Top plays in FanDuel DFS NHL contests for tonight’s massive 12-game slate, which features at least six games with significant playoff implications and nine games that could affect the final standings; Minnesota is the only team skating in the second half of a back-to-back.
Jakob Chychrun (ARI), Andrej Sekera (EDM) and Justin Faulk (CAR) are done for the season; Jonathan Marchessault (VGK) and David Perron (VGK) did not make the trip to Alberta with the Golden Knights and therefore will not play tonight in Edmonton and likely will not play Saturday in Calgary. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM) is expected to rejoin the lineup for tonight’s game against Vegas. Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, Jacob Trouba and Josh Morrissey are expected to play tonight for Winnipeg. Alex Ovechkin will play tonight. Johnny Boychuk (NYI) is not expected to play.
NOTE: Tonight will be the final home game for Daniel and Henrik Sedin after 17 seasons in Vancouver. They are both legitimate DFS options tonight, especially Daniel; plus, they will not have to face Antti Raanta, which gives them a better shot of producing. There are better options, but if you like going with a narrative, there won’t be many more poignant than this one.
UPDATES: Josh Anderson (CBJ) is expected to be in the lineup tonight.
MAKE SURE to check back for updates throughout the day, and use the resources listed below for news/lineup updates. Lots of teams will hold players out of the lineup since we are in the final few days of the regular season, so it’s imperative to make sure everyone in your lineup is playing tonight. Keep in mind that the following active teams are still fighting for playoff spots/positioning: Philadelphia, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Florida, Los Angeles, Colorado and San Jose. You can find the current standings here.
Summary of Last Night’s Results
Last night’s lineup cashed, though it wasn’t a great night for DFS as the cash line barely cracked 90. However, most players highlighted in yesterday’s post either had strong games or had very high cash ownership rates. For example, Jack Eichel managed just one shot and two blocks for 4.8 fantasy points but had a 73 percent ownership rate, while the other three centers highlighted in yesterday’s post scored at least a goal in their respective games. Ryan O’Reilly scored a goal on five shots for 20 FP, Matt Duchene scored a goal and added two shots and a block for 16.8 FP and Brayden Schenn scored a goal and an assist and managed 23.2 FP. Vladimir Tarasenko also had an ownership rate in the mid-70’s, as expected, but he came through with a goal and an assist as well as five shots for 28 FP. Zach Parise put up a good ol’ goose egg, but Sam Reinhart assisted on O’Reilly’s tally, finishing the game with 12.8 FP. Both Andrew Cogliano and Ondrej Kase scored goals; Cogliano finished with 16.8 FP while Kase managed 21.6. On the back end, Rasmus Ristolainen had an extremely underwhelming performance, recording just one shot for 1.6 FP. However, Jonas Brodin chipped in a power-play assist and two shots for 11.7 FP. In the crease, Jake Allen gave up four goals on 26 shots, finishing the night with just 1.6 FP; however, as expected, his ownership rate was 58 percent, which lessened the blow of his poor performance. As is often the case with Allen, he had a poor night despite favorable odds and projected popularity, so if you heeded my warning then you would have been very pleased with Ryan Miller, who picked up a 3-1 win against Minnesota to clinch a playoff berth for the Ducks; Miller earned 28.8 FP on the night.
