UPDATE: Tampa has new lines (see below for details). Duchene WILL play (making Stone the better W pick below)
Today’s FanDuel DFS NHL options at different price points for tonight’s seven-game slate, which features several matchups that could be high-scoring affairs. Just fyi, several of the slates this week will be smaller than usual because this is the first mandatory bye week for NHL teams. The following teams will be affected for part of this week: Ducks, Coyotes, Bruins, Avalanche, Stars, Red Wings, Kings, Canadiens, Devils, Islanders, Rangers, Flyers, Penguins, Sharks and Golden Knights. The Blues will not play from Jan. 10-15. You can find a full list of teams and their bye weeks here.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out via Twitter (@JillianSydney). FTA+ subscribers can tag me (@JWagner) in the NHL Discord chat to discuss tonight’s slate, matchups, lineups, etc.
Summary of Sunday’s Results
Sunday night’s main lineup did not cash. I played it a little safe based on who I thought would be popular rather than going with some of my top plays, and the strategy backfired. Patrice Bergeron tallied an assist and 14.4 fantasy points, but Sidney Crosby would have been a better play; he finished with 29.8 fantasy points, and Evgeni Malkin earned 41. The Golden Knights only put up two goals against Ondrej Pavelec and the Rangers. While Marc-Andre Fleury did come away with the 2-1 victory (picking up 30.4 fantasy points in the process), five different players (Neal, Perron, Karlsson, Smith, Marchessault) picked up one point each, which made Vegas’ contributions minimal. Nikita Kucherov scored his 27th goal of the season and registered 16.8 fantasy points, but Tyler Johnson grabbed 18.4 for $3,400 less. Andreas Athanasiou and Daniel Sprong, while both popular, failed to find the scoresheets in their respective contests. Alexander Edler had another huge game with an assist, five shots and five blocks for 24 fantasy points, and his ownership rate of just 10 percent made his big night all the more valuable. However, Victor Hedman’s streak of impressive games came to an end as the blueliner recorded just one shot and one block. Colin Miller registered three shots and a block for 6.4 fantasy points, doubling Hedman’s output but still falling short of expectations.
For those of you who reached out and asked for a lineup for Sunday’s early slate, that lineup cashed easily with a 164.9 (see below for details).
- Winnipeg @ Buffalo – 7:00pm EST
- Vancouver @ Washington – 7:00pm EST
- Chicago @ Ottawa – 7:30pm EST
- Carolina @ Tampa Bay – 7:30pm EST
- Florida @ St. Louis – 8:00pm EST
- Edmonton @ Nashville – 8:00pm EST
- Calgary @ Minnesota – 8:00pm EST
- WPG: Steve Mason (confirmed) vs. BUF: Robin Lehner (confirmed)
- VAN: Jacob Markstrom (confirmed) vs. WSH: Philipp Grubauer (confirmed)
- CHI: Anton Forsberg (LIKELY) vs. OTT: Craig Anderson (confirmed)
- CAR: Cam Ward (LIKELY) vs. TBL: Andrei Vasilevskiy (confirmed)
- FLA: James Reimer (LIKELY) vs. STL: Jake Allen (confirmed)
- EDM: Cam Talbot (confirmed) vs. NSH: Pekka Rinne (LIKELY)
- CGY: Mike Smith (confirmed) vs. MIN: Alex Stalock (confirmed)
For further goalie confirmations and other player news updates, check out DailyFaceoff and LeftWingLock throughout the day.
Tampa Bay Line Combinations (morning skate)
FanDuel DFS NHL 1/9/18
Blake Wheeler ($7,600)
Blake Wheeler extended his point streak to six games with an assist and 14.9 fantasy points Sunday against the Sharks. He has five goals and nine points in his last six games, earning 14.9, 24.2, 40.5, 21.6, 28.5 and 12.8 fantasy points in those games, respectively. Wheeler skates on Winnipeg’s first line and first power-play unit and scored a goal and an assist against Buffalo when these teams played Jan. 5. He is averaging 17.3 fantasy points per game this season.
Jonathan Toews ($6,800)
Jonathan Toews has points in four straight games, picking up three goals and seven points in that stretch. He skates on Chicago’s first line and first power-play unit and has earned 14.4, 26.4, 23.2, 28 and 8 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively.
Aleksander Barkov ($6,600)
Aleksander Barkov has recorded 35 shots in his last six games and has points in each of his last three contests. He has earned 28.5, 29.5, 14.4, 11.2, 19.2, 11.2, 17.6 and 11.2 fantasy points in his last eight games, respectively. Barkov skates on Florida’s first line and first power-play unit; he is averaging 15.3 fantasy points per game and has 37 points in 40 games this season.
