There are just three games on tonight’s slate, and none of them are particularly intriguing matchups. The Senators-Sabres game should be loose considering neither team has anything to play for; Erik Karlsson did not make the trip with the Senators, so he is out tonight. The two teams with something to lose are the Ducks and Blues, but you can bet Chicago will do what it can to play spoiler to St. Louis. That being said, Jean-Francois Berube has struggled mightily lately, so the Blues are heavy favorites. Just a reminder: the slate locks at 7:30pm EST tonight.
Summary of Last Night’s Results
Last night’s lineup cashed. Foolishly, I crossed out William Karlsson’s name in the main lineup, though I left him in a few alternate lines since he was one of my top plays before it was announced that Vegas would be resting multiple players. He picked up another three points against Vancouver, finishing the night with 34.9 FP. Patrice Bergeron had a disappointing night, though at least he managed 8 FP in a 4-0 loss to Tampa. Pierre-Luc DuBois came through, however, scoring the game-winning overtime goal for Columbus and earning 15.2 FP on the night. The rest of the Jackets’ top line had monster games as well, as did Seth Jones, as expected; Artemi Panarin, who inexplicably had just a seven percent ownership rate, recorded a power-play goal, two power-play assists, four shots and a block for 37.9 FP, while Cam Atkinson scored two power-play goals on six shots for 34.6 FP. Jones tallied three power-play assists, four shots and one block for 33.5 FP. The only highlighted Blue Jacket that did not have a strong game was Sergei Bobrovsky, though he still managed a win with 14.4 FP. Fortunately, as per usual, I played Antti Raanta in most of my lines, and I hope you did the same after reading about him in these posts for months. He made 42 saves and earned 41.6 FP in a 4-1 win over Calgary; for some reason, Raanta’s ownership rate was just 19 percent despite his price tag, favorable matchup and recent play, but we will take it. Keith Kinkaid grabbed 21.6 FP in a 5-2 win over the Rangers in which Taylor Hall picked up four points and 49.5 FP. As for the other wingers, highlighted and recommended winger Anthony Beauvillier had a monster game against the Flyers, extending his goal streak to four games with one goal, two assists, seven shots and three blocks, good for 44 FP at just an eight percent ownership rate. I mainly used Kyle Connor and Timo Meier as my other options even though Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele did not play. Connor has been too good of late to pass on, and he did not disappoint, scoring a goal and two assists and finishing the game with 33.3 FP. Meier scored a goal in San Jose’s 4-2 loss to Dallas, earning 15.2 FP on the night. A few notable performances on the back end include Ryan Pulock (19.2 FP), Niklas Kronwall (13.3 FP) and Alex Edler (14.9 FP), and some other highlighted players that found the scoresheet include Dylan Larkin (20 FP), Richard Panik (16.8 FP), Dylan Strome (20), Filip Chytil (11.2 FP), Claude Giroux (25.3 FP) and Clayton Keller (12.8). The main core of DuBois, Hall, Atkinson and Raanta earned 140.9 FP on their own, so most lines should have cashed easily last night.
Here’s what I played on FanDuel last night:
(1)Main: Bergeron, DuBois, Hall, Atkinson, Connor, Beauvillier, Yandle, Reilly, Raanta – $200 remaining, final score: 243.8 (cashed)
(2)Main: Bergeron, DuBois, Panarin, Atkinson, Connor, Beauvillier, Jones, Pulock, Raanta – $100 remaining, final score: 267.3 (cashed)
(3)Main: Bergeron, DuBois, Hall, Atkinson, Meier, Beauvillier, McAvoy, Goligoski, Bobrovsky – $0 remaining, final score: 188.9 (cashed)
(4)Main: Bergeron, DuBois, Hall, Atkinson, Meier, Beauvillier, Vlasic, Pulock, Bobrovsky – $0 remaining, final score: 208.1 (cashed)
(5)DuBois, Barzal, Panarin, Atkinson, Connor, Beauvillier, Jones, Edler, Raanta – $400 remaining, final score: 290.7 (cashed)
(6)Karlsson, DuBois, Panarin, Atkinson, Connor, Meier, Vatanen, Butcher, Kinkaid – $600 remaining, final score: 227.3 (cashed)
(7)DuBois, Strome, Hall, Panarin, Pastrnak, Atkinson, Goligoski, Reilly, Raanta – $300 remaining, final score: 210 (cashed)
(8)Bergeron, Chytil, Panarin, Gallagher, Atkinson, Panik, Jones, Kronwall, Kinkaid – $0 remaining, final score: 189.7 (cashed)
(GPP)Karlsson, Sutter, Hall, Panarin, Atkinson, Tuch, Jones, Reilly, Raanta – $0 remaining, final score: 285.7 (cashed)
- Ottawa @ Buffalo – 7:30pm EST
- Chicago @ St. Louis – 8:00pm EST
- Minnesota @ Anaheim – 10:00pm EST
- OTT: Craig Anderson (confirmed) vs. BUF: Chad Johnson (confirmed)
- CHI: J-F Berube (confirmed) vs. STL: Jake Allen (confirmed)
- MIN: Devan Dubnyk (confirmed) vs. ANA: Ryan Miller (confirmed)
FanDuel DFS NHL 4/4/18
Jack Eichel ($7,700)
Jack Eichel was held off the scoresheet in Toronto Monday night, managing just three shots and one block. However, he finds himself on home ice tonight in a favorable matchup against the defensively-exposed Ottawa Senators. Eichel had managed eight points in his previous three games before Monday’s blanking, recording three goals and five assists on a three-game point streak. He has been explosive since returning to the lineup, and tonight could be another opportunity for the 21-year-old to fill up the scoresheet. Eichel skates on Buffalo’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 16.2 fantasy points per game.