Here’s what I played on FanDuel last night:
(1)Main: Eichel, O’Reilly, Tarasenko, Parise, Reinhart, Kase, Ristolainen, Brodin, Allen – $0 remaining, final score: 101.6 (cashed)
(2)Main: Eichel, Schenn, Tarasenko, Parise, Berglund, Cogliano, Pietrangelo, Brodin, Miller – $100 remaining, final score: 127.2 (cashed)
(3)Main: Eichel, Duchene, Tarasenko, Parise, Cogliano, Rodrigues, Pietrangelo, Lindholm, Allen – $400 remaining, final score: 98.4 (cashed)
(GPP) Schenn, O’Reilly, Tarasenko, DeBrincat, Cogliano, Kase, Ristolainen, Brodin, Dubnyk – $3300 remaining, final score: 136.5 (cashed)
- Nashville @ Washington – 7:00pm EST
- Carolina @ Philadelphia – 7:00pm EST
- Toronto @ New Jersey – 7:00pm EST
- NY Rangers @ NY Islanders – 7:00pm EST
- Pittsburgh @ Columbus – 7:00pm EST
- Boston @ Florida – 7:30pm EST
- Montreal @ Detroit – 7:30pm EST
- Calgary @ Winnipeg – 8:00pm EST
- Vegas @ Edmonton – 9:00pm EST
- Arizona @ Vancouver – 10:00pm EST
- Minnesota @ Los Angeles – 10:30pm EST
- Colorado @ San Jose – 10:30pm EST
- NSH: Juuse Saros (confirmed) vs. WSH: Philipp Grubauer (confirmed)
- CAR: Scott Darling (confirmed) vs. PHI: Brian Elliott (confirmed)
- TOR: Frederik Andersen (confirmed) vs. NJD: Keith Kinkaid (confirmed)
- NYR: Ondrej Pavelec (confirmed) vs. NYI: Jaroslav Halak (confirmed)
- PIT: Matt Murray (confirmed) vs. CBJ:
- BOS: Tuukka Rask (confirmed) vs. FLA: Roberto Luongo (confirmed)
- MTL: Antti Niemi (confirmed) vs. DET: Jared Coreau (confirmed)
- CGY: Jon Gillies (confirmed) vs. WPG: Connor Hellebuyck (confirmed)
- VGK: vs. EDM: Cam Talbot (confirmed)
- ARI: Darcy Kuemper (confirmed) vs. VAN: Jacob Markstrom (confirmed)
- MIN: Alex Stalock (confirmed) vs. LAK: Jonathan Quick (LIKELY)
- COL: Jonathan Bernier (confirmed) vs. SJS: Martin Jones (confirmed)
FanDuel DFS NHL 4/5/18
Auston Matthews ($8,000)
Auston Matthews has points in seven straight since returning to Toronto’s lineup, recording five goals and 10 points in that stretch. He has a tough matchup on the road against a hot Devils team but continues to be a popular DFS option. With such a large slate, his ownership will be lower tonight, but he always has decent ownership and has been playing very well of late. Matthews skates on Toronto’s first line and second power-play unit and is averaging 16.8 FPPG.
Patrice Bergeron ($7,900)
Patrice Bergeron skates on Boston’s first line and first power-play unit. The Bruins will look to bounce back from a 4-0 loss to Tampa Bay as they aim to increase their slight division lead. They will be facing a team more desperate than any other on the slate, but Boston is always a powerhouse option. There is risk considering Roberto Luongo held the Predators to just one goal the other night, but Bergeron has earned 8, 16.8, 15.7, 31.7, 3.2 and 19.2 fantasy points in six games since returning to the lineup, so his floor has been reliable. Plus, he scored a goal against the Panthers when these teams met in Boston Mar. 31, though Florida has run out of wiggle room.
William Karlsson ($7,500)
William Karlsson did not have Jonathan Marchessault on his line the other night but still managed a three-point performance for 34.9 fantasy points. He has four goals and 12 points on his current five-game point streak and is still in the running for the Rocket Richard with 43 goals on the season, just three behind Alex Ovechkin for the lead league. Karlsson and the Knights have had trouble against the Oilers this season, but he has been about as productive as anyone in the league in recent games. He skates on the Knights’ top line and top power-play unit.
