Top plays in FanDuel DFS NHL contests for tonight’s nine-game slate. The Panthers and Jets are skating in the second half of back-to-back games.
Important: Make sure to double check for injury updates even after lock because teams are holding certain players out ahead of the playoffs, especially teams who are locked in to their position in the final standings. There was a late injury announcement last night; if you didn’t see the updated post in time, you still could have cashed, but you would have been at a major disadvantage, and on another night that might have been more costly.
NEWS: Steven Stamkos will NOT play tonight. Josh Bailey is expected to return to the Islanders’ lineup for tonight’s game. Jesper Fast and Mats Zuccarello OUT for Rangers tonight. Dustin Byfuglien is expected to play. TROUBA and Morrissey are NOT expected to play. Wheeler AND Scheifele also are NOT expected to play tonight.
UPDATE: Jonathan Marchessault, Erik Haula and David Perron are all OUT tonight for Vegas.
Evander Kane is out for tonight’s game. Eric Fehr still day to day #SJSharks
— Paul Gackle (@GackleReport) April 3, 2018
Viktor Arvidsson, who missed Sunday’s game because of injury, is participating in today’s morning skate.
— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) April 3, 2018
Summary of Last Night’s Results
Last night’s lineup cashed easily. Auston Matthews and Curtis McElhinney, as expected, were the two most popular plays on the slate with ownership rates of around 50-55 and 45-50 percent, respectively; both had strong games, especially Matthews, though it was possible (albeit more challenging) to cash without him. He scored two power-play goals and an assist and added six shots and two blocks for 45.8 fantasy points (FP), finishing with the best performance on the slate. McElhinney picked up a 5-2 win over the Sabres, earning 29.6 FP with 32 saves. Aleksander Barkov and the Florida Panthers took care of business and got a much-needed 3-2 win over Carolina; he picked up two assists and three shots for 21.3 FP at just an eight percent ownership rate, and linemate Evgenii Dadonov scored a goal and earned 18.9 FP. Roberto Luongo made 27 stops and picked up 25.6 FP at a seven percent ownership rate, while Keith Yandle managed just 6.4 FP with three shots and a block. Zach Parise had a shockingly low ownership rate of just 12 percent given his recent production, but hopefully you had him in your lineup since he scored two goals and earned 32 FP in a 3-0 win against the Oilers. Once it was announced that T.J. Oshie would not play for Washington, I posted a note at the top of yesterday’s post to go with the Winnipeg duo instead, or to turn to someone like Dustin Brown or Dadonov. All four wingers had strong games, with Wheeler leading the way with two goals, four shots and a block for 32 FP. Kyle Connor tallied an assist, six shots and a block for 19.2 fantasy points, though a very late stat correction took an extra 14.1 FP away from his total. Brown scored a short-handed goal and came away with 22 FP. On the back end, Jacob Trouba delivered, recording 17.6 FP with an assist, five shots and a block. Jake Gardiner managed 13.3 FP with a power-play assist, two shots and a block, while Drew Doughty and Alex Pietrangelo earned 20.8 and 11.2 FP, respectively. As expected, Erik Karlsson had quite a memorable game in what could have been his last home game in a Senators sweater, recording three assists (two on the man advantage), four shots and two blocks for 34.6 fantasy points; he had just a three percent ownership rate as everyone underestimated Ottawa on last night’s slate. While Connor Hellebuyck earned the win, he did give up five goals in a 6-5 finish; this was always a possibility, as explained in yesterday’s post, given the significance of the game for Karlsson and other members of the team. In the crease, all three highlighted goalies picked up wins, and five out of the six recommended goalies won their respective contests. Highlighted value center Derek Ryan had a very strong game, especially for his price tag, scoring a goal and earning 15.2 FP. Highlighted value winger Jason Pominville scored a goal as well and finished the night with 17.3 FP, while Alex Ovechkin scored his 46th of the season at just a three percent ownership rate, earning 22.1 FP in Washington’s 4-2 win.
