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L.A Kings vs Vancouver Canucks

The Los Angeles Kings will be visiting the Vancouver Canucks Monday night and hope to end their 4 game road losing streak and regain the top spot in the Pacific Division where they trail the Anaheim Ducks by only 1 point with only 4 games remaining. This NHL Fantasy Hockey preview is brought you by FanPicks.com. Come PLAY in our NHL Magic Million daily fantasy contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!

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The Vancouver Canucks are having a nightmare year but have shown some sign of resurgence lately. They’re coming into this game on consecutive wins against the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks, two of the top teams in the Western Conference and of course, in the NHL. Their latest wins actually really helped the Kings who find themselves now 3 pts ahead of the Sharks and 1 pt shy from the Ducks. Jannik Hansen has been playing exceptionally well with a goal and 3 assists in the past 2 games. Their leader, Daniel Sedin is sitting at 28 goals in the year, his highest input since the 2011-2012 campaign. He’s only 1 assist shy of his 587th that will square him up with Paul Kariya in the 89th all time assist leader.

 

The Kings absolutely need to end their 4 game road skid. They will end their season at home with 2 games but tonight’s matchup is critical and strategic. They’re going for their 2nd division title in the franchise history and it will go down to the wire when they battle the Ducks on Thursday at home. Lucky for them, Jeff Carter has been heating up lately, adding up 3 goals and an assist in the past 2 games and 5 goals and 3 assists in his last 5 contests after going 8 games without a goal. Their captain Dustin Brown needs 3 pts to avoid finishing with less than 30 pts for the 4th consecutive campaign.

 

 

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DFS NHL Update

As there were only four games on the NHL schedule tonight and no late starts, your DFS NHL contest is already over.

I had a couple of money hunches recently, nailing Jamie McGinn last night and again with the LA Kings duo tonight. Supporting the success of good value picks (McGinn, Pearson),  is the fact that almost every player contributed with a goal or an assist.

Anze Kopitar had 2 assists, 4 shots and a plus-1 rating. Quite impressive considering the Kings lost the game 5-2. Tanner Pearson scored a goal and added an assist, though his goal may be changed to Drew Doughty.

The Philly duo of Raffl and Simmonds each collected an assist, even though Shayne Gostisbehere couldn’t find the scoresheet. At least he was a plus-2 on the night and stayed in the positive fantasy points column. Like they say, “anything’s better than nothing'”. This definitely holds true in the fantasy sports realm.

Teddy Purcell contributed offensively with a powerplay assist of his own, and 3 shots. But he was a minus-one, a risk you take with Purcell in exchange for his pure offensive acumen. Specifically on the powerplay.

Here is the roster of my lineup.

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Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks

Another edition of our Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks is here. There were six games on the NHL schedule tonight, but the Islanders and Panthers had the only 7 pm start so let the puck drop there and we’re going to play with the remaining 5 games in the “express” pool.

Headlining the soiree is an 8 pm start between the LA Kings and Chicago Blackhawks. The two rival powerhouses will do battle in what could (hopefully) be a playoff preview.

Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty are the usual suspects on LA’s side, while the dynamic duo of Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin are always fantasy candidates for Chicago.

Marian Hossa is now back in the lineup and playing with captain Jonathan Toews and Andrew Ladd on what could be a very productive line in a game with a playoff-like atmosphere.

St-Louis plays Calgary at 9 pm, and Johnny Gaudreau has been nothing short of phenomenal at home this season for the Flames this season. Calgary always plays tough against the Blues, so I expect Gaudreau to score multiple points.

Worth noting – Mikael Backlund has recently seen success next to Gaudreau on the top line since Hudler departed.

Let’s take a look at the rest of my lineup. As always I strive for value picks and have $500 leftover.

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Jaden Schwartz is so often the choice for me at LW. His consistent production and price tag are a great fit for my lineups. He plays on a good team, with highly-skilled players, on the top-six and gets powerplay time. Oh yeah, and he’s really slick with the puck. Perhaps the premier playmaker on the St-Louis team.

