Fantasy NHL Hockey

Stanley Cup Preview

NHL Hockey playoffs doesn’t get any bigger than this. Game 1 of this exciting Stanley Cup finals featuring the San Jose Sharks against the Pittsburgh Penguins will begin Monday at 8PM EST at the Consol Energy Center. This series has the potential to be an instant classic with the Penguins being a much different team than during the regular season and the Sharks ‘ red hot offense peaking at the best moment. Don’t miss out on this Fantasy NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Preview brought to you by Fanpicks, where you can win millions in cash prizes during the NHL Playoffs.

 

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Both of these teams have been playing at their best during those playoffs with players showcasing great talent and consistency. The regular season series is split with each tream winning a game apiece but not much history against one another.

For the Pens, it will be their first time back in the Finals in 7 years since winning the title in a 7 game nailbiting series against the Red Wings back in 2009. With only a few of the championship cast remaining such as Crosby, Malkin, Kunitz, Letang and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh as an edge of experience compare to the Sharks. On top being there at the biggest stage, the Penguins speed is nothing like any other team San Jose has faced during the playoffs thus far. Many weapons the Pens possess in offense can hurt the Sharks if they don’t step it up physically. They’re led by Phil Kessel (18 pts) who has 6 goals in his last 9 playoffs games. It will be Sidney Crosby’s 3rd appearance in  the finals.

 

The Sharks will hope that Marc-Edouard Vlasic shuts continues his tremendous defensive work and shuts down as much of the Penguins’ top forwards. The Pens will definitely have a tougher time penetrating through the Sharks but as the series progress.

San Jose will be making its first ever appearance in a Stanley Cup Finals in franchise history. Only 2 players on their rosters have made it to the finals in their careers. Suprisingly, neither their veterans Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau have had the chance to make it to the cup.

They will rely on their cut throat offense that boasts a whopping average of 3.5 goals a game. 4 of the postseason top 5 scorers are Sharks players and their top 2 lines are nearly impossible to contain consistently.

 

This will be one of the most compelling and interesting Stanley Cup finals in recent years and we hope you’re as excited as we are for this series. Don’t forget to sign up for free and  BANK BIG this Stanley Cup with our Cross Sports and NHL Contests.

 

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NHL Playoffs

Eastern Conference Preview

The NHL Playoffs begin tonight, so Fanpicks is here to bring you our Eastern Conference Preview.

Detroit will get the post-season party started when the puck drops at 7 pm ET in Tampa Bay tonight, as the Red Wings face the Lightning in Round One.

The Penguins and Rangers also face-off tonight (8 pm ET), while the Capitals are in action tomorrow night  (7 pm ET). You can view the entire playoff schedule here.

So without further ado, our NHL Playoff Preview.

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(1) Washington Capitals (56-18-6-2, 120 pts) vs (WC) Philadelphia Flyers (41-27-6-8, 96 pts)

Alex Ovechkin and his high-flying Capitals are looking for that elusive playoff success, but face a red-hot Flyers squad that finished the season on a 15-6-2 run in which they passed four teams in the standings to reserve a spot in the post-season tournament.

Philadelphia does have a roster with a fair share of playoff experience on it, but none of their position groups are deep enough to defeat the first-place Caps in a playoff series.

Their goaltending is solid, but not spectacular and the same can be said for their forwards and defenseman.

Claude Giroux needs to be dominant if the Flyers hope to win a couple of games.

The Capitals had a record-setting season of all sorts, including surpassing the 54 win mark from the 2009-10 season, setting a franchise-record long win streak and goaltender Braden Holtby tying the legendary Martin Brodeur’s single-season win record.

Washington has been in playoff-mode for a while now, resting star players (Ovechkin, Holtby) and coasting to a 3-3-3 record to close out the regular season, but that doesn’t bother Head Coach Barry Trotz who’s sticking to his long-term plan.

They say stats and numbers don’t mean anything when it comes to the playoffs, but here’s some food for thought. Washington became the first team in NHL history to not lose consecutive games in regulation (82-game season). Steady 60-minute play like that is the recipe for success in the playoffs, so if the Caps can come out on top of a few close ones they will have no trouble advancing.

Important note: Though the Caps finished the season with 15 more wings and 34 more points, the season series was tied at two apiece.