Here’s what I played on FanDuel last night:
(1)Main: Barkov, Matthews, Parise, Wheeler, Connor, Mittelstadt, Trouba, Gardiner, McElhinney – $0 remaining, final score: 212.4 (cashed)
(2)Main: Kopitar, Matthews, Parise, Dadonov, Connor, Mittelstadt, Pietrangelo, Trouba, McElhinney – $0 remaining, final score: 189.1 (cashed)
(3)Main: Kopitar, Matthews, Parise, Brown, Connor, Mittelstadt, Yandle, Trouba, Luongo – $0 remaining, final score: 183.4 (cashed)
(4)Barkov, Ryan, Parise, Wheeler, Connor, Mittelstadt, Karlsson, Trouba, Hellebuyck – $1400 remaining, final score: 191.1 (cashed)
(5)Matthews, Eichel, Parise, Connor, Pominville, Mittelstadt, Karlsson, Gardiner, Quick – $0 remaining, final score: 199.8 (cashed)
(6)Matthews, Ryan, Parise, Wheeler, Brown, Connor, Karlsson, Larsson, Luongo – $0 remaining, final score: 231.2 (cashed)
(7)Matthews, Ryan, Parise, Ovechkin, Connor, Pominville, Karlsson, Brodin, Luongo – $0 remaining, final score: 226.1 (cashed)
(8)GPP: Matthews, Duchene, Parise, Wheeler, Connor, Pominville, Karlsson, Brodin, McElhinney – $0 remaining, final score: 264.3 (cashed)
- Philadelphia @ NY Islanders – 7:00pm EST
- NY Rangers @ New Jersey – 7:00pm EST
- Detroit @ Columbus – 7:00pm EST
- Nashville @ Florida – 7:30pm EST
- Boston @ Tampa Bay – 7:30pm EST
- Winnipeg @ Montreal – 7:30pm EST
- Arizona @ Calgary – 9:00pm EST
- Vegas @ Vancouver – 10:00pm EST
- Dallas @ San Jose – 10:30pm EST
- PHI: Petr Mrazek (confirmed) vs. NYI: Thomas Greiss (confirmed)
- NYR: Henrik Lundqvist (confirmed) vs. NJD: Keith Kinkaid (confirmed)
- DET: Jimmy Howard (confirmed) vs. CBJ: Sergei Bobrovsky (confirmed)
- NSH: Pekka Rinne (LIKELY) vs. FLA: Roberto Luongo (confirmed)
- BOS: Tuukka Rask (confirmed) vs. TBL: Andrei Vasilevskiy (confirmed)
- WPG: Steve Mason (confirmed) vs. MTL: Carey Price (confirmed)
- ARI: Antti Raanta (confirmed) vs. CGY: Jon Gillies (confirmed)
- VGK: Malcolm Subban (confirmed) vs. VAN: Jacob Markstrom (LIKELY)
- DAL: Kari Lehtonen (confirmed) vs. SJS: Martin Jones (confirmed)
FanDuel DFS NHL 4/3/18
Tyler Seguin ($8,600)
Tyler Seguin has points in three straight games, in five out of his last six games and in seven out of his last nine games, recording four goals and 11 points in that stretch. He plays on Dallas’ top line and top power-play unit and is averaging 17.5 fantasy points per game. The Stars are no longer in must-win mode now that they have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, though perhaps that’s what it will take to get the team playing loose after losing eight straight in March. Seguin and captain Jamie Benn have enough pride to do some damage tonight, though, and both have been incredible despite the team’s inability to get wins, so he’s worth consideration.
Patrice Bergeron ($7,900)
Patrice Bergeron has been, to no one’s surprise, stellar since returning to Boston’s lineup five games ago, putting up three goals and seven points in that time. He scored a goal and two assists when these teams met in Tampa Bay Mar. 29, earning 31.7 fantasy points on the night. The Bruins have a two-point lead over Tampa Bay with a game in hand heading into tonight’s all-important matchup for the Atlantic Division race. Bergeron skates on the top line and top power-play unit and is averaging 17 fantasy points per game this season.
William Karlsson ($7,400)
William Karlsson is one game removed from one of the nicest goals of the season that helped the Knights clinch the Pacific Division.