Nicklas Backstrom ($6,500)
Nicklas Backstrom has had an underwhelming season thus far compared to what he is capable of, though he still has 35 points in 41 games. That being said, he currently is on a three-game point streak in which he has collected two goals and seven points, including the overtime game-winner Sunday against St. Louis. Backstrom skates on Washington’s first line and first power-play unit and has earned 28.5, 19.2 and 34.9 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively. The Capitals host a Vancouver team that has given up 16 goals in its last four games.
Derick Brassard ($6,000)/Matt Duchene ($4,800)–DTD
The Senators just might be on the verge of turning things around in Ottawa, at least from an offensive standpoint. It hasn’t been pretty, but Ottawa has won back-to-back games and has taken five out of a possible six points in 2018. After the team’s two-game series against Colorado that took place in Stockholm Nov. 10-11, the Senators finished November with an 0-6-1 record and followed that up with a 4-8-2 December stretch. However, the Senators have scored six goals in back-to-back games and will take on a Chicago team that is without Corey Crawford. This makes several Sens forwards worthy options for tonight’s contests, two of those being centers Derick Brassard and Matt Duchene. Brassard has points in back-to-back games with a goal and two assists as well as nine shots and two blocks. Duchene, on the other hand, has goals in back-to-back games, scoring a total of three goals and four points and adding seven shots and four blocks in that time. Surprisingly, this is Duchene’s first point streak as a member of the Senators, but he has been very productive in his last two games, earning 20 and 41.6 fantasy points, respectively. UPDATE: Both players are listed as DTD.
Nick Schmaltz ($5,200)
Nick Schmaltz skates on Chicago’s second line and first power-play unit and has goals in three straight games. He also has points in five out of his last six games, collecting four goals and eight points in that time. Schmaltz offers exposure to Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews and has earned 13.6, 13.6, 28, 4.8, 27.7 and 15.7 fantasy points in his last six games, respectively.
Also Consider: Steven Stamkos ($8,800), Connor McDavid ($8,800), Eric Staal ($6,600), Vincent Trocheck ($6,200), Brayden Point ($5,600), Derek Ryan ($4,500)
Nikita Kucherov ($9,200)
Nikita Kucherov has 27 goals and 59 points in 42 games this season, averaging 20 fantasy points per game. However, he hasn’t been worth his price tag in the last few games except for the fact that his consistency and reliability make him a safe pick, which sometimes warrants the extra $. That being said, Kucherov always has the potential to break out for a multi-point game. He skates on Tampa Bay’s first line and first power-play unit.
Alex Ovechkin ($8,800)
Alex Ovechkin has points in four straight games, collecting four goals and eight points in that stretch. He has earned 25.8, 27.2, 34.1 and 18.9 fantasy points in his last four games, respectively, and will face a Vancouver team that has given up an average of four goals in its last four games. Ovi skates on Washington’s first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 18.7 fantasy points per game this season. He is tied for the league lead in goals (27) with Nikita Kucherov and has 45 points in 42 games.
Vladimir Tarasenko ($8,000)
Vladimir Tarasenko has points in back-to-back games and in five out of his last six games, picking up three goals and six points along with 23 shots and five blocks in that time. He skates on St. Louis’ first line and first power-play unit and is averaging 16.6 fantasy points per game. Alexander Steen ($5,400) has points in three straight games, picking up two goals, one assist, nine shots and three blocks in that stretch. He will save you $2,600 but does not have Tarasenko’s floor or ceiling and won’t be as safe in cash contests given the likelihood of his much lower ownership rate.
Mark Stone ($7,100)
Mark Stone has put together back-to-back three-point performances, scoring a goal and two assists in each of his last two games (averaging 33.85 fantasy points in those two contests). He is averaging 14.4 fantasy points per game this season despite all of Ottawa’s struggles, scoring at a point-per-game pace with 40 points through 40 games.
Brock Boeser ($6,700)
Brock Boeser had another strong performance Sunday night against Montreal, tallying an assist and five shots for 16 fantasy points. He has 22 goals and 40 points in 39 games this season, averaging 15.9 fantasy points per game. Boeser is always a threat for a multi-goal night and has been very consistent and reliable for most of the year, picking up nine goals and 15 points in his last 14 games. He skates on Vancouver’s second line and first power-play unit and tallied three assists and four shots against Washington Oct. 26.
