Welcome to the FanDuel NHL Blue Line Power Plays column. This is the Saturday, February 24th edition. We’re a daily fantasy hockey column focused on top FanDuel NHL plays for your lineups each day.
Last night was a great night for this article, but to be honest you basically won if you went with the chalk. Eric Staal ($7,000) was one of our favorite centers, and he had two goals and two assists, involved in all four goals during the Wild’s 4-1 win. Along with seven shots on goal, a power play goal, and a blocked shot, Staal piled up an awesome 53.3 FanDuel NHL points.
Because of the cheaper price points, we noted that William Karlsson ($7,200) and Staal were cheaper than some of the more expensive options like Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. In fact, you were able to play Staal with Karlsson, and boy did that work out well. With two goals and one assist, Karlsson added another 37.3 FanDuel NHL points. So with just two players and $14,200 of your salary, you landed 90.6 points.
The Jets were a risky play, but we expected Carter Hutton in goal. It turned out Jake Allen skated on the ice to protect the net, improving the Jets odds of staying hot away from Winnipeg. In the end, they shutout the Blues and guys like Blake Wheeler ($7,800) with 25.3 FanDuel NHL points and Kyle Connor ($5,700) with another 25.3 points were great, and affordable, plays.
On defense, two of our favorite picks were Kris Letang ($6,500) and Jared Spurgeon ($5,300). One of the reasons we like Letang again is the relative consistent double-digit points he’s producing lately, and last night he gave us another 16.5 FanDuel NHL points.
Spurgeon wasn’t involved in any scoring, but he still had three shots and two blocked shots for eight points. Finally, Devan Dubnyk ($8,800) was our favorite of four goalies last night and he had 22 saves and a win for 25.6 FanDuel NHL points. We were hoping for more shots, but it was a solid return.
Now, let’s take a look at the NHL schedule for Saturday, February 24th Main slate at night:
Bruins at Maple Leafs (7pm ET)
Lightning at Canadiens (7pm ET)
Hurricanes at Red Wings (7pm ET)
Penguins at Panthers (7pm ET)
Islanders at Devils (7pm ET)
Sabres at Capitals (7pm ET)
Blackhawks at Blue Jackets (7pm ET)
Jets at Stars (7pm ET)
Ducks at Coyotes (8pm ET)
Oilers at Kings (10pm ET)
There were two games played Saturday afternoon, but we’re going to only focus on the Main slate for Saturday night, which includes ten games. In fact, eight of the ten games on Saturday night start at 7pm ET, so there is a lot of action early this evening.
There are many more chalky but great options again tonight. The Coyotes have played better on home ice in Arizona lately, but the Ducks are playing better on offense and the Yotes still have some problems on defense. The Lightning travels to Montreal to play a struggling Habs team, and the Bolts are likely one of the chalky stacks of the night.
The Jets are in Dallas, where the Stars have played well this season. But if we’ve learned anything over the last three weeks, it’s not to fade the Jets offense right now. Meanwhile, the Caps cost a bad Sabres team, but Buffalo has a shot as some scoring against a Capitals team who’s played very poor defense and goaltending this month.
Finally, the Islanders have a great match up against the Devils in New Jersey, and the Penguins are favored over the Panthers in Florida. Oddly, if you take a step back and look at the schedule tonight, many of the favorite picks tonight are on road-ice, but that’s happened successfully a few times this season.
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Now let’s start building our NHL DFS optimal lineup by looking at the top centers for this slate…
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