There’s only one game in the NHL on Friday, so FanDuel has combined Friday’s game with Saturday's two early-afternoon games. That gives you three games worth of players to choose from for your Friday contest. That’s not a ton, but six teams are more than two. Here are some players who will hopefully lead you to fantasy glory.
Sergei Bobrovsky, CLM at PHI ($8,900): No goalie has been better than Bobrovsky this season. He’s posted a 2.02 GAA and a .933 save percentage, both of which lead the NHL. The Flyers aren’t exactly formidable offensively, as they’ve only scored 2.56 goals per game -- good for a bottom-10 rank in the league. With only six goalies in action, why not go with the one who's likely to take home the Vezina?
Alex Galchenyuk, MON vs. TAM ($5,600): Galchenyuk has started 43.5 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone, which is the most of any Canadien. That’s a high number for any forward, and Galchenyuk has also tallied 15 power-play points in 59 games. Tampa has allowed 2.77 goals per game, a middling number, but will also be on the second night of a back-to-back. That should boost Galchenyuk’s chances of success.
Derick Brassard, OTT vs. NYR ($4,500): While Brassard’s point totals have languished a bit recently, he’s tallied 32 shots on goal in his last 13 games. He’s also started 37.5 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone, second among Ottawa forwards, and he’s averaged 2:34 per game on the power play. His former teammate Henrik Lundqvist has had a rough year, posting a 2.74 GAA and a .910 save percentage. Lundqvist's been even worse recently, posting a 3.55 GAA and .881 save percentage in his last five starts.
Chris Kreider, NYR at OTT ($5,800): Like Lundqvist, Craig Anderson has hit a bit of a rough patch of late. In his last nine games, he’s notched a 2.72 GAA and .905 save percentage. Additionally, Ottawa has allowed 30.4 shots on goal per game, and its penalty kill is ranked 22nd. For his part, Kreider has averaged a hearty 11.9 fantasy points per game, started 35.4 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone, and averaged 2:36 of ice time with the extra man.
Nick Foligno, CLM at PHI ($5,600): Foligno has notched 26 goals on 184 shots in 77 games this season, and he’s also tallied 20 power-play points. Granted, his power-play production has slowed down, but the Flyers do have the 21st-ranked penalty kill, so this is a good spot for him to turn it around. Additionally, the Flyers have allowed 2.83 goals per game, and their goalies have a collective .901 save percentage.
Mark Stone, OTT vs. NYR ($5,200): Stone hasn’t scored a goal in a few games, but he does have five assists in his last 11. He’s also been a big part of Ottawa’s power play, as he’s averaged 3:05 per game with the extra man, tallying 14 of his points in those situations. The Rangers have the 23rd-ranked penalty kill, and we've already noted Lundqvist's struggles. Additionally, the Rangers allowed 31.7 shots on goal per game during March.
Boone Jenner, CLM at PHI ($4,600): In his last 26 games, Jenner has tallied 79 shots on goal. He’s averaged 9.6 fantasy points per game, which is not bad for a player at this price point. As previously noted, the Flyers present a soft opponent. Jenner has also blocked 80 shots in 79 games, a high number for a forward; Philly's ninth in shots attempted per 60 minutes (58.5), so Jenner could add a little fantasy value defensively. He doesn’t have to do a ton to return value at this price.
Victor Hedman, TAM at MON ($6,500): Yes, Hedman is expensive. However, he’s certainly justified his lofty price this season. He’s averaged 14.1 fantasy points per game, and he's performed particularly well on the power play. Hedman has averaged 3:01 per game with the extra man, tallying a whopping 33 points in that time. Montreal is also fourth in shot attempts per 60 minutes (59.9), and Hedman has blocked 128 shots in 77 games. With only six teams in action, your pickings are slim, and you can justify paying the lofty price for a proven commodity like Hedman. He can be a reliable anchor for your fantasy lineup.
Dion Phaneuf, OTT vs. NYR ($3,900): Phaneuf has notched 155 shots on goal and blocked 155 shots in 80 games. He’s capable of generating fantasy value on both ends of the ice. The veteran's averaged 23:05 of ice time, including 2:35 with the extra man, which has resulted in 16 power-play points; as previously mentioned, New York owns the 23rd-ranked penalty kill. Throw in the Blueshirts' defensive decline and Lundqvist's mediocrity, and Phaneuf becomes even more appealing.