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FanDuel NHL DFS Strategy Advice: Thursday (4/22)

Apr 22, 2021

Thursday’s 10-game slate features a handful of back-to-back games carried over from Tuesday, which oftentimes means that skaters who didn’t produce in the first game will go under-the-radar and get disregarded. This can lead to lower-tier first and second-line skaters having more opportunity in the offensive zone, creating more value in your lineups. We all saw the Pittsburgh Penguins nearly lose to the New Jersey Devils after being up 6-0 in the third period on Tuesday, as Penguins’ goaltender Tristan Jarry completely collapsed in the net.

This unexpected flurry of points from various Devils’ skaters is a prime example of hidden value on any given night based on the mentality of both the winning and losing teams. Let’s have a look at a few players to target on Thursday night based on their high-end production and opportunity to generate value near the goal to cash your lineups.

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Center

Jason Dickinson (DAL): $3,500 at DET
Dickinson earned a start on Dallas’ first-line unit with center Roope Hintz (lower body) ruled out against Detroit and finished with two assists during Tuesday’s 5-2 win. With the Red Wings projected to continue rolling out netminder Jonathan Bernier, who allowed four goals on 12 shots during Tuesday’s blowout in Dallas, Dickinson carries tremendous value in lineups assuming that Hintz can’t return to the first-line unit on Thursday night. He greatly benefits from skating alongside right wing Joe Pavelski, and his DFS-minimum salary makes him a great addition to your Thursday night lineups.

Wing

Brady Tkachuk (OTT): $6,200 at VAN
The son of legendary St. Louis Blues’ player Keith Tkachuk has been taking over games recently, racking up five points (three goals, two assists) across his last four games played that includes 16 shots. Brady Tkachuk is just 21 years old, but he is the most potent offensive player within the Senators’ first-line unit and earns over 18 minutes average time on ice. That gives him ample opportunities to generate production behind the opponents’ blue-line. Vancouver’s projected goalie, Braden Holtby, has allowed five goals in two wins across his last two starts, so he is a formidable opponent coming off plenty of rest. However, I think Tkachuk has the skillset and momentum to extend his point streak into a third-straight game on the road, making him a must-add to your lineups.

Defense

Dougie Hamilton (CAR): $6,600 at FLA
Dougie Hamilton has an assist in four consecutive games heading into Thursday’s game against goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and the Florida Panthers. These are two teams that are jockeying within the top two seeds in the Central Division, so their play should have playoff intensity throughout Thursday night’s contest in South Beach. The 27-year old Canadian is one of the best defensemen in the offensive zone this season, totaling 31 assists and six goals across 45 games for the Hurricanes this season. Bobrovsky has a 2.84 GAA in 26 starts for the Panthers this season, but he gave up three goals during an earlier loss to Carolina this month, where Hamilton lit the lamp for one of his six goals scored this season. You should feature Hamilton in your lineups despite the high salary — he is one of the most consistent defensive skaters in the league when it comes to generating offensive production.

Goalie

Jeremy Swayman (BOS): $8,000 at BUF
The 22-year old Alaskan netminder has been excellent across five starts for Boston this season, including a shutout performance in his last start against the New York Islanders last week. Swayman held the Sabres to two goals during a win earlier last week and should be able to replicate that performance again on Thursday night. Buffalo got shut out against the Bruins on Tuesday, and Swayman will get his opportunity to record consecutive shutouts. His 1.78 GAA this season is too attractive to ignore, especially considering that Swayman draws the most favorable matchup during Thursday’s 10-game slate. Lock him in as the foundation to cashing your lineups.

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