An overview of the three games on tonight’s FanDuel DFS NHL Main Slate. Pittsburgh and Arizona are both playing in the second half of back-to-back sets. NOTE: There likely will NOT be a finalized lineup for tonight’s slate, though there are a few unofficial preliminary options listed below.
Summary of Last Night’s Results
Last night’s main lineup cashed with Connor McDavid coming through with a clutch three-point night, and the alternate lineup cashed regardless of which center combination you ended up using; additionally, two of the three extra recommended lineups cashed as well. In general, it was a very tough night for Florida’s top line as the trio combined for just 6.4 fantasy points, with Evgenii Dadonov putting up a goose egg. Fortunately, there were enough pieces throughout the lineups to compensate for that lack of production, especially given their sky-high ownership rates. For example, Frank Vatrano had a strong night in his Panthers debut. He was highlighted in yesterday’s post as someone to keep an eye on, and he ended up being the best value play of the night, scoring a goal and adding five shots for 20 fantasy points for just $3,100. Keith Yandle found the scoresheet as well, tallying a power-play assist and two blocks for 11.7 fantasy points, and Roberto Luongo earned 27.2 fantasy points with a 4-3 win over the Rangers. At wing, Zach Parise’s point streak ended but he managed five shots for eight fantasy points, while Viktor Arvidsson picked up just 4.8. Carl Hagelin also recorded five shots for eight fantasy points, and defenseman Matt Dumba registered two shots and three blocks for eight fantasy points as well. At center, Evgeni Malkin managed an assist and two shots for 11.2 fantasy points, while Eric Staal grabbed four shots and a block for 8. Mike Fisher did not earn any fantasy points. However, his bare-minimum price tag left salary for guys like McDavid, who scored two goals and an assist and added three shots for 37.3 fantasy points. On the back end, Adam Larsson had another great game but, once again, had shockingly low ownership rates in several 50/50 contests. For some reason, Larsson continues to be overlooked in DFS play, but he had a great game with an assist, a shot and six blocks for 19.2 fantasy points. Additionally, Ryan Ellis had a strong night as well, recording an assist, three shots and three blocks for 17.6 fantasy points. If you went with Morgan Rielly instead of Dumba, he had a huge night in Toronto’s 5-2 win over the Penguins, recording three assists and 36.2 fantasy points. Other players in the final recommended lineups and additional suggested lineups: Vincent Trocheck (21.3 FP), Ryan Hartman (1.6 FP), Leo Komarov (9.6 FP), Roman Josi (17.6 FP), Colton Sissons (1.6 FP), Mitch Marner (25.6 FP), Patric Hornqvist (20 FP).
- NY Islanders @ Calgary – 7:00pm EST
- Dallas @ Pittsburgh – 7:30pm EST
- Vancouver @ Arizona – 9:00pm EST
- NYI: vs. CGY: Mike Smith (confirmed)
- DAL: Kari Lehtonen (confirmed) vs. PIT:
- VAN: Jacob Markstrom (confirmed) vs. ARI: Darcy Kuemper (confirmed)
FanDuel DFS NHL 3/11/18 – Matchup Overviews
NY Islanders @ Calgary
The Islanders are 0-4-4 in their last eight games and are desperate to get back in the win column as they visit a Calgary team that is fighting for a playoff berth in the Western Conference. It appears as though Andrew Ladd has been moved up to the second line to play with Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle, so Anthony Beauvillier (at least for now) is no longer a top-six forward for the Isles. The Flames won the first meeting between these clubs (Feb. 11), so make sure to check players’ recent game logs for those stats. Having Mike Smith back for Calgary could be a huge boost to the team. Despite the fact that the Islanders have gotten surprisingly strong goaltending from their carousel of netminders, the team has not won in eight games, which gives Calgary the edge.
