A vital part of being a successful DFS hockey player is being able to assemble a strong cash game or double up team. I always start with the goaltender, the foundation of every cash game team. Your goalie choice dictates the monetary average and direction you want to go with the rest of your team.
Thursday night is a large slate that will require a balanced lineup. It is important to not over expose yourself to to any one team, especially with money on the line. Look for depth scoring, rather than star power or uneccesarily over spending on elite players.
G: A. Raanta, Rangers- $7,300
With “King” Henrik coming off a tough loss to the Blackhawks, Raanta is in a prime spot to get value for his price and a win. Against the bottom of the barrel Toronto Maple Leafs, it’s likely that Raanta will stand tall and get the Rangers a win they need and deserve. It’s also a chance for him to improve his 0.902 save percentage and 2.57 goals against average. The matchup is reason enough to play him tonight with a Rangers team finding their stride once again.
D: R. Suter, Wild – $6,300
Suter plays and average of half the game and has 1548 shots on goal. With numbers like that against Edmonton, who is in he bottom of the NHL in goals allowed, Suter will have ample opportunity to stack up some points on the power play or at even strength.
D: K. Yandle, Rangers – $6,100
Yandle is another power play specialist who logs a ton of ice time with a 2.6 fantasy points per game (FPPG) average and 122 shots on goal this year. Playing a subpar Toronto team that averages 4 penalties a game, the Rangers’ power play will get on the board tonight.
W: A. Steen, St. Louis – $6,300
A tired Kings team is in St. Louis tonight against a tough Blues team. Steen and crew are planning to skate the Kings into the ice tonight and force them to take penalties. Steen is an assassin on the power play. With 45 points this year, tonight look for him to hit his FPPG of 3.4 (or better).
W: J. Pomminville, Wild – $4,300
Pomminville plays on the second power play unit and is coming off a productive night against Calgary that saw him tally a goal and assist. I like this matchup against Edmonton’s 3rd line. With 23 points and 149 shots this year, Pomminville is a solid play with a stable floor and high ceiling in tonight’s matchup.
W: T. Hertl, San Jose – $5,000
On the first line with Pavelski and Thorton, Thomas Hertl can’t ask for much more. Averaging 16 minutes of ice and 136 shots on the year, Hertl has found his way on a strong San Jose team.
C: R. Kesler, Anaheim – $5,000
Always a strong defensive team, Kesler and his Anaheim team have found their scoring touch to support the goaltender duo they boast in net. Playing on the power play and second line, look for Kesler to put up some points against Vancouver tonight. The last game of their road trip, Anaheim will look to finish strong and get two points in British Columbia.
C: J. Staal, Carolina – $4,100
One of my value plays tonight, Staal and the Hurricanes blow into Ottawa, which has the NHL worst goals against average as a team. Staal runs the second power play unit and averages 18 minutes of ice a game. Look for him to hit the board tonight in Ottawa.
Utility: Z. Parise, Wild – $7,500
The face of the Wild’s top line and his new coach are off to a good start since the head coach. Undefeated since former head coach Mike Yeo’s firing, a game against the Edmonton Oilers might be just what they needed to keep their winning streak alive and get their confidence back. Look for Parise to lead his team on their push back to a playoff spot.