FanDuel DFS NHL – Thursday 11/29/18


Tonight’s slate features eight games and tons of strong plays, which should make it a fun cash night and an exciting night for GPP’s. Vladislav Namestnikov did not travel with the Rangers and will not join the team on its two-game road trip. Jonathan Quick could be ready to return in the near future, though it’s unclear if that will be tonight in Edmonton since the Kings play tomorrow night as well.

TONIGHT’S SCHEDULE
NYI @ BOS – 7:00pm EST
MIN @ CBJ – 7:00pm EST
NYR @ OTT – 7:30pm EST
BUF @ TBL – 7:30pm EST
CHI @ WPG – 8:00pm EST
ARI @ NSH – 8:00pm EST
LAK @ EDM – 9:00pm EST
VGK @ VAN – 10:00pm EST

LAST NIGHT’S RESULTS: Last night’s lineup finished with a 156.2 (or a 142.6 depending on which $4,000 defenseman you used), which was more than enough to top the cash line. Nathan MacKinnon and Auston Matthews had great nights, and Mikko Rantanen picked up two assists and 19.2 fantasy points; MacKinnon scored a goal and three assists on two shots for 39.2 FP, while Matthews scored two goals and an assist and added two power-play points, five shots and one block for 42.6 FP. Ondrej Kase managed an assist and a shot for 9.6 FP, while Nick Ritchie had yet another great game, finishing the contest with two goals on two shots for 27.2 FP. Mike Hoffman had a disappointing night but seemed like a must in cash given his projected ownership, which turned out to be between 60-75 percent in most cash contests. Anthony Mantha put up a goose egg, which was definitely a major letdown after he earned 48 FP the other night, though Mike Green came through with a strong performance, tallying two assists and four shots for 22.4 FP. Mitch Marner picked up three assists and one shot for 26.6 FP. Frederik Andersen picked up a 5-3 win over San Jose, earning 30.4 FP, while David Rittich gave up several late goals and took a 4-3 overtime loss, ending the night with a very disappointing 3.2 FP; however, his high ownership made up for it. T.J. Brodie managed an assist and three shots for 12.8 FP, while Samuel Girard scored a goal and added three shots and a block for 18.4 FP in Colorado’s 6-3 win over Pittsburgh. As for other players mentioned in yesterday’s post, Mark Jankowski recorded an assist, three shots and two blocks for 16 FP, which was excellent value for his $3,200 price tag, and Kevin Labanc picked up a power-play assist, four shots and a block for 16.5 FP. Brent Burns recorded a power-play assist and three shots for 13.3 FP, and Morgan Rielly grabbed a power-play assist, three shots and two blocks for 16.5 FP.

 


Here are some plays to consider for tonight’s slate:

 

CENTER

Elite Plays: Mark Scheifele ($8,000), Brayden Point ($7,700)

Mark Scheifele and the Winnipeg Jets have a very favorable matchup against the struggling Chicago Blackhawks. Scheifele centers the team’s top line and top power-play unit, offering exposure to everyone in the top six except for Bryan Little, as well as to Dustin Byfuglien, who mans the point on the power play. Scheifele is averaging 17 fantasy points per game and is coming off a strong performance in which he scored two goals on three shots and added a block for 30.4 fantasy points. Patrik Laine has been the main attraction in recent games but it was Scheifele and linemate Blake Wheeler who came out swinging the other night against Pittsburgh. Scheifele scored just one goal in three games against the Hawks last year, but Winnipeg’s top power-play unit, featuring Scheifele, Wheeler, Laine, Kyle Connor and Byfuglien, is a strong stack to target on tonight’s slate, especially given how Chicago has struggled defensively.

Brayden Point has been on quite a roll of late, scoring goals in three straight games and collecting a total of nine goals and 14 points in his last seven games. He skates on Tampa Bay’s second line and first power-play unit and is averaging 18.2 fantasy points per game. He and the Lightning are coming off a difficult 3-1 loss and will have to take on the red-hot Buffalo Sabres, winners of 10 straight games. Point has six points, 14 shots and one block in his last three games, earning 23.2, 35.7 and 29.6 fantasy points, respectively. He managed just three shots for 4.8 fantasy points when these teams met a few weeks ago, but he was not skating with Nikita Kucherov at even strength or on the top power-play unit at the time.

