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NHL GPP Plays: Thursday

Thursday, February 8, 2018


Every Tuesday and Thursday I will be providing my recommended player picks for your daily fantasy hockey lineups. The goal is to help you to the top of the leaderboards in FanDuel and DraftKings tournament play.

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We have ourselves another terrific night of National League Hockey action on deck, with nine games on the schedule. The Tampa Bay Lightning, Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Blues are tonight’s biggest favorites, and the Nashville Predators are the only team playing on the tail end of a back-to-back.



GOALTENDER

NOTE: Make sure to check the RotoGrinders Starting Goalies Page prior to game time, to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting.

 

Brian Elliott, Philadelphia Flyers - Once again I am looking for a win upside and plenty of save potential from my GPP goaltender, and Brian Elliott can certainly provide both of those this evening at the Wells Fargo Center. Despite averaging over 33 shots per game (33.6 SPG, seventh-most in the National Hockey League), the Montreal Canadiens just can’t seem to score goals (2.58 GPG, sitting 27th overall), especially on the road (2.21 GPG, good for 30th overall), and this is the perfect situation for Elliott tonight in GPPs.

 

 

FORWARDS

 

Buffalo Sabres Offense - The Buffalo Sabres are a tough offense to trust and I rarely look to target them, but they are at the top of my GPP list tonight as they host the defensively challenged New York Islanders. There is no longer any debate, the Islanders are currently the worst defensive team in the National Hockey League, ranking 29th overall in CA/60, and 31st overall in both HDCA/60 and SCA/60, which has resulted in them allowing a league high 3.63 goals against per game, which is a number that has risen in the month of January (3.85). In other words, this is a team we must attack this evening on this nine-game slate. The Sabres have two very capable scoring lines and I will be stacking them both tonight in tournament play, while adding defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen wherever possible.

 

 

Ottawa Senators Top Line - The Ottawa Senators’ number one line had a big game Tuesday night and I plan to get exposure to them again tonight in large field tournaments. The Nashville Predators are not a team I generally attack, but they are playing their second game in as many nights, and I think we see a home and rested Senators team take advantage of that tonight at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Senators’ top line is not only inexpensive to stack, they also have multi-goal potential once again this evening, and like Tuesday night, I except them to be heavily under-owned. I should also note that if you can afford to pair up Erik Karlsson with the Senators’ top line, I would strongly suggest you do so.  

 

 

Vegas Golden Knights Offense - The San Jose Sharks defensive game is at an all-time low right now (allowing the seventh-most goals against per game this month), and I will continue to pick on them tonight in GPPs. The Vegas Golden Knights continue to impress (second-most points in the National Hockey League this season), and both of their top two scoring lines are worth considering tonight at the SAP Center. If you are deciding between the lines, my preference is with the Golden Knights’ top line. Keep in mind that Shea Theodore skates with the top power play unit, while both Colin Miller and Brad Hunt roll with the second unit.

 

 

DEFENSE

 

Vince Dunn, St. Louis Blues – The St. Louis Blues have one of the highest projected goal totals tonight on this nine-game slate, and although the Colorado Avalanche have improved drastically this year, they still struggle with their defensive game on the road (surrendering the eighth-most goals against per game), and I expect the Blues’ offense to take advantage tonight at the Scottrade Center. Vince Dunn continues to log solid minutes for the Blues (averaging 16:32 minutes of ice per game this season), and he remains the Blues’ power play quarterback on their number one unit. Considering his inexpensive price tag industry wide, and the plus matchup, Dunn becomes the best bang for your buck on the blue line this evening. 



Chris "Pepsi7" Lowery is the 2013 FanDuel Baseball Champion, pocketing $235,00 between that first place finish and a third place finish with his other entry. He also qualified for the FanDuel DFBC finals in 2012, finishing 7th. Impressively, MLB may not be his best sport as Chris is one of the best Daily Fantasy NHL minds in the business. Chris contributes to RotoGrinders, and you can follow him on Twitter @Pepsi7DFS.
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