Brandon Saad ($5,900)
Like linemate Jonathan Toews, Brandon Saad has points in four straight games, recording two goals and six points as well as 14 shots in that stretch. He skates on Chicago’s first line and second power-play unit.
Matthew Tkachuk ($5,800)
Matthew Tkachuk has points in three straight games and in five out of his last six games, scoring three goals and three assists and adding 17 shots in that stretch. He skates on Calgary’s second line and first power-play unit but has zero points in two games against the Wild this season.
Tyler Johnson ($5,800)
Tyler Johnson scored a goal Sunday night against Detroit, giving him points in two straight games and in 14 out of his last 16 games. He recently snapped a 12-game point streak but could be at the start of a new one as a member of Tampa Bay’s second line and second power-play unit. He scored a goal and an assist for 23.7 fantasy points when these teams met Oct. 24.
Micheal Ferland ($4,600)
Micheal Ferland has produced back-to-back two-point games in which he has earned 24.8 fantasy points, and he has three goals and five points in his last four games. He skates on Calgary’s first line and second power-play unit and scored a goal when these teams met Dec. 12.
Craig Smith ($4,400)
Craig Smith has just one point in his last five games but, aside from his most recent performance, usually provides a safe floor given his high shot volume. In fact, he has registered 25 shots in his last five games (and 52 shots in his last 12). He skates on Nashville’s second line and second power-play unit and earned 14.4 fantasy points when the Predators and Oilers last played (Dec. 14). Smith continues to be a popular cash option for his reasonable price tag and consistent peripheral stat coverage. There may be better value options tonight, however, as Edmonton should be in desperation mode.
Vinnie Hinostroza ($3,600)
Vinnie Hinostroza continued his strong play with an assist in Sunday afternoon’s tilt against Edmonton. That gives him points in five straight games, which makes him an excellent value play for tonight’s contests. Even though his point streak will have caught on by now and he should now be a more popular play, the price tag makes him a solid option regardless. He skates on Chicago’s first line and second power-play unit.
Ryan Dzingel ($3,600)
Ryan Dzingel has goals in three straight games, scoring four goals on nine shots in that span. He skates with Mark Stone and Derick Brassard at even strength and plays on the team’s second power-play unit. Dzingel has earned 28.8, 18.4 and 15.2 fantasy points in his last three games, respectively.
Ivan Barbashev ($3,100)
Ivan Barbashev is a value play that may still be an under-the-radar option. He skates on St. Louis’ first line with Paul Stastny and Vladimir Tarasenko, though he does not get time on the power play. That being said, Barbashev has points in back-to-back games, picking up a goal and two assists in that time.
Also Consider: Patrick Kane ($8,300), Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,700), Thomas Vanek ($5,600), Teuvo Teravainen ($5,400), Kyle Connor ($4,600), Mathieu Perreault ($3,900), Tage Thompson ($3,600), Scott Hartnell ($3,400), Devante Smith-Pelly ($3,200), Scottie Upshall ($3,100)
Erik Karlsson ($7,000)
Erik Karlsson has five assists in his last two games, earning 32 and 26.1 fantasy points in those contests, respectively. While his 2017-2018 performance thus far hasn’t been nearly as productive, consistent or reliable as previous seasons, he has put together three multi-point efforts in his last five games and could be a popular option given his success in Ottawa’s back-to-back wins.
Victor Hedman ($6,600)
Victor Hedman is coming off a very weak performance in which he recorded just one shot and one block for 3.2 fantasy points. However, he has points in 10 out of his last 13 games, collecting three goals, 11 assists, 53 shots and 18 blocks in that stretch. He skates on Tampa Bay’s first power-play unit and is averaging 13.3 fantasy points per game this season.
John Carlson ($5,900)
John Carlson is second in the league in points by a defenseman with 33 points in 42 games. He is averaging 14.2 fantasy points per game and has points in three out of his last four contests, picking up one goal and six points as well as 12 shots and eight blocks in that span. Carlson skates on Washington’s first power-play unit and is tied for second in the league in power-play points by a defenseman with 15.
Alexander Edler ($4,800)
Alexander Edler had another strong performance Sunday night with an assist, five shots and five blocks for 24 fantasy points. He has earned 24, 16, 17.6, 11.2 and 20.8 fantasy points in his last five games, respectively, and has registered 18 shots and 13 blocks in just his last three games alone. Edler plays on Vancouver’s first power-play unit and has been one of the most reliable fantasy defensemen in recent games.
