UPDATE: Anthony Duclair will make his Chicago debut tonight.
Today’s FanDuel DFS NHL post provides an overview of top options at various price points for tonight’s contests. The slate features five games, with the Blue Jackets, Capitals, Hurricanes and Flames playing in the second half of back-to-back sets. The Capitals and Hurricanes will finish the second half of a home-and-home, which will be the third matchup between the two teams this month.
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Summary of Last Night’s Results
Last night’s lineup cashed easily with a 121.3 despite the fact that all three of the favored teams managed just one goal in their respective games, which led to losses for all three elite goalies. That being said, Braden Holtby made 30 saves and still managed 16 fantasy points in the Capitals’ 3-1 loss. John Carlson did not have a strong game, failing to generate much in the way of shots and blocks and finishing the game with just 3.2 fantasy points. Alex Ovechkin recorded five shots on goal and had an ownership rate of roughly 40 percent, which made up for his eight fantasy points. Devante Smith-Pelly registered two shots and two blocks for 6.4 fantasy points, which was decent value considering his price tag and the fact that the Capitals scored just one goal. Everyone else in the lineup found the scoresheet, however, including center Victor Rask, who had an ownership rate of just two percent. He scored a goal and added two shots for 15.2 fantasy points, giving him three goals in two games against the Capitals this month. He makes for a solid value play tonight as the Canes and Caps finish the second half of a back-to-back home-and-home series. Like Washington, Tampa Bay managed just one goal on the night. However, that goal was scored by Brayden Point, with Tyler Johnson getting the primary assist. Point finished with 16.8 fantasy points, while Johnson earned 9.6. The other two players in the lineup, Micheal Ferland and Seth Jones, made the largest contributions of the night. Ferland scored a goal and an assist for the fourth consecutive game, earning 24.8 fantasy points on the night, while Jones picked up 21.3 fantasy points with a power-play assist, seven shots and a block. Mark Jankowski also had a big game if you decided to go with him. He scored a goal and a power-play assist and added one shot and four blocks for 28.5 fantasy points, which was incredible value for his $3,400 price tag. Two other centers recommended in the final lineup had solid nights as well. Ryan O’Reilly tallied an assist and 14.4 fantasy points, while Lars Eller scored the Capitals’ only goal and earned 20 fantasy points. Other highlighted players in yesterday’s post who found the scoresheet include Jack Eichel (23.2 FP), Sean Monahan (9.6 FP), Johnny Gaudreau (24.8 FP), Artemi Panarin (17.3 FP), Sebastian Aho (23.2 FP) and Elias Lindholm (8 FP), while Justin Williams recorded six shots and a block for 11.2 fantasy points.
- Vancouver @ Columbus – 7:00pm EST
- Washington @ Carolina – 7:30pm EST
- Calgary @ Florida – 7:30pm EST
- Winnipeg @ Chicago – 8:30pm EST
- Edmonton @ Arizona – 9:00pm EST
- VAN: Jacob Markstrom (confirmed) vs. CBJ: Sergei Bobrovsky (confirmed)
- WSH: Philipp Grubauer (confirmed) vs. CAR: Cam Ward (confirmed)
- CGY: David Rittich (confirmed) vs. FLA: James Reimer (confirmed)
- WPG: Connor Hellebuyck (confirmed) vs. CHI: Jeff Glass (confirmed)
- EDM: Cam Talbot (confirmed) vs. ARI: Antti Raanta (confirmed)
For further goalie confirmations and other player news updates, check out DailyFaceoff and LeftWingLock throughout the day.
FanDuel DFS NHL 1/12/18
Blake Wheeler ($7,800)
Blake Wheeler has points in seven straight games, collecting five goals and 11 points in that stretch. He skates on Winnipeg’s first line and first power-play unit and continues to be a popular play in cash contests. Wheeler did not find the scoresheet the last time the Jets played the Blackhawks, though Corey Crawford was in the net for Chicago at the time. Wheeler is averaging 17.4 fantasy points per game this season, the highest average among centers available for tonight’s contests.
Sean Monahan ($7,300)
Sean Monahan extended his point streak to five games with an assist in last night’s 5-1 win against the Lightning, giving him three goals and eight points in his last five games. Monahan skates on Calgary’s top line and top power-play unit and is averaging 13.9 fantasy points per game.
Aleksander Barkov ($7,100)/Vincent Trocheck ($7,000)
Aleksander Barkov has goals in three straight games and points in four straight, recording three goals, four assists, 24 shots and five blocks in his last four games. He has earned 42.4, 28.5, 29.6, 14.4, 11.2, 19.2, 11.2, 17.6 and 11.2 fantasy points in his last nine games, respectively. Those numbers show that he has provided a pretty steady floor going back to the middle of December, and his recent production and shot volume show that his ceiling is higher than most would assume. Barkov plays on Florida’s first line and first power-play unit. While tonight’s matchup against the stingy Calgary Flames will be difficult, he should be safe for at least 10 fantasy points but also could put up big numbers.