 

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(2) Pittsburgh Penguins (48-26-4-4, 104 pts) vs. (3) New York Rangers (46-27-7-2, 101 pts)

The Penguins are the hottest team in the league, as they went an incredible 13-1 since Evgeni Malkin was lost to injury on March 11. The star centerman is expected to be out another four weeks, somewhere mid-second round but word on the street is that oddly enough they play better without both Malkin and Sidney Crosby in the lineup. Maybe it’s due to the fact Crosby feels he needs to shoulder more of the load, something he’s going to need to do now that Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury have been sidelined with injuries.

Pittsburgh is still unclear who will get the start in Game One on Wednesday night, so be weary of Jeff Zatkoff taking the crease.  They’ll face the team that has eliminated them in each of the past two seasons, the New York Rangers.

The Rangers enter the playoffs without their captain and number one defenseman, Ryan McDonagh. McDonagh was injured late in the regular season after blocking a shot against the Blue Jackets. He is listed as out with an upper-body injury, but the Rangers hope he will be back soon.

Henrik Lundqvist must have all the answers in this series. Slowing down Crosby, Kunitz, Kessel and co. is no small task, so the veteran Swede must be at his finest.

 

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(1) Florida Panthers (47-26-6-3, 103 pts) vs. (WC) New York Islanders (45-27-5-5, 100 pts)

The Panthers set a franchise record with 47 wins to earn their fifth playoff berth and second in the past 15 seasons, while the Islanders had an up-and-down campaign that has started to unravel at the worst possible moment.

New York’s strengths lay within their forward depth and sometimes spectacular performances from starting goaltender Jaroslav Halak. So when Halak went down with injury and the inexperienced Christopher Gibson took the reigns, thing didn’t look good. Throw in the loss of top-six forward Anders Lee as well and their odds for success drop immensely.

While most look at the contrast in youth and experience as to why the Panthers were so exciting to follow this year, I just see boatloads of talent.

44-year-old Jaromir Jagr had another unbelievable season to anchor the forward group, supported by superiorly skilled recent top draft picks such as linemates 20-year-old Aleksander Barkov, and 22-year-old Jonathan Huberdeau.

These cool cats have a ton of scoring depth, some solid defenders and an all-star goalie in Roberto Luongo, so they could do some damage in the playoffs.

The two franchises have never met in the playoffs before.

The Islanders are seeking to end a first-round playoff drought. New York hasn’t won a playoff series since a second-round matchup against Pittsburgh in 1993.

 

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(2) Tampa Bay Lightning (46-31-2-3 97 pts) vs (3) Detroit Red Wings (41-30-6-5 93 pts)

The Lightning and Red Wings will be the first pair of teams to hit the ice for the 2016 NHL Playoffs in a rematch of last season’s opening round matchup. The Lightning rallied from a 3-2 series deficit to beat the Red Wings en route to reaching the Stanley Cup final, which they lost to the Blackhawks.

Neither team is trending in the right direction…as both teams are just 5-5 in their last 10 games, with three combined consecutive losses to close out the season.

The Lightning went 7-9-1 in their final 17 games, and enter the playoffs minus captain Steven Stamkos (blood clots) and defenceman Anton Stralman (broken left leg), and possibly Tyler Johnson (upper-body). Rookie Jonathan Drouin was recently recalled after season-long drama and has been producing. He has shown to be clutch in big moments during his junior career.

The Red Wings, who earned their 25th consecutive playoff berth, have concerns of their own.

Detroit’s top three scorers have combined for just two goals and 13 assists: Henrik Zetterberg (six assists), Pavel Datsyuk (seven assists) and Dylan Larkin (two goals). Now, Detroit faces the added distraction of Datsyuk revealing he intends to retire from the NHL after the playoffs and continue playing in his native Russia.

Ben Bishop should give the Bolts the edge in goal, but the 46-game playoff veteran Jimmy Howard should be solid after winning his starting gig back after Petr Mrazek faltered down the stretch.

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DFS NHL PICKS

Sadly, the NHL season is coming to a close so we’re here to present to you our last regular season edition of our DFS NHL picks.

Not to worry, we will still be providing fantasy picks throughout the playoffs. But as every team is in action, this is a big night.

Important note: Word came out of Pittsburgh earlier today that superstars Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang would not be dressing for their season finale, so be weary of any last minute scratches around the league.

As we’re all aware of professional sports contracts are laced with incentives. In other words, statistical plateaus that athletes must attain to cash in on big money bonuses.

