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Welcome back for another installment of the Friday Night Forecheck here at Win Daily Sports! After a somewhat brutal schedule this week, we are finally given a decent, yet small, four game slate. Since yesterday was a massive 13 game slate, tonight will feature five of the eight teams playing on the second leg of a back-to-back. We have a couple of very interesting spots tonight, and we will try to nail down the best spots on the slate. Good luck!

Goalies

Tristan Jarry – Pittsburgh Penguins: The goalie spot tonight looks pretty rough, and it is going to be tough to find the top play. Surprisingly, the Pitt/Vegas game looks to be the lowest scoring on the slate, based on the way that both teams are playing recently. Pittsburgh should win this game, as Vegas has been struggling, and is also pretty banged up. Their lineup is far from their normal, so Jarry looks like a decent play tonight.

High Risk GPP Goalie Pick – Thatcher Demko – Vancouver Canucks: This is the only other goalie that looks interesting tonight, and that’s a stretch! The Canucks host the Caps tonight, who have been playing well and getting healthy. This is a risky, risky play, but on home ice, it’s worth a look. The shot volume should be there, and if Demko can keep them in check, this could be a sneaky good play.

Other Goalie Notes: With all but two teams on the slate scoring 3 or more goals per game over their last five, this is not a good goalie slate. On four games, you can certainly correlate your goalie with your stacks when building. When it comes to other goalie options, you can consider Semyon Varlamov from the Islanders, but his numbers are pretty ugly recently. You can make a case for Laurent Brossoit from Vegas, but keep in mind, the team in front of him is very banged up right now. Kaapo Kahkonen for Minnesota is an interesting play, but keep in mind, Columbus has been scoring at home, so he runs risky as well. As you can see, all goalies come with a considerable amount of risk tonight, with Jarry/Demko feeling like the better of the plays.

Lines to Build Around

These lines are considered top plays for the night and can be considered the focal point of your builds. They will be listed by position in the following order: Center/Winger/Winger/Correlating Defenseman (if applicable).

Minnesota Wild 1 – Ryan Hartman/Kirill Kaprizov/Mats Zuccarello/Jared Spurgeon: The Wild head to Columbus tonight to face the Blue Jackets and Elvis Merzlikins. This is a FANTASTIC matchup for this line, and arguably the best matchup on the slate. Lately, Columbus has been matching their top line to the opposing top line, with the Kuraly line taking the second line matchup duties. That matchup should set up this line for plenty of chances, and they should be able to take advantage of a poor defensive team in Columbus. Give Alex Goligoski a look as a value defender who correlates with this line.

Winnipeg Jets 2 – Pierre-Luc Dubois/Kyle Connor/Evgeny Svechnikov/Josh Morrissey: With how Varlamov has been playing, Winnipeg looks to be in a really good spot. This second line should see a majority of the top Islander line in what is a very plus matchup. Expect this line to be lower owned, and the upside is very, very nice. A Kyle Connor anytime scorer prop is currently +115 on DraftKings Sportsbook and is worth a look.

Vancouver Canucks 1 – J.T. Miller/Brock Boeser/Tanner Pearson/Quinn Hughes: Thanks to some unique line matching trends, this top line should see the second line for the Caps for a majority of the night. Throw in the fact that Samsonov looks to get the start for the Caps tonight, and this is a recipe for success for this line on home ice. The second Caps line has been bleeding high danger chances and they have a higher than normal expected goals against per 60 (3.00). This line could be super sneaky with a ton of upside.

High Risk Lines

These are plays that carry significantly more risk, but could pay off at low ownership. They will be listed by position in the following order: Center/Winger/Winger/Correlating Defenseman (if applicable).

Minnesota Wild 2 – Frederick Gaudreau/Kevin Fiala/Matthew Boldy: That top line is in a great spot for Minnesota, but this second line cannot be ignored. They have a very good matchup as well, against the bottom part of the Columbus lineup. Look for these guys to continue to stay hot, and it really depends on your lineup build and which way you end up with Minnesota.

New York Islanders 1 – Brock Nelson/Anthony Beauvillier/Anders Lee/Noah Dobson: This line should see the likes of the second Winnipeg line mentioned above. The Isles are a more defensive minded team, which tends to limit their DFS upside, but this line is in a good spot and just had a great night. They have a chance to repeat that tonight, with the Jets coming to town. Hellebuyck has been bad for the Jets, and this game should flirt with going over the total of 6, unless Hellebuyck decides to show up.

Pittsburgh Penguins 2 – Evgeni Malkin/Evan Rodrigues/Danton Heinen: This second Pitt line should see a mix of the depth lines for Vegas tonight, and they should have the upper hand there. The scoring recently for the Pens has been somewhat spread out, and this game appears like it might be on the lower end as far as totals for the night, but this line could surprise us. It’s also why this one comes in as risky. PIT1 is in consideration as well, as you can see below in honorable mentions. You can use Marcus Pettersson or John Marino as value D men to correlate with this line.

Honorable Mentions: CBJ2, PIT1, WSH1

Value Options – DraftKings

Center: Frederick Gaudreau ($3500) – Minnesota Wild

Wing: Danton Heinen ($2700) – Pittsburgh Penguins

Defense: Adam Pelech ($3600) – New York Islanders

Value Options – FanDuel

Center: Evan Rodrigues ($4900) – Pittsburgh Penguins

Wing: Evgeny Svechnikov ($4000) – Winnipeg Jets

Defense: Marcus Pettersson ($4000) – Pittsburgh Penguins

Cash Considerations – DraftKings

Center: J.T. Miller – Vancouver Canucks

Wing: Kyle Connor – Winnipeg Jets

Defense: Jared Spurgeon – Minnesota Wild

Goalie: Tristan Jarry – Pittsburgh Penguins

Cash Considerations – FanDuel

Center: J.T. Miller – Vancouver Canucks

Wing: Kyle Connor – Winnipeg Jets

Defense: Jared Spurgeon – Minnesota Wild

Goalie: Tristan Jarry – Pittsburgh Penguins

Make sure to hop in our Expert Discord Chat for FREE! Jon and the NHL team will be there answering questions right up until lock! Be sure to be on the look out for future articles at https://windailysports.com/daily-fantasy-hockey/

All line combinations are courtesy of www.dailyfaceoff.com, and any advanced rates referenced in the above article are pulled from www.naturalstattrick.com.

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Friday 3/4 NHL Breakdown

Welcome back for another installment of the Friday Night Forecheck here at Win Daily Sports! March already?! This season is flying by, and we will soon be talking about the playoffs. Tonight’s slate is a bigger-than-normal-for-a-Friday slate, with seven games going. It also features an unusual number of teams playing on back to back nights (CAR, PIT, MIN, TBL, and VGK). With that many back-to-back scenarios, it makes the goaltending pretty dicey. Let’s dive into the plays. Good luck and be sure to keep up on news through the day and during warmups!

Goalies

John Gibson – Anaheim Ducks: There is no doubt that Gibson has been struggling recently, but he is still a very solid goalie. With the matchup against Vegas tonight, he should see plenty of shot volume. The good thing is that the Knights have only been scoring 2.2 goals per game over their last five road games. This is a good spot for Gibby to be himself and steal the Ducks a win.

Connor Hellebuyck – Winnipeg Jets: Helle, what have you been doing to us? He seems to show up in bad spots and blow up in good spots. Tonight is an interesting matchup against the visiting Dallas Stars. The Stars have been struggling on the road recently, so this spot looks good for Helle and the Jets.

