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FanDuel NHL: Sunday Picks

Jason Chen

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GOALIE

Martin Jones, SJ @ VAN ($8,300)
– The North Vancouver native has a career 1.61 GAA and .946 save percentage against the Canucks, including a 2-0 record this season. Having been shut out by the Kings on Friday, the 2016-17 Canucks have now lost 10 straight at home and scored just 173 goals in 77 games this year, the worst offensive output in team history. The Sharks are having problems of their own as well, having allowed four goals in four of their past five games, but even on their worst nights, should be able to take this game with relative ease. Jones won’t be the best goalie on the ice Sunday, but he gets the best matchup.

CENTER

Jeff Carter, LA vs. ARI ($7,300)
– He’s scored just one goal in his past 10 games but continues to shoot the puck a lot. The Coyotes are second last in both goals against and shots against per game, which means as long as the Kings keep throwing pucks at the net, some will eventually get through.

Brayden Point, TB vs. DAL ($4,500) – He’s the Lightning’s No. 1 center with Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson out of the lineup, and he’s got a great matchup against the Stars. Point has skated over 20 minutes in each of his past five games, scoring a goal and three assists. Point’s production is no fluke, and as a rookie has 33 points in 63 games this season, 17 of which has come in the past two months. He’s the best value pick, by far, for Sunday’s busy slate.

WING

Nikita Kucherov, TB vs. DAL ($8,400)
– Fun fact: Kucherov is the only player entering Sunday who has scored at least 80 points in less than 70 games, and has a point-per-game average that trails only Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby and the injured Stamkos. He’s scored seven goals and four assists in his past six games.

Jonathan Drouin, TB vs. DAL ($6,200) – Continuing the Lightning parade, Drouin’s scored four goals and five assists in his past seven games, and with 51 points in 67 games, is also having a career season. After struggling in his sophomore season, the talented Drouin is finally coming into his own and reaching his vast potential. Even without Stamkos, the Lightning offense has a lot of weapons, and the Stars are playing their fifth straight road game.

Brock Boeser, VAN vs. SJ ($3,200) – The rookie scored two goals in his first four games, narrowly missing his third against the Kings when he missed an open net, and has already seen his ice time jump to 19 minutes after playing just 12 in his debut. He’s been a fixture on the top line with leading scorer Bo Horvat, and has also seen ample time on the first power-play unit with the Sedins. He’s a fearless shooter and has recorded 14 shots through his first four games.

DEFENSE

Victor Hedman, TB vs. DAL ($6,700)
– He’s been a top-five fantasy defenseman for most of the season, and given Brent Burns’ recent struggles, should be the best option for Sunday’s slate. He’s on a three-game point streak, including a three-assist effort against Chicago, and will garner some Norris Trophy votes for the kind of season he’s having. The Stars are always a welcome opponent because they allow so many goals and offensive opportunities.

Dougie Hamilton, CGY vs. ANH ($5,500) – He’s not considered an elite defenseman because his defense needs work, but thankfully that’s not really a consideration in fantasy. Hamilton’s a consistent point producer even though he doesn’t get the most ice time, and quarterbacks a power play that features Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau, one which will be facing the league’s second most penalized team.

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