— NHL (@NHL) April 1, 2018
Karlsson has been red-hot, scoring three goals and nine points in his last four games. He has earned 28.4, 38, 10.1 and 33.8 fantasy points in those four games, respectively. Karlsson has had a massive breakout campaign, shattering all of his previous career-bests across the board. He is just four goals behind Alex Ovechkin for the league lead in what has been a magical year for the NHL’s newest franchise, and he has three goals and six points in three games against the Canucks this season.
Mark Scheifele ($7,800), Aleksander Barkov ($7,300), Vincent Trocheck ($7,100)
Dylan Larkin ($6,500)
Dylan Larkin has not had a good season but has points in three straight games, scoring two goals and five points in his last three contests for 20, 26.4 and 19.2 fantasy points, respectively. Larkin skates on Detroit’s second line and second power-play unit but was held to 4.8 fantasy points when these teams met in Columbus Mar. 9.
Pierre-Luc DuBois ($6,000)
Pierre-Luc DuBois has seen a surge in production since being put back on the top line with Artemi Panarin and Cam Atkinson. He has points in three straight games, recording an impressive four goals and six points in that stretch. DuBois has earned 15.7, 47.7 and 19.2 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively, and offers great exposure to one of the hottest lines in hockey at a great price tag. DuBois skates on the team’s second power-play unit.
Also consider: Mathew Barzal ($6,200), Derek Stepan ($5,900), Nico Hischier ($5,700), Jonathan Drouin ($5,500), Henrik Sedin ($4,600), Brock Nelson ($4,500)
Filip Chytil ($3,500)
Filip Chytil has been centering the Rangers’ second line between Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello, and he has done a decent job in his recent stint with the big club. Chytil has points in two out of four games, recording a goal and an assist as well as 16 shots and one block. He doesn’t have much upside but could come through with a point and a shot or two, which would make him an excellent value option at that price tag.
Dylan Strome ($3,400)
Dylan Strome has moved up to the Coyotes’ second line and is now centering Max Domi and Zac Rinaldo, as well as Arizona’s second power-play unit. He is coming off a three-point performance, which helped him secure 24 fantasy points. Strome has earned 24, 3.2, 1.6, 8, 8, 11.2 and 20.5 fantasy points in his last seven games, respectively.
Also consider: Brandon Sutter ($3,700), Jacob De La Rose ($3,700)
Taylor Hall ($8,400)
Taylor Hall has goals in three straight games and points in eight straight, recording six goals and 13 points in that span. He skates on New Jersey’s first line and first power-play unit and seems to be on one of his insane hot streaks once again as the Devils fight for playoff positioning in the final few games of the season. He has earned 17.2, 34.1, 23.7, 34.6, 11.2, 41.3, 18.4 and 10.1 fantasy points in his last eight games, respectively, and he is averaging 18.6 fantasy points per game this season. That being said, it’s interesting to note that Hall has just one assist and eight shots in three games against the Rangers this season.
Claude Giroux ($7,900)
Claude Giroux has points in seven straight and in 15 out of his last 16 games, collecting 10 goals and 24 points in that stretch. He skates on the Flyers’ first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 15.5 fantasy points per game this season.
David Pastrnak ($7,500)
David Pastrnak has points in six straight games, scoring five goals and eight points in that stretch. He has nine goals and 14 points in his last 12 games, earning 23.7, 13.3, 28.5, 25.3, 20, 28, 3.2, 12.8, 21.6, 6.4, 54.1 and 8 fantasy points, respectively. Pastrnak skates on Boston’s first line and first power-play unit, is averaging 15.2 fantasy points per game this season and scored a goal and an assist for 28.5 fantasy points when these teams played in Tampa Mar. 29. He has two goals and four points as well as 12 shots in three games against the Lightning this season.
Blake Wheeler ($7,200)
Blake Wheeler earned 32 fantasy points last night in Ottawa thanks to two goals, four shots and one block. That gives him points in back-to-back games and in nine out of his last 10 games. He has four goals and 13 points in his last 10 games, earning 32, 16.5, 1.6, 9.6, 25.3, 22.4, 14.4, 25.3, 16 and 10.1 fantasy points, respectively. Wheeler skates on Winnipeg’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 16.6 fantasy points per game this season. He scored a goal and an assist in a game against Montreal earlier this season.