Igor Shesterkin – New York Rangers: Igor and the Rangers host the Devils tonight, and admittedly, this play is a little bit riskier than we would hope. Igor’s numbers have been very good this year, and even recently, so this is a good chance for him to stifle the Devils who have been scoring quite a bit recently.

GPP Goalie Pick – Antti Raanta – Carolina Hurricanes: The Canes host the Penguins tonight in what should be a high event game. If Raanta does in fact get the nod, then he should be peppered with shots. Since the Pens played last night, and dominated, we are going to hope they are a little tired and maybe lose some steam here tonight. The shot volume should keep Antti relevant, we just need him to not give up 5.

Lines to Build Around

These lines are considered top plays for the night and can be considered the focal point of your builds. They will be listed by position in the following order: Center/Winger/Winger/Correlating Defenseman (if applicable).

New York Rangers Power Play – Mika Zibanejad/Ryan Strome/Chris Kreider/Artemi Panarin/Adam Fox: The Rangers, as mentioned above, are playing a Devils team that has been scoring recently, but they have also been giving up goals at a whopping 4.2 goals allowed over their last five games. The Devils also give up quite a bit of shots per game, and their goalie situation is not ideal. This is a very good spot for this power play unit that has proven to be lethal at times this season.

Tampa Bay Lightning 1 – Brayden Point/Nikita Kucherov/Ondrej Palat/Victor Hedman: The Lightning put up an absolute dud last night against the Penguins at home, and tonight have a chance to make up for it when they host the Red Wings. The main thing about this play is the goalie matchup. Nedeljkovic has the worst numbers on the slate over his last five starts, posting a whopping 4.89 GAA. This will likely be a chalky play, but their lack of production last night could (hopefully) pull some ownership off of them tonight.

Winnipeg Jets 2 – Pierre-Luc Dubois/Kyle Connor/Evgeny Svechnikov/Josh Morrissey: Keep an eye on the line combos here tonight, as it looks like Ehlers might be set to return. If he does, he very well could slot into this line to replace Svechnikov. Hopefully, this line stays intact, though, because they have a fantastic even strength matchup with Dallas 2 tonight. Don’t be afraid to play Svechnikov, because not many people play him, and he has been playing really well recently with this line.

High Risk Lines

These are plays that carry significantly more risk, but could pay off at low ownership. They will be listed by position in the following order: Center/Winger/Winger/Correlating Defenseman (if applicable).

Carolina Hurricanes 1 – Sebastian Aho/Andrei Svechnikov/Teuvo Teravainen/Jaccob Slavin: The matchup tonight for this line is a decent one, and they should definitely see their chances. The other good thing about this play is that they get to face Desmith, who is the worse of the goalies for the Penguins. This line has a chance to put multiple tallies on the board, and they are a borderline top play. The Penguins have been playing well recently, so this very well could be a tight game, which is the only reason they didn’t make it up there.

Buffalo Sabres 2 – Dylan Cozens/Casey Mittelstadt/Kyle Okposo: The numbers in the matchup for this line look very, very good tonight, and they will be up against Kaapo Kahkonen, who has been shaky of late. This line will be way under the radar, and should see a surprising number of chances tonight.

Los Angeles Kings 2 – Phillip Danault/Trevor Moore/Viktor Arvidsson/Drew Doughty: Lately, this line has seemed like a constantly good play, and they have a very nice matchup tonight against the Blue Jackets. They become high risk because Merzlikins actually has decent numbers recently, but it is very hard to trust him. This line could make a splash tonight.

Detroit Red Wings Power Play – Dylan Larkin/Lucas Raymond/Tyler Bertuzzi/Robby Fabbri/Moritz Seider: The Lightning gave up 5 goals to the Pens last night on home ice with Vasilevskiy in net. Now, the Red Wings are not the Penguins. However, the Lightning will have Elliott in net, who only plays when there are back-to-back situations. This power play unit gives you direct access to the top two lines for Detroit, who are in a spot where they could fly under the radar with high upside.

Honorable Mentions: ANH1, MIN1, PIT1, DAL1, TBL3, NJD2, CBJ1, VGK2

Value Options – DraftKings

Center: Dylan Cozens ($3400) – Buffalo Sabres

Wing: Evgeny Svechnikov ($2600) – Winnipeg Jets

Defense: Dean Kukan ($3100) – Columbus Blue Jackets

Value Options – FanDuel

Center: Vladislav Namestnikov ($3900) – Detroit Red Wings

Wing: Evgeny Svechnikov ($3900) – Winnipeg Jets

Defense: Brian Dumoulin ($3900) – Pittsburgh Penguins

Cash Considerations – DraftKings

Center: Sebastian Aho – Carolina Hurricanes

Wing: Artemi Panarin or Chris Kreider – New York Rangers

Defense: Victor Hedman – Tampa Bay Lightning

Goalie: Igor Shesterkin – New York Rangers

Cash Considerations – FanDuel

Center: Sebastian Aho – Carolina Hurricanes

Wing: Artemi Panarin or Chris Kreider – New York Rangers

Defense: Victor Hedman – Tampa Bay Lightning

Goalie: Igor Shesterkin – New York Rangers

Make sure to hop in our Expert Discord Chat for FREE! Jon and the NHL team will be there answering questions right up until lock! Be sure to be on the look out for future articles at https://windailysports.com/daily-fantasy-hockey/

All line combinations are courtesy of www.dailyfaceoff.com, and any advanced rates referenced in the above article are pulled from www.naturalstattrick.com.

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Friday 2/25 NHL Breakdown

Welcome back for another installment of the Friday Night Forecheck here at Win Daily Sports. This Friday gives us a decent six game slate with a lot of places to go. It should be a fun one. Good luck!

Goalies

Ville Husso – St. Louis Blues: The Blues host the Sabres tonight, and they are heavy favorites. Husso has some of the best numbers on the slate, and the Sabres have been struggling mightily on the road over their last five. This is a great spot for Husso, and probably the safest on the board tonight.

Laurent Brossoit – Vegas Golden Knights: The Knights head to the desert tonight to face the Coyotes, where they should be able to control the game. Vegas has also been struggling to score on the road over their last five, so Broissoit may be called on to keep them in the game tonight, which is kind of wild when you consider how bad Arizona is overall.

Darcy Kuemper – Colorado Avalanche: The Avalanche host the Jets tonight, and this is a bit of a riskier play than Husso and Brossoit. Kuemper has had an up and down season for sure, but his recent numbers definitely look good. The Jets have been struggling over their last five road games, and this looks like a really good spot for the Avs, so hopefully, Darcy can put in a good performance tonight.

GPP Goalie Pick – Marc-Andre Fleury – Chicago Blackhawks: The Hawks host the Devils tonight, who are in the second leg of a traveling back to back. Fleury is always a risk in net, but he has these games where he just shows up, and the Devils should be tired tonight. He should be a solid play, and with others on the board, he should go under the radar from an ownership standpoint.

Lines to Build Around

These lines are considered top plays for the night and can be considered the focal point of your builds. They will be listed by position in the following order: Center/Winger/Winger/Correlating Defenseman (if applicable).

Vegas Golden Knights 1 – Jack Eichel/Max Pacioretty/Chandler Stephenson/Shea Theodore: As mentioned above, the Knights head to Arizona tonight in what should be a very good spot for them. This top line should see the Galchenyuk line for more of the night, and when they don’t, it’ll be the Boyd line. Both of these matchups should give this line plenty of opportunity to produce tonight. Feel free to drop Stephenson for a three-man.

