UPDATE: Andre Burakovsky will NOT play tonight. Alexander Wennberg WILL return to CBJ’s lineup. Sonny Milano OUT. Brett Pesce OUT.
Today’s post provides an overview of options at various price points for tonight’s DFS NHL cash contests. There are just three games on tonight’s slate, including Carolina vs. Washington, Columbus vs. Buffalo and Calgary vs. Tampa Bay. Note: Lee Stempniak could make his season debut for the Hurricanes tonight, which could affect the team’s line combinations. Make sure to check back later for any updates, which will be posted below following the “Starting Goalies” section.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out via Twitter (@JillianSydney). FTA+ subscribers can tag me (@JWagner) in the NHL Discord chat to discuss tonight’s slate, matchups, lineups, etc.
Summary of Tuesday Night’s Results
Tuesday night’s lineup cashed. Blake Wheeler, Nick Schmaltz, Mark Stone, Victor Hedman and Alexander Edler had strong performances, and Alex Ovechkin and Vinnie Hinostroza found the scoresheet as well. Wheeler tallied two assists (one on the power play), two shots and two blocks for 22.9 fantasy points in the Jets’ 7-4 win over the Sabres. The Blackhawks went wild for eight goals against Ottawa, two of which came off the stick of Schmaltz. Schmaltz scored two power-play goals on three shots and added a power-play assist for 38.3 fantasy points, which proved to be excellent value for his $5,200 price tag. If you went with Brayden Point, he registered three assists, one shot and three blocks for 30.4 fantasy points in the Lightning’s 5-4 win. Hedman contributed a goal and an assist to the win, finishing the game with 31.2 fantasy points. Edler continued his strong play with a power-play assist, seven shots and two blocks for 22.9 fantasy points. However, the other top recommended defensemen had strong games as well. John Carlson scored a goal on two shots and added five blocks for 23.2 fantasy points, and Chicago’s Jordan Oesterle picked up two assists (one on the power play), three shots and three blocks for 26.1 FanDuel points. While goaltender Alex Stalock took a 3-2 overtime loss, finishing the night with 8.8 fantasy points, three of the four wingers picked up at least a point. Stone had the best night of the bunch, scoring a goal and an assist and adding seven shots and a block for 32.8 fantasy points. Ovechkin had a quiet night with an assist and two shots (11.2 FP), though value pick Hinostroza came through once again with an assist, three shots and a block for 14.4 fantasy points. Ryan Dzingel registered just one shot on goal. A few other top recommended players who had big nights include centers Jonathan Toews (35.2 FP) and Aleksander Barkov (42.4 FP) and wingers Vladimir Tarasenko (26.4 FP), Tyler Johnson (47.2 FP), Micheal Ferland (28 FP), Craig Smith (20.5 FP) and Ivan Barbashev (17.6).
- Columbus @ Buffalo – 7:00pm EST
- Carolina @ Washington – 7:00pm EST
- Calgary @ Tampa Bay – 7:30pm EST
- CBJ: Sergei Bobrovsky (confirmed) vs. BUF: Linus Ullmark (confirmed)
- CAR: Scott Darling (confirmed) vs. WSH: Braden Holtby (confirmed)
- CGY: Mike Smith (confirmed) vs. TBL: Andrei Vasilevskiy (confirmed)
For further goalie confirmations and other player news updates, check out DailyFaceoff and LeftWingLock throughout the day.
FanDuel DFS NHL 1/11/18
Jack Eichel ($7,600)
Jack Eichel has points in back-to-back games, picking up two goals and four points along with 11 shots in that time. He has earned 42.1 and 16.5 fantasy points in his last two games, respectively. While he and the Sabres have a tough matchup against Sergei Bobrovsky, Eichel has been productive in recent games, and Bobrovsky has shown that he is beatable at times. That doesn’t mean Eichel is in a great spot tonight, but he could certainly pull off another huge performance. That being said, he probably is better suited for GPP play.
