FanDuel NHL Blue Line Power Plays: March 12

FanDuel NHL: GLENDALE, AZ – FEBRUARY 25: Goaltender Darcy Kuemper #35 of the Arizona Coyotes is introduced before the NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks at Gila River Arena on February 25, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Image)

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

We took Saturday and Sunday off, but we’re back again for another exciting week of FanDuel NHL, starting with Monday night. If you played FanDuel NHL yesterday, there were some surprising and obvious plays.

Darcy Kuemper was an underrated backup goalie having a fantastic season for the Kings, before he was traded to the Arizona Coyotes. Antti Raanta is also having a solid season for the Yotes, and it appears the Coyotes may have their two goalies for the foreseeable future already on their roster.

But with Raanta already starting, Kuemper hasn’t seen much action with the Yotes. That’s changed recently, with Antti taking time off the ice to deal with an injury as the season closes. That allowed Darcy to start in goal last night, and he put on a show shutting out the Canucks on home ice last night. If you plugged Kuemper into your lineup last night, he was a great value and you likely had the beat on most FanDuel NHL players for both cash and GPP plays.

Meanwhile, the Blackhawks also shocked the Bruins with a 3-1 win yesterday. Patrick Kane, Artem Anisimov, and Brent Seabrook each scored for the Blackhawks. If you were lucky another to have a Hawks stack with two or three of these guys, and Kuemper, you were a sure bet for a win yesterday, in the All Day slate.

We’re going to talk about some obvious, chalky, plays for tonight’s slate, but we’re also going to dig through the lineups and see if we can grab value like we saw yesterday. At this point in the season, it gets harder to see it, but the value plays emerge more often as teams settle into the playoffs, or the transition to off-season moves. Here’s a look at the NHL schedule for Monday, March 12th:

Hurricanes at Rangers (7pm ET)

Golden Knights at Flyers (7pm ET)

Jets at Capitals (7pm ET)

Canadiens at Blue Jackets (7pm ET)

Senators at Panthers (7:30pm ET)

Blues at Ducks (10pm ET)

Canucks at Kings (10:30pm ET)

Red Wings at Sharks (10:30pm ET)

With eight games on the ice tonight, we have 16 teams to pick through. That’s unusual for a Monday, as we typically see this level of play from the Tuesday and Thursday slates, along with typically big days on Saturdays. But with only 10-to-15 games left on each team’s schedule, the NHL heats up through early April.

The Hurricanes are struggling to end the season, and they’re in Madison Square Garden facing another team who’s struggling right now, the Rangers. But, either team could have hidden value potential, and this game may get overlooked by players.

With the Golden Knights playing in Philly and the Jets playing the Caps in Washington, D.C., there’s great entertaining games tonight. Each game has playoff impacts for all four teams. However, from a FanDuel NHL perspective, all four teams provide very expensive players who have tough match ups. For the most part, we’re fading those games.

Instead, we love the Panthers home-ice match up against the Senators, and the Ducks have a great offensive opportunity at home against a Blues team appearing to fold-in for the season. We’re likely stacking plays from both the Sens and Ducks tonight, with some players from the Kings, who are also on home ice against a lesser opponent.

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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