NHL Daily Fantasy Helper for the Two-Day 5/15/17 and 5/16/17 Slate
A good chunk of you probably already play daily fantasy football, and I'd be willing to bet a significant portion have also tried out daily fantasy basketball and baseball. But hockey? Hockey?
To help, take a look at some goalies, high-priced skaters, and lower-priced players to target for today's slate. Keep in mind that, with this being a two-day slate, late-swap is allowed.
Goalie to Target
Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,800): Despite allowing the game-winner in the fifth minute of overtime in Game 1, Fleury still managed a respectable 18 FanDuel points. He was able to rack up points via saves, as the Pittsburgh Penguins allowed 35 shots against, and they still lead all remaining teams with an average of 35.2 shots allowed per game. Tonight, the Penguins are sizable favorites with a -203 money line, and our projections currently have Fleury tied with Pekka Rinne for the best chances at a shutout among the four goalies on the slate.
Sidney Crosby ($8,900): The Kid was unable to get on the score sheet in Game 1, but that wasn't due to lack of opportunity -- Crosby led all Penguins' forwards in time-on-ice by at least two minutes. Prior to that game, he had registered one assist in three straight games despite skating at least three minutes less in each of those games, as compared to Game 1 of this series. Giving that much ice time to the player who finished the regular season ranked second with an average of 1.19 points per game will eventually lead to him putting points on the board. It should be no surprise that our projections give him the highest probability of scoring a goal among all players in tonight's game.
Erik Karlsson ($7,300): Karlsson spent more than 30 minutes on the ice in Game 1, besting all other skaters on either team by five minutes. Like Crosby, he failed to turn that opportunity into any points, but did rack up six shots and blocked three more to give him a solid 14.4 FanDuel points. With the exception of Game 4 against the New York Rangers, which he left early due to an injury, Karlsson has spent over 23 minutes on the ice and registered more than eight FanDuel points in every playoff game this postseason. He has one of the safest floors of any player, and has proven he can put points on the board, averaging a real-point per game during the postseason.
Viktor Arvidsson ($5,500): Among all Nashville Predators forwards, Arvidsson ranks third in time-on-ice during the playoffs, and has skated for more than 19 minutes in six of their past eight games. He turned that opportunity into two assists in Game 1, and his price has not risen since. In fact, he remains priced at $700 lower than he was to start the playoffs, and is at his cheapest point since the middle of February. With that affordable price, and him scoring at least 9.6 FanDuel points in four of his past six games, Arvidsson makes for an excellent value option tomorrow night.
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