Sean Monahan ($7,300)
Sean Monahan skates on Calgary’s top line and top power-play unit and has points in four straight games, collecting three goals and seven points in that stretch. He has earned 24.8, 11.2, 26.4 and 22.1 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively, and is averaging 13.9 fantasy points per game this season.
Nicklas Backstrom ($6,600)
Nicklas Backstrom has points in four straight games and could be a popular play in cash contests tonight. He has two goals and eight points on his current four-game point streak, which includes two assists against Carolina Jan. 2. Backstrom skates on Washington’s top line and top power-play unit.
Brayden Point ($5,900)
Brayden Point is coming off a three-point game in which he earned 30.4 fantasy points, and he should be a popular play in tonight’s contests. Point skates on Tampa Bay’s second line and first power-play unit, which makes him an even stronger pick than he was earlier in the season since he now offers exposure to Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman on the man advantage as well as the red-hot Tyler Johnson at even strength. Point is averaging 13.9 fantasy points per game this season.
Pierre-Luc DuBois (5,700)
Pierre-Luc DuBois is another player that should have decent ownership rates tonight. He has points in back-to-back games, scoring a goal and two assists and adding six shots and four blocks in that time. He skates on Columbus’ first line and first power-play unit and has a favorable matchup tonight against the Sabres.
Ryan O’Reilly ($5,600)
Ryan O’Reilly has goals in back-to-back games and has recorded two goals and two assists in his last two contests. He skates on Buffalo’s second line and first power-play unit and has earned 38.1 and 17.3 in his last two games, respectively. O’Reilly tallied an assist and 14.4 fantasy points when these teams squared off Nov. 20.
Victor Rask ($4,400)
Victor Rask has gone three straight games without a point. However, it’s important to mention that he scored two goals against Washington when these teams met Jan. 2, finishing the game with 32.5 fantasy points. He will skate on Carolina’s second line with Jeff Skinner and Teuvo Teravainen. Derek Ryan ($4,300) has been a more reliable play this season; he tallied an assist and earned 11.2 fantasy points in the Jan. 2 matchup. Also, Capitals center Lars Eller ($4,000) has goals in back-to-back games, earning 16.8 and 15.2 fantasy points, respectively. He skates on Washington’s third line and second power-play unit.
Also Consider: Steven Stamkos ($8,800), Alexander Wennberg ($5,200), Yanni Gourde ($4,400), Derek Ryan ($4,300), Lars Eller ($4,000)
Nikita Kucherov ($9,000)
Nikita Kucherov is always worth consideration given his epic play so far this season. He is tied for first in goals with 27 and leads the league in points with 60. However, he hasn’t been worth his price tag in recent games, which makes other Lightning forwards safer cash plays. Kucherov skates on Tampa Bay’s top line and top power-play unit and is averaging 19.7 fantasy points per game. He should still have decent ownership rates given his ceiling, but Tampa’s second line likely will be the more popular target tonight.
Alex Ovechkin ($8,800)
Alex Ovechkin extended his point streak to five games with an assist against the Canucks the other night, giving him four goals and nine points in his last five games. He skates on Washington’s top line and top power-play unit and is tied with Kucherov for the league lead in goals with 27. Ovi is averaging 18.5 fantasy points per game this season and scored two goals against Carolina Jan. 2, finishing the game with 27.2 fantasy points.
Johnny Gaudreau ($7,600)
Johnny Gaudreau skates on Calgary’s top line and has points in four straight games, recording eight assists in that time. He has 49 points in 42 games this season, including 22 points in 19 road games. Gaudreau skates on the Flames’ top power-play unit and is averaging 16.5 fantasy points per game this season.
Artemi Panarin ($7,300)
Artemi Panarin has points in back-to-back games and has registered 12 shots in his last two contests, giving him 20 and 19.7 fantasy points in those games, respectively. He skates on Columbus’ first line and first power-play unit and has a favorable matchup tonight against Buffalo. Panarin hasn’t been overly consistent this season but tends to be streaky, so he could very well extend his point streak tonight. Considering the matchup, he could be a popular play in cash games, especially as a stack with Pierre-Luc DuBois and/or Josh Anderson.