To break it down, as major league sports season’s come to a close these plateaus often become the focus of individual players as they step into action. Wouldn’t you try your luck if a million dollars was the difference between you taking the shot (and scoring) or passing it off to a teammate? 30 goals on the season puts you into the upper-echelon of performers, whereas 29 goals gets you in the milder “20-goal scorer” category.

So as time is of the essence for these contracts, I’m aiming for players who will be extra motivated to reach these milestones.

If you doubt this theory and need proof, just look up how Jamie Benn won the NHL scoring title last season. Spoiler: He scored four points (a hat-trick), including the last one with 8.5 seconds left in the game (and season) to surpass John Tavares and Sidney Crosby to win the Art Ross trophy. Not to mention he did it without the other half of Dallas’ dynamic duo as Tyler Seguin sat out with an in-house suspension.

Finally, let’s take a look at my DFS NHL picks.

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If you can’t tell just by looking at it, this is pretty much a young stars team balanced out by the ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr, and Chicago’s 2015-16 dynamic duo of rookie Artemi Panarin and current NHL leading scorer Patrick Kane.

The strategy is to have hungry young guns with a lot to prove, plus a few guys on hot streaks to bring some stability.

Panarin sits at 28 goals on the season, needing two to hit the 30-goal plateau. One single point would be nice as well, as the 75-point mark would be awfully impressive for a rookie (albeit a 24-year-old rookie)

Winnipeg rookie Nik Ehlers is a nice value at $4800, and has 1 goal and 5 assists in his last 10 games while skating on the Jets’ top line with Blake Wheeler and breakout star Mark Scheifele.

The heavily scrutinized Alex Galchenyuk managed to turn a nearly lost season around just in time to be named the Montreal Canadiens player of the year. The electric American also sits at 28 goals, and you can bet his teammates (namely Max Pacioretty) will be doing everything they can to get him to 30 goals. A nice team dinner and a couple of bottles of wine is in the best interest for everyone, especially since the Habs have nothing else to play for.

19-year-old phenom Connor McDavid is arguably the best player in the NHL already. He leads the league (ahead of Jagr and Kane) with 2.71 points-per-60-minutes during 5-on-5 play. The former two come in at 2.61. While the Oilers were a disaster this year (again), the Canucks have been down right awful for the past month and are ripe for the picking. McDavid has at least one point in all but two of his previous 10 games (2 goals + 11 assists), including 3 against these very same Canucks just 48 hours ago. Did I mention he sits at 48 points (44 games) on the season? Two points in the season finale seems fitting for the young icon.

 

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NHL Fantasy Hockey Preview

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Buffalo Sabres

The Columbus Blue Jackets will travel Friday night to face Sabres in Buffalo. The Sabres will get a chance continue their longest winning streak of their campaign in what will be their final game at home home game. 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!

NHL Fantasy Hockey PreviewFor Columbus, they will definitely need more input from their forward Brandon Dubinsky. Dubinsky, a 2 time 20-goal scorer for the Rangers, scored twice on Wednesday to boost his season total to 17 goals. Their coach John Tortorella knows that Dubinsky’s input is very important for the team to keep progressing. In 4 seasons, he hasn’t gotten passed 17 and it could be promising. His teammate Brandon Saad netted 5 times in the past 4 games and is only 1 shy of a 30 goal season. Columbus’s offense is on point lately, especially snatching a pair of 5-1 wins around a 4-2 setback against the Rangers over the last 3 games. Look for the Blue Jackets to come out flying this game as favorites.

 

The Buffalo Sabres have grown a lot since the start of the season. They started their 2016 campaign on a 3-7-0 record and despite a 6 game losing streak during the year, record, they’re beating at times some of the best teams in the NHL. Their learning curve as a group with a new coach and new players was tough but it showed they’re a great team. A good news for the Sabres though, their forward Tyler Ennis, sidelined since suffering a concussion on December 30th was able to practice this Thursday for the 1st time in 4 months. The Sabres also brought up from the AHL, Cole Schneider and Evan Rodrigues from Rochester with both expected to make their NHL debuts tonight.

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Montreal Canadiens G Charlie Lindgren Wins NHL Debut

The Montreal Canadiens announced on April 30 that the team had agreed to terms on a two-year contract with free agent NCAA goaltender Charlie Lindgren.