Brayden Schenn ($6,600)
Brayden Schenn has gone pointless in each of his last two games but skates on St. Louis’ top line with Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko, so he could be a popular option in tonight’s contests. Schenn had points in three straight and in six out of his last seven prior to this past weekend, so it’s possible he and the Blues will dish out a strong performance tonight in a must-win game against the rival Chicago Blackhawks. Schenn skates on St. Louis’ first power-play unit.
Ryan O’Reilly ($6,300)
Ryan O’Reilly skates on Buffalo’s second line and first power-play unit and is in the midst of a strong stretch in which he has produced points in three straight games, recording two goals and five points for 19.7, 38.6 and 17.3 fantasy points, respectively. O’Reilly has managed an unusually high shot volume in his last few games, registering 14 shots in his last three contests. He has two assists and seven shots in three games against the Senators this season.
Matt Duchene ($6,200)
Matt Duchene is coming off a three-point performance in which he scored two goals and an assist for 39.4 fantasy points. Duchene has shown an ability to rack up the fantasy points, though he has been inconsistent in recent games, earning points in just four out of his last nine games. That being said, he has four assists in three games against the Sabres this season and skates on Ottawa’s first line and first power-play unit.
Also consider: Eric Staal ($7,300), Ryan Kesler ($5,200), Kyle Brodziak ($3,400), Casey Mittelstadt ($3,300), Dylan Sikura ($3,000)
Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,700)
Vladimir Tarasenko has points in five out of his last six games, recording five goals and six points in that stretch. He has earned 16.8, 9.6, 9.6, 32.5, 18.4 and 16.8 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively, and he scored a goal and an assist in a game against Chicago earlier this season. Tarasenko skates on St. Louis’ first line and first power-play unit.
Zach Parise ($6,500)
Zach Parise has been on fire of late, finding the scoresheet in seven straight games and picking up goals in each of his last three. He has collected seven goals and nine points in his last seven games, earning 32, 18.9, 32, 9.6, 12.8, 21.6 and 16.8 fantasy points, respectively. Parise skates on Minnesota’s first line and second power-play unit.
Sam Reinhart ($5,600)
Sam Reinhart skates on Buffalo’s second line and first power-play unit and has points in three straight games, recording four goals and five points as well as eight shots and two blocks in that time. Reinhart has earned 17.3, 48.2 and 8.5 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively, and he has a goal and an assist in three games against Ottawa this season.
Patrik Berglund ($4,600)
Patrik Berglund skates on St. Louis’ second line and second power-play unit. He has points in four out of his last six games, scoring four goals and five points in that time. Berglund is coming off a particularly strong performance in which he recorded an unusually-high shot volume with five shots, though he generally is pretty point-dependent as far as fantasy production. That being said, he has been one of the more consistent scorers on this Blues team in recent games, so he could come up big again tonight. He scored a goal and earned 21.6 fantasy points when these teams met in Chicago Mar. 18.