Also consider: Connor McDavid ($9,300), Evgeni Malkin ($8,900), John Tavares ($8,300), Mark Scheifele ($7,800), Anze Kopitar ($7,700), Vincent Trocheck ($7,100), Mika Zibanejad ($7,100)
Dylan Larkin ($6,500)
Dylan Larkin won’t have high ownership but quietly has points in four straight games as the Red Wings’ offense has come to life in recent contests. He has two goals and six points in his last four games, earning 16, 20, 26.4 and 19.2 fantasy points, respectively. Larkin skates on Detroit’s second line and second power-play unit and has a very favorable matchup against Antti Niemi and the Montreal Canadiens.
Mathew Barzal ($6,200)
Mathew Barzal had another huge game the other night in his impressive rookie campaign. He has points in back-to-back games and is averaging 13.5 FPPG. Barzal skates on New York’s second line and first power-play unit, offering exposure to everyone in the top six. He tallied three assists for 27.7 fantasy points the last time these teams met.
Pierre-Luc DuBois ($6,100)
Pierre-Luc DuBois is skating on one of the hottest lines in the NHL with Artemi Panarin and Cam Atkinson. The Blue Jackets and Penguins will go head-to-head tonight in a pivotal matchup. Not only does Columbus need to preserve its lead over the Devils and Flyers within the division, but they have a chance to pass the Penguins and overtake the second spot in the Metropolitan, thus securing home-ice advantage in the first round. Both teams are tied at 96 points, though Pittsburgh holds the tiebreaker, so tonight’s matchup could be season-altering for these clubs. Though DuBois hasn’t been nearly as productive as his linemates, he does have goals in three straight games and points in four straight, potting five goals and seven points in that stretch for 15.2, 15.7, 47.7 and 19.2 fantasy points, respectively. He skates on the team’s first power-play unit.
Also consider: Jeff Carter ($6,800), Derek Stepan ($5,900), Kevin Hayes ($5,900), Jonathan Drouin ($5,500), Jordan Staal ($5,400)
Nolan Patrick ($4,500)
Nolan Patrick is coming off the first three-point game of his career as he scored two power-play goals and an assist in the Flyers’ 5-4 loss to the Islanders Tuesday night. Patrick has seen limited ice time in recent games but was promoted to the top power-play unit in the third period of Tuesday’s game, converting on both of Philadelphia’s power plays. It’s likely he’ll retain that spot, which puts him in an excellent position to produce tonight. Patrick has three goals and four points in his last two games and could be a popular play given his price tag.
Derek Ryan ($3,800)
Derek Ryan continues to fly under the radar but extended his point streak to five games with a goal the other night against Florida. He skates on Carolina’s fourth line but centers the Hurricanes’ second power-play unit, and he has two goals and seven points on his current five-game point streak, earning 15.2, 9.6, 21.6, 11.2 and 20.8 fantasy points, respectively.
Dylan Strome ($3,400)
Dylan Strome has points in back-to-back games, scoring a goal and three assists for 20 and 24 fantasy points, respectively. He skates on Arizona’s second line and second power-play unit and has provided excellent value for his price tag.
Also consider: Travis Zajac ($4,400), Henrik Sedin ($4,400), Brandon Sutter ($3,700), Jacob De La Rose ($3,500), Filip Chytil ($3,400), Mark Letestu ($3,100)
Taylor Hall ($8,500)
Taylor Hall continues to be a dominant DFS option. He scored two goals and four points the other night against the Rangers, earning 49.5 fantasy points in the effort. He now has goals in four straight games and points in nine straight, collecting eight goals and 17 points in that stretch. Hall skates on New Jersey’s first line and first power-play unit and continues to put his team on his back. He is averaging 19.1 FPPG.
Claude Giroux ($8,000)
Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers are cutting it close and are in jeopardy of missing the playoffs. They have two games remaining in but lost in crushing fashion Tuesday in Brooklyn and therefore must win tonight against the Hurricanes. Many consider Giroux a Hart Trophy candidate as most valuable player as he has 97 points in 75 games this season. But for DFS purposes, the Flyers winger has goals in three straight games and points in eight straight, scoring four goals and 14 points in that stretch for 25.3, 27.2, 13.6, 16, 16, 28.8, 29.8 and 8 fantasy points, respectively. He skates on the Flyers’ first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 15.6 FPPG.