Vincent Trocheck is coming off a huge performance in which he scored two goals and an assist and registered nine shots on goal for 46.4 fantasy points. Trocheck skates on Florida’s second line and first power-play unit and has been the more consistent Panthers center for most of the year. He has earned 46.4, 16, 4.8, 17.6 and 16.8 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively.
Nick Schmaltz ($5,900)
Nick Schmaltz has been the most consistent Blackhawks forward in recent games, scoring at least a point in five straight contests. He has recorded five goals and eight points in his last five games and has recorded 11.2, 38.3, 13.6, 13.6, 28, 4.8, 27.7 and 15.7 fantasy points in his last eight games, respectively. Schmaltz skates on Chicago’s second line and first power-play unit, offering exposure to both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.
Derek Stepan ($5,600)
Derek Stepan will not be a popular play tonight but could be a decent mid-range option given the fact that he has assists in four straight games and points in five out of his last six games (2G, 4A). Stepan skates on Arizona’s first line and second power-play unit.
Victor Rask ($4,400)
Victor Rask came through with the game-winning goal in last night’s contest against Washington. He and the Hurricanes will have a rematch with the Caps tonight in Raleigh, where Rask scored two goals when these teams met Jan. 2. Rask has three goals in two games against Washington this month. He skates on Carolina’s second line and second power-play unit.
Lars Eller ($4,000)
Lars Eller scored the Capitals’ only goal last night against the Hurricanes, finishing the game with 20 fantasy points. Eller now has goals in three straight contests, earning 20, 16.8 and 15.2 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively. He skates on the Capitals’ third line and second power-play unit.
Mark Jankowski ($3,400)
Mark Jankowski had a big game last night with a goal and an assist and 28.5 fantasy points. He skates on the Flames’ third line and second power-play unit and has three points in his last four games. He is a decent value option tonight despite the fact that Calgary gets most of its offense from its top line and top power-play unit.
Also Consider: Jonathan Toews ($7,000), Pierre-Luc Dubois ($5,700), Jordan Staal ($5,300), Sam Gagner ($4,500)
Alex Ovechkin ($8,800)
Alex Ovechkin has not done much in his last two games, including recording just five shots on goal in last night’s contest against the Hurricanes. Ovi had more luck when these teams played in Carolina Jan. 2, where he scored two goals and earned 27.2 fantasy points. He is averaging 18.3 fantasy points per game this season and always has the potential for a huge game.
Patrick Kane ($8,500)
Patrick Kane scored a goal and four assists Tuesday night against Ottawa, finishing the contest with 52.4 fantasy points. He followed up that effort, however, with a disappointing performance in which he recorded just three shots on goal. That being said, Kane always has the potential to put up huge numbers like he did against the Senators. He hasn’t been very consistent this season but could be a popular play and is always worth mentioning. Kane skates on Chicago’s second line and first power-play unit. He scored a goal and an assist for 24.8 fantasy points the last time these two teams met.
Johnny Gaudreau ($7,600)
Johnny Gaudreau now has points in five straight games, four of which were multi-point performances. He scored a goal and an assist last night and has one goal and 10 points in his last five games. Gaudreau skates on Calgary’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 15.8 fantasy points per game. He has earned 24.8, 25.6, 11.2, 17.6 and 21.3 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively.
Artemi Panarin ($7,300)
Artemi Panarin scored Columbus’ only goal last night, adding three shots and coming away with 17.3 fantasy points. That gives Panarin points in three straight games during which time he has recorded 15 shots. He skates on the Blue Jackets’ first line and first power-play unit and could have a favorable matchup tonight against a Vancouver team that gives up 3.26 goals per game. Panarin is averaging just 12.6 fantasy points per game on the year but has points in seven out of his last 10 games.
Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,900)
Jonathan Huberdeau, like Aleksander Barkov and Vincent Trocheck, is coming off a strong performance against the St. Louis Blues. He scored a goal and two assists and earned 32.8 fantasy points in the matchup. Huberdeau has goals in back-to-back games, in three out of his last four games and in six out of his last eight games. He currently is on a four-game point streak during which he has collected three goals and seven points. Huberdeau has 16 goals and 43 points in 42 games this season, averaging 14.8 fantasy points per contest. He skates on Florida’s first line and first power-play unit.
