An overview of top plays in FanDuel DFS NHL contests for tonight’s seven-game slate. The post will be updated throughout the day with injury news, starting goalie confirmations and adjustments to the sample lineup. Note: players highlighted in the post are listed based on salary, not ranking.
UPDATE: Brad Marchand is a GTD. Sean Monahan is expected to play, Matthew Tkachuk is not.
Summary of Last Night’s Results
One of last night’s lineups cashed easily, the other did not. I went with the riskier lineup because I felt good about Pierre-Edouard Bellemare’s chances of being a great value play last night; banking on his determination to beat his former team, as noted in yesterday’s post, turned out to be a worthwhile gamble as he ended up grabbing an assist on the game-winning goal and coming way with 12.8 fantasy points, which was solid value for his $3,300 price tag. Anze Kopitar scored a goal in the Kings’ 3-0 shutout against the Canucks, finishing the game with 18.4 fantasy points. Both Aleksander Barkov and Ryan Getzlaf also found the scoresheet if you went with one of them. Artemi Panarin, Cam Atkinson, Patrik Laine, Evgenii Dadonov and Jonathan Huberdeau earned points as well, though Rickard Rakell did not factor into either of Anaheim’s goals. Both Boone Jenner and Joonas Donskoi scored goals, earning 21.6 and 15.2 fantasy points, respectively, and Ryan Spooner picked up an assist and 12.8 fantasy points. Mathieu Perreault did not have a strong night, however, registering just two shots on goal. Frank Vatrano earned 4.8 fantasy points, which was decent value for his $3,100 price tag, though it was disappointing considering he jumped to the second line midway through the game. However, Florida, especially Roberto Luongo, had a very tough night, losing 5-3 to the Ottawa Senators. Though players in the final recommended lineups found the scoresheet, Luongo’s performance was a killer in a tight cash contest. Martin Jones, however, the other goalie recommended in the final lineup, picked up 18.4 fantasy points in a 5-3 win over the Red Wings. It wasn’t a great night for Jones, but it was certainly better than Luongo’s surprising performance. Seth Jones, however, had another huge night, scoring a goal and an assist (both on the power play) and recording three shots and two blocks for 29 fantasy points. He missed the third period and is day-to-day with an injury, so he could have had an even better night.
- Boston @ Carolina – 7:00pm EST
- Ottawa @ Tampa Bay – 7:30pm EST
- Dallas @ Montreal – 7:30pm EST
- Winnipeg @ Nashville – 8:00pm EST
- Colorado @ Minnesota – 8:30pm EST
- Edmonton @ Calgary – 9:00pm EST
- Los Angeles @ Arizona – 10:00pm EST
- BOS: Tuukka Rask (confirmed) vs. CAR: Cam Ward (confirmed)
- OTT: Mike Condon (confirmed) vs. TBL: Andrei Vasilevskiy (confirmed)
- DAL: Kari Lehtonen (confirmed) vs. MTL: Antti Niemi (confirmed)
- WPG: Michael Hutchinson (confirmed) vs. NSH: Pekka Rinne (LIKELY)
- COL: Semyon Varlamov (confirmed) vs. MIN: Devan Dubnyk (confirmed)
- EDM: Cam Talbot (confirmed) vs. CGY: Mike Smith (confirmed)
- LAK: vs. ARI: Darcy Kuemper (LIKELY)
FanDuel DFS NHL 3/13/18
Connor McDavid ($9,200)
Connor McDavid has been unstoppable and loves to play the Calgary Flames, making him a solid play on tonight’s slate. He has points in seven straight games, recording six goals and 13 points in that stretch. He has three goals and five points as well as 16 shots in three games against Calgary this year; while all three goals came on opening night, he has earned at least a point in all three contests against Edmonton’s Alberta rivals, and he has nine goals and 15 points in 10 career games against the Flames. McDavid is averaging 18.5 fantasy points per game and has earned 37.3, 28, 19.2, 23.2, 25.3, 20 and 35.2 fantasy points in his last seven games, respectively. Additionally, there’s a chance that Sean Monahan, Mikael Backlund and Matthew Tkachuk could be out tonight, which just leaves even more open space for McDavid to do his thing.
