Welcome back to FanDuel NHL Blue Line Power Plays. This is the Friday, January 12th 2018 edition. We’re a daily fantasy hockey column focused on top FanDuel NHL plays for your lineups each day.
Last nights results were, somewhat, surprising. Linus Ullmark ($7,000) was the top overall FanDuel NHL performer on the ice last night. The 24-year-old Swede had a dominating performance, allowing only one goal to the Blue Jackets in Buffalo, making 44 saves, and taking the win for a total of 43.2 FanDuel NHL points.
Ullmark was very low-owned, below 10% in most GPP and cash plays, and created an easy path to winning money last night if he was in your lineup. We liked the idea of Ullmark, but ultimately decided he was too risky. However, we did suggest Linus for GPP’s, so hopefully some of you plugged him into your lineup.
We were expecting the Flames to allow a minimum amount of goals to the Lightning, in Tampa, and the only allowed one. The outcome wasn’t too surprising, as the Flames have the fourth lowest GAA away from home, 2.54 per game. But the surprising part was the Flames piling up five goals against the Bolts, who are typically good at defense in Tampa.
Michael Ferland was one of our solid mid-salary range value picks from the Flames last night. Ferland had only one shot on goal, but it went in. Additionally, Michael had two blocked shots and an assist for a total of 24.8 FanDuel NHL points. Ferland was a tremendous $5.2K pick at wing last night, and a solid way to wing cash games, even if some of your other picks were disappointing.
Jack Eichel ($7,600) was another one of our contrarian picks. Regardless of he situation, the young Sabres star is typically safe to play for NHL DFS optimal lineups. Jack also had a goal and assist, among the three goals for the Sabres, and with an additional two shots on goal had 23.2 FanDuel NHL points.
The big surprises were guys like Sebastian Aho, Johnny Gaudreau, and Kyle Okposo. Each had 23 or 24 FanDuel NHL points last night. Aho and Gaudreau are stars for their respective teams, but have been cold lately. Johnny should be at the time of everyone’s list each time he’s on the ice, but we’ve been fading him recently. Maybe that needs to end now.
With those thoughts in mind, let’s take a look at the NHL schedule for Friday, January 12th 2018:
Canucks at Blue Jackets (7pm ET)
Flames at Panthers (7:30pm ET)
Capital at Hurricanes (7:30pm ET)
Jets at Blackhawks (8:30pm ET)
Oilers at Coyotes (9pm ET)
While many who have followed hockey over the last two years may think the Blue Jackets have an advantage against the Canucks in Columbus, we were surprised by the results. The Canucks are in the middle of the pack when is comes to scoring and allowing goals on road ice in the NHL, 15th in both category.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets are only scoring 2.5 goals at home, fourth worst in the NHL, but are only giving up 2.32 goals per game, seventh best in the NHL. So we’re expecting a low scoring result from this game. If Vancouver gets three pucks in the net tonight, they’re likely a winner.
Once again, the Flames are on the road, now facing the Panthers. Florida has given up 3.37 goals per game at home, sixth worst in the NHL. But they’re also scoring 3.37 goals at home, ninth best in the NHL. However, as we saw in Tampa last night, the Flames are a hard nut to crack on defense when away from Calgary. And the Flames offense is hot, so this could be a great time to stack Calgary.
The Hurricanes give up about as many goals as they score in Carolina, around 2.8 for each. But the Canes just surprised the Capitals in D.C. last night. Can they do it twice in a row? Maybe. The Caps are scoring 2.8 goals on the road, matching up well with the Canes defense. However, the Washington has been terrible on defense away from home, giving up 3.45 goals per game, fourth worst in the NHL. If the Canes stay hot, they could blow out the Caps again tonight.
The Jets offense is firing on all cylinders, and we’ll continue to ride them until they cool off. Tonight is risky though, with the Blackhawks only giving up 2.4 goals per game in Chicago, while scoring 3.4. Going with either the Jets or Hawks tonight is probably going to lead to several 20+ FanDuel NHL point results in your lineups.
Finally, the Coyotes are one of the worst offensive and defensive teams in the NHL at home. But their offense is gradually improving, now better than the Sabres. The Oilers offense is also improving, and they have a solid match up in Arizona tonight. We may pluck some value from the Yotes, but the Oilers top scoring talent is in play as well.
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Now let’s start building our NHL DFS optimal lineup by looking at the top centers for this slate…