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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NHL Fantasy Hockey Preview

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!

NHL Fantasy Hockey Preview

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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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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DFS NHL Lineup

Another edition of our DFS NHL Lineup is upon us. There may be only three games on the schedule tonight but not to worry, there is enough talent to go around for everyone.

This is not a lineup to copy necessarily, but more of a player-by-player focus to help you with your decision making for YOUR DFS NHL Lineup.

  • My DFS NHL Lineup

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John Gibson is undoubtedly the lock of the night. The Flames are merely a flicker on the road, and the Ducks aren’t playing around on the eve of April.

Shayne Gostisbehere is back on track after hitting his rookie wall (late since he started the season late). He has assists in three consecutive games. He will surely have a highly owned percentage among DFS NHL lineups tonight.

Brayden Schenn has taken another step in his development this season and become an offensive catalyst for the Flyers.

Ryan Getzlaf is a sure thing as well. The big, skilled center will just be too much to handle for the young Flames and shaky defense.

Shea Theodore could be a great value pick. The rookie has been logging steady minutes for Anaheim since a couple of veterans went down with injury. He has a nice offensive skill-set and has contributed in the sample size he played earlier this season.

Zach Smith and Mike Hoffman were a toss-up. Hoffman was 1k cheaper so he fit the bill (pun intended).

 

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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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