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FanDuel NHL: Friday Value Plays

Rob Geriak

Geriak covers hockey for RotoWire. He previously was the DFS Content Director at DraftShot and appeared on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio for Scout Fantasy Sports.

There are three games tonight in the NHL but still plenty of players to consider when building your FanDuel lineups. Consider rostering these players tonight in what promises to be an action filled night!

Goalie

Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ vs. NYI ($8,800): Bobrovsky won his second Vezina Trophy last season in what was a dominating season for him between the pipes. He won 41 games, led the league with a .931 save percentage, and in goals against average allowing just 2.06 goals per game. Bobrovsky saw a high volume of shots against, just over 29 per game, giving him nice upside, and was dominant at home winning 25 of his 34 home starts while boasting a .941 save percentage and averaging a minuscule 1.83 goals against.

Center

Alexander Wennberg, CBJ vs. NYI ($5,500): The Blue Jackets took a huge step forward last season and a lot of that was due to the play of Wennberg. Entrenched as the first line center for the Blue Jackets, Wennberg was one of the better playmakers in the NHL, finishing in the top 15 in assists (46) with 21 of those helpers coming on the power play. The Islanders are lacking on the defensive end, and with Wennberg slated to skate on the top line with Artemi Panarin and Cam Atkinson, he finds himself in a great spot while also seeing time on the top power play unit.

Steven Stamkos, TBL vs. FLA ($8,400): The captain of the Lightning, Stamkos was limited to just 17 games last season and is poised for a big season. He’s scored more than 40 goals four times in his career, including leading the league in that category in 2009-2010 (51) and 2011-2012 (60). Stamkos is deadly on a Lightning power play that was one of the best in the league last season and figures to dominate the scoresheet tonight.

Wing

Cam Atkinson, CBJ vs. NYI ($6,200): As one of the wings on Wennberg’s line, Atkinson is coming off of a career year in which he scored 35 goals, 10 of which came on the power play in 82 games. Atkinson and Wennberg built a nice continuity together, and that familiarness with each other alone bumps up Atkinson over line mate Artemi Panarin in this spot.

Nikita Kucherov, TBL vs. FLA ($7,900): The Lightning are a dangerous team when it comes to scoring goals, and Kucherov was their go-to guy last season with Stamkos missing most of the season. The 24-year-old winger had a career year scoring 40 goals and dishing out 45 assists. Kucherov led the league with 17 goals on the power play and handed out 15 assists with the man advantage. He’s expensive, but his shot volume and production give him a solid floor with immense upside.

Jamie Benn, DAL vs. VGN ($8,000): Over the last four seasons, Benn has been one of the more consistent performers in the NHL. Coming off a season where he had just 26 goals and 43 assists, low for his standards, he’ll be looking to bounce back into the form that saw him eclipse 79 points in each of the three seasons prior. This is expected to be a long, tough year for the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, and look for Benn to shine tonight under new Head Coach Ken Hitchcock.

Defense

Victor Hedman, TBL vs. FLA ($6,400): Hedman had his best season in 2016-2017, finishing with 16 goals and 56 assists for a total of 72 points. He was a monster on the power play with 12 goals and 29 helpers, and finished third in the running for the Norris Trophy. His offensive upside is tremendous, and his overall floor is high, as he averaged over two shots on goal per game to go along with nearly 25 minutes of ice time per game.

Zach Werenski, CBJ vs. NYI ($5,200): The 20-year-old defenseman had a great rookie campaign in 2016-2017; one that had him finish third in the running for the Calder Trophy. In 78 games, Werenski scored 11 goals, four on the power play and added 36 assists, 17 of which came with the man advantage. He didn’t offer a lot in the shot blocking department and saw around 20 minutes of ice time per game, but his offensive mindset and aggressiveness with the puck gives him solid upside in this matchup against the Islanders.

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