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FanDuel NHL Picks – April 4th

We delivered a real solid FanDuel lineup last night. Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere combined for a goal and four assists. While Derek Stepan was left out of the Coyotes’ scoring, Clayton Keller and Richard Panik combined for a goal as well. Alex Galchenyuk and Jeff Petry combined to notch one goal and three assists on 10 shots. Lastly, Antti Raanta turned aside 42 shots while yielding just one goal in 4-1 Coyotes win. It was our best lineup in some time and hopefully you were followed and cashed! We will look to make it back-to-back profitable nights on tonight’s small three-game slate.

C – Brayden Schenn (STL) – $6,600 vs. CHI

The Blues aren’t a great offense as they score just 2.75 goals per game at home, good for 25th, but boy do they have a nice opportunity ahead of them tonight. The Blackhawks’ road defense checks in at 30th with 3.49 goals against per game, and J-F Berube has been obliterated on the road to the tune of a 4.74 GAA and an .857 Sv% in six appearances. Enter Schenn who has enjoyed a nice season in St. Louis with 26 goals and 65 points while taking 201 shots on goal. He gets our Blues’ stack started here tonight.

C – Matt Duchene (OTT) – $6,200 vs. BUF

After a very rocky start to his tenure in Ottawa, Duchene has been red-hot for quite some time. He’s been doing the majority of the scoring for the Sens, posting 26 points over his last 25 games. For a Sens teams that doesn’t score a whole lot, that’s excellent production. He’s coming off a monster two-gaol, one-assist game against the Jets on Monday as well. Duchene takes on a Sabres team that ranks 27th in home defense and one that has yielded 4.1 goals per game over their last 10.

W – Vladimir Tarasenko (STL) – $7,700 vs. CHI

We have a real high floor and a huge ceiling tonight with Tarasenko against the Blackhawks. The Russian superstar as bagged 32 goals for the season and has taken a whopping 296 shots on goal, the latter of which ranks him fifth in the NHL. Tarasenko has been scoring down the stretch, posting five goals over his last six games and six points in that stretch. Against arguably the league’s worst road defense and definitely the slate’s worst goaltender, I’m loving Vladdy’s ceiling tonight.

W – Jaden Schwartz (STL) – $6,600 vs. CHI

If it weren’t for an ankle injury after his white-hot start to the season, the Blues would likely have clinched a playoff spot by now. However, they are in a dogfight but should be able to take tonight’s game against the lowly Blackhawks. Despite being slowed by that injury, Schwartz has managed 22 goals and 56 points in his 59 games this season, with five of those tallies coming on the power play. The best part about this stack is their ice time as this group is regularly seeing 20+ minutes of ice time tonight, something that should definitely continue in a must-win game this evening.

W – Bobby Ryan (OTT) – $4,800 vs. BUF

Ryan completes our Sens mini-stack tonight against the Sabres. He’s certainly enjoyed better seasons, but Ryan and Duchene form a 5v5 mini-stack and a PP1 mini-stack against a weak and thin Sabres’ back end tonight. He’s been held pointless in three straight, but Ryan posted three goals and three assists in a four-game stretch prior to his current mini-drought. He’s scored just 11 goals and 22 helpers in 59 games this season, but it’s the matchup that I’m liking with this play.

W – Evan Rodrigues (BUF) – $3,700 vs. OTT

We have another mini-stack going in this game, this time with the Sabres beginning here with Rodrigues. Since seeing an increase in ice time, Rodrigues has been rather productive, notching eight points over his last 12 games. He has 21 points in 49 games for the season, but was hovering around 10 minutes of ice time per game before the month of February. It appears Rodrigues will skate to the left of Jack Eichel on the Sabres’ top line tonight while seeing second unit power play time as well. Big-time value upside here against a weak Senators’ defense.

D – Alex Pietrangelo (STL) – $5,800 vs. CHI

We are going to roll with a four-man Blues stack considering how bad the Blackhawks’ back end is on the road. Pietrangelo gives us a little bit of everything as a cross-category producer, posting 15 goals, 38 assists, 206 shots on goal and 157 blocks in 75 games this season. He not only forms a 5v5 stack with the above trio of Blues, but also a PP1 stack as the lone defenseman on that unit. Also of note is the fact Pietrangelo has skated more than 28 minutes in six of his last eight games and will be relied upon in a similar fashion tonight.

G – Ryan Miller (ANH) – $8,400 vs. MIN

The Ducks are also in need of a big two points tonight, but it looks like it’s going to be Miller in goal as John Gibson is nursing an injury that has him listed as day-to-day. Miller has been solid in the Ducks’ crease this season and has been more active than most backups thanks to the rash of injuries Gibson has dealt with. For the season, he owns a 2.51 GAA and a .925 Sv%, numbers that increase to an elite 1.96 GAA and a .938 Sv% at home. Roster the veteran with confidence tonight.

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