Nathan MacKinnon ($8,400)
Nathan MacKinnon has had a few quiet performances in recent games, though considering how well he is playing, a “quiet” night for MacKinnon still entails nearly 20 fantasy points per contest. He has points in eight straight and in nine out of his last 10, collecting eight goals and 20 points in that stretch. MacKinnon skates on Colorado’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 19.6 fantasy points per game this season, which is the highest among all skaters on tonight’s slate. MacKinnon has three goals and eight points in three games against Minnesota this season, though five of them came when these teams met in Colorado March 2 and the other three came on home ice as well. These teams generally play each other much better on home ice, which could give the Wild an advantage tonight. However, MacKinnon has been brilliant in recent weeks and is fair game every time he takes the ice.
Eric Staal ($7,600)
On the other side of the matchup is Eric Staal, who also has been incredible, finding the scoresheet in eight out of his last 11 games. He has scored 11 goals and 16 points in his last 11 games and has earned 8, 23.2, 35.7, 17.3, 4.8, 3.2, 59.4, 16.8, 53.3, 16.8, 14.4, 8, 15.7, 16.8, 8, 16.8 and 28.5 fantasy points in his last 17 games, respectively. He earned just 4.8 fantasy points in the March 2 meeting in Colorado but has three points and seven shots in three games against the Avs this season, as well as 39 points in 35 home games. Staal skates on Minnesota’s first line and second power-play unit and is averaging 15.8 fantasy points per game.
Also consider: Anze Kopitar ($7,400)
There are lots of solid mid-range center options listed below (see “Also consider”)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($5,400)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has points in three out of four games since returning to the Oilers’ lineup, scoring two goals and two assists and registering 12 shots and four blocks in that time. He is skating on the Oilers’ top line with Connor McDavid as well as its second power-play unit, putting him in a great spot. Plus, he offers exposure to McDavid for a very reasonable price. Nugent-Hopkins has earned 28, 4.8, 10.1 and 23.2 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively.
Carl Soderberg ($4,800)
Carl Soderberg is playing great hockey and seems to be flying completely under the radar. While that may not be true now that he’s picked up three goals and four points in his last two games, he has been providing solid value for weeks, making him an intriguing play tonight in Minnesota. Soderberg has recorded four goals and eight points as well as 16 shots and one block in his last six games, earning 24.8, 27.2, 8, 11.2, 15.2 and 20.8 fantasy points, respectively. He scored a goal and earned 15.2 fantasy points when these teams met in early March, and he has been producing ever since. There are some elite centers that will be tough to fade on tonight’s slate, but make sure to check out Soderberg’s stats, especially if you’re looking for an under-owned GPP play with upside. He still carries risk, however, skating on Colorado’s third line and second power-play unit.
Also consider: Brayden Point ($6,400), Tyler Johnson ($6,100), Matt Duchene ($6,000), Derek Stepan ($6,000), Paul Stastny ($5,900), David Krejci ($5,900)
Consider: Mark Jankowski ($3,700)*, Matt Cullen ($3,600), Anthony Cirelli ($3,300), Mike Fisher ($3,000)
*Check his position in the lineup; if Monahan/Backlund are out, he could center the top line
Patrik Laine ($8,400)
As with Taylor Hall, Patrik Laine is an expensive winger but is in the midst of such an impressive streak that it’s difficult to ignore him. While Laine has not come close to achieving what Hall was able to do (earn a point in 26 straight games), he has been pretty spectacular in recent games and continues to produce, night after night. He now has goals in six straight games and in 11 out of his last 12 games, scoring 16 times in that stretch and adding six assists just for kicks, giving him points in 12 straight contests. Laine skates on Winnipeg’s second line and first power-play unit and is averaging 15.5 fantasy points per game this season. He has earned 21.6, 18.9, 13.6, 44, 40.5, 30.4, 22.4, 30.4, 15.2, 25.8, 22.1 and 24.2 fantasy points in his last 12 games, respectively.