Lindgren just completed his third season with the St. Cloud State Huskies, and an impressive season it was. The 6’2 netminder boasted a 30-9-1 record, 2.13 GAA. .925 Sv%, and 5 shutouts. Those gaudy numbers ranked him first in the NCHC in wins, saves, and shutouts (T-2 others).

He finished his career with a rock solid 51-29-3 record, 2.21 GAA, .921 Sv% and 8 shutouts.

His team’s made it to the NCAA tournament every year Lindgren was guarding the paint, and was 2016’s NCHC Frozen Faceoff champion.

They say the difference between a starting and backup goaltender is their ability to maintain peak performance, so with 2,342 minutes played this season alone Lindgren has certainly shown the ability to carry the load for a successful club.

The signing of Charlie Lindgren is more than just a great addition to the goaltender depth in Montreal, it’s a symbol that the the doom and gloom season they’ve had is coming to an end and brighter days lay ahead of this organization.

While not all will look fondly upon the move, it without a doubt can only affect the organization in a positive manner. He was recently ranked the fourth overall, and top NCAA free agent goaltender.

Lindgren joined the team immediately upon signing his deal but did not play until April 7 when the Canadiens were in Carolina.

By starting the game, the Canadiens (essentially Lindgren) set a franchise record for most goalies used in a single season (5).

Avoiding the pressures of the Bell Center was key according to Head Coach Michel Therrien and the plan worked. Although Lindgren allowed a goal on his first shot against (it was a good scoring opportunity and bad defensive effort from his team), he did make 26 saves for the 4-2 victory in his NHL debut.

While he was visibly nervous early on, he settled down as he made some solid saves and was in control by the end. He showed poise and athleticism during scramble mode in the waning moments, robbing the Hurricanes at least three times including a gutsy two-pad stack in the clutch.

His future looks very bright.

If he stays in Montreal long-term, he and Carey Price could potentially combine to form the league’s best goaltending tandem.

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Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks

As the NHL regular season comes to an end, we bring to you one of the last editions of our Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks.

There’s only three games on the NHL schedule tonight, so pickins are slim. Mighty slim when considering the teams that are in action.

Only the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings have something to play for (and that’s a lot), and they both happen to be playing against each other.

The quality of defenseman available in the Canucks vs Oilers game is putrid. Andrej Sekera is virtually the only NHL caliber defenseman and he though he does have 5 points, he is a steep minus-8 in his last 10 games.

Niklas Kronwall DET – Similar to Sekera, the Red Wings veteran D-man has 7 points in his last 10 contests, but holds a minus-6 rating over that span as well.

Riley Sheahan DET  The hard-working centerman exploded over the last month of the season, scoring more goals than he did in the previous 70 games. He has 8 points in last 10 games.

William Nylander TO – The uber talented rookie has 3 points in his last 2 games, and 8 in his last 10. Even more impressive is that he didn’t mark the scoresheet for 5 straight over those games.

Wayne Simmonds PHI – With 4 goals in his last 4 games, Simmonds is turning it on when the Flyers need it most. He generally a solid fantasy pick as he plays a tough, all-around game. Throw in elite goal scoring and he’s a superstar in real life and fantasy. He’s the star of the picks but totally worth the investment, especially on a schedule like tonight.

 

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Daily Fantasy Hockey Lineup

There are only five games on the NHL schedule tonight, and with the season coming to a close, matchups become even more important when considering your daily fantasy hockey lineup.

Some daily fantasy players like to spread their wealth over an abundance of games, but as some teams are fighting for their playoff lives others are dreaming of greener pastures so effort levels can waver significantly.

In this edition of my daily fantasy hockey lineup, I’ve loaded up on Kings, and Panthers, while rounding out my team with stalwart’s from playoff teams (one exception: Columbus’ hot Boone Jenner)

  • My Lineup

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The Tampa Bay Lightning were expected to be contenders this season, but have dealt with their share of drama from the get-go. Captain Steven Stamkos has had a whirlwind season including the non-stop trade rumours due to his status as an impending unrestricted free-agent, while top prospect Jonathan Drouin refused to report to their minor league affiliate for a while leading to an in-house suspension.

Just as Tampa thought that things would turn up in time for the playoffs, those hopes took a major hit when the club announced the loss of Stamkos for one-to-three months with a blood clot this weekend, and top pairing defenseman Anton Stralman with a broken leg last week. 

Scoring winger Ondrej Palat missed over 20 games this season due to injury, but has heated up of late going on a tear about a month ago and recently producing 4 goals and 8 assists for 12 points over his last 10 games.