Carolina Hurricanes 1 – Sebastian Aho/Andrei Svechnikov/Teuvo Teravainen/Jaccob Slavin: The Hurricanes’ top line should be matched up with the Blue Jackets’ top line tonight, and what a matchup that is for them. This line has a great chance to break the slate tonight, especially considering that they are up against J.F. Berube in net.

Colorado Avalanche 1 – Mikko Rantanen/Gabriel Landeskog/Andre Burakovsky/Cale Makar: Without MacKinnon, this line is just a little cheaper, and in their line matching, they should see the likes of the 4th line for the Jets for most of the night. What a matchup this is. Hellebuyck for the Jets has been up and down, so this game in theory could go either way, but look for this line to do some big damage tonight against the Jets’ depth. Feeling frisky? Andre Burakovsky as an anytime scorer prop is at +195 early in the day on DraftKings Sportsbook, and is definitely worth a look.

High Risk Lines

These are plays that carry significantly more risk, but could pay off at low ownership. They will be listed by position in the following order: Center/Winger/Winger/Correlating Defenseman (if applicable).

St. Louis Blues 2 – Robert Thomas/Pavel Buchnevich/Vladimir Tarasenko/Torey Krug: Truthfully, the Blues’ second line is interchangeable with the Vegas top line, and this play borders on one to build around. These guys should see the likes of Buffalo 2 for a good portion of the night, setting them up for a really nice opportunity. Craig Anderson in net for the Sabres is the cherry on top, and this line may just fly under the radar. As long as Anderson gets the start for the Sabres, a team total over 3.5 bet is worth a look at -125 on DraftKings Sportsbook.

Los Angeles Kings 2 – Phillip Danault/Trevor Moore/Viktor Arvidsson/Mikey Anderson: The Kings head to Anaheim to take on the Ducks tonight, and the line matching trends suggest that this line is in for yet another good night. They have been the hot hand recently, and they could very well fly way under the radar tonight as a late night hammer. Gibson for Anaheim is decent, but he has not quite been himself recently, so this is an interesting, yet risky look.

Chicago Blackhawks 1 – Dylan Strome/Alex Debrincat/Patrick Kane/Seth Jones: On paper, this line looks like a fantastic spot tonight, especially going up against the Devils, who are on the back end of a traveling back to back. They are the Hawks, though, and they have been very inconsistent, even bad most of the time, throughout the season. The risk is there, but if there is a possibility that this line could dominate the game tonight against Jersey.

Winnipeg Jets 1 – Mark Scheifele/Blake Wheeler/Paul Stastny/Josh Morrissey: This is a contrarian play that is big opportunity at what should be very low ownership. The top line should see the third and fourth lines for the Avalanche tonight, creating a very nice plus matchup for them. If Kuemper has one of his off nights, this could be a line that makes a big difference on the slate. They may not break it, but they could very well combine for multiple goals. This one is reserved for deeper GPPs to be super contrarian.

Honorable Mentions: ANH2, VGK2, NJD1, CBJ1

Value Options – DraftKings

Center: Kirby Dach ($3300) – Chicago Blackhawks – not a part of the stacks above, but can be used as a one-off, as he should see extended ice time against the top line for the Devils

Wing: Paul Stastny ($3200) – Winnipeg Jets

Defense: Mikey Anderson ($2500) – Los Angeles Kings

Value Options – FanDuel

Center: Chandler Stephenson ($5100) – Vegas Golden Knights

Wing: Trevor Moore ($5000) – Los Angeles Kings

Defense: Mikey Anderson ($3800) – Los Angeles Kings

Cash Considerations – DraftKings

Center: Sebastian Aho – Carolina Hurricanes

Wing: Andre Burakovsky – Colorado Avalanche

Defense: Shea Theodore – Vegas Golden Knights

Goalie: Ville Husso – St. Louis Blues

Cash Considerations – FanDuel

Center: Sebastian Aho – Carolina Hurricanes

Wing: Andre Burakovsky – Colorado Avalanche

Defense: Shea Theodore – Vegas Golden Knights

Goalie: Ville Husso – St. Louis Blues

Make sure to hop in our Expert Discord Chat for FREE! Jon and the NHL team will be there answering questions right up until lock! Be sure to be on the look out for future articles at https://windailysports.com/daily-fantasy-hockey/

All line combinations are courtesy of www.dailyfaceoff.com, and any advanced rates referenced in the above article are pulled from www.naturalstattrick.com.

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Friday 2/18 NHL Breakdown

Welcome back for another installment of the Friday Night Forecheck here at Win Daily Sports. A nice four game slate is on tap with some interesting spots, and one game that should be fun to watch. It’s a tougher slate that you would think for four games, but we will do our best to narrow down how to attack it. Good luck!

Goalies

Jake Oettinger – Dallas Stars: The Stars travel to Chicago to take on the Blackhawks, who played Thursday night. The back to back situation, and, well, the fact that it is Chicago, puts Jake in a good spot, despite having a road matchup. Frankly, this feels like the only ‘safe’ goalie on the slate tonight, but you can also consider Frederik Andersen or Juuse Saros in this spot if you don’t want to put all of your eggs in the Oettinger basket.

GPP Goalie Pick – Laurent Brossoit – Vegas Golden Knights: With Lehner on the shelf, potentially long term, Brossoit has a legitimate chance to make a name for himself in Vegas. He is arguably a slightly better goalie than Lehner and could really benefit from a stretch of good hockey. In a home matchup against the Kings, he should be able to put a decent game together. He is a risk, however, simply because he has an ability to just blow up and not save anything.

Lines to Build Around

These lines are considered top plays for the night and can be considered the focal point of your builds. They will be listed by position in the following order: Center/Winger/Winger/Correlating Defenseman (if applicable).

Florida Panthers Power Play – Aleksander Barkov/Anthony Duclair/Sam Reinhart/Jonathan Huberdeau/Aaron Ekblad: It is very hard to argue with the way the Panthers have been playing this year, especially over the last month or so. They have been finding scoring everywhere and have become an offensive powerhouse. Tonight, they head to Minnesota for a date with the Wild in what should be a fun game to watch. The priority in the PP unit is usually Barkov/Huberdeau/Ekblad, but feel free to mix and match as your build allows.

Dallas Stars 1 – Roope Hintz/Jason Robertson/Joe Pavelski/John Klingberg: The Stars head to Chicago tonight to take on a Blackhawks team that is playing the second game of a back to back, and they get a matchup against Fleury, who has been less than stellar all season. If Klingberg can’t go, then Heiskanen can be played in his spot. This top line for the Stars should have its way with the Hawks and make great core pieces in any lineup.

High Risk Lines

These are plays that carry significantly more risk, but could pay off at low ownership. They will be listed by position in the following order: Center/Winger/Winger/Correlating Defenseman (if applicable).

Nashville Predators 2 – Ryan Johansen/Luke Kunin/Eeli Tolvanen/Mattias Ekholm: The Preds’ second line is in a very interesting spot tonight. The Canes match the Staal line to the opposing top line, the top line to the second, and the second to the third. That matching scheme sets this line up for a date with the top Canes’ line in a very nice matchup. This line is not necessarily known for its scoring, but they have a chance to be a super low owned, sneaky upside play.