Sebastian Aho ($6,700)
Sebastian Aho scored a goal and added seven shots in last night’s game against the Capitals, finishing the evening with 23.2 fantasy points. He has goals in back-to-back games and points in eight out of his last nine games, a stretch that includes a game in which he played just five minutes before getting injured. If you remove that game from the equation, Aho has points in eight straight games. He now has a goal and an assist and 11 shots in two games against Washington this season. Aho plays on Carolina’s first line and first power-play unit.
Micheal Ferland ($5,300)
Micheal Ferland scored a goal and an assist for the fourth straight game last night, earning 24.8 fantasy points on the night. He has earned 24.8, 28, 24.8, 24.8, 8 and 15.2 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively. Ferland skates on Calgary’s first line and second power-play unit.
Kyle Connor ($5,100)
Kyle Connor continues to be a very popular play in cash contests, especially as a stack with Blake Wheeler and/or Patrik Laine. Connor is coming off one of his best games of the season after having scored two goals and an assist for 37.3 fantasy points. He skates on Winnipeg’s top line and top power-play unit and registered five shots and a block for 9.6 fantasy points when these teams met Dec. 14.
Vinnie Hinostroza ($4,400)
Vinnie Hinostroza remains an excellent value play in cash contests. While he earned just 4.8 fantasy points in Chicago’s most recent game, most players on the team came away with similar numbers. Before that contest, however, Hinostroza was on a six-game point streak in which he deposited two goals and eight points. He skates on Chicago’s first line and second power-play unit.
Joel Armia ($3,500)
Joel Armia has points in back-to-back games and has provided a pretty safe floor in recent contests thanks to a solid shot volume. He has registered 21 shots in his last five games and has earned 23.2, 14.4, 3.2, 8 and 14.9 fantasy points in those games, respectively. Armia skates on Winnipeg’s third line and second power-play unit.
Jack Roslovic ($3,000)
Jack Roslovic has played in two games this season, recording a combined three shots in those two games. That being said, he skated on the Jets’ top power-play unit in the team’s most recent contest. While Roslovic skates on the fourth line at even strength and has played an average of just eight minutes per game, his role on the top unit makes him a worthy value option to consider, especially given his bare-minimum price tag of $3,000.
Also Consider: Brock Boeser ($6,500), Nikolaj Ehlers ($6,300), Clayton Keller ($5,400), Nick Foligno ($4,900), Elias Lindholm ($4,700), Justin Williams ($4,300), Devante Smith-Pelly ($3,400), Anthony Duclair ($3,100)–if he plays
John Carlson ($6,000)
John Carlson has had two weak performances against the Hurricanes in the last 10 days, which makes him less than ideal to start tonight as the Capitals once again take on Carolina. That being said, Carlson has been one of the best fantasy defensemen all season. He has 34 points on the year, good for second best in the NHL among defensemen. Carlson skates on Washington’s first power-play unit.
Seth Jones ($5,500)/Zach Werenski ($5,200)
Both Seth Jones and Zach Werenski had strong games last night against Buffalo despite the fact that Columbus was only able to score one goal. That being said, both Jones and Werenski assisted on Artemi Panarin’s power-play marker. Jones added seven shots and a block for 21.3 fantasy points, while Werenski added four shots and two blocks for 18.1. Both defensemen skate on Columbus’ top power-play unit. Werenski has assists in back-to-back games, while Jones has points in three straight games, collecting five assists, 13 shots and three blocks in that time.
Alexander Edler ($4,800)
Alexander Edler has been an outstanding mid-range defensive option in recent games thanks to a very steady dose of shots and blocks. He skates on Vancouver’s first power-play unit but derives his value from his peripheral stat coverage. He has recorded 25 shots and 15 blocks in just his past four games. Edler has earned 22.9, 24, 16, 17.6, 11.2 and 20.8 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively.
Jacob Trouba ($4,800)/Tyler Myers ($4,500)
The Winnipeg Jets have four defensemen that have put up steady offensive numbers this season, two of them being Jacob Trouba and Tyler Myers. Both players have points in three straight games, with Trouba scoring a goal and four assists and Myers tallying four assists in that time. Myers skates on the team’s second power-play unit, with Dustin Byfuglien playing on the top unit.
Jordan Oesterle ($4,200)
Jordan Oesterle continues to make the most of his time with the Chicago Blackhawks. He has points in two out of his last three games and in five out of his last seven games, picking up a total of three goals and seven points in that stretch. Oesterle plays on Chicago’s second power-play unit.