Artemi Panarin ($7,700)
Artemi Panarin has points in four straight games and in seven out of his last eight, recording six goals and 17 points in that time. He skates on Columbus’ first line and first power-play unit and continues to be a strong DFS option. Tonight’s contest is the biggest game of the year (see the Pierre-Luc DuBois description in mid-range centers for more details), but Panarin has been extremely consistent, earning at least a point in 13 out of his last 15 games. He is averaging 14.4 FPPG but has averaged 22.44 FPPG over his last 15 contests. He skates on Columbus’ first line and first power-play unit and has four goals and five points in three games against Pittsburgh this season.
Filip Forsberg ($7,700)
Filip Forsberg has six goals and 10 points in seven career games against the Capitals, making the team that traded him for nothing pay every time he shares the ice with them. He was held off the scoresheet the other night in Florida because his last-second game-tying goal was disallowed, though he still managed six shots for 9.6 fantasy points. Plus, he had six points in his previous two games, recording two goals and four assists as well as six shots and a block for 37.3 and 30.4 fantasy points, respectively. Washington’s Philipp Grubauer has been pretty stingy of late, but Forsberg is always worth considering when he plays against the Capitals.
Also consider: Blake Wheeler ($7,200)
Cam Atkinson ($6,700)
Cam Atkinson has earned 34.6, 25.3, 22.4, 21.6, 24.8, 23.7, 16, 21.6, 6.4 and 45.6 fantasy points in his last 10 games, respectively. He has goals in back-to-back games and points in eight straight and in 11 out of his last 12, scoring 10 goals and 17 points in that stretch. Atkinson skates on Columbus’ first line and first power-play unit and could be a popular option in tonight’s contests.
Brendan Gallagher ($6,700)
Brendan Gallagher’s price tag continues to be high, but he offers one of the safest floors among DFS forwards. He skates on Montreal’s first line and first power-play unit and has a favorable matchup against Jared Coreau and the Detroit Red Wings. Gallagher has points in six out of his last seven games, earning 12.8, 8, 24.5, 35.2, 17.3, 18.4 and 16 fantasy points, respectively. When these teams met in Montreal, Gallagher scored two goals on five shots and added two blocks for 35.2 fantasy points.
Patric Hornqvist ($6,400)
Patric Hornqvist has goals in three straight games and points in five straight, picking up four goals and six points in that stretch. He skates on Pittsburgh’s second line and first power-play unit and often has ownership rates exceeding 50 percent. Tonight should be no different, especially since FanDuel has yet to reduce his price tag. Hornqvist is averaging 14.4 FPPG, and he has one goal and three points in two games against the Blue Jackets this season.
Kyle Connor ($5,200)
Kyle Connor should have high ownership once again tonight, especially since Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler are expected to play. Connor skates on Winnipeg’s first line and second power-play unit and reached the 30-goal mark the other night. He has points in back-to-back games and in six out of his last eight, and he has earned 33.3 and 19.2 fantasy points in his last two games, respectively. Connor and the Jets have a very favorable matchup against Jon Gillies and the Flames, and his reasonable price tag could allow you to spend up elsewhere on tonight’s massive slate.
Max Domi ($5,200)
Max Domi is definitely not going to have much ownership at all, especially in cash contests. However, he quietly has points in three straight games, recording one goal and seven points in that stretch, earning 17.6, 27.2 and 23.2 fantasy points, respectively. Tonight’s matchup against Vancouver will be tough, since it’ll be an extremely emotional night for the franchise as they say goodbye to the Sedin twins, whom have been in the organization for 17 years. That being said, Domi has been productive and could be a sneaky play. He probably isn’t a great bet for cash contests given the ownership factor, but he’s definitely worth considering in contrarian situations and in GPP formats. He could make for a decent mini-stack with Dylan Strome, as the two play together on Arizona’s second line and second power-play unit.