Chicago Blackhawks 2 – Kirby Dach/Mackenzie Entwistle/Alex Debrincat: The even strength matchup for this line should be against the second line for the Stars, which is a nice matchup that should provide plenty of opportunity. This is a sneaky play that carries more risk than usual, setting this play up as a deep GPP look only. Of course, don’t play this line in the same lineup where you have Oettinger as your goalie.

Minnesota Wild 1 – Ryan Hartman/Mats Zuccarello/Kirill Kaprizov/Jared Spurgeon: the MIN/FLA game should be the most exciting game on the night, showcasing Kirill the Thrill and some other Young Guns against a slightly more seasoned, but very exciting Florida team. Because this game should be high event, it is recommended to get at least a piece of it in your lineup. These guys have a nice matchup, even though FLA gets the slight edge in this game. If playing multiple lineups, be sure to get both sides of this game.

Vegas Golden Knights 2 – William Karlsson/Jonathan Marchessault/Reilly Smith/Alex Pietrangelo: Everyone is rightfully excited about Jack Eichel finally suiting up for the Knights. He is going to make a great fit out there and really make the Knights a tough team. However, this second line should still be strongly considered as the better line until Eichel can skate with Stone and Patches consistently. Against the Kings, this line should see a mix of both top lines, spending just a touch more time against the second line. This matchup is very nice for the second line for Vegas tonight. Keep in mind, it is also a very nice matchup for LAK2 here, so you can go either way in this game.

Honorable Mentions: CAR1, NSH1, LAK2

Value Options – DraftKings

Center: Ryan Johansen ($3400) – Nashville Predators

Wing: Eeli Tolvanen ($2800) – Nashville Predators

Defense: Alex Goligoski ($2900) – Minnesota Wild

Value Options – FanDuel

Center: William Karlsson ($4900) – Vegas Golden Knights

Wing: Owen Tippett ($3600) – Florida Panthers

Defense: Brayden McNabb ($3800) – Vegas Golden Knights

Cash Considerations – DraftKings

Center: Roope Hintz – Dallas Stars

Wing: Jonathan Huberdeau – Florida Panthers

Defense: Jared Spurgeon – Minnesota Wild

Goalie: Jake Oettinger – Dallas Stars

Cash Considerations – FanDuel

Center: Roope Hintz – Dallas Stars

Wing: Jonathan Huberdeau – Florida Panthers

Defense: Jared Spurgeon – Minnesota Wild

Goalie: Jake Oettinger – Dallas Stars

Make sure to hop in our Expert Discord Chat for FREE! Jon and the NHL team will be there answering questions right up until lock! Be sure to be on the look out for future articles at https://windailysports.com/daily-fantasy-hockey/

All line combinations are courtesy of www.dailyfaceoff.com, and the advanced rates referenced in the above article are pulled from www.naturalstattrick.com.

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Friday 2/11 NHL Breakdown

Welcome back for another installment of the Friday Night Forecheck here at Win Daily Sports. Tonight, we get a four game slate that starts at 8:30pm Eastern. This one looks a little ugly at first glance, but let’s see where we can go with it. Good luck!

Goalies

John Gibson – Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks host the Kraken tonight, in what should be a win for them. The Kraken have been struggling to score on the road, converting just 6.2% of their shots over their last five road games. Gibson is a solid goaltender, especially on home ice, and he should be a top point per dollar play tonight.

Brian Elliott – Tampa Bay Lightning: The Lightning are on a traveling back to back, and Vasilevskiy played last night, so the assumption is that Elliott will likely get the start tonight. Should Vasilevskiy get the start again tonight, he is an even better play. Elliott does carry some risk, since he doesn’t play all that much, but it’s the Coyotes, who have played a good bit recently, so this is feels like a safe play.

Bonus GPP Goalie Pick – Stuart Skinner – Edmonton Oilers: The Oilers….wow. What happened to this team? They were absolutely dominating in the first part of the season. Fast forward to February, and they fired their head coach. What a free-fall they have been on. We have to be careful with the Oilers tonight because new coach = most likely new approach, new lines, and new matching schemes, and even growing pains as the team adapts. Anyway, Skinner has been a bit up and down, but arguably the better goalie for the Oilers, especially recently. In a home matchup, against the visiting Islanders, this should be a decent play that carries some risk and upside. On the other side of this game, Ilya Sorokin (Islanders) can also be considered for a risky GPP upside play.

Lines to Build Around

These lines are considered top plays for the night and can be considered the focal point of your builds. They will be listed by position in the following order: Center/Winger/Winger/Correlating Defenseman (if applicable).

Tampa Bay Lightning Power Play – Brayden Point/Alex Killorn/Steven Stamkos/Nikita Kucherov/Victor Hedman: The Lightning are far and away the best play on the board tonight. Even though they played last night, they are a far superior team to the Coyotes. On top of that, the Coyotes have played quite a bit over the last few days, so the Lightning should be able to skate through them all night long. Tired or not, the Coyotes don’t pose much of a defensive threat, and their 31st ranked penalty kill should be no match for this unit.

Dallas Stars 1 – Roope Hintz/Jason Robertson/Joe Pavelski/John Klingberg: The Stars host the Jets tonight, and Dallas is a much better team on home ice. Hellebuyck has been struggling of late, posting a 3.06 GAA over his last five games, which is second highest on the slate behind Vejmelka for Arizona. This line is the primary scoring line for the Stars and should be able to shine at home tonight.

High Risk Lines

These are plays that carry significantly more risk, but could pay off at low ownership. They will be listed by position in the following order: Center/Winger/Winger/Correlating Defenseman (if applicable).

Anaheim Ducks Power Play – Ryan Gezlaf/Trevor Zegras/Rickard Rakell/Maxime Comtois/Jamie Drysdale: The Ducks’ 7th ranked power play unit will take on the Kraken’s 25th ranked penalty killing unit tonight. Since the Kraken are fairly disciplined, this play is not so much about the power play matchup as it is about getting access to the top two lines for the Ducks. Anaheim tends to match the Lundestrom line to the opposing top line, which will open up the matchups for the top two lines against the depth of the Kraken. Playing the power play unit gets you a mix of top and second line guys who are all in good spots. This game feels like it hits the under, which is why they are high risk, but the Ducks carry some nice upside tonight.

Winnipeg Jets 2 – Andrew Copp/Kyle Connor/Cole Perfetti: This second line for the Jets has a nice matchup tonight against the second/third line for the Stars. It feels like this game is going to be the key to the slate, so getting either Winnipeg and/or Dallas right could be the path to success. Josh Morrissey is a good defenseman to correlate with this line.

Edmonton Oilers 2 – Leon Draisaitl/Ryan McLeod/Zack Kassian: As mentioned above, the Oilers are going through a lot of changes, which is why this line is a high risk line tonight. They used to loosely match this line against the opposing second, but we don’t know if that will continue. If they do, this is a good spot for the Draisaitl line, who has been much better of late than the McDavid line.