For the Islanders, the forwards have all been tough to peg, with the five main forwards in the top six contributing on a seemingly random basis. This makes most of them somewhat risky moves. Unless someone’s numbers jump out at you, you may want to look elsewhere on tonight’s slate. Many recent Islanders games have been projected to be high-scoring but have ended up being 2-1 matchups, so it’s tough to say. One player that has been particularly clutch is defenseman Thomas Hickey, who continues to go overlooked. Hickey scored the team’s only goal the other night against the Oilers, and he has earned 20, 11.2, 9.6, 8, 12.8, 1.6, 12.8, 17.6, 8 and 18.4 fantasy points in his last 10 games, respectively. Many will consider defenseman Ryan Pulock as well; he skates on the second power-play unit.
Calgary’s first-line forwards continue to be popular, led by winger Johnny Gaudreau, who has points in three straight games. One cheaper option is Micheal Ferland, who has points in back-to-back games since returning to the lineup. Second-line winger Matthew Tkachuk scored two goals against the Isles in their previous meeting but has gone pointless in three straight. The best plays in Calgary of late have been their defensemen. Mark Giordano and Dougie Hamilton are both excellent choices and will be popular once again tonight. Giordano has been more consistent, earning 9.5, 25.3, 26.4, 8, 8, 12.8, 15.2, 19.2 and 16 fantasy points in his last nine games, respectively. Both skate on the team’s top power-play unit. Also consider Travis Hamonic, who will go up against his former team once again. He tallied an assist and 11.2 fantasy points against the Islanders when these teams met Feb. 11.
Dallas @ Pittsburgh
This game has the potential for a lot of scoring but could be a tightly-checked contest, depending on a few factors, one of which is goaltending. Penguins netminder Casey DeSmith surrendered three goals in each of his three recent starts, though he stopped all nine shots he faced last night in Toronto in relief of Tristan Jarry. On the other end of the ice, Kari Lehtonen is listed as the expected starter. Lehtonen has been strong in recent games, giving up just one goal in each of his last two starts.
Dallas’ offense is much better on home ice, but it’s likely that Stars center Tyler Seguin will be popular on tonight’s slate. He is coming off a strong two-point game in which he earned 28.2 fantasy points, and he has points in seven out of his last eight games, scoring seven goals and 13 points in that stretch. Seguin skates on Dallas’ first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 17.2 fantasy points per game. Winger and captain Jamie Benn is coming off a strong game but has failed to find the scoresheet in six consecutive road games. That being said, he tallied three assists for 25.6 fantasy points when these teams met in Dallas Feb. 9. Alexander Radulov has zero points in his last two games but recorded an assist, four shots and three blocks for 19.2 fantasy points Feb. 9 against the Penguins. He skates on the team’s second line and first power-play unit. Defenseman John Klingberg is always a popular cash play as well. He has points in two out of his last three games and scored a goal and earned 20 fantasy points when these teams met earlier last month.
The Pittsburgh side of the matchup is likely to get solid ownership as uaual, especially with elite centers Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby in play. Both centers had points last night against Toronto and both had minor contributions against Dallas in February. Malkin has been the hotter and more consistent of the two, finding the scoresheet in five straight games and in 11 out of his last 12. Crosby has points in back-to-back games and in six out of his last eight games. Both skate on the team’s top power-play unit, with Malkin (averaging 18.7 fantasy points per game) on the second line and Crosby (15.6) on the first. There are also several Pittsburgh wingers in play, especially Patric Hornqvist and Phil Kessel. Hornqvist scored a goal on five shots last night for 20 fantasy points and has earned 20, 8, 9.6, 20.5, 16, 9.6 and 28.5 fantasy points in his last seven games, respectively. Kessel’s four-game point streak came to an end last night in Toronto, though he often struggles against the Maple Leafs. He has points in six out of his last eight games and is averaging 16.5 fantasy points per game this season. Hornqvist skates with Malkin and Carl Hagelin on the second line, while Kessel skates with Derick Brassard and Riley Sheahan on the third line. Crosby’s wingers, Jake Guentzel and Conor Sheary, are also worth consideration. Guentzel has points in back-to-back games, earning 14.4 and 16 fantasy points, respectively. Hagelin is a solid value option and makes for a strong mini-stack if you’re interested in Malkin or Hornqvist. Defensively, the two main options are Kris Letang and Justin Schultz. Schultz has points in three out of his last four and has earned 11.2, 9.6, 16.8, 12.8, 6.4 and 8 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively, making him the safer choice, especially given his cheaper price tag. He scored a goal on six shots and added two blocks against Dallas, earning 24.8 fantasy points. If you’re looking for value, there are better options on other teams, but Jamie Oleksiak will have another crack at his former team tonight and has provided decent value in recent games. Again, however, there are better value defensemen on other teams.