Sebastian Aho ($6,700)
Sebastian Aho has been on a tear of late, scoring seven goals and 11 points in his last eight games (this includes the five minutes he played against Boston before leaving with an injury–he is healthy now, though). He skates on Carolina’s top line and top power-play unit and tallied an assist and 14.4 fantasy points when these teams played Jan. 2. Aho is a bit pricey on FanDuel but remains just $5,100 on DraftKings.
Tyler Johnson ($6,400)
Tyler Johnson recorded a hat trick on six shots and added a block for 47.2 fantasy points the other night against Carolina. He now has goals in back-to-back games, points in three straight games and points in 15 out of his last 17 games. He skates on Tampa Bay’s second line and second power-play unit and will be a popular play in cash games tonight. That being said, it’s hard to avoid playing him in cash contests given his recent success. He should be a popular stack with Brayden Point.
Teuvo Teravainen ($5,600)/Elias Lindholm ($4,700)
Teuvo Teravainen skates on Carolina’s second line and first power-play unit (as of today’s morning skate), and he has points in four straight games, scoring two goals and six points in that span. He scored a goal on four shots against Washington when these teams met Jan. 2, earning 18.4 fantasy points. Elias Lindholm should skate on Carolina’s first line and first power-play unit tonight. He scored a goal against the Caps Jan. 2, earning 15.2 fantasy points in the effort, and he put up the same stat line in his most recent game.
Micheal Ferland ($5,200)
Micheal Ferland has put together three straight games in which he has recorded a goal and an assist, earning 28, 24.8 and 24.8 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively. He skates on Calgary’s top line and second power-play unit and has goals in four out of his last five games.
Justin Williams ($4,300)
Justin Williams will return to Washington for the first time since leaving the Capitals in the offseason. While he hasn’t been reliable this season, he could play up for this one, and he did record an assist when these teams met in Carolina Jan. 2. Williams has two points in his last four games and skates on Carolina’s third line and second power-play unit.
Devante Smith-Pelly ($3,400)
Devante Smith-Pelly scored a goal on five shots for 20 fantasy points against Carolina Jan. 2. He skates on Washington’s top line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, which should make him a popular value option in tonight’s contests.
Chris Kunitz ($3,300)
Chris Kunitz is slated to remain on the Lightning’s top line with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov tonight against the Flames, which puts him in a good spot and should make him a popular value option once again. He scored a goal the other night that was disallowed, but that could be a good sign for his chances to grab a point in tonight’s contest.
Also Consider: Kyle Okposo ($5,700), Ondrej Palat ($5,200), Josh Anderson ($4,800), Sonny Milano ($3,700), Lee Stempniak ($3,600)–if he plays
Victor Hedman ($6,700)
Victor Hedman has points in three out of his last four games, in six out of his last eight and in 11 out of his last 14. He has earned 31.2, 3.2, 23.2, 24, 9.6, 22.9, 13.3, 17.6, 6.4, 22.4, 37, 23.2, 24.4 and 14.4 fantasy points in his last 14 games, respectively. He skates on Tampa Bay’s top power-play unit and has a very high ceiling.
John Carlson ($6,000)
John Carlson is having a remarkable season and should play with a chip on his shoulder tonight as he was not selected to compete in this year’s NHL All-Star Game. Carlson skates on Washington’s top power-play unit and is averaging 14.4 fantasy points per game this season. He is second in the league in scoring among defensemen with 34 points, and he has scored two goals and seven points in his last five games, earning 23.2, 21.8, 6.4, 39.7 and 18.1 fantasy points in those games, respectively. While he tallied just four shots against Carolina Jan. 2, he has followed up that performance with points in back-to-back games.
Mark Giordano ($5,700)
Mark Giordano has points in four straight games, collecting two goals and five points in that stretch. He skates on Calgary’s top power-play unit and has earned 14.4, 21.6, 20.8 and 28.5 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively.