Honorable Mentions: SEA1, TBL3, WPG1, NYI1, EDM1

Value Options – DraftKings

Center: Anthony Cirelli ($4000) – Tampa Bay Lightning

Wing: Cole Perfetti ($3000) – Winnipeg Jets

Defense: Ryan McDonagh ($3300) – Tampa Bay Lightning

Value Options – FanDuel

Center: Cole Perfetti ($3900) – Winnipeg Jets

Wing: Kailer Yamamoto ($3700) – Edmonton Oilers

Defense: Jamie Drysdale ($4000) – Anaheim Ducks

Cash Considerations – DraftKings

Center: Roope Hintz – Dallas Stars

Wing: Nikita Kucherov – Tampa Bay Lightning

Defense: Evan Bouchard – Edmonton Oilers

Goalie: Brian Elliott – Tampa Bay Lightning

Cash Considerations – FanDuel

Center: Roope Hintz – Dallas Stars

Wing: Nikita Kucherov – Tampa Bay Lightning

Defense: Evan Bouchard – Edmonton Oilers

Goalie: Brian Elliott – Tampa Bay Lightning

Make sure to hop in our Expert Discord Chat for FREE! Jon and the NHL team will be there answering questions right up until lock! Be sure to be on the look out for future articles at https://windailysports.com/daily-fantasy-hockey/

All line combinations are courtesy of www.dailyfaceoff.com, and the advanced rates referenced in the above article are pulled from www.naturalstattrick.com.

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Friday 1/28 NHL Breakdown

Welcome back for another installment of the Friday Night Forecheck here at Win Daily Sports! Tonight, we get a nice five game slate. It’s not too big, and not too small, and at first glance looks like a pretty good one. Good luck!

Goalies

Pavel Francouz – Colorado Avalanche: The Avs head to Chicago tonight to face the Blackhawks in a game they should pretty much dominate. They have a massive implied team total and should be able to handle the Hawks. The issue is limited upside here, so he may not be the optimal for GPPs tonight.

Braden Holtby – Dallas Stars: Dallas hosts the Washington Capitals tonight, and Holtby appears to be getting the start against his old team. This is a great spot for Holtby, as the Stars are a better team at home. There should definitely be some shot upside here, and the potential for a win is very real.

Bonus GPP Goalie Pick – Cam Talbot – Minnesota Wild: The Wild head to the Big Apple tonight to take on the Rangers, who just played last night in Columbus. While the Rangers have been better on home ice of late, they could be due for a letdown, and Talbot could very well go in and steal a game from them tonight. NARRATIVE ALERT!! Talbot was the backup to Henrik Lundqvist for two years, and the Rangers are retiring Hank’s number tonight. Marc-Andre Fleury is a consideration for a VERY RISKY GPP ONLY play, against the Avalanche tonight, who could possibly be without their star center in MacKinnon. Even without him, this is a very risky play, but it makes sense given the shot upside and the fact that MAF loves showing up in weird, unlikely spots.

Lines to Build Around

These lines are considered top plays for the night and can be considered the focal point of your builds. They will be listed by position in the following order: Center/Winger/Winger/Correlating Defenseman (if applicable).

Boston Bruins Power Play – Patrice Bergeron/David Pastrnak/Brad Marchand/Taylor Hall/Charlie McAvoy: The Bruins head to the desert tonight to face the lowly Coyotes and their pretty bad goalie in Scott Wedgewood. This unit is high powered, and will be facing the second worst penalty killing unit in the league tonight. It feels like a Pastrnak night, so if you want to go straight BOS2, that works in this situation as well.

Colorado Avalanche 1 – Nazem Kadri/Gabriel Landeskog/Mikko Rantanen/Cale Makar: The Avs called up a center from the AHL last night, which could indicate that Nathan MacKinnon will be out tonight, after taking a rough looking, but totally clean (THERE I SAID IT!) hit from Taylor Hall the other night. Even if Mac can’t go tonight, this is a nice play with Kadri in the top line at C. Kadri has been more than adequate replacing Mac as needed, and this line is in a great spot tonight. Make sure you keep an eye on news through the day, and if MacKinnon does go, then he goes in Kadri’s place.

High Risk Lines

These are plays that carry significantly more risk, but could pay off at low ownership. They will be listed by position in the following order: Center/Winger/Winger/Correlating Defenseman (if applicable).

Dallas Stars 1 – Roope Hintz/Jason Robertson/Joe Pavelski/Miro Heiskanen: The Stars are a much better team on home ice, and tonight they host the Capitals. This even strength matchup bodes well for the Stars, as this line should see much of the depth lines for the Caps. The Stars at home generally match the Glendening line to the opposing top line, setting up this very nice depth matchup.

Minnesota Wild 2 – Frederick Gaudreau/Matthew Boldy/Kevin Fiala/Matt Dumba: A lot of folks will be on the top Minnesota line, and for good reason. The top line looks good as well here, but this second line should be more of a focus, simply based on even strength matchup. The Wild second line should be in for some very good looks tonight, as they face mostly the second line for the Rangers.

Pittsburgh Penguins 1 – Sidney Crosby/Jake Guentzel/Bryan Rust/Kris Letang: the Penguins host the Red Wings tonight, and frankly this game could go either way. The Pens played last night, and are starting a bad goalie in Desmith. With Nedeljkovic likely starting for the Wings, expect a lot of goals tonight, giving this line an opportunity to slide under the radar with Boston and Colorado on the slate.

Detroit Red Wings 2 – Pius Suter/Tyler Bertuzzi/Robby Fabbri/Moritz Seider: The second line for the Wings has been very good recently, and tonight sets them up with a chance to continue that. The Pens loosely match their top two lines against opposing top 2 D pairings, setting this line up for plenty of chances tonight. They will likely carry little ownership, so they are a very nice target for value tonight.

Honorable Mentions: WSH2, NYRPP, MIN1

Value Options – DraftKings

Center: Pius Suter ($3400) – Detroit Red Wings

Wing: Matt Boldy ($2500) – Minnesota Wild

Defense: Samuel Girard ($3600) – Colorado Avalanche

Value Options – FanDuel

Center: Frederick Gaudreau ($4500) – Minnesota Wild

Wing: Craig Smith ($4000) – Boston Bruins

Defense: Esa Lindell ($4500) – Dallas Stars

Cash Considerations – DraftKings

Center: Nazem Kadri – Colorado Avalanche

Wing: David Pastrnak – Boston Bruins

Defense: Miro Heiskanen – Dallas Stars

Goalie: Pavel Francouz – Colorado Avalanche

Cash Considerations – FanDuel

Center: Nazem Kadri – Colorado Avalanche

Wing: David Pastrnak – Boston Bruins

Defense: Miro Heiskanen – Dallas Stars

Goalie: Pavel Francouz – Colorado Avalanche

Make sure to hop in our Expert Discord Chat for FREE! Jon and the NHL team will be there answering questions right up until lock! Be sure to be on the look out for future articles at https://windailysports.com/daily-fantasy-hockey/

All line combinations are courtesy of www.dailyfaceoff.com, and the advanced rates referenced in the above article are pulled from www.naturalstattrick.com.

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Friday 1/21 NHL Breakdown

Welcome back to Win Daily Sports’ Friday Night Forecheck! Tonight, we get a big slate for a Friday, with 8 games. The goalie situation is interesting, and this should be a higher scoring slate. It feels like it might be a little tougher, but there are definitely good spots for us to look at tonight. Good luck!

Goalies

Ilya Sorokin – New York Islanders: The Islanders host the lowly Coyotes tonight, and this should be the safest pick on the board as far as goalies are concerned. If you are looking for a cash goalie, this is it, as the GPP upside is likely going to be limited.

Frederik Andersen – Carolina Hurricanes: Andersen and the Canes host the Rangers tonight, who have been pretty bad on the road recently, putting up just 2.4 goals per game over their last five road games. Andersen had a little bit of a shaky couple of games recently, but he should be due for a positive night. Shot upside should be there, as will some risk. On a slate like tonight, the targets should be goalies we trust, and Andersen is one of them.