Though the Vancouver Canucks have won two straight, the Kings are still the heavy favorite. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the Canucks hadn’t won one in their previous 10 and LA is true Stanley Cup contender.

Enter a trio of Kings: Jonathan Quick, Jeff Carter and value pick Kris Versteeg.

Jonathan Quick is one of the league’s few elite goaltenders, and is aiming for a career-high 40 wins tonight. He’s at least $1000 cheaper than the St-Louis Blues tandem of Jake Allen (injured) and Brian Elliott, more talented than them and has the desired matchup.

I also stacked two members from the Florida Panthers top line. Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr. Barkov has made a habit of wrecking the Montreal Canadiens this year, and capped off the season with a 4-point effort (2 goals, 2 assists) on Saturday night. The young Finn is fresh, confident and primed to wreck the Maple Leafs tonight.

Linemate and living-legend Jaromir Jagr has points in 5 straight games, while scoring at least one point in 16 of 21 games since turning 44 years old on February 15th (9 goals, 13 assists). He shows no signs of slowing down heading into the NHL playoffs.

 

 

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Chicago Blackhawks vs Vancouver Canucks

NHL Fantasy Preview

The Vancouver Canucks will be hosting the Chicago Blackhawks this Sunday evening at the Rogers Arena. This NHL Fantasy preview is brought to you by FanPicks and WIN up to a $1 million with only $1 when you play in our NHL Magic Million promo contest at FanPicks.com

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The Chicago Blackhawks are in a position where 1 point against the Canucks will let them clinch a Stanley Cup Playoffs berth. This could be their 8th straight trip to the playoffs and are more concerned about not finding themselves in a wild-card spot. They currently trail the Dallas Stars and the St-Louis Blues by 6 pts in the Central Division while being 2 pts ahead of the 4th place Nashville Predators. They’re coming into this game off a 4-1 win against the Calgary Flames on Saturday. They still have a few injuries’ to cop with including their star goalie Corey Crawford, who’s not going to be present during the Blackhawks’ 4 game road trip.

 

The Vancouver Canucks where eliminated from the playoffs when they got smoked by the St-Louis Blues on Friday night 4-0. The Canucks will simply try to focus on improving their game and input from younger players since the remainder of the season doesn’t mean muc. They’ve been fighting against injuries and irregularities in their lineup. They’ve been going through a very tough time, having lost now 7 straight games including 4 shutout losses in their past 5 games. Daniel Sedin, who leads the Canucks with 27 goals, its highest total since his 30 goal campaign of 2011-2012, has only scored once in during the last 7 games.

 

HERE are the Projected Lineups:

 

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Andrew Ladd – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa

Artemi Panarin – Artem Anisimov – Patrick Kane

Tomas Fleischmann – Teuvo Teravainen – Dale Weise

Andrew Desjardins – Marcus Kruger – Andrew Shaw

 

CANUCKS

 

Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Jannik Hansen

Sven Baertschi – Bo Horvat – Emerson Etem

Chris Higgins – Linden Vey – Jake Virtanen

Jared McCann – Brendan Gaunce – Alexandre Burrows

 

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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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DFS NHL Picks: Goalies

Here is a special edition of my DFS NHL Picks, a goaltenders only version. A few of them stuck out to me in the talent pool today, as we have some intriguing matchups on tap.

With Antti Raanta in for Henrik Lundqvist (vs ANA), and Scott Darling in for Corey Crawford the pot has been stirred. Not to mention the Flyers are hot, and the Hawks are not.

 

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Luxury:  Jake Allen ($9200)

The Blues were red-hot a minute ago, and head to Edmonton to face the youthful Oilers. St-Louis has slowed of late, but tonight is a perfect opportunity to right the ship. Their tight defensive game may be too much for Connor McDavid and co. to overcome, and with some pretty evenly matched teams and backup goalies in the paint tonight Allen leads this list.

Cam Talbot will be back in the crease tonight for the Oilers, after riding the pine on Monday. He let in four goals on 29 shots against the Coyotes on Saturday night.

 

Value: John Gibson ($8100)

At a quick glance, a game against the Rangers may not seem like a walk in the park. But upon closer inspection, it may be fantasy gold. The Ducks have won 12 of their last 15 games, and have only lost two in regulation in their last 10.