Also consider: Mika Zibanejad ($7,100)

Mid-Range Play: Matt Duchene ($6,600)

Matt Duchene scored one of the more impressive goals you’ll see all year the other night in Philadelphia, and he has been red-hot on home ice, where he and the Senators will be tonight as they host the Rangers. Duchene managed an assist and 11.2 fantasy points against the Blueshirts when these teams met in New York the other day, though he has been much more productive than that performance would indicate. He has points in three straight games and in six out of his last seven games, recording five goals and 12 points in that time. Duchene skates on Ottawa’s first line and second power-play unit and is averaging 16.6 fantasy points per game this season. He scored two goals and five points against New York last season and has 20 points in 13 home games this season, averaging 1.54 points and 19.6 fantasy points per game in front of the home crowd.

Anze Kopitar has points in three straight games after a very slow start to the season; he has a total of one goal and six points in that stretch, earning 17.6, 34.9 and 8.5 fantasy points, respectively; he scored a goal and two assists against the Oilers when these teams met in Los Angeles just two games ago, but that was against Cam Talbot, who has not been confirmed for tonight’s game. Pierre-Luc DuBois scored two goals and an assist on three shots for 36.8 fantasy points the other night against Detroit after going scoreless in two straight. He was on a five-game point streak before that, netting four goals and nine points in that stretch.

Also consider: Anze Kopitar ($6,700), Pierre-Luc DuBois ($6,000)

Value Plays: Boone Jenner ($4,800), Cody Eakin ($4,600), Colin White ($4,100), Nick Bonino ($3,800)

Boone Jenner has earned at least eight fantasy points in 12 out of his last 13 games, providing a steady floor at a reasonable $4,800 price tag. He skates on Columbus’ second line and first power-play unit and has points in three straight games, scoring a goal and three assists in that time. Jenner has earned 23.2, 12.8, 14.4, 8, 6.4, 24.8, 9.6, 12.8, 11.2, 21.3, 11.2, 12.8 and 8 fantasy points in his last 13 games, respectively.

Cody Eakin and the Golden Knights’ second line have played a huge role in (at least temporarily) turning Vegas’ season around. The center has points in three out of his last four games and in nine out of his last 12 games, totaling seven goals and 12 points in that stretch. He plays on the team’s second power-play unit.

Colin White skates on Ottawa’s second line and first power-play unit and has points in three straight games, scoring one goal and three assists in that time. White has earned 17.6, 11.2 and 18.4 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively, and picked up an assist and 11.2 fantasy points when these teams met in New York Nov. 26.

Nick Bonino centers Nashville’s third line and also plays on the team’s top power-play unit, and he and the Predators have a favorable matchup tonight at home against the Arizona Coyotes, who have been giving up a lot of goals in recent games. Bonino produced just one block for 1.6 fantasy points in his most recent game but managed goals in each of the previous two, earning 29.6 and 15.7 fantasy points, respectively, thanks to a combined two goals and three points as well as six shots and two blocks.

Also consider: Dylan Strome ($4,400), Valtteri Filppula ($3,700)

 

WINGER

Elite Plays: Patrik Laine ($8,400), Blake Wheeler ($7,700), Jeff Skinner ($7,100)

Patrik Laine and Blake Wheeler have a very favorable matchup on home ice against the visiting Blackhawks, a team coming off an 8-2 loss. Laine has been the more noteworthy performer of late, notching 11 goals in a four-game span prior to his pointless game against Pittsburgh the other night. Laine skates on the team’s second line and first power-play unit and is averaging 18.8 fantasy points per game; he leads the league in goals with 19, 16 of which have come in the last 11 games. Wheeler, on the other hand, skates on the team’s top line and top power-play unit and has been more of a set-up man with four goals and 25 assists on the season. He is averaging 16.9 fantasy points per game and enters tonight’s game with back-to-back multi-point efforts, scoring a goal and three assists in his last two games. Wheeler has performed better on home ice this season, notching 19 points in 13 home games compared to 10 points in 10 games on the road (Laine has just six points in 13 home games compared to 16 in 10 road games). Like Scheifele, Wheeler was limited against Chicago last year, recording just two assists and eight shots in five games against the Hawks. However, the Blackhawks weren’t giving up lots of goals like they have been this season. That being said, Laine managed a goal and two assists as well as 18 shots in five games against Chicago last year. Both wingers should have decent ownership in cash contests tonight, as should many players in the Winnipeg lineup.

Jeff Skinner continues to get it done, one way or another. He scored the game-winning goal in overtime the other night and has goals in four straight games and points in five straight, picking up five goals and six points as well as 15 shots in that span. Skinner skates on Buffalo’s top line and top power-play unit and is averaging 17.5 fantasy points per game. While Tampa Bay has a lot of talent, Louis Domingue is capable of giving up goals, so the Sabres’ success could continue tonight. Skinner scored a goal on three shots for 16.8 fantasy points when these teams met in Buffalo a few weeks ago, but Skinner has 11 goals and 15 points in 13 road games this season. He’s not necessarily a must-play tonight given his price tag and the plethora of good options on the wing, but he’s worth highlighting given his recent track record.