Also consider: Zach Parise ($6,500), Anders Lee ($6,300), Clayton Keller ($6,300), Evgenii Dadonov ($6,200), Kyle Palmieri ($6,100), Teuvo Teravainen ($5,800), Josh Bailey ($5,800), Alex Galchenyuk ($5,800), William Nylander ($5,800), Dustin Brown ($5,700), Daniel Sedin ($5,600), Jake DeBrusk ($4,900), Justin Williams ($4,800)
Timo Meier ($4,500)
Timo Meier may or may not be a top value play on tonight’s slate, as it somewhat depends on the status of Evander Kane, who was on the ice for morning skate. However, Meier has points in three straight games, and not all of those were scored on the top line with Joe Pavelski. Therefore, he is still viable, even if he’s not the best value option (though Joonas Donskoi should remain on the top line either way). Meier has a goal and two assists in his last three games, earning 15.2, 17.6 and 16 fantasy points, respectively. Keep an eye on the Sharks’ lines before locking him in, however.
Anthony Beauvillier ($3,900)
Anthony Beauvillier is my top value play on the slate. He is coming off a massive three-point performance in which he earned 44 fantasy points, and he now has goals in four straight games, recording four goals and seven points in that stretch for 44, 18.9, 22.1 and 16.8 fantasy points, respectively. While he managed just one assist and one shot for 9.6 fantasy points when these teams last played, he has been red-hot and was all over the ice the other night. In fact, he could have had five or six points Thursday against Philadelphia, so considering he is still so cheap, he’s worth a shot given his recent play. Beauvillier skates on the Islanders’ second line and second power-play unit.
Brandon Pirri ($3,300)
Brandon Pirri made his Golden Knights debut Thursday night in Vancouver and came up with two goals and seven shots for 35.2 fantasy points. There’s no guarantee that he’ll replicate that level of production, but he could get some decent ice time as the Knights evaluate whether he’s worth keeping around for the playoffs. Pirri is slated to skate on the team’s second line, though he got some shifts with William Karlsson the other night, and he got power-play time as well.
Also consider: Boone Jenner ($4,500), Ryan Donato ($4,400), Sam Gagner ($4,300), Tyson Jost ($4,300), Joonas Donskoi ($4,300), Brock McGinn ($4,100), Richard Panik ($3,900), Darren Helm ($3,800), Alex Tuch ($3,800), Tyler Bertuzzi ($3,700), Carl Hagelin ($3,600), Valentin Zykov ($3,500), Phillip Di Giuseppe ($3,500), Nikolay Goldobin ($3,200), Matt Calvert ($3,200), Sven Andrighetto ($3,200), Spencer Foo ($3,000)
Dustin Byfuglien ($6,000)
Dustin Byfuglien skates on Winnipeg’s first power-play unit and has earned 18.1, 20.5, 19.2, 17.6 and 22.1 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively. With Jacob Trouba and Josh Morrissey returning to Winnipeg’s lineup, Byfuglien’s value decreases somewhat, as the other two are fine options for less money. However, Byfuglien’s role on the top power-play unit puts him in a great position to pick up a few points tonight against the Flames.
Seth Jones ($6,000)
Seth Jones has points in back-to-back games, recording one goal and seven points as well as six shots and three blocks for 33.5 and 43.4 fantasy points, respectively. He skates on Columbus’ first power-play unit but has just two assists in three games against the Penguins this season. Jones is averaging 14.6 FPPG.
Also consider: Shayne Gostisbehere ($6,300), Roman Josi ($6,200), John Carlson ($6,000)
Alex Edler ($5,400)
Alex Edler skates on Vancouver’s first power-play unit and offers one of the safest floors among defensemen. He has earned 14.9, 28, 8, 12.8, 11.2, 12.8, 30.4, 11.2, 27.4 and 8 fantasy points in his last 10 games, respectively. Edler skates on the Canucks’ first power-play unit.
