FanDuel NHL Lineup Advice: Thursday (3/23)

Mar 23, 2017

Patrick Kane has become a hard player to fade

Get ready NHL DFS fans as we have a huge 12-game slate on our hands this evening! With plenty of games come plenty of options on that draft board, but I will be taking aim at some favorable matchups that are standing out to me. Let’s get right to it!

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Center

Jonathan Toews (CHI): $7,600 vs. DAL
Toews and the Blackhawks have arguably the best matchup on tonight’s slate as they welcome the Stars. Dallas is 30th in goals against per game on the road at 3.66 while their 72.1% penalty kill away from home also ranks dead-last in the league. Toews has been on fire lately with six points over his last five games while averaging a strong three shots per game in that stretch. He centers the top power play unit as well which significantly increases his opportunity for production tonight.

Vincent Trocheck (FLA): $5,600 vs. ARI
The Panthers hosting the lowly Coyotes is also a matchup I aim to exploit this evening. Arizona is just one spot better than the Stars with 3.56 goals against per game on the road (29th) while their 75.8% rate on the penalty kill on the road ranks 28th. Trocheck is a shots-on-goal machine with 209 on the season to go along with his 50 points across 72 games. He is a great fade to Alex Barkov whose ownership will be high tonight, making Trocheck a solid GPP option.

Wing

Reilly Smith (FLA): $4,400 vs. ARI
Smith is having a down season overall, however, given he lines up next to Trocheck at 5v5 and on the power play in this favorable matchup you can see why I really like his value tonight. He has just 32 points in 70 games, but he also has a solid 145 shots on goal and skates upwards of 18-19 minutes on any given night. If you are fading the Panthers’ top line like I am and going with their second line instead, Smith is a must-have at a very reasonable price.

Zach Parise (MIN): $6,500 vs. PHI
I continue to target poor road teams and the Wild hosting the Flyers is the next example.┬áThe Wild’s torrid offensive pace has cooled off lately, but they are still a dangerous team at home, especially against the Flyers. Despite the cold streak, Minnesota still averages 3.29 goals per game at home while the Flyers allow a pitiful 3.36 goals per game on the road. Minnesota also has an elite power play as they click at a 29.6% clip at home to lead the NHL. As a member of that top power play unit, Parise is as close to a must-have as you can get this evening.

Charlie Coyle (MIN): $4,100 vs. PHI
A linemate of Parise at both 5v5 and on the power play, Coyle could deliver huge value at his suppressed price. After scoring just twice across a 31-game span, Coyle has scored in back-to-back games while taking five shots in that span. His spot alongside Parise and the resurgent Eric Staal in all situations is very encouraging considering a high-octane Wild offense at home welcomes a very poor Flyers’ defensive group to town. This is simply one of the best matchups on the slate.

Patrick Kane (CHI): $8,900 vs. DAL
While he could be a chalk play tonight, not having Kane in your lineup will likely hurt more than it will help. His 80 points across 73 games now rank fourth in the league while his 267 shots on goal is tied with Patrice Bergeron for third overall. He will almost certainly thrive in this favorable matchup against the vulnerable Stars, making him a must-have in cash games and likely a much-needed player in GPP formats as well.

Defense

Ryan Suter (MIN): $5,000 vs. PHI
As the quarterback of the Wild’s top power play unit, Suter is a very solid play tonight against the visiting Flyers. Philadelphia kills just 76.8% of their penalties on the road (25th) and considering the Wild have the league’s top power play on home ice you can see why Suter is an attractive option. He has 36 points across 72 games to go along with 145 shots and 84 blocks on the season. He also ranks third in the NHL with an average ice time of 27:07 per game. Seeing that much ice against a poor Flyers’ defense could be very beneficial for the veteran blueliner tonight.

Aaron Ekblad (FLA): $5,200 vs. ARI
Talk about another shooting machine, Ekblad’s 225 shots on the season ranks 16th overall and second among defensemen despite playing in just 68 games. He is a member of the Panthers’ second power play unit where Trocheck and Smith reside. This could be a very profitable stack if it is the second line and second power play group that does the damage against a Coyotes team that yields those 3.56 goals per game on the road.

Goalie

Curtis McElhinney (TOR): $7,700 vs. NJ
The Maple Leafs are playing their second game in as many nights, but McElhinney is very fresh as he did not play last night and hasn’t played since a relief appearance nine days ago. He has a rock-solid .922 save percentage on the season and takes on a poor offense tonight in the form of the New Jersey Devils. The Devils rank 28th with just 2.21 goals per game on the season while their 15.5% clip on the power play away from home ranks 23rd. McElhinney is a strong value play tonight on a Leafs team that has gone an impressive 6-1-1 over their last eight contests.

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