But, teammate Robby Fabbri is on a 4 game point streak of his own (5 points), and has 7 in his last 6. He makes for a solid choice tonight and is cheaper than Schwartz.

More Hawks – Tervainen has been on a tear of late, and Christian Ehrhoff sees a ton of ice-time with the man advantage.

Connor McDavid has scored at over a point-per-game pace as a rookie, so not breaking the scoresheet two games in a row sounds like crazy talk.

Let’s see how this lineup does with such limited choices.

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DFS NHL Lineup

On this busy day in the sports world, we take a minute to bring to your our DFS NHL Lineup for tonight.

While there are six games on the schedule tonight, most of them are late night as this Wednesday night belongs to the Western Conference.

The New York Islanders will play the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7 pm in the lone Eastern Conference dual, while the other other Eastern team in action will be the league leading Washington Capitals who are in LA to face the Kings at 10:30 pm.

Let’s take a look at my lineup tonight.

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It’s rare I choose a Maple Leaf, but the kid can play. Soshnikov has been terrific since being recalled by the Marlies with 3 points (2 goals) in his first 5 NHL games.  The task will be tall as Thomas Greiss will be between the pipes for the Islanders. Jaroslav Halak will be out for 6 weeks so the crease is Greiss’ to own. He has been spectacular this season in relief with an 18-6-3 record, .930 Sv% and 2.20 GAA.  He is definitely the goalie to own tonight versus the lowly Leafs, if you’re willing to pony up that kind of coin ($9000).

I’m riding the Ducks train again, and as Perron is cheaper than Perry and the rest of the gang I’m sticking with him. He has been nothing but consistent since arriving in Anaheim and I like him tonight against the weak Avalanche defense.

Colorado’s offense  is another story. Not exactly the Dallas Stars, but Nate MacKinnon, Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog and Jarome Iginla know how to score. At first I had Landeskog in the lineup, and then some tinkering got me Iginla too. Stacking the Av’s isn’t the best idea, so I kept Iginla in against the mighty Ducks (cause they’re good, that’s not their name anymore) as his veteran presence will be key in this matchup.

In the vacant spot I slotted in Islanders winger Kyle Okposo. I was tempted to go with Anders Lee as he has been on a streak, but Okposo is just a load when he is on his game, and the Toronto defense cannot support his weight.

Kuznetsov and Kopitar are two of the NHL’s best centers who will face-off in a dynamite game tonight.

Matt Niskanen has filled in nicely for John Carlson while he has been hurt. The bump in ice-time has come with fantasy rewards.

Shea Weber‘s been on a roll of late, piling up fantasy points every night. His goaltender Pekka Rinne is hot and cheaper than Greiss. The Pred’s haven’t lost in 10 games in regulation.

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Fantasy Hockey Preview

We welcome you to this special edition fantasy hockey preview. A great night for hockey fans is upon us. With twelve, that’s right TWELVE hockey games on the tube tonight, fans and fantasy players alike will have their hands full keeping up with all the fast and furious action.

– Kicking things off at 7 pm (est) is the main event, the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. This cross-conference rivalry goes back to their Stanley Cup Finals days.

Patrick Kane has been an absolute machine this season. He has 15 points in his last 12 games, and 88 on the season. He is gunning for 100 and is must-see TV. His linemate, rookie Artemi Panarin ain’t too bad himself, with 59 points in 63 games.

The Bruins combo of Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron themselves have been dynamite this season, as Marchand has 32 goals and is tied for third in the NHL for even-strength goals. Bergeron is the two-way stud he always is, and shines in games like this against players like Kane.


 

I’m weary of any Montreal Canadiens or Anaheim Ducks. If you watched the game or even the highlights from last night you’ll know why. That was the most physical game the Canadiens played all season and while the Ducks are tough,it takes it’s toll on you as a player.

The Ducks have been the NHL’s best team over the past month and a half so while still playable, temper your expectations against the Vancouver Canucks.