Jake Gardiner ($4,900)
Jake Gardiner has points in five straight games and in nine out of his last 11 games, recording one goal and 10 points as well as 23 shots and 13 blocks in that span. He has earned 13.3, 13.3, 17.6, 14.4 and 14.9 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively. Gardiner skates on Toronto’s second power-play unit.
Jeff Petry ($4,600)
Jeff Petry has become a very hit-or-miss option in DFS, so he’s certainly not a safe play. That being said, he has points in four out of his last five games, scoring one goal and six points in that time. Plus, he picked up two assists and four shots for 23.4 fantasy points when these teams met in Montreal Mar. 26. Petry skates on the Canadiens’ first power-play unit.
Also consider: Drew Doughty ($5,800), P.K. Subban ($5,500), Ryan Ellis ($5,400), Jacob Trouba ($5,200), Morgan Rielly ($5,200), Matt Dumba ($4,900), Sami Vatanen ($4,600)
Consider: Shea Theodore ($4,400), Niklas Kronwall ($4,200), Will Butcher ($4,100), Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($4,100), Ryan Pulock ($4,000), Josh Morrissey ($4,000), Mike Reilly ($3,600), Jonas Brodin ($3,600), Ashton Sautner ($3,500), Ian Cole ($3,500), Ryan Murray ($3,500)
Connor Hellebuyck ($8,400)
Connor Hellebuyck seems to be the safest cash option on the slate given his price tag, matchup and stellar play on home ice all season. Hellebuyck has won seven games in a row and is averaging 21.6 FPPG this season. He is 28-5-2 on home ice this season and defeated Calgary earlier this season, giving up one goal in the contest. Hellebuyck should be a popular play on tonight’s slate.
Also consider: Jonathan Quick ($8,900), Keith Kinkaid ($8,300), Jacob Markstrom ($8,000)–deep contrarian GPP only
Note: As usual, not all of these are recommended cash lineups, merely examples to illustrate how to accommodate certain combinations of players. With 24 teams in action tonight, there are countless possible combinations one can use to build a winning lineup.
2 of Tavares/Matthews/Scheifele or Barzal/Larkin/DuBois or Patrick/Ryan/Sutter/Strome, Hall/Giroux/Panarin, Atkinson, Hornqvist/Gallagher, Connor/Beauvillier/Meier, Jones/Byfuglien/Doughty/Edler or Pulock/Morrissey, Brodin/Reilly/Sautner, Hellebuyck
Karlsson, Barzal, Wheeler, Atkinson, Connor, Beauvillier, Doughty, Pulock/Morrissey/Butcher, Hellebuyck
Larkin, Ryan, Hall, Atkinson, Hornqvist, Connor, Jones, Sautner/Cole/Murray, Hellebuyck
Malkin, Matthews, Atkinson, Hornqvist, Connor, Beauvillier, Pulock, Cole/Sautner/Murray, Hellebuyck
Scheifele, DuBois, Atkinson, Hornqvist, Connor, Beauvillier, Doughty, Vatanen/Petry, Hellebuyck
Matthews, Larkin, Wheeler, Atkinson, Hornqvist, Pirri, Theodore, Pulock, Hellebuyck
Karlsson, Ryan/Sutter, Hall, Panarin, Atkinson, Beauvillier, Theodore, Pulock, Hellebuyck
Barzal, DuBois, Hall, Atkinson, Connor, Beauvillier, Jones/Byfuglien/Doughty, Pulock/Morrissey/Kronwall/Butcher, Hellebuyck
Barzal, Larkin, Giroux, Atkinson, Connor, Beauvillier, Jones/Byfuglien/Doughty, Pulock/Morrissey/Kronwall/Butcher, Hellebuyck
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