FanDuel DFS NHL – Sunday 4/1/18

There are four games on tap tonight in the NHL, with the Predators, Devils, Canadiens and Penguins skating in the second half of back-to-back games. All four games are of great significance to teams still in the playoff hunt as we enter the final stretch of the regular season. A few quick notes: Erik Johnson will miss 6-8 weeks with a fractured patella, and Semyon Varlamov is out for the season, both of which are major blows to a Colorado team very much alive in the playoff race. T.J. Oshie is day-to-day but is expected to play for Washington tonight, though Kyle Palmieri is NOT expected to be in Devils’ the lineup; however, Marcus Johansson has been activated from IR and is expected to play. Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson and Phil Kessel are all listed as DTD; their statuses for tonight’s contest are not yet known. Eeli Tolvanen will make his long-awaited NHL debut and could skate on the top line for Nashville tonight in Tampa Bay.

NOTE: As requested, today’s post is short. Recommendations may be updated closer to lock based on news updates, but I did my best to keep it short and sweet considering the holiday.

UPDATE: Kyle Palmieri WILL play tonight. Viktor Arvidsson is out, Filip Forsberg and Phil Kessel will play.

Summary of Last Night’s Results

One of last night’s two recommended lineups cashed easily, the other had a rough night. Connor McDavid fell flat and put up a very surprising and rare goose-egg performance against the Flames, though his ownership rate of 36 percent softened the blow a bit. Jacob De La Rose managed just one block, though Riley Sheahan scored a power-play goal and an assist and added four shots and three blocks for an impressive 31.7 fantasy points (FP). Derek Ryan picked up an assist and 9.6 FP, and Kyle Turris extended his point streak with a goal and 16.8 FP. Taylor Hall had yet another monster game, scoring two goals (one on the power play) on six shots for 34.1 FP. Brendan Gallagher (FTA+ users know about my APG policy) picked up two assists, three shots and two blocks for 24.5 FP, while Patric Hornqvist continued his solid play against the Canadiens with a power-play goal, four shots and a block for 20.5 FP. Mitch Marner managed just one shot, while Zach Parise scored a power-play goal and recorded three shots and a block for 18.9 FP. Clayton Keller picked up an assist, six shots and a block for 19.2 FP. Casey Mittelstadt wasn’t overly involved considering his team scored seven goals, though he managed an assist and 9.6 FP, which was solid value for his $3,100 price tag. On the back end, Matt Dumba fell back down to earth, managing just three shots and a block for 6.4 FP, though his 35 percent ownership made his underwhelming night sting a little less; Adam Pelech had a rough night as well, registering just one shot. However, most of the defensemen listed in the other main sample lineup had strong games. For example, Roman Josi grabbed a power-play assist and five shots for 16.5 FP while Alex Goligoski scored a goal and earned 20 FP. Pekka Rinne had one of his worst performances of the season, giving up six goals before getting pulled and finishing with – 5.6 FP. Clearly, that’s a disastrous night for a goaltender, though at least 40 percent of participants had him in their lines as well. That being said, Antti Raanta, as highlighted in the post and included in the second main lineup recommendation, recorded a 34-save shutout, earning 47.2 FP. Once again, as has been the case for months, Raanta was largely underestimated and had just an eight percent ownership rate, which made his stellar performance that much more valuable. As expected, Henrik Lundqvist came away with a win against Carolina, stopping 40 of 41 shots and earning 40 FP in a 2-1 win.


Here’s what I played on FanDuel last night (I only played three lines and stuck to the main recommended lineups because I was unable to update my lines throughout the day):

(1)Main: McDavid, De La Rose, Hall, Gallagher, Hornqvist, Mittelstadt, Dumba, Pelech, Rinne – $200 remaining, final score: 92.7 (did not cash)

(2)Main: McDavid, Turris, Hall, Gallagher, Hornqvist, Mittelstadt, Butcher, Pelech, Raanta – $500 remaining, final score: 172.4 (cashed)