Bonus GPP Goalie Pick – Alex Nedeljkovic: The Red Wings are hosting the Dallas Stars tonight who are on the back end of a traveling back to back. Dallas has also only scored 1.8 goals per game over their last five road games, making this an interesting spot to look at tonight. The shot volume should be decent, and there is a very real possibility for an upside win here tonight.

Lines to Build Around

These lines are considered top plays for the night and can be considered the focal point of your builds. They will be listed by position in the following order: Center/Winger/Winger/Correlating Defenseman (if applicable).

New York Islanders Power Play – Matthew Barzal/Jean-Gabriel Pageau/Anders Lee/Oliver Wahlstrom/Noah Dobson: As mentioned above, the Isles are hosting the Coyotes tonight, and while they have shown some flashes of improvement lately, the Islanders should be able to shut them down. The Coyotes are bottom 5 when it comes to penalty killing, and they take a decent amount of penalties per game, so there should be ample opportunity for this unit to get on the board. Throw in the fact that Wedgewood should be in net for Arizona, and this is a fantastic play tonight.

Pittsburgh Penguins 1 – Sidney Crosby/Jake Guentzel/Bryan Rust/Kris Letang: The Penguins head to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets, who are giving up 4.8 goals against per game over their last five home games. On top of that, the Jackets just played an away game last night. This line should see the top line for most of the night, setting them up for possibly the best spot of the night.

Florida Panthers Power Play – Aleksander Barkov/Sam Reinhart/Jonathan Huberdeau/Anthony Duclair/Aaron Ekblad: This unit is in a fantastic spot as well, as they take on the Vancouver Canucks in Vancouver. The Canucks are starting a goalie who only has three NHL games under his belt, with a whopping 4.35 GAA in those three games back in 16-17. This unit should absolutely roll tonight, and they will be chalky. Barkov/Huberdeau/Ekblad is the trio you want from here if you only want 3.

High Risk Lines

These are plays that carry significantly more risk, but could pay off at low ownership. They will be listed by position in the following order: Center/Winger/Winger/Correlating Defenseman (if applicable).

Tampa Bay Lightning 2 – Anthony Cirell/Alex Killorn/Steven Stamkos: The Lightning head to Anaheim tonight for a matchup with the Ducks. At even strength, this line has a nice matchup, but Gibson is a solid goalie. That, plus the road matchup, is what makes them a higher risk play tonight.

Saint Louis Blues 3 – Robert Thomas/Brandon Saad/Jordan Kyrou/Justin Faulk: This line has been a fantastic value of late, and has a very nice matchup tonight against the Kraken. Seattle is looking like they will be rolling Joey Daccord in net tonight, who came over as a rookie from Ottawa in the expansion draft. His career GAA is 3.58, so STL is in a great spot tonight. Don’t ignore the power play unit for them either.

Chicago Blackhawks 2 – Jonathan Toews/Alex Debrincat/Dominik Kubalik: This is strictly a matchup based play, as this second line should see the likes of the top line for Minnesota tonight. This sets up a nice matchup that should afford them a bunch of opportunity.

Detroit Red Wings 2 – Pius Suter/Tyler Bertuzzi/Robby Fabbri/Moritz Seider: The Wings host the Stars tonight, and this second line has a really nice matchup against the second line for Dallas. Seider slots into the power play with Fabbri and Bertuzzi, so he is great for D man correlation. The Stars are on the back end of a traveling back to back, and giving up a whopping 4 goals against per game over their last five road games. This is a great low owned target tonight.

Honorable Mentions: TBL3, NYRPP, CBJ1, VAN1, CARPP, MINPP, STLPP

Value Options – DraftKings

Center: Pius Suter ($3600) – Detroit Red Wings

Wing: Josh Bailey ($3500) – New York Islanders

Defense: Radko Gudas ($2700) – Florida Panthers

Value Options – FanDuel

Center: Brayden Schenn ($4500) – St. Louis Blues

Wing: Dominik Kubalik ($4300) – Chicago Blackhawks

Defense: Robin Salo ($3600) – New York Islanders

Cash Considerations – DraftKings

Center: Aleksander Barkov – Florida Panthers

Wing: Bryan Rust – Pittsburgh Penguins

Defense: Moritz Seirder – Detroit Red Wings

Goalie: Ilya Sorokin – New York Islanders

Cash Considerations – FanDuel

Center: Aleksander Barkov – Florida Panthers

Wing: Bryan Rust – Pittsburgh Penguins

Defense: Moritz Seirder – Detroit Red Wings

Goalie: Ilya Sorokin – New York Islanders

Make sure to hop in our Expert Discord Chat for FREE! Jon and the NHL team will be there answering questions right up until lock! Be sure to be on the look out for future articles at https://windailysports.com/daily-fantasy-hockey/

All line combinations are courtesy of www.dailyfaceoff.com, and the advanced rates referenced in the above article are pulled from www.naturalstattrick.com.

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Friday 1/14 NHL Breakdown

Welcome back to Win Daily Sports’ Friday Night Forecheck! The NHL schedule continues to be pretty unbalanced, so after a giant, 11 game slate, we have a small 3 game slate tonight. This slate has a couple of very obvious spots, so expect heavy chalk. We will do what we can to find the low owned gems to get you to the top! Good luck!

Goalies

Kaapo Kahkonen – Minnesota Wild: The Wild host the Ducks tonight, and this is a nice looking play. The Ducks have only been scoring 1.4 goals per game over their last five away games, and Kahkonen has been decent over his last five. Especially if the Wild get some of their weapons back tonight (they should), this becomes a strong play.

Sergei Bobrovsky – Florida Panthers: The Panthers are hosting the Stars tonight, and the Stars are a tale of two teams. On home ice, they have been scoring almost FIVE goals per game over their last five home games. On the road, however, they have only been scoring 1.4 goals per game over their last five road games. On top of that, they are giving up 3.4 goals per game over their last 5 road games, making Bob the best play on the slate tonight.

Bonus GPP Goalie Pick – None: This slate feels pretty straightforward. You could realistically go with Darcy Kuemper (COL), but the upside there feels pretty limited. The Coyotes have been playing well recently, but they are a much better team at home than on the road. With the way that Arizona shoots, and the risk that Kuemper has brought this year, one or two goals could crack him pretty easily, so it feels like the Kuemper play is just too limited. Karel Vejmelka (ARI) just put up a 40+ save, 1 goal against win the other night against Toronto. While he is good for games like that every once in a while, visiting Colorado does not seem like a spot for him to do it again. Anthony Stolarz (ANH) and Jake Oettinger (DAL) are both on the road, and Stolarz is the better play there, so you can make a case for him, but the focus should really be on Kahkonen and Bob for the upside.

Lines to Build Around

These lines are considered top plays for the night and can be considered the focal point of your builds. They will be listed by position in the following order: Center/Winger/Winger/Correlating Defenseman (if applicable).

Colorado Avalanche Power Play – Nathan MacKinnon/Nazem Kadri/Valeri Nichushkin/Mikko Rantanen/Cale Makar: This, just…wow. This should absolutely be a smash spot for an already high octane unit that can handle just about any team in the league. The addition of Nichushkin makes this slightly more affordable. Expect this unit to be SUPER chalk tonight, for very good reason.