Mikko Rantanen ($7,100)
Mikko Rantanen has points in back-to-back games and in six out of his last seven games, scoring four goals and 13 points in that stretch. He has earned 33.3, 26.1, 0, 15.7, 39.7, 14.4 and 22.1 fantasy points in his last seven games, respectively, scoring a goal and four points for 39.7 fantasy points in the March 2 meeting between the Avalanche and Wild. Rantanen skates on Colorado’s first line and first power-play unit and has seven points in three games against Minnesota this season. He is averaging 14 fantasy points per game.
Also consider: Nikita Kucherov ($8,900), Brad Marchand ($8,100)–DTD, Johnny Gaudreau ($7,700), Leon Draisaitl ($7,000)
J.T. Miller ($5,900)
J.T. Miller is projected to skate on Tampa Bay’s first line with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov tonight against the visiting Ottawa Senators, who are skating in the second half of a back-to-back. Miller will remain on Tampa’s second power-play unit. Tampa Bay has been a frustrating team in DFS of late, which is why they have not been highlighted in quite some time (aside from Brayden Point getting some attention here and there). However, this is a significant opportunity for Miller, who should see higher ownership tonight given his new line assignment. His price tag is still quite steep considering the risk Tampa Bay players have carried in recent games, but it’s hard to be in a better spot than skating alongside Stamkos and Kucherov. That being said, Miller hasn’t taken long to adjust to his new surroundings, notching six points in six games with the Lightning, so I’ll leave this one up to you.
Charlie Coyle ($5,200)
Charlie Coyle has points in three straight games, scoring two goals and four points and recording seven shots and three blocks in that time. He has earned 18.4, 24.8 and 12.8 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively, though he was held to just three shots on goal when these teams last played. Coyle skates on Minnesota’s second line and second power-play unit. Also consider Jason Zucker ($6,800) and Zach Parise ($6,100).
Jake DeBrusk ($4,700)
Assuming Brad Marchand is unable to play tonight, the David Krejci line should remain the Bruins’ top line, which means Jake DeBrusk should see even more ice time than usual (though make sure to check the Bruins’ lines before lock since David Backes will return to the lineup, which could throw things off a bit). Carolina, especially Cam Ward, can be a tricky opponent, but DeBrusk has points in back-to-back games and in six out of his last seven games, recording two goals and nine points on 17 shots in that span. He tallied two assists and 17.6 fantasy points when these teams met in Boston Feb. 27, though Ward was not the Hurricanes’ starter that night.
Also consider: Jason Zucker ($6,800), Brendan Gallagher ($6,800), Viktor Arvidsson ($6,700), Nikolaj Ehlers ($6,500), Alexander Radulov ($6,300), Gabriel Landeskog ($5,800), Jeff Skinner ($5,500), Justin Williams ($5,500), Craig Smith ($5,500), David Backes ($5,200), Clayton Keller ($5,100), Micheal Ferland ($4,500)
NOTES: Zucker skates with Eric Staal and has been solid in recent games. Gallagher is a better option on DraftKings given the price difference. Radulov will face his former team and is underpriced given his potential value. Landeskog’s price has dropped, though he doesn’t skate with Nathan MacKinnon at even strength anymore. Skinner is way too cheap for his upside and is a solid GPP play tonight.
Brian Gionta ($3,700)
Brian Gionta has played six games this season and has exceeded value in five of those games, earning 11.2, 25.8, 16.8, 1.6, 9.6 and 21.3 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively. It’s unclear where he will skate in the lineup given the uncertainty surrounding the Bruins’ lines this evening, but he has gotten around 14-15 minutes of ice time per game and has produced. Gionta is averaging 14.4 fantasy points per game with two goals, six points, 15 shots and two blocks.
Also consider: Ryan Hartman ($3,800), Tobias Rieder ($3,600), Blake Comeau ($3,600), Tim Schaller ($3,600), Mike Cammalleri ($3,500), Richard Panik ($3,500), Matt Nieto ($3,500), Brendan Perlini ($3,400), Pontus Aberg ($3,400)
Consider: Roman Josi ($6,500)
Mark Giordano ($5,800)
Mark Giordano has points in three out of his last four games and has provided a steady floor for a while now, earning 23.2, 9.6, 25.3, 26.4, 8, 8, 12.8, 15.2, 19.2, 16, 6.4, 13.3, 24.5, 17.6 and 8 fantasy points in his last 15 games, respectively. He skates on Calgary’s first power-play unit and has recorded 34 shots in his last seven games.