Also consider: Brad Marchand ($8,200), Artemi Panarin ($7,700), Filip Forsberg ($7,700)
Jonathan Marchessault ($6,800)
Jonathan Marchessault was held off the scoresheet Saturday night for the first time since mid-March as he had put up points in seven straight games prior to Saturday’s tilt against the Sharks, recording five goals and 10 points in that stretch. Marchessault still managed five shots for eight fantasy points, giving him 8, 30.4, 19.7, 35.4, 18.4, 19.2, 18.4 and 12.8 fantasy points in his last eight games, respectively. He skates on Vegas’ first line and first power-play unit and scored a goal on four shots for 18.4 fantasy points when these teams met in Vegas Mar. 20. Marchessault has three goals and five points on 13 shots in three games against the Canucks this season. Tonight will be the second-to-last home game for Henrik and Daniel Sedin, so it could be a hard-fought matchup; that being said, Marchessault has been on fire in recent games and all season, and he remains a solid DFS play.
Cam Atkinson ($6,700)
Cam Atkinson has points in seven straight games and in 10 out of his last 11, collecting eight goals and 15 points in that stretch. He has earned 25.3, 22.4, 21.6, 24.8, 23.7, 16, 21.6, 6.4, 45.6, 11.7 and 17.6 fantasy points in his last 11 games, respectively, and he skates on Columbus’ first line and first power-play unit. Atkinson tallied an assist, five shots and one block for 17.6 fantasy points when these teams played in Columbus Mar. 9.
Clayton Keller ($6,300)
Clayton Keller saw his 10-game point streak come to an end Thursday night against the Kings, though he bounced back from that performance with a strong showing in Arizona’s 6-0 win over St. Louis Saturday night, tallying an assist, six shots and a block for 19.2 fantasy points. Keller has five goals and 15 points in his last 12 games, earning 19.2, 1.6, 9.6, 34.9, 25.3, 23.7, 18.1, 9.6, 13.6, 16, 15.2 and 16.5 fantasy points, respectively. He skates on the Coyotes’ first line and first power-play unit.
Kyle Connor ($5,000)–risky without Wheeler and Scheifele
Kyle Connor had a strong game last night, tallying an assist, six shots and a block for 19.2 fantasy points. He is still underpriced for his value and has a favorable matchup once again against the Canadiens. Connor skates on Winnipeg’s first line and second power-play unit and has seven goals and 11 points in his last 10 games.
Also consider: Brendan Gallagher ($6,800), J.T. Miller ($6,500), Kyle Palmieri ($6,300), Evgenii Dadonov ($6,200), Alexander Radulov ($6,200), Travis Konecny ($5,600), Craig Smith ($5,500), Max Domi ($5,200), Jake DeBrusk ($4,900), David Backes ($4,700), Timo Meier ($4,500)
Anthony Beauvillier ($3,900)
Anthony Beauvillier has goals in three straight games, scoring three goals and four points and adding seven shots and a block in that span for 18.9, 22.1 and 16.8 fantasy points, respectively. Beauvillier skates on the Islanders’ second line and second power-play unit and has five goals and seven points in his last six games.
Richard Panik ($3,900)
Richard Panik has points in seven out of his last nine games, recording five goals and nine points in that stretch. He has earned 22.1, 0, 15.2, 10.1, 23.7, 4.8, 13.6, 15.2 and 14.4 fantasy points in his last nine games, respectively. Panik skates on Arizona’s first line and first power-play unit.