(3)Main: McDavid, Ryan, Hall, Keller, Hornqvist, Mittelstadt, Ellis, Goligoski, Lundqvist – $100 remaining, final score: 172.2 (cashed) (Note: Lundqvist was not in the recommended lineup, though he was recommended in yesterday’s post; however, Raanta would have earned more fantasy points and therefore would have given you an even better score)

Tonight’s Schedule

  • Nashville @ Tampa Bay – 6:00pm EST
  • New Jersey @ Montreal – 7:00pm EST
  • Washington @ Pittsburgh – 7:30pm EST
  • Colorado @ Anaheim – 9:00pm EST


Starting Goalies

  • NSH: Juuse Saros (confirmed) vs. TBL: Andrei Vasilevskiy (confirmed)
  • NJD: Keith Kinnkaid (confirmed) vs. MTL: Carey Price (confirmed)
  • WSH: Philipp Grubauer (confirmed) vs. PIT: Matt Murray (confirmed)
  • COL: Jonathan Bernier (confirmed) vs. ANA:


For further goalie confirmations and other player news updates, check out DailyFaceoffLeftWingLock and RotoGrinders throughout the day.



FanDuel DFS NHL 4/1/18


Top plays: Sidney Crosby ($9,000), Evgeni Malkin ($8,900), Nicklas Backstrom ($6,600), Jonathan Drouin ($5,500), Riley Sheahan ($3,400)

Other solid options: Yanni Gourde ($5,700), Kyle Turris ($5,500), Nick Bonino ($3,800)

Also consider: Nathan MacKinnon ($8,700), Evgeny Kuznetsov ($7,700), Jacob De La Rose ($3,700)



Top plays: Taylor Hall ($8,300), Brendan Gallagher ($6,800), Patric Hornqvist ($6,400), Eeli Tolvanen ($3,500)

Other solid options: Alex Ovechkin ($8,800), J.T. Miller ($6,500), Alex Galchenyuk ($5,700), Craig Smith ($5,500), Carl Hagelin ($3,600)

Also consider: Paul Byron ($4,300), Auston Watson ($3,600), Sven Andrighetto ($3,200)



Top plays: Victor Hedman ($6,700), Roman Josi ($6,200), Ryan Ellis ($5,700), Jeff Petry ($4,400), Will Butcher ($4,000)

Other solid options: Kris Letang ($6,200), John Carlson ($6,000), P.K. Subban ($5,500), Justin Schultz ($4,700), Francois Beauchemin ($3,500)

Also consider: Tyson Barrie ($5,700), Brandon Montour ($4,100), Brian Dumoulin ($3,600), Jamie Oleksiak ($3,600), Dan Girardi ($3,500)



Consider: John Gibson ($9,000), Keith Kinkaid ($8,100), Jonathan Bernier/Juuse Saros ($7,800)–risky

Sample Lineup

Backstrom/Crosby/Malkin, Turris/Gourde/Sheahan, Hall, Gallagher/Miller/Palmieri/Ovechkin, Hornqvist, Tolvanen/Watson, Ellis/Dumoulin, Petry/Butcher, Kinkaid or Bernier or Saros

Point, Turris, Hall, Ovechkin, Hornqvist, Tolvanen, Montour, Butcher, Bernier/Saros

Backstrom, Gourde/Turris, Hall, Hornqvist, Palmieri/Oshie, Tolvanen, Josi, Butcher, Bernier or Kinkaid

Crosby/Malkin, Gourde, Hall, Hornqvist, Hagelin, Tolvanen, Hedman, Butcher, Bernier

Kuznetsov, Gourde, Hall, Gallagher/Miller, Hornqvist, Tolvanen, Petry, Butcher, Kinkaid

Backstrom, Gourde, Hall, Miller, Hornqvist, Tolvanen, Fowler, Butcher, Gibson

Backstrom, Point, Hall, Miller/Gallagher, Hornqvist, Tolvanen, Schultz, Butcher, Kinkaid

Malkin, Point, Hall, Hornqvist, Galchenyuk, Tolvanen, Dumoulin, Butcher, Kinkaid

Backstrom/Point, Gourde, Hall, Hornqvist, Hagelin, Tolvanen, Hedman, Ellis, Murray



Photo credit: Rich Graessle-Icon Sportswire

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