Tyson Barrie ($5,800)
Tyson Barrie skates on Colorado’s first power-play unit and has been part of the team’s hot streak along with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen. Barrie has points in six straight games, recording four goals and nine points as well as 19 shots and 13 blocks in that time. He has earned 28.5, 18.4, 14.9, 18.1, 31.7 and 30.1 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively; he scored a goal and an assist and earned 31.7 fantasy points against Minnesota earlier this month. Barrie is averaging 13.8 fantasy points per game this season.
Ryan Ellis ($5,500)
Ryan Ellis, along with Roman Josi, has been finding the scoresheet and padding his peripheral coverage stats in recent weeks. He has 13 points in his last 11 games and has registered 35 shots and 22 blocks in that stretch. Ellis skates on Nashville’s second power-play unit and is averaging 14.2 fantasy points per game this season, earning 17.6, 19.6, 12.8, 38.1 and 29.6 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively.
Matt Dumba ($4,700)
Matt Dumba is another defenseman who has provided a steady floor over his last 10 or so games but comes at a cheaper price, leaving you more money elsewhere in your lineup. Dumba skates on Minnesota’s second power-play unit and recorded five shots and two blocks for 11.2 fantasy points against Colorado less than two weeks ago. He has earned 8, 16, 14.4, 9.6, 11.2 and 14.9 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively.
Also consider: Torey Krug ($5,800), Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($5,200), Zdeno Chara ($4,600)*
*Points in three straight (1G, 3A, 7SH, 4Bks for 20, 8, 25.6 FP in last 3GP); recorded four shots and a block for 8 FP Feb. 27 against CAR
Adam Larsson ($3,700)
Adam Larsson has earned 19.2, 12.8, 6.4, 4,.8, 14.4, 8, 8, 14.4 and 14.4 fantasy points in his last nine games, respectively. He provides a solid floor via peripheral stat coverage and has recorded three shots and 12 blocks in just his last two games.
Travis Hamonic ($3,600)
Travis Hamonic has earned 9.6, 9.6, 9.6 and 17.6 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively. Like Adam Larsson, Hamonic provides solid peripheral stat coverage, making him a value defenseman worth considering for tonight’s slate.
Also consider: Jeff Petry ($4,400), Jake Muzzin ($4,200), Alex Goligoski ($4,100), Darnell Nurse ($4,000), Kris Russell ($3,900), Brett Pesce ($3,800), Thomas Chabot ($3,700), Nick Holden ($3,600), Mike Reilly ($3,600), Kevin Connauton ($3,500)
Pekka Rinne ($9,100)
Pekka Rinne has won eight games in a row, earning 28.8, 40.8, 17.6, 31.2, 19.2, 41.6, 34.4 and 32.8 fantasy points, respectively. The Predoatrs will look to bounce back after the team’s first loss in 11 games and will host a Winnipeg team that played last night. Rinne and the Predators are favored for the win tonight. Rinne is averaging 24.3 fantasy points per game this season.
Also consider: Andrei Vasilveskiy ($9,400), Kari Lehtonen ($8,200), Darcy Kuemper ($7,700)
FanDuel DFS NHL 3/13/18 Lineup
- C: Connor McDavid ($9,200) or Nathan MacKinnon ($8,400)
- C: Eric Staal ($7,600) or Nathan MacKinnon ($8,400)/Carl Soderberg ($4,800)
- W: Mikko Rantanen ($7,100) or Jason Zucker ($6,800)
- W: Charlie Coyle ($5,200)/Jason Zucker ($6,800)
- W: J.T. Miller ($5,900)/Ryan Hartman ($3,800)
- W: Brian Gionta ($3,700)
- D: Ethan Bear ($3,500)/Tyson Barrie ($5,800)/Matt Dumba ($4,700)
- D: Adam Larsson ($3,700)
- G: Pekka Rinne ($9,100)/Darcy Kuemper ($7,700)
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