Florida Panthers Power Play – Aleksander Barkov/Sam Reinhart/Jonathan Huberdeau/Anthony Duclair/Aaron Ekblad: This unit is in a fantastic spot as well, as they take on the Stars on home ice. Barkov/Huberdeau/Ekblad is always a great trio to run from the Panthers, as they are almost always producing. The second line straight up (Sam Bennett/Anthony Duclair/Jonathan Huberdeau) is a slightly better even strength matchup, but you can get access to them via the power play.

High Risk Lines

These are plays that carry significantly more risk, but could pay off at low ownership. They will be listed by position in the following order: Center/Winger/Winger/Correlating Defenseman (if applicable).

Anaheim Ducks Power Play – Rickard Rakell/Trevor Zegras/Sonny Milano/Ryan Getzlaf/Cam Fowler: The Ducks’ power play has a very nice matchup, as they are currently ranked 5th in the league. Minnesota has been taking a bunch of penalties, so there should be ample opportunity for them tonight. They are high risk because the Ducks have been struggling to score of late, especially on the road.

Minnesota Wild 1 – Ryan Hartman/Kirill Kaprizov/Mats Zuccarello/Calen Addison: The Wild appear to be getting back their weapons from injury and COVID, so this is a great spot for them tonight. If Addison does in fact slot into the power play, he is a great value play.

Minnesota Wild 3 – Victor Rask/Kevin Fiala/Matthew Boldy: If you want to get off of a chalkier Minnesota play and still get access to them, this is a good play. Boldy has been playing well in his first few games, and this line has a decent matchup at even strength.

Colorado Avalanche 3 – Alex Newhook/JT Compher/Logan O’Connor: This third line for the Avs has been good all year, and is a little better with Aube-Kubel, but he appears to be out tonight. Even so, this is a great way to get much lower ownership on a massive total. Newhook and O’Connor are slippery and are going to be good in this league as they grow and improve. Compher slots into the second power play, so there is a good upside to playing him as well.

Honorable Mentions: ANH4, ARIPP, DAL1

Notes: This slate feels like it is going to come down to getting the MIN/ANH game correct. Getting the correct stack to go with COL/FLA will be a great approach. Another really good GPP approach is to play contrarian and fade the super obvious chalk. As we saw last night, this can work at times, and on three games, it makes sense. Just remember, fading the obvious plays is an all or nothing approach.

Value Options – DraftKings

Center: Alex Newhook ($3000) – Colorado Avalanche

Wing: Patric Hornqvist ($2900) – Florida Panthers

Defense: Samuel Girard ($3900) – Colorado Avalanche

Value Options – FanDuel

Center: Alex Newhook ($3900) – Colorado Avalanche

Wing: Jordan Greenway ($4000) – Minnesota Wild

Defense: Esa Lindell ($4400) – Dallas Stars

Cash Considerations – DraftKings

Cash is not recommended on a three game slate

Cash Considerations – FanDuel

Cash is not recommended on a three game slate

Make sure to hop in our Expert Discord Chat for FREE! Jon and the NHL team will be there answering questions right up until lock! Be sure to be on the look out for future articles at https://windailysports.com/daily-fantasy-hockey/

All line combinations are courtesy of www.dailyfaceoff.com, and the advanced rates referenced in the above article are pulled from www.naturalstattrick.com.

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Friday 1/7 NHL Breakdown

Welcome back to Win Daily Sports’ Friday Night Forecheck! On this first Friday of the new year, we have a small 2 game slate. These can be fun, but they can also be heartbreaking at times! It is totally up to you how to approach this slate. You can definitely do the 2-gamer, or you can break it up and run some showdown lineups for each game. Either way, we will do our best to guide you into the right plays. Good luck!

Since this article was written prior to some important news breaking, there will be updates listed below in bold italics. As usual, it is always best to keep an eye on news all the way up until lock, as we may end up with more news breaking.

Goalies

Antti Raanta Frederik Andersen – Carolina Hurricanes: The Canes host the Flames tonight, and they are in a good spot with the Flames on the back end of a traveling back to back. In those situations, targeting the home goalie is usually a good payoff, and tonight should be no different. The Flames are definitely a little scary, but the shot upside is there and there is ample opportunity for Carolina to win. Andersen is likely to get the start tonight, and that makes this play even better, even though he could be chalky.

Bonus GPP Goalie Pick – Jordan Binnington – St. Louis Blues: The Blues host the Capitals tonight in what should be an interesting matchup. Binnington is usually a tough pill to swallow, but the truth is, the Blues have been playing well on home ice, giving up under 2 goals against per game over their last five home games. As of 4:15pm, Ville Husso is projected to get the start for the Blues, and is also still in a good spot for GPP. He becomes a little riskier, but is worth a look if in fact he suits up over Binnington.

The Others – Dan Vladar (CGY) Jacob Markstrom and Ilya Samsonov (WSH): The reason all four goalies are listed is because, on a 2 game slate, it makes sense to just correlate your lineups with your stacks. When stacking a team, you are basically saying that they will win. This is not ALWAYS optimal, but it makes sense. Frankly, all four goalies are risky, but as mentioned above, Raanta feels the safest. Don’t be afraid to be different with these two either, though.

Lines to Build Around

These lines are considered top plays for the night and can be considered the focal point of your builds. They will be listed by position in the following order: Center/Winger/Winger/Correlating Defenseman (if applicable).

Carolina Hurricanes Power Play – Sebastian Aho/Vincent Trocheck/Teuvo Teravainen/Martin Necas/Tony DeAngelo: The Canes top two lines are in decent spots, which is a good time to target the power play unit. While the power play matchup is not amazing, playing this unit gets you access to scoring up and down the lineup, which is a good approach in this matchup.

St. Louis Blues 2 – Robert Thomas/Vladimir Tarasenko/Jordan Kyrou/Scott Perunovich Robert Thomas/Brayden Schenn/Jordan Kyrou/Justin Faulk: The Blues’ second line has a VERY nice matchup tonight against the Washington 2 line. These guys have been rolling, as well, so there should be decent ownership on them. Running Perunovich with them gets you access to the second power play unit, and feel free to add in Brayden Schenn as another power play piece. Tarasenko and Perunovich were added to the COVID list, so they are of course not in play. With that news, this line is still squarely in play, and even more appealing with Kyrou and Schenn alongside Thomas.

High Risk Lines

These are plays that carry significantly more risk, but could pay off at low ownership. They will be listed by position in the following order: Center/Winger/Winger/Correlating Defenseman (if applicable).

Washington Capitals 1 – Evgeny Kuznetsov/Alex Ovechkin/Tom Wilson Garnet Hathaway/John Carlson: The Caps have a nice looking matchup against the Blues and Binnington. This top line for the Caps should have a matchup with O’Reilly’s line in a plus matchup. Expect ownership to be pretty high on these guys tonight.

Carolina Hurricanes 3 – Jordan Staal/Jesperi Kotkaniemi/Martin Necas: This is a play that starts to head into risky/deep GPP territory, but this is the type of play that can take down those contests on a small slate. CAR3 should be matched up against the second line for the Flames tonight, and will still be up against Vladar, who is a backup to Markstrom and has not played in a while.

Other Deep GPP lines to Consider:

Washington 3 (Nic Dowd/Carl Hagelin/Garnet Hathaway Brett Leason) Leason was added to this line after Hathaway moved up to the top line with Backstrom out

St. Louis 3 (Ivan Barbashev/Brayden Schenn/Pavel Buchnevich) (Oskar Sundqvist/Brandon Saad/David Perron) – Line shuffling due to COVID – this one isn’t as appealing as it was with Buchnevich and Schenn, but it could work.