Also consider: Sam Gagner ($4,300), Joonas Donskoi ($4,300), Michael Grabner ($3,900), Darren Helm ($3,800), Brandon Tanev ($3,300)*, Andrew Copp ($3,300)**, Eeli Tolvanen ($3,200), Evgeny Svechnikov ($3,100), Spencer Foo ($3,000)
*Has points in back-to-back games, points in three out of last four (4G, 1A)
**Has goals in back-to-back games, points in three out of last four (2G, 2A)
Torey Krug ($6,300)
Torey Krug skates on Boston’s first power-play unit and recorded two assists, three shots and two blocks for 24.5 fantasy points when these teams met in Tampa Bay Mar. 29. He is averaging 13 fantasy points per game this season, though he has failed to find the scoresheet in each of his last two contests.
Seth Jones ($6,000)
Seth Jones is coming off a massive four-point performance in which he earned 43.4 fantasy points with a goal, three assists, two shots and two blocks. Jones went three games without a point before that offensive explosion, but that game is a great example of his ridiculously high ceiling. Columbus will face a Red Wings team that has given up 23 goals in its last eight games. Jones plays on the Blue Jackets’ first power-play unit and is averaging 14.3 fantasy points per game this season.
Also consider: Brent Burns ($7,200), Victor Hedman ($6,600), Dustin Byfuglien ($6,000)
P.K. Subban ($5,500)
P.K. Subban has points in three straight games and in six out of his last seven games, earning 18.1, 17.3, 20.8, 4.8, 14.9, 9.6 and 16.5 fantasy points, respectively. Subban plays on Nashville’s first power-play unit and scored a goal against Florida earlier this season.
Alex Edler ($5,400)
Alex Edler has earned 28, 8, 12.8, 11.2, 12.8, 30.4, 11.2, 27.4, 8, 6.4, 14.4 and 11.2 fantasy points in his last 12 games, respectively. He skates on Vancouver’s first power-play unit and is coming off a huge game against Columbus in which he scored a goal and registered five shots and five blocks. Edler has recorded 31 shots and 31 blocks in his last 10 games, and he picked up 11.2 fantasy points Mar. 20 against Vegas with two shots and five blocks.
Jacob Trouba ($5,200)
Assuming Dustin Byfuglien remains out of the lineup, Jacob Trouba is skating on the Jets’ top power-play unit, which puts him in a great position offensively. He had a solid game last night in Ottawa, recording an assist, five shots and a block for 17.6 fantasy points. Trouba has points in back-to-back games and has points in five out of his last six games, though he missed time between those contests.
Also consider: Keith Yandle ($5,600), Ryan Ellis ($5,400), Sami Vatanen ($4,800)
Alex Goligoski ($3,700)
Alex Goligoski has earned 20, 3.2, 8, 11.2, 8, 35.7, 14.9, 8, 4.8, 8 and 9.6 fantasy points in his last 11 games, respectively. He skates on Arizona’s second power-play unit.
Mike Reilly ($3,600)
Mike Reilly has points in three straight games, earning 11.7, 9.6 and 12.8 fantasy points in his last three contests, respectively. He skates on Montreal’s second power-play unit.
Also consider: Charlie McAvoy ($4,400), Zdeno Chara ($4,400), Shea Theodore ($4,400), Niklas Kronwall ($4,200),
Josh Morrissey ($4,000), Will Butcher ($4,000), Ryan Pulock ($4,000), Kevin Connauton ($3,700), Jakob Chychrun ($3,600), Dan Girardi ($3,500), Adam Pelech ($3,500), Joe Hicketts ($3,500), Joe Morrow ($3,500)
Sergei Bobrovsky ($9,500)
Sergei Bobrovsky has won two games in a row and nine out of his last 10 starts, earning 37.6, 17.6, 12.8, 46.4, 23.2, 26.4, 21.6, 34.4, 21.6 and 30.4 fantasy points in his last 10 games, respectively. He is averaging 20.6 fantasy points per game this season and is favored on home ice tonight against the visiting Red Wings, whom he defeated Mar. 9, earning 21.6 fantasy points in the game.
Tuukka Rask ($9,200)
Tuukka Rask has won each of his last four starts, defeating the Panthers, Lightning, Wild and Stars in that span. Rask has earned 32, 24.8, 27.2 and 36 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively, including 24.8 in a win against the Lightning in Tampa Bay Mar. 29. The Bruins and Lightning meet in Tampa Bay again tonight as both teams battle for the Atlantic Division, with the Bruins holding a two-point lead with a game in hand. Rask is averaging 20 fantasy points per game this season, and he’ll face a Lightning team without Steven Stamkos in the lineup.