Patrick Kane could be a sneaky play on tonight’s slate with most people focused on Winnipeg’s offense. Kane scored two goals and six points in five games against the Jets last season, and Connor Hellebuyck has given up 13 goals in his last four games. Kane has points in back-to-back games, skates on the Blackhawks’ second line and first power-play unit and is averaging 18.6 fantasy points per game. The Columbus wingers are also worthy of consideration; Artemi Panarin is coming off a three-point performance, but Cam Atkinson has been the more consistent scorer this season. They are averaging 15 and 18.4 fantasy points per game, respectively.

Also consider: Nikita Kucherov ($8,700), David Pastrnak ($8,300), Patrick Kane ($8,200), Artemi Panarin ($7,600), Cam Atkinson ($7,200)

Mid-Range Plays: Mark Stone ($6,600), Alex Tuch ($5,400)

Mark Stone has points in back-to-back games, netting two goals and two assists along with five shots and three blocks in his last two contests. He skates on Ottawa’s second line and first power-play unit and scored two goals when these teams met in New York just a few days ago. Stone is averaging 15.9 fantasy points per game and has earned at least a point in 10 out of 13 home games this season.

Alex Tuch has scored a goal and an assist in three straight games and has three goals and seven points on his current four-game point streak. He is averaging more than a point per game and 15.7 fantasy points per game this season. Tuch skates on Vegas’ second line and first power-play unit, as does Max Pacioretty ($6,400), who has points in six straight games.

Also consider: Zach Parise ($6,500), Chris Kreider ($6,500), Max Pacioretty ($6,400), Dustin Brown ($6,100), Kyle Connor ($5,800)

Value Plays: Brady Tkachuk ($4,900), Kevin Fiala ($4,200)

Brady Tkachuk is probably a must-play in cash contests tonight and is one of my favorite plays of the night once again. He has points in three straight games and in five out of his last six, scoring five goals and eight points in that stretch. Tkachuk skates on Ottawa’s second line and first power-play unit and is averaging 17.1 fantasy points per game. He tallied two assists and one shot for 17.6 fantasy points when these teams squared off in New York few days ago, and he’s coming off a two-goal performance against Philadelphia. Tkachuk will have high ownership tonight but continues to be a strong play and continues to remain below $5,000 on FanDuel.

It’s worth noting that Kevin Fiala skates on Nashville’s top line and second power-play unit and has points in three straight games, recording one goal and two assists as well as 11 shots and one block. He has earned 18.4, 14.9 and 14.4 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively, and has a favorable matchup at home against the Coyotes.

Also consider: Jake DeBrusk ($4,900), Josh Anderson ($4,400), Alex Chiasson ($3,600), Drake Batherson ($3,400)

 

DEFENSE

Top Plays: Roman Josi ($6,600), Matt Dumba ($5,900), Thomas Chabot ($5,600), Oscar Klefbom ($4,900)

Roman Josi has points in back-to-back games, recording three assists, 12 shots and four blocks in his last two games for 22.4 and 27.7 fantasy points, respectively. He skates on Nashville’s second power-play unit and often averages around 24 minutes of ice time per game. Josi tallied an assist, six shots and one block for 19.2 fantasy points when these teams met in Arizona earlier this season. He is averaging 14.8 fantasy points per game  with 18 points, 94 shots and 33 blocks in 25 contests.

Matt Dumba continues to excel for the Minnesota Wild, even though it was Jared Spurgeon who had the huge performance the other night. Dumba skates on Minnesota’s second power-play unit and is averaging 15.3 fantasy points per game. He has points in seven straight games, collecting five goals and 10 points as well as 30 shots and eight blocks in that time. He has earned 14.9, 24, 34.1, 19.7, 20.5, 26.9 and 23.7 fantasy points in his last seven games, respectively.

Thomas Chabot continues to impress and now has seven goals and 29 points to go along with 68 shots and 41 blocks in 25 games, good for an average of 17.6 fantasy points per game. Chabot skates on Ottawa’s first power-play unit and has started to pick up the scoring pace after going through a bit of a slow stretch. He managed just eight fantasy points against the Rangers a few days ago but provides a steady floor through peripheral stat coverage and has proven to be a reliable DFS option all year.