The Habs could surprise in LA, but the Kings are fresh and looking for an important two points on a night the Ducks could jump them for the division lead.

Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter, Tyler Taffoli and Drew Doughty are all solid picks from the Kings, while Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are options for Anaheim. Normally, Sami Vatanen, Cam Fowler and Hampus Lindholm are sturdy but they are inexperienced so back-to-backs may not be the best situation for them.


 

The Minnesota Wild head to Toronto to face the reeling Maple Leafs. Toronto has won just two of their last ten, and have dropped their last three games.

The Wild need to win this game to remain in the playoff race out West, and the Leafs lineup is unrecognizable to most fans.

Jason Pominville has 2 goals and 6 points in his last 3 games, and 12 in his last 8.

Garret Sparks will start in goal for Toronto.

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Evening NHL DFS Picks

Stadium Series Edition

Earlier we posted our afternoon NHL DFS Picks, and here we present our Evening NHL DFS Picks.

With a classic Habs vs Leafs game, and another edition of the #StadiumSeries, having just four games on the evening schedule ain’t so bad. We have a strong roster with a ton of money left, $1800 to be exact. Let’s see who I selected from a condensed set of options.

  • My roster

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Stadium Series – I figured based on 90% of previous outdoor games that this will be a low scoring affair as well. With that being said, I limited myself to just one player from each side.

In a game of such epic proportions, you expect the young players to be a little shell-shocked to start off, so I went with the veterans in the Stadium Series.

Jarome Iginla was my selection from the home-town Avalanche. The veteran sniper has been filling the net regularly for the past three weeks and if there is a goal to be had early-on, or really late Iggy will do it.

Pavel Datsyuk always stars under the lights, and skating in the Stadium Series is blinding. I personally cannot wait to watch the 2016 version of the greatest rivalry of my life-time. It’s always special when the Red Wings and Avalanche get together and tonight will be something really special. A real sight to see.

I think the Canadiens line of Alex Galchenyuk, Lars Eller and Sven Andrighetto will be have too much speed and skill for the talent ravaged Maple Leafs. But if I went with Galchenyuk and Andrighetto over Jarome Iginla and Max Pacioretty the amount of cap room left over would be ridiculous. I decided to try to max out the cap as much as I could while focusing on the favourites in each matchup.

Pacioretty plays with Plekanec and Gallagher on the Habs top line,  but the aforementioned trio displays more natural, high-paced chemistry. Pacioretty and Gallagher’s individual talent compared to the rest of the pool, and a date with the Leafs made them the choice.

Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau has the puck on a string at the moment, and often finds more twine.

The Kings should dominate the Sabres, and I expect the horses to pull the carriage. Kopitar hasn’t missed a beat since comng off an injury and Doughty is just too solid at both ends of the rink.

Mike Condon was a great discount and since our big-ticket choice Jonathan Quick will be riding the pine we stuck it out with the Montreal netminder.

 

 

 

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Stars vs Kings

FanPicks.com NHL Preview

The Dallas Stars (29-12-5) will face off against the Los Angeles Kings (28-13-3) for an exciting Western Conference clash on Tuesday night. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy hockey competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $10K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy sports site.

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The Stars are in a 3 game losing streak. To make matters worse, defenseman Jordie Benn was placed on injured reserve Monday because of a lower-body injury. Esa Lindell was recalled from the Texas Stars of the AHL to replace him. It is said that Benn should only be out for a short period of time. Tonight will be Dallas 3rd straight game on the road.  The Stars are 12-7-5 on the road and 3-5-2 in their past 10 games overall.

 

Los Angeles are on the verge of their first back-to-back victories since its 5 game win streak that ended on January 4th. Last week was a big week for forward Anze Kopitar. He scored 2 goals and 5 assists in the three games the Kings played. The Slovenian was named with the NHL 3rd star of the week.One player that needed a big change to turn is season around is Vincent Lecavalier. He has scored a goal in each of the past two games and scored 2 goals and an assist in five games since he and defenseman Luke Schenn were acquired by the Kings in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers.

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