NHL Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 5/1/19

A good chunk of you played daily fantasy football this year, and I'd be willing to bet a significant portion have also tried out daily fantasy basketball and baseball. But hockey? Hockey?

It's time to give it a try over on FanDuel because it's a ton of fun.

And our analysis and projections can help you win. To help, let's take a look at some goalies, high-priced skaters, and lower-priced players to target for today's slate.

Goalie to Target

Curtis McElhinney ($8,100): McElhinney starts for the Carolina Hurricanes against the New York Islanders on Wednesday night. This is because Petr Mrazek injured what's believed to be his groin and will be out for Game 3. McElhinney was solid in relief for Carolina, stopping all 17 shots and leading Carolina to a 2-0 edge in the series. Wednesday night is a pivotal game in this series because a 3-0 lead for Carolina would mean nearly lights out for the Islanders. Expect New York to come with every offensive thrust they can muster. This should mean more shots faced for the now backup Carolina goaltender. Ben Bishop ($8,000) is a risky GPP play at best against the St. Louis Blues.

High-Priced Skaters

Tyler Seguin ($8,300): Seguin scored last game, but it was a subpar performance by his standards: the goal came too late in the 4-3 loss to St. Louis. The center fired only three shots on net (six shot attempts). Scoring chances were too few and far between as well. There were a few spurts, but the Dallas Stars' sniper was missing in action too often in Game 3. Game 4 should see an expected bounce back from the top line. It is must-win territory for Dallas as they cannot afford to go down 3-1 to St. Louis. Additionally, Mathew Barzal ($6,500) may be one to look at tonight.

Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,900): Tarasenko presents much risk -- but a lot of reward as well. When he is on in these playoffs, he has been a 20-plus-FanDuel-point-per-game player but when off, it is lower single-digits. So, there is a good amount of all-or-almost-nothing. At least the last two games have featured seven scoring chances among his nine combined shots on goal. The problem is the several missed opportunities that the Russian sniper has had. He must convert those on Wednesday night if St. Louis wants to continue their road winning streak. Alexander Radulov ($7,700) is a solid idea: he has been shooting at the net with great frequency of late and scored in Game 3 also.

Value Skaters

Patrick Maroon ($3,900): This may be crazy, but Maroon has improved his play in the last several games or so. He scored a huge goal against Dallas in Game 3, and that was a culmination of some nice, premium scoring chances. Maroon expects to only play 10-12 minutes a night but he will be extremely low-owned. Think of this as a slightly expensive punt play. Those four scoring chances in the last two games are hard to ignore.

Mattias Janmark ($3,300): Janmark was fun to roll the dice on the last two times out and with 16-plus FanDuel points in each game. Maybe a third turn is in order. His speed has given St. Louis problems as he is one of the best, pure skaters Dallas has at their disposal. Dallas can play him in certain offensive situations and about 11 or 12 minutes a contest which helps him go full bore during his limited shifts. He and Roope Hintz ($4,800) are players to watch out for because they can generate chances off the rush as well as create them.

Chris Wassel is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Chris Wassel also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username chriswassel. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his/her articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel