to-back games, recording 11 shots and four blocks in that time. While he got off to a slow start to the season, Pavelski is certainly heating up. John Gibson and the Ducks will present a tough matchup, but Pavelski has six points in his last two games, which makes him a solid play.
Mathew Barzal ($6,300)
Mathew Barzal is coming off yet another five-point performance. Believe it or not, the rookie has put up five points in a game three times this season, which is pretty impressive. While John Tavares is a much more dependable option on a nightly basis, Barzal could be a popular option given the 44.7 fantasy points he produced Friday night. He skates on the Islanders’ second line and first power-play unit and is averaging 13.8 fantasy points per game this season.
Ryan O’Reilly ($6,000)
With Jack Eichel likely sitting out of tonight’s game after suffering an ankle injury last night, Ryan O’Reilly should get more ice time in tonight’s contest against his former team, the Colorado Avalanche. O’Reilly has points in four out of his last six games, scoring three goals and four points in that time. He tallied two assists when these teams met earlier this season.
Brock Nelson ($4,400)
Brock Nelson is coming off a hat-trick performance and has points in four straight games, recording four goals and seven points in that stretch. He has earned 42.9, 11.2, 19.2 and 16.8 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively. Nelson skates on the Islanders’ third line and second power-play unit.
Also Consider: John Tavares ($8,500), Ryan Getzlaf ($7,300), Erik Haula ($6,300), Pierre-Edouard Bellemare ($3,300)
Brad Marchand ($8,300)
Brad Marchand tallied an assist in last night’s loss against the Sabres, which preserves his point streak and stretches it to six games. He has points in 10 out of his last 11 games, collecting six goals and 20 points in that time. He is averaging 17.8 fantasy points per game this season and skates on Boston’s first line and first power-play unit. Marchand scored a goal and an assist and earned 26.9 fantasy points when these teams met Jan. 23.
Johnny Gaudreau ($8,100)
Johnny Gaudreau has points in five straight games, scoring three goals and eight points in that time. He skates on Calgary’s first line and first power-play unit and has a very favorable matchup tonight against the Islanders. He is averaging 15.9 fantasy points per game this season.
Josh Bailey ($7,000)
Josh Bailey extended his point streak to four games with a goal and an assist in the Islanders’ wild come-from-behind victory over the Detroit Red Wings Friday night. He has 60 points in 52 games this season for an average of 14.1 fantasy points per game. Bailey skates on the Islanders’ first line and first power-play unit.
Other top options: Taylor Hall ($8,300), David Pastrnak ($7,400)
Rickard Rakell ($6,900)/Corey Perry ($5,500)
The Ducks’ top line of Ryan Getzlaf, Rickard Rakell and Corey Perry has been excellent of late. Rakell has points in five out of his last six games, scoring four goals and nine points in that stretch, and he is averaging 14.2 fantasy points per game. Perry, on the other hand, has recently started to heat up after a slow start to the year. However, he has goals in three out of his last four games and has netted three goals and seven points in his last four games, earning 18.4, 16.8, 42.1 and 20.5 fantasy points, respectively. He was held to four shots when these teams met Jan. 21, though Rakell scored a goal and an assist in the game, as did Getzlaf. That being said, Perry is hot at the moment, which should make him a pretty popular play in tonight’s contests.
Other top options: Reilly Smith ($6,100), Sam Reinhart ($4,800)
Also Consider: Jonathan Marchessault ($7,500), James Neal ($7,400), Jake Voracek ($7,200), Matthew Tkachuk ($6,500), Micheal Ferland ($5,600), Evan Rodrigues ($3,700), Michael Raffl ($3,500)
Brent Burns ($7,500)
Brent Burns had a very disappointing performance last evening, recording just two shots and a block for 4.8 fantasy points, his lowest point total in more than two months. However, he’s always going to be a popular cash play and is always worth considering because of his high ceiling. After all, he’s averaging 17.1 fantasy points per game this season. That being said, he was held to one assist and one shot for 10.1 fantasy points the last time these teams met.
Dougie Hamilton ($5,600)
Dougie Hamilton has earned 18.1, 14.4, 18.4, 1.6, 21.3, 14.4 and 12.8 fantasy points in his last seven games, respectively, so he offers a decent floor with upside. He skates on the Flames’ top power-play unit and has a favorable matchup against the Islanders’ weak defense and goaltending. He has points in three straight games and in six out of his last seven, scoring one goal and seven points in that span.
Nick Leddy ($5,500)
Nick Leddy has points in four straight games, collecting three goals and an assist as well as 10 shots and eight blocks in that stretch. He skates on the Islanders’ first power-play unit and has earned 25.3, 11.7, 15.2 and 22.1 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($4,700)
Marc-Edouard Vlasic had a surprisingly disappointing fantasy performance last night, recording just two shots for 3.2 fantasy points. However, he remains a solid option on the blue line with his consistent floor. He has earned 3.2, 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 15 games, respectively. Plus, he score a goal and an assist and add three shots and eight blocks for 38.1 fantasy points when the Sharks last played the Ducks (Jan. 21). Vlasic skates on San Jose’s second power-play unit.
Nate Schmidt ($4,200)
Nate Schmidt has points in four straight games, collecting one goal and four points as well as seven shots and seven blocks in that span. He has earned 10.1, 16, 14.4 and 18.9 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively.
Also Consider: Shayne Gostisbehere ($6,500), Torey Krug ($5,500), Rasmus Ristolainen ($4,600), Hampus Lindholm ($4,400), Zdeno Chara ($4,100), Joakim Ryan ($3,500)
Anton Khudobin ($8,500)
Anton Khudobin should be the most popular goalie on tonight’s slate given the Bruins’ track record and the fact that the team will look to bounce back from a very rare loss. The Devils are having serious problems with goaltending and are coming off a 6-1 loss to the Blue Jackets. While New Jersey will be eager to bounce back as well, Khudobin should have an ownership rate of at least 40 percent and is therefore a solid option in cash contests. He won his last start, making 21 stops on 22 shots and earning 24.8 fantasy points, and he is averaging 20 fantasy points per game this season. Boston is heavily favored in tonight’s matchup.
Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,400)
Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights will return home, where they are 19-3-2 this season. Fleury is coming off a bounce-back performance in which he earned 28 fantasy points, and the Flyers likely will be without starting netminder Brian Elliott after he was forced to leave last night’s game during the shootout. While Michal Neuvirth’s status has not been confirmed at the time of this posting, Elliott could barely get to his feet when he left the ice, so it’s extremely unlikely he will be starting tonight. While this will be the first matchup between the Flyers and Golden Knights, it is certainly not Fleury’s first tango with Philadelphia. He and Vegas are favored tonight and should come away with the win.
Also Consider: John Gibson ($8,600), David Rittich ($8,000)–if he starts
FanDuel DFS NHL 2/11/18 Lineup
NOTE: Lineup will be updated closer to puck drop.
- C: Patrice Bergeron ($7,900)
- C: Brock Nelson ($4,400)
- W: Matthew Tkachuk ($6,500)
- W: Reilly Smith ($6,100)
- W: Corey Perry ($5,500)
- W: Josh Bailey ($7,000)/Rickard Rakell ($6,900)
- D: Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($4,700)/Dougie Hamilton ($5,600)/Ivan Provorov ($5,300)
- D: Hampus Lindholm ($4,400)/Joakim Ryan ($3,500)/Travis Hamonic ($3,700)
- G: Anton Khudobin ($8,500)
OR Bergeron/Nelson/Tkachuk/Smith/Perry/Ferland/Hamilton/Vlasic/Khudobin or Reinhart/Hamilton/Krug/Khudobin
OR Bergeron/Nelson/Tkachuk/Smith/Perry/Spooner/Gostisbehere/Vlasic/Khudobin or Burns/Schmidt/Khudobin
Most popular cash stacks: BOS 1, CGY 1
As requested, here’s my original lineup from the first time I looked at the slate:
- C: Jack Eichel ($8,100)–unlikely to play tonight
- C: Brock Nelson ($4,400)
- W: Brad Marchand ($8,300)
- W: Matthew Tkachuk ($6,500)
- W: Corey Perry ($5,500)
- W: Sam Reinhart ($4,800)
- D: Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($4,700)
- D: Nate Schmidt ($4,200)
- G: Anton Khudobin ($8,500)
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