Jason Pominville ($4,300)/Evan Rodrigues ($3,600)
Jason Pominville has points in four straight games, scoring two goals and two assists and registering 11 shots in that time. He skates on Buffalo’s first line and second power-play unit and has earned 17.3, 16.8, 12.8 and 11.2 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively. Evan Rodrigues will move up to the team’s top line tonight in the absence of Zemgus Girgensons, so he will skate with Jack Eichel and Pominville at even strength. Rodrigues has points in two out of his last three games and offers cheap exposure to two of Buffalo’s more productive forwards. He skates on the Sabres’ second power-play unit.
Andrew Cogliano ($4,000)/Ondrej Kase ($3,800)
Andrew Cogliano has points in three out of his last four games, recording two goals and four points as well as 14 shots and one block in that stretch. He skates on Anaheim’s second line and has been shooting the puck more than usual lately, which makes him a strong value option on tonight’s slate. Ondrej Kase skates on the team’s third line and second power-play unit, and he has points in back-to-back games, scoring a goal and two assists in that time.
Also consider: Mike Hoffman ($6,600), Jaden Schwartz ($6,600), Alex DeBrincat ($5,700), Bobby Ryan ($4,800), Ryan Dzingel ($4,500), Colin White ($3,200)–playing on OTT’s first line
Rasmus Ristolainen ($5,300)
Rasmus Ristolainen currently has points in three straight games, recording five assists, five shots and three blocks in his last three contests for 13.3, 27.1 and 14.9 fantasy points, respectively. He skates on Buffalo’s first power-play unit.
Hampus Lindholm ($4,600)/Brandon Montour ($4,100)
Hampus Lindholm will move to the Ducks’ top power-play unit with the injury to Cam Fowler. Lindholm recorded four shots and three blocks for 11.2 fantasy points the other night against Colorado, and his role on the Ducks’ top power-play unit increases his value. Brandon Montour has points in back-to-back games, tallying an assist and 11.2 fantasy points in both contests. He skates on Anaheim’s first power-play unit as well.
Thomas Chabot ($3,900)
Thomas Chabot is coming off a huge game in which he scored two goals and an assist and earned 38.9 fantasy points. He will not be playing with Erik Karlsson tonight, but his minutes should continue to rise, especially with Karlsson out of the lineup. Chabot will play the point on Ottawa’s top power-play unit.
Jonas Brodin ($3,600)
Jonas Brodin has assists in back-to-back games, earning 14.4 and 18.1 fantasy points, respectively. He will see increased ice time with the injuries to Jared Spurgeon and Ryan Suter, who is out for the season. Brodin skates on Minnesota’s second power-play unit, with Ryan Murphy ($3,500) getting bumped to the top unit to play with Matt Dumba.
Also consider: Alex Pietrangelo ($5,800), Matt Dumba ($5,100), Brent Seabrook ($4,900), Colton Parayko ($4,600), Erik Gustafsson ($4,300), Robert Bortuzzo ($3,600), Ryan Murphy ($3,500)
Jake Allen ($8,500)
Jake Allen has lost three games in a row, going 0-2-1 and earning 12, 1.6 and 1.6 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively. However, St. Louis finds itself in a must-win situation tonight, so Allen will look to bounce back on home ice. Chicago and St. Louis have quite a rivalry, so this game will not be easy; that being said, the Blues are heavy favorites and have the advantage of going up against a goalie that has given up 13 goals in his last three starts. That goalie, Jean-Francois Berube, gave up five goals in an overtime loss to St. Louis Mar. 18. The odds favor Allen and the Blues tonight, though I never feel safe starting Allen given his inconsistency. That being said, there aren’t any great options in net tonight, so you’ll have to choose someone. Allen should be pretty chalky since St. Louis is the biggest favorite on the slate.
Ryan Miller ($8,400)
Ryan Miller won his most recent start, stopping 19 of 21 shots against the Avalanche Sunday night and picking up 19.2 fantasy points. He will have a more difficult matchup against the Wild tonight, though Anaheim needs the two points, and being on home ice is a huge advantage for the Ducks so they can get the matchups they want when Minnesota’s star players are on the ice. Miller has given up two goals in his last two starts; the Ducks are -145 favorites in tonight’s game.
Note: Despite the fact that the past two nights have been two of my most successful ever in DFS, with tonight’s small and less-than-ideal slate, there’s just one sample lineup with a lot of options built in for tonight. I will be playing a few variations of this but will be betting lightly.
Eichel, O’Reilly/Duchene/Schenn, Parise/Schwartz/Hoffman, Tarasenko, Berglund/Reinhart, Pominville/Cogliano/Kase, Ristolainen/Pietrangelo, Montour/Gustafsson/Brodin, Allen/Miller
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