Welcome to NHL DFS Power Plays. We’re a fantasy hockey column focused on top FanDuel NHL plays for your lineups each day. This is the Thursday, October 11th edition.
Yesterday’s picks did well, depending on the combination you used. Alex Ovechkin stayed hot, scoring another two goals on seven shots, and he added a blocked shot for 36.8 NHL DFS FanDuel points. Ovi was one of our key plays and a great points anchor for the team.
Another move we scratched out for GPP plays was playing some Flyers, taking the risk they’d bounce back and score on the Senators often Wednesday night. Well, if you took that risk, it played out nicely. I ended up pivoting Claude Giroux into my lineup, and he rewarded me with seven shots, a power play assist, and a power play goal for 32.2 NHL points.
If you played Kuznetsov or Backstrom, you got over 20 points in your top center spot. If you grabbed a decent value play at center with one of those two, you likely had around 40 points.
On defense, John Carlson remained red-hot, adding another two power play assists along with three blocked shots for 21.8 points. Chabot was a value play from the Senators defenders, and he added another 11.2 points, even with a 4-7 loss on home ice to the Flyers.
John Gibson should’ve been a better play than he was. The Coyotes got their first win of the season with a 3-2 shootout over the Ducks. Still, Gibson made 37 saves and only gave up two goals. With a win, he would’ve had around 40 points, but I’ll take the nearly 22 points we got from Gibson, adding to a decent lineup for the night.
Thursday night’s schedule is robust for the NHL. After a three-game quiet Wednesday night, we’re back to a big 12-game night. That means we have to pick through top two or three lines across 24 teams. That also means a long list of lineup combinations could win. So, we’ll focus on just a few stacking options we like, along with some value plays in each position.
Before we get there, a reminder to never take a NHL DFS optimal lineup as ‘bible’ for your personal lineup each day. Use the suggestions as guidance. Also, make sure you follow final lineup thoughts throughout the day on our twitter account @FantasyCPR or me @MattyMcMatt17 look for late breaking lineup news.
Here’s a look at the NHL schedule for Thursday, October 11th 2018:
Oilers at Bruins 7pm ET TVA
Avalanche at Sabres 7pm ET
Blue Jackets at Panthers 7pm ET
Capital at Devils 7pm ET
Sharks at Rangers 7pm ET
Golden Knights at Penguins 7pm ET ESPN+
Kings at Canadiens 7:30pm ET
Maple Leafs at Red Wings 7:30pm ET
Canucks at Lightning 7:30pm ET
Flames at Blues 8pm ET
Jets at Predators 8pm ET ESPN+
Blackhawks at Wild 8pm ET
With so many games on the schedule, it’s best to figure out which games may have the most goals, blocked shots, or saves and wins. From there narrow down your players and you have more limited lineups to pick through.
Our focus for Thursday is going to be on the Flames and Blues in St. Louis, Capitals and Devils in New Jersey, and Maple Leafs and Red Wings in Detroit. Additionally, we’ll take a look at some plays in Buffalo, where the Sabres are hosting the Avalanche.
So, let’s start building our NHL DFS optimal lineup by looking at the top centers for this slate…