Most importantly perhaps, is the fact that Anaheim is 9-0-1 in their last 10 at home. While the Rangers are a very concerning 16-15-4 on the road. They’ve also lost two in a row and three of their last four.

Gibson is fresh and hungry to redeem himself after dropping his last two starts and plays behind a very deep Ducks lineup.

He is a great value at $8100, as even his opposing netminder tonight Antti Raanta is priced higher.

 

Discount Bin: Joni Ortio ($6500)

The Flames are tremendously better at home than on the road, and face a Jets team with nothing to play for. It’s Ortio’s sixth consecutive start, and of course Dustin Byfuglien always brings his lunch pail to work, and Mark Scheifele has been hot (6 points in last 5 games), but Johnny Gaudreau and Mark Giordano should led Calgary to victory with a gritty effort in front of the home-crowd tonight.

 

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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

Another edition of our Fanpicks.com DFS NHL Lineup is here. Our experts’ picks were in the money again last night, so we’re not going to give it away too easily. Sometimes we give you the picks and the easy money, but we’re going to make you work for this one. That is the fun of it after all! Let’s compare rosters.

  • My Lineup

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With a whopping $1300 leftover there’s still lots of room for flexibility. Every player chosen is on a hot streak of sorts, with multiple points over their last 10 games.  The one exception to the rule is LW Charles Hudon of the Montreal Canadiens. The star prospect will be skating in his third game for the injury-plagued Habs, on the second line next to speedsters Thomas Plekanec and Paul Byron. It’s a huge gamble but I’ve been scouting the kid for years and I like him more than the other options, even up to $4300.

The tough decisions were choosing Joe Thornton over Evgeny Kuznetsov and Connor McDavid. While the latter two are mega explosive and on nice runs of their own, Jumbo Joe has just been too consistent since the holiday season.

Alex Galchenyuk has been the leagues leading goal scorer since late February with 11 goals in his last 8 games. Yes, goals, not points. But I’m sure you’re well aware of that.

Jaden Schwartz and his Blues are facing the struggling Dallas Stars. Vlad Tarasenko is simply too pricey, so the steady Schwartz will have to do. He is a slick playmaker who makes things go on the powerplay and is never too far from Tarasenko.

TJ Oshie has been rolling for the Capitals lately. They’re on the west coast to face the San Jose Sharks tonight, so with no Ovechkin or Kuznetsov in this lineup, Oshie was easy pickins’.

The Flyers are red-hot, and Claude Giroux is the leader offensively but they have pretty widespread scoring. That made Shayne Gostisbehere an easy choice. Without any Philly forwards on the squad, the rookie had to be in my lineup.

Erik Karlsson has been colder than normal but with 70 points in 69 games this season, you can’t really go wrong with the star d-man, A matchup with the Leafs definitely works in his favor as well.

 

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Daily Fantasy Hockey Value Picks

With six NHL games on this evening, we present to you our daily fantasy hockey value picks.

Value Picks

Casey Cizikis ($3900) – The gritty centerman has found the scoresheet in all but two of his last ten games (8 points), so regardless of the matchup it’s great value. He doesn’t play the most minutes, or have the most talent, but he always brings his lunch pail to work and brings it for his teammates. John Tavares is definitely a big target today, but don’t be afraid to stack these Islanders. They haven’t played since March 3rd and Henrik Lundqvist is out with a neck injury. These “New York, New York” games get intense, and when push comes to shove Cizikis is always around.

Devante Smith-Pelly ($4100) – How quickly did those tears dry up? Devante Smith-Pelly delivered a heart-felt interview during a media scrum on trade deadline day, shedding more than a few tears before making his departure from Montreal.  He didn’t bring it every night the way the coach wanted him too so he barely played. All of a sudden he lands in New Jersey, plays 15 and 18 minutes, and has 2 goals and 1 assist (2 games). Maybe feeling like he is actually an important piece of the on-ice product has brought out the best in the bruising forward, nevertheless, at $4100 it’s worth riding the hot hand.

Christian Ehrhoff ($3600) – Since the trade to the mighty Blackhawks the mobile defenseman has seen a major bump in ice-time, not to mention the quality of his teammates. He has recorded 7 shots over the past 2 games, as many as he had in the 8 prior.

They use him to QB their powerplay, and it seems to have opened things up for everybody down low. The freshly acquired Andrew Ladd parks himself in front, and Ehrhoff blasts them from the point while the more talented players (Kane, Toews, Panarin) use the open space to execute more effectively.

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