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NHL GPP Plays: Thursday

Thursday, January 10, 2019


Every 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 leader boards in FanDuel and DraftKings tournament play.

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With the roller coaster of the NHL season in terms of a 2-5 game slate followed by a 10-plus game slate, we are back at it with a larger 12-game slate tonight in which a lot of the teams we are looking to target are on the road. We have the potent offense of the Toronto Maple Leafs heading to New Jersey to take on the Devils. The Nashville Predators on the tail-end of a back to back head to the Bobrovsky-less Columbus Blue Jackets and the Florida Panthers head to Western Canada in a matchup against the Edmonton [McDavid’s] Oilers.


GOALTENDER

 

NOTE: Make sure to check the "RotoGrinders Starting Goalies Page":https://rotogrinders.com/lineups/nhl?site=fanduel page prior to game time, to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting.

 

Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings – The Los Angeles Kings are an insane -235 favorite tonight. I say insane because both the Kings and the Ottawa Senators, their opponent, have 37 points, which is only above the Philadelphia Flyers 36 points. Even though the Kings are at home and the Sens are on a back-to-back, this still seems a bit high as a favorite. However, if Vegas has them pegged as that big of a favorite they need to at least be in consideration. This gives Jonathan Quick a great shot at a win tonight even though his numbers haven’t, a home matchup against the Senators is a great way to bounce back. 

 

FORWARDS

 

John Tavares, Toronto Maple Leafs – John Tavares is on pace for 53 goals and nobody seems to really be talking about it. It’s all about Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews, Morgan Reilly, and Frederik Andersen. And while Tavares does get talked about, it just doesn’t seem like he’s getting enough love considering what he’s doing. His 53 goals are tied for third in the NHL and he is firing a ton of shots as his 157 leads the Toronto Maple Leafs and comes in 13th overall in the NHL. The Leafs have really picked up their possession numbers lately with a 53.19 CF% which ranks fifth and 64.95 CF/60 which ranks third over their last 10 games. Their opponent, the New Jersey Devils, have struggled with just a 26th-ranked 46.23 CF%.

 

Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators – Despite playing in just 28 of the Nashville Predators 45 games, Filip Forsberg leads the team in goals with 16. He is playing with his usual linemates in Ryan Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson on the top line and they look to get things going offensively as the Predators are finally starting to get healthy again. Tonight they are on the tail-end of a back to back, which is not an ideal situation. But the Columbus Blue Jackets are sitting out Sergei Bobrovsky for disciplinary reasons, so getting back-up goaltender Joonas Korpisalo is a nice bump. Korpisalo has an ugly 3.29 GAA and .889 SV%, which bodes well for the Preds offense considering they are fifth in the NHL with a 52.97 CF% and sixth with a 60.12 CF/60 this season.      

 

Aleksander Barkov, Team – Aleksander Barkov is second on the team with 43 points and tied for second with 17 goals. The top line is slated to be Barkov centering Jonathan Huberdeau and Evgenii Dadonov. This trio makes for an elite line stack in tournaments, too, as they all play together on the top power play unit. That gives them full-game correlation and exceptional upside. The Florida Panthers power play has been elite this year, converting at a 27.0 percent clip — the fourth best mark in the NHL. Additionally, their special teams matchup is great considering the Edmonton Oilers penalty killing has been poor. Their 24th ranked PK succeeds on just 77.9 of their penalties, which could get them into trouble against the strong Panthers PP.

 

DEFENSE

 

John Klingberg, Dallas Stars – Here we have another solid special teams advantage, this time in favor of the Dallas Stars PP. They’ve converted at a 22.1 percent flip, which ranks ninth in the NHL. They are going up against the Philadelphia Flyers, who have a horrendous 28th ranked PK that is successful at just a 75.2 percent rate. Although John Klingberg has missed 18 games, he has 20 points in 26 games, which is tied for the team-lead among defensemen and fifth overall. Of his 20 points, 10 have come with the man advantage. And with a stacked unit with Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, Alex Radulov, and Jason Spezza, there is no reason why this top 10 PP unit cannot take advantage of a bottom five PK.



Ryan Sheppard aka “donkshow” was born and raised just outside of Toronto and has been a diehard Leafs fan since Day 1. He has his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology but is currently working as a Graphic Designer. In 2013, he started playing daily fantasy sports - exclusively NHL. Since then he has branched out into MLB, NFL, NBA and PGA.



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