FanDuel NHL Blue Line Power Plays: February 12

FanDuel NHL: NEWARK, NJ – FEBRUARY 08: Matthew Tkachuk #19 of the Calgary Flames in action against the New Jersey Devils on February 8, 2018 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Flames defeated the Devils 3-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Welcome back to FanDuel NHL Blue Line Power Plays, the Monday February 12th edition. We’re a daily fantasy hockey column focused on top FanDuel NHL plays for your lineups each day.

While the article writing took a the weekend off due to illness, the FanDuel NHL lineup plays continued. On Sunday, one of our favorite lineup plays performed well. Johnny Gaudreau ($8,100) had a decent 24.5 FanDuel NHL point return, with a power play assist, blocked shot and nine shots on goal. However, we were hoping for a better outcome.

Two players off our radar yesterday were Matthew Tkachuk ($6,500) and Ryan O’Reilly ($6,000). While he only had one goal in Buffalo against the Avs on Sunday, O’Reilly added two helpers during short-handed opportunities, two blocked shots, and his goal was during a power play. So for a modest $6K for Ryan at center, you got a fantastic 43.7 FanDuel NHL point return. Tkachuk had six shots on goal and got 33.6 FanDuel NHL points the normal way, with two goals.

One of the harder picks lately has been pinning down the right goaltender. We’ve had some surprise losses with great goaltenders in net, like the blowout win for the Canucks in Dallas yesterday afternoon. Ben Bishop was yanked after only 16 saves on 20 shots. Ben had been hot heading into the game. We had Anton Khudobin ($8,500) in our main slate lineup last night, and while he had 35 saves and the win for 28 points, he still gave up three goals to the Devils. So we’ll dig deeper into the goaltenders today.

After a robust weekend, we have a lighter three-game FanDuel NHL slate tonight. Let’s take a look at the NHL schedule for Monday, February 12th:

Lightning at Maple Leafs (7pm ET)

Panthers at Oilers (9pm ET)

Blackhawks at Coyotes (9pm ET)

Both the Lightning and the Maple Leafs have been hard to pin down lately. The Leafs offense has been hot, especially at home, but they are also inconsistent and disappoint from time to time. The Bolts have solid defense and goaltending, so we need to keep that in mind when considering the Leafs for our lineups. While the Bolts power play has been great at home lately, they’re riding a low 16.7% rate away from home, over eight road games. They also have a lower 72.4% PK rate over the same amount of time

The Panthers are only scoring 2.44 goals per game on road ice this season, but the Oilers have the worst penalty kill on home ice in the NHL. So we have a conundrum. Do we stack an Oilers team at home, who’s been hotter in this scenario lately, or do we focus on a likely uptick in scoring from the Panthers on the road? We may need to tap both.

While all nine road teams won on Sunday, and it’s looking likely we could have another three road wins on Monday night, we’re not as confident with the Blackhawks play in Arizona. The Coyotes are a young team beginning to resemble winning ways, and the Blackhawks continue to struggle to build any type of identity with Crawford on the IR. We may actually consider some Yotes 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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