FanDuel NHL: Thursday Targets
FanDuel NHL: Thursday Targets

This article is part of our FanDuel NHL series.

SLATE PREVIEW

We'll have 26 of 31 NHL teams lacing up tonight. The Lightning are 9-1-0 over the last 10 games, and they'll be taking on the Wild, who are 3-6-1 and slowly slipping from the playoff picture. There will be four other cross-conference games, and there will be four divisional contests as well. We're less than a week from the All-Star break, so get in on the DFS action before the hiatus.

GOALIES

Andrei Vasilevskiy ($9,200) continues to be the chalk, as he's won nine straight while accruing a .943 save percentage and 1.77 GAA. The Wild are set up as home underdogs. They've lost four straight and six of seven, averaging two goals per game in that stretch.

Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,000) has not enjoyed the new decade, posting a 2-3-0 record and an .864 save percentage. The Golden Knights unexpectedly fired their bench boss, and that could right the ship. It's not often we can get Flower at this price, and he draws a favorable matchup since the Senators have lost eight straight and accrued just 17 goals along the way. 

Chris Driedger ($7,100) should get the nod with Sergei Bobrovsky (upper body) ruled out. He's been an impressive surprise after starting the year in the AHL, recording a .931 save percentage and 5-2-1 record. The 25-year-old is an appealing value play against the Kings, who rank 28th with 1.76 GF/60 at even strength in 2020. 

VALUE PLAYS/ONE-OFFS

Mike Hoffman ($5,800) is on a tear again with a four-game goal and six-game point streak, and he's an excellent one-off against the Kings' struggling defense that doesn't travel well with a 3.38 GAA on the road. 

Jesper Fast ($4,400) has been a perfect fit on the second line, as he's produced two three-point outings over the last three games. The opportunities should be plentiful in this contest since the Islanders have posted 64.91 high-danger chances per 60 minutes at even strength during the new year, per Natural Stat Trick. 

Emil Bemstrom ($3,000) is logging top-line ice time, and the rookie has a point in each of the last two games. Cam Atkinson will be added to the line now, too, only upping his ceiling.  

FORWARD LINE STACKS

Tampa Bay Lightning (TOTAL: $19,700)

C - Brayden Point ($7,000)
W - Nikita Kucherov ($8,300)
W - Ondrej Palat ($4,400)

This line hasn't produced well lately, so it could be a low-owned unit. However, the ceiling is tournament-winning since they've combined for 27 multi-point games this year, and the matchup is just right. The Wild have let up 18 goals over the last four games, and Minnesota's home penalty kill rings up at 76.7 percent – 27th in the league. 

Calgary Flames (TOTAL: $19,300)

C - Sean Monahan ($7,000)
W - Johnny Gaudreau ($7,400)
W - Mikael Backlund ($4,900)

This unit has combined for 33 goals and 62 assists this year, and they're one of the more dynamic lines in the league. The Maple Leafs can't keep the puck out of the net, as they've allowed at least four goals in four straight contests, and their usage on the power play puts them in a high-leverage situation since Toronto's penalty kill ranks 25th at 75.7 percent. 

Vegas Golden Knights (TOTAL: $17,400)

C - William Karlsson ($5,600)
W - Jonathan Marchessault ($6,500)
W - Reilly Smith ($5,300)

This line only has one game together in 2020 since Marchessault was on the shelf with an injury, but Smith has been carrying the weight by himself lately with four goals in five games. Looking to bounce back after losing their head coach, they could stack the scoresheet against the Sens, who have allowed 3.39 G/60 over the last month. 

DEFENSEMEN

Victor Hedman ($6,600) is an excellent addition to the Lightning stack, and he leads the league with 19 power-play points this season while adding 22 at even strength. 

Mark Giordano ($5,500) has not followed up his Norris season with the same production, but he's shooting and blocking shots at a higher rate than ever. He's racked up 19 blocked shots and as many shots on net over the past five games, and he'll look to leverage his power-play minutes against the Leafs' putrid penalty kill.

No teams penalty kill has been worse than the Predators over the past month, as it has let up 14.14 G/60. Hampus Lindholm ($3,900) is second among Ducks blueliners with six power-play points, which doesn't blow the doors off, but he blocks enough shots and shoots enough for a solid floor.

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