FanDuel NHL Blue Line Power Plays: January 11

A top FanDuel NHL pick in lineups on Wednesday, January 10th 2018 was Devan Dubnyk in goal.

Welcome to FanDuel NHL Blue Line Power Plays for Thursday, January 11th 2018.  We’re a daily fantasy hockey column focused on top FanDuel NHL plays for your lineups each day.

With only two games on the slate for Wednesday, and only ten total goals scored, most of the highest scoring lineup combinations landed around 170 to 180 FanDuel NHL points.  While we focused on Anton Forsberg at goalie, he only had 25 saves and didn’t get the win.  Still, Anton has a solid game, giving up only two goals, but Devan Dubnyk was the top pick of the night.

While only giving up one goal to the Blackhawks, Dubnyk had an awesome 34 saves and the win for 35.2 FanDuel NHL points.  That may not seem like an amazing amount of points, but he was a top goal, and top overall, FanDuel NHL lineups pick last night.  Paired with one of our top defender picks, Morgan Rielly (23.2 FanDuel NHL points) and James van Riemsdyk (29.6), you were set up well to win almost any cash game, and land in the top group for GPP plays.

Tyler Bozak had two assists and four shots on goal for 24 FanDuel NHL points, and Jason Zucker and Mikael Granlund each has and assist, to headline some of the other top plays of the night.  Matt Duchene was quiet on Tuesday after rumors surfaced he was dealing with an illness.  But Duchene was clearly able to bounce back on Wednesday, with two assists and three blocked shots for 24 FanDuel NHL points.  With any combinations of these players, you had a great night!

Here’s a look at the NHL schedule for Thursday, January 11th 2018:

Blue Jackets at Sabres (7pm ET)

Hurricanes at Capitals (7pm ET)

Flames at Lightning (7:30pm ET)

With only three games on the NHL schedule tonight, we have another small slate, for what is typically a big Thursday night of games.  Also, all three of these match ups appear lop-sided, again, in several ways.

On the road, the Blue Jackets are mediocre scoring 2.77 goals and giving up 3.05 goals, each landing them in the middle of the NHL.  But they’re in Buffalo where the Sabres are only scoring 2.11 goals per game, the worst in the NHL, and are giving up 3.16 goals per game, close to the worst int he NHL

Meanwhile, the Capitals and Lightning are both rock-solid at home.  The Lightning’s defense is giving up 2.57 goals per game, must worst than the Caps 2.22, but they’re scoring 3.86 goals per game on home ice, second best in the NHL and better than the Caps 3.30 average.

That bodes poorly for the Hurricanes who are traveling to Washington, D.C. to play the Caps, and Flames who are traveling south to Tampa.  The Canes are only scoring 2.71 goals on the road, which likely means they get very little tonight.  And they’re allowing 3.25 goals on the road, opening the door wide open for a high-scoring affair for the Caps.

Meanwhile, the Flames are struggling to score on the road, but are only giving up 2.53 goals on the road, fourth best in the NHL.  That means the Flames and Bolts came could be a low-scoring result, which warrants caution when considering Bolts players for your lineups tonight.

As always, we’ll look to update our picks and final lineups prior to lock on our twitter account @FantasyCPR so make sure to give us a follow for all the late breaking lineup news.

Now let’s start building our NHL DFS optimal lineup by looking at the top centers for this slate…

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