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FanDuel NHL: Friday Picks

Chris Morgan

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Do you want to end March with a bang? Of course you do! A nice way to do that would be with a winning FanDuel lineup. As you try to make that happen, consider the players listed below. There are seven games Friday, and these are some of the more enticing values you’ll find.

GOALIE

Brian Elliott CGY vs. SAN ($8,500): The Sharks have gotten by based on their defensive prowess, as their offense has been less impressive, ranking 18th in goals per game (2.68). Elliott, meanwhile, has a 1.83 GAA and .939 save percentage in his last 14 outings, and the Flames have held opponents to 28.6 shots on net per game. The Sharks have been struggling recently, and they’ll also be on the road on the second night of a back-to-back. That increases Elliott’s chances of picking up a home win.

CENTER

Evgeny Kuznetsov, WAS at ARI ($5,700): Kuznetsov has averaged 10.5 FanDuel points per game, and he’s started 36.7 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone, which is third most of any Capital. He’s also tallied 13 power-play points in 76 games. The Coyotes have allowed 3.18 goals and 33.9 shots on net per game -- the league’s second-highest marks in both categories. They also have the 24th-ranked penalty kill, which certainly won’t hurt Kuznetsov’s chances of scoring.

Patrik Berglund, STL at COL ($4,400): Berglund has notched 22 goals in 76 games, and he’s been warm lately, notching seven points in his last 10 contests. Also, while he’s only averaging 1:22 on the power play overall, in his last 11 games, that figure has increased to 1:49. Against the Avalanche, that might be enough. Colorado has the 29th-ranked penalty kill, but isn’t any better at even strength; the Avalanche have allowed a whopping 3.38 goals per game, by far the worst in the league.

WING

Taylor Hall, NJD at NYI ($6,700): The Islanders have allowed 2.99 goals and 32.0 shots on net per game, and they’ll be on the second night of a back-to-back. That could mean Jaroslav Halak (3.21 GAA, .906 save percentage) in net. However, Halak ended up having to play Thursday after Thomas Greiss got yanked less than 10 minutes into the game. Either way, it bodes well for Hall, who hasn’t been shy about putting pucks on goal. He’s tallied 217 shots on goal in 66 games, and he’s seen a recent uptick in his point production. In his last 10 games, Hall he has nine points, including five goals, and he enjoys a major power-play role in Jersey.

Jaden Schwartz, STL at COL ($6,100): March has been kind to Schwartz, as he’s notched 13 points and 30 shots on goal in 14 games. Overall, he’s tallied 18 goals and 51 points in 72 games. As previously mentioned, the Avalanche have allowed 3.38 goals per game, and the team’s goalies have a collective .894 save percentage, which is simply terrible. As noted earlier, Colorado’s penalty kill is woeful, which is promising for Schwartz, who’s averaging 2:31 per game on the power play.

Marcus Johansson, WAS at ARI ($5,300): Johansson has tallied 11 points in his last 10 games, including six on the power play. He’s now put up 18 power-play points in 76 games, and he’s averaged 2:52 per game with the extra man. We’ve already noted how badly the ‘Yotes struggle in defense and penalty killing, so it seems unlikely Arizona will be the team to slow Johansson down.

Josh Bailey, NYI vs. NJD ($4,800): Bailey has averaged 10.9 fantasy points per game, and he’s also started a healthy 41.4 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone. He’s run a little hot and cold, but his overall production has been strong and he’s skating on a line with John Tavares, which helps a lot. The Devils have allowed 2.91 goals and 31.3 shots on net per game, and they’ve given up 3.04 goals per contest since the All-Star break. On top of that, Bailey’s averaging 2:50 per game with the extra man.

DEFENSE

Alec Martinez, LOS at VAN ($4,200): Martinez has been going through a slow patch, but he’s still averaging 10.4 fantasy points per game. Additionally, he’s started 38.2 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone and tallied 12 power-play points this year. The Canucks have given up 3.19 goals and 34.1 shots on net per game since the All-Star break, and their penalty kill ranks a lowly 26th in the league. On top of all that, Martinez has registered 154 blocked shots this season, so he could add a little fantasy value on that end of the ice.

Brady Skjei, NYR vs. PIT ($4,200): The Penguins don’t allow a ton of goals (2.78 per game), but they’re much less stingy when it comes to shots -- 32.5 per contest. Skjei has started 38.1 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone, and he’s tallied 18 shots on goal (and six points) in his last seven games. The Penguins don’t just give up a lot of shots, though; they’re also adept at firing pucks toward the net. Pittsburgh has attempted 57.9 shots per 60 minutes, which ranks fifth in the NHL. That should give Skjei the opportunity to block a few shots, boosting his fantasy output.

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