Seth Jones ($5,500)
Seth Jones has back-to-back multi-point performances and has a favorable matchup against the Sabres tonight. He has recorded five assists, 12 shots and three blocks in his last four games and has points in nine out of his last 11 games, scoring three goals and 12 points in that stretch. Jones skates on Columbus’ top power-play unit.
Madison Bowey ($3,600)/Dmitry Orlov ($3,800)
Madison Bowey has points in back-to-back games and in three out of his last four games, making him a decent punt play. However, the Capitals get offensive contributions from several other defensemen, including Dmitry Orlov, who scored a goal against Carolina Jan. 2 and who has points in two out of his last three games. Matt Niskanen ($4,200) is another Caps defenseman who often provides value. You can also consider Noah Hanifin ($3,600), who recorded five shots and a block for 9.6 fantasy points against the Caps Jan. 2.
Also Consider: Rasmus Ristolainen ($4,900), Dougie Hamilton ($4,800), Mikhail Sergachev ($4,400), Matt Niskanen ($4,200), Noah Hanifin ($3,600)
Andrei Vasilevskiy ($9,500)
Andrei Vasilevskiy has struggled in recent games but is always a relatively safe play in cash contests given the fact that he plays for the best team in the league. That being said, he has given up 10 goals in his last two games, so he carries risk. But he is averaging 25.1 fantasy points per game this season and earned 18.4 the other night in the Lightning’s 5-4 win over Carolina. Plus, prior to his last two starts, Vasilevskiy gave up a combined two goals in five starts as he recorded three shutouts. Calgary generally does not put up much offense on the road, and while Mike Smith could make life difficult for the Bolts, Vasilevskiy remains a solid cash play favored for the win.
Braden Holtby ($9,100)
Braden Holtby is another goalie who has given up goals in recent games, but he and the Capitals are favored tonight against Carolina. Holtby earned a win against the Hurricanes Jan. 2 but gave up four goals in the process, finishing the night with 23.2 fantasy points. He is much stronger on home ice but could easily give up 3-5 goals tonight. However, the Capitals should provide him with plenty of goal support as they take on Scott Darling, who has given up 16 goals in his last three appearances.
Sergei Bobrovsky ($9,000)
Lastly, Sergei Bobrovsky and the Blue Jackets visit Buffalo tonight in a favorable matchup. The Sabres are starting Linus Ullmark in net, who has not played at all this season. Ullmark is a strong contrarian GPP play, but Bobrovsky is the clear favorite in cash between the two. He has put together back-to-back strong performances, stopping 42 of 44 shots and earning 37.6 fantasy points Jan. 7 against Florida and following up that effort with a 35-save performance that earned him 32 fantasy points Jan. 8 against Toronto. Buffalo put up four goals the other night against the Jets, though, so it won’t be an easy night for Bob and Columbus.
Also Consider: Mike Smith ($8,200). The other goalies are too risky in cash but can be used as contrarian plays in GPP action, as can Smith
FanDuel DFS NHL 1/11/18 Lineup
NOTE: Lineup will be updated closer to puck drop.
- C: Brayden Point ($5,900)/Pierre-Luc DuBois ($5,700)/Ryan O’Reilly ($5,600)–low owned (Wennberg will be as well)
- C: Victor Rask ($4,400)/Derek Ryan ($4,300)/Mark Jankowski ($3,400)/Lars Eller ($4,000)<–all four should be low owned
- W: Alex Ovechkin ($8,800)
- W: Tyler Johnson ($6,400)
- W: Micheal Ferland ($5,200)
- W: Devante Smith-Pelly ($3,400)/Chris Kunitz ($3,300)/Elias Lindholm ($4,700)/Josh Anderson ($4,800)
- D: John Carlson ($6,000)/Victor Hedman ($6,700)
- D: Seth Jones ($5,500)
- G: Braden Holtby ($9,100)/Sergei Bobrovsky ($9,000)/Andrei Vasilevskiy ($9,500)<–all three should have high ownership in cash
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