Jacob Chychrun ($3,900)
Jacob Chchrun has earned 6.4, 20.8, 14.4, 22.4, 14.4, 8, 10.1 and 8 fantasy points in his last eight games, respectively. He skates on Arizona’s second power-play unit. While you shouldn’t expect too much offensive production from him, Chychrun has been an effective value play because of his steady peripheral stat coverage. He has registered 25 shots and 14 blocks in his last six games.
Also Consider: Mark Giordano ($5,800), Dustin Byfuglien ($5,200), Josh Morrissey ($4,400), Alex Goligoski ($4,100), Kris Russell ($4,000)
Sergei Bobrovsky ($9,000)
Sergei Bobrovsky’s play has improved significantly in recent games after he went through a very rough stretch. Even though he lost last night in Buffalo, he has given up just a combined nine goals in his last five starts, going 3-2 in those contests. He has not gotten much goal support from his team but has played well. While Vancouver is one of those teams that can pull off an upset on the road, Bobrovsky could be a popular play given the favorable matchup for the Blue Jackets. He is averaging 20.8 fantasy points per game this season. While it’s usually not a good idea to target a goalie in back-to-back situations (assuming he is even named the starter for the Blue Jackets tonight), Bobrovsky has pulled it off several times this season and only faced 28 shots last night against the Sabres.
Mike Smith ($8,200)/David Rittich ($7,300)
The Calgary Flames have won five games in a row and are favored to win their sixth straight tonight as they take on the Panthers. While Florida’s offense is more than capable of putting up big numbers, Mike Smith has given up just 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 goals in his last five games, respectively, and is averaging 19.9 fantasy points per game this season. That being said, like Sergei Bobrovsky, Mike Smith may not start tonight since he played last night in Tampa Bay. If that’s the case, David Rittich likely would get the nod. Rittich has given up two or fewer goals in each of his last three starts, going 2-0-1 in that stretch.
Connor Hellebuyck ($8,100)
Connor Hellebuyck has been phenomenal on home ice and inconsistent on the road, so it’s tough to gauge tonight’s matchup in Chicago. The one glaring issue is that Hellebuyck gave up five goals on 30 shots against the Blackhawks when these teams met Dec. 14, and that was Hellebuyck’s only regulation loss at home all year. That being said, the Blackhawks will be without goaltender Corey Crawford, and the Jets have been scoring up a storm of late, so he could get the win. There is risk, especially given the fact that Chicago has put up huge numbers in recent games as well.
Philipp Grubauer ($7,700)
Philipp Grubauer will get the nod for the Capitals tonight in Carolina as these teams square off for the third time in 10 days. Grubauer is coming off back-to-back stellar performances. He gave up one goal on 38 shots against Vancouver Tuesday night and earned a shutout (though took the loss in a shootout) against the Rangers in his previous start (Dec. 27), coming away with 37.6 fantasy points in both games. While Carolina has had no problem scoring on the Capitals, Grubauer has yet to face them and could be a stronger option than Braden Holtby was when these teams met Jan. 2. Though Washington won that game, Holtby gave up four goals on 38 shots.
Cam Talbot ($7,600)
Cam Talbot is having a difficult season, as are the Edmonton Oilers. Talbot has lost three consecutive games but played extremely well the other night against Nashville, losing 2-1. The Oilers are favored tonight against the Coyotes, though most people underestimate Arizona on a nightly basis. It’s risky to go with Talbot considering he has given up 4-5 goals in six out of his last eight games. That being said, he has had two very impressive performances mixed in, and tonight could be one of those nights.
Also Consider: Anton Forsberg ($7,600), Antti Raanta ($7,200)–contrarian
FanDuel DFS NHL 1/12/18 Lineup
NOTE: Lineup will be updated closer to puck drop.
- C: Blake Wheeler ($7,800)
- C: Nick Schmaltz ($5,900)/Victor Rask ($4,400)/Aleksander Barkov ($7,100)–chalk
- W: Johnny Gaudreau ($7,600)/Alex Ovechkin ($8,800)–relatively low ownership/Artemi Panarin ($7,300)–chalk
- W: Micheal Ferland ($5,300)
- W: Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,900)/Sebastian Aho ($6,700)
- W: Devante Smith-Pelly ($3,400)/Kyle Connor ($5,100)–chalk or Mathieu Perreault ($4,500)/Vinnie Hinostroza ($4,400)/Joel Armia ($3,500)/Sebastian Aho ($6,700)
- D: Alexander Edler ($4,800)/Seth Jones ($5,500)
- D: Jacob Chychrun ($3,900)/Seth Jones ($5,500)/Jordan Oesterle ($4,200)
- G: Sergei Bobrovsky ($9,000)–chalk in cash/Cam Talbot ($7,600)/Connor Hellebuyck ($8,100)/David Rittich ($7,300)
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