Keith Kinkaid ($8,300)
Keith Kinkaid and the New Jersey Devils continue to pile up the points in their quest to climb the Eastern Conference standings. The Devils have yet to officially clinch a playoff spot, so tonight’s game is meaningful in their playoff push; plus, it’s against the rival New York Rangers, so there should be no shortage of motivation. Kinkaid has won five of his last six, going 5-0-1 in that span and earning 28, 21.6, 8.8, 24.8, 36 and 32 fantasy points, respectively. He is averaging 18.7 fantasy points per game but is 1-1 against the Rangers this season.
Antti Raanta ($7,700)
Antti Raanta continues to go overlooked and underestimated, though if you’ve been reading these posts, you know that he has provided tremendous value for a long time. He has a favorable matchup against a struggling Calgary team tonight, though the Flames are coming off a 3-2 win against Edmonton. That being said, Raanta has won each of his last five games, earning 47.2, 25.6, 23.2, 31.2, 37.6 fantasy points, respectively. However, he also earned 16, 26.4, 25.6 and 40.8 fantasy points in the previous four games, one of which was a loss, which shows that he has been reliable and has provided a solid floor. Raanta is 8-1 in his last nine games.
NOTE: See top of post for injury updates. Trouba, Wheeler, Scheifele, Morrissey, Marchessault, Haula, Perron, etc. OUT tonight. Use recommendations/overview in post for substitutes, and note that VGK/WPG players riskier because of those lineup changes. However, Connor still a solid pick considering his role on PP1.
Note: As usual, these are not all recommended cash lineups, just examples of how to accommodate certain combinations of players. I have included multiple options in the main line, as requested, but make sure to read through the post for the best overall advice for tonight’s slate.
Karlsson/Barkov, DuBois, Hall/Giroux/Panarin/Pastrnak, Atkinson, Beauvillier/Grabner, Konecny/Connor/Smith/Meier/Donato/DeBrusk/Bjugstad/Domi, Jones/Yandle/Subban/Edler, Vlasic/Goligoski/Pulock/Chychrun/Reilly, Raanta/Kinkaid/Bobrovsky
Bergeron, DuBois, Panarin, Atkinson, Konecny/Smith, Beauvillier/Grabner, Pulock, Goligoski, Bobrovsky
Bergeron, DuBois, Hall, Atkinson, Connor, Beauvillier,
Trouba, Morrissey, Raanta
DuBois, Barzal/Stepan, Panarin, Atkinson, Connor, Meier, Jones, Trouba, Raanta
Karlsson, DuBois, Hall, Atkinson, Connor, Donskoi or Panik,
Trouba, Goligoski/Reilly/Chychrun or Vlasic/Pulock/Butcher/ Morrissey, Kinkaid
Karlsson, DuBois, Giroux/Panarin, Atkinson, Connor, Meier,
Trouba, Pulock/Morrissey/Kronwall, Kinkaid
Marchessault, Atkinson, Dadonov, Connor, Trouba, Pulock/ Morrissey, Raanta
DuBois, Chytil/Sutter/De La Rose/Strome,
Wheeler, Atkinson, Smith/Konecny, Connor, Jones, Trouba, Bobrovsky
Karlsson, DuBois, Giroux, Atkinson, Connor, Grabner,
Trouba, Vatanen, Raanta
DuBois, Strome, Hall, Giroux/Panarin/Forsberg, Pastrnak, Atkinson, Goligoski, Reilly, Raanta
Bergeron, Chytil, Panarin, Gallagher,
Marchessault, Atkinson, Goligoski, Morrissey/Kronwall, Raanta
DuBois, Chytil, Hall,
Marchessault, Atkinson, Connor, Trouba, Goligoski, Bobrovsky
Marchessault, Atkinson, Connor, Tanev/Copp/Tolvanen/Foo, Subban, Trouba, Raanta
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