Vancouver @ Arizona
This will be the third meeting between these teams in just the last two weeks, so checking out those game logs/recaps (Feb. 25, Mar. 7) could be extremely helpful when making decisions on tonight’s lineup.
One player who picked up points in both contests is Derek Stepan, who plays on Arizona’s first line and second power-play unit. Stepan has points in three out of his last four games, and he earned 16.8 and 16.5 fantasy points in the two recent games against Vancouver, respectively. Another player who found the scoresheet in both contests is value winger Brendan Perlini, who picked up a combined three assists, four shots and a block in the two games, earning 21.3 and 10.1 fantasy points, respectively. He skates with Stepan and Clayton Keller on the Coyotes’ first line and with Stepan on the team’s second power-play unit. Keller skates on the top power-play unit and earned 26.9 and 6.4 fantasy points in the two games against Vancouver. Value winger Richard Panik missed the first meeting with the Canucks but recorded four shots and two blocks for 9.6 fantasy points when these teams met Mar. 7. He also is coming off a game in which he scored a goal and an assist and registered six shots on goal, earning 29.6 fantasy points. He has points in two out of his last three games and has recorded 11 shots and two blocks in that time. Panik skates on Arizona’s second line and second power-play unit. If you’re looking for very deep value, Coyotes’ fourth-line center Brad Richardson has earned 9.6, 3.2, 8, 9.6 ,1.6, 8 and 8 fantasy points in his last seven games, respectively.
For Vancouver, Daniel Sedin scored two goals in the first matchup, earning 27.7 fantasy points. That was part of a five-game goal streak for Sedin, though he has failed to find twine over his last three contests, one of which came against Arizona. However, he got back on the board in Vancouver’s most recent game, tallying an assist and two shots for 11.2 fantasy points. He is pricey on FanDuel, however, and may not be worth the risk. One player who is definitely worth serious consideration is winger Brendan Leipsic, who has been solid in his short time as a Canuck. Leipsic will be popular once again tonight; he has earned 4.8, 12.8, 36.8, 3.2 and 27.2 fantasy points in five games with Vancouver. That includes two goals, four assists, 16 shots and two blocks. Another value player on the Canucks who could have a strong night is Jussi Jokinen, another newly-acquired forward. Jokinen scored Vancouver’s lone goal in the Mar. 7 meeting between these two teams, and he now has goals in back-to-back games, earning 13.6 and 16.8 fantasy points, respectively.
As for goaltenders, both are risky plays considering either can give up 4-5 goals on any given night. However, Jacob Markstrom won the first meeting after making 41 saves on 42 shots and earning 40.8 fantasy points. He lost the second meeting but still managed to stop 32 of 34 shots for 17.6 fantasy points despite the loss. Darcy Kuemper has played fairly poorly in his few starts for the Coyotes, though he defeated Markstrom and the Canucks in Vancouver in the more recent matchup, giving up one goal and earning 20.8 fantasy points in the meeting. He has given up a combined 12 goals in his other three appearances, including three goals against Vancouver in his Coyotes debut.
FanDuel DFS NHL 3/11/18 Lineup–There likely will not be a finalized lineup for tonight.
However, here are a few unofficial preliminary options, though they may not be updated before lock.
- C: Evgeni Malkin ($9,200)
- C: Tyler Seguin ($8,300)
- W: Johnny Gaudreau ($7,700)
- W: Patric Hornqvist ($6,300)
- W: Brendan Leipsic ($3,600)
- W: Brendan Perlini ($3,400)/Jussi Jokinen ($3,400)
- D: Justin Schultz ($4,600)
- D: Thomas Hickey ($3,800)
- G: Mike Smith ($8,000)
Stepan/Seguin/Kessel or Gaudreau/Hornqvist/Keller/Jokinen or Hagelin/Giordano/Hickey/Smith
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