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FanDuel NHL: Sunday Value Plays

Jason Chen

West Coast bias.


Henrik Lundqvist, NYR vs. CGY ($8,700)
– The King is not having a season worthy of praise, but he’s got a 10-3-0 record and a .918 save percentage against Western Conference teams this season. The Flames are on a three-game winning streak but are playing much earlier than what they’re normally used to on the road, and needed overtime to dust off the Devils Saturday. The Rangers’ defense is good enough (and deep enough) to keep Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau in check, which should set up Lundqvist for a good shot at a win.


Alex Ovechkin, WAS vs. LA ($8,900)
– He had his three-game goal streak snapped by Carey Price on Saturday, but remains among the league’s best volume shooters with 202 shots on goal and counting. The Kings aren’t easy to score on, but they also have the earliest start among the three visiting Pacific Division teams. Even though Peter Budaj is on a five-game winning streak, three of which were shutouts, all of the wins came against inferior teams, so the Caps will present a tough challenge. Also, the Kings are in the midst of a crazy stretch where they’re playing nine of 10 games on the road.

Max Pacioretty, MON vs. EDM ($7,700) – Even if Phillip Danault, who left Saturday’s game against Washington with an upper-body injury, doesn’t play, Pacioretty is still in a good situation because it’ll pave the way for Alex Galchenyuk to return to his usual spot on the top line. The Habs captain is having a resurgent season with 25 goals in 53 games after scoring 30 in 82 last year, though he’s still not shooting the puck with as much frequency as he has in the past.

Chris Kreider, NYR vs. CGY ($6,400) – It’s almost advisable to pick any Ranger facing a team that suffers from inconsistent goaltending and a shaky defense, and Kreider is the type of player that provides a lot of value other than his 36 points. He’s been far less productive in 2017 with seven points in 12 games after scoring 16 points in December, but he’s still third on the team with 123 shots and first with 14 power-play points.

Marian Gaborik, LA at WAS ($4,900) – His contract is still a sore spot for the Kings, and even though he doesn’t score like he used to, Gaborik is still a dangerous offensive player. Based on a 60-minute rate, Gaborik’s 1.73 points is second on the team only to Jeff Carter, and he also generates 10.41 shots on goal, the best mark on the team. The Caps will be starting Philipp Grubauer — which should makes things easier than facing Braden Holtby —and with that kind of production at this price, Gaborik makes for a good value play.


Connor McDavid, EDM at MON ($8,600)
– It doesn’t really matter who McDavid goes up against because he’s already one of the best players in the league. He’s not at Sidney Crosby’s level of frightening efficiency, but he gets tons of ice time and plays at a pace faster than anyone else in the league. He’s just one point ahead of Crosby for the league lead in scoring and fourth in points per game at 1.11.

Anze Kopitar, LA at WAS ($6,700) – He fell into a lull from November to December when he scored just 10 points in 23 games, but since turning the calendar has been one of the hottest players in the league with 15 points in 13 games. It’s a bit of an oddity in Kopitar’s otherwise consistent career that his scoring dips the most in November with 94 points in 123 career games, but he’s traditionally been excellent down the stretch, averaging close to a point per game in each of the four subsequent months of the season. He’s on a five-game point streak, coinciding with the Kings’ five-game winning streak, and reminding everyone again why he’s considered one of the best two-way players of his generation. He’s one of the best value plays for Sunday.


Shea Weber, MON vs. EDM ($6,000)
– Weber averages about a goal every four games, and it’s been three since he’s scored, so the law of averages says it’s about time he lights the lamp again. The Oilers penalty kill ranks 15th in the league, and even though Milan Lucic has been quite good at staying out of the box this season, any game that features Andrew Shaw will likely see a few penalties. The good thing about Weber is that he doesn’t have to score to provide value as one of the most feared hitters and consistent shot blockers in the league, as well.

Dmitry Orlov, WAS vs. LA ($4,900) – The Flyers’ blue line mustered just four shots Saturday against the Kings, and with the way Orlov has been playing, he might just match that total on his own. He’s averaging 19:36 this season but hasn’t played less than that since Jan. 21 against Dallas, and since then he’s scored two goals and three assists. Orlov is on pace for career highs across the board after losing nearly a full season to wrist surgery, and his plus-23 rating is second only to Brooks Orpik.

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