Oscar Klefbom has really picked things up over his last few games, which could be attributed to the coaching change in Edmonton. Regardless of what is behind it, Klefbom has put together huge performances in his last two games, scoring a combined three points while registering 14 shots and nine blocks. He has 19 shots and 11 blocks in just his last three games, earning 28, 37.3 and 11.2 fantasy points, respectively. Klefbom skates on Edmonton’s first power-play unit and tallied two assists, eight shots and five blocks when these teams met in Los Angeles a few days ago, earning 37.3 fantasy points in the team’s losing effort.

There are plenty of other strong options on the back end tonight, many of which are listed below.

Also consider: Dustin Byfuglien ($5,900), Torey Krug ($5,900), Drew Doughty ($5,700), Seth Jones ($5,300), Alex Edler ($5,000), Shea Theodore ($4,800), Rasmus Ristolainen ($4,700), Jared Spurgeon ($4,600), Erik Gustafsson ($4,000), Ben Hutton ($4,000), Scott Mayfield ($3,700), Zach Bogosian ($3,500)

 

GOALIE

There are a bunch of interesting goalie options on tonight’s slate, though the final cash recommendations will depend on goalie confirmations announced later today.

Pekka Rinne ($9,100) will take on a Coyotes team that could be without its top two goalies, with Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper likely out of commission for tonight’s contest. Rinne will have some ownership given the matchup, especially since he is particularly strong on home ice. However, the price tag makes it difficult to accommodate him, and he suffered a loss in Arizona earlier this year. Even so, Rinne is averaging 22.4 fantasy points per game and has a very good chance of picking up a win.

Jaroslav Halak ($8,800) will face his former team and has won his last three home games, giving up just one goal in each; he is 5-0 on home ice this season. Halak has played well for the Bruins this year and is averaging 22.3 fantasy points per game; just keep in mind that there’s a chance the B’s will go with Tuukka Rask.

Sergei Bobrovsky ($8,800) is a risky option since he’s coming off a very poor performance in which he picked up a win but gave up five goals on 32 shots, finishing the game with just 13.6 fantasy points. However, he’s been better at home, winning back-to-back home starts. There’s also Louis Domingue ($8,600), who is also risky since he’ll face a team that has won 10 games in a row. Domingue often has goal support to help him get the win, but now that his price tag has gone up, he’s less appealing.

One goalie that might have some legitimate ownership tonight is Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,600), who has won five games in a row while picking up two shutouts along the way. In fact, Fleury has shutouts in three out of his last seven starts, and he leads the league with five this season. He and the Golden Knights seem to be getting into a rhythm at long last, so it’s unclear how relevant Vegas’ Oct. 24 2-1 loss to Vancouver is for tonight’s matchup. The Knights have scored 14 goals in their last two games, so the hope is that they’ll be able to get more pucks behind Jacob Markstrom this time around. Given Fleury’s recent play, it’s possible many will turn to his services for tonight’s slate.

If Mikko Koskinen ($8,000) gets the nod for Edmonton, he could be in a good spot despite taking on a Kings team that is starting to heat up. Koskinen recorded a 28-save shutout against Dallas the other night, giving the Oilers their first win under new head coach Ken Hitchcock. Hitchcock has changed Edmonton’s game plan, focusing much more on a defense-first mentality. As a result, it’s possible the Oilers will be able to do a better job against Los Angeles than they did the other day. If, however, Cam Talbot gets the nod, which is unlikely considering he gave up three goals on 30 shots to the Kings in his last start, consider looking elsewhere (as well as taking a long look at Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Drew Doughty). It’s possible Jonathan Quick could man the crease for Los Angeles, though he wasn’t very good when he returned from an injury earlier this season. Cal Petersen ($7,400) has won back-to-back games, including a game against Edmonton in which he made 32 saves and earned 29.6 fantasy points.

Then there’s Carter Hutton ($7,900), who pulled off a 3-2 overtime win against the Sharks the other night, making 36 saves and coming away with 32.8 fantasy points. He’s a risky play going up against the high-powered Tampa Bay offense, however, so he may be better suited for GPP play. That being said, Hutton has won eight games in a row as part of Buffalo’s 10-game winning streak, and his $7,900 price tag would certainly allow you to spend up elsewhere in the lineup. Just know that it’s a risky play in cash contests, especially since he’ll have low ownership given the matchup.

Without any confirmed goalies, however, it’s difficult to make recommendations in net; therefore, goalies will be discussed in chat later today once more information has been released.

 

 

Join me in the FTA+ NHL discord chat to further discuss tonight’s slate and lineups.

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