Ryan Ellis ($4,800)
The Nashville Predators have had widespread offensive production from their blue line this season with Roman Josi, P.K. Subban and Mattias Ekholm combining for 76 points. However, Ryan Ellis, who returned to the lineup three games ago, already has two points, six shots and eight blocks and is averaging 14.1 fantasy points per game. While that is a very small sample size, he might be the best bang for your buck on Nashville’s back end.
Tyler Myers ($4,500)
Tyler Myers has points in back-to-back games and grabbed an assist, three shots and four blocks for 19.7 fantasy points against Buffalo when these teams squared off in Winnipeg Jan. 5. He skates on the Jets’ second power-play unit.
Jordan Oesterle ($3,900)
Jordan Oesterle has points in four out of his last five games, recording three goals and five points in that time. He has registered 20 shots and 12 blocks in his last six games and has earned 16.8, 3.2, 17.6, 29.6, 26.9 and 9.6 fantasy points in those games, respectively. He should be a very popular value play once again tonight. Oesterle plays on Chicago’s second power-play unit.
Also Consider: Alex Pietrangelo ($5,800), Mark Giordano ($5,700), P.K. Subban ($5,700), Roman Josi ($5,600), Jared Spurgeon ($5,200), Jacob Trouba ($4,700), Kris Russell ($4,100), Mike Matheson ($3,900), Joel Edmundson ($3,700), Madison Bowey ($3,600), Thomas Chabot ($3,500)
Andrei Vasilevskiy ($9,600)
Andrei Vasilevskiy gave up six goals in his last start, finishing the game with negative 2.4 fantasy points. Needless to say, that was a very uncharacteristic performance from the goalie who has a league-leading 26 wins. Vasilevskiy is averaging 25.3 fantasy points per game but will face a Hurricanes team looking to rebound from an embarrassing 7-1 loss to the Bruins. That being said, the Lightning are the best team in the league and have the odds in their favor for the win tonight at home.
Braden Holtby ($9,300)
Braden Holtby has won four games in a row and eight out of his last nine games and is 11-2 since the beginning of December. That being said, Holtby is 0-1 against the Canucks this season after giving up five goals in a 6-2 loss in Vancouver Oct. 26. However, Holtby and the Capitals will face the Canucks on home ice where Holtby is 15-4 this season. While Vancouver is one of those teams that is fully capable of pulling off an upset, and while Holtby may give up 3-4 goals, the Caps are favored in the matchup, which could make Holtby a popular and therefore relatively safe cash play.
Carter Hutton ($8,500)
Carter Hutton is coming off a loss to the Capitals but won each of his three starts prior to Sunday’s game. The Blues will host a Panthers team that has lost three games in a row. Hutton is averaging 20.3 fantasy points per game this season.
Connor Hellebuyck ($7,900)
Connor Hellebuyck has much stronger numbers at home but has a favorable matchup tonight against a Sabres team that he defeated Jan. 5. Hellebuyck, who should be a very popular play in cash contests tonight, is averaging 21.4 fantasy points per game.
Also Consider: Pekka Rinne ($8,300), Alex Stalock ($7,500)
FanDuel DFS NHL 1/9/18 Lineup
NOTE: Lineup will be updated closer to puck drop.
- C: Blake Wheeler ($7,600)
- C: Brayden Point ($5,600)/Nick Schmaltz ($5,200)/Steven Stamkos ($8,800)
- W: Alex Ovechkin ($8,800)
- W: Brock Boeser ($6,700)/Mark Stone ($7,100)–see note at top
- W: Vinnie Hinostroza ($3,600)/Craig Smith ($4,400)
- W: Ryan Dzingel ($3,600)/Chris Kunitz ($3,100)/Ivan Barbashev ($3,100)
- D: Victor Hedman ($6,600)/John Carlson ($5,900)
- D: Alexander Edler ($4,800)/Jordan Oesterle ($3,900)
- G: Alex Stalock ($7,500)/Andrei Vasilevskiy ($9,600)–chalk
For those that asked for a Wheeler/Stamkos/Ovechkin line, here’s one possibility:
- C: Blake Wheeler ($7,600)
- C: Steven Stamkos ($8,800)
- W: Alex Ovechkin ($8,800)
- W: Brock Boeser ($6,700)
- W: Vinnie Hinostroza ($3,600)
- W: Chris Kunitz ($3,100)
- D: Alexander Edler ($4,800)
- D: Jordan Oesterle ($3,900)
- G: Alex Stalock ($7,500)
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