Calgary 3 (Dillon Dube/Andrew Mangiapane/Milan Lucic) (Sean Monahan/Dillon Dube/Andrew Mangiapane) – Line shuffled around just a touch and seems a little more appealing with Monahan in the middle.

Value Options – DraftKings

Center: Sean Monahan ($2800) – Calgary Flames – third line, but slots into the top power play

Wing: Seth Jarvis ($3100) – Carolina Hurricanes

Defense: Oliver Kylington ($3200) – Calgary Flames

Value Options – FanDuel

Center: Jordan Staal ($3700) – Carolina Hurricanes

Wing: Brandon Saad ($5100) – St. Louis Blues

Defense: Rasmus Andersson ($4900) – Calgary Flames

Cash Considerations – DraftKings

Cash is not recommended on a two game slate

Cash Considerations – FanDuel

Cash is not recommended on a two game slate

Make sure to hop in our Expert Discord Chat for FREE! Jon and the NHL team will be there answering questions right up until lock! Be sure to be on the look out for future articles at https://windailysports.com/daily-fantasy-hockey/

All line combinations are courtesy of www.dailyfaceoff.com, and the advanced rates referenced in the above article are pulled from www.naturalstattrick.com.

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Friday 12/31 NHL Breakdown

Welcome back to Win Daily Sports’ Friday Night Forecheck! Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! We hope you have a great time tonight ringing in 2022 with your friends and loved ones! Please be safe and smart tonight. Here’s wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy new year. Maybe we can ring in ’22 with some green!

A couple of notes before we get started – this slate starts at 1pm Eastern and runs throughout the day on DraftKings. On FanDuel, there is only a 2 game main slate that starts at 7pm Eastern. Because of this, plus the COVID situations, it is absolutely IMPERATIVE that you keep up with the news. The games in the afternoon will be over by the time the evening games start, so be sure to keep an eye on all of your news sources through the day.

Goalies

Laurent Brossoit – Vegas Golden Knights: The Knights face the Ducks at home tonight, and the Ducks have been terrible on the road of late, scoring just 1.8 goals per game, converting a measly 5.8% of their shots. Brossoit has been solid, but he isn’t perfect. Expect him to give up a couple, especially with the Knights dealing yet again with health issues, but he should be considered a ‘safe’ play.

Andrei Vasilevskiy – Tampa Bay Lightning: Vas should be returning from a COVID protocol stint, as the Lightning host the Rangers. The Lightning are on a back-to-back, but the game was against their neighbor, the Panthers, so the travel really should not affect them. They did, however, get absolutely smoked, so the Lightning should have something to prove tonight. The return of Vasilevskiy should be a nice boost to the club, and what’s even better is the shot volume should be there for upside.

Bonus GPP Goalie Pick – John Gibson – Anaheim Ducks: This pick is interesting, as the Ducks travel to Vegas to take on the Knights. The reasoning behind this pick is simple – the Knights are banged up. Outside of the second line, they should struggle to score. The worry here is that Gibson on the road is not as good as he is at home. If the Ducks can shut down that second line, then this could be a sneaky spot for a Ducks win. If he starts, he is worth a look, but if Stolarz gets the nod, then this spot becomes a lot less appealing. Consider a pivot to Igor Shesterkin as a GPP option. Mike Smith can also be considered, and carries some risk because he may not be 100% recovered from his injury.

Lines to Build Around

These lines are considered top plays for the night and can be considered the focal point of your builds. They will be listed by position in the following order: Center/Winger/Winger/Correlating Defenseman (if applicable).

Washington Capitals 1 – Evgeny Kuznetsov/Alex Ovechkin/Tom Wilson/John Carlson: The Caps have a FANTASTIC matchup tonight against the Detroit Red Wings. The Wings match the Larkin line to the opposing top line, and that sets this line up for a potentially huge night. The entire Caps lineup is in a good spot, so consider a power play mix n match with these guys. They should carry ownership, but it could be surprisingly limited since they are the late game on the slate.

Edmonton Oilers Power Play – Connor McDavid/Leon Draisaitl/Ryan Nugent-Hopkins/Zach Hyman/Tyson Barrie: The Oilers head to New Jersey to take on the Devils in the afternoon game, and that is a great spot for this unit. Stacking the power play gets you access to the top two lines, who should see the depth lines for Jersey at even strength. We all know how lethal this unit can be, and today should be no different.

High Risk Lines

These are plays that carry significantly more risk, but could pay off at low ownership. They will be listed by position in the following order: Center/Winger/Winger/Correlating Defenseman (if applicable).

New Jersey Devils 3 – Dawson Mercer/Andreas Johnsson/Janne Kuokkanen/Damon Severson: Right on the other side of the Edmonton game, we have this very intriguing matchup. This third line should take on the Draisaitl line at even strength, which sets them up very nicely. The Draisaitl line is giving up 12.78 high danger chances against per 60, while this line generates 17.26 high danger chances for per 60. Edmonton has been known to give up goals, and this line will be overlooked. From a narrative standpoint, afternoon games can get a little weird, so with Edmonton traveling East for an early game, this is a very interesting spot.

Vegas Golden Knights 2 – William Karlsson/Jonathan Marchessault/Reilly Smith/Dylan Coghlan: As mentioned earlier, the Knights are banged up. Because of this, the second line is going to have to take on the bulk of the scoring responsibility. They have a decent matchup against the Ducks, and Vegas loves playing on home ice.

Tampa Bay Lightning Power Play – Steven Stamkos/Brayden Point/Alex Killorn/Ondrej Palat/Victor Hedman: The Lightning play host to the Rangers tonight, and they should be energized with the (hopeful) return of Vasilevskiy. On top of that, losing badly to the Panthers should give them something to prove, so they could come out on fire against the Rangers. The other school of thought is that they are tired, Vas is tired and/or rusty, and they end up putting up another dud, which is exactly why they are high risk. You can definitely make a decision between the Lightning and the Rangers in this spot, but based on recent data, the Lightning edge them out a bit. Either way, this game should be high event, and it is likely that you will need some pieces from this game. Note – if Vasilevskiy does NOT go, then this spot becomes the Rangers, especially if Lagace or a different backup that isn’t Elliott gets the nod.

Honorable mentions: ANH2, WSH3, NYRPP, DET1

Value Options – DraftKings

Center: Ross Colton ($2700) – Tampa Bay Lightning – top line value alongside Stamkos and Palat

Wing: Evgenii Dadonov ($3500) – Vegas Golden Knights – make sure he is active, but he cleared COVID protocol, and with Pacioretty out, he could move to the top line

Defense: Damon Severson ($3600) – New Jersey Devils – he has been logging heavy minutes, and at $3600, his production is plenty to pay off

Value Options – FanDuel

Center: Ross Colton ($5000) – Tampa Bay Lightning

Wing: Tom Wilson ($5300) – Washington Capitals

Defense: Moritz Seider ($5400) – Detroit Red Wings

Cash Considerations – DraftKings

Leon Draisaitl – C- Edmonton Oilers

Alex Ovechkin – W – Washington Capitals

Victor Hedman – D – Tampa Bay Lightning

Laurent Brossoit – G – Vegas Golden Knights

Cash Considerations – FanDuel

It is NOT recommended to play cash lineups on FanDuel, as it is only a 2 game slate.

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All line combinations are courtesy of www.dailyfaceoff.com, and the advanced rates referenced in the above article are pulled from www.naturalstattrick.com.

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