It was a better night but still not a great one with our FanDuel NHL picks. While the Washington Capitals scored five goals, Ovechkin and Backstrom were held pointless, although we got one goal from John Carlson. Patrick Kane notched the overtime winner in Chicago and Artem Anisimov grabbed the assist and Braden Holtby got us a win while yielding just one goal. Hopefully you were able to use some of these picks to get into the cash as we move to Wednesday night’s four-game slate.
C – John Tavares (NYI) – $8,200 vs. DAL
Tavares could be the highest owned player on the slate tonight and he is a must for cash games. The Islanders are the highest scoring home team in the league with 4.50 goals per game and will take on a weak Stars’ road team tonight and backup Kari Lehtonen. Tavares has racked up 18 goals for the season, four of which have come on the power play, to go along with 14 helpers and 87 shots on goal. He should get the utmost of opportunities tonight on home ice.
C – Radek Faksa (DAL) – $4,100 vs. NYI
The Stars should get a crack at some offense tonight as well with the Islanders ranking 27th with 3.30 goals against per game for the season. Ken Hitchcock has his lines in a blender again as it appears Faksa will center Jamie Benn tonight at even strength. He has quietly scored ten goals and added seven assists this season for a rock-solid 17 points in 30 games. He also has 55 shots on goal and a shorthanded goal to boot. He could be a nice fit alongside Benn in a fine matchup tonight.
W – Anders Lee (NYI) – $6,400 vs. DAL
Here we have one of the most underrated players in all of hockey. Lee has scored 17 times this season, which is in a fourth place tie league-wide. Five of those goals have come on the power play while he continues to put plenty of pucks on goal with 73 shots on the season. He rides shotgun to Tavares at 5v5 and on the power play, a group that clicks at 22% on home ice this season.
W – Jamie Benn (DAL) – $7,600 vs. NYI
As mentioned, Benn will play with Radek Faksa tonight, and the duo should be in good hands tonight considering how much Benn has been shooting the puck lately. He has points in back-to-back games and five of his last six, but Benn has also fired 21 shots on goal over his last four games. He has only scored one goal over his last 11 games but it’s simply a matter of time before the former Art Ross winner finds the back of the net with tonight presenting itself as a nice opportunity to do so.
W – Mike Hoffman (OTT) – $6,800 vs. NYR
While the players above are likely to see notable ownership tonight, let’s get a lower owned mini-stack in this lineup for differentiation purposes, beginning here with Hoffman. The Sens are reeling big time which should drive down ownership, but Hoffman has two points in his last three games and 13 shots on goal over his last three. He now has an even 100 shots on the year, four power play goals, and takes on a Rangers team that yields 3.70 goals per game, good for 27th overall.
W – Zack Smith (OTT) – $3,800 vs. NYR
Smith has one goal in 20 games this season, so I wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to avoid this play. However, for GPP or differentiation purposes, he is a decent play. This becomes especially true when you realize he skates on the Sens’ third line with Hoffman, who has mentioned, shoots the puck plenty. With a poor road defense in town it’s reasonable to believe that Smith and Hoffman could connect for a goal or two tonight so let’s give Smith a chance in a nice matchup.
D – Nick Leddy (NYI) – $5,900 vs. DAL
Leddy has frequented these lineups of late, but for good reason. He has racked up 24 points across 30 games for the season go to go along with 75 shots. Two of his six goals have come with the man advantage, a group where he resides as the lone defenseman and the quarterback. I expect a high scoring affair tonight in Brooklyn so the high owned group of Tavares Lee and Leddy are a nice cash stack tonight, and can be used in optimal lineups like this one as well.
D – Esa Lindell (DAL) – $3,900 vs. NYI
I believe we could get real nice value out of Lindell tonight. The Stars’ line juggling has trickled into their power play as well as Lindell appears to be on the same unit as Benn and Tyler Seguin for tonight’s contest. That’s certainly a nice place to be, and it’s worth noting that Lindell already has two power play goals this season despite spending all of it on the team’s second unit. He has 12 points, 74 shots and 43 blocks in 31 games this season.
G – Tuukka Rask (BOS) – $8,200 vs. DET
Let’s stay with the hot hand and roll with Rask tonight in a road matchup in Detroit. The Red Wings have struggled big time offensively as of late, having scored just one goal in four of their last six contests. Rask has rattled off four straight winning decisions and sports a .955 Sv% and 1.10 GAA over his last five appearances. The Bruins are rolling with an 8-2-0 record over their last ten games and the Red Wings have just a 1-5-4 record over their last ten.